Alt-Bier Ale | Hangar 24 Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
167 Ratings
Alt-Bier AleAlt-Bier Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States
hangar24brewery.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Floydster on 11-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.9%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a light tan head that settles to an oily film. Chunky streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with a nice herbal hop finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good alt beer with a nice malt and herbal hop flavor.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle (either 11.2 or 12 fl oz) with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I quite like the style and the label intrigues me.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the coarse of consumption. Side-poured without any additional aggression as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of good cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent copper-red. No yeast particles are visible. Nothing strikes me as unique or special, but it is quite appealing. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Toasted malts, caramelized malts, light chocolate, very light amber hops, and clean malts. A mild strength aroma, but a generally pleasant one.

T: Lightly bready, with some acidic tones. Imbalanced toasted malts. Some caramelized malts. No chocolate. Some light cream. Maybe a light raspberry ester - but only a hint. The body isn't full. Clean. Simple, but not bland. Balanced decently. Built pretty well. There's nothing unique or special here, and I wish it was more bold or experimental. I guess I like it.

Mf: A bit crisp, which doesn't suit the flavour profile. Smooth and wet, which does. It's awkwardly thin compared to its coarseness. Adequately carbonated. Strange.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. There's so much room for this to be good, but it falls short of its potential. I'd try it on draught, but this isn't worth getting again out of the bottle unless the alternatives are shite. It has some nice flavours, but it's just not as well built and balanced as it should be.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A bit of a bubble show produces a frothy ecru head; the amber colored liquid is slightly hazy; nice retention all around, with a reasonable amount of lacing

Smell: Brown bread with a hint of caramel; slightly herbal

Taste: Brown bread forward, with just a touch of caramel underpinning; herbal, metallic flavors develop in the middle; the finish is almost medicinal

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More like a Neue bier than an Alt bier and that is no compliment

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color and lacing in the tall pilsener glass. Mild flavors with a touch of the sweet and sour that I associate with Altbiers. Very light body and the general impression is a lager gone bad. Murky flavors, a touch of roasted malt. Sprightly mouthfeel but just a dirty aftertaste with some hop bitterness. Slight beer smell. I think this one is just not worth bothering with, it seems to detract from the style. There are so many other pleasant beers with a touch of malt, like all the LTD lagers from Full Sail.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a thin layer of off-white/khaki colored foam.

S: A fair amount of sweetness with a hint of fruits at moments. Mostly malty, however, with notes of toffee, caramel, and a mild roast.

T: The maltiness is front and center, giving off some light caramel sweetness, toffee, toasted malt, and a kiss of dark chocolate. Not all that complex or interesting.

M: The body is light-to-medium with a moderate carbonation to it.

D: Perhaps I'm just not a fan of Alts, but this was not particularly interesting to me. Sort of bland all around, but I suppose it works for some.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Trying this one at the SF airport lounge. The beer poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is mostly caramel like malt. The taste is malty with presence of alcohol. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Redlands, CA. On to the beer:

It is amber in color, but mixed with the colors of brown and orange. The beer has good head retention, and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Its aroma is a thing of sweetness. Initially there is some dry, dark bread, but after that it is a rush toffee, caramel, unsweetened chocolate, fudge. It's almost like a candy shop.

Nice flavor as well. Toffee, fudge, nouget, nuts, nutty. The most surprising aspect for me was the amount of hops in this beer. Not a shitload of hops, but it is very noticable in this usually low-hopped style. The hops add a dimension of citrus and orange (plus bitterenss), especially towards the end of the sip. Soft bubbles in the mouth.

Altbier is a rare style to find among US microbrewers, so it is nice to see one done by one of my local ones. More important is it tastes good. Recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Strongly malty with a whiff of patent malt to it. Caramel, toasted bread and some small amount of fruitiness. Slight coffee aroma with no real aroma of hops beyond a slight grassy scent.

Starts out sweet and very malty with a slight bitterness to it. Coffee flavor develops that stands with the caramel flavors. Bitterness is slight and seems to come as much from patent malt as it does from hops. Slight burned toast flavor.

Mouthfeel is full as you would expect from a malty beer style.

Overall an OK beer, not sure I would buy again instead of Alaskan Amber.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a firm medium white head with good retention and solid lace.

S: Sweet malt overtones, with a hint of bacon fat, and light chocolate.

T: Very toasty, roasty with a heavy dark bread component. Some bitter baker's chocolate in there with heavy toast. A robust amber beer, really not minerally and light as altbier should be, but an enjoyable effort. Really a brown ale/stout hybrid.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, thick in parts, light carbonation that crisps up on the back end.

O: Altbier can be a catch all, and I think this beer comes in to that definition of alt. The roast is overt and much more than you'd expect from something coming out of Germany. Still at the end of the day, it's a good beer, worth a pick up, just don't expect Uerige.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mig100
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of pkalix
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rawfish
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive amber hue, slightly hazy with a one finger off white head. Decent retention and forms an attractive ring of lacing.

Delivers a nice mixture of bready malt and light complex sweetness, caramel and toffee with hazelnut, grape skins and cocoa powder notes. Hop profile is slightly fruity and herbaceous.

Full flavor that starts off slightly grainy with some bread and husk, nice amounts of mixed nuts, honey, toffee, and cocoa. Little bit of grass and vinous fruit. Finish gets a touch acidic but a solid bitterness and grainy drying scrub the palate well.

Good bitterness and drying, sessionable body with average carbonation. Well balanced beer.

Terrific alt-bier, provides good flavor and complex for a session beer, stands out in its own category. Impressive offering, and good value.

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Alt-Bier Ale from Hangar 24 Brewery
3.67 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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