Alpen Stoff
Bürgerbräu Bad Reichenhall

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Bürgerbräu Bad Reichenhall
Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #36
Ranked #27,185
3.51 | pDev: 8.83%
Nov 27, 2021
Sep 02, 2009
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3.01 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
3.5 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Oct 18, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

Consumed 6/24/21
Brewer's Advent Calendar 2020 #17

Yellow gold, mostly clear, pours with a small white head, retains a few wisps and a small collar
Pale malts, pale grains, some touches of caramel grains, light bread, touch of bread crust, slight malty sweetness, some honey, mild floral and grassy hops, nicely clean until it warms up
On the light side of a medium body, crisp, medium-low carbonation

I personally would not label this a Dortmunder, but who am I? I can't really complain about this one because there is some depth of malt that many in this calendar were sorely lacking. I would drink this again.

Jun 25, 2021
3.27 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Apr 24, 2021
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3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Grain, sweet honey and malt followed a floral hop and a slight mineral note, smells fairly sweet.

T:. Grain, with sweet honey and malt, a light grape and light floral hop. A little sweet but fairly decent.

F:. Carb seems a little low but pretty easy drinking.

O:. Not a bad beer but also nothing spectacular.

Jan 23, 2021
Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Excellent head production and good retention. Golden body, lively and transparent, but with a touch of haze.

Malt forward on the nose, sweet and honeyed, with a nice grassy hop character. Well-executed simplicity.

Similar on the palate. Remarkably sweet up front, with a slightly thicker and creamier body to match. Hops come in and add a nice grassy and slightly floral character, and enough bitterness to keep it drinkable.

This is certainly better than I expected. I'd happily take this as a good example of a German pale lager. I prefer more bite and bitterness.

Jan 15, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Day 17 of the 2020 Costco Beer Advent Calendar. Poured from a pint glass into a tulip. Pours golden orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet grain, nothing special, but nothing bad. Tastes of plain grain but with more complexity than most lagers. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Jan 06, 2021
3.68 by BlueSpader from Washington on Dec 26, 2020
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3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Medium light carbonation with a slightly thin body.
Aroma wasn't very strong at all but there was malt,grain,yeast,bread, whole wheat flour.
Taste also a little on the weak side with everything in the aroma showing up just not very strong.
Got this in an advent calendar where most were very good but this was a little weak.

Dec 25, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: Sourdough bread, crisp bright hops, crystal malts, dry, non-sweet, clean finish. Bright floral bready nose. Amber/gold hue, clear, tall foamy head some lace. Medium body. Balanced lager would pair well with salty snacks. 22 IBUs

Dec 24, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by CRK from South Dakota

An interesting beer. Very much like most of the other beers in the advent calendar, however I was pleasantly surprised at my first sniff and taste. This beer is a little different with a more distinct initial taste that sort of fades to an odd aftertaste. It's not unpleasant, really, but loses interest after about 1/3 of the can, which makes the last 2/3s of the can be crushable as it sort of morphs into Rolling Rock. Again, like many of the other beers in the advent calendar.

Dec 24, 2020
3.29 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Dec 23, 2020
3.75 by Gordono from Nevada on Dec 18, 2020
3.4 by Brian_Pheiffer from California on Dec 18, 2020
3.49 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Dec 18, 2020
Photo of Manta200
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Brewers Advent Calendar 2020
Clear, deep golden color with a nice fluffy head, great retention.
Nicely balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, perfectly drinkable.

Dec 18, 2020
3.27 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Dec 18, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

500ml can served in a big snifter. Day 17 of my advent calendar. EXP 2022/05.

Pours a clear deep golden with a medium sized head that collapses to one medium sized clumpy island. There appears to be a tiny amount of active carbonation.

Smell is mostly grassy and mild, definitely some grains on the second whiff.

Taste is much more interesting. Lots of grain, lots of grass, slow moderate bitter finish, moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, fairly dry. Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer.

Dec 18, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Beer #17 in the Costco Advent Calendar.

This one pours a fairly clear golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy and slightly spicy hops, with some vegetal character, and sweet malt.

The vegetal character carries through to the taste, not sure what that is, but I don't love it. The hop character is nice though, with some spice, grassiness, and a bit of floral character, with a sweet (possibly too sweet) malt backbone.

This is light bodied, and mostly clean, other than light vegetal/too sweet character that got stronger as it warmed. It's pretty drinkable.

This is middle of the road for the calendar. Like most beers so far, it's not something I'd buy again if I ever saw it again, which is unlikely given the construction of the box.

Dec 10, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a straw-gold body with one-finger head that stays around for awhile. Mild grassy aroma with some lager aromas. Smooth, light, crisp, slightly grassy and vegetal, a tad dry and cracker-like although a touch of malts but not enough for balance. Not bad at all but really one is enough for me.

Dec 07, 2020
3.52 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 30, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Decent Dortmunder.
As a blend of the Bavarian Helles and Pils, Alpen Stoff does its job.
Looking like an average blond (no bubbles) but a good head of hair (I mean, foam), Alpen Stoff Smells mostly of malt. Then it Tastes like that in the attack, but the hops take their stand in mid-palate and achieve balance. Yet the lack of bubbles just makes it soft, but closer to thin than is good.

I'm thinking that this is not a particularly good lager (or style) to have with most foods I eat. I had it with potatoes, but they had lots of olive oil that I soaked up with a sourdough. A clean tasting Dortmunder does not improve flavorful food. I also intended to have a garlicky soup, but decided to save it for tomorrow. I'm developing this theory: lagers are for lunch... or maybe refreshment, if little else is available. But, that's just me.

As for my brewer review.... I'm glad Kalea included Alpen Stoff in its 2020 Advent calendar. This brewer is in a small Bavarian town near the Austrian border, probably in the Alps. It is a 5 century family-owned brewery. I could not find the English button (and German is too much work for me to fathom.) But the picture looks idyllic. Nonetheless, they get average OA Hugs as I am an urban fellow.

Oct 26, 2020
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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by safaricook from Netherlands

Quite a lot of foam over a polished golden body, very little carbonation visible.
aroma is bisquite and simple cookies
more pale malt and just a little hoppy bittereness. However, everything seems to be covered by a fog of copper. unpleasant.
Body is fine just a little burpy.
A weid metallic flaw in this beer or at least in my bottle either from the water or some fermentation problem. Or maybe its just me. - Just checked: other reviewers taste the metal as well but seem to mind it less.

Jul 08, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Medium amber in color, with a bit of haze. A massive, fine-beaded off-white head presents, the retention is good. Thick, slightly broken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark bread and caramel dominate the aroma, with a backdrop of grassy hops for balance. There is a hint of earthiness, as well.

Taste: Opens with dark caramel and dark bread notes. As the taste progresses, there are moderate earthy notes and some grassy hops. Finishes with a mild and lingering metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Full and pleasant, quite pleasing..

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and very drinkable, it would pair well with chili, or savory soups or stews.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml, 16.9 ounce steel can, served in a standard Pilsener glass. Beer number sixteen (December 16th) from the 2017 Costco Advent Beer Calendar.

Oct 22, 2018
3.79 by Giangio from Italy on Aug 20, 2018
3.63 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on May 01, 2018
3.75 by GarthDanielson from Virginia on Jan 25, 2018
3.34 by avisong from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
3.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Dec 19, 2017
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3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Apellonious from North Carolina

500 ml can Day 16 Avent calendar poured into a pint glass. Translucent golden orange with a three finger head that retains for the first quarter of the glass. Aroma is herbal/grassness and some weird scent I am not fond of. The taste is bread, metallics, and grass. Medium carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Not really much to it. I guess it would work for a session/summer beer.

Dec 19, 2017
3.6 by cb8282 from Michigan on Dec 19, 2017
3.48 by Tpop1005 from Canada (BC) on Dec 19, 2017
3.36 by NWHopinator from Oregon on Dec 18, 2017
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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a dark brown with two fingers of off-white foam on top. Head retention is good with great lacing left behind. Aroma is pale, biscuit, bread, and earth malts. It has an earthy, bitter quality in the aroma. Flavor profile is sweet notes of pale, biscuit, and bread malts, with a bittering, earth malt finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, creamy texture. Overall, loads of malt notes, and while they aren't quite as well balanced in the aroma, carry a fine balance in the flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

Dec 17, 2017
4.12 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia on Dec 17, 2017
3.67 by uncleotis from Illinois on Dec 17, 2017
3.47 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 17, 2017
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3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by josanguapo from Spain

From Costco. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Bioshock Remastered. Fairly standard, with a sticky, malty body but without anything standing out, nor any defects

Dec 16, 2017
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3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BenHoppy from Michigan

L: foamy, soapy head and golden orange body with light carbonation

A: nothing but malt

T: Apples, grass, hops, burnt alcohol, and caramelly malts

F: medium cream ale that is mildly hoppy

O: too similar to all these beers in the calendar with its apple grassy malt soapy flavoring. Can't wait til it ends. The first beer in the pack was delicious and it's been downhill ever since. Doesn't even come close to show off the amazingness of German beer.

Dec 16, 2017
Alpen Stoff from Bürgerbräu Bad Reichenhall
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 82 ratings