ALT German Style Ale | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-03-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one awhile back - purchased in MA in Great Barrington, consumed in Copake. Found the notes today.

A: Body is clear, ruby-amber with a small khaki-colored head.

S: Faint nose - what's there is sweetish malt.

T: Toasty malt up front, but finishes with a nice dry bitterness. Sweetness lingers on the aftertaste, however.

M: Light in heft, drinks easy.

O: A solid beer.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aquatonex
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a few fingers light bubbly head. Moderate head retention, good carbonation. Nose consists of roasted malt and wheat notes. Taste is a great balance of roasty malts, slight wheats, and well rounded bitter hops. It's a VERY drinkable beer, I'd get it again.

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Photo of Sam21
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery for ~$3.50. Best before May notched on side of bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – Reddish hued copper body with a nice off-white head. Good retention and okay lacing.

Smell – Caramel, juicy strawberry esters, and light bready malts. The fruit is present, but restrained in a way by a rather clean nose.

Taste – The fruit jump out at me first with a parfait of strawberry and orange, but it ends rather abruptly as a clean bready malt comes forward and neutralizes it. The sweetness is still there, but held very much in place. The finish shows signs of the sweetness wanting to come back to the forefront, but the beer ultimately finishes clean with perhaps the most subtle tingle of herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied and slick. Carbonation is slightly active on the tongue but feels soft and smooth in the end.

Drinkability – This is a no nonsense easy beer to drink. Good things going on between the restrained fruitiness and the malt backing. Simple and a nice take on the altbier style. A good little beer from the Barrington Brewery.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at the brewery yesterday after a great (as usual) lunch, the cod fish sandwich (and the accompanying cole slaw) is outstanding! Best by date: May, 2005. Very nice lightish auburn color. Aroma initially on the sweet side, but with a nice floral hint after. Good 1" head to start which translates into a lasting lacing. Taste is very, very good and true to the style. The balance is impressive. As you do not see this style much, and many of the attempts I have tried have fallen short; a very nice "treat" for me. Hard to tell the ABV, but I think this is a good session beer. I'm sorry I only bought one bomber, however, I am lucky as I live only about 40 minutes from the brewery, so I will fortify the supply very soon. One last note. I have been visiting the brewery/restaurant since its opening, and I can report that not only has the quality of the beer, service and food been consistently good, but this is truly a great place to relax with a beer or with the family. I often catch up on my reading with respect to the regional goings on at BB. Reminds me of the pubs I have sampled in the UK and elsewhere, where the local pub is really an extension of the community. Keep up the good work, Barrington Brewery.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting brew to drink right after Barrington's Hopland Pale Ale, this altbier lead first off with a stong malty sweetness, full of nuts and syrup. It was so dark out by the time we broke out these 22 oz bottles that I could not really see the pour all that well, but the head seemed substantial and frothy. The smell was subtle, but definitely inclined to toasted malts, and the taste was quite sweet and rather heavy, I thought, though there was just the right amount of carbonation. The hops emerge ever so faintly in the finish.

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ALT German Style Ale from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 6 ratings