French Broad River Brewing

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French Broad River Brewing
North Carolina, United States
3.45 | pDev: 19.42%
Jun 08, 2016
Feb 05, 2008
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Rated: 3.83 by Bamarooster from Virginia

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by RavenForBeer from Georgia

Nov 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by jaredtp from Tennessee

Sep 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Oct 16, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by herrburgess from South Carolina

May 28, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jan 30, 2012
Rated: 3 by whitekiboko from South Carolina

Dec 27, 2011
Rated: 2.5 by jophish17 from Georgia

Dec 24, 2011
Rated: 3 by nmann08 from Virginia

Nov 18, 2011
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Reviewed by CurtisLoew from Wisconsin

2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Pours a light amber, orange color. Bronze glow through the light. Big white head. Nice looking beer.

Smell is strange. Smells like a flemish sour. I offered my friend a glass, and he commented on it smelling like a pretty good sour before I told him what it was. Fruity smell. Sweet fruits.

Tastes like spices, cloves, bready, sweet. Lots of green apple/sour. None of that awesome rum-soaked fruit or toffee I get from other Alt's.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Overall, very disappointed. I really enjoy Alt's, but this was just a sour mess of a beer. Reminds me of an infected brown ale I once drank.
Sep 11, 2011
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
From 03/25/11 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky dark golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, bready malts, grain, and sour lemon which is odd.

t - Tastes of sour lemon and citrus, malts, grain, bready malts. More sour and tart than the smell, but not in a very enjoyable, or probably intended, way.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Not sure what happened to this one but didn't really seem to smell or taste quite like an altbier should with that sourness. Looking at other people's reviews I don't think this was infected, I just think that's how the beer is. Wouldn't seek out again.
Mar 31, 2011
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Reviewed by alleykatking from Indiana

2.11/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Poured from 22oz bottle. This one gushed galore!

A- Poured a coppery light orange color. Three finger light tan head that shows medium retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This smells a little sour with a crap ton of yeast in the front of it. Light cereal grains and some metallic hints as well. Don't think this is what it was suppose to smell like but I don't question it at this point in time.

T- A little sour in the front of this with some light bready toasted malts. The sourness picks up and takes it to the finish. It's not a bad thing but it's not what this beer should be like which I found out that many other people ran into this problem like mine. I personally like it but this is not to the style at all.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is very high due to the infection I would think. Sourness runs from the palate to the aftertaste. There is a light alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors are one sided and not blended at all. Off flavor galore.

D- This beer was infected and could have been something more flavor wise than what it was. The sourness I enjoyed a lot to be honest but it was not suppose to be there so I graded it lower because of that.
Nov 29, 2010
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Reviewed by Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aroma is yeasty, malty, and just a little dusty. It pours a clear orange amber with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled head that hangs around for a bit and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Flavor is malty, a little yeasty, slightly sour and a snip bitter. There are hints of tart citrus and wood. Texture is smooth and edgy, leaving a nice fizz behind on the tongue as well as a hint of lemon.
Nov 20, 2010
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Reviewed by jpro from Colorado

2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Part of a Bruisin' Ales haul. 22oz bomber poured into a shaker pint...

A: Well, an incredible pfffttt greeted me upon popping the cap on this one; pours a slightly cloudy copper orange, with a HUGE light beige head. Gusher / wild yeast alert!!

S: Light grains and earthy yeast; slightly metallic nose; nothing much going on here.

T: Big time yeast fruitiness and not much else; some dry bitterness on the finish; sweet; lack of any real flavor and what's there is off; possible yeast contamination has taken most of the flavor from this one, leaving it tasting like, well, yeast.

M: Light bodied and incredibly high carbonation; excessively tingly.

D: Not good; virtually zero character here; watery; comparable to a botched homebrew.

Hopefully this is just a bad bottle / batch and this isn't the norm.
Sep 29, 2010
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Reviewed by Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
pours amber with a short head that fades to nothing. Smells a bit like bran and stone, as well as tangerine and lime. Interesting fruit and grain combo with some stony bitterness. Not the most balanced or full beer in the world, but an interesting take on the style with some unique flavors, and definitely drinkable.
Sep 05, 2010
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Reviewed by TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This bottle was an extra from mikesgroove, much appreciated. The beer is light copper orange with a huge pillowy head and spotty islands of lace. The aroma surprised me with some sour notes I didn't expect from an altbier, although now that I've looked into it I found that other people have complained about possible infection with some batch (possibly mine). Beneath the funk I get some light malts but really the barnyard takes the lead (which I like, I guess masochistically).

The beer is a little tart upfront, probably unintended, with nice toasty malt flavors that probably would be really good for the style if not for the infection. Lingering funkiness that, while nice, probably isn't what I'd want in Dusseldorf. Medium carbonation and easy drinking except for the sour bite.
Aug 19, 2010
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Reviewed by evilkalla from Alabama

2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Serving: Bomber into a tall lager glass.

A: Copper with an inch of fully developed head. Left gobs of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A thick, bready, yeasty smell.

T: On the drier side, with a slightly tart, sour yeasty taste. Some of the other reviews noted this as well, and suggested that this batch might have been infected. I agree on this fact as well.

D: The sour flavor of this beer is not very good in my opinion. Wondering if it was intentional, or if it there was a defect at the brewery? This one is going down the drain.
Aug 13, 2010
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Reviewed by tmoneyba from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and earthy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. A good drinkable beer.
May 25, 2010
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Olde Mecklenburge Stange.

Pours a clear golden copper color. A moderately aggressive pour produces a monster 4-5 finger tan head that has good retention and leaves light spotty lacing.

Nose is fairly big and bold with lots of bready malt character. There is also a slightly off putting sour/tart aroma.

Unfortunately the dominant flavor is sour apples, my guess is that the beer is infected. There are also some bready malts present, but not enough to overcome the tart sour apple. Beer is medium bodied and overly carbonated (probably due to the infection that has lead to the green apple flavor)

I would like to try this beer again, hopefully I can find a bottle that does not seem to be infrected.
May 16, 2010
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, tart, with some caramel. The taste is mostly tart/sour, with some malts. Medium body.
Barely Drinkable, not a good rendition of the style.
Apr 19, 2010
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Reviewed by rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
(Served in a low ball glass)
A- This beer pours a very hazy caramel orange body with a thin wisp of head and some white floaties swirling around the glass. There is a slow carbonation of big bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.
S- This beer has a light malt aroma with a raw grain note and some barnyard hints to it.
T- The dry caramel malt flavor has soft peach stone woodiness to it and some biscuit malt flavors come though as the beer warms. The soft piggy barnyard flavor is the finish with a very light hop lingering after the finish. As the beer warms the piggy flavor takes on more of a grain husky flavor. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy prick in the finish and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a lot of grainy flavors with not much depth to the malt or hops. There are some hints of funk that I haven't every tasted in a Alt and they might be just off flavors but they do add some depth.
Mar 16, 2010
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This Altbier starts with a bright orange-copper color, froathy short head of stark white foam. No lacing but the beer has a bright and fresh appearance- very inviting.

Soft caramel malts of Vienna and Pilsner give medium dominance to the nose. Light earthy hops give a subtle herbal balance to the aroma.

Traditional German malts also lead the flavors. Elegant and smooth tastes of caramels, lightly toasted grains (bread crust) and light fruity apples and pears. Smooth as if cold conditioned as with Marzens.

Very smooth and with a graham cracker malty crispness. Creamy sweet up front but lightly dry and minty in the finish.

A very nice beer with great drinkability. Thanks Ding!
Mar 05, 2010
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Reviewed by drunkboxer1 from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours light rusty brown. Smells very sweet. Amber malts dominate the flavor profile as well. There's a good flowery presence, maybe some earthyness from the hops. Easy to drink. French Broad takes care to make their beers to style, and they like to avoid the hamfisted hop chucking that a lot of American micros tend to lean on. Very good drinkable beer for malt lovers, although I think I prefer their ESB to this.
Jan 03, 2010
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Reviewed by littleg from Illinois

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance: Poured a cooper color with a one-finger, off white, head that dissipated quickly into a small ring of bubbles around the glass and a filmy layer of head.
Smell: Not very appealing on the nose with a grassy, sour aroma.

A very mild ale. True to style but one dimensional. Very thin mouthfeel and easy drinkability. A very non-offensive beer. Would most likely not purchase this one again but wouldn't turn one down if offered.
Dec 24, 2009
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Reviewed by Tiklmelmo from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle from Secret Santa 09. Served in a pint glass at refrigerator temp (~38F)

A - Cloudy burnt orange with moderate to low head. Some lacing.

S - The first thing that strikes me about this beer is a very unexpected barnyard funk / brett nose. Some light malt and pears as well. I could be way off but this REALLY strikes me as having Brettanomyces in it based on the nose.

T - Again, tart, funky, slightly sour barnyard giving way to bready malt and hints of banana and pears. Definitely not what I was expecting from an altbier, but quite tasty.

M - Quite dry, moderate carbonation. Not getting any of the sweetness mentioned in other reviews at all.

D - Again, not what I was expecting at all, but very drinkable, if you enjoy the funkiness.

I'm wondering if this bottle / batch didn't inadvertently get infected with some Brettanomyces, as the nose and taste both realllly strike me as a wild ale. However, if this did get accidentally infected (or if I'm hallucinating and this is what they were going for), then they got lucky and it worked out pretty well. Definitely not characteristic of the style, but I like it.
Dec 21, 2009
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Appearance: I have seen some gushers but this beer takes the cake, creating a huge mess all over the kitchen counter and floor - by the time things settled down, half the bottle was lost; what remains pours a cloudy amber color with a surprisingly modest head that left very little lace - imagine that!

Smell: Caramel spice cake with a hint of grassy hops

Taste: Caramel spice cake, up front, with a developing stone fruit character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel sweetness tends to dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body but too fizzy

Drinkability: Two bottles on the same day from French Broad and one a bigger gusher than the other; just not very happy with this brewery right now and, while this beer is a decent drinker, it is a bit too sweet
Nov 26, 2009
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Reviewed by wcudwight from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Amber in color with some bronze, orange, and golden highlights. Head slowly rises and holds a stickiness at the top. Smells like a honey-nut toast. Smells good.
While there is nothing particulary exciting our outstanding in the flavor, it is a very good beer. Very balanced with a heavy toasty malt flavor and some leafy, earthy hops in the background. I'm not sure if earthy is a flavor but that's what it taste like to me.
Mouthfeel is very well done. Silky smooth while not being too light or too heavy. This beer really suprised me. I'll be going back for more. Great beer for watching some football with the warmth of a woodstove on a cold wet Sunday evening.
Nov 22, 2009
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Reviewed by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
22 oz. bottle, a bit of sediment on bottom
A: nice copper color, a bit hazy, (chill haze?), great rocky head with tiny bubbles
S: very, very good, roasty-toasty malts, strong malt backbone
T: decent, but a bit thin overall, easy drinking, no off flavors, good taste overall with nice balance between sweet malt and underlying bitterness but more malt than anything, biggest problem I keep going back to is that it tastes very thin
M: decent enough but doesn't really stay with you because it tastes watered down
D: OK, but not something I'd probably buy again
Nov 08, 2009
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Reviewed by srandycarter from California

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A - Medium honey, not much head, reduces to ring fast, some cling lace.

S - Slight sour tangy barny smell.

T - Taste follows smell. Tart, a little 'off' barn like, malty undertone.

M - Medium to light body. A little thin for me.

D - VERY easy to drink. Not much effort to drink. Could drink more.
Nov 04, 2009
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Not the most exciting style in the world, but this beer is certainly worthwhile. Pours a slightly hazy light amber/amber-golden color with a decent size white head. Better than average retention and some lacing.

Smell is fairly weak. Some maltiness. Taste is better than average. A fresh grassiness, bready malts and a slight bitterness in the finish. The malty taste is pronounced. This is not a weak watery beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style.

Drinkability is good. Would make a good session beer. The flavor is worth while and it goes down nice and easy.

I read that some people got infected, skunky bottles of this one. I am happy to say I didn't have that experience.l
Oct 30, 2009
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

1.76/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
Well, through the efforts of a kindly BA I had four bottles of French Broad - this is the last survivor. Two were very good, the third full of diacetyl, & this one - has also turned. 50% ain't too good unless you're vying for a batting crown.

Murky orange with a thin head & active carbonation. Smell gives the first warning - smells like a wild ale. Not an altbier trait, huh?

This altbier is clearly contaminated. The taste is full of tart tang, with a dull, gunmetal aftertaste that doesn't lend much to the experience.

Disappointing. After their kolsch, which is one of the better of the style I've ever had, two straight bad bottles. Too bad. Clearly this brewery can make beer, but I wouldn't risk much in picking up more of this brewery.
Aug 30, 2009
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Reviewed by Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
As soon as I opened this beer it exploded with foam all over the counter and floor. This one took awhile to pour because of the foam. Pours a burnt rusty amber. Little lacing. Smells of toasted malts, caramel, and a metallic twang. The mouth is a little thin and wet. I think this beer lost some of the carbonation bite with the foam spillover. Nice balance with some bitter hops on the front, and finishes sweet and creamy. Some slight mineral in the flavor as well. This was good, and I will seek this style out more and more.
Aug 25, 2009
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Reviewed by MMAJYK from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A. Light copper with gold highlights. Brilliantly clear. Head is 1/4", soft, but disappearing quickly.

S. Caramel malt, toast crusts, moderate fruity esters, and low herbal hops.

T. Pleasantly malty with bread and caramel tastes. Midstream bitterness is light to moderate. Flavors round out slightly dry and with light fruity esters.

M. Thin to medium in the mouth with high carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue with a slight touch of astringency.

D. Very drinkable beer. Light and crisp, but also shows moderate malt intensity. I could easily drink a bomber by myself on this hot summer day.
Aug 03, 2009
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Reviewed by beer2day from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours red with gold tints. Nice one-finger head with decent retention and thick chunky lacing.

Nose is all yeast and malt. Very bready. Slightly nutty, even. Sweet as well.

Sweetness carries over in to the taste. That hits first. Nutty flavor. Lots of malt body.

Very easy drinker. Look forward to trying this on tap.
Jul 25, 2009
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Reviewed by everetends from Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Been eyeing these French Broad bombers since they started showing up in Atlanta. Decided to pick up a sampler of a few bombers since the price is pretty damned affordable (4to 5 bucks a bomber). Not bad at all if you ask me. Lets pour and enjoy.

A: Pours a nice and light honey like brown in color. Held to the light, its more of a honey yellow color coming out. This beer is hazy, but its a light haze. Nice and steady carbonation in here, but it is on the light side of the carbonation realm. Got a good finger of pretty white head. This falls to 1/4 finger or so, but it still has the ability to throw up some stringy lace on the glass. It has a very nice look and is very appetizing.

S: Uh . . . I am a little thrown because it is much lighter than I expected in the department. It starts off with some light malts and lots of earthy grains. This is very grassy for sure. Then you get some light fruit coming out in the form of maybe some apple and pear. Light herbal goodness rounds this off. Still somehow with all this in here, I really had to investigate to get it out of this beer. Everything except for a couple exceptions is very subdued and light.

T: Much better and this is actually quite tasty. Getting the fruits first and foremost. Really nice apple notes come out with a light fruity sweetness and also some light sour notes. Pear and plum mingle in here as well with the apple. Then you get the malts. Malts are pretty German, very earthy with just a touch of caramel. Has a bit of herbal and grassy hops presence and it works very well in the mix. Still it has that nice German yeast and grainy goodness that I look for. Very nice and I was torn in giving this a higher score here.

M: Light side of medium in body. Has a nice medium carbonation that adds a nice refreshing quality to this beer. The combination of the body and carbonation makes for a very easy drinker. ABV is not an issue at all and is absolutely hidden. Finishes just oh so lightly dry. Aftertaste is that apple and some lightly sweet malts.

D: Very much so. This was far easier drinking than I expected. It just glides across the palate and is so refreshing. This beer is actually a great warm weather beer due to its quenching ability. Very nice introduction to this brewery and it was nice to see that they had the balls to tackle a style that very few breweries take a crack at. Although its not as dynamic as some Alts I have had in the past, it was a joy to drink. Good stuff.
Jul 22, 2009
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Reviewed by superdedooperboy from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer marks number 500 in my repertoire.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (the label lists lots of pertinent information: 9.1 SRM, 13.2 degrees Plato O.G., 26 IBUs and 5.5% ABV) into a Stange, this North Carolinian Alt shows a nice, mostly clear burnished copper hue with a full two fingers of rocky beige foam that sticks around for the duration and holds on hard to the walls of the glass, leaving gorgeous stained glass-like lace along with fat splotches as it fades.

Mild fruity esters show themselves in the nose along with some restrained herbal and grass-like hop notes. A bit of caramel malt aroma shows itself as the beer warms a bit.

A medium-light body with a moderate carbonation brings with it a rather dry, bitter palate of slightly herbaceous hop notes laid upon a rich malty base of grainy, biscuity notes with some fruity esters filling in around the edges and a touch of caramel coming through as the beer warms, finishing very dry with a lingering flavor of grain and noble hops.

A nice, clean, well-formed example of a Düsseldorf-style Altbier. Mostly clean, this could use a bit less malt character in the finish, and perhaps a touch less estery character on the palate; still, overall, a superb representation of an oft-overlooked yet wonderfully flavorful old-world style.
Jul 13, 2009
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Had this at Barley's in Asheville

Poured copper/chestnut with a finger of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready with caramel & a bit of herbal hops

T: Caramel, a bit of husky grains &leafy hops up front. More core caramel & biscuitty malt as this warms. Finishes dry, fairly sweet & slightly grainy

MF: Medium bodied, semi smooth & nice balance

This drank so easy, great take on an under loved style..
Jun 16, 2009
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Reviewed by kkipple from South Carolina

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Big 22oz bomber bought at the brewery in late late July '09. Should be fresh, right?

Overall not a bad take on the Alt style. Looks good, a hazy amber-gold, foamy head. Smells good, grassy and toasty, caramel malts that certainly seem German. Well put together. Taste is decent, with a noticable amount of DMS (cooked corn) present that really hurts the brew. Otherwise, you get fine German malts, toasty and slightly nutty, sweet, noble hops, and a pleasing bitter note. Finish is clean except for that darn DMS again, and the whole thing is mild and enjoyable - but could be so much better. A good recipe in need of some tweaking. I'll get it again in a few months and see if it has changed.

Bottom line: Try French Broad Altbier if you get the chance, but don't go out of your way to get it.
Jun 14, 2009
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Reviewed by lincoln44 from Illinois

1.76/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Picked up a bottle of this while passing through Charlotte, NC. I am a fan of Altbier and had high hopes. I have seen reviews without mention of green apple/sour notes and those with. I must have gotten the same bad batch. I have not dumped a beer in a very long time but the bottle I had was awful.

A- appeared very cloudy, copper in color and very carbonated. I'm guessing the extra carbonation came from bacteria that continued to ferment the beer while producing the sour notes.

S-Sour, malty, and sweet of munich malts.

T-Sour with an overwhelming pungency of green apple.

M-Tart on the palate, medium body with an over carbonated bite

D- I would hold off until the bad batch has left the shelves. I really want to try this one again as a good Alt is hard to find in my region.
Jun 05, 2009
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a lightly hazy copper color with some light brown mixed in. Nice khaki head falls to scum that leades some decent lace behind on my glass.

Aroma is nice soft malts very relaxing and pleasant caramel with hints of nuts peeking out. Some light hops would say blend of herbal and floral.

Taste is like the nose nice caramel, earthy notes along with nuttiness and hints of smoke. Very nice malty treat with light floral hop finish. Not overly complex just enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is soft mellow carbonation on a medium body.

Drinkability is good as a hop head its nice to have a malty treat now and then. If you can i would recommend trying this one.
May 27, 2009
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 57 ratings