Altbier | Yellowhammer Brewing

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Brewed by:
Yellowhammer Brewing
Alabama, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A German style amber ale, exceptionally smooth and difficult to put down, this American version is a touch stronger than the Dusseldorf forerunner. Alt, literally translated, is German for old, reflecting how far back this top-fermenting style goes, dating back some 200 years ago when the Rhineland brewers stuck to the “old” dark ale while Bavarian counterparts moved toward the “new” pale lagers. The Yellowhammer version draws its aroma from a blend of Vienna, Munich and pilsner malts, while creating a slight, but notable hop character with German spalt and American crystal hops.

Added by gerite on 10-27-2011

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by sommersb:
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3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-22-2011
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: On tap at the Nook, Nashville

I don't recall ever seeing an altbier in any stores I frequent, so I was pleased to see this offered on a recent visit to Huntsville!

A: Color is a dark amber, with a semi-clear clarity. The head is off-white and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Smells include floral hops and some malty sweetness, but overall the aromas are muted.

T: The taste is similar to a moderately-hopped brown ale, with a good balance between the hop bitterness and the caramel and biscuit malt flavors. At times it seemed a bit too bitter, and then it would swing back over to the malty side.

M: Clean and smooth, with a fairly light body and somewhat bitter aftertaste.

O: This is my first ever altbier, so I don't have anything to compare it to other than style guidelines. Overall it was an enjoyable beer and I'd recommend it.

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1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of gerite
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Stem & Stine (served in a pint glass) and most recently at the Nook (served in a goblet glass), both in Huntsville, AL.

This is a good all-round beer for anytime of year. The taste is a smooth balance of malts with a slight hop character. The size of the head depends on how the bartender draws it, but there is always plenty of lacing. The moderate carbonation leads to an above average mouthfeel. This is a good example of a German style Altbeer.

Yellowhammer continues to produce some of the best beer in Alabama. I would recomment this to anyone who wants to try an Altbeer.

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Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of DocAJ
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JSeabrookeFox
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Altbier from Yellowhammer Brewing
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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