Valkyrie | Enegren Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Enegren Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Valkyrie is brewed following the traditions of one of the oldest beer styles in Germany - alt literally means "old" in German. However our version is a little stronger, maltier and darker than most of its German counterparts. Brewed with dark munich and pilsner malts imported from Germany, Valkyrie has a smooth toasty and caramel taste with hints of chocolate and sweetness balanced by a hefty dose of German Nobel hops.

Added by Retsinis on 07-31-2011

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Reviews by womencantsail:
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2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany color with an off-white head. Smells like concord grape juice. Very sweet and sugary. Tons of grape fruitiness, some toasted malt, and a little bit of caramel. The flavor is, somehow, even more grapey. A touch of cough syrup, bready malt, and a hint of caramel. Light fig note to it as well. Couldn't power through this one.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost, the brewers called this beer a "California Alt" did my best to follow what the brewers said this beer is, which is to the German Ale, Altbier style, with their own twist.
Also, for those interested, they also post what went into the beer on their site. In this case:

MALT: German Pilsner, German Munich Dark, CaraMunich III, Chocolate Wheat, Melanoidin Malt

HOPS: Hallertauer & Mt. Hood

VITALS: Starting Gravity: 1.067
Final Gravity: 1.020
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 29

On to with my review

A: Poured from the growler into a rastal tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy, ruby, or hazy auburn brown color. About an inch of creamy tan head that settled to a film on top, with a solid ring of bubbles along the edges, with consistent lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted almonds, spices, mild rye (maybe), mild choclate, (wife picked up a spriz of coffee) a lot going on.

T: Roasted malt, nutty caramel malt, spices, touch of mild choclate. Reminds me of a cross between a brown ale, and mild rye beer, but smooth and balanced.

M: Full bodied, medium to low carbonation, and creamy.

O: Very tasty. I had two 5 oz tasters of this while at the brewery today for their grand opening and liked it there, so I took home a growler, but with the larger pour, and served in a tulip glass, the beer really opened up, and was fantastic.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Alehouse. Served in a narrow pint glass.

Hazy rufous body with a beige stand of cream around the lip. Excellent lacing, faint legs, good retention.

Rye, evergreen, and mulch in the nose. Quite restrained.

The description of a "California" alt prepares you for an increase in bitterness compared even to a Sticke, and the palate entry certainly delivers. Moderate but quite lasting peppery hop notes arrive first, though they have a leafy/grassy side as well - though I'd be surprised if only noble hops were used. Malt bill is complex and full suggesting crystal, caramel, and chocolate along with a hint of rye again. Bready, spicy, biscuity, faintly toasty finish is reluctant to let go. Very nice.

A bit slick for the style, makes me wonder if it was brewed as an ale rather than a lager? Well carbonated, and not-quite-medium-bodied.

Creative take on an old-world style not frequently seen stateside. Still, the beer doesn't veer so far afield as to ignore the stylistic basics. Well rounded, cleanly bitter, quite malty, and substantial yet enlivening.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 1st Anniversary Party.
Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a light reddish brown with a 1/2inch off-white head leaving trace lace.

N: Sweet malts and dark fruits (raisins).

T: Complex grainy malt, raisins, slight roast and toast, caramel, slight smoke, and faint hop.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Mildy dry with a sweetness from the malt. Smoothly balanced.

O: Interesting and would like to give this a try again.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good, smooth and drinkable but a little bland on the palate for me. I lost interest mid-way though and was looking for something else to try.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Velvet smooth with notes of caramel and malt, and a dash of hop to add zip!

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Photo of Kamahl16
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Enjoyed at Clusterfork #7 in a snifter. Growler shared by tieman.

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue and a big off-white crown of foam.

S: The nose has a lot of bread and biscuit, with a touch of sulfur. Caramel is faint. Clean.

T: The flavor mirrors the nose, with ample bread and caramel. Bitterness is at a lower medium body. The finish is clean with a nice biscuit character.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A well executed Alt from a new brewery. Definitely. recommended.

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Valkyrie from Enegren Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 40 ratings