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Altbier | Occidental Brewing Co.

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14 Reviews

Brewed by:
Occidental Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews by anarchia:
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4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous light red, transparent beer with a head that is somewhat on the thin side. Interesting variety in the aroma, very bready with some banana, apple, toffee and caramel notes, subtle but pleasant noble hops. Nutty, biscuity, caramel, toffee, nice mellow bitterness from the hops on the finish. Low-moderate level of carbonation, hard not to guzzle this one. This is a beer I pick up almost every time I see it. Every beer I try from Occidental makes me like them more, one of my favorite local (PDX) breweries. More people should know they exist!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, Malty, Grainy, Sweet

Bright amber, impressive creamy head with a sticky lace. Grain and metallic in the nose. Smooth and even bodied with moderate carbonation. Solid malt foundation with grainy sweetness and dark grape flavors. Light citric bitterness. Finishes with more sweet grains and a dry crackery finish. Malt-licious! A damn fine Albier that begs to be consumed in large quantities.

STYLE: Altbier | ABV: 5.3% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz : flute

Clear, coppery, amber red color with a thick, craggy off white head. Really inviting.

Lightly sweet, bready malt base with a spicy, herbal hop character.

Medium+, foamy body. Quite nice.

A beer of subtle flavors, but they are very enjoyable and tasty if the time is taken to appreciate them. Very easy drinking as well. The 16 ounces went by far too fast!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the tallboy can into a pint glass.

A- Poured a clear dark ruby red with off-white fluffy head that left glass coating lace.

S- Prominent bready notes, some rich malty notes, and slightly fruity notes.

T- Lots of bready notes,some rich caramel malt notes, slightly fruity, some grainy and nutty notes.

M- Soft carbonation, medium body, smooth, and semi-dry finish.

O- A pretty solid altbier that tastes very traditional just like other German beers I have had from Occidental. Very malt forward but also a nice bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of chossboss
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seanthornton152
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from "Lifesource" Grocers in Salem. $2.99 . can is 5.3% alc Pours a hazelnut ,clear brown colour with a very nice thick,creamy eggshell white head. Good creamy biscuit malt aromas,slightly nutty with a whiff of grassy hop. Smooth malty creamy ,nutty flavour, some hop bitterness and a burnt grain after taste.Very nice and as they say a bit hoppier than the usual for style but still within i think! Nice mouth feel on the thin side and low carbonation helps. Very nice beer a good change of pace from the usual up here.

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Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Purplehat
4.4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mahakaya
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of slavall
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Occidental Alt - on tap at the First National Tap House - served in an imperial style (but not sized) pint, the beer is a nice bronze with a beige head and a chill haze.

Beer smells very fresh. It has a nose of lightly milled malts, a bit of ripe red apple and touch of caramel.

Taste is malt forward. Slightly sweet and grainy. Hops are evident but mainly for balance. They add a bit of back-end floral bite.

The mouth is medium with some prickly carbonation late.

I think they hit most of the notes for this style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 16 June 2016.

A clear burnished copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose has a nice blend of mildly caramelized Vienna malt, a firming, earthy noble hop character (wet wood, grass) and some toffee. The palate opens moderately bitter, earthy, mildly minty with a hint of allspice. This is followed by a moderate malt flavor, a blend of Vienna malt, toffee, a little caramel, and a little bread. Drying, bitter on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and well-carbonated. Delicious.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Great creamy mothfeel that is delightfully Germanic. Lightly flavored with a dry finish. Attractive brownish amber color in the tall glass with a plenty of suds. Malty but not a heavy body. Just a hint of butter and a faint bitterish aftertaste.

One of the better Altbiers in my experience. Highly drinkable but more interesting than the Oktober, Marzen, etc. styles. From the 16 oz can purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.
3.75 3.25 4.0 4.25 4.0

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Photo of almostjay
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I have an off-pack or what, but I was highly disappointed by this beer. Not really an altbier in my opinion, having been to Dusseldorf and enjoyed the "real thing". This beer has a strange, almost fruit beer kind of thing going on that I just don't enjoy. Not a great representation of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of cbnz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SurferEric
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Altbier from Occidental Brewing Co.
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