Altbier | Occidental Brewing Co.

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Occidental Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by msubulldog25 on 07-26-2013

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Photo of sayrockaoj7
4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the taproom in one of their cool Occidental logo glasses. The glass is uniquely shaped and larger than expected. Beer was poured and presented with a nice creamy head that retained for the long haul.

Appearance: Deep amber in color with 2 fingers of off-white/dense head that provided quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: I get quite a bit of nuttiness out of it but after that the smell is a bit thin, at least compared to the complex taste.

Taste: Picks right back up with great nuttiness, decent amount of clean tasting noble hops balance out the maltiness of this beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what is expected from such a nicely balanced beer. Very creamy and smooth. Goes down very easy, but has just enough carbonation to bite the tongue and remind you to respect it.

Overall: Top notch. This might be my favorite of the regular offerings from this small and under-appreciated Portland brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of anarchia
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
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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Photo of ZachT
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Purplehat
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of fardog
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ricke49
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Malty grain goodness, with a crackery sweetness that possesses just a hint of chocolate. Spectacular rich deep copper color. Hard to imagine a more handsome beer. Drinking it on a cool fall day, but seems like it has a flavor/mouthfeel profile that would fit any season. This pint canned about 2 months ago - very appreciative of the clear dating that Occidental uses. Excellent beer!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Brewers Haven... Pours very clear light orange.. grainy and sorta biscuity.. hints of fruitiness, but airs out after a swirl in the glass.. incredibly clean and perfect for an easily overlooked beer style. Dig this one a bunch.


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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pint pour at the Occidental Taproom. On "OBF Friday" after a few magnicent tastesat the Beer Fest.

A: Perfectly amber/bronze; clear with plenty of carbonation. 1/2 finger of dense whiteness, almost no lacing.

S: Sweet and a bit nutty.

T: Finishes ashy, woody and slightly tangy. Smoked apples and pears, more than a little woody.

M: Creamy and incredibly smooth.

O: So delicious, among the best from this brewer's Germanic-styled list of beers.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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 Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this beer impressed me, & I would choose it over my favorite Pilsner. Very crisp and refreshing. Amber color, foamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is grain, grass, slightly floral. Flavor is light citrus, floral, grass, and some cracker malt. A metallic hint as well, but it finishes clean, with some malty tones. I'm going to be drinking this one throughout the summer for sure!

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Photo of SurferEric
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of slavall
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cbnz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Chris-1911
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Lingenbrau
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wish I had better access to this beer and brewery. Probably the most authentic German style American craft brewery that I know of, and this beer is no exception. Dark amber, malty,grainy, bready aroma and flavor, complimented perfectly by a just over balanced bitterness. Prost!

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Altbier from Occidental Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 48 ratings