Altbier | Occidental Brewing Co.

AltbierAltbier
BA SCORE
3.86/5
44 Ratings
AltbierAltbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Occidental Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
occidentalbrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by msubulldog25 on 07-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,617
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
44
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Photo of sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harvest06
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seanthornton152
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 gartlesby
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Briken
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of almostjay
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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 OregonGrown7
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great cold day for an altbier. Served in my shiny new Full Sail tumbler.

Look : Honey colored body; 90% opaque; faint silhouette of my fingers on the other side. The head is edgy, fluffy, porous, and popcorn colored. 3 fingers. Leaves diseased lace as it recedes.

Smell : Orange peel; caramel; amber malts; some toffee notes and fruity esters. Medium strength.

Taste : Caramel malts forward; orange peel and grapefruit; a bit of bread crusts, yeast, fruit and spices. It ends candy-like with yeast and fruity esters.

Feel : Hard water carbonation; prickly feel, but with a slight creaminess; semi-dry cap.

Overall : Not all that impressive but still not a bad trial. If I were up in Oregon again I'd probably skip this one. Still, it's another brewery to check off my list.

3.5
3.75
3.5
3.75
3.75

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Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Kylemif
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chossboss
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 macpapi
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright copper color with a thin and pretty quickly dissipating white head. Not much lacing on glass. However, the very sharp color is pretty notable.

Smell by crisp malt, buttery biscuit and buttery elements, caramel, with some herbal hops.

Taste is malty and crisp--the bread-type presence of the smell also noted in the mouth. Sharp piney hops also make themselves known here.

Moderate carbonation, pretty full body, and a nice sharp flavor with quite a bit of malt mark mouthfeel.

This is a pretty pleasant and drinkable beer. It is pretty simple and basic, but it impresses with its quality and tastiness. It is a nice, easy-drinking, somewhat no frills beer.

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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of slavall
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Altbier from Occidental Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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