Altbier | Occidental Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
44 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

3.75/4/4.25/4/4

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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 ricke49
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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 ZachT
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Kylemif
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Briken
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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 OregonGrown7
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macpapi
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of chossboss
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mahakaya
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SurferEric
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of almostjay
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Purplehat
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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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Altbier from Occidental Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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