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Altbier | Occidental Brewing Co.

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3.86/5
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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

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Added by msubulldog25 on 07-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,144
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
44
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 17
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

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 JohnGalt1
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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 DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 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 ZachT
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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 msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 sharpski
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Chris-1911
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Quafftastic
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

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