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Balt Altbier | Union Craft Brewing Company

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191 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
unioncraftbrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by yourefragile on 07-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,507
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
191
pDev:
10.08%
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On tap at Metropolitan.

Pours a clear dark mahogany ruby with a retentive creamy head and light lacing. Robust, rich aroma of roast malt, caramel, smoke, and berry. Medium soft body, light carbonation, creamy smooth texture. Rich malt flavor, caramel, toffee and chocolate with light earthy hops in the finish. Excellent flavor and balance, this was a treat.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Delicious. Got me into the Alt style. Toasty. Will always order it if it's on tap or in a can.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alts are one of those styles I could never really get behind. But, hey, it's late and I can't sleep and this was included in a mixed sixer, so salut...

Pours alty. A bit darker and more opaque than most other alts that I've had--Union really seems reluctant to filter their beers, for whatever reason. Not bad looking, though.

Smells of thick, caramel malt and then a little bit of generic grain and nobel hops. Firm yeast, and the caramel is very big. Good.

Tastes like it smells: caramel and toffee to start, some lightly bright hops and peat in the middle, and then a finish of caramel. Very nice maltiness, and very full body for a beer of its size.

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Poured from the can into a pint glass with a moderately aggressive hand. This is a hometown beer for sure - the brewery is only a few miles from my house. No perceivable date on the can.

A: Nice dark amber-brown with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Down to a light coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: Solid, nutty malt with some sweetness. Traces of toffee, dried fruit. Toasted notes with subtle touches of bread.

T: Nutty and malty with a nice bitterness that is present both immediately and throughout. Fairly classic german hop profile. Semi-dry finish. There is definitely some sweetness, but it is not the focal point IMO. Well balanced. Probably a bit more hop bitterness than the typical altbier, but it works. Great flavors of nuts, toasted malt, light toffee, indistinct fruit.

M: Moderate to low carbonation with a moderate body. Fitting for the style. Smooth. Well done.

O: Aside from their "Hampden on Rye" collaboration with Brewer's Art, this is my favorite Union offering. Excellent execution of a traditional style with a subtle American twist. Drinks really well. I particularly enjoy the nuttiness of this brew. Good out of the can, too. Buy it if you see it, for sure.

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Balt Altbier from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 191 ratings
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