Balt Altbier | Union Craft Brewing Company

Balt AltbierBalt Altbier
BA SCORE
3.77/5
191 Ratings
Balt AltbierBalt Altbier
BEER INFO

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

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yourefragile on 07-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,402
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
191
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Jackz29
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of Seanecy
2.39/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of stevoj
2.64/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at City Tap House, DC. Kind of weak on the normal alt characters. Taste was more sweet than nutty, body a bit thin. Cola colored, underwhelming

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Photo of Skabiski
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Jack_Frost79
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaymo18
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kevintaraross
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Its retention is quite poor, unfortunately. About the only thing really notable about the head is that small patches of lacing are left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Fairly spicy. I have no idea how fresh this can is (note to Union Craft: start dating your cans!), but there seems to be some nice notes of pine, grass, and spice. Malts provide toasted and earthy qualities along side more standard-issue caramel (the latter appears more vividly as it warms up). Nothing too eventful, but it works. (3.25)

Taste: It does seem hoppier than the norm, judging from the moderate bitterness at first. Grassiness will give way to some maltiness appears near the back end, including notes of caramel, bread, toast...and a somewhat clashing smokiness. With a few more sips, it'll balance out - it doesn't become exciting, just balanced. (3)

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, without too much maltiness lingering post-swallow. Still, the sweetness does give it some body, and the light prickle from the carbonation makes it relatively easy to drink. (3.25)

Overall: Not bad. Not my favorite beer from these guys, but this will do in a pinch. Still, I can't help but feel this should have been fresher - then again, without a dated can, how will I know? (3)

3.09/5: Pretty uneventful in general

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Photo of RichardMNixon
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DuaneL
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very yeasty, has an off- chemical or wheat aftertaste; head does not stay

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Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MrBoh
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL OZ can into a pint glass (no Altbier glass on hand).

Appearance: Pours a thick caramel colored body with a thick, yet not dense, head. Looks like a thick iced tea or loosely carbonated soda.

Smell: Caramel aroma with a nice scent of German Noble hops.

Taste: More like a brown ale than the crisp Altbier flavor I remember. Nutty, caramel, and a touch of chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Very, almost too, thick for an Altbier.

Overall: Just not enough to style from the plethora of Altbiers I enjoyed so much outside of Duesseldorf 20 years ago. Again, much more like a nutty brown ale than a true crisp Alt. I feel like Fordham's Copper Ale was much more on point.

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Photo of ScottP
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoovisMG
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vinithing
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pdumler
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Light Brown/orange. 1.5 finger head, solid lace that fades away shortly.
S: caramel, bready aroma with a touch of walnut. Smells nice, like a nice fall day
T: very similar to smell which is great. Nice tingle on the tongue with a small bit of hops but mainly a strong malt with a bready taste.
F: solid carbonation with a crisp finish. Medium body and smooth through the mouth.
O: Great altbier out of a can. Would recommend.

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Photo of bluehende
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing wrong with this beer. My big objection is how light it feels.

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Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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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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