Altbier | Prost Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Prost Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Altbier is light brown with a clean crackery malt flavor followed by a swift hop kick. Alt simply means old in German and it is maned this to signify the old way of making beer. It is served in a traditional style 25cL Alt glass as it is in Düsseldorf. (ABV 5.0% 37 IBU's)

Added by beergoot on 03-07-2013

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Reviews by beergoot:
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4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body poured out with a solid, crystal-clear copper body and was topped with a rich, creamy, thick head; lots of clumps of foam sticking to the pint glass. Some good malt aroma ju-ju going on; grainy and caramel in character with a slight fruity tang in the background. Excellent balance of subtle malt sweetness and hop bitterness from beginning to end of each sip. Nice lingering cereal-like flavor merging with a subtle hop bitterness at the finish. Crisp and smooth.

A very easy drinking beer. Well-balanced, nice complexity. I picked up the growler that I'm reviewing at Coaltrain Wine and Liquour, and don't know how long it had been there, but I'd really like to head north (I'm in Colorado Springs, the beer is made in Denver) and try this on tap at the brewery. The growler example is pretty darn good, as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, a delicious, malty German ale to enjoy during the late winter/early spring season.

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Photo of Prospero
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Bapplebaum
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbone2131
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marshall_ofmcap
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prost Altbier has an extremely fierce, foamy, spongy, bone-colored head, a cloudy, copper appearance, raging bubbles, powdery sediment throughout, and lacing blobs left behind. The aroma is odd- tea, lemon, walnuts, pecans, brown bread crust, and medium-roasted malt. Taste is odd, too- all of the above, with citrus, sourness, moderate hop bitterness, brown bread crust, and golden raisin. Mouthfeel is medium, and Prost Altbier finishes crisp and refreshing.


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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Penrodeo
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crobinso
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Antc2382
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Krusader
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Growler filled about 3-4 days ago. 64oz brown glass Alpine Beer Company growler with white twisty cap served into a slender Paulaner "weissbier" glass (I put "weissbier" in quotes because the glass is so slender and cylindrical as to practically be a stange). Served at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated - it's a growler pour.

A: Pours almost entirely foam; it's a 9 finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin and weak, with no cream whatsoever. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 7-8+ minutes.

Body colour is a rich dark copper-amber of understated vibrance. Clear (translucent/transparent). No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty standard fare for an alt. I like altbieren so I'm excited to try this one.

Sm: Malts are king here. Caramalts slightly edge out munich and pale malts for the crown. Minimal hop presence - it's all floral in character; quite neutral yet complementary. A bit bready. Notable graininess, but not many cereals. Slightly on the sweeter end. A hint of doughy character. Seemingly slightly imbalanced.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of above average strength. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Light fruitiness - kisses of cherry. Caramalts, munich malt, light amber malts, and heavy grainy presence. No cereals, really. On the sweeter end. Very slight touches of bready character. It's rather simple, but does feature some subtlety. Balance is decent. I don't note any overt flaws or off-notes, but there's lots of room for improvement and it does seem a bit generic.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Below average depth of flavour.

Mf: Sticky and chewy. Okay carbonation. Smooth and wet. Subpar presence on the palate. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but mediocre. Kind of bummed I bought a whole growler fill. Another letdown from Prost Brewing. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. A passable altbier, but you can do far better. Alaskan Amber this is not.

High C

August 6th, 2016 impression from a bottle:

Decent altbier. But with Alaskan Brewing's vastly superior Amber available across the U.S.A. (and widely distributed across Colorado), why bother with this?


02.15.17 impression:

Obviously overcarbonated poured out of the bottle.

Bready, with some off-putting zest and pepper-like tingle.

Horrid imbalance. Inconsistent and unpleasant. I remembered this better, but it seems inconsistent (and inconsistency above all things is the opposite of what you'd expect in a German style brewery).


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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden yellow color. It smelled of bready malty with a hint of citrus. Some floral notes, too. Sweet caramel malt with a bread-like malt backbone. It was crisp and sharp.

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Photo of SamN
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark bown/ruby highlights. not much head. Malty aromas; grains, hints of sweet caramel, chestnuts, sort of faint. Tastes are sort of faint, as well; it's starts with a sort of vauge toasted malt flavor, then fades to a lingering hop bitterness. That's about it.

Boring, mostly.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not what I was expecting - maybe I'm just not familiar with the style of a "traditional german pale ale".

To me, this tastes almost exactly like a Marzen. The hop is a bit more pronounced and the malt bill a bit less spicy and roasty but overall, this beer comes across like an Oktoberfest brew. Not that that's a bad thing, but that's what caught me of guard.

Pours a clear rusty amber, thin fizzy head forms and recedes entirely.

Nose is big on malt, a bit of spice, not much hop forward.

Flavor is mostly bitter hops, no tropical/floral/citrus notes to speak of.

Feel is much in line with a typical pale ale. Clean, crips, light and drying.

Overall, it's nice but it's not something I'd seek out.

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Altbier from Prost Brewing Company
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