Prost Brewing Company

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German Altbier
Ranked #75
Ranked #31,679
3.73 | pDev: 10.46%
Prost Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: 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)
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by beergoot:
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4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZAP
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Chestnut brown

S-Clean, slightly grainy

T-Clean, slightly sweet with hints of caramel

F-Medium to light boded. Clean

O-Nice clean drinking alt that is pretty spot on for style. Maybe lacks some of the bitterness some would prefer in the style but I prefer this style with a backed down bitterness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown color, darker than most Alts. Cloudy. Minor head which leaves nearly no lace (some small spots).

Darker malt smell with some raisins in rum notes. Sweet but not overly so--a bit fruity, dried apricot comes to mind.

The flavor starts off with a dark crystal malt flavor that retains the malt (deeply toasted) but without the sweetness I detected in the smell. Light semisweet chocolate in the background. Low, but present, hop bitterness. Short aftertaste. The body is a bit thin, carbonation neutral.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A new batch of the Alt, tapped today (or yesterday)

Nice glowing copper/brown body. It has a soft, creamy white head of about 1 finger. Nice lacing, not sticky, not oily

Aroma is very light caramel and some hop spice. Kinda like rye, but without the breadiness. Crackers. Pretzels. Snappy

Well, that's just about the best tasting alt I've had (never been to Germany). The balance is fantastic. Bready. Cracker. Zippy hops. Light caramel. Back to cracker/pretzel and finishes with a subtle crispness that makes you want another sip....or gulp. Clean. Very very nice

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Dodo2step
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- medium brown color with mahogany highlights. Less than a one finger head with no lacing.

S- german style malts with hints of raisins

F- floral notes with hints of raisin and plum.

M- sweet and medium bodied. Fairly smooth as well.

O- not a bad beer. the malt is there but not overpowering and it is sweet.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of birchstick
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rayek
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MinorThreat
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of SamN
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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 SFC21
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maltlikker
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Housemate got some of these and some of Prost's hefeweizen in a beer of the month box recently, so I snagged a bottle for review purposes. Thanks Dan!

Pours a rusty, dark copper color with a sizable bone-white head that dissipates to an everlasting single-finger ring over the course of several minutes. Slight, steady lace and a murky surface. Mildly hazy with a lot of suspended solids. Not bad looking at all.

Nose is brown bread, yeasty esters, slightly nutty and fruity. Notes of toasted almonds and ripe red cherries. Pretty clean and controlled with some honey notes as well. Pecan and light dusty cocoa also coming out as the beer warms. Pretty hearty nose here that gets a bit better over time. Raised from 3.75 to 4 as I drank my glass.

Flavor is slightly roasty grains, nuttiness, a touch of anonymous (apple/cherry/grape-esque) fruitiness and bready malts with traditional German semi-estery yeast backing it up. Slight Noble hop push on the back of the tongue; a tiny bit floral, slightly spicy and earthy. Satisfying. Not too special but quite good for what it is, and that's kind of where altbiers are in general these days. Can't reinvent the wheel with every beer, and it seems Prost aren't really trying to. Therefore, I'd consider this contextually quite worthy of praise in the flavor department as they seem to nail the Düsseldorf flavor profile.

Initial/mid-palate feel is slick but well-carbonated. Nice and easy-drinking with a temperate disposition from what I can only assume is a long aging time. Finish is dry and spritzy, not open-ended/high FG like some American examples of altbier can be these days. I feel this is a high point for this beer and demonstrates Prost's even-handedness when developing traditional German styles (only had a few sips of the hefeweizen other than this one, but may review a bottle soon). This could easily finish too malty and forward, but it seems to restrain itself in the finish, leaving me wanting another sip. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prospero
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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 WhitmansNiece
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Altbier from Prost Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 72 ratings