Centennial Alt | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by womencantsail:
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Works Fenway

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells of sweet malt with toasted malt and toffee. There is a bit of grape flavor and sweetness. A light flavor of yeast as well as a very slight nuttiness. Maybe a little bit of floral hop aroma.

T: A nice toasted malt and toffee flavor. There's some nutty flavors as well as some mild fruit flavors. It's sort of bitter for an altbier. As with the aroma, there are some grape flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Sort of a weird aroma and flavor to this. Wasn't the hugest fan, but not bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tarnished and weathered copper hue with a tiny bubbled lace that clings well. Rounded malty aroma with a trace smell of herbal hop. Flexing and creamy malty palate cradling a medium body. Maltiness is balanced, very flavourful but not overly sweet. Full grain flavours of toasted grain and caramel. A very sufficient hop bitterness keeps the malt in check with a focus hit to balance things very well. Residual maltiness and an herbal hop make up the after taste. Very good stab at the style, one of the best malty beers from Beer Works.

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Photo of odietrying
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in 4oz. sample glass.

A: Very dark red. Thin head, little lacing.

S: Some mild floral notes.

T: Bitter hops overwhelmed the malt, but the bitterness does fade quickly.

M: Coarser texture than expected, a little gritty; decent carbonation.

D: ...Not my first choice, but I could manage.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber (or light brown) in color; clear. Very nice tight off-white head; excellent lace

Smells similar to a homebrew with lots of yeasty aromas. Light hop and malt, comparatively.

Very dry malt up fron on the taste--this quickly fades to a bitter hop that lasts through the swallow. Excellent body with very accurate carbonation for the style.

Very similar to an English Brown Ale, with a little more hops.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Translucent brown, almost ruby. Thick, tan head. Foam clings to the side of the glass very well.

S: Ambiguously sweet malt. A little nutty. Not too strong.

T: Great balance between the malt and the hops. Has sort of a crisp, apple cider taste.

M: Smooth, yet complex.

D: Not too heavy, but complex in that you wouldn't want more than one at a time.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a deep amber colored beer with slightly off-white head.
Smell is long on roasted malt with a lingering hop presence in the background.
Taste is very flavorful. The stong roasty malt with some toffee aspects, and the firm hop bitterness combine nicely.
A nice refreshing beer. The strong flavor profile make this an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MAbeerNE1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer of "almosts." Poured an almost perfect brown. Almost clear. A thin head that was almost creamy that receded into a thinner film and lots of lace. Nose was very pungent malts with an almost slight tang of hops. The flavor was at first a very dry maltiness that reminded me almost of brown sugar if it had been thrown into a frying pan for a few minutes. That was quickly followed by a surprising bitter hop quick that left a lingering piney-ness. Fairly dry mouthfeel with the customary Beer Works watery touch. An almost great beer but the mouthfeel was a little bit too thin to push it over the top.

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Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/28/2006 $4.00 16 oz. pint 5.50% Fresh seasonal ale on tap at the Fenway Park bar.


Poured a clear dark brown suffused with crimson, and topped by a thin film of off-white head.


I was expecting a strong malt backbone with mild hop presence, but instead was overwhelmed by some intense herbal hop notes. Not bad, but unexpected.


Mouthfeel was a bit coarse and biting, with flavors skewed heavily towards the hop end of the spectrum. Very bitter with not enough malt sweetness to balance things out. Malts were so muted that their discernible characteristics were difficult to differentiate. I haven't had a lot of altbier experience, but this one did not live up to expectations I have of the style.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented from the tap in the standard BBW 16oz. willybecher, the beer was a ruby tint of red/brown with a half-finger of white head that was quick to fade, but allowed some good sticky lacing.

The nose had some bready notes with a malt dominated aroma. Caramel and toasted biscutty notes. Some faint hops.

Some big malt flavors hits the palate with a semi-sweet chewy vicosity. Lots of caramel and slight toffee flavors with a subtle hoppiness in the finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Get a little "heavier" as the beer warms.

A decent offering from BBW. Nothing to amaze here, but solid all around and reasonable to session.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most of their beers that I have had are just okay, this one stands out as a favorite for me. Dark and malty with just the right amount of hops. Could benefit from just a bit more body as it seems a bit thin. Although I am no authority on this style, this one is good. Smooth and refreshing and a good choice if you find yourself at the Beer Works.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quaffed at the North Station location prior to a Bruins game....

It has a clear, rich, deep copper hue, topped by a thick and creamy tan head which sticks oh-so-well to the glass. A thing of beauty! Aroma emits some fresh, toasty malt along with some pleasing, floral hops. Body checked in at about medium, and it was nicely smooth passing over the tongue. More toasty malt starts the flavor off. There's a subtle hint of fruitiness, and thee hops have both floral and fruity aspects which are verrry pleasing! The hoppiness really sticks on the palate long after the nectar has hit the belly. A really nice Bier!! Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Truh
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blew out one hundred candles with this one on 11/14/2004. 12-oz. pour in a cylindrical glass at the source.

Large foam 1/8 inch plume of head with a slight off-white hue that leaves a thin veil down to the bottom. Light brown hue, but see-through clear, and inordinately quiet. The bouquet seems to be hidden behind a wall of fluffy white steel, though what I can make out is a bulky malt scatter shot with just a trace of sweet vanilla cream. Sedate smoke char at first taste with a medium-sized hop value that kicks it mid-way through. Pleasant alt certainly and would recommend it without hesitation. Was told this was only brewed every 100th batch, thus the centennial moniker.

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Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey amber with some murkiness in the top 70% of the glass. Forms a 5mm head and leaves some lacing. Smell is cinnamon caramel and burnt malt with just a slight hoppiness. This is also noticed on the palate. There is a somewhat sweet finish but it is not as syruppy as I remember and this is a plus. There is some chalkiness to the mouthfeel but it is nothing too overwhelming. I would say pretty right on for style and therefore drinkable for the style. Seems considerably better than last years version.

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Centennial Alt from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 14 ratings