Brewers' Cut Altbier | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MattSweatshirt on 04-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 61
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12 oz. longneck into a shaker pint. Bottling date 8.7.13.

Look- Medium amber with an orange hue. Thick, creamy off-white head. Good retention, very nice lacing.

Smell- Surprisingly herbal, dark rye bread, a little fusel. Nutty, dark fruit.

Taste- Like the nose, very hoppy for an alt. Nonetheless, very tasty and malt-driven. Nutty, full toasty flavor throughout with some golden raisin. Herbal bittering pushes through after the sip, finishing with a dry honeyed biscuit and peppermint-black tea.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, full, almost creamy. Moderate carbonation. Chalky finish, very clean. Trace of booziness, feels fitting.

Overall- Definitely in the sticke category, but more assertive than you'd expect with the hops. Style- meh, but it's pretty darn good. I'd like to see more like this on the Texas market.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a hazed chestnut color with a modest cap of light tan head. Average retention and little lace.

Nose is nutty, hazelnuts actually with some toffee maltiness.

Taste is pretty good, it has a nice nutty quality without any harsh tannin/toast bitterness. Its on the malty side but still manages to stay pretty dry. Reminds me of a good Dunkel mixed with an English Brown Ale. Im not hating the fact I only got a single of this, but I also dont think Id have had much trouble finishing a sixer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, BBD 8/7/13
Riedel tulip

A: Dark orange leading to amber. Thin layer if loose bubbled off white head. Not a ton of head. Carbonation seems low.

S: Nice light biscuit malt hints. Slightly nutty. Grassy grainy notes. Pulling those noble hops, even through the malt backbone.

T: Some nice hop character greets you up from. Certainly more of the Noble hop flavor. Some of those grassy grainy flavors. Sweet malt backbone meets it there. Pulling some of those nutty flavors. They hit the German style in the head. Seems like a fall-ish style beer. Finish is slightly dry.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kind of an auburn color, clear, with a half finger head, but it lasted and left pretty decent lacing.

Definitely very malty in both aroma and taste. Lots of grainy notes and toasty grains come through, some breadiness too. Hops come through well and offer some balance, although it still remains a very malt-forward beer. Medium body and not real heavily carbonated. it's still very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Kind of reminds me of my first all grain beer, a maris otter smash where I didn't use enough willamette to balance out the malt. It was still quite a tasty brew, and I was quite pleased, but it was just more of a showcase for the malt than the hops. This beer is balanced much better, with a good crisp bite of hops, but is still showcasing the malts nicely.

I go on and off hop kicks, and I guess I'm in an "off" mode lately, because I've been drinking a lot of this one, and some other non-hop-head beers too. Definitely try this one for a change of pace, altbiers aren't very common and this one is really good.
So far I've liked every beer from this brewery, this one is no exception.

EDIT for re-review: This beer has really grown on me, and I liked it the first time! I don't know if it's this specific blend of ingredients from RABC, or just altbiers in general that I'm really liking lately, but heck I think I've bought about five or six sixers of this beer so far, and will in all likelihood keep buying them until it's gone! I think a sturdily malty altbier-ish homebrew might be in the near future. I'd like to brew something fairly clonish.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Real Ale Brewer’s Cut Altbier is a bronze/auburn colored beer with a nose that is malty and sweet, with toasted notes and some grassy hops. The body of the beer is completely clear and the foam on this beer is only slight, but it is creamy in texture and does leave some lacing as you consume.

This beer offers a nice flavor profile that joins tastes of a German Alt with that of noble hops. The taste sensations include toasted malt, caramel malt, herbal notes, bread, and some earthy moments, particularly in the finish. The beer is balanced nicely between the sweet and the bitter and it has a flavor profile that most all craft beer fans will enjoy.

Real Ale Brewer’s Cut Altbier is the 5th entry in Real Ale Brewing’s Brewer’s Cut series and is yet another beer easily capable of making it on its own, even though the plan is to release it once and never brew it again. The balance in flavors and the combination of grassy hops and German elements make this a beer worth trying and one that could likely sell well as a regular release product or seasonal beer.

I like this beer for many reasons and I wouldn’t mind trying again if I can track it down. The balance is nice and the German elements and noble hops combination is certainly one that works for me. Whether or not we will ever see it again remains a question mark, so I recommend finding it and trying it very soon, if possible.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Premium Draught in Houston.

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. A pillowing two finger white head forms with good retention. Nice lace is left behind. Looks like spiderweb legs.
S: Up front is grassy and herbal hops. Earthy, then the great malt character comes in. Toasted malt, baked bread, and a light sweetness. A bit of earthy bitterness lingers in the nose.
T: At first, this follows the nose. With an Earthy, grassy, and herbal hop flavor. Toasted malts again follow the hops. A nutty flavor as well. The sweetness is a bit stronger here, but still very nice.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. I wish it was just a bit dryer, but still very refreshing and clean. Easy to drink. Something I can enjoy all day. I just wish the alcohol was a bit lower.

I am really digging some of the Albier's that are being made in Texas right now. Hops & Grain has a great one, and I think I might like this one a little more. A very good, if not great representation of the style in the US. I will be looking to pick up a few six packs when I see this around.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep amber with a massive, dense off-white head, with superb retention. The carbonation is slight, Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Grassy hops vie with adundant toasted malt for a simple but very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Strong grassy and herbal hops up front, with an understated toasted malt presence. Later in the taste, the hops turn earthy with a lingering bitterness which utterly vanquishes the toasted malt. Finishes with a lingering earthy and metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Far too biased towards the hops for my taste, nonetheless, replendent with the quality and craftsmanship that Real Ale is noted for.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in April, 2013 for $8.99/six-pack.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle best by 08.07.13

Pours out a clear copper/amber with a white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Big hoppy presence of grass and earth with some slightly toasted malt.

While drinking this the bitterness just takes over the tongue. Fairly big hop presence but I guess they are going for the bigger "Sticke" version. There is a lovely grass and earthy hop flavor. Bready toasty malt is right there with it providing a nice balance.

Drinks smooth with spot on carbonation. The body is lighter side of medium.

Drinking this gives me flashbacks of being in Düsseldorf. Pretty well executed here.

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Brewers' Cut Altbier from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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