Alt | New Glarus Brewing Company

124 Reviews

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 11-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with incutrav. Thanks Travis!

This pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a huge head of billowy foam that grows in my glass.

The smell is a nice balanced nose of sweet malt and hop spiciness. Nice.

The taste has the caramel malt sweetness along with some hop spice, some grain, some fruity tartness, and some alcohol. Re the fruit, I can taste some apple goodness...again, nice. The alcohol is stgronger than I expected for an Alt as I get quite a bit of warming. Ok, so it's a sipping Alt. No prob.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation. It finishes lightly bitter, lightly tart.

Drinkability? As I said, the alcohol presence is there so I'm taking my time drinking this puppy but I can't deny that this has good drinkability. Oh and head retention is terrific and the lacing is abundant.

Bottom line: I lke this Alt a lot. Another solid brew from New Glarus!

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at New Glarus.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy nutty brown hue. The head is on the smaller side, dirty, with okay retention. The retention is so so with some lace noted.

S: Nice toasted malt aromas with bold hints of spice. Slightly nutty with light hoppy notes.

T: The nose carries over nicely. Bold sweetness! There is a nice blast of roasted malt with hints of caramel and toffee. Nuts in the toffee come thru along with a touch of spice. A slight boozy burn shows up in the finish.

M: Full in body smooth.

D: Not bad, not the best alt in the world, but good overall.

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Photo of datamike
1.48/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Wow, not only is this NOT a traditional Alt in any sense, it's a horrible beer period.

Shoe polish, sweet malt, and a whiff of hop bitterness in the nose.

Huge phenols and solvent in the taste. Drink your wife's nail polish remover - it's probably cheaper and tastes largely the same. Seriously. I am saving the remaining bottles for a "Flawed Beers Seminar" I am leading for a BJCP exam prep course.

Appearance is good for style - clear, copper, good head retention.

This simply isn't an alt according to the style guidelines. More concerning though is that this is not a clean beer period. The solvent harshness make this beer undrinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temperature into a tumbler glass.
Puffy head of foam that laces all over the sides of the glass.

Sweet fruit and smudgy oak flourishes in the aroma, with a malty blanket underneath.

Full bodied, candied fruits and oak notes in the taste. For me the oak adds a lot, similar to his use of oak in the Bohemian Lager. Just subtle enough to not be obtrusive, yet it adds a layer of depth for sure. Dries out nicely in the finish. Very smooth and malty, it just wraps around you like a warm blanket. Long and lingering oak in the aftertaste that seems to last forever. So rich and tasty, i've never had a German Alt this good...

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Photo of nullz0r
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More so an "imperial" alt, Carey's take on the style pushes it to its limits (but with great success).

A: Brilliant Bronze body; two finger head

S: Malty, rich, complex; hints of spice

T: Incredible flavor; malty with little hoppy flavor, hints of spice, perfectly balanced alcoholic bite.

M: Excellent carbonation, noticeable substance to this beer, but not chewy like a stout.

D: Deceptively smooth flavor that doesn't get old. My favorite New Glarus offering.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice two finger head. The color is brown with a cloudy appearance. The head retention was over five minutes.

S - Caramel and the Turbinado sugar welcome your nose.

T - Initially, I could detect the alcohol but after a few more sips I could hardly notice the alcohol. The sugars and caramel malts hide the 9% abv real well.

M - Very full body with only a slight detection of the alcohol in the beer.

D - I put this low simply because of the alcohol content. On a cold night I could have 3-4 of these but the high alcohol content will catch up with you quick.

One the best New Glarus beers I have had. Here, in Wisconsin, drinking this beer is like adding another coat to your body when its twenty below outside.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, another highly toured brew from the best brewery in Wisconsin

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, rich amber body, fairly clear, foamy beige cap and nice retention

smell: big sweet nose, caramel, apple and spice, rich and nutty

taste: this is a very nice beer - sweet juicy red apple, cinnamon/ginger and other spice, sweet caramel and nutty notes...the alcohol is well hidden and there is a minimal metallic touch compared to other alt's.

mouthfeel: creamy full body, sweet and chewy

drinkability: lovely

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Todd on RB hooked me up with this one, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a semi-clear musty amber hue with a fluffy one finger off-white head that falls to a creamy layer of goodness. Not a whole lot in terms of lacing, but there are a few spots here and there. A nice sweet smelling brew for sure. Sweet candy sugars, molasses, and figs in the nose. Some oaky scents with caramel malts and bread as well. Taste begins with brown sugar, sweet spices, and cookie dough. A good dose of gooey caramel with a touch of pepper smokiness and honey. Not bad flavors, just a bit too sweet at times. Medium body with a stinging feel from the strong carbonation. I could definitely use less bubbles in this one. A sipping beer that warms the body on a cold Syracuse night. I'm pretty sure this has a fairly high abv so I'll throw my other bottle in the cellar for now.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Never had an Altier before so this was a new experience.

Color was a rusty amber color with a decent head when poured into a pint glass. Head seemed to stick with the beer the entire time until beer was gone.

The beer was medium bodied. First you get the malty and sweet taste and beer finished with a bit of bitterness. They balanced each other out thou...just as much sweet as bitterness. It was like they cancelled each other out. Not too much complexity to this beer it seemed to be very straight foward.

Fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a nice head and almost no lace. Very slightly hazy deep amber. Aroma is a heady sweet, caramel, a bit fruity, malt. Flavor is very sweet, malty with a tinge of bitter on tongue tip. Nothing at all like the Alts from Germany I've had which were much drier. Not bad. Full bodied and thankfully enough carbonation to stand up to the sweetness. Sweet finish. Some chemical flavors too. Not a session beer. Ok finish.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Johnny Sausage rocks with the stellar hook-up.

Goos film o foam rests atop a rusty bronze hed brew. Great bubbling dispersed throughout the wholebeer. Very toasted aroma that makes me think of a delicate banana bread Just hint of hoppy pine for balance. elicious, sweet toasted malt bread. A little nature boy hps give a sft earthy aire to this delicately sweet malt bomb. Very smooth palate, would almost be sessionable if it wasn't so sweet.Not too sweet,just too sweet to be one of my session beers.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to light amber with a sticky head that shows lasting lace.

Aroma is mild fruit and huge yeast presence.

Taste is mildly sweet with a candy sugar hit that makes the beer sweet but it is not cloyingly sweet. Great medium roasted malt character with fruity undertones. Middle is fruit and slightly hoppy flavor. Finish is straight dates and biscuity, bready aroma, like a sweet roll with raisins. Fruitcake and cinnamon rolls with a hint of yeast. Honey is there, like it was drizzled on the sweet roll.

Mouthfeel is slick and full, but with the amount of flavor is really good.

Very good beer, and almost a StickeAlt with the full flavor.


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Photo of badbeer
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with a an off-white head that retains quite well and leaves a good lacing around the glass. Brown sugar, clove, a touch of all spice, gingerbread cookie, and almost seems to have a bourbon note in the aroma. Ginger, sugar cookie, clove, spice, and caramel in the taste. Higher than medium carbonation, with less than medium body. Almost seems like a Belgian style beer. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a tulip

Look is amber with a nice head that stayed around until the end.

Smell a little sweetness and spice

Taste Fruit spice and hops reminds me of a Belgian. Hint of alcohol with little to no burn.

Feel has a lot of carbonation that is very lively and has a slight bitter finish.

Drink this one is dangerous more drinkable than it should be with an undetectable high ABV.

Comment I'd like a little more malt flavor but still pretty tasty as is.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour is very active, almost got away from me, but I pulled back at just the right time. Color is a medium red, close to the shade of the label. Big head fizzles away within 2 minutes, leaving no lacing behind.

Big sweet malt aroma. I was smelling this the second the beer hit the bottom of the glass. Cherry tartness has got my mouth watering. A pronounced oak flavor coming on strong has me reading the bottle story too. I try not to believe the hype, but I've been waiting for this moment.

First sip is a bit of a melange. Boozy in a whiskey sort of way, followed rapid fire by oak flavors, and a hint of the cherry from the nose. I give it some time to sink in. Second try, same flavors, but I was ready for the bastards this time around. They didn't catch me off guard so easily. I'm thinking what I associated with whiskey, was just the oak itself. Still a bit of that cherry flavor, I don't know the taste of turbinado from memory, but whatever this beer has in it, it's working real well. The hops are there, but they know their place. A little spiciness comes through, but this is a malt forward beer all the way.

High carbonation let's this Alt do a dance all over my tongue. Full bodied sensual dancing. A very sexy beer. Even more so as it warms in the glass, and in my belly.

Overall this is a highly drinkable brew, despite the alleged 9% ABV. Not a session per se, but a couple here and there would be a nice way to spend a cold Wisconsin evening. I want to get a year or two on these and see where they end up as well.


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Photo of brewbucker
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a smallish head and medium carbonation. This beer is starting to confuse me. I bought a 6 pack and the first three bottles had caramel flavors with hints of oak, smoke, and light hops. The bottle I am drinking right now has a bourbon influence. Hey.. It sure works for me. A surprising little treat. I do not doubt the rumored 9% abv either. I really warmed up after a couple. Overall a real nice treat from New Glarus. Time to pick up a case or two as it should age fairly well.

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Photo of KI9A
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not really sure where to begin with this beer. Impressive isn't a strong enough word.

A: Bottle, into tulip glass. Foggy amber, puffy off white head, lasts forever. Picture perfect lace.

S: Whiskey laced with sugar. About the most amazing smell I have ever had in a beer.

T: Again, where to begin. First thing, You notice a big time bourbon taste, followed by a really sweet, dark fruit, figgy hit. Reminds me of a Belgian strong sweetness, but, I think that just might be the 9% ABV talking to me. I detect a small shot of hops at the end, with a big warmth of alcohol. Funny, but, don't detect the huge malt amount-even though I am a malt0head!

M: See above. Leaves a long lasting sweetness in your mouth, almost like the lacing on the glass.

D: 9% ABV, surely not a session beer. But, a perfect, I mean perfect beer for a cold evening.

I have totally fallen in love with this brewery. I like the whole outlook of Dan & company, and obviously the beers. Makes it worth the 5 hour drive to cheeseland, for a beer run. $7 a sixpack? Awesome. Just freaking awesome.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Amber/gold with a nice amber colored head that left a nice lace on the glass

S: I smelled a malt/candied sweetness to it, it reminded me a little of fruit juice, but not as strong? Loved it

T: I tasted a bunch in this beer. Yeasty/bready flavor right away and then the little spice notes started coming out. Reminded me a little of Tremens.

I wanted another drink right away, although it still left a great flavor all over your mouth

D: I really liked this beer, but you have to watch out at 9%.

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Photo of bound4er
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been dying to try this ... in a few words - this is very good beer. Pours great - solid inch or more of head from this orange / amber colored brew. Leaves some spotty lacing as I work down the glass. Smells rich - a spicy, brown sugary concoction with a slight hit of alcohol. Tastes just as rich - figs, spices, and a fizzy, tangy hit of hops that dries out the finish. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Given the low tariff and high quality here, this is a "sick" but welcome deal. Another solid offering from NG.

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Photo of Atron67
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought a case at steves figured i should lay out a review of it.

A- crystal clear amber with a huge tightly knit off-white head that stayed beautiful foam head on top. this lasted for nearly the entire pint the last two glasses.

S- you can smell the raw turbinado, and the caramelized malt. also smooth light yeastiness and spice with it.

T- smooth light maltiness then fades slowly as a spiciness and yeast character build. there is also a delicious light balanced hop presence from the styrians and their light hoppy spice as well. theres alot of really good things here but im not quite sure how i feel about it overall. maybe a little less sugar, so that it doesnt stand out as much as it does.

M- smooth creamy, pretty heavy. lingering maltiness and spice.

D- pretty damn tasty. i guess im still on the fence about the finish

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Copper color, massive two finger head.

S- Carmelized malts with a slight roasted presence and a light whiff of noble hops.

T- Complex caramel sweetness greets you at first. The middle features a dry complexity that accentuates the almost peppery hop character. A slight warming note adds to the smooth finish.

M- Solidly smooth and rich, just enough tang to break things up.

D- Dan, you better keep making this!

Simply a fantastic beer. This just might be the best from New Glarus yet!

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Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold from the bottle and sits bright copper in the glass. Nice gradients around the edges, and and thick, off-white head lending minor lacings, but fading to a light skim around the top.

Nutty and toffee aromas on top. You can really pick up the turbinado sugar--it's got a very wholesome sugary aroma to it--not quite maple syrup and not quite brown sugar, but somewhere in between. Spicy hops and a minor alcoholic nose prick at the nostrils.

Flavor is assertively estery and well-hopped. Raisins, dates, green apples, they're all there and are backed up by a warm alcoholic glow and moderate-high hops bitterness lending some grassy/leafy-green hops flavors. Finishes just as warm as it started, and with a lingering bitterness and residual estery flavors.

Crisp with a medium body and volatile carbonation that opens up with just the slightest swish in the mouth.

It is definitely no Altbier and should not be judged as one. Conventionally, it could be called and Alt-Altbier or an Alt-Sticke; it strays to the left of the conservative definition of an Alt/Sticke while holding on to it at it's roots. It's an interesting attempt, and definitely worth savoring. Possibly not enough malt presence here to balance out the hops and alcohol, as is feels a bit light and appears almost medicinal at the first go. Not much else out there to compare this to, but it is nice change of pace and a welcome friend for the winter months ahead.

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Photo of ronhocker
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New Glarus describes this as a departure from the alt style with more dark flavors and hops, but it is somewhat close. They claim it would be more accurately called a "triple alt" since it comes in at 20deg Plato. Some quick math tells me that means this thing is around 9% ABV.

I don't know why, but this is selling for the same price as spotted cow and all other NG 6 packs, despite having twice as much malt and being aged in oak barrels per the label. This thing is more like an unplugged beer with out the unplugged price!!!

It pours a copper orange color, head retention is not the best. Although it is bottle re-fermented according to the label, no indications of yeast in the bottle.

The smell is very sweet, has indications of apples and toffee. Although I am also tasting the "apple ale" tonight as well, so my palette could be off.

The taste is perfect. Everything is balanced well. Just enough hops and bitterness. Sweetness is great. Some toffee and dark flavors. I think The New Glarus website's description is very accurate.

I used to love new glarus Native Ale, which is no longer made, but was an Alt. This one is better hands down. Except that considering I have only had 1/2 of a one tonight, and I can already feel it, backs up the mathematics of the 9%+ ABV.

This beer may now be in my top 5.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I list this as an Altbier, although it would be more accurately termed an Imperial Alt or something of that nature (12 degrees Plato), it's really Dan Carey's own spin on the style.
Copper colored, smells of caramel malt and vanilla. Tastes like a big bold altbier, caramel, a noticeable but not overwhelming taste of oak. On the drier side, probably because of the turbinado sugar. Very flavorful but very drinkable for something so big and bold. Really a fantastic beer from New Glarus, and a bargain at their normal 6-pack price (rather than their "unplugged" specialty series). Go drink this beer!

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