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Alt | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bitterbill on 11-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Deep orange-copper body with good clarity. Finger of thick, creamy, light khaki head. Good lacing. Nose features rummy cookie dough, toffee, light oak, cooked vegetables, bubble gum, and spicy hops. Taste starts with toasted malts and woody spices. Toffee and brown sugar follow. Kind of a scorched sugar quality throughout. Hints of oak as well. Bubble gum and fruit esters lead into the finish where a spicy bitterness takes over and neutralizes some of the sweetness. Has a little heat to it and maybe even a slight solvent astringency when it's colder. Medium-full body with plenty of carbonation. Pretty good, but definitely on the strong side for an alt.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper amber with one-finger head that fades into thin cap. Light tracing. Loose bubbles of carbonation visible within.
S-Initial aroma is of toffee with light spice and faint veil of bubble gum. There is also faint apple and fruit. Floral and vanilla characters emerge as it warms.
T-Malt and toffee, spice, wood, apple, hint of bubble gum. Finish is characterized by noble hops and is a little boozy.
M-Medium-bodied w/rich carbonation. Decent balance, hot at the end. The immediate aftertaste is hoppy with alcohol, and the bitterness is a little strong, coating the mouth and giving a sensation like KY bourbon and potent herbal hops. This slowly subsides and the result is a harmonious, well-cleansed palate.
D-I am not very familiar with this style, but this one is unique and complex. The nose is beautiful as it warms.

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Photo of tjkurz
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass - murky burnt orange brown. Thick head - average consistency no lacing. Smells malty caramely upfront fruit boozey deep inhale - strong very easy to catch. Taste follows - malty upfront dry fruity finish - mild booze flavor. MF okay nothing out of ordinary drinkability - very interesting very smooth considering the fruity dry boozey finish reminds you of a warmer nice beer for winter.

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Photo of Soneast
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep copper color with a 2-finger thick, cream colored head, with minor retention that eventually creams up to a decent little layer of suds, with moderate lacing.

The aroma is heavy up front with toffee and sweet malts and a hint of vanilla buried in there, very subdued hop spiciness detected.

The taste has a very nice creamy, toffee presence initially and some bourbon and sweet malts throughout and right when you think there will be no notable hop presence you pick up a delightful little bitterness right at the end to really help bring all the sweetness together and add a nice little dry finish.

The medium bodied beer feels rich and creamy, despite that it has a pretty nice carbonation factor leaving your mouth feeling sparkly and happy and just enough alcohol to warm the innards a bit. A really great offering from New Glarus, and a great Altbier for that matter (more of an Imperial Alt as others have noted). I'm very happy I decided to pick up a six pack of this and I'm VERY happy that it was the standard price for a sixer vs. the cost of the Unplugged series 4 packs. Thanks for the Christmas present Dan! You absolutely can't go wrong with this beer at this price, even though it would still be worth every penny if it were sold at Unplugged prices, IMO.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking brew. A bright bronze in colour, with a decent pale bronze head. Surprisingly clear, especially considering it is bottle conditioned. Fairly actively carbonated, which made the relatively poor head retention surprising.

A rich aroma rises from the glass to tempt my nose. Loads of toffee, along with a touch of molasses, likely from the turbinado sugar. Some more fruity aroma also present, with aromas of date and apple. Some vanilla and woodiness from the oak are also present and add depth. Floral and herbal notes are added from the Styrian Goldings and Hallertau.

Wow, im liking these open fermented oaked beers from New Glarus. Loads of malty goodness in a cavalcade of caramel and toffee are unloaded and almost bury the palate. The fruitiness arrives with a touch of dates and a slightly bitter flavour of red apple pea (i don't think i have had this impression from a beer before...)l. Warm and woody alcohol with a touch of vanilla manage to assert their presence and also make a nice segue to the hop finish that stands up to the rich malts and added sugar. Mostly bitter with their own woody character, but also with a mild floral and herbal character.

A mildly warming medium bodied brew, quite the malt bomb, although there are enough hops to reach a nice balance. The oak was a very nice touch, and adds complexity and depth, contrasting with the richness of the fermentables.

This is no session ale. It is a big, rich, and tasty brew, extreme yet highly refined, which seems to be Dan Carey's signature. Highly recommended to fans of his craftsmanship. Yet this brew is fairly easy to drink, and has enough going on to make it hard to stop at just one. Hopefully this brew makes a return soon, i will be eagerly awaiting it.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a nicely hazy, golden-orange/bronze color with a one-finger of creamy, light-tan head that sports good retention.

S: Aromas of spice, toasted malt, sweet apple, pie crust, peach, vanilla, caramel, and toasted bread. Slightly buttery.

T: Sweet caramel apple, tart orchard fruit, toasted malt, vanilla (more so after it warms), and toasted bread crust.

M: Starts sweet, but quickly becomes dry and bitter. The sweetness gradually takes on a tangy edge during the middle and on through the finish. Despite the dryness this is pretty full and buttery.

D: Quite good. This was lighter, spicier, and fruitier than I expected but I take that as a welcome surprise.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Couldn't wait. Finally! An alt from New Glarus. Picked up a case of this while in Milwaukee a month ago. I wanted to be able to say this is great. Like so many of their other beers are. But I can't. After working through a few six packs of this, I can merely say this is good...at best.

Slightly hazed caramel colored body. Thin and creamy beige head. Lacing is quite minimal. Aroma comes at you with and caramel and toffee, wedges of apple, fruity phenolics and lacings of EtOH. The flavor brings more of the same. Jonathan apples spruced up with some alcohol. Almost like a spiked cider feel. The caramel and nougat and toffee are here. They're just not that bold. The aftertaste brings some lingering hot ehtanol/solvent. I'd prefer a drier alt to this, which seems sweeter than it shoiuld be. This is decent, but it doesn't stand up to the Ueriges of the world. I'm gonna lay 6 if these down to see if time tames the alcohol a little.

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Photo of dmtaylor
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma - Moderate-low fruity esters, low sweet caramel malt, very low diacetyl. Definite vanilla character from the oak aging, shows up moreso as it warms up. No hops detectable.

Appearance - Orange, crystal clear, well carbonated with tiny bubbles, good creamy off-white head with long retention.

Flavor - Musty, oaky vanilla, alcohol, caramel and burnt toast. Slight spiciness from hops, but primarily firm, smooth bitterness. Low diacetyl, pleasant like toffee. Shockingly complex. Finish is dry and bitter but not cloying. Aftertaste is cleanly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body up front, with tingly, effervescent carbonation that provides full mouthfeel in mid-gulp. Slight warming sensation from relatively high alcohol content. No astringency.

Overall - Astoundingly complex and smooth while quite bitter. I really like the oaky vanilla, and toasty notes. I've had other alts, but this one takes the cake. Bravo, give me another.

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Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a light bending, but still transparent, brown orange color with a bright peachy white head and some soapy sticking. Sweet malts and lots of floral, fruity esters. Creamy and soft to the mouth, a little over bright with carbonation but the fruit notes! Ah! It leaves a wonderful mouth watering effect on the aftertaste. Clean and well balanced. Well done.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -7.4%
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 -63.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +19.8%
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 +9.4%
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 +7.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.2%
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 -16.5%
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 +5.4%
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 +8.6%
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 -1.7%
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%
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 +4.9%
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 +9.1%
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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