Alt | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.05 w/ 158 ratings

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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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of KI9A
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.2%
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 +10.6%
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 +1.2%
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 +17.8%
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 +18.5%
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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Alt from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 158 ratings
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