Alt | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
157 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: 157 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of xmasboy
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TATURBO
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of redgreen
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of hu5om
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin tan head on a clear dark orange beer. Decent to good head retention with a little lacing.

Definite spice, alittle oxidation.

Hops are there but a little subdued. Real sweet aftertaste. Well hiddden alcohol!

Still carbonated nicely with a medium to medium thin mouthfeel.

Held up pretty well. Second venture into the Alt style, this being the best thusfar. This is the second time TATURBO has pulled this out, glad I reviewed it this time...thanks for helping the NG tickathon Chris.

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Photo of Chaz
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly-cloudy (partly chill haze) copper in color, topped with a lighter tan head that recedes after a couple of minutes. Minimal lacing.

Nose is a little bit different, definitely more fruit-forward than any of the imported German Altbiers I've sampled over the years. There are definitely notes of tropical fruit (e.g. pineapple) blended with ripe and tart apple, and this one is sweet and yeasty all at once. No hops presence that I can detect. A lighter booziness in the nose, but considering the ABV for the style I'd expect this to be boozier than it is -- I imagine that several years since in the bottle since it was packaged has mellowed this aspect. There's also lighter notes of toffee and vanilla.

Sweet, tangy and musty on the first sip, and there's definitely been some oxidation (and doubtless some fading of the flavor profile), but there's still a good bit of potency here. Juicy and fruit forward, just as it was on the nose ("fruit punch" comes to mind), with a light cherry tang paired with green grapes and grapeskins. Despite the lack of hops on the nose there's still plenty of lingering bitterness here to balance the sweetness. The alcohol is warming and subtle enough for the strength of the beer. Chocolate notes in the finish, and they definitely linger and blend with the other fruit notes as this one warms.

This one is definitely not to style in the sense of a traditional Alt, although Uber Alt or Doppel Sticke would work as a descriptor. More than anything I'm getting British barleywine / old ale, and it's favorably reminiscent of e.g. a fresher 'Lee's Harvest Ale'.

Whatever the style, New Glarus Alt is an impressive beer and one that I'd say is among the more memorable beers from the brewery -- worth seeking out (and I'm guessing it won't be re-visited...).

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to hide the BA rating real quick 'cause I'm not sure where it's gonna go and I don't wanna be influenced by it.

OMFG only three more days after

Thanks be to great and excellent cohort in beer trading GraniteSkunk for the fine extra. Prost, mein freunde!!!

The basics: No idea on price (though I suspect it's hefty) and 9.5% ABV (nice)...

The beer looks good, a tasty yet cloudy amber with an orange hue...Nice three fingers of persistent head, yet a decided lack of lacing. Above average but towing the line, so to speak...

I'm in one of those moods, ya know...A mood wherein I like to picture what woman this beer reminds me of. So far it's very cute, yet not as stunning as many others. Methinks it will be one of those that surprises ya in the end...

Ahh, the aromas are wonderful...I get a lot of caramel malt, heaps of it, in fact. A nice strong sweetness also, that must be from the Turbinado sugar. The aromas meld well, and there are other things going on, such that I get things like roses and lavender in there also. It's compelling. Riding on top of all this is also a plethora ("Would you say I have a PLETHORA of balloons?") of berry notes: raspberry and blueberry being alpha amongst them. Very excellent...

This beer is striking me as the Robin Wright of ales: Compelling and beautiful, with a mysterious intrigue hiding beneath the surface...

The flavor is off the chain...It's very big and uber-malty. Lots of caramel malt smacks you around. The alcohol is VERY apparent, however...So much so some will be turned off by it. The oaked aspect is subdued rather than forefront, and lends it a wonderful characteristic. Kind of like drinking in Germany out of a wooden flagon...The beer evolves as it warms, such that the bigger malt flavors take the place of the alcohol...I still get a touch of raspberry in there also. Maybe I'm crazy, but that's what I get. Wonderfully made beer, and complex enough for a second round to really pull all the nuances out. Great beer and definitely worth tracking down.

What I like most: The wonderfully complex and inviting flavor profile.

What I like least: The strong alcohol notes when it's cold.

Verdict: Fantastic and unique, worth tracking down in every sense of the word.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into glass - i forget who sent me this, but thanks!

Pours a brilliant auburn color with some golden orange hues. A thick off-white head bubbles up and dissolves fairly quickly, retaining with some film. Some patches of lacing as well.

Somewhat richer, doughy malts with breaded notes. Burnt brown sugar with some hints of candied dark fruit. Some oaky notes as well, maybe a hint of oxidation?

A bit sweet up front with raisin and cherry. Thick malted backbone with caramel and bread crust. Some earthy, woody tones with sweetness and burnt sugar. Noticeable booze heat in the finish with some residual sugar.

Fuller medium body, high carbonation, somewhat dry and chewy. This was pretty solid, although I think it might be showing signs of turning a bit.

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Photo of samie85
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rich copper color with two fingers of off white head.

S-Smells of some dark fruit/Munich malt and some mild, estery yeast.

T-Follows the nose with dark fruit and clean, slightly herbal hop presence.

M-Light to medium bodied with a light drying feel and low carbonation.

D-This beer is a little better fresh, but not bad with some considerable age on it.

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

Not for the first time and not for the last time, a big thanks goes out to zimmerbloke for sending me another delight. I knew nothing about this 12 ounce bottle until I opened it tonight and took one sniff. Oh my. I had to find out more. The label says that this has a three hour boil of caramel malts and turbinado, is open fermented, and aged on oak. A little research tells me that this is over two years old and contains an ABV over 9%. This is no ordinary Alt beer here. A review is definitely in order. Split with my wife into our matching pair of Portsmouth snifters. On to my thoughts.

A: The turbinado reference is appropriate here... Melted to be exact with a nice clarity. A finger of dusty white head dissipates to a spotty cap. We've actually got some nice unexpected legs here. Off to a nice start. I can't find any reason to dock any points. 5/5

S: As nice as this looks, the smell is where I really start to take note. Sugary dates initially come to mind. The brown alcohol is totally unrestrained and plays lead guitar to the sweet dried fruits rhythm pacing. Staying on the 4 piece band theme, the drums keeping time in the background would have to be the acidic twang that seems to be the New Glarus signature. The bass player would be the faint vanilla hue that is interesting in this beer, and similarly hidden in the background of a band. I still see no need to dock any points. 5/5

T: The copious amount of fermentables gives off a pure caramel sweetness that is highlighted by some cinnamon-like spiciness from the biting wood and kissed by the same vanilla found in the nose. An interesting extra flavor I had a hell of a hard time putting a finger on, just revealed itself to me as grape seed... Very interesting. I'm having a hard time picking out any other flavor characteristics but the ones it does have are well integrated and in wonderful balance. It should be noted that the alcohol from the aroma is minimal on the taste buds. 4.5/5

M: Smooth, crisp, and full-bodied? That's a rare feat for a beer to accomplish, but this one does just that. 5/5

D: This bad boy is immensely drinkable. Bring it back as an "Unplugged" beer at the very least Mr. Carey. You've got a real winner here and given a little hype, this would have beer geeks falling all over themselves to get a hold of. I do believe this beer seals the deal for me. New Glarus is my favorite brewery in America... Its not even a contest anymore. 5/5

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Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a small tasting recently. Reviewed from notes.

a - peach color. white head.

s - wow this is sweet. cotton candy and malts.

t - mellowed flavor. some hops, oak, booze and candied malts.

m - medium body. good carbonation still.

overall - drinking great, just the flavor seems mellow.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper bronze color with a thick rocky off white head and great lacing. The head eventually settles down to a rim above the glorious liquid. Smells of rum soaked fruits, biscuit, yeast bread and a little alcohol. Tastes of sweet malts mellowed with a little hops and notes of fig, plum, rum, maple, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is wonderful with thickness and rich carbonation. Drinkability is superb.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Big bubbled lace shows the sugar in this beer; the head retention is unharmed. Tawny color, a little hazy as well. Sweet bready malt in the nose; some cider-ish aromas from the sugar and complexity, yet they don't overwhelm. Big creamy smoothness rolls around in the medium body. Maltly all around with biscuit and bread crust written all over it. Modest yet firm herbal hop flavor flexes a small bitterness. Slightly oaky and yeasty as well, some apple skin and dry wood add amazing depth to this beer. The finish turns very dry with lots of clean grain and wood tones for the taste buds to sort out.

Not so pure, as the addition of sugar disses the passé German Purity Law. But you know we love a little bit of defiance when it comes to breweries and their beer. Fermented in oak and bottle conditioned, a beer geek's fantasy in a bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head that slides around the sides of the pint glass and leaves a few clumps here and there

Smell: Bready and woody, with a cidery sweetness underneath

Taste: Starts out with an herbal, rum-soaked stone fruit character that adds both sweetness and fusel alcohol flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors add the bready and woody dimensions that I detected in the aroma; the finish has a bit of fusel alcohol in it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A very interesting twist with rather bold flavors but lacks the underlying fruity complexity I enjoy in an Alt; it took me a while to get my arms around it but in the end, I really didn't enjoy it that much

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass pour. Sleeping in the fridge for the past month.

Copper body with a bit of haze. Half inch of powdery soft, off-white head.

The beer fumes with cherry & apricot pits. Crusty bread, toffee, & fuming lacquer making up the rest of the scent.

Taste is quite sweet with caramel, but with a sharp acidic edge of unripened fruit cutting into it; Nearly tart. A little salty. Mild, but enduring wintergreen hops. Strong Belgian esters. Bolder then Long Trail's Double Bag ever was.

Body sizzles with carbonation up front, but thins out from the middle on. Pungent oak/whiskey notes. Stiff alcohol. Grass & oats feel & finish; neigh neigh.

A bit more sustenance then I need on a regular basis, but it has been a bit nippy this winter without heating oil.

Thanks to adfenton for the excellent throw in.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle from a six I picked up as a souvenir at Siegel's on Kinnickinnick in beautiful Milwaukee, WI.

I've had this beer in my room for about a year, waiting for a proper occasion. The night before a major international trip? Sounds good to me.

Pours a beautiful peachy amber, translucent, but not too cloudy. Two fingers of foam recede, leaving a thin head on top.

Smells of fruit; peaches, dates...maybe a touch of fresh wheat? The smell only makes me want to wipe the foam off my beard and drink it.

Definite fruit notes. Oranges, apples, cinnamon, coriander...very good. Well balanced. Malt notes too, but more muted than the fruit. Slight tinge of alcohol at the finish, but surprisingly small for the strength of this beer.

I wish they still made this beer...there's only two left from my pack. Ah well, all good things must come to an end, right?

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Photo of Nesued
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber color. Big two-finger head formed upon pour. A very small subtle carbonation feeds a nice ring. No lacing.

Smell - A muted mellow nose. Woody with a caramel presence. A bit of a spice kick as well. Almost reminded me a of cinnamon or allspice. Very appealing.

Taste - Hmm, after drinking several Belgians over the past few days, this is a nice change. A smokey body with a pronounced alcohol presence. A complex brew with loads of sweetness and body. Almost a barrel-aging oak finish. Hops? Thankfully none that I can detect.

Mouthfeel - A body that grows on you. The carbonation helps convey a very warm and dense feel.

Drinkability - A rare find here. Not sure if I can find this one again, but if I do, I'll trade for one for sure.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Stange
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This one is a nice golden orange color, with a light bit of haziness. A loose head of off-white foam, about one-finger's worth, sits on top. It dissipates rather quickly and there is really no lacing to speak of.

Major bubble gum scent, like juicy fruit in a glass. Lots of citrus and orchard fruits. Nicely mild caramel malt presence. Nice level of yeastiness. Mild hint of oak.

Now, that is really good. It's like peaches, pears, apples and pineapples lightly drizzled with caramel while sitting on a biscuit. Lots of banana and some light bubblegum notes. Mildly spicy with cloves and corriander.

Medium-bodied, but it works for the style. Medium level of carbonation, which IMO it could use a bit more of.

Very tasty and I'd love to have a bunch of them to dip into, from time to time. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a stemmed pokal with a fat bottom (almost a cylindar) nice and frothy huge light tan head, murky brownish copper lightly orange.

S - Very fruity, orange citrus

T - Wow, very fruity initially with a sweet malt dominance, banana, bubble gumish belgian yeast, clove spice, orange, apricot, coriander, a little maple syrup

M - A little slippery on the tounge, moderate carbonation, average body.

D - really quite tasty, not sure I've had one quite like this before. Has a banana taste to it like a hef, but also has that fruity belgian yeast taste. It's like a fruit salad.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Thanks Adam! Pours hazy copper with a fluffy light tan head that sticks well. Smells of grain, caramel sweetness, and some woody, earthy notes. Slight alcohol. Sweet caramel malt taste; very bready. The hop bitterness is there, but the hop character doesn't really jump out. Plum-like fruit notes. Sweet, warming finish. Light-medium feel that's almost sticky. I don't like "double alts" on principle, but this one was actually decent; certainly better than any other I've had.

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Alt from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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