Altbier | Morgan Street Brewery

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Brewed by:
Morgan Street Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
“Alt” means “old,” and “bier” means “beer,” so naturally Altbier means “old beer.” This in no way implies that it is spoiled or old, but distinctly means giving credit to the ways of old for brewing this beer. Altbier has a formidable malty aroma that is balanced by its hop aroma. The appearance is brownish with an off-white head. The flavor is fairly bitter yet balanced, and has a decent amount of malt character. This is our homage to brewing in the ways of “alt,” so raise a glass in salute to our brewing forefathers.

24 IBU

Added by maxpower on 07-11-2004

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a pub glass at the brewpub in St. Louis. pours a rich amber color with a clear appearance and half finger of off white head. good retention and moderate lacings.

aroma is very light, with caramel malts mainly, with little else for the nose. a whisp of chocolate malt is present, with a hint of grain as well.

taste is of caramel malt with a light nutty base. very subtle in composition, but very well put together.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp and smooth texture that finishes on a caramel note.

drinkability is good. a nice alt that plays off its subtleties to arrive at a complete profile. cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. The seasonal Alt throws a light amber hue with a thin off-white head. Has a buttery and mostly malt based nose. Up front, the alt seems to be medium bodied, some doughy and fresh bread flavors, followed by some light hop characteristics. Very smooth, with almost a milk-shake like creaminess. Hop-bitterness in the body. Another decent beer from M. Street!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MTNboy
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- It looked like ice tea. There was no head or lace.

Smell- The smell was pleasant. There is a great balance of hops bouquet and malt sweetness. There was also a tone almost like cider.

Taste- I would say the flavor was average. Somewhat herbal-fruity tones caused by hops. This beer is more bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel. A slick feeling but not in a bad way.

Drinkability- Alright, not my favorite Alt but not bad.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of karst
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Until I make it to Dusseldorf's Altstadt brewpubs I will continue to search for the essence of this style. Morgan St's version is very clean reflecting the "lagered" cold fermentation used. No sulphur or diacetyl in aroma or flavor. Slightly peppery with well balanced a little toward malts but with noticable nobel hops.

Nice medium body for this style and a great selection for a session beer. Marc and I need to hit "old town" with our St. Louis Brews friends and acctually determine how close to the classics he gets with this fine Altbier.

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Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale amber. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight pale hop, grain, slight pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale hop, slight citrus, sweet malt, and grain. Overall, an average Altbier at best.

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Photo of KI9A
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium reddish, tan head, nice lace.

S: Toffee, malts.

T: Above, plus some hop spice. Finishes with a bit of funk.

M: Lighter than my favorite Alts. Fair crbonation. Crisp.

D: Easy drinker. Had a couple prior to the Packers game in STL. Best of the beers I had there.

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Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Go ahead and try this one if you’re in MSB. Not bad, not outstanding – but solid.

Clear amber brown but very little head. Somewhat weak in the malt aroma, but a decent and well balanced; doughy malt blended well with hops. Very smooth in the mouth, an easy quaffer. The first pint was nice, a second drank even better.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good altbier, a style id like to see make a comeback. it pours a perfectly clear amber color with a tan lace head that leaves all kinds of nice frost on the glass as it drinks. the nose is malty forward, mild and not as sweet as i expected. flavor is also quite mild, as this is the obvious session beer, nothing offensive, nothing challenging, just a crisp english or german malt beer that only gets better as it warms. a little bit extracty on the malts, i taste more of a grain syrup than i do grains themselves, but it doesnt detract much in this context. its a nice cold weather day drinker, as you can keep your sobriety but also consume something a little more sturdy. i thought this was one of the better beers i tried at morgan street, and one of the better american made alts ive had in a long time. bravo for this.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at the brewpub. This beer is a clear reddish-amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. Lightly toasted malt and hops in the nose. Light-bodied and moderately bitter (moreso than I am used to for an Alt) with hops and some roasted malt. The finish is hoppy with a bit of malt and fruit in the aftertaste. Barely average overall.

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Altbier from Morgan Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 11 ratings