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Brewed by:
Detroit Beer Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This beer has won a bronze, silver and gold as an Alt at the Great american beer festival, and now a silver at the world beer cup as an Alt."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2005

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 31
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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heard I had to go and get a dwarf after the Tigers game Thursday so headed on over,the beer poured a hazed light brownish almost rust color with a perfect one finger head that stuck for the duration of the whole pint.Pleasant aromas but nothing earth shattering toasted grain and some herbal/grassy hop notes with a hint of lemon oil.Grainy notes with a lighter toastiness up front with a nice sharp hop bite and lemon note in the finish.At 6.8%alc it goes down very easy and is tasty not overbearing in any sense,a solid beer.

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Photo of DanGeo
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trent
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of cgrz
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

A - Dwarf pours with a cream head that levels out to a small stature. Low patchy lace clings above the bronzy amber beer that's hazy from floating particles.

S - Interesting fruity hints of apricot and white grape blend interestingly with a low scent of toffee and nuts. The malt smells very dry and dusty and compliments the earthy, low-level hops nicely.

T - This overarching fruitiness isn't bad in flavor but seems out of place in this beer. It changes quickly into a grass-clipping filled, dusty and dry, lightly nutty garbled mess though. The rustic flavor seems to bounce all over the place haphazardly.

M - Medium-bodied with a dry and dirty texture, the Dwarf is lacking. It is smooth going down but it could use a crisper feel to it.

D - It progressed to a drain pour slowly. It's not a beer I'm keen on finishing as the texture and flavor don't appeal to me in the least.

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Photo of DaveMiddlewood
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Proteus93
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This doesn't appear to be a keller bier at all, but rather an amber/red ale. It doesn't appear to be unfiltered, as it's a crisp and clear pour - plenty of bubbling going on, and a nice rolling head. Looks great.

S: Sweet malts, fruity aromas - particularly apple. Hints of bubblegum, and a light, leafy hop balance.

T: Sugary malt, a slightly tart fruitiness, some notes of bubblegum again, and a hoppy bitterness that slips out of the initial tart flavours.

M: Surprisingly full bodied, with an almost chewy creaminess. While a fuller bodied beer, it still manages to be quite refreshing.

D: A pretty quality brew, and easy drinker. Alcohol is hidden beautifully, but the content is a little higher than ideal for something like this. That said, one that I'd find to be a bit underrated... this is good drinking.

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Photo of ballertim
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DiverDan88
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Schooner on tap.

A- Darker brown, plenty of visibility throughout.

S- Nothing overpowering, actually didn't get much of an aroma at all off of it.

T- Good, pleasant at first with slightly sweeter tones. More malt than I expected from an amber lager.

M- Thin, very like a lager.

D- Ehh, not anything I would care to session. By the time I got down to the end of the schooner I was basically done with it and ready for a different beer. But all in all, can be pounded if you can get past the flavor issues.

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Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Detroit Beer Co's The Detroit Dwarf today for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was trying to get some styles that I don't drink too often and I thought I would give this beer a shot, I have been seeing a lot of this brewery's beer around up lately and I am interested to see if it's any good, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it isn't too eye catching but it has very Detroit like look to it, I can dig it. It poured a very nice looking ruby red copper color with three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This is one good looking beer.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and straightforward. It starts off with loads of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a caramel and brown bread like aroma. Next comes a slight fruity and nutty aroma then some spicy and earthy hops. The aroma is what I would expect from an Altbier.

T- The taste is pretty damn similar to the aroma. It starts off with loads of malts that impart some nice caramel, brown bread and grainy flavors. There is a good amount nuttiness that shows up towards the middle. After that is a light amount of spicy and earthy hops. The finish has a low amount of bitterness and a bready and nutty aftertaste. The flavor is nice but I wish there were some more hop flavors to balance out all those malts and the additional nutty flavor was a nice addition.

M- Really smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. No complaints here the mouthfeel is spot on.

Overall I thought this was a good Altbier and nice easy drinking beer. This beer didn't have a ton of flavor but what was there was good and true to style but the balance could be worked on a little. This beer had great drinkability, it went down really smooth and makes for a good malt forward beer that went perfect with a steak and it wasn't too heavy, I could drink three or four of these in a sitting. What I liked most about this beer was the drinkability, mouthfeel, and appearance, all three of those were on the above average end for the style. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of balance in the aroma and taste, the aroma was more balanced then the taste but it still needed some more hops to balance out all those malts. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a smooth easy drinking beer, this would make a good choice for taking to party's, it's sessionable while still having some good flavors. I recommend giving this beer a try, if you are a fan of the style you should find it as a pretty good representation of the style. This is the second beer I have had from The Detroit Beer Co. and so far they have both been pretty solid, they haven't wowed me but they are all solid for their style, so this brewery may have potential for greater things, I will be on the look out. So far this has been the best Altbier I have had to date and the best beer I have had from this brewery, good job guys, keep making solid beers in The D.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended to me by a local beverage warehouse clerk.
I told him that I didn't like red beers, but he said this one is a little different. I attempted to rate the beer on style vs personal preferences.

Pours a nice reddish-rootbeer color with nice head that lingers throughout. Smells sweet, akin to candy apple coating or redpop, with a hint of hop aroma.

Taste is similar to a red ale, sweet with its candy-like quality. Bitterness is present which helps to keep the sweetness from making me stick my tongue out.

I am able to drink through this even with my dislike of red beers.

Not too bad even though I will never get it again. May try on draught next time I go down for a Tigers game.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of h00dak
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saved my palette all night for this brew and when it finally arrived and I got to take a sip, I was heavily underwhelmed. The taste is sweet, one dimensional, but with a pleasant alcohol burn. Bahama Breeze brews something they call "Aruba Red" and it tastes exactly like this one, only Aruba Red has much more subtlety to it.

This won over a few people at the table so I'm not going to say this is a bad beer. Too much sweetness for me though.

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Photo of smb4087
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of IlPostino
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of uno99
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a bottle but had on tap at the brewery a few times. served a cold from my beerfridge about 40º

A: poured aggressively into my clean glass leaving a good one inch head that dissipated fairly quickly. A nice amber color with a hint of red.

S: Not getting much on the nose here; very sweet malt dominates.

T: Very balanced; very sweet malt up front and a decent hop bitterness to make you want to tilt the glass again.

M: good carbonation, dosent foam up too much in the mouth

D: I could drink ALOT of these, and at almost 7% ABV that's quite somthing.

This is DBC's signature brew and it deserves the good rating it has here.

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Photo of styleisking
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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