Alt! Who Goes There? | General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

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General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stirgy on 01-25-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by philbe311:
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very glad to see this back on tap at the General...

A - A lovely orange amber color... This slight khaki head of fizziness... Full lacing things to a swirl and last throughout the session... Moderate carbonation...

S - Orange Zest... Coriander... Clove... Crystal Malt... Toffee... Honey... A faint hoppiness...

T - A wonderfully well balanced mix of malt sweetness and subtle hop bitterness... Biscuit... Gains... Caramel... Toffee... Honey... A gentle nuttiness... Faint citrus... European hops...

M - Sophisticated... Very crisp and dry, yet still remarkably smooth... Biting carbonation on the tongue... Medium bodied...

D - A pleasure to drink... A delicate sipper with wonderful nuances...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dansteino
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love alts . . . and I was expecting a lot having been to this excellent brewpub before.

This beer did not disappoint. I have not had past versions, but this version was just wonderful.

The spicy nose of a Belgian Ale combined with the caramel richness of a English Pale Ale.

What a beer!

The best beer that I have had in a long time.

Just beautiful.

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a caramel amber colored brown with a 1 finger tan head that slowly fades. No lacing to speak of for some reason. Perhaps the glass?
Smell is of toffee, caramel malt, and hops.
Taste is really nice. A blend of nuttyness with some toffee and caramel swirled with a hop bite that gives it enough "umph" it needs to be a nice Alt.
Mouthfeel is good. A bit of a spice mixed into the sweetness stands out.

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Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewpub. Poured a very clear amber color and was topped with a thin pinkish head of foam. The aroma is of fruity hops with a pleasant spiciness. There’s a fresh citrus hop aroma intertwined within the crisp malt body. Nice peppery notes in the finish. Light bodied with a hidden malt sweetness that compliments the rest of the beer well. Nice and drinkable, a decent Alt.

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Photo of matty
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice malty-caramel feel about it. It goes down smooth and has a kick that leaves you feeling good in your head and mouth.Also since this beer is from my home state it gives me more of a reason to highly recommend to at least give it a try.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium copper colored beer with tannish puffy head. Smell is a nice mixture of roasted malt combined with prominent caramel notes. Taste follows the smell with a good strong malt flavor dominated by caramel. Finishes with a slight hop presence that serves to compliment the malt. Very nice drinking beer.

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Photo of raven3131
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was stoked to see the Alt back on tap at the General - last year's was great and this year's is just as good if not better. A clear, light brown color with a smooth head. Mild malt and hop tones with soft bite on the way down. What amazed me about this beer was that is wasn't overpowering - but did leave a nice finish on my tongue well after the last sip. If you try really hard you might even taste a little oak halfway through the pint... Absolutely wonderful beer!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eggplant brown hued pour with a scant collar cap. Dry dusty flavor initally fronts the flavor, while a waknut shell malt takes over. Powdery flour buiscit and nutty with a bitter finish. Feel is buttery spice wafer. Finished with a delicate root beer and anise. Quite a proper alt!

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Photo of Abita45
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of Gen. Layfayette's Alt this evening and was not disappointed. It pours a clear copper color with a good, foamy off-white head. The aroma is not very pronounced, but what I do detect reminds me of sweet malt and brown sugar.

The taste is just an elaboration on that theme: malty, earthy, and sweet but the sweetness lends itself to brown sugar or molasses without the heaviness or sharpness that might accompany molasses. Instead, that sweetness is probably derived from the hops, which while not pronounced definitely help the sweetness to be brought forward and make this an excellent alt-bier.

A really well-done beer by Gen. Layfayette. It is easy to go for hefes, wheats, or pilsners during the summer, but this alt is a great companion for a barbeque or a night of sitting on your patio just enjoying a break in some hot humid Philadelphia weather, having some good beer.

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Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this alt. It has a hoppy aroma and a clear brown color and a light tan head. The flavor is toasty and nutty. The beer finishes with a crisp, dry bitterness. The use of the hops adds a spicy character to the nuttiness that helps round out this good beer.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mighty fine representative of the altbier style. The color is amazing. Deep reddish copper. Mine didn't come with much head (although blitheringidiot's did), but it is so very pretty to look at.

Nut and some biscuit notes. I believe good alts and good ESBs share similar malt tastes. So I may be imagining the biscuit notes, but I don't think so.

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Alt! Who Goes There? from General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 11 ratings