Esker Alt | Slab City Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Slab City Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out crisp amber and sits a nice, reddish copper in the glass with a fair sized off-white head, fading to a light skim leaving few lacings.

Smells rich and toasty, filled with sweet hints of caramel. Crackery, doughy aromas seep though a thin layer of herbal hops. Brown sugar and apple pie with dustings of cinnamon come through around the sides.

Tastes lightly sweet up front and is quickly balanced with a sharp hop bitterness. The rest is an elegant dance of malty and hop flavors. Rich, caramel-like sweet flavors lie underneath a golden-brown toast flavor. Leafy green hop flavors blend in, providing a forest full of flavors. Some light nutty and wooden flavors hide within. Finishes nicely bittered with plenty of toasty flaovrs.

Smooth and soft with nice, light carbonation that is well suited for this beer. Completely perfect feel, I can't imagine anything better than this. The mouth reflects the rest of the beer; well balanced and very enjoyable.

A hit in my altbier list, this definately has got the right stuff. Perfect for anytime drinking and easy enough to become a regular.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head, white. Dark buttered toast color with light hazing.

Smells of honey, cardomon, dusty, almonds, and spices, mainly vanilla.

Tastes dry and dusty. Lots of nougat and herbs. Too sweet.

Moderate carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkable but not very enjoyable for me.

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed, dark toasted golden with a sparse head of large bubbled white.
Nose of honeyed almonds dusted in cinnamon and powder sugar (heavy on the vanilla aspects).
Begins forcefully toasty. Both breads and nuts. Like rye loaf spiked with walnuts and almonds. Sweetened with both brown sugar and honey. Fades into a caramel-nut-nougat tincture. Rides out herbal, with dried leaves and sassafras.
It's a sweeter, less-hoppy version, but a fine one.
Just thinner than medium build, modest carbonation.
If ever there was a drinker, this is it.

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Photo of brakspear
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 64 oz Growler.

This alt beer pours a brownish amber with a nice frothy head that lingers.

The aroma seemed way too sweet to me, very little of the caramel or hop aromas that others have noted in their reviews -- just an overpowering malty sweetness along with esters from fermentation.

The taste is balanced more on the side of maltiness, with a nice smooth and slightly caramel flavor. The taste is smooth and easy to drink. The body seemed a bit light, given the malty sweetness.

This is a decent beer that seems much easier to drink as the evening lingers on.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Esker Alt pours out a slightly hazy ruby color with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is vanilla, almonds, and melons. It's an odd aroma, but interesting. Sweet malty flavor with odd melon flavor. A little nutty, but mostly fruity. A bit sour too. The finish is mildly hoppy. The light carbonation fits well with this beer. A very weird beer, especially if you're calling it an alt. But it gets points for being the only Slab city beer I've tried so far that wasn't nasty. I had nearly given up on them.

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Photo of ZAP
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

orangish amber...small tan head....bready and yeasty nose...a real sour yeasty flavor dominates..also some bready notes...very sour and puckery in the mouth...I don't want another...maybe this is old...whatever the case this is considerable worse than the bottled version I had last year..

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Photo of Bighuge
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful clear copper. Dense frothy light beige head. Great lace. Clean malt and caramel character are strong and nice on the nose. Some subtle herbalness is sniffed as well. Maltiness is clean and caramelly on the tongue. Hoppiness is low. There's a lactic sourness that really doesn't fit with this beer. Seems a bit off to me. It really drops the quality of this beer down in my opinion. I've had this before minus the sourness and it was pretty good. This one's only average.

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Photo of bnuttz
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is a dark amber, copper color with a small off white head. Smell is all sweet caramel malts. A tiny noble but smooth hop aroma is present. Taste is caramle and biscuits. Very sweet, yet nicely balanced by a toasted flavor, but not burnt. Minimal hop bitterness. The body on this one is mediumish, not too thin. But still a very easy drinker, a definite nice session brew here.

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Esker Alt from Slab City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 8 ratings