Altenmünster Premium | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 06-17-2002

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sixpoint
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. Dimpled Mug. Straw color, crystal clear appearance. Fuffly white froth mostly diminished. Noble hop aromas. Honey-like upfront followed by clean floral bitterness, slight malty flavor. Light body. High carbonation, Watery texture. Subtle spicy touch. Dry bitter finish. No aftertaste.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a mug glass.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color forming a medium sized, creamy, thin bubbled, soapy white head. Medium to low retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Strong notes of malt. Grassy and herby hops. A bit citrus. Quite bready, a liquid bread. Bready low fermentation yeasts

T: As suggested by the nose. Strong notes of sweet malts. Dry and crispy taste. Grassy and herby hops. Perfect bitterness balance. Very bready in the mouth. Strong german Lager character

M: Very light body with medium carbonation. Crispy malts mild bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Very refreshing. Quite pleasant german Lager

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Photo of greggy1972
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a really unusual one for me. It came in a 2 liter glass bottle with a swing top and a metal handle. It was a little pricey, but I wanted that bottle for display on the bar I had built. Reviewed from notes.

Yellow, slightly cloudy body with a 2 - 3 finger head. The haze was a little bit of a surprise.

Aroma, unfortunately, was of slightly skunky hops. That seems to be the main aroma I get from most pilseners, and at the time I tasted it I was less able to distinguish nuances.

Taste was of hops, around average bitterness, not citrusy. Didn't seem to be much of a hop profile other than the bitterness. Malt was present, but in the background.

Mouthfeel was standard for a pilsener. Not too thin, but not well carbonated or smooth.

Drinkability was unfortunately average. I was lucky in that I had a friend to split this with, otherwise I am sure it would not have all gone at one sitting. Two liters is not an unreasonable volume of liquid for me to consume over the course of a couple of hours, but this would have been overwhelming.

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Photo of nick76
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is is sweet with sugar, malt, and raisins. The appearance is dark gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is way too thin. Overall it's interesting to drink so this one gets points for being a unique beer but it's still not a good beer.

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Photo of vancurly
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) White, whipped frothy head. Clear pale honey / yellow colour
s) Sweet floral aromas, perfumy, candle wax, malt
f) Green apple, touch of cider, pale malt, and late herbaceous flavour
m) Smooth & full. Light to medium bitterness
d) Very drinkable, and went well with a herring salad

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P - crystal clear straw / gold color with a good couple inch white head
S - light biscuit malts with a faint spicy hops.
T - similar to the aroma with a very clean yeast effect.
M - light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp dry finish
D - very quaffable brew.

thought I'd stray into bhe german beer section on my last beer run for kicks and giggles. I am pleased with both price and taste since I had no idea what I bought when I bought this one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

.5L swingtop bottle.

I've had this in the past and enjoyed it alot, but this time the 2 bottles I bought may have been older. The label was different form the one pictured, above, and had the name in diagonal script, with "Malt Liquor" under it in bold.

Pours a murky, dark amber, with a substantial head. Smells of sweet bready malt, fairly simple. Taste is the same sweet malt, which lingers too long for my taste. Possible tea-like flavor. Body is of medium texture and gets a little tedious to swallow. A dark grainy sediment left in the glass is pretty unappealing. The one-dimensional sweetness is the deal-breaker for me though, a 12 oz. serving would be more than enough.

Bottom line, find this fresh, and it will be alot better than my experience here.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a beautiful white head. The bottle is an appealing one-pint swing-top. Despite a suspended haze of notable sediment, the brew is fairly attractive (and otherwise clear). This brew has a terrifically sweet and prominent malt aroma for a pilsner. Few hops in the smell (just a touch in the back – if you hunt for them). The taste is doughy, malty, and sweet. There’s a difficult to place fruit quality about the beer as well. It seems out of style, but is actually pretty tasty…peach and apricot? The top “popped” with great force, but the beer doesn’t seem very carbonated. This contributes to a soft, full, almost slky mouthfeel. Finishes with a touch of German hops and a lingering sweetness. It’s not exactly a pilsner, but it’s a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle with swing-top enclosure. No freshness dating. Pours a faintly hazed pale straw color with a small, frothy white head. Some bready and musty ale-like qualities in the nose. No real discernable hops in the nose other than maybe a flickering of Hersbrucker or something. Starts with a bit of doughy sweetness, some huskiness without astringency, then a bit of wateriness mid-palate and a lightly floral finish with some clove-like suggestions. Very soft and subtle in every aspect. Easy drinking. Oddly, in the lower-left corner of the label, printed sideways on the border of the label, it simply says "ale" in 10 point capital text. I believe it's more like a Kölsch-style beer, but since it is not brewed in Köln, it cannot be called a Kölsch. Regardless of what style it falls into, it is a nice refreshing beer that is easy drinking.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/24/04- Purchsed at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Appearance- Pours a darker golden color with a adequate head and decent to light lacing.

Smell- Smells of heavy malt with maybe a honey-carmel scent in the background

Taste- Really dark malt taste. I can taste some carmel too. One of these beers that I need to experience more. I've never had a pils with this dark or roasted of malts before. A bit hoppy towards the end.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation and nice body.

Drinkability- Not my type of pils, but really not that bad. A new taste to me. Need to get used to heavier malts. Give it a try.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml flip-top bottle, in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-straw color, thin head. Very clear, with fine bubbles.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, but very little aroma to speak of.

Flavor: Slightly sweet, slightly grainy malt character. Low bitterness, lower than most German examples I can think of. Finish is short, reasonably dry. Body is fairly light, with moderate carbonation.

A crisp, clean beer, with few flaws, and also not much character.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its disinterment from the 500ml brown swing-top bottle sets in the glass the archetypal German pilsner cloudless gold with a smallish frothy white head and the left over lace a thin sheet. Nose is prototypical crisp and fresh with a nice malt sweetness, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain profile and the top light to moderate in its feel. Finish is fair in its acidity; the hops apropos to the style with the aftertaste dry a drinkable, refreshing beer, and the trademark of a good pilsner

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale gold with a thin white head. Minimal lace.

A light malt aroma wafts from the beer to the nose.

A slight malt taste is evident in the flavor. Try as I might, I could not detect any other flaovrs. A little to one-dimensional for me.

Thin and smooth in the mouth. Pretty mild and very easy to drink.

This beer is okay but nothing I would go out of my way to drink. There just wasn't enough complexity for me.

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Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow, firm white head which stuck to the sides of the glass tenaciously
Smell: nice malt/fruit profile, mellow, sweet, fragrant
Taste: interesting, like a fruity helles, which would be the best way to describe this ale, sort of the best of both worlds, low on the hops. Much like a fruity lager.
Mouthfeel: full, great carbonation level, mouthfilling
Drinkability: great, an excellent warm weather beer

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this Alt is really an Ale-style beer, not a lager.
It comes in a 16.9oz brown bottle with porcelain pop top.
It pours a honey gold color with a fading snow-white head and lots of sticky rings of lace.
A cut hay and dried malt aroma lasts throughout. A mild citrus smell is noticed in the background.
This is a well malted brew. Buttered biscuits, minty herbs and toffee are all quite pronounced.
Lemony citrus and a faint metallic bite provide a complimentary bitterness to the sweet malt. A mild peppery spiciness offers a pleasant finish.
Well done!

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Photo of BitteBier
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light straw color characteristic of this style of lager, with a bit of haze and an average amount of off-white head that quickly disappears. Sweet malts nearly monopolize the nose, making it more interesting than the color suggests it will be. The same is true of the rather weight mouthfeel. Malts dominate the taste as well, though with a distinct dryness in the middles that moderates the sweetness. Very gentle in the finish. A swing-top bottle at this price made me skeptical, but this one was a little better than expected.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smallish, white, fizzy, noisy head. Very slightly hazy, dirty-gold body. Apple juice in the sourish nose. Sweetish, tangy front. Oily, flattish (despite plenty of visible carbonation), milky middle. Strange sourness in the fruity, fizzy finish. There's a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. It improves with temperature, but I'm not crazy about it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is average. It boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. It seems a bit weak and grainy. The taste is average as well. It has a pale grainy flavor with a crisp, clean finish; nothing special. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well for a lager, but it's one and done for me.

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Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swingtop bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale canary yellow that appears highly carbonated in the glass. Small head fades quickly and leaves no significant lace. Aroma is pears and malted barley, with a hint of spices. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a peppery bite. Taste is pretty good, with banana,pear, hay, and coriander riding on top of the sweet Munich malt backbone. Not overly sweet, and there is a yeasty mustiness also in the background. Finish and aftertaste are of citrus and coriander. Very unusual meld of flavors going on in this one, but not at all bad. I had never heard of this one, and the label provided no information other than to proclaim this a "Bavarian Specialty". Very good drinkability, and a Munich Helles that I look forward to having again.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visually very pale, almost white. Lightly clouded, with an appropriately matching aroma that is part citrus, part potpourri and part very fresh, potent malt. A vivid white head fades quickly.

The aroma is truly standout. It smells more like a wort than a fermented beer -- supremely alive. The taste is yeasty with a flush of honey suckle nectar. A clean finish is capped by minimal aftertaste.

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