Altenmünster Premium | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Brewed by:
Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite lagers. I'm not much of a lager kind of guy but I do go back to this one from time to time. It has a great complex malty character with a crisp light hop finish. Not that I have had too many Dortmunders but I found this to be one of the best so far.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pored a deep golden color with some noticeable haze to it with medium size head that leaves way to quickly.I do like the malty,biscuity aroma to this one,there is a slight hop tinge in the background.Nice sof malty taste with some graininess in there with a pretty good dryness from some light hopping to hit ya at the end of this one.Pretty drinkable,I would buy again.

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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 ADR
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold and mostly clearish, nice 1/2 inch white head of medium bubbles. Slight lace adhesion to the glass. Nutty aroma, sense of hay and timothy. Malts dominate this Lager, full and caramel-like and backed by slight hops and malt aroma that really suggest summer lawn clippings and a slighly organic roastiness. Flavor establishes by mid mouth and doesn't waver. For a Lager of little specialty, this is nicely drinkable without any particular faults...and everyone loves a swing top lid...

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Photo of cokes
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bleached golden under a receding white cap.
Dry, malty aroma with suggestions of saltine crackers and hay.
The initial wafer-like malts segue to a smidgen of a caramel apple sweetness. Dries mostly by the late-midsection, but some sub-caramel sweetness lingers. Turns breadier and grassier late. A dried leaf, herbal hopping wraps things up.
Light bodied, but sturdy.
Akin to a Helles/alt cross. Straight-forward and tasty.

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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 StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz brown bottle with flip top. Freshness date of 18.06.03 on neck label, the only label on these beers.

Pale shiny straw color. Big fizzy head. Rocky and bubbly. Leaves ample lacing down the glass. Smell is at first grass, biscuit, and some snappy hop kick to it. Sour, lager beer smell also hits your nose. Grainy taste at first then, subtle pale malt presence, highly charged carbonation. Sweet honey and buttermilk biscuit whisper by. Nice saaz hop snap. Slightly sour taste lingers, but not in a bad way. Overall crisp and refreshing beer. Resounding Hop filled burps. Very nice. Medium bodied for a light colored beer. Paired very well with my traditional football watching roasted garlic, turkey, swiss cheese sandwich on rye.
Thanks to Venom and Bierman9 for helping me identify this beer.

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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 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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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 AtrumAnimus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours semi clear and golden with an effervescent steady stream of bubbles from the bottom. The head was about 2 inches and settled slowly relatively speaking. the remaining head is thin and self renewing. The nose is sweet malt tinged with moderate hops. This beer has a very pleasant and enjoyable nose. The flavor is strong and aggressive hops with a definitive contrast to the nose.. There is a complexity in the flavoring that balances out in the end. The malt is not sweet but dry and the hops are quite bitter and quite good. Altenmunster has an excellent example for this style of beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale golden color with a paper thin white head and slight carbonation with a little spotty lace. Pronounced aroma of bread malt with honey notes and slight hops. Tasting yields an unexpectedly full and rich malt flavor with a freshly baked bread character and honey notes. There is a mild spicy hop character towards the finish with a very slight lingering bitterness. My fiancee, who is German, loves this beer and compares it to a slice of freshly baked homemade bread spread with honey. Mouthfeel is full and rich. An outstanding and apparently obscure beer.

Presented in a 16.9 oz swing top brown glass bottle. Imported by Noble Union Trading Co., Spring, Texas.

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

This is an very quaffable lager, but nothing exceptional. It was cloudy, deep straw in appearence with a small white head and delicate foamy lace. The smell was very interesting with notes of bannana and something in a sweet rubber smell with just a bit of the hops peaking through. The taste had a very mild bitterness to it and tasted just a bit too watery for me. This wasn't overly complex, but I would not complain if I had to drink another.

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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 Reidrover
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a 1pint flip-top bottle says "bavarian speciality" on the label'.
Well the appearance is nice but not unusual for a lager nice head deep yellow coloured beer.
I liked the aroma of this beer,..very malty with a barley scent to ( ive been in a whisky distillery and this smelt like the malted barley stage)...liked it a lot.
Nice dry malty taste though less than I had expected given the aroma..nice crisp on the palate.
Feels good and smooth in the mouth leaving some small hoppy after taste on back of tongue..good.
Nice drinkable lager beer..would have again.

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

Opened the swing top bottle with a pop of escaping gas, but no head. A faint whiff of sulfur was noticeable for a second (sometimes present in some lagers, but I always worry about skunked beer. It turned out that the beer was fine).

Beer poured a clear straw color into a pilsner glass, with a small head that faded quickly. Nose was dominated by the Munich malts--bready and sweet. In the newly poured beer, there was interesting counterpoint with spicy-fruitlike yeast notes; the malts come to the front as the beer warms. Not much hoppyness to speak of.

Interesting complexity for a lager--fruitlike flavors combined with the ever-present sweet Munich malts. The malt overtakes as the beer warms. Very good example of the Helles style, with some complexity and dryness. Great companion to a dinner of shrimp.

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Photo of brakspear
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very delicious full-flavored and malty German lager. The beer pours very pale gold with a haze from very noticeable proteins or dextrines. An ugly beer for a German lager. The head lingers briefly and then is gone. The aroma is very malty, aromatic, and biscuity with slight hops spiciness trailing behind. The taste is very impressive, bold maltiness -- almost to Marzen or Oktoberfest levels -- with finishing subdued hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is luscious and full, most likely this beer is loaded with dextrines or made with generous portions of Munich malt. The beer is very enjoyable to drink.

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

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 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 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 greggy1972
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of yen157
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a little bit hazy and was light brown but not at all amber and maybe a little pinkish? Pretty ugly, actually, but unique so I like it. The nose was a little sweet with some sort of fruit, maybe a berry, but not estery. The first sip was quite unexpected. It had light to medium carbonation, the fizz gave way to maltiness followed by crackers. The hops were light and came out on the finish. Definately a good beer. Different, but good.

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