Altenmünster Premium | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of Dogbrick
2.44/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am a big fan of the caps on these beers. However the beer itself left much to be desired. Kind of bland and watery, wheaty beer. Finish was rather stale. I just can't get into these Bavarian-type Lagers.

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2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
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 nick76
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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 connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -18%
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 WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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 kbub6f
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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 longpondbeerman
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This premium Bavarian-specialty brew pours a light, cloudy amber with a medium head. There's a nice lace as the head recedes. At first I noticed a sweet smell, and I was intrigued. My first taste was a bit of a shock. There is a strong taste of hops, but something else that I could not identify (and frankly didn't like all that much). The best I could do was to remark that the immediate taste was like a sweet rubber tire. It mellowed very quickly, but this strange taste was evident at every sip. My wife noticed it, too, but she was not bothered by it. I was. I guess I'm not made to appreciate the bavarian pale lager.

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Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
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 GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a slight haze. The head is unimpressive, white head disappeared in a matter of less the a minute. On the nose the aroma is grassy, hops, hay, slight biscuit. On the palate the flavors have a moderate hop bitterness, just a touch of malt sweetness, grassy, hay, just not really that exciting...

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Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of filabrazilia
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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 allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -4.4%
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 Bierman9
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alten- Premium pours a pale golden color, perhaps more akin to straw-colored. Head was white and fine, yet rapidly receded, leaving nary a trace of lace. Nose is grassy and hoppy, yet subdued. Has a bit more body than I expected, and it doesn't rough-up the tongue too much. Found that malt flavor was pretty much non-existant here. Hoppy, somewhat bitter, grassy and dry are the best descriptors, to me, for this bier.

overall: 3.55
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 BitteBier
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Sixpoint
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vancurly
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright golden hue, underneath a flowering, pure white head of frothy foam. Aroma: nice and mild, though sweet, honeyish, and a bit floral.
Minor hoppiness in the taste, at first, then smooth all the way, with significant flavor standing out on top. Light body, decent texture, simple finish. Bright, and just a bit spicy.
Actually, the prounouced flavor lost some of the pep in it's step, and felt rather ordinary toward the end. A nice lager that I had no expectations for at the outset, was happily surprised at first, then lulled into complacency and let down at the end. Feels stiff, flat, a bit dull and dried up. I'll just say I remembered it when...

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear pale light yellow color with a large white soda-like head that shrinks rapidly into a thin layer. Roasted musty malt aroma with an earthy grain, quite different, but quite nice! The taste is a sweet earthy malt with a corn flavor and a light black-peppery hop bite and finishes again with a faint sweetness. This is a very unspectacular brew, but on the same hand it is non-offensive. It would pair very well with some meals and this light-bodied beer drinks down very easy. This is a middle-of-the-road brew. Prosit!

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Altenmünster Premium from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
3.66 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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