Altenmünster Premium | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Altenmünster PremiumAltenmünster Premium

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 sparkydoyle
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 BeerBuilder
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a brilliantly clear goldn color with a white head. The aroma is bready, with light maltiness, oats and barley-like aromas are also present. It has a pleasing light hop aroma too. The flavor is bready, clean, with a light spicy hop flavor. It is drying in the finish. It is a nice light-bodied, easy drinking brew.

Sampled 10/3/03

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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 cokes
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 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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Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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 AtrumAnimus
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 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 Reidrover
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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 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 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 StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Morris729
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden straw color with a bit of chill haze and thin white head that quickly fades into a thin lace. Nose is fairly weak with notes of sweet malts and floral hops. Taste is rich sweet malts with notes of fresh honey and spicy hops. Surprisingly full mouth feel for such a light beer. Clean, crisp, and refreshing. This would be great with a plate of spicy bratwurst. This was my first time sampling this particular beer, and I have to say that I will be buying more in the near future.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 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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Photo of brakspear
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
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 yen157
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of mattmaples
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Altenmünster Premium from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
3.66 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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