German Altbier

A Düsseldorf specialty, an Altbier is a German-style Brown Ale. The word alt” literally translates to "old" in German, and traditionally Altbiers are conditioned for a longer than normal periods of time. Other sources note that "alt" is derived from the Latin word "altus," which means "high" and refers to the rising yeast. Take your pick, but the extended conditioning mellows out this ale's fruitiness and produces an exceptionally smooth, clean, and delicate brew. Its color ranges from amber to dark brown, carbonation is moderate, and while known to express the slightly spicy, herbal character of Noble hops, the key word here is balance. A stronger version brewed less frequently, "Sticke Alt" is a maltier and hoppier take on the Altbier.

ABV: 4.0–7.0% | IBU: 25–50 | Glassware: Stange (Slender Cylinder)

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AmberAlaskan Brewing Co.5.302,1823.65
Double BagLong Trail Brewing Co.7.201,7593.9
Long Trail AleLong Trail Brewing Co.5.001,3953.58
Uerige DoppelstickeUerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei8.506934.14
ScurryOff Color Brewing5.306633.67
Sleigh'r Dark Doüble Alt AleNinkasi Brewing Company7.206193.78
Uerige StickeUerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei6.005084.1
Okto Festival AleWidmer Brothers Brewing Company5.305003.46
Southampton AltbierSouthampton Publick House5.004813.6
CopperThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery4.804394.1
Organic Münster AltBrauerei Pinkus Mueller5.104343.7
AltbierUerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei4.703444
Gerst AmberYazoo Brewing Company5.102963.54
Ad Astra AleFree State Brewing Co.5.602953.69
Doppel StickyLagunitas Brewing Company7.702834.07
Copperhead AleFordham Brewing Company5.202793.37
Ten Years AltVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown8.502663.96
Three Blind MiceMother's Brewing Company5.502523.57
IshmaelRising Tide Brewing Company4.902313.71
Headless Man Amber AltTyranena Brewing Company5.002213.6
Headwall AltTuckerman Brewing Co.4.502193.69
Alt-eration AleHops & Grain Brewing5.002003.81
Schell's Schmaltz's AltAugust Schell Brewing Company5.101963.75
Balt AltbierUnion Craft Brewing Company5.501963.8
Frankenheim AltPrivatbrauerei Frankenheim4.801793.76
Iron Works AltMetropolitan Brewing5.501693.84
Diebels Premium AltbierBrauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG4.901493.72
Mission AmberMission Brewery5.001473.47
Hövels OriginalHövels Hausbrauerei5.501323.71
Secret Spot Alt AleEvolution Craft Brewing Company6.301313.57
HoppeditzFreigeist Bierkultur7.501303.91
Lighthouse AmberCheboygan Brewing Company5.251193.63
Copper ALT.Zipline Brewing Co5.201153.72
Série Signature Sticke AltLes Trois Mousquetaires6.001133.87
Crooked Coast AltbierDriftwood Brewery5.101103.88
Simple MeansJester King Brewery5.601103.83
Gravel RoadRahr & Sons Brewing Company7.251073.55
Little Red CapGrimm Brothers Brewhouse5.20983.63
FestivaleBeau's All Natural Brewing Company4.70953.69
Moby DBuzzards Bay Brewing5.00943.58
Duckstein Rotblondes OriginalDuckstein GmbH4.90933.52
Old Number 22 German AltArbor Brewing Company5.50913.56
Über AltRush River Brewing Company8.50893.96
Scruffy's Smoked AltCedar Creek Brewery5.10883.67
Füchschen AltBrauerei Im Füchschen4.50884.14
Sticke It To The ManO'Fallon Brewery7.50853.41
Creemore Springs Collaboration AltbierCreemore Springs Brewery Limited5.00853.64
Evan AltmightyBlue Mountain Brewery6.60833.66
ALTerior MotiveCOAST Brewing Company6.30784.05
GPA (German Pale Ale)3 Nations Brewing Co.5.20773.83
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