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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Doppelsticke - Edition 1862Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei12.4033.99
What the Hell Is A DoppelstuckeBackyard Brewery & Kitchen12.0013.63
The Best Brewjob EverBraustelle11.00183.86
Double DwarfOld Nation Brewing Co.10.3033.87
Methusalem Sour AltbierThe Monarchy10.00624.09
Methusalem HolunderheimerThe Monarchy10.00213.88
HelenaGreater Good Imperial Brewing Company10.0083.9
Alte Hansa7 Fjell Bryggeri10.0023.67
The Monarchy MethusalemBrauerei Vormann10.0083.71
Rauch Doppel Sticke AltZebulon Artisan Ales10.0014.6
Über DoppelstickeBoston Beer Works - Canal Street10.0064.26
Imperial Sour Cherry AltbierGreater Good Imperial Brewing Company10.0032.69
St. James WinterSonoma Springs Brewing Co.10.0013.73
Double Dwarf (Coffee Infused)Old Nation Brewing Co.9.70123.62
Imperial Pretzel NecklaceThe Bruery9.7033.96
Barrel Aged DoppelstickeWaldmann Brewery & Wurstery9.5024.16
Big Bad WolfGrimm Brothers Brewhouse9.50244.01
Doppelsticke AltbierGiant Jones Brewing Company9.3013.5
DoubleDeft SecretDeft Brewing9.0014.08
DoppelstickeVarvar Brew9.0023.75
Vom Fass No. 3 - Rye Barrel AgedKlaus Brewing Company8.9000
Bourbon Barrel Double AltBJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse8.9024.05
Hickory AltCorsair Artisan Brewery Taproom / Corsair High Gravity Beer Lab8.9013.9
Maltlanta Doppel StickeThe Wrecking Bar Brewpub8.9024
MegatonGneiss Brewing Company8.8024.14
Chester CopperpotSeventh Son Brewing Co.8.70213.83
ALTernative MedicineIntuition Ale Works8.7013.9
GeistbierBraindead Brewing8.7000
Double NickelBluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant8.6014.16
Dopplesticke AltbierTHAT Brewery8.5053.8
Ten Years AltVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown8.502663.96
Donnyllama DoppelstickeHoly Mountain Brewing Company8.50104.22
Doppelsticke AltbierPennsylvania Brewing Company8.5064.17
Toe BreakerTHAT Brewery8.5014
Über AltRush River Brewing Company8.50893.96
DoppelstickeBrasserie Vrooden8.5024.09
Amersfoorts Hoppen 1475Rock City Beers8.5013.25
DoppelstickeUerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei8.507054.14
BeechballerBauhaus Brew Labs8.3023.83
Mission Imperial AltMission Brewery8.2533.83
Von Dem Fass No. 2Klaus Brewing Company8.2014.15
Control-Alt-DeleteSouris River Brewing8.2000
Brunswick MummeEarth Eagle Brewings8.1043.24
MaryFoggy Noggin Brewing8.1000
UberAltYellowhammer Brewing8.1023.83
DoppelstickeCirca Brewing Co.8.0013.52
Der HammerKC Bier Co.8.0044.07
Olde Number 33 Alt BierArbor Brewing - Plymouth Taproom8.0053.72
Dutch2SP Brewing Company8.0014.1
DopplestickeKlaus Brewing Company8.0023.95
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