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Baeren Alt

Baeren Alt
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Brewed by Baeren
Style: Altbier
Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minihame2 (305) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2015
Brown, bubbly body with a tan head. Weak aroma, some malts and grassy tones. Slightly bitter taste with some sourness. Smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation. Not impressive but a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brandon31g (24) - HONG KONG - MAR 20, 2015
It is a straightforward and easy-drinking beer. It poured a copper colour with rich caramel and light maltiness on nose. The taste was still caramel and some hoppiness with slightly bitter finishing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle at home bought at Morioka Shinkansen station I believe. Copper coloured with golden bubbly head. Aroma is lots of caramel, hint of dijon mustard (!! maybe I have lost it) rich maltiness and orchard fruity. Taste is less exciting, very malty, light caramel but somehow salty too. Nice enough. I quite like it, and will drink it again, but couldn’t have more than one in a row. Light bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3557) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at Bakujun in Kyoto. This beer poured a very clear reddish brown color. The flavor was well balanced with lots of maltiness followed by a mild hoppy aftertaste. It was very smooth & easy to drink, I think it would make a good session beer. Looking at their other reviews I guess they got rid of the cloudiness!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 Looks the biz. Dark amber hue. Soft caramel, cookies and noble hops - very faint though. In the mouth very middle of the road, more malty than bitter a bit thin and not terrible interesting. On tap this is a far better best. Quite aggressive bittering for the style, but good, weighted body to hold it all together.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2010
Neutral aroma. Cloudy amber good lace. Mellow, well balanced flavours akin to a pale ale, definitely not a alt. Ok session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21886) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2009
Bottled. Cloudy reddish brown, small head. Buttery earthy nose. Sweet and fruity with medium body. Notes of bubblegum and ash. Long salty bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 25, 2009
2009 version. Draught at Beer Cafe Barley. Cloudy, muddy, brown color. Very unattractive. Aroma of caramel, earth, and some fruit with a bit of hops. Caramel, gumball flavor, with decent hopping. A bit earthy and fruity. Nice balance, and reasonably complex. Very drinkable, with a decent hoppy finish. Relatively genuine. Maybe the best Japanese alt yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Baeren’s Altbier uses its bready maltiness and supporting wooden hop bitterness to achieve balance and entertaining drinkability, but fails to develop either (or their union) into anything more than a decent quencher.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark copper.
-Apple-like fruitiness swims within.
-Carbonation is slow and careful, letting the malts and hops express themselves fully (which they don’t take advantage of).
-This is a simple recipe from Baeren which is not their most successful, imho.

Bottle; thx Tim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (4341) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
Deep mahogany color. Black tea, noble hops and caramel strike me in the nose. This theme continues with an added dose of cookies, in the moderately thin and bitter mouth. On the way to being great, but still needs work.

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