Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light brown with a small head. Bitter taste and finish. Nothing interesting.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 I bought a 5L mini-keg (the first one I’ve ever purchased) with a friend of mine...we manage bars so we thought that tapping would be no big deal...a very big deal b/c the instructions were ONLY in German. Smooth body but a horrible bitterness about 30 seconds after the swallow. On draft it is slightly less apparent, but still there. Just like the draft, a metallic overtone was very present in the flavor. The 5L mini-keg was also very unimpressive...after the first four pints we poured, it just got more and more flat. A decent beer, but there are much finer ALTs out there.
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(500ml Can) Pours a medium, almond head and a copper body. A musky malt nose. Flavours of roasted malt and hops. Carbonated feel. Lacked all complexity. Average but not bad.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I have something of a obsession with this style becuase In my days of early awakening BRB (Before RateBeer), I loved two dark alts to excess. Most alts I've sampled since have been copper colored, like this one, and like the very fine homebrewed "Irish" alt (yeah, I recognize the contradiction) that has been my greatest achievement to date. But with most of these lighter alts, I find myself pining nostalgicially for those early days at the ABC in Ann Arbor - they can't measure up to memory. This one in particular I don't care for - it has a weird massbrew in a can metallic tinge to it, although I drank it from a bottle, and that weirds off the decenter malt flavors. The other accent is nicer, a touch of toastiness, but it doesn't redeem the brew.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft: Vibrantly copper in color; weakish head. Soft malts caressed my tongue, but left me yearning for more. Some burntness, a bit of roast, and a hint of bitterness. Some unwelcomed mustiness interluded. Bitterness seemed to build, but it was rather one-dimensional. Enjoyable, but seemed to lack a real personality punch.
jaymobrown (1746) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light copper color. Strange light malt nose. Nothing really amazing or off-putting. Really fizzy, which I'm no fan of.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice copper. Smallish off-white head. Aroma and flavor both full of malt and hops--strong on both.
skortila (4851) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I bought 2 4packs of these, with free t-shirt! They only shrink when you wash them, a nice present for my girlfriend! A beer girlie! :S The beer itself is ambercoloured, nice head. Malty aroma, some sweetness. Biterness in taste, dry and malts. Bitter finish.
marking (20) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle/can variety is not at all comparable to the altbier you get in Germany, served in those special cylindic thin glasses…oh it is a blessing ! That slightly burnt finish and drieness makes it a perfect food-beer
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This German ale is quite a challenge to the English ales. Not at all the same bitterness and aromas as from English hops, but dry and a bit roasted barley in the end.