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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   ABV: -
This German "old ale" was aged to perfection in order to deliver an aggressive hop flavor to compliment the malty caramel overtones.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cheap (5363) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2008
On tap at the Pittsburgh JH in Monroeville. Dark brown with a slight haze. Nice dark beer palate. Without any rudeness. Enjoyable yet has enough personality to claim itself a craft. Good example of an accepatable beer, fun to be with. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Alts in general, are a pretty fine style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2007
At the Monroeville, PA location. Part of a large sampler. Dark orange ruby with off white head. Aroma is faint malt. Flavor is faint malt, grapes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Wayne, PA. Clear, rust-colored body with a velvety beige head. Aroma of toffee and berries plus sweet, toasty crumb cake and a light edge of tobacco. Medium sweet with good German malt qualities, moderate Noble hop flavors, and a firm bitter and toasty finish. A nice, full-flavored altbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11614) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Sample at the Pittsburgh location. Clear amber color with a medium thin off-white head that lasts pretty well. Sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Medium-bodied, borderline thin at times, with roasted malt and nut flavors. Just a bit of hops are present too. The finish is roasty and lightly bitter and ultimately short-lived. This one is fairly average in all respects.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Rich, red-bronze. Very clear. Sweetish cereal aroma. Grainy, medium tartness. Cereal, medium-light bittering. Medium-light body. Goes watery. A rather flaccid interpretation of a style that Iím usually inclined to be charitable towards. Nutty sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Sampled at manchester, ct location. Pours a slightly hazy medium to deep amber, light tan head. Aroma is a bit dirty- modest amounts of yeast in the way, bready, very sweet toffee and some maple syrup character. Definitely not as clean as it could have been. Flavor was very sweet- almost too sweet, sugary, not like the toasted and nutty sweet balance you get from uerige. Ok finish, but still a bit dirty, and not really hoppy in the finish. Too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2005
On draught in Monroeville. Mild sweet aroma and a bit malty. Light dusty papery hop bitterness. Dry with some nuttiness. Medium amber hazy with thin off-white lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with mild nuttiness and good malt character. Carbonic acidity. Medium hops bitter at the finish with light astringency. Decent tasting ale but not up to par with true German alts - though most U.S. knock-offs arenít, so thatís not really a detraction of the overall rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 GABF Gold Medal winner. Sampled from Growler courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium and clear mahogany color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, citrus, nuts and yeast. Thinner body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6135) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 GABF Gold Medal... Poured an amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, light earth, caramel malt, some rauch, and a bit of toffee as well. Taste of more caramel malt, earthy yeast, nuts, and low bitterness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Draught @ Wayne, PA: Almost no aroma. Just a bit of malt scent. Nice medium brown color. Medium white head. Good lacing. Flavor was malty, nutty, and a bit yeasty, like horseblanket. An easy drink. Not bad, but not the best Alt.

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