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Formerly brewed at Old Hat Brewery
Style: Altbier
Lawton, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Dusseldorf-style altbier, this ale is the brewer’s choice. This brew boasts an impeccable balance of malt and hops, and its ruby color is true to style. As bitter as it is malty.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a light to medium brown color with a bit of head. Nose brigs really light malt and some nutty characteristics. A bit of dry grain. None of the off flavors others have discussed, though I had this significantly later in time than the last reviewer. Taste is light and plain, though not bad. Light feel and is decent enough all around. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 11-01-2010

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2780) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Draft sampler, Rating #989! Very much as described. Smooth and malty wins out over any German hop bitterness here. Good color, good beer smell, goes down real fast, so I’m pumping up my miniscule notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2004
A good beer, and an OK alt. has some interesting and true to style elements (a sharp crackeriness to the malt, a kind of sharp walnutiness) but not balanced by that strange plasticy vagueness and some grassy noble hop flavors - both of which would add subtlety - but, all in all, it's refreshing and quite good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2004
This is my first altbier, and it comes from a brewer new to the bottled scene. Poured cloudy, ruddy orange/red with a thin tan head. Aroma was toasty with floral/bitter hops and a touch of brown sugar. Likewise, the flavor was dominated by earthy hops which were balanced by somewhat nutty, brown sugary, toasty and biscuity malt. Left a bitter aftertaste. I've sipped many beers that are very similar but are not "altbiers." Good but not distinctive.


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