mmmbeer (1213) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Guerde, THANKS! Served in proper glassware- poured a near black when held to a light source, non transparent, low carbonation, white ring for a head around the glass, sits very still in the glass. Aroma of a toasted malt, mixed notes of carmel and hops. Hits the mouth with a high-medium body, malt is very present and delightful- simply delicious, middle holds up well, a bit of vanilla, earth, and faint sweetness on the finish. Delighting surprise!
nuplastikk (4136) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black-red color. Thin, oily head. Rich and malty, a tad more roasty than the real thing perhaps. While I’d be reluctant to call it world-class, this is a great session beer. Lots of caramel and chocolate malt tones on top of a smooth easy medium body. Some background balancing hops are blanketed in the syrupy malt. A little sticky, but a great beer for an Alt fan like myself.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a Summit pint glass - seems inappropriate to drink Schell’s from a Summit glass, oh well.
Reddish-brown with persistent thin head; very little lacing.
Noble hops, metallic, dark fruits, smells good but a little faint.
Somewhat similar to smell. Reminds me of a roasty brown ale crossed with a Vienna Lager, but with a higher level of hops. Metallic bitterness, especially in the aftertaste, and the bitterness becomes more apparent after continued sipping.
This is the most interesting part of the beer. Smooth and clean like a lager, but creamier like many ales. Very little familiarity with Altbiers, but this makes sense as it is essentially a lagered ale. Medium bodied with a decent level of carbonation - almost spritzy. Ultimately, I am left with creamy but spritzy - very unique, a little strange, but mostly good.
Easy drinking but flavorful.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, caramel-colored body under a creamy sand-colored head. Light metallic notes and a hint of dark fruit to an otherwise full and sweet caramel malt aroma. Caramel prominent in the flavor with mild chocolate. Pleasantly sweet with a touch of roasted bitterness in the finish. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Single 12 oz. bottle from Corkscrew, Urbana, IL, May 2007
Narnad (1421) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a very thin white head. Aroma is a sweet caramel with some nutty Munic malt and ligh chocolate come through in the aroma but as a whole it is pretty light. Flavor has a very pronounced caramel flavor with a very light nutty and chocolate ending middle with a slight burnt ending. A bit on the super sweet and slightly burnt side for an Altbeir but not a bad beer at all.
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured clear cola brown with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma was very sweet with caramel and chocolate leading.. almost a little cherry there, too.. iced tea and cola emerged as it warmed.. very approachable. The flavor was sweet again with chocolate, black patent, and molasses leading.. some earthy and vanilla accents.. bitterness was light, and it was a tad spicy on the back-end. Light-medium bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. scratchy and grainy at times.. OK flow. This was sweet and very easy to drink, but it wasn’t too enjoyable.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cross between a pale lager and schwarzbier. It has that hay and sulphur taste, but also some sweet caramel. Finish is not very appealing. Rather smooth really. Has a strange extract homebrew taste too it.
alexanderj (3268) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, enjoyed in a hotel room in Springfield. Poured a dark brown with a small hint of auburn. Really nice aroma of caramel, cocoa, molasses with a light bit of fruit. Flavor was not nearly as good, but still ok. Caramel, roasted malt, and molasses; a bit bready with some minimal hopping in the finish. Solid stuff.
Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Bottle into a pint glass. Very dark for an alt -but is labeled as such. Malty flavor and less hoppy than most alts I’ve had. It’s still quite good. I did get a bit of a metalic taste when it warmed up a bit but it wasn’t off putting. An enjoyable brew.
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep brown color with semi loose but medium lasting khaki head and some nice lace. Plenty of roasty malt on the nose with some hints of molasses and a mild fruitiness. Flavor is roasty far more hearty and roasty than a typical Düsseldorf style alt, some very stout like characteristics and some berry and a mild metallic flavors.
Kind of creamy but just a shade thin on the palate.