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Sierra Nevada Stein Altbier



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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
An old-style German hybrid ale, brewed using super-heated river stones to boil the sugary wort which encourages kettle caramelization and enhances malt complexity. Stein Alt is golden in color with an interesting toffee-like malt flavor, paired with fruity aromas and balanced by a moderate dose of whole-cone hops. Clean, complex, and amazingly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Tap at RnH. As usual, SN nails the clean, easy drinking body in one of their lagers. This thing one is crisp, with a slightly distinctly German malt complexity, with notes of almond and herbs. Lovely body, with none of the usual veggie notes found in many German-style lagers. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Clear amber/gold with some off white head. Aroma is fairly light with some malty notes and caramel along with some faint hops. Light bodied and refreshing, very smooth, clean malty finish with a very faint bitterness. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5069) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Clear gold pour, white head. Bread, caramel, hay, and light hops. It’s fine, but not overly interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5877) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Sample at the brewpub on 8/4/10. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Nose is malty with some grassy hops. Flavor starts with sweet malt, then bitter grassy hops before a sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Sample rating (though I’ll be reconfirming my rating with a growler later this weekend; I should note that the hangtag of the growler says 5.3%, for the sake of argument). Pours a clear, bright yellow color; fine-bubbled white head with light retention and solid lacing. Very quiet nose with just a bit of brown sugar and some basic mineral bitterness; quiet. Medium body; lively carbonation; nicely crisp, mineral bitterness playing the key role here; quite pleasantly bitter; light, toasty maltiness underneath; very drinkable, non-resiny, rounded bitterness; tasty stuff. Medium finish of mineral bitterness and a light, lasting malt toastiness.

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