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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a clear orange with thin white head. Toast and caramel on the nose. Light caramel with some faint malt and graininess. Sweet malt and caramel. Spicy and earthy hop presence in the middle. Toast and malt spice on the finish. Nice and simple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (7875) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"this had the misfortune of being tasted the same night as the new palate-wrecking black BW from Sierra Nevada, but I also drank half of this before sipping the other, and it was just...incredibly...boring. no complexity whatsoever. not at first, not when it warmed. little to no hop presence, which would be ok, but for the thoroughly one dimensional malt, which got comments like "corn" and "eh". right down there with the crystal wheat as my least favorite SN beer."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (7131) - Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Draft to taster at the Mills River brewpub. This batch is 5.3% abv with 42 IBUs, and should be unretired. Looks solid; a completely transparent fuller golden orange with eggshell head that slowly but steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells mildly yeasty and hoppy alongside notes of toffee. Tastes like it smells with a medium-light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. A bit of peppercorn on the tongue as well. Not bad, but forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5928) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft. Pours an amber body with a scant white head. Malty hints of cinnamon and light grains. Very soft and light. A hint of nuts, cracker wafers. Bread and honey. A bit herbal. 3.4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
vtafro (5256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2011
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum SN event. Brown pour with no head. Caramel, spice and toasted malts, with a touch of earthy hops. Has a tinge of wet malt on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5078) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a clear copper with a thin head. Aroma is nice toasty biscuity malts, light nuts, some chocolate ashy hint with herbal leafy hops. Flavor is a touch weak, light floral hops over light caramel and toffee malts, light burt toast, herbal and earthy but clean crisp finish. Ok.

   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 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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