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The Civil Life Altbier

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
There are two kinds of authentic Altbier- "Northern" and "Dusseldorf". These German brews are the original Ales of their regions and broadly speaking are bronze and bitter and reflect the "old" (Alt!) manners of brewing and lagering. Our Altbier enjoys aspects of both styles without being specific to one or the other and a touch more Spalt aroma hop than perhaps the style has usually offered. Drinking at 4.8% its a good candidate for pondering why there aren’t more Altbiers out there.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (2144) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Dark clear red. Fruity, but I cant tell what fruit. Malty. Ok. Medium body. Low ibu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1903) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Tasted on tap at pub in nonic glass. It poured a nice clear amber colour with sudsy white foam. Grainy, caramelly, bready, herbal, hints of toffee and toast. Mildly fruity esters. Measured hoppy balance, subtle bitterness, light mineral essence. Light-medium body and carbonation, clean dry finish. Tasty and true-to-style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2013
(pint at brewpub) reddish brown (dark for an alt). Aroma of grainy/caramel malt. Bready malt flavor. I like the fact that Civil Life has a nice variety of session beers, but not sure I’d have guessed this was an alt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Tap @ The Civil Life. Pours a clear, deep reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Rich caramel, thick malty, toffee, a bit herbal nose. A touch fruity, pretty well balanced sweetness, goopy caramel, toasty malty flavor. Some fruity elements as well. Pretty good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
On tap at The Civil Life. Pours a medium brown color with white head. Caramel, bready, malty flavors. Pretty nice alt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6764) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear red brown. No head. This is grainy and resiny. Big barley and rye notes. A little thin but not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (3869) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2012
It poured a crystal clear, dark reddish brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was a nice crisp and balanced nose with some cereal and a little grassy hoppiness. The taste was about typical for a good alt; toasty, bready, a bit sweet from the chocolate and fruitiness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5895) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Pours brown with a reddish hue and a thick soapy head. The aroma has berries, caramel, toast, cream and sweetness. It has a medium crisp body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor begins with toasty malt, woodiness, berries, floral aspects and some spice. The finish has more fruitiness, perfume hops, dry crackers, bready malt and a trailing bit of toffee and caramel. Interesting take on an alt. Another well done beer by Civil Life.

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