Brewed by Magnotta Brewery
Style: Altbier
Vaughan, Canada


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
An ultra-premium all-malt and traditional German-style ale at 5% alc./vol. Deep copper to light brown colour with an aromatic focus on malt elements of fresh baked biscuits and toast. Malt initially dominates the palate with typical Altbier flavours of biscuits, followed by an intense yet pleasant hop bitterness. A slightly dry body and reduced ale fruitiness is achieved by extended deep-cold aging. Can be served with beef soups, spinach salad, roast chicken, pork tenderloin, falafel, chocolate cake, and smoked cheeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2004
Another one of those beers that is just fabulous in aroma but a bit weak on delivering the tasty goods...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2004 Came in a twist top bottle, no date code...instructions to "keep refridgerated". I assume this is unpasturized beer with no preservatives. Poured a clear red copper color with a 2 finger sticky, rocky off white cap that had fair retention. Moderate corbonation makes this Altbeir's flavors easy to deliver on the tongue. Aromas of toasty caramel, nuts, spiciness..a pleasant nose to this German ale. Starts malty with nutty-sweet toasted malt departures then it goes creamy on the palate when the hops create some balance in the malt pronounced medium body....finish is moderate duration, wet with the toasted nut biscuit malts slowly giving way to a hop drying...a very nice local brew...not too complex, toasty-malty, creamy and drying finish...if this is a good rendition of an Alt style I’m a believer...I like this beer, can recommend it and will buy more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
not too bad. roasty malt flavourings. i’m not much of an altbier fan i guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
On tap @ the TO beer festival. Brownish red colour with decent white head. Flavourly is somewhat indistinct with slight bits of rostiness, malt sweetness and then a dry bitterness on the finish not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Deep, syrupy malt aroma. Kinda cool bronze label with woodlands scene. Medium red-brown clear beer. Toasted sweetness, amber malt twang, medium light body. Unpleasant woody bitterness in the finish. The hops were indistinct and there weren’t the oaty qualities that I really enjoy in an alt. Watery at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Thick, fluffy head atop a deep copper body. Aroma is carmel malts and orangey hops with some earthy undertones. Very thin tasting carmel malt flavors with a fizzy and mild, hop finish. Nothing too special but definately drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
some malt, some kind of fruit, some deep copper color. Not a beer to have in abundance. Harsh aftertast

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
Copper color, big fluffy white head. Aroma of malts, a touch of some caramel and some overall earthiness. Earthy malt flavor, some bitterness following, but the bitterness doesn't seem to come from the hops too much. Medium body. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Bottled - Smokeless Joes Toronto. Uninteresting musty aroma but a pleasant grey-black colour. The flavour is interesting with a malty tanginess. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Deep copper colored. Nose is mainly malts, with a hint of caramel and a fruity undertone. Nutty doughy malt flavors with a mild hoppy finish. Not outstanding, but not awful.

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