Brewed by Magnotta Brewery
Style: Altbier
Vaughan, Canada


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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2003
(draught) Faint aroma. Nothing disernable. Gold copper colour. Malty and hoppy but not extravigant. Decent on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2003
Sweet malt aroma, copper with small vanilla head. Malt base, pleasant after taste. Soft, dry a good Alt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2002
golden colour. light hop aroma. some berry sweetness and dry hoppiness. not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
This is the only representation of the style that i’m aware of in Ontario. I’ve noticed that the amount of Alt character has diminished significantly over the last year. I hope it is a seasonal thing because the flavour is yeast derived and colder fermentation temps will give more of it. Anyway, it is a bright copper coloured ale, lightly hopped - to style - and a little sweeter than style guidelines. Alt character is fully evident, more at times then others (varies from season to season). Their winter beer last year was excellent. Hopefully we will see this again sometime in November. Rating given for the beer at its best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2002
Bright copper color. Sweet malt, alcohol and a touch of hops in the nose. Sweet, slightly malty and a slightly bitter, almost candyish finish. Quite dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Watery hop-laden peaches enveloped by delicate smoked caramel...Slight astringency in the end enveloped by intriguing almond skins...I much prefer McNeill’s...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
An excellent interperatation of a lighter bodied Dusseldorfer Altbier. Wonderful deep copper color with a light malt & hop aroma (in fresher examples). The malt flavor is very gently nutty; with some soft fruity expressions from the fermentation. It’s bitterness is well balanced and finishes refreshingly dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19447) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
Brown-orange. Dry, bitter and nutty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9552) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 14, 2000
red-brown colour, fine head, hint of cherry, complex, dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2000
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Re-rate is long overdue, please disregard these comments as they are not indicative of the recent history of this beer.

It has its moments, but they are few and far between. The aroma has at times been absolutely wonderful. Other times, it’s AWOL. The flavour has ranged from astringent burnt to smokey-crystal malty.

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