Suttree (5379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown, sturdy tan head. clean toasty/ stone aromas. Peppery, spicy flavor with a hint of resin. Long after taste. Actually quite bitter, and also surprisingly ligh and spritzy, considering how murky it looks. I may have to drink more of this.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with a nice tan head that looked like something you’d find on top of a stout. While the flavor was light, it was enjoyable. Toasty and caramelly, with a smooth creamy body. Finishes with a touch of grassy hops. A bit pricey but interesting and I will search out the other examples from this brewery.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this one better than the Sticke. I think most German beers are better at moderate to low alcohol. This one is a carmel color with a thick tan head. Aroma similiar to a British ESB, with a tad more carmel and frankly more of a bite. Flavor is fairly bitter with a dry finish. Yes, I could go for a few of these.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The hops make shadow puppets on the malt background, while the drinker enjoys looking at the cool bottle. Very easy drinking, I can imagine this in one of those 3 liter mugs that they have in Germany for Octoberfest.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hooray for Altbier! I love a good alt. Copper red clear body with an inch of tan head on top. Pine and floral hops in the nose, some maltiness. Toasted bready malts give it a nice smooth body with hops along for the ride from beginning to end. Thanks for sending this over, Garin!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, Bottled on 14 04. Pours with a nice head, copper colored, good bead. Nice doses of hoppy resins in the nose, piney perfumey spice. Pineyness fades as the beer breathes, overtaken by the smell of dried whole cone noble hops. Bitter hops dominate the easy drinking beer, with a big flurish at the end when the flavor of the bready malts collides with the flavor of the bittering hops. Seems like some dark malt must be used in the grainbill as well?? Further examination of the lable reveals that yes, Rostmalz are used.Nice in the bottle, I’ve no doubt its a revelation at its source. This is a session beer I can love, serve at cellar temps.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice alt with full flavor and body. Good color and head as well. My only real complaint is that the beer doesn’t change much in its depth or complexity as it warms as this style seems to do quite often. Pity...
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting bubblegum aromas. Very light, slightly citrus, sweet. Amber colored. Wet hops. Hair. Sweet, wheat, full grain. Bitter end.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a lightly hazy ruby color. Topped by a cream colored head. A clean sweet malty aroma greats my nose, I also get some grassy herbal hoppy notes. I get hints of pine, flowers, and candied orange. The taste is a bit more washed out than the nose suggests. Though when tasted on draft at the source this is a completely different beer. It has a nice clean bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is preceded by a somewhat muted hop flavor that adds a bit of fruitiness to this beer, which shows what this beer could be like if sampled fresh at the brewery. Does have a nice level of maltiness here that is reminiscent of biscuits with a bit of caramel in it. It almost unfortunate that this is imported, this beer loses so much by leaving its home pub. If you really want to try this, and see that it is a completely different beer, go to the Altstadt of Düsseldorf.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant coppery golden. Thick rocky head. Extremely attractive noble hop aroma. Loads of caramelly malts, bags of bitterness. Carbonation is high, but refreshing. Good hop flavor as well. This is how its done, ladies and gentlemen. I’m going to Dusseldorf, thats all there is to it.