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Vintage Rhine Heights Altbier



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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Our latest amber brew is a traditional German-style altbier. German brewers have long been famous for their light pilsner beers, but those lagers are a relatively recent world phenomenon (poplarized in the 1800’s). The humble "alt" is a style that traces its root back to the Middle Ages ("alt" means "old or old-fashioned" in German). Not as sweet or fruity as an American Amber, the altbier style features rich caramelized malt flavors, and a well-defined hop bitterness up front. Rhine Heights fits the bill nicely. Malt flavors are rich and complex, hops are in balance as bittering element, but don’t contribute to the aroma or flavor perceptibly. A hearty malt-forward German amber ale- PROST!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Draft at the source. Hazy golden amber color. Caramel aroma. Taste is roasty cocoa and caramel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Tap at the brewery - clear amber beer - a decently executed alt - malt character is rich, but mostly dry, nutty, and bready (dark rye, pumpernickel) - some light raisin and cherry - lightly bitter finish - solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Draft. Just not enough hops, it is a pretty timid-tasting altbier that misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (686) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2014
Poured a clear brown amber with a thin white head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, earth and some floral. Tastes of toasted malt, earthiness and light carmel. Smooth finish with lingering malt presence. Light body ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, earthiness and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of toasted malt, earthiness and light carmel with a smooth dry lingering toasted malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Translucent amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is pale with light caramel and faint noble hops. Taste of noble hops, pale malt and a touch of rye. Light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (10221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber red with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has nice notes of light grass biut is mainly full of bread and dark grain. Flavor has notes of bread and grains with a bit of of earthy grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (5799) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Draft at Vintage. Amber-brown, thin beige head. The hops don’t really work well with this one. They come off soapy, cheap. One dimensional bitterness, no floral aromas. Not a bad beer, just not an impressive Alt. A little homebrewy. Nutty, caramel tones. Bland, lacks expertise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a nice deep amber with reddish highlights. Soft offwhite head that sticks around. Nose is soft. Bread crusts, hint of caramel and spicy hops. On tasting, crisp bitterness, never tending too sweet. Not as hoppy as I’d like, but well balanced. Some toffee notes come through, as does a firm malt backbone that asserts itself. Pretty solid Alt overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft on tap the brewpub (Madison, WI). Pours a nice darker copper brown hue, a touch of haze but really just dark, a light glow. A frothy tannish head sits atop, dies to a thicker ring and laces ok. Aromas are subtle bread, touches of brown sugar, carmelized malts, touches of dry floral hops, faint spiciness. Initial is lighter bodied offering bread, biscuits, sweetness with a faint brown sugar and vanilla appeal. Sweeter, touches of carmelized malts grow with a light floral hopping, faint dryness into the finish. A clean yet maltier beer, it’s a bit forgettable with a good deal of bread, toast. Light spice, touch of dry florals. Finish is clean, a touch squeeky, with some faint spice and lingering sweet malts mellow on the backend.

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