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!
esjaygee (3859) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draught at the Great Northern Beer Festival in Eagle River, WI. Pours a clear copper colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and a thin ring. Aroma of some pre-skonk hops, caramel and toasted biscuit malt, and a touch of Brett. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of tart brown ale, some Brett and grassy hops. Finish is slightly tart which reminded me a little of the JT Whitney Brown Ale that turned out to be a decent sour. As an alt, the keg may have been infected.
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