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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Draft. Just not enough hops, it is a pretty timid-tasting altbier that misses the mark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6944) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (5785) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21446) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2010
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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