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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Our version of a classic German Old Ale, deep in red and nice caramel notes and hopped with Tettnang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bellco33 (699) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2014
On tap at the brewery: Pours redish brown with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, earth, and slight pine. Taste is a little sweet with a lot of toasted malt, caramel, and a tiny amount of hops. Medium body, a little sticky mouth feel, this is a pretty nice alt beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12876) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
A dark orangey amber ale with a thick creamy off white head. A light caramel malt aroma, light saaz hops. In mouth, a light caramel malt taste with honey notes, very thin but still satisfying. On tap at brewpub, Inbièrenationale IV, May 2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Tap at brewpub. Pours a deep coppery woody amber with a nice head and good lace. Aroma is mostly lightly burnt and toasted malts, breaty with a burnt nuttiness as well- hops very low. Low hop flavoring as well- dry almost roasty nuttiness hints of dry dark chocolate, and caramel and munich malts. Mouthfeel is a bit off from lack of hops, and becomes a bit harsh. Ok overall but not quite a good altbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Draft @ Willi. Pours a clear, medium amber color with orange edges; light tan head with fine-bubbled, scalloped lacing. Kind of light aroma, showing some red fruits and sweet maltiness; reserved. Medium mouthfeel: chewy red fruits, nougat, and caramel upfront; malt-forward, certainly, but there’s also a slight, earthy bitterness and nothing comes off as sticky or overly sweet; quite tasty and drinkable alt; lots of red candied fruits. Medium finish: toasty malts, breadiness, and some lingering red fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Tart, fruity (strawberry, raspberry) aroma. Flavor mixes these notes with some refreshing floral hoppiness. A pleasure to quaff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2008
On tap at the brewery. A very pretty beer! Pours a clear dark amber with a nice light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, some light fruits. Flavor of dark roasted malt, light fruits. Bitter finish. This is a light-bodied beer, super easy to drink, and very refreshing. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Clear amber, light half a centimeter white head. A bit leafy, gently earthy, nutty, slightly toasty nose. Pretty much the usual suspects for an alt, but they’re not too forward in their extraction. It’s a bit subtle and not too focused, vague with hints and mysteries rather than throwing in your glass directly what you anticipate. Not very developed basically. A bit herbal, correct noble hop profile. Clean flavoured. Light-bodied. No exuberance possible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
In short: Frail Altbier lacking in the malt/flavour department
How: Tap at brewpub dec 2007
The look: Clear dark-copper body topped by a little off-white ring of foam
In long: Shy nose. Timid grainy malts and light fruity notes (berries and a touch of orange zest) are held together by a flimsy caramel lick. A little citric. Carbonation is too much and crushes the frail flavour spectrum. A disappointment. Autobland Failed Alt

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Faint toast and light fruity caramel lead to a whispering herbal hop finale. This is a cleanly-brewed Altbier, but its malty weaknesses are not what I have come to expect from Willimantic.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the transparent orangey copper.
-The nose is very timid, and thus not alluring.
-Comfortable effervescence increases the quaffable factor, but the lack of crunchy maltiness makes it a forgettable session.
-The overall flavor profile is balanced, but it is way too polite to be engaging.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Robe ambrés sans mousse. Arômes légers. Saveurs légères de malt caramel. Finale franche de houblon épicé.

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