Alt Platz Brewing Company Reviews


sonsteng
Alt Platz Hefenweasel DoppleWeisse 3.9
This is one of my favorite beers. I tend to lean to the lighter beers (no insult to darks intended). Strong, smooth and no hang with you bitter tatse. Not to heavy so I can enjoy it with my meal. Definitely a growler fill up with this one.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

sonsteng
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 4.2
My husbands favorite. Dark and rich. Again I’m learning just because it’s a dark beer doesn’t mean bitter. Very smooth. Filling the growler is always a plus.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Coastie
Alt Platz Blind Dog Grog Pale Ale 3.3
Nice aroma. Poured a clear amber a little dark for a pale ale. Nice malt and hop taste. An enjoyable beer.
Saturday, December 22, 2007

beerking99
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 0.6
Murky brown beer with a weak head. Aroma is completely overtaken by strong diacetyl character, which comes through in the flavor as well. Avoid this beer! Another example of an obviously infected beer from this poor brewpub.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007

beerking99
Alt Platz Automaton +P Märzen 1
First off, this is NOT a Marzen. Way too dark, and WAY to strong a roast character for the style. Strongly phenolic in aroma and flavor, which greatly overpowers any positive malt or hop character. Phenolic character most likely is from wild yeast infection, although in another beer the brewer claims it is from cloves. Why would anyone put cloves in a marzen? Pours clear, with a nice off-white head. I strongly doubt the claims of alcohol level. It is very likely 6-8 % at most.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007

beerking99
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 0.7
Terrible beer, with a very strong phenolic character, not due to cloves, but due to off-flavors from wild yeast, which the brewer tried to mask by putting a heavy coating of cinnamon and sugar on the rim of the glass. The phenols come through in both the aroma and the flavor, which was also the case in other AP beers. The beer was cloudy, with a sporadic head. Cloudiness bears out the infection. Two of us split ~a 10 oz pour, and we could not finish it. On top of that, we were charged $12 for this minuscule pour. The claim is that this price is due to the high alcohol level, which is EXTREMELY unlikely. Based on palate considerations, it is likely less than 10%, this is just a poorly made beer that the brewer is making excuses for.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007

TheEpeeist
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 4.1
Growler from Alt Platz. Murky brown settles to faint swirls and a tan ring of tiny bubbles. Aroma is chocolate dipped banana covered in hot fudge. Velvety coffee cocoa with a bright plummy tang. Black grapes, hints of licorice. Light drying with espresso. Excellent.
Friday, November 02, 2007

TheEpeeist
Alt Platz Automaton +P Märzen 3.9
On tap at Alt Platz. Murky brown with a brief white head. An excellent Märzen. Nose is woody caramel and smoky apple. Taste is caramel and nuts with a bit of butterscotch. Light sourness plays nicely off sweet notes. Medium body with just enough carb. Clean finish with light pith. Fresh and flavorful, top-notch.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

TheEpeeist
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 4.2
On tap at Alt Platz. 6 oz glass, part of the edge dipped in powdered sugar and spices. Murky chestnut brown with a beige ring of froth. First waft is gingerbread, thence on a wonderful amalgam of Christmas and pumpkin spice luring but not revealing the complete picture. Rich and smooth, mild carb. Wonderful to sip and savor. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, clove, mace and nutmeg are prominent. Hints of chipotle? A deft spice balance reminiscent of Pannepot. But this is a pumpkin beer and rightly so. Don’t think pie think baked pumpkin, earthy and fleshy, and thats what really makes this beer shine. An American classic.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

rayg1
Alt Platz Scourge of Olde Town I.P.A. 3.5
First let me say that I didn’t care for the beer being served in a chilled glass but I let that slide. The owner Tom is really cool and told me a bit about his love of beer. I was kind of shocked to find that he is so anti ratebeer.com oh well, the guy could do well if he just accepted the fact that anything served to the public will be critized and talked about. Anyway this poured from the tap like you typical IPA orange look to it with a light orange head. Aroma is unfortunatley killed because of serving the beer in a chilled glass but I can pick up a light sweetness and hops. Let the beer warm for a good 15 minutes on purpose. Finally upon sip the beer was very sweet I thought for an IPA. Not bad at all just very sweet. The malts obviously went crazy in this brew and the hops seem to just barley balance it all out. However I will say that despite it’s sweetness it was very drinkable and actually damn good. All I could get out of the brewer is that he uses nothing but German hops which are less powerful than say Cascade or Chinook, ect. so that is why the beer is sweeter.
Monday, July 09, 2007

obguthr
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 4.8
VaBF 2007. Initially rated as their SDE dunkel, but I suspected I was wrong and have now confirmed that. Draft: served by a very beautiful beer wench. Aroma was smoked and charred lamb. Pours dark brown with a thin head, no lacing. Complex flavor, smoked beef and hearty Soy sauce at first. Consistent smoke flavor throughout. Finishes with apple. Fantastic brew! Probably the best I’ve ever had.
Saturday, June 09, 2007

obguthr
Alt Platz Sedona Bronze Ale 1.9
Draft: Curious raisin and yeast aroma. Greenish dark copper color with a medium head. It has a nice initial tangy punch that gives way to a pleasant moderate hoppiness. I have found that the quality of hops this brewer uses is top knotch. It’s a tad tinny, but finishes cleanly.
Saturday, June 09, 2007

obguthr
Alt Platz Blind Dog Grog Pale Ale 3
Draft: Light opaque copper, disappearing head. Quite tangy lemon and grapefruit taste. Well timed orange peel finish. Very slight hop aroma. Judged solely on taste it is fantastic.By now, my opinion of the brewer is hit or miss, but mainly hit, and this is one of the good ones.
Saturday, June 09, 2007

obguthr
Alt Platz Jabo Hefeweizen 1.2
No aroma to speak of. Opaque dingy copper pour. Dirty copper taste, but high quality hops. A bit yeasty. with a metallic finish. Alt platz’s other wheat beer, the Hefenweasel is much, much better.
Saturday, June 09, 2007

maniac
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 4.1
Virginia Beer Fest 2007. Hazy dark amber body with a small tan head. Sweet pumpkin and heavy spice aroma. Sweet caramel, spice and pumpkin flavor.
Friday, May 25, 2007

maniac
Alt Platz Hefenweasel DoppleWeisse 2.8
Virginia Beer Fest 2007. Slightly hazy amber body with a small white head. Banana and caramel aroma. Sweet banana flavor but slightly syrupy in the end.
Friday, May 25, 2007

maniac
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 3.3
Virginia Beer Fest 2007. Dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with some fruity hints. Rum soaked fruit and chocolate flavor with some caramel and molassas in the background.
Friday, May 25, 2007

TheBeerGod
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 4.1
I recalled this being listed as 18% ABV and now I see someone has changed it to 7.5% ABV. (NOTE: I now see where and why it was changed. I’m not sure why it lists the 7.5 % ABV on the website and why he told us that it was 16.5% in person unless there are two versions. I’ll try to confirm. UPDATE Got an email response from Tom. This batch was aged 8 months and came out to 16.5%. However, the next batch may not be. He will start brewing in 6 weeks and in 4-5 months, it will be ready and probably a different ABV. We can change it then). This was on at the Virginia Beer Festival yesterday (5-19-07) and the brewer, Tom, confirmed that this was actually 16.5% ABV in front myself, maniac and Cameron from Coastal Wine Connection. So I will be changing it after this review. Came out a thick muddy orange-rust color. Nose was powerful. Lots of spices, pumpkin pie, soft liquor and sweet malts. Maybe candied yams with marshmellows on them as well. Taste is bigger spice but it’s not overdone. Some soft alcohol, candy, sticky sugars and pumpkin pie. Body is medium-full to full. Soft carbonation. Very sticky but no warmth I could detect. Ends with more spices and pumkin pie with sticky sweet candyish notes. This went very quick once it was known to be out and the lines were large. Very well done pumpkin beer!
Sunday, May 20, 2007

obguthr
Alt Platz Hefenweasel DoppleWeisse 2.8
Va BF 07 Draft: Chestnut smoke and soy sauce aroma. Brown color, thick head which quickly dissipated, minimal lacing. Marshmallow and roasted malt flavor. Clean finish, but a bit metallic. Thin mouthfeel. I wonder if this should qualify as a dunkelweiss?
Saturday, May 19, 2007

geoffreyfox99
Alt Platz Scourge of Olde Town I.P.A. 4
I dont like IPAs, but I know what it supposed to be, and this is a good IPA. A slight dyactel or oily flavor, but it wasnt too bad. If you like IPA, you will like this beer.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007

geoffreyfox99
Alt Platz Hefenweasel DoppleWeisse 4.1
A darn good Aventinus clone, but its made in my home town, so that makes it better. This type of beer always seems heavy on my stomach, so as much as I want to drink a ton of this, I just can’t. Tom has a good recipe with this one and the atmosphere he provides make it a great great beer.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007

OldRaspy
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 4
On tap at Alt Platz. Color was a dark brown with some reddish tints and a tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma was a nutty chocolate and malt. Flavor gives you the same nutty chocolate and a nice bitter chocolate finish.
Friday, November 17, 2006

OldRaspy
Alt Platz Victory for Freedom Helles 2.8
On tap at Alt Platz. Golden in color with an off-white head. Aroma was bready with a touch of hops lurking around. Flavor was a combination of yeast and sweet malt.
Friday, November 17, 2006

OldRaspy
Alt Platz Sedona Bronze Ale 3.5
On tap at Alt Platz. Color was a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma was malty with floral hops and a bit nutty. Flavor was a nutty chocolate with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Keep up the good work Tom.
Friday, November 17, 2006

OldRaspy
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 4.5
On tap at Alt Platz served in 6oz glasses. Dark dark amber in color with a thick beige head. Aroma was full of spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc) everything you’d expect in pumpkin pie and lots of pumpkin aroma. Flavor did not disappoint, it was like drinking liquid pumpkin pie. This was by far the best pumpkin beer I’ve had.
Friday, November 17, 2006

LooseCannon
Alt Platz Sedona Bronze Ale 3.4
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown color with no head. Aroma and taste of coffee and chocolate, really dark for a amber ale.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

LooseCannon
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 4.6
On tap at the brewpub 6 oz glass. Dark brown color off white head. Very complex aroma and taste. No alcohol taste this one will sneak up on you. The best pumpkin ale, I have had.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

KukinskyG
Alt Platz Victory for Freedom Helles 4.2
Once again the Platz delivers! Had an hour to kill so I stopped by- Glad I did. This is a definate off the beaten path brew. A helles(german for clear) Not many styles like this one but rest assured it is grand! Pours a nice creamy white head with excellent release of aroma, fruity citrus notes- perfect carbonation, just enough to release the aroma- not soapy- first a slight hop bite then an overature of malty sweetness. With a finish that is to be reckoned wth. These go down oh so easliy- perfect compliment to the pretzels ordered with the brew, a salty sweet affair. Not had one helluva helles like this since Austria many years back. A perfect rendition of the Bavarian style. A must have again!!!! The Alt Platz , Das Güte Platz!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, October 30, 2006

Braudog
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 3.7
Draft at the brewpub, 10/28/06: Only 1 of the 3 beers I tried that I actually liked. Not sure what the brewer would classify it as, so I entered as "ale" ... sorry! Almost has the character of a Scotch Ale. Dark black with a tan standing head. Syrupy and thick with a definite molasses, strong malt tone. Strong and good ... the one fine point of our visit.
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Braudog
Alt Platz Victory for Freedom Helles 1.4
Draft at the brewpub, 10/28/06: Helles? This is orange-copper, the darkest helles I’ve ever seen. (Hey, call the beer whatever you want, but check a style guide. Auf Deutsch, Helles=Light, Dunkel=Dark). Again, zero head, zero carbonation. Almost like a sour orange soda. Unimpressed.
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Braudog
Alt Platz Sedona Bronze Ale 1.4
Draft at the brewpub, 10/28/06: Looks like a flat coke ... and kinda tastes like one too. Dirty sock aroma. Bit of a sour tone, like sweet malt soda. No thanks.
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Trooper11
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 4.6
Right place, right time. Scammed some of Immy’s pre-release treat. After all of the seasonal & pumpkin ales I have tasted and frowned upon I wasn’t expecting to flip over one anytime soon, but this one was an eye opener, an awakening of slumbering senses. I think the brewer has his mother chained in the back making homemade pumpkin pie to mix in this brew. The golden-pumpkin-orange colored brew looked like pumpkin pie topped with a creamy off-white head like it was cool-whip. Aroma is every fresh spice you would expect in grandmas pie on Turkey day and then some. Flavor was same, spice combination perfectly complimented the pumpkin flavor in this soul warming spiced brew. Watch out for the alcohol because the high level is very well hidden making it easy to drink and yearning for more. Too bad for the rest of the world but due to the limited quantities only us few lucky locals will be priviledged enough to enjoy this outstanding brew. I know what I am doing for Halloween!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Trooper11
Alt Platz Victory for Freedom Helles 3.4
On tap with Immy at brewpub. Dark gold, golden ale, foamy white head. Fruity aroma of apple and pear with slight notes of bread. Flavor much the same, sweet malty fresh fruit, medium to heavy body. Very easy drinking.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Immy
Alt Platz Victory for Freedom Helles 3.2
On tap at the brewpub. Clear deep gold with an off white head. Nose is bready with a light hoppiness. Bready, biscuity flavor, sweet malt. Even malty finish. Nice.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Immy
Alt Platz Alt Kürbis Pumpkin Ale 4.7
On tap at the brewpub. The owner gave me a sneak peek sample of this beer, to be officially released October 31. Golden brown with a big, thick, creamy beige head. Very complex nose - lots of spices, including (but not limited to) ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a light clove. Lots more, hard to nail them all down. An underlying pumpkin is behind the lush spiciness. Excellent, warming pumpkin pie flavors! Warming spiced finish, alcohol is present but VERY well disguised. Like a fortified wine, the nose blooms from the empty glass. Absolutely wonderful, the best I’ve ever had of the style. I’m no fan of pumpkin beers, but this is amazing. VERY well done, and thanks for the preview Tom!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Immy
Alt Platz Sedona Bronze Ale 3.6
On tap at the brewpub. Deep clear brown with a small tan head. Nutty chocolate nose, herbal hops. Mild chocolate and nut flavors, hops come to the fore in the finish, a herbal bitterness. Very nice!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Trooper11
Alt Platz Sedona Bronze Ale 3.7
Sedona Bronze Ale. Clear, dark brown/bronze. Minimal head. Nutty aroma maybe a bit of raisin, sweet to taste, a bit smoked flavor and a light sweet chocolate aftertaste. Good stuff.
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Trooper11
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 4.1
Machtig Brau Strong Ale. Dark brown brew foamy tan head. Nutty chocolate aroma. Flavor is bitter chocolate and sweet malt, very smooth, medium body with a bit of an oily feel and a nice warmth from the alcohol but without the alcohol taste. Very drinkable. I had 2 pints and took home a growler. Great brew!
Saturday, October 21, 2006

KukinskyG
Alt Platz Sedona Bronze Ale 3.8
Tall(24oz)- purchased onsite. Was not on tap yet, but the bartender pulled me one from the cooler( Very Nice Gesture) They call it a Brozne- a hybrid brew based on the dark almost reddish brown(bronze) appearance-Excellent aroma- nicely hopped-immediate bite on the palate then a smooth rush of maltiness with a touch of sweetness- one thing I will say about this brewey is their ability to balance the beers with hop/malt tones without over powering- the beer is very pleasant and different - Unique would be the term. Once again I left happy with that all natural buzz from a great brew. Also had a pizza- and it was phenominal!!!! Dough for the pies is made onsite also- a 24oz superior beer and a great pie for less than a movie- this place floundering- I beg to differ!!!! The impertinence this brewery is getting is a disgrace- and those that are spreading it should be throttled about the head and neck reagion! Well done Alt Platz!!! Keep up the good beers!!!!!
Thursday, October 12, 2006

KukinskyG
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 4.6
2 Liter Growler Bought onsite-Beautiful pour- excellent head retention- nice creamy white ring that stayed through entire mug Hints of Chocolate and coffee- This one is dangerous- first by relaxing you with flavor, then a punch to the skull with alcohol! Awesome beer none the less.This guy is for real- rumors are the Platz is no good- rumors are full of shit- Highly recommended if you want real beer! Plus the prices are very reasonable for the product.
Thursday, October 12, 2006

gputty
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 3.9
From growler, courtesy of Immy. Poured a very deep brown with hints of red. Foamy tan head. Nose has a mild nuttiness to it. Flavor is sweet malts with a touch of sour. Bitter baking chocolate in the aftertaste. Palate is creamy. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen, until you’re done that is, which doesn’t take long due to the immense drinkability of this one.
Thursday, October 05, 2006

Immy
Alt Platz Mitey-Broo Stark Strong Ale 3.9
1L growler from the brewpub, of course. Deep brown with a thick, creamy beige head. Excellent thick lace. Nutty aromas, some chocolate. Nice, smooth chocolate nut flavors (walnut?) with an even sweet maltiness. Bitter chocolate finish. Nice round body. Very nice - well done!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006

gputty
Alt Platz Jabo Hefeweizen 3
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy orange with fluffy tan head. Huge banana/clove nose with something really sweet, like Equal. Flavor is crisp, light wheat. Nice drinker.
Sunday, September 03, 2006

gputty
Alt Platz Blind Dog Grog Pale Ale 3
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown/orange pour with no head. Light floral/citrus nose, malt and liquorish. Flavor follows. Light overall.
Sunday, September 03, 2006

Immy
Alt Platz Jabo Hefeweizen 3.1
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy amber with a nice rocky white head. Nice spiderweb white lace. Nose is bannanna and clove. An odd sweetness, like powdered sugar, is detectable. Finish is similar to the taste. Light and refreshing hefe.
Sunday, September 03, 2006

Immy
Alt Platz Blind Dog Grog Pale Ale 2.8
On tap at the brewpub. Dark for the style - hazy caramel color, thin ring for a head. Weak nose, anise, caramel, some nutty notes. Seems under-hopped for an IPA. Light citrus flavors, some anise notes. Strange, but enjoyable.
Sunday, September 03, 2006