overall
69
89
style
Serve in Klsch/Altbier

bottled
common

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 1201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The name of this beer style comes from the German word alt meaning old. This refers to the aging that alts undergo since they ferment more slowly and at colder temperatures than most ales. Slow fermentation helps condition the flavors in Alaskan Amber, contributing to its overall balance and smoothness.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Pours a nice dark amber color. Aromas of burnt malts, dark fruit, and some spice. Flavors of caramel, a touch a chocolate and nutmeg?.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Drank from the bottle in Anchorage. Dark amber colored, with an extremely small head. Tasted great, particularly on a cold Alaska day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (6313) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2005
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark copper, thin off-white head, torrents of rising carbonation. Strong malty nose with perfumy hops in the background. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a lightly bitter finish. Very well balanced. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very drinkable nicely balanced Alt. Good intro beer to those new to the sport.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 On tap. Decided to finally give it a try, and I was glad I did. Enjoyed from first sip to the end of my second 25oz mug. Dont know why I waited so long to give it a try. Very smooth flavor, sweet, but not overly so. More malty than hoppy, but that was a good thing. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2005
(bottle) Deep amber color. Head fades immediately. Caramel malt aroma. Flavor is sweet malt with caramel, some nuttiness. A bit lacking in hops for the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2005
12oz Bottle from Fordest. Pours a ruby amber color with minimal fizzy head. Nose is almost vacant, some light caramel notes here and there. Taste is very nice though. A great malt feeling, rich nuttiness, and some sweet caramel, rounded out with a nice bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2005
I really like this beer, but the first time I had it was during a vacation in Alaska, so my perception may be slightly skewed. Pours a deep amber, flavor is sweet malts, finish is slightly bitter and dry. A very good session beer

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Dont know how I went so long without trying this, I guess I thought it would be just plain average. Nice sweet/malty flavor, super smooth and silky on the palate, with no bitterness or off flavors. Maybe it was because it was fresh off the tap, but it was too easy to put 3 pints away. Im going to buy some bottles of this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours an amberish amber, with a decent head that didnt last long. Aromas were mostly malty and a decent hop character in the flavor. Slightly bitter finish. OK beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Not a bad beer by any means, but not very exciting either. With little in the way of hops here, the beer is easily tipped toward the malty end of the scale. That maltiness is caramely and sweet, and while sweet is often a good thing to me, with this beer, the sweetness is quite sugary and cheap-tasting. The beer also has a modest floral character thats not doing much for me either. The nose is also caramely, very sugary and sweet. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated, but a bit cloying and tiring on the palate. The crystal clear, dark amber color is very rich-looking. The small, off-white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing. Alaskan makes some great beer, but this is definitely not one of them.


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