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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
German Altbier with a California twist - a traditional German Altbier with more malt, more alcohol and a California Ale yeast fermented cold.

This is a California twist on a traditional German style Altbier. Brewed with over 60% Munich Dark Malt, this beer as a distinctly toasty smooth taste balanced with just a hint of bitterness from German Noble hops (Hallertauer) and their American counterpart (Mt. Hood). We ferment with an American Ale yeast at 58dF for a clean finish letting the malt flavor shine through.

German Pilsner
German Munich Dark
CaraMunich III
Chocolate Wheat
Melanoidin Malt

Mt. Hood

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyburnette (26) - - AUG 7, 2012
Amazing take in California of the German classic with low ibu ....nice for a change from pervasively hoppiness on the west coast. Well done maltiness very toady. Having it at LAB in agoura hills on tap. My Indian associate’s description is brewed beer tea!

Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2017
Not bad. Brownish pour. Malty backbone. It had some bock character and a German feel.

bytemesis (8985) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. California brewery #196. Pours hazy rich hazel, medium tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma is malty, roast, a bit nutty, dark breads and toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, very light bitter, quite malty and pleasant. I must be in a malty mood today, cause this hits the spot. Medium body, minimal acidity.

tightslice (1397) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle share at Evernote in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is malts, honey, caramel, some chocolate. Taste is smooth, light malts, mild bitterness. Balanced. On the downside maybe a bit weak, but very drinkable with a lovely aroma.

Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Sample at Tony’s Darts Away. Brownish-amber color with a thin light beige head that recedes quickly to a wispy film. Spotty lacing. Roasted malt, hops and fruit in the nose. Medium body with flavors of roast malt, caramel and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Above average overall.

Thisis12ptfont (1215) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
Faint aroma of brown sugar. Deep, brownish red appearance with no foam. Flavor is borderline tasteless. Faint caramel, juice and citrus notes. Overall, very basic with weak flavors.

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
On tap. Pours with a somewhat murky, deep bronze-brown body with a medium sized tan head. Aromas are sweet and toasty, some melanoidins, munich malt, raisins, maple, grainy, clean. Flavors are a bit too bitter for my taste (balance wise), melanoidins, toasted malt, earthy, and leathery. Toasted corn, bitter, grainy. Bitter balance, not too sweet, dry finish. Medium bodied with slightly bright carbonation.

brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Pours a mahogany color with an off-white head. Smells like concord grape juice. Very sweet and sugary. Tons of grape fruitiness, some toasted malt, and a little bit of caramel. The flavor is, somehow, even more grapey. A touch of cough syrup, bready malt, and a hint of caramel. Light fig note to it as well. Couldn't power through this one.

beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Big malty taste in this hazy cola colored brew. Taste is also semi-sweet with an alcohol back to it. Some minor roasted notes at the back end. I preferred the X1 oak and vanilla version.

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