User37895 (3042) - - MAR 21, 2014
Just a shy short of copper with more orange hues present. Head was nice for the demanding style and lacing good. Aroma was nits and caramel and toffee. Flavor followed with some bittering hops behind it all. Only demand with flavor was more hops, more better balance out that slightly cloying caramel that can come with a too malty alt that wasn’t lagered enough to clean up the finish. A nice shot at the style. Good stateside example. Mouthfeel was solid. Travlr (25528) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Draft courtesy of OFDA, thanks! Dark ruby maroon color, beige edge head. Aroma of subtle toast. Taste is toasted caramel. OK. seymour (2076) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Tasted on-tap 9/17/2011 at the Hop in the City Festival in a clean half-pint taster glass. Alt means old in German, in other words: the original cool, clean, refreshing German recipe before new-fangled lager brewing displaced it. As such, I think of alts as typically neutral, as close to lagers as you can get with ale yeast. Schlafly’s version is better than that, better-than-style. Crisp and smooth, appropriate use of German noble hops. An excellent balance of pronounced malt sweetness and noble hops. Very satisfying. jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
on tap-pours a tan head and copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee/roasty. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee/roasty, some herbal. phaleslu (10461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Draft at The Tap Room served in an imperial pint glass. Pours a clear, vivid, rich amber color with a small off-white head that settles quickly into a film. The aroma is faint, but I get some toasted malts, fruits, bread, and paper. Flavor of toasted malts, bitter earthy hops, fruit, and minerals. Medium-bodied, with sharp carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Dry finish, with some lingering astringency. Not a bad altbier at all.
jandd1983 (4444) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Sampler at the W&C in Ballwin, Mo. The color was almost bright red with a white head. The aroma was caramel and hops. The flavor was a nice mix of hops and roasted malts. This was a very decent Altbier. Strykzone (7486) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Nice dark caramel amber color. A tan head. Interesting aroma of wet grain. Grain and rye flavors along with sweet malts. Tart hops underneath. It leaves an aftertaste of wood, caramel, and tart hop. An interesting and tasty beer. madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Poured copper in color with a medium head. Nice hoppy aroma with some carmel overtones. Had a dry spicy finish. xmarcnolanx (939) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2007
I am going to include the caveat that for an alt beer this is pretty good. That said however I think that the hops could have been a little more prevalent and the body was pretty thin. I wanted just a little more hop assertiveness and a little bit fuller body. vyvvy (6571) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Pours dark copper with an off-white head. The aroma has caramel malt, moderate amount of fruitiness and heavily toasted malt. Medium body with a bit of sharp carbonation that accentuates the flavor. The flavor starts with heavily toasted malt with smooth dry caramel. The finish is grainy, spicy and dry. Very enjoyable alt. (7/4/4/3/15 - 3.6)
rerate for new reformulated improved version. There is not a lot to update from the original notes really, but it has been been redone and everything is better. I’d say this is easily the best US version of the style I’ve had (not that there are many). If you are in the STL area around my rerate date of this - go to the Tap Room and have it - very well done version.