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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
This year’s version of our Groundhog Brew is a German-Style Altbier. This is one of the few authentic ales brewed in the German tradition. Bavarian brewers invented lager beer in the 16th century. Before that, the old style of brewing utilized ale yeast. "Alt" is German for old, so the "Altbier" is a beer made "in the old German style." Our Straub Altbier is our first all-malt beer. Copper in color, it was made with four malts: Imported German Pilsner and Vienna, and domestic Munich and Chocolate. We balanced the malty sweetness with a firm bitterness from Imported German Magnum hops, and made late hop additions for flavor and aroma with Imported German Hallertau Mittelfruh. We used authentic German ale yeast to ferment this beer and provide its characteristic smooth ale flavor. This limited-release Altbier is the second of our new seasonal offerings, which began last fall with our 1872 Lager, brewed to begin the celebration of Straub’s 140th Anniversary. During 2012, leading up to our anniversary celebration, the brew team and I developed a number of beer recipes to expand the variety of beer that Straub will be brewing. We utilized our small R&D brew system to make a number of small-batch brews that we shared with friends, family, and customers, as well as offered at beer festivals and tastings, and even on tap locally. This brewing has been inspired by the rich, pre-prohibition traditions here at Straub, as well as by the wonderful variety of beers being brewed by America’s newer craft brewers, many of which are right here in Pennsylvania. Alcohol: 5.3% ABV • Beginning Gravity: 12.5 Plato • Ending Gravity: 2.6 Plato • Bitterness Units: 40 IBU • Malts: German Pilsner, Vienna, Munich, and Black Malts • Color: Dark Copper • Yeast: German Ale Yeast • Hops: Imported German Magnum and Hallertau Mittelfruh

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Said to be a different beer than the previous Groundhog. I’m definitely impressed for the company. The new management pulled this one around and produced something decent.

DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured into a perfect pint. 3.75 A: Clear copper color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a half finger of lacing is left. 3.5 S: Dry, dusty graininess with grassy and earthy notes. Caramel meshes well with toastiness. 3.0 T: While I wasn’t sure if there were adjuncts in here based on the nose, the taste is a dead giveaway. Grainy, grassy, earthy, and bready. Again caramel and toastiness with a light nuttiness. 3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth enough. 3.25 D: It’s not such a bad beer, but it’s not a good one either. ★ 634 characters DavoleBomb, Feb 12, 2016

bth122 (1743) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle. Thanks b-law. Nice looking clear copper color. Aroma is caramel, cookie, toffee bread. Medium light sweetness. Taste is same as aroma. Easy drinking. Good flavor. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jsmerig (1812) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2015
Pours a clear copper color with a light white head. Aroma of dark malt. Taste is balanced leaning toward malty but not overly. German ale yeast lends a bready quality. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is very malty, caramel rich, oxidized, raisin. The flavor is bready, sweet maltiness, caramel, light coffee. The hops are very soft. Almost Footbalmed.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-9-13- Appearance – Pours a copper color with a small cream colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention fading to a thin persistent film and leaving a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell- The smell is of some caramel sweetness mixed with aromas of toasted grain. Along with these aromas are some smells of a musty nature, giving a slightly stale aroma to the brew. Taste – The taste begins with a blend of roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances the sweetness intensifies more toward the middle with a toffee flavor joining the caramel that was present up front. While the taste sweetens in the middle it begins to dwindle again more toward the end as some hop flavors of an earthy nature coming to the tongue. With the earthy hops comes some flavors of a roasted malt and a light corny taste, which leave a somewhat off lightly bittered toast flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to above average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess for a brew of its strength with a carbonation level that middle ground. The thicker body is nice for the roasted flavors of the brew as well as the lighter hop, which it accentuates, while the carbonation level is good for keeping an easy drinking brew. Overall -This is a pretty easy drinking brew. Its aftertaste is not the greatest, but other than that it has a good profile. It’s likely worth a try, but not worth buying a + 6 pack of.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark nut brown color with orange highlights and a small foamy tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sour, a bit tangy and malty with some nut and cherry. The flavor was malty, sour and nutty with faint toffee and wood. Short malty sour nut finish. Medium body. Better than usual for this brewer.

OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Groundhog beer is solid every year. Malty sweet aroma and a good malty brown sugar flavor. Not the best beer in the world, but not bad either.

kassner (1831) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
On tap at Wholefoods in Wexford, PA. Brownish Amber.small head and small lacing, faint malt odor, nice mouth, a little too muchh carbonic acid and a metallic finis

MarkSachon (1092) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 12 oz bottle from Grant Bar in Millvale, PA. Pours with a nice head and caramel aromas. Has a nice crisp and creamy taste. A slight hoppiness is found on the nose. A nice addition to the Straub family.

DocLock (11301) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark brown, looking deep coppery through direct light. The head is khaki and minimal. Nose is earthy malt, brown sugar, nuts, and a whiff of vinyl. Tastes earthy, with notes of nuts, brown sugar, some lactic tartness. Finishes medium in palate heft. Mediocre.

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