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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%
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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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jsmerig (1748) - 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

3.9
MarkSachon (1063) - 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.

3.7
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
My brother-in-law had one in hidden in his fridge. I just assumed it was the Straub light that they put out every year. But, this one was tweaked. Poured a dark red color with a brownish i inch head. Aroma was of toasted malts, some dark fruit. Flavor was light sweetness (maybe fruit flavors), light hoppy taste. Medium body. I liked the altbier.

3.5
Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2013
From bottle. Thin adjunct-corn tang with dusty grain nose - pretty similar to an authentic Düsseldorf altbier aroma if I recall. Coppery amber clear with thin off-white foamy head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet with dusty grain, medium caramel sweetness, light sugar tang and a noble-style hoppy character. Reminds me a lot of Diebels Alt. Clean after. I enjoy a good altbier.

3.5
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2013
This poured a darker red color with a beige head. Aroma was of toasted malts, light chocolate, some dark fruit, and yeast. Flavor was fruity, light hop bitterness with light sweetness and toast notes. Nice altbier

3.5
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Courtesy Nate. Pours clear brown with red and blonde hues. Caramel notes, brown sugar in the nose. Classic altbier, caramel with mild roast, nice classic hop flavor.

3.4
bth122 (1718) - 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

3.3
jsquire (4722) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Deep amber color with a thin beige head. Sweet malty nose. Caramel sweet with some toast, apple fruitiness, and a strong hop pellet bitterness. Okay alt.

3.2
bierkitty (183) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Just stumbled across this on Groundhog Day. Clear deep amber with a medium head that quickly faded to fine lacing. The hop aroma, probably Saaz, lingered nicely. A bit of toffee flavor balanced the hops and finished dry and bitter. Not a bad groundhog nog.


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