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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Our latest amber brew is a traditional German-style altbier. German brewers have long been famous for their light pilsner beers, but those lagers are a relatively recent world phenomenon (poplarized in the 1800’s). The humble "alt" is a style that traces its root back to the Middle Ages ("alt" means "old or old-fashioned" in German). Not as sweet or fruity as an American Amber, the altbier style features rich caramelized malt flavors, and a well-defined hop bitterness up front. Rhine Heights fits the bill nicely. Malt flavors are rich and complex, hops are in balance as bittering element, but don’t contribute to the aroma or flavor perceptibly. A hearty malt-forward German amber ale- PROST!

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3.1
nuplastikk (6452) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Draft at Vintage. Amber-brown, thin beige head. The hops don’t really work well with this one. They come off soapy, cheap. One dimensional bitterness, no floral aromas. Not a bad beer, just not an impressive Alt. A little homebrewy. Nutty, caramel tones. Bland, lacks expertise.

3.7
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a nice deep amber with reddish highlights. Soft offwhite head that sticks around. Nose is soft. Bread crusts, hint of caramel and spicy hops. On tasting, crisp bitterness, never tending too sweet. Not as hoppy as I’d like, but well balanced. Some toffee notes come through, as does a firm malt backbone that asserts itself. Pretty solid Alt overall.

3.1
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft on tap the brewpub (Madison, WI). Pours a nice darker copper brown hue, a touch of haze but really just dark, a light glow. A frothy tannish head sits atop, dies to a thicker ring and laces ok. Aromas are subtle bread, touches of brown sugar, carmelized malts, touches of dry floral hops, faint spiciness. Initial is lighter bodied offering bread, biscuits, sweetness with a faint brown sugar and vanilla appeal. Sweeter, touches of carmelized malts grow with a light floral hopping, faint dryness into the finish. A clean yet maltier beer, it’s a bit forgettable with a good deal of bread, toast. Light spice, touch of dry florals. Finish is clean, a touch squeeky, with some faint spice and lingering sweet malts mellow on the backend.

3.5
MrPickles (571) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
I did not know what to expect, but I got a smooth, easy drinking beer. This is great for a hot day

3.3
cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at Vintage, pours a nice copper color with white head that laces through out the glass, aroma is sweet with malt with a faint nose of hops, taste is sweet at malty.

3.4
Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at brewpub
I am going to split the difference on the previous ratings and say that this a solid alt. It has a certain Wisconsin feel to it that you also find in New Glarus, Lake Louie, and a couple of other breweries. Drinking it brings me back to a summer evening with the weather moderate and the sun dipping below the horizon.

Aroma / Appearance - Semi-transparent bronze colored body has a wonderful eggshell corona. Caramel, butterscotch, and malt give it sweetness. Rather than being cloying or dull it straddles the middle line nicely. It was almost like an inexpensive caramel candy from the checkout aisle at the grocery store.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy and silky the mouthfeel fills the mouth with sweetness. Caramel, like a Wurthers hard candy, smooths the palate. The finish is a mix of malts and noble hops. Another sessionable gem I am beginning to think that not only does the brewer here know what they are doing they know how to knock it out of the park every time. Great Dane, Ale Asylum, and Grumpy Troll may have a run for their money.

3.7
madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2010 On tap at the brewpub - Probably my favorite tap of the night, and reminded me a bit of New Glarus’ Two Women lager (yes, I know they’re different styles). Pours clear brown with a foamy white head. Smells of light honey and bready malt, light tropical fruit, and light floral hops. Taste is super easy-to-drink, with light bready malt, yeast, and a light, spicy hop finish. Nothing was over-the-top with this beer, but the aroma and flavors were still well-defined and complex. Very nice.

2.6
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Sampled on draught at the Great Northern Beer Festival in Eagle River, WI. Pours a clear copper colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and a thin ring. Aroma of some pre-skonk hops, caramel and toasted biscuit malt, and a touch of Brett. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of tart brown ale, some Brett and grassy hops. Finish is slightly tart which reminded me a little of the JT Whitney Brown Ale that turned out to be a decent sour. As an alt, the keg may have been infected.

3.5
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Pours a clear reddish brown with a moderate white head. Malt aromas. There is a nutty flavor, and a hint of sourness, but flavor is ok. Light-medium body. Overall I like the beer, not sure how close to style this is, but Not Bad.


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