Type
Origin
Serving Temperature

7°-10°

Tasting Notes
Description

Originally from the Düsseldorf area of Germany, the German-Style Brown/Altbier strikes a balance between hop and malt flavors and aromas, but can have low fruity esters and some peppery and floral hop aromas. Before Germany had lager beer, it had ales. Alt, meaning “old,” pays homage to one rebel region in Germany which did not lean into lagering. U.S. producers celebrate the ale revolution beautifully with this top-fermented German beer style.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    11 - 19
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    25 - 52
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    4.6% - 5.6%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Not Detectable to Mild
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop flavor is low to medium. Hop bitterness is medium to very high (although the 25 to 35 IBU range is more normal for the majority of Altbiers from Düsseldorf)
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Sweet malt character that may have a rich, biscuity, and/or light caramel flavor
  • Yeast Esters
    Fruity-ester flavors, if present, can be low
  • Yeast Phenols
    Not common to style
Palate
  • Body
    Soft
  • Carbonation
    Medium to High
  • Finish Length
    Short
  • Attenuation
    73 - 82
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Spalt, Magnum, Tettnang
  • Malt
    Pilsner, Munich, CaraMunich, Carafa Special II, Aromatic
  • Water
    Moderate carbonate water
  • Yeast
    Ale
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Emmental
  • Entrée
    Grilled Salmon
  • Dessert
    Apple Pie
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Brilliant
  • Color
    Copper to Dark Brown
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