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Style: Altbier
 
Style Information
"Alt" translates to "old" in German. So "Altbier" literally translated would be "old beer". Despite the connotations of a beer that is past its prime, the name actually derives from the continuing deference to Rhineland brewing traditions.

Altbier is a top-fermented ale that is copper in color. It is unique because it undergoes a period of cold-conditioning or lagering. Due to that fact, this style is a hybrid of both ales and lagers. Despite the usually notable hop bitterness, the lagering gives a well-rounded beer with a clean flavor dominated by the malts. Most Altbiers are around 4% to 5% ABV. The normal IBU range is 25 to 52, with most at the lower end of that range.

Recommend glassware for this style
 
GlasswareDescription 
Pint Glass Pint glasses are what most people recognize as a typical beer glass. There are actually three different types of pint glasses - shaker pints, nonic pints and tulip pints.

The shaker ... [more]
Stange A Stange is the preferred glass shape for the serving of Kölsch. Altbier is traditionally served in a Becher, which although slightly shorter and fatter than a Stange is similar in shape. Both u... [more]

Top Consumed Altbier
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Batch 10,000 by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe28
2. Iron Works Alt by Metropolitan Brewing17
3. Amber by Alaskan Brewing Co.16
4. Special Reserve Black Bier Ale by Dark Horse Brewing Company11
5. Uber Alt by Rush River Brewing Co10
6. Little Red Cap by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse9
7. Double Bag by Long Trail Brewing Company8
8. Schmaltz's Alt by August Schell Brewing Co., Inc.7
9. Alt by New Glarus Brewing Company7
10. Double Wench by Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6

Top Reviews Altbier
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Little Red Cap by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse88
2. Alt Bier by Port Huron Brewing Company88
3. DoppelSticke by Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei GmbH86
4. Double Wench by Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.86
5. Ten Years Alt by Victory Brewing Company84
6. Special Reserve Black Bier Ale by Dark Horse Brewing Company82
7. Balt Altbier by Union Craft Brewing82
8. Alt by Herkimer Pub & Brewery81
9. Alt by New Glarus Brewing Company80
10. Sticke by Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei GmbH79