Put simply, an altbier has the smoothness of a classic lager with the flavors of an ale. A more rigorous definition must take history into account. Ale brewing in Germany predates the now predominant lager production. As the lager process spread from Bohemia, some brewers retained the top-fermenting ale process but adopted the cold maturation associated with lager—hence the name “old beer” (alt means old in German). Altbier is associated with Düsseldorf, Munster and Hanover. This style of ale is light- to medium-bodied, less fruity, less yeasty, and has lower acidity than a traditional English ale. In the United States, some amber ales are actually in the alt style.
Beers September 1, 2009 -
Buyer's Guide for Beer Lovers - Full Pints To Quench and to Savor September 1, 2009 - Chad Wulff
In early April of this year, the World Beer Championships held their annual tasting of Continental European Ale styles. Maibocks were also included, as they are in season this time of year. A few tasty sessions of an eclectic assortment of brews turned out some excellent results. Thanks again to all of the participating breweries... View Article
Beer Talk March 1, 2009 -
New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus, WI Available: WI The alt beers of Düsseldorf are, together with Cologne’s Kölsch style, rare examples of German ales, in a country renowned for lagerbiers. ABV: 9 ABW: 7.2 Color: n/a Bitterness: n/a Original gravity: n/a
Buyer's Guide for Beer Lovers - REVIEWED_POSTS September 1, 2008 - Chad Wulff
Don’t tell me anything. I can’t keep a secret. If I’ve got something good, I’ve got to share it. It’s never intentional; it just slips out in a normal, unconscious stream. This is a problem and it always bites me where the sun doesn’t shine. I’ll find a new beer and share it with friends... View Article