I love Memorial Day weekend. Not only do I get an extra day off from work, but I get an excuse to drink beer and fire up the grill. Last night, I did, in fact, partake in not only one, but 2 beer towers for my buddy Joe’s birthday. At one point, he made a toast to craft beer and made a comment about a “macro.” I think we have a convert, folks. Anyways, I spent the morning running errands and I currently have a two-pound flank steak marinating that will be going on the grill in about an hour. To pass the time, how about a brew review?
Trivia: According to BeerAdvocate, “A Düsseldorf specialty, an Altbier is a German style brown ale, the ‘alt’ literally translates to ‘old’ in German, and traditionally Altbiers are conditioned for a longer than normal periods of time. Other sources note that ‘alt’ is derived from the Latin word ‘altus,’ which means ‘high’ and refers to the rising yeast. Take your pick, but the extended conditioning mellows out the ale’s fruitiness and produces an exceptionally smooth and delicate brew. The color ranges from amber to dark brown, medium in carbonation with a great balance between malt and hops. ”
Random: I forgot how much I enjoy Magic Hat #9. I had it out of the beer tower yesterday and it was really enjoyable.
I don’t have a stange, so a pint glass will have to do for this beer. The brew poured a clear copper color with a lot of visible carbonation on the body. The head was about a full finger at the poor and dissipated to a slight crown on top of the body with little lacing left. I’m really not all that familiar with altbiers. The last one that I had was in July 2010 (Long Trail Ale) and I didn’t have a stange then either. That beer really didn’t stand out to me, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The nose was subtle with some caramel sweetness and nuttiness, but nothing offensive. The taste is much of the same, except I got a definitely floral note. The nuttiness was also a definite component and the carbonation made this a really crisp beer. There was a slight hint of bitterness, but the caramel sweetness takes the front seat. The finish was pretty quick and mild. This is probably the best Shiner beer that I’ve had to date. It was very drinkable and I could see newbies to craft beer really enjoying this. I would have this again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0