Local Breweries Spin On A German Classic

This post is far overdue but I wanted to make sure that my facts were straight.  First off Altbier is a German style literally meaning Old [style] Beer.  It refers to the pre-lager days when people used top fermenting yeast like in pale ales.  If you want to learn more about it check out the write up on WikiPedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altbier.

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This is Coast’s (http://www.coastbrewing.com/) version of the classic German Altbier.  Now unfortunately I can’t tell you the little differences between what comes out of Germany and what Coast has made here seeing as I have never had a traditional German Alt.  The smell gets you with some nice grapefruit and a good amount of ester.  The hops are cut with a backbone of toasty malts.  The taste is a real good balance between the hops and malts.  You can pick up mostly the ester in the hop profile.  The Grapefruit really only comes through in the nose.  The toasty malts come in a round out the flavor of the hops and finishes with a little bit of pine.  Overall a pretty good beer.  Now i just need to try myself an original Alt.

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