Review: Beau's Altbier

Here's another beer that I kept in the fridge longer than I expected, I was planning on reviewing this back in the spring but sometimes time flies by too fast. Today's review is Beau's Altbier.

From the website: "Altbier is an amber-hued, finely balanced lagered ale, something of a cousin to Beau’s flagship beer, Lug Tread. While both beers are German-style lagered ales, Altbier offers up high-intensity, balanced maltiness and more hop presence. It has subtle fruity ale notes, and a crisp lager finish.

Beau's Altbier pours bright deep copper with a thick white foam. Malt dominates the aroma giving impressions of dark bread crust with undertones of grassy hops. The flavour feature assertive hop bitterness in harmony with a grainy malt backbone. The finish is crisp and dry."

Appearance: This Altbier pours a cherry caramel body with a bit of a clarity to it, light to moderate amount of carbonation in the body. The head starts off with a hefty amount of beige foam that gradually diminishes to a thin layer and a sprinkling of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet notes of caramel, a bit of a nuttiness from the malt, a hint of raisins, and a slight grassy hop at the end. Definitely has a bit of a dark bread profile like their description states, in fact it reminds me a hint of their Killer Kvass.

Taste: Pretty much what you'd expect from the aroma. It's a sweet caramel-forward ale with notes of dark bread, a slightly bitter but grassy hop profile, a bit of a nuttiness, a fairly dry mouthfeel and a bit of a nutty and bitter hop aftertaste at the end.

Overall Thoughts: I haven't tried many Altbiers over the years - according to Untappd, only eight, and two of them were from Beau's. Nice solid amberish ale with a nice amount of caramel, raisins, dark bread and grassy hop profile to it. Not typically something I'd go out to drink, but decent nonetheless.

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