German Ales: Altbier
Notes: The Altbier style is originally from the Dusseldorf area. The overall impression is clean, crisp and ﬂavorful with a dry ﬁnish.
- Color: Copper to dark brown
- Clarity: Clear to slightly hazy. Chill haze should not be present
- Malt Profile: A variety of malts contributes to medium-low to medium malt aroma and flavor. Toast aroma typical of Munich malts should be present. Slight nuttiness is acceptable. Roast malt character should be present at low levels and well-integrated with the overall malt profile. Smoke character should not be present.
- Hop Profile: Low to medium with hop flavor more perceptible than aroma, with attributes typical of traditional German noble hops.
- Bitterness: Medium to high, producing a clean dry finish. Forty-plus IBU is typical for Altbiers originating in Dusseldorf.
- Fermentation: Fruity esters are absent to low, with attributes expressed subtly as citrus, pear, dark cherry or plum. A slight sulphur aroma is acceptable. Diacetyl should not be present.
- Body: Medium-low to medium.
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Style info provided entirely or in part by the Brewers Association 2021 beer style guidelines.