Altbier

Recipes:
2,871
BJCP 2021:
07B
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇩🇪 Germany
Fermentation:
Top
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

Altbier is a traditional German ale that hails from the Düsseldorf area, where the term "Alt" refers to the "old" style of brewing, meaning ale brewing before lager brewing became predominant. The style is known for its clean and balanced profile that manages to maintain a harmonious blend of malt and hops. Historically, this type of beer employed cool fermenting ale yeast and was conditioned at colder temperatures similar to lagers, which provided it with its characteristic clean profile.

In appearance, Altbier typically presents a range between light copper and dark brown hues, often accompanied by brilliant clarity and a steadfast off-white head. This style showcases an attractive look in the glass, inviting drinkers with its aesthetic charm. Flavor and aroma profiles of Altbier are rich with bready or biscuity malt characteristics; these malts being prominent but not overwhelming. There's also a firm hop bitterness that complements the malt without overpowering it. These opposing forces strike a delicate balance, offering subtle fruitiness from the ale fermentation alongside hints of hop-driven herbal or spicy notes. The finish tends to be dry with lingering bitterness and malt flavor that invites another sip.

The Altbier style shares some commonality with other beer styles – for instance, it could remind one of British pale ales in terms of fermentation or Czech Amber lagers concerning balance between hops and malts. However, Altbier maintains its unique identity rooted in German brewing tradition with its specific approach to fermentation and conditioning which sets it apart from these related beer styles.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.3 – 5.5 %

In Database
3.9 < 4.9 < 5.9 %

Bitterness

Specification
25 – 50 IBU

In Database
19 < 37 < 57 IBU

Color

Specification
18 – 33 EBC
9 – 17 SRM

In Database
15 < 27 < 37 EBC
8 < 14 < 19 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.9 – 12.8 °P
1.044 – 1.052 OG

In Database
10.2 < 12.3 < 14.9 °P
1.041 < 1.050 < 1.061 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.7 < 3.1 < 4.7 °P
1.007 < 1.012 < 1.019 FG

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