I’ve been really enjoying maltier, german inspired ales and lagers as of late so I wanted to brew an Altbier.  I tried several examples and I’m not as huge of a fan of the Dusseldorf variety as the bitterness can be pretty high. Brewing this I wanted the bitterness to be present, but not the hallmark of the beer. 

OG:  1.050
FG:  1.012
ABV:  5%
Mash:  153 (60 min.)

79.2% Pilsner Malt
12.5% Munich Malt
4.2% CaraMunich III
2.1% Carafa Special II
2.1% Chocolate Malt

0.65 oz Magnum (15.1%) 90 min.
0.5 oz Spalter (3.5%) 10 min.
0.5 oz Spalter (3.5%) 0 min.

Wyeast 1007 German Ale Yeast

Pitch 2L starter and fermentation started under 12 hours.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Brown with a small white head.  Ruby highlights when held up to light.

Aroma:  Bready, malt aroma.

Taste:  Bitterness is firm, but not overpowering.  Drinks very smooth.  Malt comes through after the initial bitterness and blends well.  Roasted flavors and brown ale sweetness are present. Bitterness stays on tongue at the finish but is very minimal.

Mouthfeel:  Drinks very smooth, almost lager-like.  Carbonation is right on target.

Overall:  I really like this beer.  There’s just the the right amount of roast and sweetness and bitterness.  Really quite balanced for an Altbier.  

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