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Brewery: Erie Brewing Co.
City – State- Country: Erie, Pa USA
Alcohol by Volume: 5.4%
Release/Date: Unmarked on bottle
Reviewed By: Dave
INFORMATION: According to the Erie Brewing Co. website this old style German dark ale was only brewed annually for the Erie German Heritage Festival. However, due to the popularity it is now brewed year round. That is a good thing in my opinion because this is one of the best beers that comes out of the Erie Brewing Company’s tanks.
APPEARANCE: Poured a mahogany color with very little light tan head. It’s not too thick so when held up to light you can easily see the very clear nature of this beer. In a glass you get a real appreciation for the perfect mahogany color of this beer.
AROMA: There is a nice mild roasted malt aroma that is present first, with a very slight chocolate and molasses aroma intermingled.
TASTE: Mildly bitter, roasty malt taste that accompanies the aroma very well. This is an easy drinking beer. Heritage Alt has that clean, crisp taste that you really look for in this style. Very low-key on the hop flavor, but what is present helps to make this a smooth drinking beer. It has a very clean finish with a slight chocolate aftertaste.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-thin feel to it, but a slight hop bitterness on the back end. As I said before, this beer finishes silky smooth.
DAVE’S BOTTOM LINE: A top of the line Altbier! Everything about this beer is well balanced. Probably the perfect beer to drink at a fall festival or gathering of friends. Not my favorite style of beer overall, but Erie Brewing Co. did the altbier style some real justice with this brew. Keep an eye on this one though. With the smooth, easy drinking character the buzz may sneak up on you quicker than you anticipate. I would definitely tip back a few of these with some Bavarian pretzels and stone ground mustard…maybe throw in a few pieces of Muenster.
Score: 4.5 out of 5