Amador Brewing Company's Altbier German Amber Ale
Published August 19, 2019
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    Episode 56: Amador Brewing Company’s Altbier

    It’s the Two Minute Beer Review!

    I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure.

    This week we’re going to take a look at Altbier German Amber Ale from Amador Brewing Company in Plymouth, CA. Is this a traditional German delight? Let’s find out!

    Amador’s Altbier pours cloudy brown. It smells nutty with just a little bit of a savory hint in there somewhere.

    But what about the taste? The taste is full of nut—notably hazelnut--with just a tiny bit of coffee in there as well, but without any of the coffee bitterness that you would typically get from that flavor. The nut flavors are very good and developed, but I wish there was as much flavor on the end of the swallow as there is on the front of the sip. The beer feels a bit thin in the mouth as well.

    Sadly, I just don’t love this beer. It’s perfectly drinkable, but it simply didn’t have enough depth of flavor or staying power—and didn’t differentiate itself enough—for me to make it a recommendation. Having said that, this beer was a 2018 California State Fair Gold Medalist, so if it sounds like a style that you might like it might not hurt to track it down and give it a try. Altbier is 6.3% Alcohol by volume.

    Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I Head back over to the Bruery in Placentia CA to try out their Trade Winds Belgian Style Tripel. Will the winds blow in something worth trading for with this one?

    We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes.

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    That’s all for now, but I’ll see you next week as we continue on our quest to taste all the beer!

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