A beautifully nutty clean beer with a crisp bitter finish. Brewed in the German Altbier style using Bristol Beer’s house yeast at Utopian’s lager brewhouse.
A bit more on the Altbier style here for those unfamiliar with the style:
Altbier, is not purely an ale, nor is it a lager. It is a hybrid. It’s made with the pale malts and Saaz hops of a classic German Pilsner, plus some darker roasted grains; then it employs an aggressive, top-fermenting ale yeast that attenuates the wort completely to reduce the sweetness. Unlike an ale, however, it is fermented at cooler temperatures and conditioned for months—like a lager. The result of this unusual brewing process is an entirely distinctive (and often under-appreciated) flavor. At first sniff you get the welcoming aroma of malt and hops. The first swallow follows with the expected malty goodness, but what’s missing is the classic fruity esters produced by ale yeast. The hop bitterness is firm, but not aggressive; instead of knocking you upside the head, it gently leads you to the clean, crisp finish of a lager (www.beeradvocate.com).