We’ve talked plenty about the new, well, everything of the re-launched Berghoff: much-need splashes of color on the labels, new beer names and even a new contract brewer. The one thing we haven’t talked about yet is what Berghoff’s beer tastes like.
Arbor Brewing says:
“A very drinkable dark ale. Smooth, malty and well-balanced; dry without being too bitter, and full-flavored without being too heavy. Very subtle smoky hints.”
Arbor Brewing Olde Number 22 Alt Bier
Altbier, 5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys
Ryan: For a bit of background, an Altbeir is the German’s version of a brown ale; a well-balanced blend of malt and hops. A Sticke Alt is a stronger version of the Altbier and is steeped in history. According to the German Beer Institute the beer is only tapped twice a year, in January and October, and was actually discovered on accident. “The origin of the Sticke, according to local lore, dates from a time when beer ingredients were still measured rather haphazardly by the bucketful. If the brewmaster made a “mistake” and mashed in too generous an amount of malt, he also had to add an extra dose of hops for balance. The finished beer from such a batch would be a strong and substantial beverage.”
I have had one other Sticke Alt. It was from the Uerige brewpub in Dusseldorf, which just so happened to make the above mistake and create the style. So how does Arbor Brewing’s version stack up? Continue reading