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Southampton Altbier
A beer by: Southampton Publick House
from Southampton, NY, United States
Style: Altbier

Last Updated:
12/11/2010 4:00:44 PM
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Back in 1995, Phil headed to Düsseldorf, Germany to taste the famous Altbiers of the region. The “true” Altbiers are only brewed in, and around, Düsseldorf with very limited availability outside northern Germany. To really get to know these uncommon brews you have to go to the source. It was on that trip that Phil developed a passion for Altbiers and returned to the States to master this unique hybrid beer style.

Altbiers are traditional German copper-brown ales. Prior to the isolation of lager yeasts in the mid 1800s, all beers in Germany were brewed using ale yeasts. The term “Alt,” which literally means “old” or “antique,” is a reference to types of brews made before lagers revolutionized the brewing world. Ale yeasts typically ferment at higher temperatures than lager yeasts and result in products that tend to have a little more fruitiness in flavor and aroma.

Southampton Altbier is made with ale yeast but fermented at cooler temperatures similar to lager beer. This results in an ale with less pronounced fruitiness than most ales. Additionally, Altbiers are aged cold for a longer period of time, again similar to lagers. This more expensive and time consuming process tends to dry out the beer and give it a cleaner, lager-like finish. Hence the term “hybrid” beer. With this “best of both worlds” approach, Phil produces an Altbier that has some of the most favorable characteristics of both ales and lagers.

Since returning from Düsseldorf, Phil has brewed multiple award-winning Altbiers and has saved his best effort for Southampton Altbier. Phil uses four grains and two hop varieties to make his delicious brew. The flavor is predominantly malty with a subtle herbal hop note and a faint crisp fruitiness from the ale yeast. It has a malty flavor, refreshing hop character and finishes clean like a lager— you’ll want more!
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Beer vs Style
Overall rank32901 of 44839
Overall percentile26.6
Style rank192 of 251
Style percentile23.6
Lowest score2.5
Highest score4.1
Average score3.067
Weighted score3.045
Standard deviation0.602
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