Seedstock Dusseldorf Alt

Colorado
United States
Seedstock Dusseldorf Alt, Seedstock Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Seedstock's altbier Dusseldorf Alt is brewed in the ‘Dusseldorf’ tradition/style, meaning it's less sweet and more bitter than Northern German style alt. At 5.0-percent ABV, this beer has a clean, malty aroma with a very slight hint of fruitiness. It is assertive in its hop bitterness and balanced by a clean, bready malt character. The long-lasting, dry finish makes it a very sessionable beer.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
40 - 44º
Hops: 
Magnum, Saaz
Malts: 
Pilsner, Munich, Aromatic, Carafa
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Dusseldorf Alt by Seedstock Brewery is being evaluated as an Altbier (2015 BJCP Category 7B). Upon pouring, it presents itself as a solid brown beer with garnet highlights that sits beneath a fleeting, tan head comprised of small bubbles.

The nose is quite malt-forward with toast, brown bread and a bit of baker’s chocolate. Restrained prunes and light floral hop presence provides intrigue. 

The flavor of this beer is similar to the aroma but, again, with a bit more intensity. Above average brown bread, hints of nuts and dark fruit are balanced by the moderately high bitterness, which ultimately tilts the balance in its favor. It’s cleanly fermented with no off-flavors and is well attenuated leading to a dry finish. The aftertaste features toast and nuts with earthy, floral hops. 

You don’t see too many Altbiers in the United States and many are sickly sweet versions of what they should be. But Seedstock’s Dusseldorf Alt hits the mark. Malty yet bitter with a hint of fermentation character makes this Altbier unforgettable. 

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Beer Recommendation

The Altbier beer style as defined in the 2015 BJCP Style Guide is a well-balanced, well-attenuated, bitter yet malty, clean, smooth and amber- to copper-colored beer of German origin. Clean yet robust with a complex aroma of grainy-rich malt and spicy hops with restrained (low to medium-low) fruity esters. A top-fermented lager with assertive hop bitterness supported by a sturdy malt base. Read on to discover our Altbier reviews.

The Altbier beer style as defined in the 2015 BJCP Style Guide is a well-balanced, well-attenuated, bitter yet malty, clean, smooth and amber- to copper-colored beer of German origin. Clean yet robust with a complex aroma of grainy-rich malt and spicy hops with restrained (low to medium-low) fruity esters. A top-fermented lager with assertive hop bitterness supported by a sturdy malt base. Read on to discover our Altbier reviews.

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