I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Its best before month was notched August 2013. It cost $4 ($0.18 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark, hazy shady of copper with barely visible sediment
floating in suspension. Forms a large, off-white, soapy head which
retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Reminiscent of an English-style brew with a fruity notes plus overt maltiness.
Taste: I’ve always been surprised that the altbier style is inherently
German since it drinks like a British pub style ale. Berkshire Mountain
Brewers Alt is a good example of this as its quite close to being an ESB
with its pure malty flavors and under attenuated sweetness. It’s quite
tasty for such a light bodied brew and satisfying for sure.
Right away I get a flavor of wet grain and toasted malt. If you’ve ever
homebrewed, it’s akin to tasting the vapor of wort boiling in the brew
pot. There’s some tasty fruit flavors to be found in here as well,
especially red apple and a hint of cherry. Very mild caramel/toffee or
other confectionery sweetness on the backend with some dry, biscuity
bitterness as it finishes. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this,
and actually found the palette became more enjoyable the more I drank.
Drinkability: It’s small beers like this that show how much can be done
with less. Berkshire Mountain Brewers Alt is only 4.5% ABV and while
it’s palette is fairly complex, its robustness is mild but strong enough
not to bore you. The mouthfeel itself is quite comfortable with calm
carbonation, but is not a thin or watery beer at all. I was able to
drink the entire bomber myself quickly and easily.