Alt ternative to kolsch

Frankenheim_AltAs Kolsch beer is the signature brew of Cologne, Altbier (or Alt) is the signature brew of Duesseldorf.  A relative of kolsch, alt beer is also an ale, but as this ale is traditionally lagered in wooden barrels, it developes a crisper, cleaner flavor and has a deeper color than a pale ale.  Frankenheim Alt is relatively easy to find in the states, and a fine introduction to the style.  It has a nutty, roasted carmel bouquet with a hint of dryness.  It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish.  The toasted malt is the first flavor to grace the tongue, followed by a light hoppy dryness.  There is even a hint of grape, reminiscent of Warsteiner Dunkel.  If you like crisp, brown ales, this is the beer for you.

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