What is Altbier?
Altbier does fit into the normal styles of beer that you would normally see stocked on the shelves. You might have to do some searching to find yourself a bottle of this wonderful beer. Altbier is an ale brewed in Dusseldorf, Hanover, and Munster Germany using traditional top-fermentation methods, although Canada and America also do their own versions. While many brewers in Belgium and England still do this, Altbier has an unmistakable style that sets it apart.
Bronze in colour, Altbier has a fruity aroma with a malty taste. What gives it its unmistakable profile is a sharp hop induced finish.
What to Pair with Altbier
- Roasted Pork
- Mexican Cuisine
- Pecan Pie
Altbier & Hamburgers
Altbier works well with Hamburgers as it has a wonderful malty and biscuit like center when you taste it. This complements the charred flavours of the meat, as well as the bun. The clean hoppy finish ensures this beer can handle whatever your burger may be loaded with, such as fried onions, peameal bacon, and all the sloppy condiments.
Altbier is a dream with roasted pork as the caramelized malt flavours latch-on to similar flavours found in the meat. Try this beer the next time you are dining on pork tenderloin or pork chops!
German preparations of Pork tend to be heavy, and an Altbier will hold up. No matter how Pork is prepared, such as roasted, cured, pickled, like pigs feet, or turned into sausage, Altbier will match up.
The hoppy snap of Altbier makes this beer an excellent choice for burritos, tacos, quesadillas and more. The malty weight of this beer can hold up to any beef, pork, chicken or fish in the cuisine, while the hops cut through the warm spices and put out the fire.
Altbier is quite spectacular with dessert due to the beer’s malty weight. The carmalized flavours go well with fall-favourites such as pecan pie, Maple-Walnut Cake and Caramel-Apple Pie.
Cassoulet & Beer
The face slapping finish of Altbier is a perfect foil to the dense bean-starch body of Cassoulet. This beer can saw right through the beans, along with the richness of the duck, goose and pork. The slight fruity flavours of this beer go amazingly well with the meats within the Cassoulet.
Notable Producers of Altbier
- Alaskan Brewing Company – Jeneau Alaska sounds like a weird place for a brewery, but a German immigrant opened up this brewery in 1986 and has produced Altbier that is a perfect match with Alaskan king salmon!
- Grolsch Bierbrouwerij – not to be confused with their Pilsner with the swing top bottle. This Altbier is not as robust as other examples, so keep to simpler food preparations such as roasted pork, or plain hamburgers.
- Dusseldorf Altbier from Redwood Curtain Brewing Company (Arcata, CA)
- Uerige Alt from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
- Privatbrauerei Frankenheim – A delight with Steak
- Beau’s Altbier – Fantastic with Duck or Venison
- Diebels Altbier – A classic example of Altbier with malty and caramel-like flavours and balanced bitter hops
Do you have a favourite Altbier and Food Pairing? Let us know in the comments below!