Hoyne Brewing Co.- Bier Garten Altbier


Hoyne Brewing Co.- Bier Garten Altbier Review

Like kolsch or steam beer, altbier is a hybrid style of beer, neither a lager or an ale but a combination of both. In the case of altbier, which originates from the Dusseldorf area, it is a lagered beer that is fermented with ale yeast. The story goes that while lager was conquering Germany, a small group of holdouts continued to use ale yeast. The beer they brewed was designated Alt which means “old”, or the old style, in German.

Hoyne Brewing‘s altbier, part of their Bier Garten line, is cooper with a ruby red tinge and a good tan head that lingers. The aroma is fluffy nuttiness with some mild peppery hops and fruity esters. It is crisp and has high levels of carbonation. It has a dry maltiness, bread and toffee, also with notes of nuts and pillowy dark fruit. There is low levels of bitterness. It finishes quickly with a very slight maltiness.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Copper
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: Balanced Malt/Hop
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Caramel, Nutty
  • Hop Characteristics: Herbal
  • Palate: Crisp/Dry/Clean


Highlighting Hoynes strengths, this beer is fermented and lagered almost to perfection with enough character from the ale yeast to be really enjoyable.


The fruity esters of an ale with the added smoothness of a lager.

Not more hoppy or bitter than the style requires.


Finish is quite quick.

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