German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier

Ale - Germany

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.3 - 5.5%
  • IBU: 25 - 52
  • Color:   11 -   19 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.044 - 1.052
  • Final Gravity: 1.008 - 1.014

Copper to brown in color, this German ale may be highly hopped and intensely bitter (although the 25 to 35 IBU range is more normal for the majority of Altbiers from Düsseldorf) and has a medium body and malty flavor. A variety of malts, including wheat, may be used. Hop character may be low to medium in the flavor and aroma. The overall impression is clean, crisp, and flavorful often with a dry finish. Fruity esters can be low. No diacetyl or chill haze should be perceived.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.