Regions of popularity: Concentrated in the Lower Rhine region and in Duesseldorf; available nationwide.
Beer type: Vollbier
Original extract: average 11,5%
Alcohol content: appr. 4,8%
Fermentation type: Top-fermenting
Characteristics: Dark amber-coloured, hoppy, crystal-clear beer.
Brewing process: Fermented with top-fermenting yeast between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.
History: Original, traditional brewing method allowing beer to ferment and mature at higher ambient temperatures.
Serving conventions: Altbier is drunk from short, compact 0.2l glasses or special Altbier goblets, often served on tap.