Altbier ("Old")

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.

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