German-Style Brown Ale or Düsseldorf-Style Altbier

Name:
German-Style Brown Ale / Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
Category:
German Origin Ales
ABV:
4.3% – 5.5%
IBU:
25 – 52
SRM:
11 – 19
Original Gravity:
Varies
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.