Well I recently made a trip to Spec's and picked up a plethora of beers that I have either wanted to try for a long time, or some that I hadn't heard of but looked interesting. The first beer is from the brewery in Downington, Pennsylvania (more on them here and here).
The Style: Altbier (Alt means Old in German) is traditionally brewed in only three cities in Germany, Dusseldorf, Hanover, and Munster. Just as in other cities in German such as Cologne and their Kolsch beers, these cities primarily drink this brew and nothing else. The other unique thing about Altbier, is that in the land of Lagers, this is an ale, top fermented at that. The ale is similar to Belgium and English ales, but it has its own very unique German style.
The Beer: The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin cream colored head, that dissipates into a thin line, with a small insignificant amount of lacing. In the nose there is sweet malt flavors, low hoppiness but some citrusy yeasty breadiness in there. In the palate there is a nice full mouthfeel A little caramel flavors and some tangy malt flavors that finish with a whack of hoppiness that doesn't overpower the roasted maltiness. At a low 4.5% this is easily something that you could stick with throughout the day. Its a very interesting unique, unlike anything that I have had. Here is what the folks over at BA say.