Alt Nouveau is a German-style Altbier brewed by North Coast Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.
Pours a crystal-clear amber with a tall stack of cream-colored foam. Be careful when pouring as this brew overflows easily. The head reduces slowly and leaves behind a soapy collar and chunks of lace.
Aroma is sweet and pleasant with a scent of caramel and a hint of chocolate. Floral hops appear as the beer warms.
The palate shows a nice balance, beginning with caramel malt with hints of cola, nut, and apple appearing in the background. Finishes with mild floral hops.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a less-than-medium body and moderate carbonation. The feel is a bit thin for the flavor and could use a bit more heft.
Overall, Alt Nouveau isn’t quite as hoppy as described on the label, making its balanced taste closer to what’s expected of the style. The altbier has a nice flavor and its low ABV makes this a good candidate for a sessionable brew.