If you’ve ever had an Alaskan Amber from Alaskan Brewing Co., then you’ve had a variation of a North German Alt. It’s a clean, dry and malty beer with yeast-bread overtones and a firm hop bitterness. This one is a “sticke” (secret) version, which is served unannounced by pubs a few times year. It’s a bit darker, bigger, and has a larger hop aroma than the regular Alt. With good yeast control, I’ve avoided the sweet, heavy character which is a common flaw in homebrew versions of this style.
- .5 lbs. Weyermann CaraAmber
- .125 lbs. Weyermann Carafa I
- 6.3 lbs. Gold Amber Malt Syrup
- 1 lb. Briess Amber DME
- 1 lb. Briess Wheat DME
- 2 ozs. German Tradition pellet hops 5.7% AAU (bittering)
- 1 oz. Spalt pellet hops 4.0% AAU (aroma)
- 1 oz. Hallertau Select (dry hopping)
- WLP036 White Labs Platinum Series Dusseldorf Alt Yeast
I was looking for iconography for this label when I came upon this symbol, the Niedersachsenross, (a white horse on a red field). I thought it an appropriate image for my interpretation of a Düsseldorf Alt.