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Adambiers are light brown to very dark. Toast and caramel-like malt aroma may be evident. Hop aroma is low. Astringency of highly roasted malt should be absent. Toast and caramel-like malt flavors may be evident. Hop flavor is low. Hop bitterness is low to medium. Adambier may or may not use wheat in its formulation. Traditional and non-hybrid varieties of European hops were traditionally used. A Kölsch-like ale fermentation is typical. Extensive aging and acidification of this beer can mask malt and hop character to varying degrees. Aging in barrels may contribute some level of Brettanomyces and lactic character. The style originated in Dortmund, and is a strong, dark, hoppy sour ale extensively aged in wood barrels. Traditional versions may have a low or medium low degree of smokiness. Smoke character may be absent in contemporary versions. Body is medium to full.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.070 - 1.090 (17.1 - 21.6)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.010 - 1.020 (2.6 - 5.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 7.10% - 8.70% (9.00% - 11.00%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (30 - 50)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 15 - 35 (30 - 70)