A Düsseldorf specialty, Altbier is a German style brown ale. The alt literally translates to “old” in German and traditionally Altbiers were conditioned for longer periods of time. Other sources note that “alt” is derived from the Latin word “altus,” which means “high” and refers to the rising yeast. Take your pick but the extended conditioning mellows out the ale’s fruitiness and produces an exceptionally smooth and delicate brew. The color ranges from amber to dark brown, medium in carbonation with a great balance between malt and hops.