altbier

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Etymology[edit]

German Altbier, literally "old beer".

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altbier (plural altbiers)

  1. A form of German top-fermenting beer that originated in Westphalia and later spread to parts of the Rhineland.
    • 2007 January 24, Eric Asimov, “Quiet Cover for a Vital Brew”, New York Times:
      Their own version of brown ale, long the signature beer of the Düsseldorf region in northwestern Germany, is called altbier, literally old beer.

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