My family went to BGW a number of times between 1996-2000 (it was one of my dads favorite vacation spots), and rode Alpengeist countless times... Alpengeist is now noticeably post-MCBR, which I guess is stating the obvious, but it seems like few people here got to experience Alpengeist at its best. The first few years it was open, the brakes on the MCBR were totally off, the drop off the straight away into the shack gave excellent airtime and the last two inversions were taken with enough speed to be pretty disorienting. As they are now with the brakes on hard the ending feels like the ride is going through the motions to get you back home. The night rides on Alpengeist in the pitch black I got in 97 and 98 are still among the best ride experiences I've ever had after significantly more coastering. Man that thing flew.
The trim at the top of the lift I've found over the years is rarely applied and the first half of the ride feels almost the same as it did the day it opened.
Make no mistake, when Alpengeist first opened it was a monster. I rode Alpengeist and Montu within weeks of each other in 99 and Montu just did not compare. Now, it would be much more of a contest. YMMV