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Dusseldorf Alt - Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Dusseldorf Alt
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BA SCORE
87
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gilded Otter Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 03-26-2004)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

chrishiker1409, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Picture perfect. Aggressive pour yields a good 1 inch ivory head of cream. Initially murky with a latte color. The color becomes a lustrous dark ruby/hazlenut. Cascades of 1/2 lacing down my pint glass.

S: Hazlenut, caramel malts, and faint grass.

M: Very fine carbonation is suits this beer well giving it a creamy aspect. Soft but unsticky.

T: Huge nuttiness, caramel and noble hops plays well at the end. The flavors could be blended more to help the beer transition better.

This brewery has it's up and downs. In fact, I remember ignoring it for over a year-the beer styles and more disappointingly seemed state and stagnant. This beer had been officially reincarnated.

orcrist_cleaver, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

rmcnamee, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bandi, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

metter98, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Los1324, Aug 28, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear buckwheat honey brown with a negligible white head. There is no lacing and the head falls to a thin halo around the glass's circumference. The nose is a relatively weak, semi-sweet fruitiness with a little caramel and pine as it warms. The medium bodied, well-carbonated, malty german ale drinks smoothly and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. This beer is well made and a tasty pint special.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jumski, May 24, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light brown beer with reddish highlights, a small white head and some fair lacing on the glass. Aroma is richly malty, with light roast and floral hop aspects.

Not a bad flavored altbier; again there is good malt character, with touches of Saaz hop bitterness, a light fruitiness, and a hint of roast. Not a huge taste but well balanced and pleasing. The bitterness lingers just a bit in the aftertaste.

Smooth and easy to drink; medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not exceptional but not bad either. One wonders if this is the same thing the judges tasted when it won awards at the GABF in the past; this brewpub has a reputation for a high level of inconsistency from batch to batch.

tobelerone, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jefftuck47, Mar 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

draft at the brewpub, Rich malt in the aroma. A little amber colour and some lace. average mouthfeel, grainy. Decent drinkability, but it is a sipper. Fine with food, but not so rich nor tasty on its own. Did not grab me. Unoffensive choice for patrons. I went for the hoppier, stoutier stuff.

Sammy, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought to good 'ol PA in a growler by a buddy

A - Pours chestnut brown with almost no head. What is there laces nicely though.

S - Dark roasted malts; has a nutty aroma, hints of brown sugar and raw bagel dough

T&M - Caramel malts, very nutty. Carbonation feels minimal. Hints of bread and toasted grains. Finishes dry with a slight sourness.

D - Very nice session beer; I don't think I'll have too much trouble finishing this growler.

ZeroSignal, Jul 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber color with an interesting reddish/pinkish/brown hue at the bottom of the glass. There appears to be a non-existent head but then it pops up with a nice small sized and medium bodied tan colored head and laces the glass very well on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts, sweet lightly toasted malts, and some more bitter roasted malts at the end.
T: Like the aroma, it has a very big malt characteristic with sweet toasted and caramelized malts, more bitter roasted malts, and a nice sweet and clean finish.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this growler was done in no time.

erosier, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a clear orange-brown color that was quite intriguing; half-finger of lightly tan head that had nice retention.

S - Bready; earthy; biscuity; some sweetness

T - Earthy hoppiness; dark fruits and fresh bread; minty; some sweetness at the end like the nose; mineral finish

M - Ligther; tight carbonation

D - Very, very good drinking. Accessible, but interesting, and this could be one fantastic session brew.

Overall, great take on the style and a really nice tasting brew.

Nickls, Aug 10, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Altbier not being one of my favorite styles, I am willing to try anything at least once... Especially anything brewed by the Otter. They've won a couple of medals at the GABF with this brew so I figured it can't be all that bad. The beer has a really strong malt scent to it when served. There was a little caramel in the background but it was much more enjoyable than I would have thought. I would guess that this is one of their more popular beers and I can understand why. This is more of a beer that you sit back and enjoy as opposed to one that you can consume large amounts of on a hot summer day. I would definitely try this again.

tdawgydog, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of JustHarmless
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My friend brought me back a growler from Gilded Otter Breweries claiming this was something I just had to try. And am I ever glad I did!

It poured a nice brown/copper color with no real head. At first aroma, I could pick up hints of caramel and dark malts, with a hint of hops in the background. The taste was wonderful. It had a nice malty caramel taste with hints of toffee with a slight fruitiness. Very complex, but oh, so good! A smooth finish, with some malty aftertaste. The mouthful was nicely carbonated and smooth.

I loved this beer! I would highly recommend it to anyone. At 5.3% ABV, it is a great session beer. I can't wait to go pick up another growler!

JustHarmless, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of cavedave
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark amber/ruby with a half inch head after a vigorous pour into my favorite glass tankard. Light beige head recedes to a coating, and a swirl leaves persistent lace. It's a pretty beer.

Nose is a perfume of well aged and mellow aromas, they mix into a blend that is hard to define, there is sweet floral, edges of herbosity, and an almost-hidden fruitiness underneath, no alcohol scent.

The front of the sip is a mellow yet robust (through multiple sips I am trying to resolve the paradox of it) blend of deliciousness, a well crafted mix of slightly sour, slightly sweet, slightly bitter/.herbal/earthy, completely aged and blended tastes wrapped in a unifying subtle fruitiness that, like the smell, is hard to define, and quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is excellent, just right, if I was forced to pick a fault it would be a bit thin, but as I've been drinking this to the bottom of the cup, it has become more an asset than a detriment. A definite session beer. I recommend this to all.

cavedave, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

presented with a slightly hazy deep copper colored pint that had very little for a head and left small bubble lacing
smell was faint roasted malts
taste is robust malts kind of smokey with a tinge of noble hops in the end
mouthfeel was medium with the carbonation bright on the tongue
drinkability this was a good beer just not the best alt I've ever tasted

sliverX, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown/amber hue with a finger and a half foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some yeast esters and an earth hop.

The taste consisted of an earthy smoky malt, some caramel sweetness and a mix of earthy go and yeast spices.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a very tasty and compex alt.

plaid75, Nov 01, 2008
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