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Dusseldorf Alt - Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Dusseldorf Alt
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
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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Reviews by mmedina210:
Photo of mmedina210

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +19.5%

I got this beer as a gift from my parents after they visited the Gilded Otter brewpub. This was also my first experience with a growler.

The beer poured a beautiful crisp brown, with no head. With my first smell, i could pick up some caramel and general sweet notes. The taste was amazing. On the first sip I tasted caramel, roasted malts and slight fruitiness. The aftertaste was slightly dry and very 'biscuity', with good carbonation. The mouth feel was very smooth. Each sip left a nice lacing and overall, this beer was excellent. If you live in the Northeast area and love beer, I highly recommend you take a trip to this brewpub.

09-28-2008 22:14:47 | More by mmedina210
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

In a Growler, transported to my fridge from the brewery by my beer Hero DAVER. Pours dark hazelnut, lifting a nice tiny bubble head and leaving great lacy lace as its enjoyed. The brewery tells me they used saaz hops to create this tasty concoction. Rich and malty, full flavored. Hints of roasted malts, charred fruit and nice drying grainy hops to dry things out.This is a nice brew, makes me want to visit the brewery my self.

03-26-2004 23:21:38 | More by Billolick
Photo of jefftuck47


4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-19-2012 17:33:24 | More by jefftuck47
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

08-22-2010 23:19:45 | More by Sammy
Photo of chrishiker1409

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-12-2014 12:31:06 | More by chrishiker1409
Photo of metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-09-2014 17:30:59 | More by metter98
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2%

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.

11-01-2008 20:46:00 | More by plaid75
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

11-03-2009 11:15:30 | More by erosier
Photo of Mikexw

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

07-19-2014 01:19:50 | More by Mikexw
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-12-2014 01:37:10 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of tobelerone


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

04-08-2012 13:25:10 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Los1324

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-28-2013 00:48:07 | More by Los1324
Photo of BFCarr

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-05-2014 16:07:26 | More by BFCarr
Photo of orcrist_cleaver

New York

4.68/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

05-26-2014 20:10:38 | More by orcrist_cleaver
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.83/5  rDev -3%

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.

07-21-2010 00:37:21 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

This brew was the highlight of the meal at the Gilded Otter, this brew poured to a darker brown color with a nice sized white head that had very good retention and left a nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. As for the aroma, the malts stick out, with caramel highlights and a nice hop scent in the background. The taste was excellent, very smooth with a creamy texture, malt flavors of caramel and some chocolate tones. A nice slight hop flavor at the end that goes nicely. Overall this is a very tasty offering and one I would recommend on a trip to the brewpub.

06-10-2007 20:16:47 | More by Stimack
Photo of malfunxion

New York

3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-21-2014 14:14:10 | More by malfunxion
Photo of tgbljb


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Enjoyed on tap at the brew pub.
Served as a medium copper colored beer with moderate off-white head.
Smell is swett and caramell, with any hops pushed to the back.
Taste is incredible. Strong caramel and toffee malt combine with a mild dark fruit taste. Hops are present, but very lightly.
Finish is smooth and refreshing with the strong malt character leaving a nice taste in the mouth.
What a super beer. Easy to drink, flavorful, and refreshing.

10-17-2007 22:55:12 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Bandi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-09-2014 17:35:00 | More by Bandi
Photo of DrJay


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Clear chestnut topped by a thin, fine cap of white bubbles. Nice lacing and good retention. Aromas of dark malts, toffee, and mild roast were accompanied by faint hop leaf. Roasty, caramel sweetness was balanced by a solid bitterness. Leafy hops and toffee kicked in at the mid, followed by a fairly quick (nearly) cocoa finish. Refined texture with a bit of creaminess, medium bodied. The moderately low carbonation was well-integrated. I really enjoyed this beer - it was my favourite from Gilded Otter. Everything came together really well and it seems like a beer I could drink all night.

12-03-2006 20:45:40 | More by DrJay
Photo of Jumski

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-24-2012 20:37:03 | More by Jumski
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

04-04-2009 23:33:05 | More by cavedave
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

(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.

08-10-2009 00:36:04 | More by Nickls
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

06-24-2009 02:34:44 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

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

04-03-2009 07:06:45 | More by sliverX
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Dusseldorf Alt from Gilded Otter Brewing Company
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