Uerige Sticke - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours out a brownish amber, almost the color of cider, with a creamy small white head that hangs around. Vertical columns of bubbles in my stange.
Smell is predominantly malty, with a touch of Euro hop spiciness. There's some sweetness, dark fruit (peach and plum), nuttiness, and maybe even a tiny hint of chocolate.
Flavor is nutty and fruity, with a solid malt base and a little bit of caramel before a nice hoppy bitterness. A tiny little off flavor, slightly metallic, slightly vegetal persists throughout. It's not a huge problem, but it does slightly diminish my enjoyment. Finish is dry as a bone with a little bit of lingering caramel flavors.
Overall: This is my third Uerige, and I don't love it as much as the classic alt or the doppelsticke. Those both had nicer appearances, held their heads better, and didn't have the little off flavors throughout.
10-06-2005 01:05:10 | More by whartontallboy
3.28/5 rDev -20.4%
Okay- I do not know what the hell this means.
Nifty bottle, Grolsch style ceramic cap with washer.
Lovely caramel raisin color, nearly opaque.
Appears to be a British Brown Ale.
This may be delicate and subtle but even warmed , I can't get much in the way of hops or malt up front here.
The tastet is oddly flat- can't pick up pronounced malt or hop character. Not bad- just not there.
Finish is smooth and cleansing and it is drinkable- just a funky old school brew in an overpriced bottle.
09-25-2005 21:21:20 | More by brewQ
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottled on 1404. Beautiful and unique bottling. If I could only homebrew, I think I'd have to reuse this one. Pours a cloudy brown with not much head, but oodles of carbonation ringing the glass for the entire ride. Aroma was all malt, caramel and grains.
Flavor was sweet malt, lightly fruity, nutty, biscuity. Just a bit of grassy hops, if any. Delicate and delicious
Mouthfeel was extremely light. The carbonation even made it more so, which I feel detracted a bit. However, this also just increased the already drinkable nature of the brew. "Garcon, Liter stein please!"
09-21-2005 03:11:02 | More by Dithyramb
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours out with a brownish amber color body and a decent sized off white fluffy head. Clumps of lace were left by a cap of foam that stayed intact. Toasted grains, caramel and some nuttiness. Light fruity notes linger about as well. Mild grassy and flower hop notes blended in well. Flavor starts off with a nice sweetness caramel covered fruits mainly. Toasted biscuit malts and some very light nutty notes are present. Hops are there providing a great grassy and earthy flavors. Light bitterness on the finish. Smooth with a solid body. Ridiculously drinkable stuff. I could sit and drink this all day and not get sick of it. A most excellent sessionable brew.
09-14-2005 17:17:55 | More by meathookjones
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours an iced tea (with melted ice) color, a copper hue, a minimal off biege head, and very little carb action.
Slight smell of a toasted caramel malt and some flowery citrus hops.
Moderately sweet/acidic/bitter and roasted caramel malt with a spruce/resin and grapefruit/orange hops flavor.
Medium to full bodied, dry and syrupy texture, flat carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic/astringent finish.
This is kind of thick for a 6% abv. beer and not a session beer.
09-11-2005 06:58:03 | More by Troyone
3.28/5 rDev -20.4%
Pours a rich, dark amber color with a small head and leaves fabulous lace.
Smell is hops, woody/green apple combination.
Taste is hoppy with a fruity/woody/alcohol flavor and a resiny hops finish.
Medium in body with a smooth-ish aftertaste where the hops mellow nicely and the alcohol shows up just a little.
09-07-2005 17:57:00 | More by PorterLambic
4/5 rDev -2.9%
It pours a hazy copper with a small fluffy light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Nutty caramel and chocolate aromas, nutty caramel toffee flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth almost syrupy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering bitterness.
09-04-2005 18:43:56 | More by maxpower
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottled on 31.01. Am I to assume that is 2005? Poured into my Fankenheim Alt glass. Crystal clear copper/brown with a dirty white cap. Toasted whole grain breads and caramel. Nice scent of Spalt hops. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness it very good. Full bodied.
08-25-2005 13:22:00 | More by tjthresh
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
This beer comes in an 11.2 oz, very long, thin-necked brown bottle with a Hutter style stopper. Bottling date is indicated.
Appearance: It pours a hazy, reddish copper color with a thin, one half inch head. After a few minutes a thin cap remains with a few lacy patches clingling to the glass.
Aroma: This beer has a significantly stronger aroma than a typical Alt beer. There is a caramel presence with a combination of coriander and a barbacue sauce like flavor.
Taste: The caramel maltiness hits first, followed by a hoppiness that is well balanced with the malt. Hop bitterness finishes and lingers on the back of the throat.
Body: Medium full with a mild syrupy mouthfeel. Carbination is low but just enough to give a spritzy sensation.
Drinkability: As someone who developed his love for beer in the Zum Uerige brewpub in 1968, I was anxious to try this "secret" offering. I was not disappointed. This brew is eminently drinkable with a maltier and hoppier character than the usual Alt beer offered by Zum Uerige.
08-19-2005 22:58:31 | More by AltTrinker
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
Bad ass bottle, if nothing else. Poured out to a brown amber color with a small head, and some traces of lace. Lower carbonation. Odors of sweet malt and hops were most noted, along with some alcohol. Taste was pretty good, flavors of sweet floral earth and malt, with a nice crips hoppy finish. Finished a bit dry, and rather smooth. A good beer, as now I look forward to trying some of the other varites from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei. Recommended for those with a more developed taste.
08-18-2005 23:57:08 | More by Frozensoul327
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Bottled January 31, 2005, Sampled August 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear ruby amber color that is topped by a frothy, thinnish, tan colored head. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of brandy, and rum, hints of strawberry, citrus and lightly spicy notes. Actually a fairly interesting aroma that is still intriguing after these 6 months. The taste is lightly sweet and fairly malty with notes of caramel. This is quite fruity as well with notes of cherry, raisins, and a bit of strawberry and some notes of bergemot as well. For some reason the fruity character in an Alt I have always associated as an interesting mix of hop and malt character. This has held up much better, in the voyage across the Atlantic, than the regular Alt did, though it stills suffers quite a bit from the voyage.
08-18-2005 04:16:06 | More by Gueuzedude
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with almost no head to speak of I thought it might be flat,very sweet aromas of caramel malt and roasted nuts.Very slick mouthfeel slides down easy flavors are on the sweeter side but not cloying,caramel dominates the flavors with an underlying roasted maltiness finishing with just a little herbal hop.A good beer no doubt as good as I thought and the hype?Not sure.
08-03-2005 00:32:00 | More by oberon
4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
Michael Jackson states in his Great Beer Guide that this "secret" version of Uerige world classic Düsseldorf alt beer is brewed twice a year as a reward for the regulars at Zum Uerige with an additional malts and a hop tea used to add to the hop aroma and flavors.
The ceramic swing top opens with a Pzzzt breaking the neck label with Bottled on date 31.01. as I pour the clear redish brown 33 cL contents into a 40 cl Rastal sniffer and watch the low head settle into a persistant ring that provided modest lace.
Alt beer is produced by top fermentation, Düsseldorf Alt is often described as being similar to an English Old Ale. However the best Alts from Düsseldorf are not as heavy or as rich as EOA beers, and are hoppier.
At 56° F serving temperature the aroma reminded me of one of Nick Floyds creations as it lays down the big complex munich malt base to support his artestry with hops. Large caramel and toffee aromas compete with a grain, toasted nuts and a hint of oak barreled bourbon.
The name "Old" symbolises a lack of acceptance of the newfangled, bottom fermented Pilsener-style beers that swept across Germany from Bohemia from the middle of the 19th Century. For an Alt, fermentation takes place at a temperature between that of an Ale and a Pilsener-style beer. The resulting beer is then aged (lagered) at around freezing point, as per a classic Pils.
This extended conditioning mellows out the flavors and produces an exceptionally smooth and delicate brew with an awesome complex flavors that will require several samples to describe. Deep munich notes. Finishes with a firm long lasting bitterness.
To quote from the book Altbier by Horst Dornbusch, a Düsseldorfer who is now brewing in the USA, " Alt represents perhaps the best of both styles: the flavor and complexity of a standard ale with the subtle refinement and clean finish of a lager."
Very nice mouthfeel for the style, not as thin as the standard Uerige yet still light enough to make this a very drinkable brew.
Thanks to Joe @ Corral Liquors in Granite City for the heads up on a great Alt.
08-02-2005 16:05:49 | More by karst
2.88/5 rDev -30.1%
Bottle provided by LuckySevens82...thanks for the opportunity! Pours a single finger tan head over a cloudy rust orange-brown liquid. Smells caramel malty with a sour tang that's almost citrusy pine sol-like. Searching beneath that unpleasant aroma, I get nuts, chocolate, and a grassy herbal. Tastes sweet nutty caramel and toffee with a piercing sour countering beneath. Yeah, I'm sorry, but that sour pine-sol flavor is just ruining it for me. Let's see what I can get after it warms to room temperature. The sour is still present, but it comes across as more of a black patent sour than a pine sol sour. There is also come coffee roast. Medium body with a sugary thickness and mildly carbonated. Certainly not a favorite of mine.
08-02-2005 05:48:17 | More by mentor
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Blushing, honeyed, caramel bronze; a magnificent hue. The head is modest in size, barely reaching two fingers before settling to a dense disk of toasted almond colored foam. Lace looks to be limited to a thick, slurred collar; although there's an acceptable amount on the glass as the beer falls with drinking. A better cap would have guaranteed a world-class look since the color of the beer is so amazing.
The nose is of caramel malt, oven-toasted nuts and honey-soaked figs. I would love it to be stronger since it's such an intriguing combination of aromas. It needed to have a larger head to atomize the beer and bring it into direct contact with my nose, and, thereby, my olfactory lobe. Believe me, I tried.
Uerige Sticke is delicious, delicious beer. It tastes like an especially toasted malty, less hoppy English pale ale. The flavor profile is a lovely combination of toasted bready malt, caramel, English walnuts, cinnamon, allspice and earthy-spicy yeast. There are layers upon layers of flavor with all elements working as one. To call it complex is to grossly understate the case.
The beginning and middle are occupied by a gentle sweetness that is perfect for the myriad flavors that it supports. The beer then dries out rapidly as the finish approaches. I love a beer that changes from start to finish and I especially love one that hits all the right notes from the prelude to the coda, as this one does.
I'm almost out of beer and I haven't even considered the mouthfeel yet (looks like I'll need to ration the rest of the glass). It's medium in heft with a supreme smoothness, an ever so slight viscousness and a low amount of carbonation. Nothing overly special, but then I'm not sure how I'd go about improving it.
This has to be one of the top-10 best looking beer bottles in the world. The shape, the embossing, the classy label and the swing-top say 'I'm special'. I agree. Drinkability is through the roof, as evidenced by the fact that I was in danger of running out of beer while still pondering the hidden charms of the multi-dimensional flavor profile. I would love to have another bottle in front of me. Uerige Sticke is great beer and is, by far, the best altbier that I've had yet.
07-28-2005 20:38:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.83/5 rDev -7%
presentation: 11.2oz bottle with a shield shaped white, red and gold label on the front. bottle is sealed with a counter-balanced swing-top cork. bottled on date is "25.10" i don't understand this dating system and i can't read all the german text, but the ABV is displayed at 6%.
appearance: pours ruby-brown with amber highlights in a tall pilsner. (didn't have a stange) light off-white fluffy two-finger head quickly dropped to a quarter inch that stuck around despite only noticing occasional bubbles rise from the bottom. head laces well but not much stick down the glass.
smell: floral overtones. caramely malt sweetness with a light alcohol aroma.
taste: sweet vanilla-caramel again with very, very light floral hop bitters. finishes dry with a hint of alcohol. a little banana bready as the brew warms.
mouthfeel: silky smooth and creamy with very little carbonation. not enough carbonation for my tastes, but i assume this is true to style. velvety swallow.
drinkability: very drinkable as this is one of the smoothest beers i've ever consumed. little to no carbonation makes it even easier to go down, but doesn't help mask the light alcohol finish.
overall: i've had this before, but i remember it being better. maybe i should have reviewed it then, and maybe my tastes have changed since then. i'll have another for a best 2 outta three. almost perfect mouthfeel and drinkability to style (and despite what i prefer), but leaves a little to be desired. overall, a very good altbier, and a definite must try.
07-26-2005 01:03:16 | More by Px2GrafX
3.28/5 rDev -20.4%
cute little nub of a bottle
nice flip top action on the bottle.. the beer exits a foamy and clear ruby into a big chalice. aroma reeks of caramel malts accompanied by light red fruits and burnt sugar. spicy rye breadiness in the flavor provides a smooth but intense experience that finished with a pointed bitterness. has the potential to be huge, but suffers from a lack of gravity. try the doppelsticke for the experience you want out of this beer but fail to have. not a bad beer by any means, very flavorful.. it simply does not satisfy on the complexity that the initial contact promises.
07-25-2005 16:29:39 | More by goodbyeohio
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
Appearence: Pours a crystal clear copper with a thin, off-white head. Little carbonation.
Smell: Has a nice, spicy malt backbone with sugary-sweetness throughout. The hops are fairly strong.
Taste and Mouthfeel: Interesting. The cictric hops are through the roof! It tastes like oranges and apples and pears, balanced by a sweet maltyness. The malts are kind of plain, and lack in terms of complexity as compared to the hops. The mouthfeel is slick, and a little thin.
Drinkability and Overall: I like this beer, but the Uerige Altbier Classic is much better in my opinion. This one lacks the fullness and complexity I expected. It still a good brew, a nice example of an altbier, and one worth trying.
07-17-2005 19:32:27 | More by santoslhalper
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottled on 25.10. Code 11 26 11.2 oz. flip top.
Pours a clear amber/tan/brown color. Very little carbonation. What bubbles do form are extremely small. Smell is sweet and fruity. Plum. First sip starts with a rich, creamy texture that gives way to a hoppy, bitter after taste. As I drink and it warms, the creaminess starts to wane. The malt quickly is taken over by the grassy hops. As the glass nears the end, the brew seems exceedingly smooth. When I first started drinking, I thought this was interesting and nice but I would want to change to something else when finished. Now that it is gone, I wish I had another.
07-16-2005 15:38:22 | More by sacfly
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a lovely clear nut-brown ale with a white head.
Smell is a heady sweet fruity scent and nutty and biscuit malt scents. Faint raisin and rum scents. As it warms up whiskey and rum and vanilla scents come out and tease your nose. No hop scent detected per the style.
Taste is fruity with a stronger hop bitterness than expected. Strong noble hops finish that lingers as an after taste. Quite malty but the hopping level keeps it in check.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability isn't easy to set as I only have one bottle of this. I was made familiar with the Altbier style through Alaskan Amber, a brew I enjoy at least once a month. Alaskan Amber is a near perfect session beer, this beer is much stronger than Alaskan Amber in smell and bitterness but it isn't more pleasant to drink just different.
07-14-2005 02:01:34 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev -2.9%
not bad at all.
pours a deep ruby brown color with a small 1/2 inch head that sticks around decently.
smell is herbal/floral hops, caramel and sugary sweetness
taste was carmel maltiness with hints of cherries followed by a nice hop balance.
medium bodied finishes slighlty crisp yet smooth
very drinkable with the small ABV.
07-12-2005 12:23:01 | More by kegerator
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours out a rich copper color, pretty much the color of a penny. A nice frothy tan head appears. Smells of rich caramel and molases. Kind of a roasty aroma, but not burnt. Taste is of mellow caramel. Sweet and sugary, but not thick and syrupy at all. The herbal hops balance this one out perfectly. Wow is this incredibly smooth. I could really pound these puppies down. Cool bottle, but damn pricey. Is there a comparable alt?
07-08-2005 03:39:28 | More by bnuttz
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
I love the regular Uerige. Is more of everything better? More malt, more hops, more joy? Pop the top...
The color is a beautiful walnut, clear and deep, with a finely carbonated, short tan head. Rivulets of sudsy lace coat the glass. Overall, clear and glassy.
A big resiny hop aroma greets you, snappy but nicely balanced with the large caramel malt which follows. A little lime creeps in at the end. Interesting and inviting.
The taste is a soft but prominent hop bitterness up front and a huge bready malt underneath. It's toasty and nutty with an earthy, mildly bitter, herbal aftertaste.
Medium to full bodied with plenty of fizz, it gets a bit syrupy as it warms, but never sweet or cloying. The bitterness lasts throughout.
I think this version of the Uerige altbier is wonderfully put together, just like the everyday brew. Is it better? Well, it's flavors are more assertive, though just as nicely balanced. I can't choose, so I guess I'll have to enjoy each according to my mood of the moment....
07-08-2005 02:15:38 | More by horndecker
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
The beer evacuates the 330ml brown swing-top bottle a somewhat hazy copper with a moderate size frothy light tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is a mix of sweet malt, and hints of hops, fresh and crisp, nut-like, start is nicely malted, light at the top. Finish is moderately carbonated with the hops pleasantly spicy, extremely dry and somewhat sour aftertaste, lingers long upon the palate, a drinkable beer, but I much prefer the Dopplesticke.
07-04-2005 20:44:15 | More by Gusler
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a deep toffee brown with a creamy, sticky white head.
Aroma is floral hops, fruity ale yeast and caramel malts.
Tasty balance of malt and hops. The first spicy sip is sweet caramel fading into nettle like hop with a slightly astringent hop finish that lingers.
A medium body beer that sticks to the tougue and palate. Fuller bodied than the Single Alt not as thick and heavy as the DoppelSticke. This brew strikes a fine balance.
A must buy beer for Ale lovers.
06-24-2005 00:28:21 | More by Citadel82
Uerige Sticke from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
92 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.