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Uerige Doppelsticke - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 52
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2005)
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Photo of ralovecraft
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Right from the start, even the bottle is classy. When releasing the lid, I'm met with a crisp and satisfying psfth. It pours a dark caramel brown with a light and lacy head. The aroma is the best part of the beer, hands down. Smell after you pour, before you sip, during your sip, after your sip. Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, all sewn together with a boozy thread that ties the whole scent together. Wow.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malts at the front of the tongue, great flavor throughout and even a nice lingering bitterness. Not dry and not cloyingly sweet. Right in between. Even with the high ABV, the alcohol stays in the background, lending complexity, but not overwhelming the beautiful sweetness.

Really impressed with this beer. I'll be buying another to store in the beer cellar. Bet this will mellow nicely if rested for a few years.

ralovecraft, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of techdiver
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tough reading bottle, looks like bottled on 06.04 code 05.06.

Pours a deep amber copper with a solid creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a substantial cap and nice lacing.

Balanced malt and hops greet the nose.

Initial taste shows an unexpected degree of sweet malt with the hops. Somewhat like a hoppy Belgian.

Mouthfeel is heavier than the Sticke with a bit less carbonation.

Again a very drinkable brew, ABV putting it up there with many Belgians.

techdiver, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of dansteino
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very Good. Deep, dark copper color. Nice head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Magical. Rich caramel. Decadent fruit. Like a barleywine but with the nice fruity nose that accompanies an alt.

Flavor: Very good. Rich Caramel. Fruity with a little taste of prunes..

Mouthfeel: Rich. Chewy. Like candy.

Drinkability: How can a beer this strong be so drinkable?

Lovely.

dansteino, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is what I was looking for. My third of three in my personal Uerige tasting this evening and this one pours thick and mostly opaque, is very aromatic, is robust in flavor and feel and is satisfying in every area the Classic and Sticke fell short. mmm m mm m mmm

Appearance: Pour a thick auburn color that allows only light to pass through the body as opposed to the clear body of the first two. Moderate lacing. Small but tight creamy head in my stange glass.

Smell: From the pop of the swing top lid the beer erupted with aroma. Sweet malty caramel, fruits and dough. Hints of cocoa and booze buried in figs. mmm Terrific!

Taste: Caramel, apples figs, candied malts, some pixie stick sugar, then plums and vinous alcohol and hops to top it off. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Big flavors mask but do not hide the alcohol on this beer. it is smooth but warming through the mouth leaving a bit of a barleywine like feel after the swallow.

Drinkability: This may not be a sessioner but after one I really want another!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Comes in the spiffy looking small swing-top bottles. Opens with a loud pop then pours out a deep dark red with a good sized off white head. Some clumps of lace and a tight cap of foam is maintained. Pretty big sweet dark ripe fruity notes up front with a bit of toasty malt. There is a definite hoppiness going on as well that adds interestingly to the overall aroma. The flavor starts with the same big burst of sticky sweet fruits. A good bit of toasty malts are there as is earthy hops notes. There are some Alt characteristics going on but they are definitely not the focus. Very barleywine like in its overall flavor. A good amount of bitter fruit rounds this out. Pretty thick and sticky this coats with flavor. Damn drinkable as well. A 750 would have been nice. An interesting beer that has some Doppelbock and some Barley wine things going on. Highly recommended.

meathookjones, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first picked up this beer from the recommendation of a co-worker at John's Grocery. What a great selection. I loved this brew through and through, and I've tried it several times since my initial review, which has been edited to reflect current thoughts on this wonderful beer.

The appearance is very interesting. It pours to a clear ruby color with a thick, creamy collar of white foam. Excellent lacing. No carbonation apparent, though I am sure of this batch's freshness as compared to other times I've tried it [and still loved it].

The aroma contains a delightful estery assortment of berries, but the hops steal the show with this beer. Not only is a German ale an oddity, but this almost seems like a German IPA! Very grassy and herbal hops with a very interesting malt aroma. Smells a bit like sourdough with a ton of hops and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is sweet, bready, and berry-licious with a very pleasant hops flavor. Maybe just a little bit grassy, but it goes very well with the overall presentation.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and a bit creamy. Very nice lingering grassy, herbal hops flavor. Well concealed alcohol flavor, but you can tell it's there if you search. The unsuspecting drinker might have an early night ahead of them, however.

Considering the high alcohol content and the almost rough grassy hoppiness, this is quite the drinkable beer. One of my favorite German beers, if not THE favorite (with only the regular Uerige Sticke and possibly Aventinus in direct competition). I'm glad I decided to re-review this beer, because even though I loved it in the past, my palate was not quite developed enough to decipher what I was tasting. It's been too long... from this day on I will make it my duty to go through as much altbier as possible, before it goes bad on the store shelves.

neonbrown82, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Amber-bronze with a light tan head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Initial dark fruit aroma screams Belgian Dubbel, but there's some underlying earthy hops and hints of nut bread.

T: Plenty of dark fruitiness in the flavour as well: caramelized raisins, figs & plums; Christmas cake (candied fruit, nuts, light spicing & booze and more cake-like than bready); cocoa; light earthyness, balanced bitterness. Amazing.

M: Well attenuated, moderately full body has an off-dry finish. Very well crafted.

D: WAY too drinkable for its weight, but it's not an Alt you would session.

It's a little outside the style guidelines... and I love it.

Thanks Bobsy!

Derek, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut with a head that fades pretty quickly. Some lacing. The smell has lots of dry malt up front. some fresh grain, wasa crackers, and powderey chocolate. The taste is similar, but with lots more chocolate- very big, dry, and smooth. A nicely integrated malt bomb with the alcohol well hidden and quite creamy as well. Delicious.

Georgiabeer, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of TwinSox33
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown-black with a frothy head that dissipates to a lacing.

S: Fruit, raisins, and caramel malts dominate.

T: Rich and caramely; there is a good amount of dark fig or raisin taste. Some fruity esters in there.

M: Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation.

D: You can suck this down quickly, and it will hit you HARD.

Great Sticke Bier:)

TwinSox33, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Uerige DoppelSticke (Düsseldorf-Altstadt) is best served at cool, cellar temperatures (40-50°F) and enjoyed from a traditional short, straight-sided glass called a Stangen (pole) or Reagenzglas (test tube). Uerige DoppelSticke pours up sublime with ample carbonation that creates a full-lacy, thick cream colored head that sits atop a bright, deep-copperish body. The head dissapates surprisingly slow leaving lots of Düssel lace in its wake. The hugely malty & decidely grainy/nutty aroma has some distinct fruitiness/esters (e.g. Bosc pear, peach pit, freshly cut pineapple) with a touch of spiciness and some notable herbal/grassy character from the abundantly use of traditional 'Noble' German hops. The taste starts off slightly sweet & solidly malty then gives way to some marked bitterness which eventually carries into a rich, slightly oily/nutty, lightly alcoholic & decidely bittersweet finish. This big & chewy, medium-full bodied indeginous specialty beer of Düsseldorfer-Altstadt (Old Town) is undoubtedly a very special treat for Americans! Uerige DoppelSticke is being brewed annually specifically for the US market only! A suggested traditional pairing includes a roasted leg of pork, potato dumplings, coleslaw and buttered spent yeast bread rolls with onions, radishes & red fruit jelly with vanilla sauce on the side. Here's to "Grumpy" Wilhelm Cürten and his doubly "Secret" Düsselbier!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even better than the normal "secret." This is the double dog dare. It is darker, prettier, and with a more healthy head. The aromas are darker, with molasses and dark sugar riding around with the usual Belgian. The same yeasty swirls are in there as well. The flavor is darker with a heavier mouthfeel. Candy sugar and dark malts run the show here. A great sipping brew. Yet again, this would be deadly as a tap version here in the states. But, please bring it anyway. Bottled 0418 and purchased from Dilly Deli in Cincinatti.

Dithyramb, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of crnipeter
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6. October 2010, into baby Chimay (180ml) chalice. Pours murky, deep coppery to bronze body topped by light tan, frothy head that slowly recedes. The deep nature of color probably results from usage of additional chocolate and/or black malts. The nose is loaded with rich malty sweetness with toasty notes, tons of fruity esters of plum, prune, raisins and figs, slightly spicy from usage of noble hops with citrus rind notes, brandy like alcohol. The assertive hoppy bitterness is counterbalanced by rich malty flavor with toasty notes; dark fruits are lesser than in the aroma; peppery noble hops flavor with strong citrus rind notes and intense bitter finish that lingers for ages. The brewer claims caramel malts containing complex sugars have been used in this one and that's reflected in rich malt flavor and fullness of the body with less attenuation. Creamy and velvety smooth, verging on being syrupy with soft carbonation. The lagering of this basically an ale has nicely smoothened the beer without taking away any of its complexity.

In short: a complex, fruity, bitter yet malty lagered ale.

crnipeter, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

0.33cl / 11.2floz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Bottled on 04 11; date found on neck label... very hard to see since it's like they used gray ink on silver backing.

Appearance - Dark brown/black body. Some sediment visible in a smaller Three Philosophers glass. One finger tan pancake batter head with very good stick.

Smell - Sweet barely roasted malts. Caramel and chocolate. Smells like a Milky Way candy bar with a bit of alcohol underneath it. Alcohol is hidden relatively well. No off characters so far.

Taste - Harsh coffee bitterness, which is quickly and partially masked by strong chocolate maltiness. Some lingering but not bothersome lemon-peel bitterness in the aftertaste. Complex.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Full bodied. Velvety. Slight astringency in the finish.

ZenAgnostic, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of jdubjacket
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's along Buford Highway. Bottled 05.03. VERY cool bottle. Nice design work. Poured into my Stone barleywine goblet.

Pours a murky brown with a decent-sized head. Some sediment in the glass.

Smell is dark fruits and bready. Taste starts slightly subdued and evolves into dark fruits, raisins, plums and prunes, and finishes malty, bready and slightly bitter. Very tasty and complex. Wasn't expecting this at all.

This is by far the best Alt I have had. Very glad I picked it up.

jdubjacket, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of drewbage
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a nice fresh bottle from Red Carpet Liquor in Glendale, CA

Man, isn't it nice that these guys have become more ambitious.

Aroma is fresh, fruity, caramel malt with biscuity tones to it, but not like a pale ale. This beer smells like caramel coated raisins and just won't quit.

Flavor matches the aroma in the intensity of the malt profile. Hops are definately present to match the malt, but not enough that they act as the primary character of the beer.

Warming and rich is how this beer leaves you and more importantly it leaves you wanting more!

drewbage, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of StaveHooks
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.33L Grolsch style flip top bottle served in a 22oz. snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy and very dark brown, with a pinkish tanned head, spotted lacing left behind.

S - Rich caramel malt, vanilla wood, caramelized brown sugar, dates, sugary brown cake, sweet short bread, cocoa sweet alcohol vapors.

T - Maple syrup right off the top, dense caramel malt, heavy sugary dates, toasty, sweet date bread, caramelized/burnt brown sugar, toasted marshmallow sweetness. Finishes bold with lingering alcohol.

M - Syrupy, silky feel, medium bodied, low carbonation.

WOW! Words cannot describe the aroma of this beer. This is a malt lovers dream come true. Very complex layers that meld wonderfully. Good alcohol presents that fits perfectly in with the rest of the flavors.

StaveHooks, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pop of the swingtop reveals the aromas of this crimson amber beauty even before I pour it. I can tell just from the insanely complex aroma that this is going to be quite interesting. The nose is malty and sweet, and there's so much to pick up here. Belgian candy sugar, almonds, licorice, citric tangerine notes and buttery toffee. Wow.

The taste follows suit in complexity, and is one of those rare beers that has the unique characteristic of having an entirely different taste from the beginning of a sip to the end. Starts a tad sweet, with nutty hazlenut flavors and spices that get you thinking of warming holiday brews. A mild yet crisp hop bitterness leads you towards the end, where you'll find yourself hit with a bit of carbonation and a massive wallop of malty goodness. Cripes! I didn't expect this to be this good. And the mouthfeel...so smooth and velvety. Perfection on that. Slightly warming from the alcohol, but it's hidden well. Definitely somewhat of a cross between a big, malty German Alt and an American Barleywine. Im'a go buy a few more bottles of this goodness, thank'ya very much.

IrishRedRock, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of lpayette
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a very very long neck and a flip-top. cool bottle.

Appearance- Pours a very nice maple color with a small head. It looks very good in a slender glass.

Smell- The nose is strong and appealing. Very malty, very sweet. Not quite caramel. The alcohol is quite strong with hints of fruit.

Taste- Fairly big. Mellowed-out alcohol. Caramel and amber malts. A subtle balance of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly smooth with a fairly long aftertaste.

Drinkability- Definitely a beer worth seeking out. Haven't had many dopplesticks yet, but this seems to be style-definiing in my opinion.

lpayette, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz flip-top, thin neck bottle into a mug...great design. Bottled on 05.07.

Appears rich and thick, producing a nice cascade as it's poured to form a well-retained collar of khaki foam. The body is dark mahogany in color, with a muddy, seal brown core. As for the aroma, hints of hazelnut coffee give way to vanilla bean and boozy, dark fruit notes of prune, currant, and raisin. In all honesty, I though I was smelling a Hair of the Dog barleywine (Fred or Doggie Claws), and that's a very good thing.

The rich, creamy body of Uerige Dopplesticke starts with candied caramel malts and quickly transitions to layers of dark, musky fruit and bitter, powdered chocolate. Very impressive taste; the mouthfeel is even better, with a velvety smooth texture that balances perfectly with a peppery, spicy kiss of hops at the finish. The carbonation level is perfect, keeping the body from becoming too viscous and syrupy. Truly a phenomenal beverage...highly recommended.

wagenvolks, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0,3L Weihenstephan glass I got at the brewery (closest thing to a stange I have...) from the famous 11.2oz flip-top bottle. Date code is 10.06, (I assume 1 year and 9 months old)

A: Great dark brown body. Really nice dense off white head.

S: I almost choked on the amount of delicious aroma coming from this bottle as soon as I popped it. Booming with deep caramel malt aromas; earthy, hoppy as well.

T: Caramel malt complexity gives way to less sweet malt flavors, which is followed by a slight roastyness. Then a _strong_ bitterness wipes everything away, intertwining with sweet malt flavors for a long lingering finish.

M: No complains, thick with a fairly mild carbonation

O: This certainly deserves the praise it gets, no question.

51mmz0rz, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of HammerofThor
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at The Muddy Pig. I was very surprised to see it. It's only released during this part of the year and is hard to find.

Poured a dark mahogany, almost brown with little head which dissipated quickly.
The aroma was mostly malt with toffee, and caramel.
Initial flavor is sweet, malty with dark fruits and caramel. Very rich and fairly thick mouthfeel. It finishes with a surprising herbal, hop bite which builds and remains after the sip.

Overall very good. Complex, and malty beer reminiscent of a dopplebock with a hoppy finish. Definitely a sipper.

HammerofThor, May 22, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Uerige Doppelsticke from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.