Uerige Doppelsticke - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 63
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 586 | Reviews: 411
Photo of jdubjacket
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of lpayette
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of HammerofThor
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy medium brown with a 1” cream colored foam cap that provides light lace.
S: Clean malty nose with faint biscuit.
T: Clean and malty palate with a touch of dark sugar sweetness, light anise to cardamom and faint dark fruit. With a bright hop finish.
F: Creamy medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: A true classic that too often sits too long in the importer’s warehouse and grows stale.

Photo of MikieV
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a thin, tan head. Lacing follows down the glass as I drank.

Very unique flavor. Roasted malts, chocolates and coffee like flavors plus some fruitiness. Very bold flavors, but in a good way. The alcohol comes out a little, but not overwhelming. Every sip tasted slightly different as the temperature changed.

Reminded me a little of an Imperial stout with the complex, robust flavors. Halfway through the glass, I was wishing I had bought more than one!

Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mikeyv35 for turning me on to what this style can be!

Light brown with red highlights, almost clear, and thick looking, topped by a surprisingly light beige head. One inch of foam relaxes to a lively and lasting cap. A gentle swirl leaves spots of foam and resin on the thin pilsner glass (used in lieu of a stange). Woah, this has got to be the ultimate look for this style, which is essentially a creatively brewed brown.

Sweet caramel breadiness, some luscious tart yeast, roasted but not nearly charred malt, and a panoply of dark fruit, edged by spicy and floral bitter. There's a bit of alcohol in the bouquet, but just a bit, and it plays well. My nose refuses to leave the rim of the glass.

Defintely the roastiest notes of the alts we tried this evening. It starts with a rush of caramel, roasted malt, dark ripe fruits, the yeast stirs a tartness into the mix, alcohol spices the sip up, sweet and fruit gallop into a finish that is full of hoppy goodness. Though its components may remind of other styles, the alt yeast flavors in this give it a wonderful difference, the lagering gives it a blendedness warm-brewed ales rarely achieve. It is a deeply dark brew, in the way of a stout or a big porter, but with a twist that is unique, I am finding, to this style. As it nears room temp. the taste just leaps from the glass. Stunningly good.

Medium carb., very viscous, clean on palate, excellent looong finish, this is the Dark Lord of altbiers.

Impression: Absolutely the star of an evening of great alts. Try this one and you will be an alt fan too.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely cool Uerige bottle.

Pours a deep coppery caramel into a stange. Topped with a nice-sized head of sticky white froth. Quite attractive.

Smell is a heady mix of very thick, candied-fruit malts and a nice punch of strong, bitter hops. Caramel and tropical fruits come through nicely.

The flavor is huge without being too much. It's definitely thick with a candy-ish malt, but not cloyingly so, and there's a distinct fruitiness that reminds me almost of a peach flavor that pulls through. The hops, however, remain present at all times, lending a nice sharp bitterness to the taste.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and creamy, it really feels great in there. Drinkability is fantastic for a brew of its ABV (8.5%).

Overall: Really glad I picked this one up at New Beer Distributors in NYC. As other reviewers have noted, it is slightly reminiscent of a barleywine masquerading as an alt, but with a much lighter, less severe flavor and texture. Moreover, the typical alt characteristics hold it together quite nicely. Try this one if you can.

Photo of Citadel82
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. Ceramic Stoppered Bottle. Purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Not sure I'd call this an Alt beer but it is delicious and full of character.

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with an abundant white head.
Adequate carbonation and ruby highlights.

Aroma is sweet malt and faint floral hops.

Taste - If the "Sticke" is about hops the Doppel Sticke is more about malt. Dark fruit and candy sugar, caramel and toffee. Some coffee like notes and a faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. Coats the tongue and palate with a lingering sweet creamy coating that eventually dries to a faint floral hoppiness.

I hope they keep brewing this stuff it is awesome.

Photo of Biggness
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours brown with a 2 fingered light tan head and nice lacing. The smell is of nice toasted malts. The flavor is ver deep, some hints of caramel and chocolate, tons of malt... very smooth. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with a nice carbonation level. A highly drinkable brew... minus the price.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome 330 mL swingtop bottle with a really long neck... bottled-on date looks like 04.18 maybe - it's really faded. Brewed especially for the American market as per the Uerige website. Served lightly chilled. It pours an unfiltered chestnut/brown with a half-inch of khaki head that leaves nice trails of lacing throughout. Smells of caramel and vinous malts, green hops/hop oils, sweetness, and maybe some metal - kinda like a dopplebock. It has a big maltiness up front and a big hop background with a thick body that drinks like a meal. Other flavors are burnt malts, raisins, hop oils, leafy hops, alcohol, and a good all-around bitterness from the hops and burnt malts. Overall very nice - a beer that I would come back to - reminds me of a dopplebock with ale yeast. Now to try others in the Uerige lineup.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second beer in my altbier tour.

A little amber left, but mainly brown. Nice head, which goes into a lace that doesn't go away.

Hops only at first on the nose. Boosy aroma which later comes into play.

I actually enjoyed the classic's taste better, but this one is great as well. Some tastes like the other, but the aforementioned boozy/chocalate tastes as well. What it really reminds me of is a good quad like St. B 12 or Westy 12. Yes, really.

Mouthfeel at first was perfect and then became less so. So we'll go with a 4.5.

Overall, I still prefer the 4.5% alt but this one is excellent as well. I guess this could be a different style. Less of a session due to alcohol level.

Photo of lukymann
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Fantastic. Like a cross between a Belgian quad and a barleywine. Well balanced with a bit of boozy warmth

Photo of Beervis
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love the Uerige swingtops, they are as attractive as the brew within!

Pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a nice thick head.

Smell is malty, floral, with honey-caramel tones.

Taste is bitter up front, followed by a very creamy and bready malt taste that coats the mouth. Finishes with more bitterness followed by sweet lingering malt. What an amazing body, with very little evidence of the high alcohol.

Very drinkable, very very tasty indeed.

Photo of mj001jk
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love the regular Uerige Sticke Alt and when I saw this Doppelsticke I didn't think twice about picking a bottle up.

It pours a very dark brown with a thick, silky and creamy head. The aromas are fresh, green hops, almost like pine needles and buffered by smooth caramel mocha and hazelnut malts. There is a hint of a steely minerality on the nose as well which adds complexity in a good way.

The mineral aspect comes through in the mouthfeel as well, with a crisp dryness and soothing dark malts coating my taste buds. It is fresh and complex with a bite of bitterness on the midpalate, which gives way to a long and smooth dark chocolate, dried figs and hazelnut finish. There is some warmth from the alcohol but for this beer it is entirely appropriate.

All in all a very well-balanced beer with complex and refined notes and lots of drinkability. I am again highly impressed with another great beer from Uerige.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown cherry color with a thin, uneven film of head.

Smells extremely lively with a mixture of ripe sour fruits and a nice compliment of paste and bread dough.

The flavor begins with a dark malt base of raisins, molasses and black liquorish with a dry hop that seems to rise up and nip at my palate. There’s a nice plumb and caramel sweetness that lingers on for a bit and then finishes an oaky dry with a nice appearance of coffee.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation that vanishes before the swallow.

There’s a whole lot going on with this beer. It’s dry, sweet and clean and very easy to drink.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is incredible. Not quite "perfect", but it has some spectacular dynamic qualities. Highly recommended.

Pouring it rather vigorously out of the bottle into a 0.5L Euro pint, it doesn't produce much head, but it'll maintain a cap and throw up some foam when swirled. It's quite opaque, brown with subtle reddish-purple highlights.

Extremely vibrant roasted (dark crystal) malt and roasted prune aromas hit you immediately. Quite intense. Melanoidin-rich, dense dark bread. I thought I was getting some warm, toasted walnut and definitely some medium-bold hop aromas as well. Kind of blurry altogether though until it warms up a good bit.

First taste impressions are toasted prunes and a gin-like herbal flavor (alcohol, i'm guessing). Predominantly roasty/burnt dark fruit finish. Quite a "full" flavor overall - roasted malt and mellow, slightly perfumy alcohol which carries strong through the finish and that dry prune undercurrent. Surely some assertive hops throughout. Moreish, in total.

Amazing how dry it seems despite the intense, semi-sweet taste. It really drops off, leaving the zippy tingle of roasted dark caramel malt on the roof of your mouth. Starts off med-full bodied (so smooth) while, woven so well into the background, warmth from the alcohol gradually wells up from the gut, building and smoothing ya out.

Wow. This was difficult to score because I've never had quite an ale like this. I paced myself but, by the end, I wish I'd had a much bigger mug of this. Oh boy!

Photo of Suds
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the characteristic long necked bottle, this beer pours a deep brown-mahogany color that sports intense red highlights. The head is solid and tan. A powerful molasses and fruit smell leaps from the glass. It’s mixed with a beautiful malt smell, wood, and leather. There’s a little alcohol aroma, and some mildly roasted qualities. This is certainly the smell of a big, complex beer, but it also has a sense of well-crafted refinement: all of the aromas fit together perfectly. The taste is similar, complex with a lot of sweetness and malt flavors…molasses again, a little toffee, caramel, ripe fruit, and a modest warming. Despite the sweetness, there’s a nice balance without excessive hops. The finish lingers. Smooth and heavy in body. This is an amazing beer.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/9/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- .33 liter bottle, so I guess around 11.2 ounces or so, which would make sense. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Ruby red, tinges of brown colored pour. Smaller 1/2 inch head and slight lacing in different places.

Smell- At first it was very sweet malt scents with some brown sugar and maybe cardomom and cinnimon. When it really warmed it took on the characteristic of a cognac or brandy.

Taste- Very sweet and somewhat thick. Kind of a maple sugary flavor to go with a nice subtle taste of cinnimon and maybe clove? Slight hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick, lightly creamy and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability- Another winner for tonight! Very tasty and worth picking up for a try.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Besides this bottle being one of the coolest bottles on the BA block, this also coincides with Victory's 10th Anniversary Doppelsticke.

Pours into a tulip glass with a dark hazy mahagony hue topped off with a settled ring of khaki spotty layer.

Aroma is a bold blend of caramel and toffee with a butterscotch and vanilla ic cream scent. Quite a rich candy like aroma reminiscent of buttered waffles with hot syrup or a pastry note.

First swigs: Thick maple syrup and sugary malt. Toasted toffee and peanut brittle. Almond nuttiness with a thick sugary tongue coating. Lingering walnut and dry finish.

Rather full bodied with residual sugars evident creating a dextrinous chewy body. 8.5% ABV awl-kee-hawl is palpable but slightly. A touch of chalkiness in the feel.

Last swigs: Almond peanut brittle crunch. In comparrison to Victory, more sweetness imparted by the sugars with less walnut focus.

Beer is good. Happy Desseldorf beering. Put me on a plane to Germany now! Quite excellent, really.

Photo of TinusTime
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown with lighter highlights around the edge. Large off white head lingers and teasingly makes me wait to take my first sip. Nose is huge of molasses, caramel, sweet bread. Almost worried this is going to be too sweet.

Taste is interesting. Sweet up front like a dopplebock, but then enough hoppiness to keep it from becoming too sweet. You can pick out the Uerige Sticke character out of the back ground, but it does not scream at you. The sweetness is a bit more than I thought it would be, but it was still well balanced.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth going down. Very easy to drink even at 8 percent. Drinkability Hell Yeah!! I would love to have another one of these.

Big Ups to BiermanVA for bringing me back a bottle from Boston when he attended the American Beer Fest. Even bigger props to him for managing not to drink it before it got to me.

Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dull, slightly hazy bown color. It poured with a large, stiff, slightly sticky tan head.

s: Wow, I never smelled anything like this from Deutschland! It reminds me of a cross between a good, chocolatey Old Ale and a dry Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The rich cocoa aromas blend almost perfectly with the dark fruit elements. The heat wafting out of the glass was earthy and inviting. Beautiful.

t: Mmmm, it tastes as good as it smells. The rich, but not bitter cocoa flavors are again matched wondefully by the ripe, earthy dark fruit flavors. The finish is drier than I would have guessed. There is a mildy sharp perfumed warmth that cuts what little sweetness there is quite nicely.

m: Full bodied and velvety, excellent.

d: This was a blind impulse purchase. I tried and loved an American made barrel aged dopplesticke, plus I liked the cool bottle. What a fantastic experience, rich and decadent.

Photo of aaronh
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany body topped by a 1/4" tan head that fades quickly to a thin film. Aroma has a lot of brown sugar and alcoholic notes with a hint of noble hops. Flavor is also very sweet and malty, but the finish is balanced more towards the hops with a slight herbal biterness in the finish. After a few sips, the bitterness creeps in but it's definitely balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is very solid as well, and the drinkability is very good for the ABV. This is a fantastic beer. Wish I could find it more often.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeast-flecked rust orange with an infusion of brick red and bronze. The malted milk colored cap is firm without being dense and displays uncountable numbers of variously sized pits on its upper surface. Deflation looks like it'll take a while, so any comments on lace will have to wait (note: piecemeal at best).

The nose smells like the color brown. It's earthy, dark fruity and mildly cocoa-like. Hops are at least as prominent as malt and are mildly musky and moderately earthy. Although the aroma could be more forthcoming, it's obvious that this beer is going to be something special on the palate. Of course, having tasted the lighter altbiers from Uerige Obergarige Hausbrauerei, the flavor didn't stand a chance of blindsiding me with its brilliance.

As expected... delicious, delicious, delicious. There are those who might scoff at bulking up what is meant to be a fairly delicate, complex style; especially since it was done expressly for the purpose of selling the beer in the American market. Nonsense, I say. The existence of this beer takes nothing away from the magic that is Uerige Sticke and Uerige Altbier (Classic).

Doppelsticke tastes like a cross between a big brown ale, a weizenbock and a Belgian strong dark ale; borrowing the best and the most complex elements of each of those styles. A sweet fruitiness is the brightest of the beer's myriad facets and puts me in mind of fresh figs more than dates more than brown, mushy apples more than plums. The flavor isn't quite 'dark' enough to inspire comparisons with raisins or black currants.

This is one of those beers whose flavor profile (like the entire Uerige line) cannot possibly be figured out with one bottle. It requires a journey of several bottles at the very least, preferably an unending supply. I don't care if I ever figure it out enough to describe it adequately (highly doubtful), I just want the opportunity to drink it by the caseload. I have to agree with the brewery that this stuff is 'the yummy droplet'.

The ABV is barely noticed and the mouthfeel is exquisite. The beer is full and expansive in the mouth without the slightest trace of heaviness. It's the perfect complement to the remainder of the beer's attributes, as is the perfect amount of fine carbonation. I can't imagine a better mouthfeel for a big alt than the one that has been provided.

Uerige Doppelsticke doesn't look quite as spectacular as the other Uerige beers because its darker color is more dull than their jewel-like majesty. In all other ways, however, it meets or surpasses their excellence. Has there ever been a more complex, more deliciously drinkable trio of similarly styled beers from any one brewery? Not as far as I'm concerned. The yummy droplet indeed.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz traditional long neck bottle with a purple lable and swing top.

It pours an ok head that falls into almost no head. Color is ruby and brown.

Smell is heavy with burnt sugar, it also has fig and dark tangy fruit smells.

Taste is malty with a big burnt sugar taste and ends with sweet bitter hoppiness. It's fruity undertones have been aged, so they are not as prominent.

Mouthfeel is excellent and smooth

Definetly another beer I would find fresh to appreciate more of what it has to offer, but this isn' t bad at all.

Uerige Doppelsticke from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
92 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.