Uerige Doppelsticke | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Brewed by:
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Germany | website

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2005

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Photo of sjccmd
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Toasty herbal aroma. Dark fruits, figs, and plums. Very herbaceous. A bit grassy and spicy. Pumpernickel bread. Somewhat minty. Graham cracker and marshmallows interestingly enough. Rich and satisfying.

Pours very dark brown with amber highlights. small light tan head with decent retention. Not much lacing. Low carbonation.

Very rich and pretty sweet. Molasses and toasted bread. Burnt sugar and prunes. Caraway seeds as well. Toffee and milk chocolate. Low hop bitterness but some herbal hop flavor.

Full body and low carbonation. Mouthfilling. Big and sweet. Not what I expect from most German breweries.

Just too much sweetness to be satisfying. Aroma is killer, but a bit of a chore to get through.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 330ml flip-top bottle into pilsner flute-type glass.

L) Deep reddish-chestnut colour, almost opaque. Thick fluffy 2cm off-white head.

S) Like a typical Alt, nothing huge, but hints of fruity malt for sure and definite alcohol.

T) First is a fair bit of burnt malt bitterness, then a brief and mild alcohol burn. Fruity jam malt is there in the background, but the overall impression is bitterness, with a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

F) Very easy to drink, very mild carbonation. A lot of bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) Surprisingly bitter, not sure I am a big fan of this one, but I am glad to have tried it. Very easy to drink taking into consideration the ABV.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't remember having any other "sticke" altbiers, which are basically the top-shelf equivalent of the malty "altbier" of Düsseldorf origin. Uerige's is ostensibly the first historical example, and seems to stand the test of time quite well.

A: Dark ruby/brown color with a finger or two of ecru-ish head that settles to a small ring after about 3-5 minutes. Bubble formation is hefty on the surface. Lacing is nonexistent, which makes sense given the low hopping rate.

S: A lot of fruity esters that recall plum and raisin, alongside grainy notes of brown bread and molasses. Ethanol is slightly present.

T: Alts typically have a very malty, "wort"-y taste, and this is no exception. Lots of raisin bread, dark wheat and estery German yeast character working together to make a strong, malty German ale. Hops balance at the finish with an herbal and earthy character that supports the intense malt backbone.

M: This has a very nice, massaging feel to it initially; pretty low carb after some time in the glass, but it works for the style. Thick and chewy throughout.

O: This is a superb malt-forward strong German brown ale. High gravity is balanced by a hearty bitterness that shows itself but doesn't infringe at all in the malty, bready proceedings. Great stuff.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gingerbread color -- more cloudy than dark, minimal head. Nose of sherry and raisins. Complex taste, initial taste is prune, dark cherries, and caramel; fairly strong hop follow-up that leaves a lingering residual bitterness on the tongue. Mouth feel - medium body, think I would like a little more carbonation. The stronger ABV comes through in the taste. Overall, a very unique experience.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown with an off white pillowy head when poured vigorously. Smell isn't powerful but is a pleasant mix of caramel, herbs, and candied raisins. The taste is wonderfully complex, dark caramel, herbal, earthy, dark fruit that almost resembles rum soaked raisins. Body is pretty full and smooth going down, carbonation is noticeable, but light. This was delicious and I wish I drank it slower than I did, I want more...

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a muddy brown, very sudsy 1/2 finger head
S: roasted malts, subtle hints of powdered cocoa, heavy general malt presence, the strongest aroma here is that of a funky dry cheese I could swear it smells just like pecorino Romano (oddly not a bad thing), subtle hints of pine and lemon
T: prominent hoppy bitterness and astringency (though not astringent in a negative sense), dry, roasty, malty, somewhat funky in keeping with the Romano aroma, pine, a lemon aftertaste
M: dry and astringent, full bodied, powdery
O: great, the first wow beer I have had in a long time, quite strange really, not something you would think you could drink often (and you probably shouldn't) but I could drink this frequently, in a word ... Excellent

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5- 2014. Poured into a nonic.

A- Thick off-white head, about one finger, tight bubbles. Murky red and brown appearance.

S-Heavy molasses and prunes. Dark chocolate-covered cherries

T- Malty, pleasantly bitter. Lots of roast flavors- but I expected more based on the variety of aromas. To me, not overly sweet.

M- Needs more carbonation. Smooth feel, but maybe a little flat. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time on the back of the tongue.

O- Great aromas and appearance, but a little disappointing in the mouth. Stick with the regular alt- I had a much better experience with that one.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2016. Pours murky deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark bread, light chocolate, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark bread, light chocolate, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark bread, leather, tobacco, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy/spicy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and fairly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is great. A fair amount of dryness from bitterness against the sweetness after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial altbier style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. The designation as Germany’s Barleywine for this beer is really a spot on interpretation of how it tastes. Seems to be in between English and American versions of the style; as it has a pronounced amount of hoppiness/bitterness, but also a lot of fruity yeast and malt complexity. A highly enjoyable offering all around.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle in a Teku

L: Color of black coffee, quickly dissipating beige head, clingy lacing after a swirl
S: Raisins, dark fruit, caramel, malt - this is gonna be sweet
T: Again sweetness with some nice IBUs, raisins, hoppy on the finish
M: Viscous, a tad hot, carbonation is fine
O: Definitely a unique German, not quite a BSDA but definitely not anywhere near an Altbier - something in between and wonderful. Best "shelf turd" I've found in a long time. I plan to go back an wipe out the last 4 or 5 bottles on the shelf.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yes. I went 4.75 across the board. This is seriously phenomenal. It's like a crushable dark fruit BDSA. I guess the compulsive drinkability is the German influence? This is really something else. If there were more German-made brews like this, Germany would be held in the same regard as the Belgians in the beer world.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade, capping the body off with a creamy texture (though retention isn't great). A thick, consistent ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: This is massively nutty. Not only that, it's also massively fruity. There are additionally huge notes of raisin and fig coming through. Some hops come through subtly to balance things out. I'm used to my big brews concealing the alcohol well, so the noticeable booze is a bit surprising (though not necessarily detracting). This really comes together in an appealing way, all told. (3.75)

Taste: Grassy, bitter hops open this up in a big way. Once the hops subside, some of malty flavors appear nicely. Mainly nuts, but there are additional flavors of caramel, pumpernickel bread, raisin, and fig. The finish is a bit like rum in a way - in terms of alcohol presence, it's there but completely smooth. As I continue to drink it, it hits me: this is pretty damn roasty, too. Maybe even a little smoky! I love how this is continuing to unfurl additional layers as I continue to drink it. Delicious. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: The attenuation of this is superb. Combined with the hop presence, this is pretty darn easy to drink. Still, it's a hefty, slightly alcoholic brew, so some care should still be taken. No wait, fuck that - I'd almost call this refreshing. Almost. This is so nice to sip on, both in terms of its flavor profile and its general feel. (4.25)

Overall: Yep. This is totally a German barleywine. And I have no idea how fresh this is, but I don't care. It strikes a great balance between malt richness and hop bitterness, all while remaining easy to sip on. This may not have been the best introduction to Uerige's altbiers, though. What if this ruins their sticke and/or regular version for me? Seriously, this one will be hard to top. (4)

4.05/5: Arguably THE archetype for an alt-on-steroids

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, and fruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit, raisin, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic sugary and dark fruit characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; medium brown in color; virtually no head; very little lacing;

S: dark fruit; molasses; rum;

T: dark fruit and molasses are predominant with a little char and alcohol behind them; light bitterness on the finish; aftertaste is a little spicy;

M: a little syrupy; light carbonation; alcohol is quite noticeable;

O: this is your night cap - you're not drinking anything after this;

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Photo of leroybrown10
2.36/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very sweet. Cloying and syrupy. Strange astringent aftertaste. Very unpleasant. Like drinking sweetened cough syrup. Not a beer I'd recommend to anybody

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Photo of jbertsch
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hard to review this beer. It smells fantastic; all the rich malty notes from quality dark european beers like toffee, raisin, molasses, etc. The taste follows the aroma but it's just too sweet for me to drink the whole bottle. Mouthfeel is full, a little syrupy. Sweetness lingers after the swallow. So although I couldnt finish the bottle because the sweetness was a bit cloying, I can tell its well made, and is what it is, really. I can others enjoying it if you have a sweet tooth. I imagine it would go well with game meat.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The classic and traditional altbier makers of Germany show a strong and stern hand as they flirt with dopplebock and barleywine strengths, complexities and intensities.

Their Doppelsticke tumbles into the glass with a brazen garnet color and a creamy thin head with tremendous staying power and lace. As the nose plunges in, it's filled with masculine sweetness of molasses, brown sugar and sugar cane. Decorated with mild vinous spice, hints of rum and fruitcake come about.

Semi-sweet and leathery, the beer's earthy sweetness is redolent of prune, plum, red grape and fig. As the decadently sweet taste folds in on itself, it pulls in flavors of port and sherry wines with savory toasted taste. Surprisingly arid on the middle, hints of chocolate, coffee and tobacco and herbal tea plays delicately heading into finish.

The beer's full body makes it a slow sipping affair, But the thinning effects of aged acidity and alcohol keeps the taste palatable and manageable to avoid cloying. Its long and savory finish is chocked full of umami and spiced rum.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at Christmas and it massively exceeded my expectations. Wonderfully balanced, quirky beer with a complex mix of flavours - caramel, raisins, prunes, lots of malt - not overly sweet. Shares some characteristics with Doppelbocks, but the alcohol is much better disguised. Really hope to track this down again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

brown, copper.
Smells boozy, like an old ladys perfume and some raisins
Taste like fugde (very sweet butter) with some ogange zest and a quite nice bitter finish.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Dark brown hit clear, about the hue of cola. Head was half a finger of off-white, but it faded pretty quickly, leaving just a trace of lacing.

S: Perfumy, with distinct chocolate and raisin notes. Maybe a hint of dark rum as well.

T: Very sweet, cloyingly so initially. I get a taste of orange with chocolate as well. Buttery diacetyl makes a strong appearance later, before a bitter but not overwhelming hops finish.

M: Fairly well carbonated, yet quite moist. The warmth (almost burn) of the ABV is pretty potent.

O: A nice dessert beer, but pretty intense with some rough edges.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%

11.2 ounce swing top bottle.

It pours a very dark brown with reddish hues with a 1 finger head of tannish foam.

Big caramel malt in the nose, very sweet smelling, kind of a maple syrup sweetness.

Sweet, for sure in the taste, it also brings a close to bitter dark chocolate flavour that's very nice; cuts the sweetness. I'm getting some raisin like flavour and hints of other dark fruits.

I'd call this full bodied as it's very thick and luxurious to my palate. Lightish carbonation.

Wow, this is a grand brew, very enjoyable and satisfying.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been lucky enough to visit the Uerige brewhouse in Düsseldorf (freshest altbier you can get), however their stronger doppelsticke was unavailable at the time. I've come across the brand again stateside, and this time lucky enough to have a 330 ml swingtop bottle ready to consume. Here's to my 29th birthday! On to the beer:

Very dark brown colored and topped with a short head which provides decent head retention. I got too aggressive with the pour and accidently poured the dregs into my glass, so I'm left with an eyesore of chunks towards the bottom. It smells like fun. It has an overall sweet aroma with raisins, brown sugar, grapes, sap, and figs.

What a flavor as well! It's a beefy and completely different animal from the standard house altbier. Full flavored and full bodied with a wet kiss of alcohol, strong fig and raisin notes, and bittersweet aftertaste.

This will put some warmth on my body. This is one beer that every beer geek needs to try on their journey.

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Photo of scratch69
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a thistle glass.

Appearance- Cloudy dark brown color with a half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of runny lacing. It has a small amount of chalk like yeast residue in the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Malty sweet smell with caramel, raisin, and fig aromas.

Taste- Very sweet with a strong flavor of figs and raisins. There are also hints of caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel- Thick and sticky feeling. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- I didn't care for this beer. The aromas and flavors were good but it was a bit too sweet for me. I also didn't care for the excessively thick and sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt
Head average (3 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent, covering the inside with mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with marked sweet malt presence with a burst of hop bitterness which quickly fades back into the malt backbone; no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends slightly bitter.
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation.

Definitely sticke – a malt-heavy altbier that I could drink all day. Its appearance is outstanding, saying “Trink” while its flavor makes you want to drain the glass (or bottle or tap). A lovely malt bomb!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle at Lukas Liquor in Colorado. I love the design of it; it's a swingtop with a really narrow neck. Certainly a uniquely shaped bottle. Reviewed as a doppelsticke (not to be confused with an altbier). "Bottled on 10/17/12." That's one of the hardest bottled-on dates I've ever tried to read, and it's curious that they don't use the European dating format. Maybe they label export bottles differently?

Served cold into a Spaten stangenglas in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'll be at Uerige in a couple days so I'm excited to review this before going.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Three fingers in width. Pale khaki colour. Nice soft complexion and even consistency. Fluffy and frothy, to style. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - about 10 minutes. Leaves lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark brown amber colour. Nontransparent, nontranslucent. No floating yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks good and malty for sticke. I'm excited to try it.

AROMA: Quite malty, with plenty of German amber malts and brown malts. I get caramel, as well as ample sticky fruitiness. Cream. Toffee. Mulled applesauce. Figs. Mushy raisins. The sticky fruity notes play well with the intense malts. Fruited bread.

I don't find any overt hop character or yeast notes. No alcohol presence is notable.

It's a pleasing aroma of moderate strength. Certainly on the sweeter end, but appealing.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet, but very thick and heavy on the palate without being syrupy. It's got definite weight and heft, and has a powerful filling presence on the palate. Aptly carbonated. Sticky.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

TASTE: Caramalt, hints of plum, heavy fig, sticky mushy raisins and raisinbread, dark amber malts, and caramel. Kisses of toffee and even some Christmasy spice. It's quite bready - though I suppose that's a product of both its taste and its filling texture. Molasses.

Average depth and duration of flavour. High intensity of flavour for a sticke.

Balanced? Hmm. Not quite. The sweetness is a bit much, and the fig dominance a bit too obvious. There's little in terms of hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. It's a complex, layered beer, sure, but a bit more subtlety would be welcome. Not the most intricate or nuanced beer. I do like it, and it's great to see a rich German ale out there.

Develops as it comes to temperature. The heavy malty element of this beer reminds me of a doppelbock.

OVERALL: It's a very filling rich heavy beer, which limits its drinkability. But I do enjoy it and I'll have no trouble finishing it. Still, it's nice to see a brewery include a swintop on a higher alcohol beer; I wish most American imperial stouts had swingtops. It's far from the best sticke or altbier I've had, but it's well worth trying once, and has a flavour profile that is certainly rare, if not unique. I couldn't pound this by the stange at Uerige, but I think there's a reason they don't serve it there. This would be a nice treat during the wintertime.

Low B-

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