Uerige Doppelsticke - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Reviews: 410
Hads: 590
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
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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Reviews: 410 | Hads: 590
Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear dark brown with a good sized dirty white head. The smell has a real "bisquity" aroma. The yeast smell was overwhelming, like walking into a bakery, but this also has sweet malt and maple syrup scents. The taste starts with a creamy feel to it. The flavors include smoked wood,sweet malt, maple, toffee, and just a hint of alcohol. The m/f is medium and chewy with the flavors mixing extremely well. This is an absolute classic. You must try this beer. (470 characters)

Photo of rlcoffey
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from swingtop bottle into a .2 L Uerige glassware. Probably the right size for a big beer. I kept refilling it quickly.

Pours orange brown with a nice white head. Smell was of caramel, nuts and hops. Stronger smell than the regular sticke but similar. Taste was of caramel, alcohol, a little nutty, caramel, and then some more caramel. Caramel and alcohol, but in a good way. The alcohol level was obvious with being biting.

Mouthfeel is the weak area of this beer. Sticky sweet caramel hanging around. Good but not great.

Amazingly drinkable for 8.5%. Went down fast. I will be drinking this one again.

As an additional note, I love the bottles. Took it home to add to my homebrew swingtop collection. (721 characters)

Photo of nvsblman
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with a light, nutty brown head. Sweet caramel dominates the aroma, but there is also some chocolate and maybe a slight port quality. The caramel is also the first thing noticable in the taste, but there is also a nice nuttiness to it. Slight hints of smoky peat. The alcohol becomes more noticable as it warms. Sticky mouthfeel. Probably too heavy to drink more than one of at a time, but something nice to relax with at the end of the day. (460 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 33 cL swing-top bottle of Uerige Doppelsticke. I am drinking the beer from a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a deep hazy brown color. There is a great deal of sediment and cloudiness in the glass. There is a bit of head but not a great deal.

Smell: The ale has a musty malt flavor that reminds me of some homebrews my brother used to make. There is not much of a hop presence to balance that out though.

Taste: The flavor kicks in where the nose leaves off. The malt sweetness immediately jumps off of the tongue and provides a pleasing base. After the initial burst, I was hoping for a gradual tone-down in the malt, but the intensity continued, leaving a long sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: The malts are pleasing, but a bit more on the hop side, please.

Drinkability: Again, the maltiness is a bit much, providing too strong of a sweetness at times. (907 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
2.76/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It tastes like Victory Ten Years Alt, or rather, Victory Ten Years Alt tastes like this beer.

That isn't a compliment. Terrible, just terrible,

Have you ever done a partial boil while making a homebrew and drank some? Yeah, this tastes like a concentrated wort has mistakenly been fermented. There are strong notes of concord grapes, sticky slick malts, and waaaay too much caramel.

It smells like the terrible, aborted mess that it is.

While I was drinking this beer, I was debating adding water to it. I figure maybe a 1:1 mix with water would make a mighty fine brew. Oh, wait, it does.

A poster child for the Bigger is Not Better movement. (658 characters)

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. (2,741 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown and mahogany color with a thinnish spray of ecru foam that leaves a small ring of lace on the glass.
Aroma is all caramel with a faint herbal hop note. One dimensional.
Flavor is simple and heavy carmelized malt. Little bit of nuttiness is imparted but found this one to be sort of dull.
Mouthfeel was solid but lacked any really balance to the sweetness. I understand the style but this was a malted milkshake to me.
Drinkability is above average but overall this one was a large disappointment to me. Maybe the beer simply does not travel well. (572 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this beauty out to Japan.

A - Beautiful deep red amber with thick creamy, tight head.
S - Light smokey cedar aroma.
T - Cant believe this is an altbier. Firmly sweet maltyness. Surprisingly firm bitterness. Lots of wood. Nice long flavor.
M - Extremely restrained carbonation.
D - Very easy drinking, despite its 8.5% abv. Cant believe it. (379 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ceramic cap opens with a pop and a sweet hoppy scent fills the air. Pours a golden brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light. Head begins as a heavy tan foam, fades to a ring.

The smell is sweet maple syrup, apricot, floral hops, trace alcohol and a faint smokiness.

As this one warms the true complexities of the smell and taste become more apparent. The balance is a work of art.

Well done. Uerige has not disappointed me to date. I will continue to try anything of theirs I can find.

Dangerously drinkable! Sessionablity is a personal thing but a wee too heavy for me. (608 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean deep copper colored beer. Has a nice foamy beige head. The aroma is nicely sweet. With hints of caramel candy, some dried fruit and in the background alcohol and maybe just a touch of licorice.The caramel sweetness hits first in the taste. Followed by a quick rush of alcohol. Then some dried fruit and a bit of coffee bitterness with a dry finish. (356 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great bottle & I loved the strong swoosh sound I got when the bottle opened. Poured caramel with a 3 fingers deep sand colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

Smell: Huge maltiness & frutiness, with some raisin notes

Taste: Toasty malt, alcohol, toffee, fruitcake. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: Rich & chewy, good carbonation level

Drinkable, but too heavy to have more than 2 a session. Nice beer for a cold night. Wish i could've had some of this over in Deustchland, where I'm sure it surely cheaper & most likely better (532 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, this beer pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a bubbly tan head. this brew has a strong sweet smell, with what seems like a celery aroma, strange, but inviting. The taste is very smooth and sweet, with a pleasant mouthfeel . the taste seems like a overripe ornage, a dark citrusy flavor.

definitely worth a purchase, a great after dinner glass. (357 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.97/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Crystal clear auburn brew with a 1.5 finger light tan head. Visable carbonation and no lacing.

S - Strong caramel malt and candied sugars with a touch of floral hops (lillies and roses). Pretty nice.

T - An unfront mild malty caramel sweetness with an aftertaste of bitter hops and alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

M - A bit harsh, yet slick and thick. Initially refreshing, but the lingering alcohol on the tongue makes it a bit drying. Interesting, though not desireable.

D - Not great. I wouldn't mind having it again sometime, but it isn't too easy to drink. The mouthfeel more than anything gives problems. It is unsessionable. As for food, it is strong alcohol ad sweet. If a Jack and coke would work, so would this. (731 characters)

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. (543 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusy cola brown with an off-white, bone-like head that fizzles out quickly. Smells of many malts, toffee, caramel, sweet fruits, nuts, berries, sugar coated cinnamon dusted twigs, and more. Taste is sweet and malty up front, spicy and fruity in the middle, and boozy and drying in the finish to sum it up nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet, drinkability is good, but the sweetness really cuts into me these days. Still a beautiful example of the style. An awesome double alt! (477 characters)

Photo of nickss
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off... the appearance of the bottle gets two thumbs up from me. Completely unique shape to the bottle with a sharp, crest-looking label. Additionally, it is a swingtop, which is awesome in a bottle of this size. Very cool looking.
The appearance of the beer itself is equally nice. Pours a cloudy, ruddy brown with a generous 1" creamy head.... nice.

The aroma is a wonderful blend of sharp hops with a thick malty backbone. Very rich, while maintaining a hop profile. A touch of bready yeastiness makes itself apparent, as well as a touch of spice... almost cinnamon, but not quite.

First taste.... pondering... not quite sure what to think of it yet.... second taste.... a rich maltiness pours over my tastebuds, along with many flavours that are difficult to describe. A touch of sweetness comes through, but certainly nothing strong enough to put me off. No, instead I find it a welcome companion to the malt. As the beer warms, it becomes deliciously thick and spicy... sweet and rich.... a wonderfully complex brew... if this is representative of the style, I am a huge fan.

Perfectly thick.... carbonated, but not too much...perfect.

Dangerously drinkable for this level of abv.... additionally the taste is subtle enough to be an easy drinker.... I went through the bottle much quicker than I normally do... I could get myself into alot of trouble with this one.... very well done. (1,408 characters)

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. (1,016 characters)

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. (671 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

330 ml (11.2 ounce) flip ceramic-top bottle, as pictured (very nice!), from Wilbur's in Fort Collins, for $4.49. At just over 40 cents per ounce, this is the most I've ever paid for a German beer. My expectations are therefore very high.

Vigorous pour into my standard pint glass produces a two-inch off-white head. In a few minutes it settles to a firm ring, leaving sticky lacing. Body is half-opaque light mahogany or dark amber. Light shines through looking very red. Fascinating color.

Smell of rich sweet biscuity malt, caramel, a bit of funky horse-blanket and just a slight hint pine/citrus hops. Really complex and intriguing.

Here's goes the first sip, about 40 cents worth. Pepper, soy sauce and clove sprinkled on malt, burned rye toast, and a round buttery feel. The spice dominates the mid-taste, and a long light bitterness follows up. Very warming. The alcohol is mostly hidden, but it just taps the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel is full and round, with a soft carbonation that spreads the feeling all around. Really rich. The spiceyness pervades on the alcohol. Excellent.

This is a treat, but at 40 cents an ounce, it's has limited drinkability. Great now and then, but 8.5% makes it a one and done brew. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice dark amber from a 33cl brown swingtop bottle. Mild hop aroma, not much else. The malt character is fairly strong, the hops are present too. Has a fairly thick mouthfeel, with some definite alcohol burn in the finish. I don't think I've had an alt before. This beer is fairly drinkable, especially considering its alcohol content. Definitely worth a try, but it is on the pricey side. (406 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally tracked down at Premiere Gourmet recent shipment. Not as enjoyable as the others i have had from this brewery. The alcohol was burning me a bit in the nose, in the taste. Smooth mouthfeel, nice appearance in the glass but sourish which some like. Yes there is chocolate malt, which gave bitterness. (306 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-fingered pillowy, cream head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Nearly clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light hops. Starts with the hops and malts nearly balanced - some sweetness. Finish has some hops. Good Alt. Expensive - $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (339 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml swingtop bottle. bottled on date stamped on the lable, but it is illegible.
Pours cloudy brown, with a thick sticky head.
Rich, sweet aroma. lots of caramel, some dark fruit, and alcohol.
Flavor is sticky sweet, with some roastiness and green leafy hops in the middle. A little too sweet for my taste. steep $4.50 price tag makes it one I probably wouldn’t visit again. (379 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Started with a smell of earth and cocoa, then moved to coffee and caramel with roasted malt. head was small yet durable..laced until the end
Taste was strong. Coffee and caramel dominated with background of grapes (like in grape juice) and roasted malt or even toast.
Thicker than I thought. Perhaps a bit syrupy or oily. (348 characters)

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. (814 characters)

Uerige Doppelsticke from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
92 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.