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Uerige Doppelsticke | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Uerige DoppelstickeUerige Doppelsticke
BEER INFO

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 Beertracker
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lots of carbonation. Light beige head is towering over the beer, need to let it chill out a bit before pouring the rest of the beer. Color is much like a fine filtered marzen.

S: Leathery aroma with ripe strawberries, fresh dough, orange peel and dried apricot. Superb.

T: Awesome. Lets start from the top. Hint of backstrap maltiness begins then gets sucker punched by a tidal wave of bitterness. The bitterness does NOT subside...It actually accelerates while you think its going to drop off. Hop character becomes present as the bitterness platueus.. Hops blend in with the sweet malty backbone which consists of dried figs, brown sugar and a wood finish.

M: Full bodied and fairly creamy.

D: Very dry and quite enjoyable. IPA vs Doppelbock.

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Photo of Ego
3.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

stange bottle found @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj

eyes...
wierd bottle, rare style, the only other time I have had the style is the Victory 10th year Alt...
siszzling white head starts out at 2 fingers, rapidly settles down, lacing is a bit spotty, very dark brown with ruby hightlights, light does pass through but it slows it down... the head actually dissapears completely.. not a great looking brew.

nose...
licorice ? sambuca? you can smell the alcohol under the malt, some star anise, this almost smells more like a spicy soup than beer.. really hard to put my finger on everything here, some toasted malt tones.. there is alot going on but for some reason it doesn't thrill me.

taste etc...
thick and very coating on the mouth, the carbonation is non existent almost in the mouth aside from a little prickly sensation on the back of the tongue.. this almost drinks like a barleywine with some toasted malts. you can taste a touch of the alcohol as well. mouthfeel is medium. drinkability? this one is good to split with friends after dinner.. might go nice with some chocolate.

verdict?
not bad, not great. not much to this one imo...

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny in color with a fantastic head/would-be lace along the side of my glass. The carbonation was light and undisturbing. Aromas of roasted nuts, slightly sweet goodness and with a backdrop of almost hollistic German hops. Smooth on the palate, almost coating. The hops are in no way overpowering as it is the malt that speaks the volumes here. Again, the fruit notes come through on the tongue. Not for the faint of heart, this one may be borderline on "knife and fork" in its chewiness, and that is ok by me. A nice balance of the malt, underlying sweetness, and the hops. A fine, fine brew, to be sure.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved the bottle so I decided to try it.

Appearance- Dark bronze with a substantial head that quickly fades. Almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell- Sweet and spicy, perhaps cinnamon, caramel, allspice, nutty maltiness.

Taste- Not as sweet as the smell. Spicy notes cling in the aftertaste. Almost a Belgian yeasty sweetness, slight caramel and nuts,

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy, bready and hearty.

Drinkability- Very nice brew. Not my favorite style, but if you like altbiers this is a great one.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting bottle. Can't decide if I like it or not but it's different, you gotta like that.

Pours a cloudy caramel-brown with a slight reddish hue. Head is tan and is nice and foamy. It retains for a few minutes before thinning significantly.

Aroma reminds a little of a barley wine, with some funky malt sweetness recalling overripe figs, saltwater taffy, dark corn syrup and just a hint of smoke. If this tastes as delicious as it smells...

It does! A bitter element mingles with the smells described above (especially the caramel), so the hops are doing their thing, but they're still outclassed by the musty malt sweetness and bready heartiness. Shades of maple, raisin and anise elbow into the flavor profile, while the alcohol provides a nice mellow warming with each sip.

Everything feels earthy, with a velvety creaminess in the mouth, not at all flat but certainly extremely smooth.

This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable German beers I've had yet. Reminds more of a French or Belgian concoction than a German, but I never doubted the country's ability to make great beer...maybe I doubted their ability to make 'different' beer (considering their incredibly strict brewing laws). I stand reminded of this country's awesome brewing capabilities.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two times the sticke. Pours a darker amber color with good clarity. A good creamy head but with larger bubbles and it quickly dissipates to the side. Not much with lacing as well. (Unique bottle as well).

The smell is sweet with brown sugar and limited malt smell. Some caramel touches and phenol esters in the background. Some fruity aromas as well, with fig and tropical fruits.

The taste has more of a malt taste then the sweeter sugary then the nose would indicate. The malt has a more bready and toasted malt backing. Spiciness as well with cinnamon and lighter peppery taste. Some phenolic taste and a sugary glow to it. Also there is a subtle nuttiness at the end as well.

The body is mid to full body. Limited carbonation. Overall this should have more of a drier flavor, but still easy to drink. Sticke it to you.

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper with some orange highlights. Nice 2" head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, malt sweetness, and some honey.

Taste: huge malt backbone, big caramels, honey sweetness, a drop of molasses, and a slight hint of chocolate towards the finish. Mild bitternes and alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy from start to finish. Medium-heavy in body. The aftertaste is relatively short even though the malt sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: superb and easy drinking. This was a wonderful find, and is better than the sticke version. Buy this if you find it.

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Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown with red hints sporting a thumb sized tan head that leaves some lingering lace.

Aroma is nice loads of malt some molasses good fruit presence hints of alcohol that mingle with spice and hop hints.

Taste is wow big sugary malt nice sweet but not cloying caramel mingles iwith molasses all dripping of fruit plums. Just huge malty goodness. Beer like this almost makes you want to forget about hops, well almost. Light alcohol flavors mix with the fruit and finish with nice lingering spice, a good dry finish lingering sugars still stuck on my tounge.

Mouthfeel is big huge chewy goodness, but smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkbility is great very enjoyable wishing I had another already. Little pricey but worth it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed brown. Slim but sustaining creamy beige cap. Sheeting lace coats the glass with a wondeful filming of tiny patterned bubbles.

Aroma is of a slight toasted nuttyness, slight caramel bread rolls, and a splash of vanilla. Not all the impressive on the nose really, but...

Whoa, holy crap! This is one tasty treat. Bold, rich, and invigoratingly thick. Soft, yielding front of caramel malts. Breadyness and dull molasses, plummy tang insues from there, building, and building, and oh my what a great finish. Warm sherry notes blend into the backgound of a solid base of caramel. Barleywine-esk in character along the finish. Warm, thick, chewy, and lengthy. Hops add some depth with a leafy semi bittering pineyness surrounded by the caramel warmth. Quite nice.

Feel is based in malty richness. Smoothly rounded and warming with one firm thick/medium body thats forever giving into the finish with a wonderful warmth of caramel chewy stuff.

A very nice surprise. I was hoping for an equal exchange of goodness for the $5.29 per 11.2 oz bottle price tag. And got it. A special beer for a special price. And worth getting.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of rlcoffey
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.97/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.44/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Uerige Doppelsticke from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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