Uerige Doppelsticke - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

586 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 586
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 63
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2005

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 8,5% ABV.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled in: February 2012.

Appearance: Well, if I was rating the bottle, I would just have to award full marks - I absolutely love this shape!
Getting back to the contents of the bottle, the beer seems to be quite thick and oily during the pour. The colour appears to be a dark brown, but is transformed into an ultra deep red when back light. A rough pour yields a large, creamy, off-white head that displays good retention and leaves beautiful patterns of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Oh man, now this smells absolutely delicious! I am fast realizing that a well brewed altbier can easily stand up to most of the bigger and more popular styles of beer out there. The initial nose is malty and sweet with notes of caramelized brown sugar, toffee, a hint of chocolate, toasted brown bread, dates, stewed plums and a hint of preserved figs. After a few seconds the characteristic earthy hop notes begin to emerge and balance the sweetness. In addition to the earthiness, the hops also display a distinct dried orange peel note.

Taste: I am not sure how, but the flavour is even better than the nose suggested. There is just a perfect balance of malt and hops that results in a wonderfully complex, but still very drinkable beer. Notes include: Sweet caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, brown sugar, date, figs, plums, a hint of raisin, a very earthy quality - almost like dry leaves, old wood (not oak) and dried orange peel. The finish is moderately bitter and lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: It makes such a big difference to the overall impression of a beer when the mouthfeel is perfectly matched to the flavour profile and that is certainly the case here. This mouthfeel is absolutely flawless - full bodied and lightly sticky, with a medium level of super smooth carbonation.

Overall: Uerige Doppelsticke is a fantastic altbier, it is easy to see why it is rated at the top of the style! I will certainly be getting many more bottles of this in the future.

Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i wish there were a BROS score because sometimes there is a large discrepancy between the BA score and "THE BROS" score.... i dont know- this strikes me as the EKU28 or the SAMICLAUS did when i was just a younger man, with lots of fruity, brandy-like tastes and, apparently, a whole lot of alcohol. it's just not my idea of a good time, although i appreciate the fact that someone is brewing this stuff. it definitely is a sipper, as opposed to a 'hungry' brew, and i think back to a THOMAS HARDY i had back then also. that's it!! it's similar to a THOMAS HARDY. gawd, that stuff was a gagger then, and it's a still a gagger now. even if i do feel i have refined my taste buds a bit. i appreciate the taste, but it just isnt someting i'd buy a lot of . . . .

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Dark, dark red amber. Nice light tan head and lots of lacing. Malt, roast malt and fruit aroma. Excellent presentation, both the head and aroma are very nice. Medium to heavy bodied, strong malt, toasted malts and dark fruits up front. Middle and finish with a tannic, bitter malt flavor. I like the complexity of the flavor, but the finish is a bit too astringent for me. Well made, but not quite to my taste.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear, deep reddish brown with noticable sediment. Off white to light brown head, poor retention(my glass was a little wet prior to the pour so that could have a lot to do with it) but a remaining ring of foam leaves some patchy lacing. More than acceptable for a higher alcohol beer.

smell; definite malty sweetness, almost syrupy with some roasted character. Almost completely malty with some hints of wet herbal hops. Candied plumb skins with brown sugar comes to mind.

taste; almost sweet malts upfront, turning to a very dominating burnt malt bitterness. Could also be described as having an acrid sourness with hints of raisin and dark chocolate. The bitterness retains on the palate long after consumption. Only the faintest lemon rind hops are perceived but only when knowing previously of the flavors of the lower alcohol offerings. Alcohol is noticed but not overbearing.

mouthfeel; rather slick and easy but with a bit of alcohol burn, still quite masked and smooth. Finishes very dry to moderately puckering.

overall; this is a tasty treat to be sipped and cherished. Not much of a session drink but beyond worthy to the distinguished palate. The burnt malt is somewhat to excessively strong and seems to take away from other more discrete flavor profiles. Wonderful but I'd prefer the lower alcohol offerings from this brewery, as far as taste and balance is concerned.

Photo of sommersb
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-13-2012
Freshness: Best by 01-2012
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, swing-top
Glassware: Stange
Purchased: Single from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL

I didn't realize until I got home that this bottle was marked with a best by date of 01-2012. Bad on the store for stocking the beer past its freshness date and bad on me for not being more attentive. However, I think the beer still tasted fine.

A: Clear beer with a sienna brown color. The head is off-white and a couple of fingers high. Shows both good lacing and head retention.

S: Rich and malty aromas -- ripened fruits, molasses, caramel, raisins and brown sugar. Wonderful smells

T: Taste is also rich and malt-dominated, with dark breads, molasses and caramelized sugars. The sweetness is balanced by a good dose of earthy hop bitterness, a slight sourness, and also some alcohol warmth.

M: Thick and creamy body with a medium amount of carbonation. Finishes both malty and bitter -- overall somewhat dry.

O: A very intriguing balance of flavors in this rich ale. Recommended.

Photo of Hjammer
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pop top bottle with the purple label, poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass.

A: Not quite crystal clear, but a slight bit of cloudiness. Wonderful raisin-y brown color. Not too much head, dissipates quickly.

S: Lots of malt and dark fruits.

T: Raisin, raisin, raisin. Maybe I'm a n00b with my tastebuds, but all this guy tastes like is raisin. Sweet dark fruits at the start, and a nice bit of bitterness at the end. Sweetness and a bit of alcohol finish off the sips.

M: Slightly carbonated, but overall I'd say on the chewier end of the spectrum.

O: Incredibly tasty! I would gladly polish of as many of these as I could, but also I would take as much time as I could possibly in doing so. The alcohol content should make most people wary of drinking one of these quickly, but I'm young and it's the weekend! Fantastic brew.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy medium brown in color with significant amounts of sediment floating in suspension. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a patch of thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts, toffee, and dark fruit (raisin) sweetness. Slight hints of alcohol as it warms up.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell, quite sweet upfront with light bitterness in the finish. There are lots of dark fruit (raisin) sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light hints of alcohol warming. Really coats the inside of your mouth and tongue.

O: This beer is well balanced between the malt sweetness and the bitterness but the mouthfeel and the higher ABV make this a beer that you could have only a single in a session. This is a sipping beer and is not sessionable.

Photo of SMortiL987
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Semi-opaque brown with red highlites. Nice tanish white head which persists.

S - Caramel, dark fruits, malt, sweetness, and alcohol on the back end. Complex with several layers on the nose.

T - Brown sugar sweetness is very apparent. Dark fruits, dates specifically. A touch of roastiness / smokiness in the middle. The end is semi-balanced by some spicy hop bitterness which lingers, but still very much leans on the sweet end. Basic, but complex at the same time.

M - Thick mouth feel with light-medium carbonation. Not astringent, leaves a nice coating in the mouth. Alcohol is apparent, but down played due to the residual sweetness that lingers.

O - A very nice beer! If you are a malt bomb fanatic, this is a nice beer to sip on. Complex, but straightforward. Keep in mind this beer is an "imperial" Alt beer. Very well executed and very enjoyable.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoyed this flip-top bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown hue with mild blonde highlights. Medium tan head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace leaving no trail down the glass..

S: Strong sweet malty syrup and molasses aroma with a floral hop background.

T: Very rich ale which has a very sweet caramel backbone. Very smooth and a chocolate bitter alcoholic finish.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body – almost oil-like. Medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Altbier – a little on the sweet side – but lots of complex flavors and aromas. Nice sipping beer at 8.5% abv.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled on 10.06. Code 11.05. I'm a little confused, because the bottle of Uerige Sticke I just drank was stamped "Bottled on 04.10." I assumed month/year, but if that is the case, then that would make this beer five and a half years old. I suppose they could have changed reversed the numbers, which would mean this was bottled May 2010.

A: It pours a dark chocolatey brown, opaque and dense, with scattered lacing and virtually no head.

S: The yeast smells musty, with a touch of sweet malt. Not much depth.

T: So strange that I feel there must be something wrong with it...Perfume. It tastes like perfume, which is pretty nasty, but also has some interesting floral notes. But also an astringent alcoholic chemical maintaste, followed by a touch of hops and a splash of fruit on the endtaste. The undercurrent of what I describe as perfume makes this beer damn near undrinkable, but at least it fades quickly.

M: Hard to focus on, so I'll go with average.

O: I don't want to say terrible, but what could have been really cool is absolutely ruined by whatever the hell is going on. I'll put up another bottle in the future, but as it is, stay far, far away.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

M: No complains, thick with a fairly mild carbonation

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

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

Appearance: Murky dark brown mahogany with one finger beige head. Head dissipates and leaves a liquor like oily top.

Aroma: Sweet. Roasted caramel malts. Toffee and dark fruits. cookie dough, candy cane. Proportionate bittering hops, spicy and herbal.

Taste: Sweet and warming. The alcohol is very present and the beer finishes nearly medicinal. Warming sugars and bready malts with a mint like presence.

Mouthfeel: Full and sweet. Somewhat sticky and molasses like. Finishes strong and bitter.

Overall: A nice powerful winter warmer. Save for cold weather and drink as an after-dinner beer.

Photo of bluHatter
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep sanguine brown with a huge (3-4 finger) thick stout-like head. Great lacing. The bottle is really nice, too. The pop top instantly fills the immediate area with a rich woody aroma as soon as it's opened.

S: Tart, booze, smoked oak, dry cherry wood. The nose has a dry texture to it unlike anything I've had before.

T: Oak, rye, maple, and a boozy bitterness that quickly dissipates nicely.

M: Real dry, with nice thick texture. This is expertly crafted stuff. Well balanced despite its strength. Hardly any burn, rarely a tingle.

O: Amazing all around. This is a must-try.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Bottled on 01.11 stamped on the label (enjoyed 1/30/2012)
Bottled on 06.11 stamped on the label (enjoyed 8/1/2013)
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

8/1/2013 changed review to:
appearance and smell to 4.25
taste, mouthfeel, and overall to 4.5
overall, quite good, but not as perfect as the original one I tried

For a malt lover, Uerige Doppelsticke is a dream in a bottle. The complex maltiness is immediately apparent from the aroma and then taste, which is only aided by the beer's good looks and pleasing feel on the palate. I'm not sure I've ever given a beer a "perfect score" before, but Uerige has demonstrated their perfection of the altbier style and attention to meticulous quality brewing.

The pour yields a large, >2cm head of dark tan, small and large (dish-soap bubbles), fading to a perpetual cap of about 0.2cm atop the beer. Initial foam leaves some lacing along sides of glass, but with each sip, the residual cap creates fantastic waves/sheets on the glass. Beer's body is dark brown, with highlights of orange. Carbonation is visible and active.

A few simple words characterize the aroma: big, dark, deep, and rich. More precisely, big, dark bread aromas waft out of the bottle after being unhinged. While pouring, the malt heaviness is obvious, with caramel and dried dates being dominant scents. Additional dried fruits ebb in, primarily raisins and black figs, as the beer warms and settles out. Maltiness goes way back, cavernous, unending malt scent. Potential slight bit of bitterness or sharpness to it, from German hops. Doppelbock-like.

Taste is similar to the scent: big, dark, deep malt and bread flavors, caramel, cocoa, rich dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs). Aside from the delicious malt flavors, there's also a subtle mineral tone, German hop bitterness, and mild hint of alcohol, very mild. Again, heavily reminded of a doppelbock with more German hop usage.

Medium bodied with a similar amount of carbonation that creates a fairly creamy and smooth-flowing mouthfeel. Finish is quite dry, with plenty of residual stickiness on the palate.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown allowing indirect light to pass with little head and slight lacing.

Strong, malty aroma. Smells just like the air outside a large brewery. Some musk and earthiness, similar to wet forest. Odd licorice, plum, much like an aperitif.

Amazingly earthy, with dried fruit, both subtle and punctuated. Tastes old and musty with figs and pumpernickel bread as it warms well. A light lingering bitterness in the finish, but the malt and yeast profile are most present.

The body is a bit tricky. At first it seems light, but after a few sips, fills out smooth as velvet. Light carbonation and low alcohol, especially compared to the 8.5% listed on the label.

Highly approachable and mysterious in an Uerige Flute, luring one to seek more. One will easily look forward to trying this with smoked cheeses.

Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 11.2oz swing-top bottle. Bottled 01-11, split in a tulip with Steve.

Poured a deep violet, no real head is produced other than a film which faded about halfway through the glass. Little to no retention and some modest legs. Nose is heavy on the malt, sugary dark fruits, some brown sugar and dark bread. Although resembling a sweet fruity doppel(sticke), this had some qualities akin to what reminded me of a similar English Barleywine (call me crazy!). Taste has more dark fruits, figs and dates. Still lightly sugary, bready and malty as heck. Rich dark toffee and caramel, with a ton of herbal and spicy hop notes in the finish (producing the same dryness and bitterness as the others). No real alcohol on the palate, with a full and dense body. Sweet with a very low carbonation, that's a shade or two off of being flat. A big sipper for the winter, I can imagine this being immaculate on draught or cask.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark maple syrup brown. A big rocky head standing above the rim of the glass. Plenty of haze and particulates floating in the brew.

S - A big waft of sappy malt and molasses. Honey and dry minerals. Brown sugar and some bitterness to it.

T - huge dry malt tastes with brown sugar sweetness. Chewy spiced molasses bread and bitter grains. Some mineral water twang and hop notes. A nutty backdrop.

M - chewy and full bodied with a great dry mouthfeel.

O - rich and full of flavor, this beer has a great balance and tons of character. Not too sweet and not to dry.

Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

33cl swingtop, bottled 05/03, poured into a Duvel tulip. I just bought this one a couple weeks ago without realizing its age - score!

A: Opens with a resounding pop, and pours a dark chocolate colored body under a half-inch of frothy tan head. Pretty strong carbonation for such an old beer in a swingtop. Nice.

S: Rich, sweet, deep maltiness: molasses, caramel, raisins, and some pleasant sherry oxidation. Smells appropriately old, and entirely pleasant. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose precisely: tons of molasses, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and dessert wine. A hint of alcohol warmth creeps in on the long, bittersweet finish, but is fairly unobtrusive. Delicious.

M: Lovely soft carbonation, but not quite as hefty as I'd like - the alcohol would likely be tamer if it were a bit less watery.

O: Great beer, plain and simple. I'll probably have to pick up a fresher bottle for comparative purposes, but since the age hasn't completely tamed a fairly reasonable 8.5% ABV, I'm a bit worried about the heat factor that would come across in a more recent batch. Regardless, this is a must-try brew.

Cheers!

Photo of stevoj
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First sampled in Philly, I had hoped to drink this in its native environment at the Uerige keller in Düsseldorf. Maybe on my next trip. Just as glorious as expected, dark and caramelly, slightly sweet with a hint at the alcohol.. This one is a treat all the way around. "old beer" my ass, this is just as relevant today. Try one if you have the chance, this is what altbier is all about.

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 ericheise
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, rich, full-bodied beer, very little carbonation. Strong malts and molasses, ideal for a cold winter's night over a rich meal of streak or pork.

It is thick in taste and texture, not a stout, but dark in the traditions of a winter lager. I liked it, great for winters by the fire.

I give it an A-. Unique looking bottle.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz Bottle on code, not sure. I think this has a little time on it. Very murky old ale like pour. Reminds me of North Coast old stock. Slightly darker than liquid caramel looking. Not much head, just a thin white ring, but there are bubbles in there.

A- Very malty. Some caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pumpernickel bread. Actually quite bready.

T- Again a lot of bready malts. Pumpernickel and rye. Some caramel and brown sugar that quickly goes into a roasty note. Somewhat Heath bar-esque.

Mid bodied and not quite as sticky as it appears it is going to be. Just a faint warming. Goes down very smooth nearly creamy.

I thought that even though a bit "big" for the style that this was excellent. Recco.

Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with the swing top cork, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Thick, dark brown, with a very nice ½” tan head, lacing is excellent and sticky.

Smell: Roasted malt aromas dominate with some coffee and chocolate notes, sweet overall with a fair amount of depth.

Taste: Follows the aroma, chocolaty mocha with a nice balance between overall sweetness of the chocolate flavor and the coffee like bitterness of the roasted malt. Sweet mocha flavor with some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy consistency on the palate, very smooth.

Overall: Great example of the style but also a little pricey, one I would try again.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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