Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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Reviews by silenius:
4.72/5 rDev +18.3%
This beer comes in a unique bottle that looks just like the Sticke picture.
It pours a slightly less than clear copper brown with a decent head that laces a bit.
Smells like bread, rootbeer, and honey.
Taste is refreshingly bitter with a long long clean bitter aftertaste. The rootbeer taste is ever so slight. The clean and crisp bitterness of the beer makes me give it a 5.
Mouthfeel is nearly perfect IMHO. Carbonation is smooth and light and the bitter and clean taste is great.
At 4.5% alcohol, it is an extremely drinkable beer. Give me another!
(Note: Don't try this one after having something BIG. The nuances of the beer are hidden if your palate has been exhausted by something like an Imperial Stout.)
05-31-2004 16:11:28 | More by silenius
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured into a standard pint glass a rich bronze color with a hint of brownish hue a well formed creamy 1/2 finger white head atop,interesting herbal aromas almost vegetal in character a roasted nut character lends itself well to the uniquiness of the aromas.Lightly sweet flavors that of molasses and brown sugar up front with a nutty base a very nice herbal/peppery sharpness really comes thru in the finish really really nice.This is probably one of the standards if not the standard of the style and it shows why light but complex and very flavorful,kick ass.
10-07-2006 19:45:46 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance This one is clear with a solid brown color and a foaming head that showed incredible retention. It left some cool lacing on the inside of my Pils glass, which I sacrilegiously used just for the hell of it.
Smell The malts here are heavier than what youd expect in an Altbier, but of course this is the double secret delicious drop. The sweets are muted at this point, but the hops are actually quite large.
Taste Yes, this is a Düsseldorf classic. Its much bigger than a normal Altbier, although you could still probably session it. The alcohol is incognito. The malts are big and bitter, adding to the bitterness from the hops. This one also has a big brown sugary kick at the end, giving away the location of the brewery.
Mouthfeel The Doppelsticke is on the big side of medium-bodied yet still very sessionable. The flavors and mouthfeel fall rightly in order.
Drinkability This is a little bigger than I prefer my Altbiers, but it sure lives up to its billing. If you want to try an Altbier on steroids than this is it. You could probably even cellar this is you wanted.
06-28-2005 01:21:05 | More by RoyalT
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Caramelly cider colored with a white head. Slightly musty, maybe a bit skunky scent to it. Dry and musty flavored and bittered. Light and slight creamy nice feel to it. Keeps the flavor on your tongue. Mainly malty, lightly hoppy flavored. Easy drinker.
09-18-2004 18:44:18 | More by shapudding
2.55/5 rDev -36.1%
Bottled on 04.18. Served in a tall cylinder glass.
Aroma: Very strong, rich caramel aromas. Some roast.
Apperance: Crystal clear, copper orange, with a dirty white head.
Flavor: There is something about this beer that I do not like. It really hits the sides of my tounge. It is very bitter, but that fades fast, and there is some roast character there.
Palate: Very drying, and that my be what I dont like the most about it.
Overall: I would prefer a fuller, rounder drink from an alt. Is that off base?
08-25-2005 12:49:03 | More by tjthresh
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Attractive, brown, swingtop bottle pours a hazy, bronze amber body with a 3 cm ivory head that retains well and deposits massive sheet and patch lacing. Quite impressive to behold.
Aroma has a caramel maltiness that is balanced by a fresh, floral hop character.
Mouthfeel has lively carbonation and a light to medium body.
The taste comes off as very well balanced. Lots of fresh tasting hops lend a herbal and floral bitterness that combine very well with the malt varieties used in this Dusseldorf gem. No hint of alcohol, but none expected at 4.5%. A very refreshing, and very enjoyable altbier. The hops never overwhelm, and lend an ideal balance that results in a clasic Alt. Very drinkable!
09-15-2004 01:04:09 | More by merlin48
3.48/5 rDev -12.8%
The bottle came with a caveat from the vendor (Belmont Station): to be drunk very cold, not to let it warm up. This seemed strange to me, and perhaps the first warning sign that this sample was not all it could be. The beer pours a shadowy waxy amber with a substantial head that melts away and leaves a small amount of intricate lace on the glass. Nearly invisible musty aroma, which had all the fleeting substance of a disremembered dream. Some caramel malts up front, tempered with a winey roundness, a gentle nutty flavor, and a light apple quality. A deep-down roastiness reveals itself reluctantly, but adds a twinge of smoke and perhaps coffee. The taste, in itself, actually seems a bit hollow, with a rolling grassy bitterness in the finish that makes up a large part of the flavor. I found this to be an intriguing, enveloping beer, and was impressed by many of its complexities, but it wasn't as likeable as I hoped it would be. This bottle is the second time I've tried the beer; the first was a disastrously sour cask served at the Horse Brass. Based on the elusiveness of this bottled sample, I can only conclude that the beer is best when absolutely fresh, and travelling across both the Atlantic Ocean and the continental U.S. has done this beer absolutely no favors.
08-02-2004 04:45:43 | More by Thrasher
3.79/5 rDev -5%
Appearance: dark reddish brown (darker than Schumacher), less clarity, foamy white head
Aroma: more pronounced toasty malt character, with subtle noble hop character, dark fruit notes
Taste: toasty malt character, but noticeably more fruit flavor than Schumaher, raisiny-plum dark fruit character, mild bitter finish with noble hop flavor
Mouthfeel: lager like smoothness with biting carbonation, slightly more buttery taste than Schumacher because of increased diacetyl, medium-full body
Overall Impression: A darker, heavier, and more ale like version of the altbier. While this beer exhibits lager like mouthfeel and carbonation, it leans towards an ale in clarity, flavor, and aroma.
06-12-2013 21:54:00 | More by dwren89
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Malty aroma with a touch of sweet fruit on a deep inhale. A nice dark amber color. When the glass is sirled, a really intense sweetness is released, I can't place it, but wonderfully pungent. Thin off-white head. First taste on the palate is malt, a bit grainy and this is good. The hops give a nice medium bitterness and good froth heightens them to a strong hoppy finish. First Alt I've had from a bottle in a long time and this is obviously a flagship standard. Very good for quaffing 2+. I do not believe this is a bottle conditioned ale, but mine had some particles in it, no off-flavors though.
07-20-2006 17:24:33 | More by ByTor2112
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
Had this on-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy rustic copper color with a one-finger pitted white head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is good.
Smells of lightly toasted caramel malt with hints of light fruits and bitterness.
Tastes similar to how it smells. The toasted caramel malts are front and center and cover up other flavors a bit too much until the beer warms, then light fruit flavors come out a bit more. There's a solid bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good for such a low ABV. Good thickness and creamy carbonation make this go down easily.
Drinkability is good. The flavors take a short while to get accustomed to, but I finished my glass with no problem.
Overall I was impressed - I believe this is only my second Altbier and the first wasn't as true to the style as this. Definitely give this one a shot.
01-04-2009 05:48:34 | More by glid02
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
(Served in an American pint glass)
the label says bottled in 1404
A- This beer has a slight hazy nut brown body with a thin broken film of a head. The haze is to thick to see any carbonation.
S- the smell of sweet honeycomb has a light caramel note to it.
T- The taste of slightly sweet honey malt has a nice dry pale malt note. The finish is a smooth dark coffee malt hint that is a bit watery in taste. There is a soft medium Noble hop bitterness that balances the malt nicely.
M- this beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that is watery with a light fizz note in the finish.
D- This beer has some nice malt notes but they are very light and could be a bit more bold.
06-21-2006 16:04:54 | More by rhoadsrage
4.78/5 rDev +19.8%
A mildly hazy deep golden-copper. The head is ducked-down; a large-bubbled dirty white.
The nose is ripe with dry, grainy malts, and dampened sweet caramel ones. Along with loud herb-encrusted hopping.
Taste begins dry- pils-esque for a moment- and full of crackers. Deepens with caramel, but never turns very sweet. An absolute deluge of nuts rain down. Walnuts and almonds and Brazils. Hopping is crisp and loud. There is a sense of molten metal, gold perhaps, or brass. Back to nature upon conclusion, autumnal fields with withering flowers and wind-whipped brown grasses.
And it lingers.
Refined, then refined again.
Cite "lack of complexity"? You're wrong. This runs deeper than beers 3 times its size. The restraint and harmony here are unmatched.
If not for the price, this would be my "anytime" beer. The only two places $4 disappears faster are casinos and strip clubs. And it depends on the Strip Club.
Just goddamn delicious. Perhaps even more so than the Sticke.
Or perhaps not.
Both are Galaxy-class.
07-06-2004 20:37:01 | More by cokes
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
Extraordinary easy drink, with lots of carmel and malt but also bitterness, nicely hopped, citrus. Brown with Big head that lasts, and provides creamy ball of foam on way down. Malty and citrus aroma. Finishes with pleasant lingering sweetness. Lovely anytime.
12-02-2005 00:49:07 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours an orangish-brown hue with a smaill white head. Minimal retention. Sweet smell of roasted malt and toffee, probably muted because I didn't let this bottle properly warm up. Very complex palate holds notes of roasted malt, brown sugar, and light hops. Finish is bitter and slightly smoky, like a rauchbier. Nice, sturdy, creamy body. A fairly unique beer, unlike most American-brewed alts.
08-09-2004 00:24:20 | More by ElGordo
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
I will preface this review with this, I have never had an Altbier before and also this is my first BA review. So with that said, I had this wonderful beer at the Brickstore Pub in Decatur GA yesterday. It was served to me in proper glassware a .2L glass with the breweries name printed on it. Small was of sweet malt which is something I normally don't like. I would also say that I was almost put off cause it had a hint of skunkyness to it. Once I tasted it thought the thought of that was quickly gone. It had a very nice caramel taste with just enough bitterness to round it out. The aftertaste was something I can't put my finger on, some kind of warm fruit that's just not distinguishable to me. Overall a wonderful beer that I will be wanting again soon. I might have to find a homebrew recipe for this, so I can always have some on the shelf!
01-14-2009 22:27:50 | More by nhudson
3.95/5 rDev -1%
Half finger of tan head. Copper, almost brown, colored body.
Smell is barnyardish, hay, caramel and tinge of lemon.
Taste is bitter/sweet at first, sweet caramel in the middle, long dry bitter finish. A little sourness throughout.
Medium body, low carbonation. Slightly sticky texture.
Tasty and a good altbier.
11-12-2012 19:11:10 | More by Fatehunter
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City.
Pours cloudy medium brown with a lasting off-white head and good lacing.
Aroma is malty and nutty for the most part. Nice but not too much to it.
Flavor is not sweet at all. Caramel malt, grain, slight fruitiness, and slight hops.
Medium-bodied and crisp with good carbonation.
Very good for the style overall, but not outstanding for a beer in general. Drinkable.
06-24-2010 17:31:29 | More by nickd717
3.23/5 rDev -19%
25-11 is the date on the bottle...
Pours amber with a 2 fingers offwhite head. Okay lacing & average head retention
S: Ever slight whiffs of malt & hops
Taste: Big grapefruitty/woody taste up front. Slight malt sweetness & a hint of tobbaaco as it warms. Slight astrignecy also perimiates the body. Finishes slightlty sweet with woody notes
MF: Medium bodied, slightlty under carbonated & skews too hoppy for the style IMO
Drinks okay. Maybe this beer is tired? I do know this tasted much malty & sweeter the on one evening I spent at the brewery in Duddeldorf. Would try again if I was sure I getting fresher beer
09-15-2006 03:28:52 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
Moderately hazy, I really like the color offered here, it is a coppery-amber hue with just a tickle of tawny influence. It looks even more beautiful when I hold it to a light. The head was off-white; the bubbles were tightly compacted and about two fingers in height. The head retention was impressive; it was a slow fader, as a tight cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was quite prevalent, thick, and well organized. Lovely.
Altbier is a style that has never impressed me. I realize the two Uerige Alts are considered the best. Still, I wonder how much better could they be? Well I got my hands on Classic and one sniff of the bouquet told me this was a whole different ballgame! Hops are present and accounted for, grassy, herbal, with a kiss of spice. Malt is luscious at times, caramel syrup, almonds, raisins, and a trace of dry crackers. Too bad the potency is only modest. Still the nose is inviting.
The palate was damn good and it even seems to show a little age. A beer this small has a long way to travel. I bet this beer would be killer fresh. Still, the palate has charm, hops upfront that offer a grassy, herbal quality, lightly spicy too. The middle is a good mix of fruit (like raisins and plums) and caramel malt sweetness with a dry, cracker underbelly. At the end a kiss of alcohol-like heat is noticed and then the beer sails to the finish. The finish is graceful, it is a soft mix of all of the above flavors, and nothing stands out above anything else. There is something about the finish that is magical. There is some intangible quality I cant put my finger on, let alone describe. I guess I can just call it complexity and leave it at that. The palate is damn tasty. Im impressed. I cant imagine what this beer would taste like on cask.
Medium in body with subtle carbonation that helps produce a silky-smooth mouthfeel. It is to die for.
This is quite drinkable; too bad it is not sold in a bigger bottle. Too bad it ran me $5.00 for the 11.2 ounces in Milwaukee, WI. Too bad Germany is so far away. Worthy of its reputation recommended.
Update as of 02/02/06: I got another bottle of Classic. Like my first bottle (review above) it shows a little age. I am not going to adjust any of the numbers or really write a new review. I will say I can reaffirm the already known; this is a damn tasty Alt. I want nothing more then a stunningly fresh bottle! I'll try again...
11-05-2004 03:34:09 | More by bditty187
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a nice chestnut brown color with a nice dense cream colored head that left some insane lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a rich nutty malt, a bit buttery and a hint of steel. The taste is very malty. Chocolate and roasted malts prevail, some mineral water, and a light but noticable hoppy bitterness towards the end. Perhaps a very very light fruitiness as well. The feel is light and almost watery, fairly soft carbonation and finishes bitter from the malt and hops. A great looking Altbier with a nice roasty malt taste. The feel was a bit thin but that is the only real negative.
07-12-2008 03:23:28 | More by Gmann
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
89 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.