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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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89
very good

250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Uerige Alt ist das an Bitterstoffen reichste Bier Deutschlands. Trotzdem (oder gerade darum) ist dieses legendäre Düsseldorfer Altbier so vollmundig, aromatisch und bekömmlich.

Gebraut wird unsere obergärige Spezialität seit 1862 aus Gerstenmalz, Caramelmalz, Röstmalz, Doldenhopfen, Wasser – und mit unserer ganz besonderen Uerige-Hefe.

Unser Uerige Alt wird regelmäßig unter die zehn besten Biere Deutschlands gewählt. Es hat einen Alkoholgehalt von 4,7% und ein Mindestfrischedatum von acht Wochen.

(Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-01-2002)
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bark

Sweden

4.95/5  rDev +24.1%

The colour is deep, warm brown-copper. The very high head is airy and pale brown with a fine crater. It sinks very slowly leaving massive amounts of thick lacing. The liquid is clear.

The smell is smooth and complex. Butterscotch, caramel, robust bitter hops, brown sugar, rye bread, overripe apples, hay, autumn forest, hay… There are lots of things going on here, but they stick together.

The flavour is bitter. Very bitter for a German beer, it reminds me of some of the best English IPAs in the robust powerful hoppy bitterness. Notes of rye bread, sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. Dried flowers and hay, sour Porter-like hints. Very fresh flavours. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is bitter with lots of dried flowers and some toffee. Fresh grass, hay, cocoa, fresh herbs and some light spicy flavours. The long finish is malty, bitter and a bit roasted.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is a bit sticky and mid-smooth.

Malty lika a dopplebock, hoppy like an English IPA and complex like a Quadrupel. All at 4.7 % ABV. One of the best beers I have had: This is beer love.

09-13-2011 18:42:46 | More by bark
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foles

Australia

4.88/5  rDev +22.3%

Enjoyed from the barrel at Uerige in the Dusseldorf Altstadt on a sunny, busy Sunday afternoon. It's taken me two visits to Dusseldorf to establish this, but this is close to the best beer I have ever had. Rich malt, smooth, dry (while being soft in the mouth), bitter, with the raw, heavy, hop flavour that appears to have come from a heavy bucketload of spalt hops (my personal favourite german hop).

I truly wonderful beer experience.

09-29-2011 06:09:10 | More by foles
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Offa

California

4.85/5  rDev +21.6%

This is phenomenal, and seems to me the benchmark for a great altbier.

Dark copper, it has a big tan head soon shrinking to a thick foamy top, some lace.

Aroma is nice caramelly toast, raisins, wood, spice, toffee hint.

Taste is caramelised toast, fruit, woody-spicy bitterness to balance and give a light bite at finish. Very well-rounded, it is complex and balanced. It's wonderful, characterful, yet easily drinkable session beer.

08-30-2012 05:54:34 | More by Offa
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cokes

Wisconsin

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
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +19%

Sampled from the bottle; filled 31-1-2005 bb 02-03-05. Uerige alsways have been my favorite alt. Just by pouring out you already know you must have a good beer in your hand. Nice and thick yellowbeige head and a beautifully clear and brownred color make the appearance just perfect for a altbeer. Nose is sweet caramel& roastmalt together with litle yeastspice and hoparome make it a great smell too!
Taste is very complex for a 4.5 %ABV brew; caramel& roastmalt, very dry, litle sour and very bitter witch goes well wit the amount of roast used. Just what you want in a altbeer so perfect again. Mouthfeel is great too, all your tastingpupils are just gonna be in tilt after a couple of sips except for the sweet ones who don't react at all. Dinkability is perfect again if you like burnt and bitter taste. One of my all time favorites.

02-14-2005 15:41:11 | More by paterlodie
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +19%

10-25-2013 22:30:14 | More by Wobbly
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silenius

Illinois

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
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +18.3%

Semi dark brown colored malt body with a thick off white head. This alt covered all the spectrums of the other alts I had in Dusseldorf. Had a good hop nose from dry hopping? mixed in with a leathery, dank basement smell from the wooden kegs. Malty sweet but clean in the back of the throat in the beginning with a fresh hop flavor coming through in the middle. Strong hop presence in the bittering which left the mouth feeling dry and the tounge just a touch burned out from the hops. The best one I had in Dusseldorf.

10-01-2002 11:13:37 | More by Longstaff
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

4.72/5  rDev +18.3%

the beer was a little cloudy which was kind of off-putting, but it may be OK since its an "older" beer style - I'm not sure if it was bottle conditioned or not. Color wise I get a coppery brown tint and a decent off-white head. The aroma gives me a hint of spicy hops as well as some yeasty notes. The latter surprises me some since I thought alts were kind of well-aged and smoother. I also get some nice dark German-style malts, some caramel, and some graininess. All-in-all they blend nicely. The flavor is killer, in my opinion - its smooth, yes, but also complex with nice bitterness in the end and an easy maltiness as well that attacks your tongue and blends with some hop flavor notes too. This is great, in my opinion. The beer is rather unique and that's hard to say in these days (only because we have so many great beers available since the craft brew revolution).

09-05-2005 02:05:34 | More by KroMagnon
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%

Pour: an awesome 330ml swing-top bottle to tulip glass. "Bottled on 03.09." - whatever that means. Pours a medium brown, syrup color with a huge three-finger off white head that vigorously clings to the glass as it goes down in the middle. I can actually hear the bubbles poppy, like Rice Crispies. No visible carbonation within the beer.

Nose: It has a very strong champagne-like smell. Floral and hoppy. Smells like freshly cut cantaloupe and some hints of darker fruit, possibly raisins.

Mouth: This beer has an excellent sweet:bitter balance with an excellent, long lasting bitterness after the swallow. It starts with some melon qualities up front and in the back the hops hit hard. The mouthfeel is a bit too creamy, though it does also maintain some sparkle to stimulate under the tongue.

An excellent beer!

05-26-2006 21:17:53 | More by clickpush
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +17.3%

The beer poured an deep golden amber color with just a slight haze. The head was yellow and moussy which laced the glass, but more than that stood tall from the first swallow to the last.

The aroma was nutty with a Munich character (even though no Munich is used in the beer). Also present were some caramel and chocolate notes. No distinct hop aromas.

The flavor was definitely bitter but well achieved with some munich, chocolate and caramel flavors. The bitterness was assertive and well done.

The finish was dry and hoppy bitter into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

The flavor is huge in this beer with only a 4.5% ABV. The aroma could be a bit larger, but the flavor is the surprize of the day. Have to give it the whole enchilada for the flavor.

11.2 ounce swing top bottle mostly in German. Purchased at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC.

06-12-2004 20:26:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

Bottled on 02.11, code 12.02.

Pours a deep amber copper with a solid head that leaves a substantial cap and solid lacing.

Well balanced malt and hops greet the nose.

Taste echoes the nose, well balanced; closer to the Sticke than the Doppelstike.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with modest carbonation.

Extremely drinkable with the very modest ABV.

04-19-2007 03:57:10 | More by techdiver
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

Attractive 11.2 oz. flip-top bottle poured into a Stange. "Bottled on 01.09" clearly printed on the neck label, with "Code 01.10" printed as well. Ingredients are listed: Wasser, Gerstenmalz, Caramelmalz, Röstmalz, Doldenhopfen, and Uerige-Hefe. Alcohol content stated at 4.7% by volume.

A nice pop from the release of the cap; pours a slightly hazed deep copper hue, giving rise to a one-fingered head of creamy beige foam, showing moderate retention, fading to a thick cap that leaves behind thick rings of lace on the walls of the slender glass.

Aroma is nicely complex, showing a very clean mix of rich, caramel sweetness, a mild essence of juicy sweet plum, and a kiss of noble hop perfume.

Fairly light in body with a nice cleansing carbonated mouthfeel. Toasty, biscuit-like malt lays underneath a wildly assertive bitter hop presence, somewhat grass-like and extremely dry, carrying things over into a bone-dry, slightly nutty, earthy, mildly mineral-like and quite bitter finish that lingers for ages.

A perfect quaffer if ever there was one, with such a wonderful complexity not found in lagers but with that clean, crisp lager character thanks to the lagering period involved. A top-notch Altbier, and one of the exemplars of the style; I can't wait to someday try this vom Fass at the source in the Düsseldorfer Altstadt. Delicious, drinkable, and delectable. I want another.

08-02-2009 02:30:35 | More by superdedooperboy
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

0.5L bottle purchased at a drink market in Dusseldorf. Filled on August 13 (13.08.) with a best before date of September 12 (12.09.). I bought a case about a week before the best before date and have been drinking them for the last month. I haven't really noticed much of a change over time. It's still ridiculously bitter with a crisp and clean roasted malt base. The hop flavor is herbal up front and becomes more piney as the bitterness kicks in. I would think they use noble hops in this beer, but the aroma is dominated by hops that remind me of the citrus and pine smelling hops typically found in a IIPA. Poured a tall, creamy, off-white head that held strong leaving bits of fine lace. Glowing chestnut colored beer has a faint haze. Mouthfeel is light and clean until the bitterness envelopes your tongue in the finish.

It's good in a bottle, but if you have a chance it's a totally different experience drinking a fresh glass at the brewpub.

10-07-2007 10:36:39 | More by HappyHourHero
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +14%

Pours with excellent clarity and a tenacious, fine-textured off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Nicely appetizing dark copper color with some ruby-amber highlights. The nose is wonderfully fresh with spicy hops and crackery malts. Some fermentation-derived notes, like a bit of fruity bubblegum pops up in the midst of the honeyed complexity. On the palate, firm-but-mild tea like bitterness starts things off and moves further back on the tongue, gaining in power, through the palate. The malts start to round out at the mid-palate, displaying some nice chewiness and depth, before the finish dries out in hoppy glory. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy on carbonation, but its soft carbonation that feels pretty natural. Good weight for sessioning, in spite of the slightly high ABV. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Drunk fresh, this is a stellar example of a drastically under-appreciated style. Interesting, drinkable, refreshing. Excellent.

07-20-2007 22:29:35 | More by geexploitation
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.55/5  rDev +14%

This bottle is purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF06, and it's my second time to taste this beer. My first encounter took place on-tap, at the Battersea BeerFest., Feb. 06, when the "omnipresent" provider (of German beers to most local London beer festivals), Olaf, told me the beer might have been infected a little, hence a lightly unconventional, sour touch to it. I liked it then. Now is time to see if the bottled version also lives up to its fame with its "original" taste... At 4.7%abv., bottled on 24/07 and expired on 23/08??... just one-month shelf-life?? Quite intriguing... served lightly-chilled in a "Gaffel Kölsch" Stange~~ (not that improper, I guess? 8-P)

A: dark tawny to chest-nut brown hue, elegant... the beer head comes effervescent and is held pretty well by the stange, presents a very tight, fine and creamy texture of off-white froth, slowly breaking down from below... carbonation is lively with streams of micro-scopic fizziness in the middle, skirted by med.-sized bubbly rockets... Looking great~~
S: complex maltiness, with caramely malts, and sweet+roasty nuts coating a much lighter grainy and slightly lemony lager malts and a floral+earthy+damp-leafy hoppy scent in the middle... underneath come also hints of woodiness like wood barrels, but provides just a subtle kick to the overall complexity.
T: incredibly intense and focused sour-bitter taste of old wood-barrels and dried hops makes a big entrance... slowly a milder and softer flow of nutty malts, delicately bitter edge of caramelised sugar with a faint kick of bitter chocolates ride on an upper track, while the mixed bitterness (like wood-chips, ground dried medicinal root-spices, mildly roast tea-leaves) simply retains its intensity and depth, creeping like an undercurrent down the wings and towards the very end of the palate... slightly roasty-dryish (from roasted malts) and profoundly chewy, bitter-hop aftertaste lingers forever, balancing the maltiness in the most subtle and elegant manner.
M&D: softly fizzy on the mouthfeel, medium-bodied and pretty clean on the texture so that the bitterness roams free all over the palate... The beer, surely the bitter-est German beer I've had, shows an equivalent length and depth like a really good English Best Bitter, albeit much milder in fruitiness and cleaner in texture, and added with a woody touch that is seldom imparted to most Bitters nowadays. I'm surprised to find it so thirst-quenching and quaffable. Compared to Schumacher Alt that I tasted at the GBBF this year (stillaged), this beer to Schumacher is like a dry-hopped Best Bitter to a fruity-malty Premium Bitter... if this weird comparison makes sense?! If it's available on cask/tap a little more often in this country, I'll certainly know where to look to get a perfect alternative to my Bitters~~ Lovely nectar, this is... but Damn! I should've bought a case!!

08-16-2006 18:48:23 | More by wl0307
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-17-2013 00:08:12 | More by tugdriver7
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearence: Pours a dark caramel with a nice, chunky off-white head. Lotsa floaties.

Smell: This one is truly a beauty to sniff. The smell is so full and rich, and is of bready and caramel-like malts. Low hops add only bitterness and balance it perfectly.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Suprisingly spicy at first and throughout, but still has a wonderful caramel malt backbone with nice bittering and finishing hops. Balance is superb. A mild, fruitiness is in the finish and taste nice. Very citric. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: What a fabulously rich and complex brew. I'm very glad I got to try this. The complexity is ridiculous for a beer that's 4.5%. Unreal. Kills any American Altbier I've ever had. Great stuff.

07-17-2005 19:14:56 | More by santoslhalper
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

01-07-2012 04:28:09 | More by Stoffel
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

A 11.2 oz bottle that is dated as being bottled on 4/14/04. Pours a cardboard brown leaving a three finger head that is quite pillowy and foamy. First sip - Wow! A wonderful hops taste that remains on the edges of the tongue. Not a bitter hops taste but a green taste. I had a local version of Alt beer and it was much more watery and thin with little hops flavor. This has a little more depth and something going on with the hops. When I take a bit more of a bigger sip and swish it around I get a malty taste that is present but goes away much more quickly. I have avoided getting some imports lately as they seem to go stale by the time they get here but this one tastes very good in spite of being stored out of a cooler.

08-01-2004 04:32:27 | More by mjohn27603
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crisis44

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

06-01-2012 22:48:25 | More by crisis44
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Classic copper appearance. Slightly hazy. Nice looking dirty white head that has good retention. A bubbly collar leaves some nice lace. The aroma is sweet. Toffee and vanilla. Caramel syrup and raisin. Really appealing nose. The taste is nice as well. Toffee and caramel like malt notes. Raisin, plum and rum contribute in small proportions. Hopping adds a slight bitterness to the mix. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly and the body is a little better than medium. Very drinkable. Very good.

I need to add another "Head" to my Mount Rushmore of Alts. (The other 4 are Summit, Uerige Sticke, Moose Jaw and Sherlock's)

Thanks to cokes for yet another Uerige altbier.

07-28-2004 04:01:20 | More by Bighuge
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-09-2013 19:14:36 | More by mrfrancis
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-11-2011 19:23:32 | More by jophish17
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herrburgess

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-27-2013 23:58:05 | More by herrburgess
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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