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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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89
very good

252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei visit their website
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of techdiver
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

techdiver, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

superdedooperboy, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

HappyHourHero, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

geexploitation, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of wl0307
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!

wl0307, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

tugdriver7, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

santoslhalper, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mjohn27603
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mjohn27603, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of crisis44
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

crisis44, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bighuge, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of mrfrancis
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've decided to sample as many altbiers as possible in order to learn this style.

Copper colored headed toward brown. Beautifully deep. Thick head. Nice, thin lace always present.

Hops on the nose at first. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Taste was great. Only 4.5%? That's a lot of taste for the percentage. Reminded me of an excellent ESB. Deep biscuity notes with enough hops to balance things out. Maybe not as much hops as an ESB, but good. Since I'm just starting my tour of altbiers, I'm withholding a perfect score on this point.

Mouthfeel and taste give this beer exceptional drinkability.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

afsdan, May 23, 2014
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Been looking forward to this one for awhile.

A: Pours a dark chocolate amber with hints of orange in the light, not a huge head, only about one finger that quickly falls to a thin foam.

S: Pleasant aroma of toasted biscuit malt, faint toffee, yeast and just a hint of hops. Not overly complex or big, but very well rounded and full, very classic alt style nose.

T: Wonderfully balanced flavor in this beer, almost the perfect flavor profile for an alt style beer. Very bready with just a hint of toffee, the yeast flavors really come through and the crisp hops on the finish provide just enough bitterness to give this a clean finish. Very nice!

M: Light to medium body, very smooth and clean on the palate with a crisp finish.

D: This beer is extremely drinkable; flavor and mouth-feel combine to create a fantastically smooth beer! Really love this one!

RedBrewer83, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Sixpack595
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coppery color and crystal clear body with a nearly white, thin cap of foam. Aroma is herbal hops and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is smooth and crisp with a clean finish. Malt sweetness lies just below the herbal hop and fruity tastes. Very nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but not at all watery. Interesting brew that begs you to drink more.

Sixpack595, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I have got the last bit of a small glass of Uerige Classic, been enjoying this for about an hour or so. Beer is the color of clear iced tea, I've had it out for so long now, all head and traces of it have vanished. Aroma is of rich malt...maybe a hint of some alcohol. Taste is pretty much all bitter juicy hop goodness with some ripe fruit and maybe a few tootsie rolls thrown into the wort. The hop juicyness lingers for a bit (it makes your mouth water pleasantly). The taste of this beer is remarkably long lasting, compared to so many other beers, it really does linger. Glad to have another German archtypical beer to review.

PatandDavid, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of Beertracker
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Uerige Alt (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 Classic pours up sublime with a very light, bubbly carbonation that creates a low, off-whitish head atop a bright, copperish body. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving a ring of Düssel lace in its wake. The decidely malty & lightly grainy/nutty aroma has some fruitiness/esters (e.g. Bosc pear, peach pit) with a nice touch of spiciness from the traditional 'Noble' German hops. The taste starts off with a solid graininess/maltiness that gives way to a marked bitterness which carries into a crisp, dry, slightly nutty & decidely bittersweet finish. This firm, medium bodied indeginous beer of Düsseldorfer-Altstadt (Old Town) is undoubtedly one of my favorite styles to enjoy...as it lends itself nicely to quaffing in mass quantities. Enjoy this one anytime and if you find yourself getting hungry... try pairing a glass or two with some salty, freshly baked European (soft) pretzels w/ Düsseldorfer mustard (of course!) & "Spreewaelder" (pickled gherkins). Here's to "Grumpy" Wilhelm Cürten and his "Classic" Düsselbier!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reddish in color with a copper hue. Medium white head floats above. Lacing is minimal. Smell is more sweet than bitter but I get some hops there along with a bready yeasty flavor. But in the taste the hops are the dominate flavor. These hops are not bitter at all but really, really flavorful. They have a floral taste and a piney flavor. Honey sweetness lures behind the hops. A hazelnut base flavor comes from the yeast. Finish is dry and crisp but leaves just enough hoppiness for me to want more. To me, this is the ultimate session beer. The hops are very flavorful but not overly so. The balance is quite amazing and more flavors seem to come out the more I try this. I can see why this is a classic!

granger10, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a slender altbier glass. It pours a brilliant deep copper color with three fingers of head. Sticky lacing is left all over the glass. The smell is rich and malty. Lots of sweet caramel aromas coming through. Just the slightest hint of hops as well. The taste is full of caramel maltiness at first, slightly toasty. The finish is very hoppy. I was really surprised at the amount of hops in this one, considering the sticke has more hops. Very nice. The mouthfeel is decent for the style. The drinkability is fantastic. I really need to get my ass to Düsseldorf to try this super fresh!

SheepNutz, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of acevenom
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass from a flip top bottle.. Pours hazy copper with a thin, off-white head that doesn't hang around for very long. There are some visible bubbles rising in the beer, but not many. Lacing is left down the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma is nice and malty (caramel with some brown bread) with some woody and grassy notes from the hops. The rich, yet delicate maltiness of this beer is up front with the hops providing some of that woody and grassy flavor from the hops. The malt character of this beer is bready with some mild caramel sweetness. Like a previous reviewer, I would agree there is more hop bitterness than you would expect from the aroma, but it is well-balanced with the malt backbone. There's a lot of flavor in this sub-5.0% ABV beer. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. This beer has high drinkability and a dry finish. This is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wickedly cool bottle (will save for homebrew). My first Uerige product and I hope to try the stronger versions of this as well. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange-copper, topped by a firm, thick cushion of light brown head, flecked with bits of darker yeast. This is a good looking beer. Nose is full of cookie dough malts and molasses backed by a spicy, kind of vegetal twang that balances nicely. Doughy sweet malt flavors flash up front, but quickly give way to toasted grain and spicy, bitter, dry hops. The most bitter alt I've had and probably the driest finishing. Nice. The hop bitterness is tasty too: floral and herbal. The finish, as I've mentioned, is dry with winks of cookie-ish malt over bitter minerals. Medium-bodied. Exceedingly drinkable. I'd love to try this on-tap at the source...

alexgash, Mar 02, 2006
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
89 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.