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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
Brewed by:
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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shippos

New York

2.95/5  rDev -26.1%

thanks to luckysevens82 for the opportunity

poured with a honey amber color and average dense white head.
sweet malty aroma with dark fruits making hints at you, plums and figs mainly very appetizing. hops aren't present ot me at all. very clean and dry tasting somewhat dissapointing the aroma leads to expect so much more from this beer. obviously it doesnt' seem to travel to well. thin mouthfeel with a dry center and a rather silent finish. very drinkable but If it tasted as good as it smells fresh than I'd give it a 5. it's ok to try once but nothing I get regularly unless i was at the source.

08-21-2004 00:22:02 | More by shippos
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Brubaker

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

08-03-2012 19:11:39 | More by Brubaker
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JBogan

Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%

Pours a medium/dark brown with a beautiful creamy one finger head which leaves moderate lacing. Nice looking beer.

The aroma was hard to define. Some malt sweetness and spice, but in a very mild way. Nothing really stood out.

Like the smell, the taste was very subdued. I had a hard time picking anything out really. It's not that it had bad taste, it's just that there wasn't much at all. Maybe some mild spices and again sweet malts, but I really had to strain to even make mention of those. Honestly, I can't recall a beer that tasted so "flat". Not carbonation-wise, but it's just that there was nothing that really stood out here.

The mouthfeel was thin bodied and prickly. Plenty of carbonation which was nice.

Overall I was expecting a bit more from this beer. A definite letdown in that it just didn't have much, if any, character. This was not a terrible beer or anything like that, but it's just not worth another visit.

12-24-2008 00:49:40 | More by JBogan
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -20.3%

A: chestnut/deep amber color, really nice creamy off-white head and lacing, served in it's own branded glassware.
S: caramel and lightly roasted nuts.
T: lightly sweet dark bready malts to start, but there's a sourish character which is off-putting. can't believe that this one is off or that the taplines are bad, because this was served at the bavarian lodge, which is meticulous in it's service of proper beer.
M: frothy and would be nice but the astringency from the sourish aspect hurt here as well.
D: same theme here.

07-25-2010 14:25:30 | More by MrMcGibblets
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%

Very nice brown color with a very generous level of carbonation. Malty aroma with a hint of sweetness-almost a touch of cinnamon in the backround. Flavor is mostly malt-slight hop bitterness in the finish. A very slight metallic aftertaste but its not unpleasant. Good body. A drinkable beer-well worth trying after hearing about it for years. I would love to get to Germany for the real thing on tap.

11-04-2004 01:30:59 | More by lackenhauser
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winomark

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours a nice deep copper with a small but persistant bone-white head. Mild tropical tones with a malty sweetness on the nose. Not much flavor in the front of the palate, but some sweetness and tannic flavors take control of the finish. Mild, crisp mouthfeel. A decent session beer for me. Nothign too exciting, but very drinkable. Worth a try.

10-24-2004 13:37:31 | More by winomark
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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aztraz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

06-15-2013 23:32:55 | More by aztraz
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Aixois


3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

11-25-2012 07:33:45 | More by Aixois
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

09-12-2013 01:35:07 | More by Kahlerbock
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leitmotif

Romania

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

11-29-2013 19:25:43 | More by leitmotif
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

08-18-2012 01:25:15 | More by disemgrowler
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -16%

Uerige Alt (Classic) pours an auburn color with a thin head that lasts. The aroma is a mix of caramel, chocolate, and toast that leads to a flavor with caramel, dark chocolate, and anise notes. Very well balanced. It's got a medium-full mouthfeel that is very filling. This is a good altbier. Recommended.

03-06-2011 09:15:27 | More by B967ierhunter177
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -16%

Pours a clear and almost lager like amger. But not a lot of bubbles and a crappy head and no residual foam during the drinking. A par mix or toasted malts. Byt very hard to pick up in the nose. The taste is just a bit easier to pick up. A very lagery bread crust tase with some carbonation that is tasted but not seen. A very lager feel to the palate as well. Crsip and refreshing.

09-21-2006 06:03:28 | More by scruffwhor
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

Presentation: Very cool swing-top bottle. Most of the label is in German and therefore foreign to me however it does say bottled on 25.11. (whatever that means).

Served chilled in a stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with lots of suspended particles in the body. a huge head in the stange has decent retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: The smell is simple yeasty caramel malts.

Taste: The taste is dry with both fruit and vegetable attributes. It has a caramel malt base with some smokey flavors and grain. There are hints of apples and carrots and finally some grassy hops. The aftertaste and the burp a vegetal.

Mouthfeel: really quite dry and lingers on endlessly.

Drinkability: Maybe it isn't fresh or maybe that is the way this beer is built. It is enjoyable for one but not really my cup-o-tea so one is enough for me.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

12-19-2006 04:42:57 | More by Phatz
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -14%

Uerige is dark copper in color with a moderate head size. Rentention is pretty good. The aroma is weak and somewhat uninteresting. A light carmel smell underlies a slightly stronger herbal body. The main taste here is of herbal hops. Caramel malts are faintly tasted in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly active due to the herbal elements. This is a pretty good beer, however this isn't exactly my cup of tea. I think I liked Uerige Sticke better.

04-23-2005 00:07:07 | More by Gagnonsux
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Vancer

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

The old beer pours a deep, semi-hazy oaken brown, with a frothy rock chalk head of ivory.

This may be a German beer, but the aroma reminds me of an English bitter - woody, doughy and plenty of resins. Quaff has an odd off-taste of woody wet cardboard, plus the bready backbone.

Not a bad beer, nothing great, but with the import price this is one I'd overlook the next time around.

02-22-2008 01:25:48 | More by Vancer
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Thrasher

Oregon

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
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

.33L bottle, 11 month old. Pours amber color with foamy, white, long lasting head. Good lacing, some carbonation. Aroma of hops and caramel malt. Light to medium body, tangy at first then somewhat sweet. Moderate earthy hops dominate the flavor with caramel malt, brown sugar and dark fruit provide some balance. Long earthy hops finish. Decent brew but, personally, I would prefer local hoppy ambers. Maybe I'll try a fresher bottle next time.

12-07-2010 20:42:34 | More by mikeg67
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

Freaky pencil-necked, swivel-capped, yeastless bottle. But lots of vitality when that cap goes *POP*. Poured a honey-brown color with a full finger of soft billowy head. The strange thing was the aroma. It kept shifting accents on me. One moment it smelled like a pilsner, the next I was in the presence of kölsch. The nose was at first bright and malty and accented with floral notes. But is seemed to travel in the direction of a musty lemon scent as time passed.

The taste is curiously both sweet and malty – almost a second cousin to a rauchbier. The flavor also had an unusual lapse. Just before the finish it grew dilute – nearly absent – and then a nice bitter finish latched hold and lingered.

Despite the initial enthusiastic unleashing of trapped gasses, this brew soon lost most of its fizz and remained largely inactive throughout my tasting. This fast release and prolonged stillness goes a long way towards explaining the flux in flavors.

08-08-2004 00:58:28 | More by RedDiamond
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

From notes, no individual scores for the categories

L dark but very clear

A some yeast, some roasted malts,

T fruity, roasted malts, malt bitterness

F medium light body, fine bubbles

O Do not quite get why this is supposedly better than other Altbier. In my opinion this is middle of the road

09-04-2013 18:57:59 | More by safaricook
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-19-2014 20:39:38 | More by OriolesFan1008
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Slightly less caramel sweetness and with simplified complexity, this classic altbier carries a strict balance that doesn't tilt toward hop bitterness as do many Dusseldorf altbiers.

Medium amber in color and mostly clear, the beer forms a creme of white foam that's shy on both retention and lace. Inviting and casual, the beer neither impresses nor dissapoints the eye.

Caramel and bread crust aromas remind me of richer Oktoberfest beers. Without deeper malt/melanoidin notes or earthy hops, the nose gives the impressions of caramel, grain, and bread.

Flavors remain caramel focused, but with the added taste of bread crust, mild grain, and malty sweetness. This one-dimensional taste rides through the mid palate until the arrival of hop bitterness to balance in finish. Light herbal or grassy taste accompany the rising bitterness but never overtake the caramel.

Medium textured with medium maltiness and subtle carbonation, the beer has a mild weight that gives it more heaft than Oktoberfests, yet with the bitter balance that's unexpected from other traditional German beers. Mediun dryness in finish help to crispen the beer in preparation for the next drink.

Very drinkable and unoffensive, this beer is meant for large consumption, and done so quickly. A great thirst quencher for food pairings but lacking complexity for deep evaluation. Light graininess and slight over-attenuation gives a mild watery effect late.

06-17-2011 18:49:15 | More by BEERchitect
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brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

06-07-2013 20:55:15 | More by brbrocc
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

06-29-2014 07:06:45 | More by djrn2
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
89 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.