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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 270
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-01-2002

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.
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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice intense yeasty/malty flavour. Starts off a bit funky but mellows out into a nice fruity, ale-like drink. Really refreshing and drinkable, even if just a few days past the bbd.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit especially raisins and figs, light nuttiness, inviting. Flavor is dry caramel and toasty bread malt, bitter herbs, rye bread; light grassy hops in the finish. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A very nice altbier with interesting dry malt flavors and light earthy, grassy hops in the finish. Mellow, but surprisingly full flavored for the ABV. Very enjoyable. There is a dry, biscuity malt flavor in the aftertaste that is very nice with the residual hop bitterness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing top. Coppery color. Poured into a Uerige highball sampler glass; feeling the mood. Pretty beer. Aroma is soft and evokes the essence of beer. No frills. Caramel, bread and some herbal hops. Flavor is very similar to the scent; no surprises. Bare bones and direct. Light bodied. Very drinkable. Not too elaborate but I could destroy 7-9 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark copper with a 1" head of foam.

Smell is malty, earthy hops, nutty.

The taste surpasses the pleasant smell. A kind of earthy and spicy hop thing going on with a nice nutty sweet ish malt presence. Smooth and tasty with a nice mouthfeel and I reckon I am drinking a fine Alt indeed.

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Photo of aleigator
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a foamy, decent, long staying head, while its color is defined by a lovely dark brown color, in which red glowing hints are visible.

Nose is full of malt defined aromas, very bready with hints of tobacco and a slightly sour peak of fresh yeast.

Beginning is very soft on the palate, with lots of earth and whole-grain bread, while a subtle biscuit touch adds sweeter hints to it. Malt body then turns particular bitter for an Alt, still accompanying the malts. Finishes with slightly sour, soft yeasty hints, while a dry, bitter hop note becomes more present. Inconvenient bitter, very complex, with a distinct flowery, dry hop note amongst a bready malt body.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really cool looking bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a copper brown, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grass, toasted bread, caramel, and toffee.

A pretty good hop profile on this one, must be relatively fresh. Some herbal and grassy hop bitterness that lingers for a bit, with delicious crackery toasty bready malt flavor, along with dry caramel.

Medium bodied, pretty full for the ABV at 4.7%. Low carbonation, crisp, clean mouthfeel.

This one of the best German breweries that you can get in the US. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark ruby with lots of particulate.

The aroma has pilsner quality of floral, grassiness, a toasted malt, caramel and candy sweetness, lager yeast.

The flavor follows with a slight caramel and candy sweetness in the front. A pilsner and lager yeast quality. Floral hops. Then onto a strong bitterness for the style of grassiness, earthiness, almost pine, and a big herbal and tea leaf quality.

A pretty good beer for the style, but because of the bitterness and hops, I suspect that my 10 month old bottle had some oxidation, so try to get this beer fresher than that.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, with a nice beige head forming up. From the look of it, it will be a malty, compact, dense drink.
Smells of roasted malts, dark spices and green and dry grass.
Roasted malts, somewhat sweet with a dark fruitiness background (low raisin, dry figs). Hint of apricot also, and some low citrus (a mild lemon zest that you usually get in a lager also). Yeasts are hard at work, earthy, spicy, woody. A floral note, but a bigger herbal note, with pine, sage, dry cones. Hops are big and clear, and create a hugely intense dry bitterness, enhanced by the roast, really rough. The bitterness and an alcoholic warmth linger for a very long time in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way.
A little fizz, but the beer is mostly creamy, dense and robust.
A great intensity of aromas, beautiful balance between malts, yeasts and hops creating a strong, very "German" bitterness that few beers achieve.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/2013. Best before 6/2014.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and biscuit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a surprising hoppy flavor that I wasn't expecting based on the smell.

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Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fantastic tall and compact beige head fills the glass. After a while the liquid appears as the head starts to dissipate. The color is lovely glowing brown. Nice lacings.

S: Roasted malt, kind of dry. Suttle hoppiness brings fruity notes; ripe oranges and pears as well as dark dried fruits. Sweet.

T: Toasty malt, roasted and bready. Yeast and quite spicy. Rich fruit; follows the smell. Sweet, but also dry. The bitter hops are strong but very well balanced. An metallic back-bone (like in every Altbier I've ever had).

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter (cherry kernel-like). Body is so smooth and medium full, while the strong carbonation is very modest and un-aggresive.

O: This is a very well crafted and balanced Altbier - probably the best I've ever had.

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Photo of dwren89
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this corked bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy brown-amber hue with an off-white, 1-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and wispy lace.

S: Malty aroma with a pine background.

T: Sweet malty followed by some dark fruits and caramel with a somewhat dry spicy finish.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Good overall altbier – not my favorite style but worthy of a try.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Experienced on-cask at Uerige on 4/11/2013 while visiting my good friend Thirstybird. First of three served in a .2l stange. Pours a deep amber with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch cream-colored head. Nose is malty with a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - the perfect balance of malt and hops with just a kiss of earthiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a smooth body and a slight bite at the finish. Overall, a very different animal than what is generally available in the bottle. A great session alt.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice bottle, just careful when you open it, I got it spilled on my eyes.
Slightly hazy copper color, and it gets really murky at the last pour. Made a two finger head with medium retention and leaving laces through the glass.
Nice aroma of light toasted malts and floral and earthy hops.
More intense flavor than announced by nose with toasted malts and piney and grassy hops. Hints of caramel, earth, condiments, citrus and prunes. Dry aftertaste with a bitter hoppy feeling.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Classic example of an Altbier, and a one hard to beat, though haven’t tried their other versions.

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Photo of acevenom
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a little glass with a clear copper body and a nice thick and foamy off white head. Laces the glass wonderfully.

Aroma of noble hops and grain.

This medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation works its way over the palette with a hop bitterness. It dries out the mouth.

Uerige has the best alt in town as far as I'm concerned. A great place to hang out and drink 5 or 6 or more...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with amber highlights and a large 3 finger beige head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma with caramel malt, pears, bread, yeast, hops, and some earthiness.

The taste is somewhat different from he aroma. There are hops, biscuit malt, caramel, and some green apple. There is more bitter hops and somewhat less sweetness in the taste than the aroma suggests. Still quite nice.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a light sweet aftertaste. A nice Altbier, which I will buy again.

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Photo of Offa
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11

P:  Body is murky dark brown with amber highlights that is crowned by a frothy bone colored head that fades quick but leaves thin silky lacing behind. 

S:  Rich and decadent sweet candied malts, cherry, pumpernickel bread, ginger, prunes, subtle apple and cinnamon aroma. 

T/M:  Upon first entering my mouth a quick rush of grape juice arrived then vanished instantly. Taste become much more mellow than the nose and introduces dark roasted,  almost smoked ,caramel malts. Rum soaked fruits, spicy arugula, light pine resin, clove and other roasted spices. Moderate carbonation and a medium body. Finish is dry with lingering nuts and cigarette ashes. 

O:  A great alt that is balanced, delicate and smooth. The nose is much sweeter than the taste but it's cuts the sweet perfectly. I really liked this beer it was unique and almost tricky with the switch in taste to more roasted and smoked flavor. I expected it to be similar to a sweet belgian dark ale. I recommend trying this one out. Cheers!

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Photo of Megahertz
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown flip top into a shaker. Gorgeous bottle.

A - Light brown, hazy, with a copious tan head. Carbonation appears appropriate for style. Significant lacing noted.

S - Plum and other dark fruits. Apricot? Bready background. Very pleasant.

T - Front is quite bitter with noble hops. Complex mid with caramelized sugar notes, dark fruity esters, floral-herbal hops and very mild roast. Finish is quite dry, almost black-pepper like.

M - Medium to heavy body with brisk carbonation. Outstanding.

O - What a fascinating style.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick 2.5 finger tan head on top of a hazel brown. The foam creates rocky mounds and retains well.

S - Toasted bready malt, tangy doughy yeasty, faint caramel.

T - Lots of bread crust, it tastes exactly like toasted bread crust. Gets roasty in the middle with caramel swirling around. A firm grassy hop bitterness brings in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with ample carbonation, peppery dry finish.

This was straightforward that would be great on a fall evening. Lots of bread with caramel and peppery hops to balance it out. If your interested in this style you should pick this one up.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A simple and nice foamy light tan head with not much staying power comes and hangs around only to fall on a good chestnut red and brown body. Body is fairly opaque and does have lots of tiny tiny rising bubbles. Nice looking beer.

Nose hints at wonderful mix of dark malts, and real fruity red sense of berries. Dry brown spices mix in with clove and nutmeg. Real wonderful.

Taste really seem to unfortunatly disappear. Extremely light palate doesn't support the big nose that seems to hint at coming. Light malts and a real wet finish don't give much sense to big tastes or textures. Almost crisp like, and a real yeast hotness on the finish with a sharp spice. Hints at woody like licorice also.

Overall it's actually fairly nice, but I think I prefer some of the other Uerige versions compared to this.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second go:
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 06.11, best by 06.12, drank 01.13
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

After finding a much fresher bottle, I'm revisiting this beer, and wow, what a difference time makes. While before this was fairly bland, this "fresher" bottle is worlds different, with prominent floral, spicy, and woodsy hops with a stronger malt character and overall more powerful flavors. After just finishing a glass, I'd like another. My only complaint: $5 for a 11.2oz bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan bubbles, medium-sized, somewhat like a dense sponge from the top. Head recedes over a few minutes, leaving more than modest, but not super-amazing lacing. Body is a dark brown color, opaque from sediment I poured in, with light turning the edges a slightly lighter copper-brown. Carbonation is not visible due to the opacity.

Aroma of pungent, spicy hops with some floral and forest-floor-leaf-matter undertones. Substantial caramel malts and more modest yeast hover below the hops. This is quite pleasant.

The front of the palate gets some caramel and toffee-like sweetness with a hint of brown sugar and herbal hops. Mid-palate is rather bitter, with herbal and forest-floor-leaf-matter-like hops atop sweetish brown and toasted malt flavors. Back of palate continues herbal hop bitterness along with caramel malt and even a hint of roasted grain flavor. Lingering strong bitterness in the finish, along with some minor herbal and brown malt qualities.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-level carbonation that creates a crisp, dry mouthfeel that just borders being fizzy, but never arrives there. As the carbonation dissipates across the palate, the mouthfeel becomes quite a bit smoother. Finish is quite dry, with little stickines across the palate.

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Bottled on 02.10, best by 02.11, consumed 04.12
Brewery mentions this "keeps four weeks at least."
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

At first I felt somewhat let down, that Uerige's "standard" alt was a ghost of its sticke and doppelsticke brethren. Then I noticed the bottled on date, and realized that this bottle was just embarrassingly old. Even so, this was fairly decent, and I will definitely keep my eye out for another, more recent, bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan bubbles, medium-sized, somewhat like a dense sponge from the top. Head recedes over a few minutes, leaving a fair amount of lacing. Body is a dark brown-copper color, transparent, with actively visible carbonation.

Aroma of light caramel malts, subtle sweetness, and faint graininess.

Taste is very similar to smell, fairly muted from age (I assume), mostly faint caramel malts, sweetness, and graininess.

Beer still medium bodied, with medium-level carbonation that creates, at first, a crisp mouthfeel that gradually soothes into being quite a bit smoother. Finish is dry.

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Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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