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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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89
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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love the shape of these bottles and I love the muffled gunshot that results when cracking the swing-top seal. Soft, gauzy ochre that could also be described as weather-worn bronze. The cap is modest in size, sandstone in color and awash with geological features. Small pits, larger divots, slopes, precipices, hummocks and bridges of foam from head to glass... it's all here and it all looks great.

The one word that occurs to me when assessing the aroma is earthy. I don't remember what Uerige Sticke smelled like, but I do remember that I liked the way it smelled. Must be the yeast; I'm sure these two beers have that in common. In fact, my impression is that Sticke is simply Uerige Altbier with more malt, more hops and more alcohol. This one smells of toasted grain and considerably musky, overripe fruit. I like it, yes I do.

Whether it contains a lesser quantity of ingredients or not, Classic doesn't take a backseat to any altbier, not even its bigger brother. There's a toasted malty brown bread base, with more lucious hoppiness than expected. In fact, it tastes a lot like some English pale ales, the ones that are especially tea leafy. That's a good thing. I can also appreciate a wonderfully bold spiciness that gives the flavor profile an added measure of complexity. Not that it needed it.

With warming, the flavors meld even more seamlessly and the hoppiness is enhanced. I find myself taking smaller and smaller sips in order to appreciate more incredible 'finishes' before all 11.2 ounces are gone. Double-sizing these bottles would be a great idea. The mouthfeel is light-medium, pillowy soft and feels great throughout the entire journey from lips to points south.

"Bitter and full of flavor is what the tongue signalises, but also moreish" is the tortured translation that appears on the Uerige website. I couldn't have said it better. After learning that Classic is the lower malt, lower hops, lower alcohol version of Sticke, I envisioned myself saying something along the lines of 'it's good, but I'll sticke with the bigger beer'. Well I'm here to say that the little guy has nothing to apologize for. As far as I'm concerned, Uerige Obergarige Hausbrauerei brews the definitive versions of the altbier style.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a .2 liter Uerige stange. The beer itself appears a hazy copper color, and arrives from the tap with a finger of thick cream colored foam.

The nose is hop forward, earthy and herbal, faintly toasted and metallic. Berry-like fruit notes come out with a little agitation.

Incredibly flavorful for the low ABV, it washes the tongue with bitter herbal hops, flavors of earth and mineral, toasted malt and light fruity tartness. It's a complex beer, difficult to wrap the mind around but immensely enjoyable. The finish has a big hoppy bite, quite bitter but also faintly metallic and sour. This is a beer I'll have to revisit a few times before I can fully grasp every nuance.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the recommended stange glass, a hazy tea-brown with suspended unfiltered yeast. Two fingers of head settled to form a solid 1/4" layer of offwhite foam. A ring of lacing forms with descending tendrils.

Smells of grain husk, malt, a little sweet caramel or honey.

Fairly mellow in the taste, mostly caramel malt and aged hops that build in intensity. The dry, herbal hop bitterness lingers for awhile in the aftertaste.

Fairly thin mouthfeel, tea-like wouldn't be too far off. The carbonation is visible, but it's not felt as much. Very easy to quaff this, cost may prevent an all out session though.

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, bubbly cola brown color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and fruity.

T - It tasted of plum and biscuity malt with a mild spicy hop bite. Really great tasting altbier.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. An easy drinking, medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good example of the style. Very tasty and worth the price.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of off white foam on top of a copper-brown body with good clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Toasted malt and light toffee with a very slight hint of fruity yeast in the background.

T - Rich malt with lots of toast and dry caramel up front. Some darker malt notes of plum and raisin come out in the middle with a light, earthy hop flavor. The beer finishes with lots of dry toast and moderate hop bitterness that effectively balances the residual sweetness of the malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Quite nice and much more malty than I expected it to be. There is a lot of toast and caramel with some surprising fruity notes. The hops are present, and while they are not particularly intense, they balance the malt while also adding a light, spicy touch to the beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz swing-top bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of robust, smoky, caramelized malts along with some nuts and spice and a decent background of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel, nuts, spices, some smokiness and good hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but it exactly at the level it should be for the style. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, excellent representation of style, mild kick, this is a very good beer in a style that many brewers seem either reluctant to do or unable to do well. If I want a beer with some substance that isn’t going to be overpowering, this is an excellent choice. Too bad it’s such an expensive one.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a hint of ruby. Nose is a mix of old fruit skins. Slightly sweet in a mature fashion. Flavor is tangy. A touch of kick from spice on the tongue. Overall it seems a bit like grapefruit skins, tamer though. Feel is nice. Good level of bubble. Definitely drinkable. Very smooth. Just don’t know how to compare it to other altbiers since this is my first.

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: poured from a swingtop bottle with bronze outlined shield shaped label. Bottled on 11/25 displayed on the neck label.

A - Opened with a loud POP! Pours with vigorous effervescent yeast action. Slightly cloudy with countless bubbles that form to make a whipped up white head.

S - Malty sweet, nutty scents emanate as wall as hop spice odors. Caramel and honey like aromas are noticed.

M - Lively and sweet, sticky with a crisp feel. Just slightly bitter, very middle range not too light - suffficiently mouthpleasing body. Very clean with palate cleansing effervescence.

T - Malty and prickly with active carbonation. Honey caramel like flavors from the malts are sweet, but not overly so. A bitter and nutty quality is apparent with the finish of every sip. A nice balance of slighly peppery clove spiciness and faintly sweet nuttiness. A white pepper note returns upon repeated tastes with a gentle sugar and dry grainy flavor as it warm that is pleasant like lightly toasted wheat.

D - Great drinkability is found in the low alcohol, session worthy ale. The alt has a nice fruity essence with spice, hop, and pleasing carbonation adding balance.

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar, been wanting to try this on draft for a while now. Beer is light brown and hazy. There is a thick white head made up of small bubbles that leave a ton of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate (kind of hard to tell but its definitely steady and present).

The aroma is little light compared to the doppel and sticke, but its about the same, some estery fruits, a hint of alcohol or something else, hard to tell.

Beer has a medium body and finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. There is a mild bitterness throughout but there is not much flavor up front at all. The more I drink the more there appears an aftertaste, a slight bitter taste that builds in my mouth. Maybe a like sulfur in that back flavor as well. Drinkability good and mouthfeel could use some more connectivity but overall a good experience.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, deep amber hue, solid, creamy white head.
Nose is a fine blend of hops, fruit, and malt, with sly, herbal, spice hints as well..nice.
Taste: yum. Yeah, that'll do it...hope I've hit the character minimum already, because that will do. Just ...yum.
Nice little, brisk hops, sweet, dusky flavor, a harmonious blend of the malty and fruity flavors, perfectly smooth and actively tasty. Dries out on the palate in a very reserved and classy fashion, leaves the palate whetted for another taste. Very tidy. Delivers the flavor, then heads out the door. This is a sophisticated, but un-showy ale, and I can see it being easily imbibed by the herren and damen back at the biergarten.
Nice, nice, nice!

Gratitude aplenty towards moulefrite for the bottles!

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a refreshingly fruity yeast aroma that is quite pleasant. The taste is good. It has a light and bitter flavor that is loaded with hops and balanced with light crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine altbier. It's light and bitter and highly drinkable.

Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Uerige stange

Pours a hazy copper with a creamy, fairly thick one-finger head that remains steady a short while before becoming a lasting thin cover. Leaves traces of lacing.

The smell is of caramel and citrusy hops.

Sweet, rich caramel is just about evenly balanced by crisp, citrusy, biiter hops. The hops seem for a short tad, to almost outpace the malt, but the malt quickly makes a comeback and they remain about even throughout the drink. A touch of brown sugar emerges as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced between the malt and hops.

It's fairly smooth, but has a slight rough edge to it that I can't quite place. Just enough thinness comes through in the feel to bring the drink down from full-bodied to the upper end of medium bodied. Despite the low abv, and unnoticeable alcohol, there is a sharpness, and just enough fullness, to it that makes it lean more towards the "sipping" side than the "session" side.

The flavors, especially the caramel malt, hang on for a long while. The bottom line - it's a deserved world classic. Very tasty.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy ruby color. Topped by a cream colored head. A clean sweet malty aroma greats my nose, I also get some grassy herbal hoppy notes. I get hints of pine, flowers, and candied orange. The taste is a bit more washed out than the nose suggests. Though when tasted on draft at the source this is a completely different beer. It has a nice clean bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is preceded by a somewhat muted hop flavor that adds a bit of fruitiness to this beer, which shows what this beer could be like if sampled fresh at the brewery. Does have a nice level of maltiness here that is reminiscent of biscuits with a bit of caramel in it. It almost unfortunate that this is imported, this beer loses so much by leaving its home pub. If you really want to try this, and see that it is a completely different beer, go to the Altstadt of Düsseldorf.

Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/11/04- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Very cool slender and curved 11.2 oz swing top bottle. Poured into my Powder Hound pint glass. Born on date of 03/09 and code of 10 03.

Appearance- Absolutely humongus head. Literally half the glass on a good pour. Deep amber color and nice lacing.

Smell- A light roasted nutty scent. Maybe a bit of sweetness in the air.

Taste- Not really sweet like the scent, but it seems very dry in the beginning and throughout. Pretty heavy on the malt with roasted nuts, caramel, butterscotch?, flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Seemed over carbonated at first, but calmed down as consumed.

Drinkability- Interesting beer that was nice to try. A bit too expensive for what I got though. I think it was between $4-$5. Glad I tried it though.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a two finger tall light tan head. The head dissipates down to a eight inch ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There is significant lacing.

S: Aromas of caramel malts, floral hops, and some breadiness.

T: Flavors are primarily the malts upfront - caramel, bready, and roasted - followed by bitterness and hints of yeast. I would describe the taste as complex but easy to enjoy. Slightest hint of pepper in the finish as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Quite easy to drink and very sessionable. Enjoyable flavor and low ABV

Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark chestnut color with ruddy mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Sweet dark fruit aroma with hints of licorice, peppery spice and chocolate malt.

Slightly watered down mouthfeel with some nutty/chocolate malts, sweet dark fruit notes, licorice, saaz hops and a slightly dry metallic finish.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. A rare treat. Pours chestnut brown with a nice fluffy head and sticky lacing. Smells like a freshly cleaned stable. Sweet hay and a touch of earth and wood as well as fresh grains. Some light malt throughout as well. The taste is similar, with predominant notes of hay and cereal grains as well as some light malt. Smooth, toasty, and malty, quite dry and easy to drink. Nice to try this on tap.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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!!

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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