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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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

11.2 Fl. oz., "Bottled on 25.11..." No year listed, but most likely 2005. Ceramic flip-top loudly sprays a mist into my eyes as I open it. Poured into the closest thing I have to a traditional Altbier glass (a 14-ounce plum jam jar), Uerige Altbier Classic pours beautifully -- slightly hazy caramel-brown with a dense, meringue-like, light tan head. Aggressive carbonation. The nose is very modest, nearly absent: wispy aromas of oranges with doughy malts and some indeterminate spice (coriander seed? allspice?). The taste is far more forward, with flavors of toasted bread, orange pith, bergamot-infused tea, coriander, and a slight maple sweetness. Very complex. Great thick rings of foam lace the inside of the glass. Light in body, mellow carbonation on the palate. Dry finish -- with as complex a flavor profile as this beer has, it's got a remarkably clean mouthfeel. Altbier was the first style I truly fell in love with back when I first frequented the local brewpub in Lincoln, NE. I don't think I've had another one that I can remember for several years now, and I'm ashamed for that fact. This is an outstanding ale that everyone should try at least once.

orfeu, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of ngandhi
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not entirely deep in malt, but balanced nicely with a final focus on noble German hops and a pilsner-like dry bitter finish. The midpalate is most notable, fading out from light malt to a delicate green hoppiness -- almost like a Vienna lager with a subtle malt prescence that wants to go somewhere but never does. A touch nutty. Crisp.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of KI9A
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, dark, dunkel color. Thin head, OK lacing.

S: Sweet, malty, almost skunky.

T: Sweet malts, surprising hit of bitter hops! Raisens, prunes, apple?

M: Coats the mouth, bitterness sticks around a bit.

D: Low ABV, good taste makes this a winner in my book!

KI9A, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of clickpush
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

clickpush, May 26, 2006
Photo of John_Beeryman
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A terrifically malty, tasty beer. I wish it came in a bigger bottle.

John_Beeryman, Wednesday at 12:39 AM
Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This alt pours into my mug an orangey-golden color with some cloudiness and thin, but persistent white head. The aroma of this beer is rather sweet, that of caramel type malt and maybe a sherry aroma, judging by this and the bottle date, the beer may be a bit over the hill, we’ll see. I cannot detect much of any hop aroma. The taste of this beer is quite complex. There are elements of malty sweetness, that of fruit, and bready notes. The hop bitterness is moderate and balances the sweetness of the beer nicely. After the swallow, the beer leaves my mouth rather dry with a moderate-low hop taste present, definitely wanting another sip. The beer is medium in body and rather highly carbonated, yet is incredibly smooth. Overall I truly enjoyed this one, not as much as the Uerige Sticke, but this was very good. I like the flavor of the beer best, along with the aftertaste, it really leaves you perfectly, not too sweet, not too bitter and not too dry, but rather the perfect mix of the three. I would like to try a fresher sample sometime and see if the aroma is any different. I’d recommend this beer and if I ever make to Germany, I will visit Uerige!

uwmgdman, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of blameo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

blameo, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

B967ierhunter177, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of moulefrite
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good lord this is a pretty glass of suds! Just got in a case of this rather hard to come by brew and am pleased as punch. And, speaking of punch this baby gives a Champagne like burst when opened from its slumber in its awesome flip top format. The color is of the purest copper, and a sticky head with gracious stick and lace adds to the very elegant picture. A real treasure to behold. Ahh, and the aromas here are pure magic-clean as a whistle with fresh bready/malty nuances, gentle fruity esters, and magestic hop notes to boot. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp-quite dry and the finish is rather hoppy. Is this the ultimate session beer or what? Them damn Germans know how to make beer. Honestly, I can't think of a better beer for the style.

moulefrite, May 27, 2004
Photo of Sachsenfreude
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect Altbier! Not a single characteristic could be changed for the better.

appearance; thick and sticky off white head. Excellent retention and lovely lacing. The main body is a slightly cloudy, weathered bronze.

smell; perfect blend of roasted malt and herbal hops. Definitely some sweetness in there that is too complex to describe.

taste; warm toasty malts with some burnt chocolate flavors, then the hops kick in, very spicy and balancing, with just a breathe of alcohol sweetness. Raw licorice with no sugar added, beautifully bitter but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is somewhat earthy and grainy with hints of cocoa powder.

mouthfeel; a bit creamy and thick on the palate but easy and light to swallow. Leaves a bit of stickyness on the mouth.

drinkability; I drank three in ten minutes need I say more...

It's hard to do this beer a justice, as adjectives worthy enough to describe it simply don't exist! My favorite beer in the world...possible, the best Altbier in the world...definitely!

Sachsenfreude, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rich copper with an off white head that lingers a little longer than a good night kiss.. Smells more malty than its cousin the Uerige Sticke. Taste is also more malty. Classic Alt style brew with nice brown ale caramel and toast notes. Not nearly as hoppy in the finish as the Sticke, but its pretty darn tasty. More in line with the tradional alt style. I prefer the Sticke, but the Classic proved worth the price. Pair it with some smoked gouda, or smoked almonds for a tasty treat

TinusTime, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of erz316
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

custom 330ml bottle into POM stange. bottled on 05.03, code 0406 (whatever the hell that means).

A - this beer is a bit explosive, a lot of head forms when pouring, so watch out. this looks almost exactly like the Sticke: dark copper colour, highly effervescent. there is some haziness caused by yeast, but that is the only ostensible difference from the Sticke. same great head and lacing, as with retention.

S - nose is nowhere near as strong as the Sticke. the nose is very light, but is a pretty balanced combination between the hops and malt varieties. if anything was to particularly stick out it would be the caramel malts.

T - despite the nose, the body is quite dynamic and tasty. almost every one of the hops used makes a debut in some part of this beer. initial taste is the hops, roasted and barley malts duking it out for majority. the taste comes off slightly more malty than hoppy. the hops are a simple bitter taste, maybe a bit like grapefruit rind. the finish has a spurt of alcohol comes out, though hardly much in comparison to the other. the majority of the finish is sweeter caramel malts, not a really big hop presence here; finish is also a bit dry, which is a good touch. the aftertaste is a very subtle malt flavour, some hops, and a good chunk of yeast, lending the beer to have almost bready characteristics at certain moments.

MF&D - they nailed the feel on this one, it is a solid medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. bingo, right on the mark. the drinkabilty is also very exceptional, but maybe this is because I dont particularly enjoy this style, I would be hard pressed to have another. other than that fact, no aspect of the beer hampers the drinkability, which is the main important thing here.

erz316, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of silenius
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.)

silenius, May 31, 2004
Photo of JLeege
2.1/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes. Poured into a stange.

Appearance- Hazy brown, with a large foamy head. Decent retention and a little lace. The color of this beer is pretty unattractive.

Smell- Caramel, slightly toasty, a touch grainy, and a bit sweaty.

Taste- Raison, slight caramel, dirty earth, a hint of chocolate, and a sweaty almost salty dirty sock taste. Not too good.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. The major off taste made it tough to swallow.

Overall- Perhaps a bad or old bottle, but I have had this before and remember the same qualities. I know it is the classic altbier, but it does not agree with me at all.

JLeege, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of winomark
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

winomark, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of prisoner1572
1.75/5  rDev -56.1%

prisoner1572, May 10, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

disemgrowler, Aug 18, 2012
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 RenoZymurgist
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The swingtop popped loudly and I thought I might have a gusher so I quickly poured this ale and it revealed a rich nut-brown color with a white head that was thin yet resilient. It has a caramel aroma and a very interesting flavor. It begins very smoothly with sweet malt flavors which, slowly segue into a strong hop background that lingers and leaves the most wonderful hop flavor. This beer has a very nice flavor and I was surprised by the delicate earthiness of the German hops

RenoZymurgist, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of shapudding
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Caramelly cider colored with a white head. Slightly musty, maybe a bit skunky scent to it. Dry and musty flavored and bittered. Light and slight creamy nice feel to it. Keeps the flavor on your tongue. Mainly malty, lightly hoppy flavored. Easy drinker.

shapudding, Sep 18, 2004
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 DaveJanssen
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery in dusseldorf in .25 L glasses. Reviewed 7-5-2009.

Ar: Malty, sweet, nutty and caramel, toffee hints, light candy sweetness, mild fruitiness, very light roast hints, light herbal hop

Ap: Clear amber with dark copper highlights, frothy off white head, great retention, lace

F: Rich and malty, dark fruit (prune), clean bitterness from hops, caramel (slightly lighter than C-60) Floral, crisp nuttynes at end, dry finish, *earthy hints, floral strengthens as it warms, honey hints (good amount, not too much) good balance

M: medium mouthfeel but light enough to be easily drinkable, light smooth carbonation, refreshing

O: darker with malt and floral/fruit complexities, good malt character, sweetness and body, the floral character is nice

DaveJanssen, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Ahhdball
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a very interseting bottle with the option to reseal. It's only 11 ounces so why would I? Anyway the color was red/copper and sealed on top with a one or two inch white bubbly head. A quiet fruit aroma - dark fruit, like passion fruit or a plum followed by a very small yeast aroma. The taste was above average. The hops and malt played well together. Very balanced portion of the plum, hops, and slight caramel. A well to do Alt, color, smell, taste and a clean velevety finish make this a heck of an above average brew. $4.50 a bottle harms this beers likeability though, I could spend $3.00 and get 6 Great Lakes or Rogue.

Ahhdball, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of EvilKeith
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ceramic cap released a fine mist as I opened the distinctive long necked bottle.
It poured into the glass a clear mahogany amber color. Topped with a short-lived pale tan head, minimal lace.

Smells sweetly of apricots, raisins and baked sweet breads with a trace of alcohol.

What hits first is the tingle of carbonation along the sides of the tongue. Dark toffee and malty middle. Bitter spicy hop finish.

Overall, I liked it. With the scent of alcohol and the quickly receding head I incorrectly assumed the ABV was higher.
Sessionable if you have the money, a bit pricey.

EvilKeith, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled on 04.18. Served in a tall cylinder glass.
Aroma: Very strong, rich caramel aromas. Some roast.
Apperance: Crystal clear, copper orange, with a dirty white head.
Flavor: There is something about this beer that I do not like. It really hits the sides of my tounge. It is very bitter, but that fades fast, and there is some roast character there.
Palate: Very drying, and that my be what I don’t like the most about it.
Overall: I would prefer a fuller, rounder drink from an alt. Is that off base?

tjthresh, Aug 25, 2005
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
89 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.