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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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89
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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
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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Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 189
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a few of these at the brewpub in the Altstadt, Dusseldorf. The place was too packed to eat at but luckily you could get beers at seats in front of the building.

The beer is reddish-copper colored and clear, with a nice cap of foam (similar to others of the style I had within 2 days of each other). It smelled muted as appropriate I guess, but thankfully balanced a little more heavily towards hops than the others. Beyond the light grassy (Saaz?) hops I get the usual grains and breads from the malts. Not a beer that demands deep reflection though, just an inviting aroma.

The flavor is caramel and roasted malts upfront with a nice bitter edge at the end and a clean aftertaste. No problems whatsoever, and this is one of my favorites within this style.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bark
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is deep, warm brown-copper. The very high head is airy and pale brown with a fine crater. It sinks very slowly leaving massive amounts of thick lacing. The liquid is clear.

The smell is smooth and complex. Butterscotch, caramel, robust bitter hops, brown sugar, rye bread, overripe apples, hay, autumn forest, hay… There are lots of things going on here, but they stick together.

The flavour is bitter. Very bitter for a German beer, it reminds me of some of the best English IPAs in the robust powerful hoppy bitterness. Notes of rye bread, sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. Dried flowers and hay, sour Porter-like hints. Very fresh flavours. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is bitter with lots of dried flowers and some toffee. Fresh grass, hay, cocoa, fresh herbs and some light spicy flavours. The long finish is malty, bitter and a bit roasted.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is a bit sticky and mid-smooth.

Malty lika a dopplebock, hoppy like an English IPA and complex like a Quadrupel. All at 4.7 % ABV. One of the best beers I have had: This is beer love.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's yesterday. I feel lucky for being able to try all 3 Uerige altbiers fresh, on tap, and side by side.

Amber with light amber highlights, this beer is a touch lighter than the regular Sticke. Dense off-white head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, this is clean, with grassy hops and a bready character that makes me think of raisin bread. Mildly spicy, almost rye-like with a touch of baking spices. The palate opens up very hoppy and bitter with earthy hops with the character of petrichor. Mildly grassy and lemony. The malt character is similar to but a touch lighter than the sticke. Mild caramel is present, and the finish is long, dry and bitter. Carbonation is high, and enjoyable. Drier and hoppier than the sticke. Thoroughly enjoyable, I prefer the sticke though.

Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intense bronze color, very clean, without bubbles. With a white and creamy foam. Good lacing.
Malty smell, with touches of caramel, and some hop notes.
Intense taste, starting with malt and caramel, sweet, but not cloying at all, and then an intense bitterness, long and persistent.
Good and interesting.
Light body, bitter aftertaste, long, with an hint of biscuit.
Great drinkability.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Orangy copper color, clear and distinct with a flow of strong bubbles coursing up after every sip, small, densely sitting foam cap resides to a ever present hazy skim. Lacing in thin foamy sheets.
Aroma is toasty with nuts and caramel with a light herbal hop touch.
Taste is remarkably nice, very nice and smooth toasty factions of malts, some whole grain goodness, smokey barley seeps, light caramel and unsalted nuts gain and help smooth it out. Great herbal hop biting finish thats just a nudge spicy and holds on to the palate for a good ride. Like that finish.
Feel is about medium, starts a bit grainy with a solid hold and carbonation but drifts off some to a lighter finish, but thats where the nice hop finish does its thing so it more then makes up for it.
As far as quaffing, this stuff takes the cake, very smooth, a nice balance and meld of subtle flavors. Very dee-lish and drinkable; gone in no time cuz that 11.2 oz bottle ain't nearly enough.
Thanks to trbeer for the extra bottle!

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy leather brown w/ orange tints and a little bit of floaties along with a two-finger offwhite head that slowly receeds. Smell is slightly sweet, slightly nutty/yeast with some minor fruity hops in there as well. Medium-bodied and slightly chewey, this is a dry beer but still rich and smooth and easy down the hatch. Has a biscuit/bread/nutty taste along with some slightly sticky and sweet malts. Hop bitterness leads to a dry backbite that balances the beer with some fruit flavors. A great beer to just chill out with.

Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is clear with a solid brown color and a foaming head that showed incredible retention. It left some cool lacing on the inside of my Pils glass, which I sacrilegiously used just for the hell of it.

Smell – The malts here are heavier than what you’d expect in an Altbier, but of course this is the “double secret” delicious drop. The sweets are muted at this point, but the hops are actually quite large.

Taste – Yes, this is a Düsseldorf classic. It’s much bigger than a normal Altbier, although you could still probably session it. The alcohol is incognito. The malts are big and bitter, adding to the bitterness from the hops. This one also has a big brown sugary kick at the end, giving away the location of the brewery.

Mouthfeel – The Doppelsticke is on the big side of medium-bodied yet still very sessionable. The flavors and mouthfeel fall rightly in order.

Drinkability – This is a little bigger than I prefer my Altbiers, but it sure lives up to its billing. If you want to try an Altbier on steroids than this is it. You could probably even cellar this is you wanted.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with not much of a head to speak of. Aromas are a bit weaker than the sticke but still consists of nuts, spices, floral/herbal hops and more. The taste is hoppy up front and malty in the middle witha good balance of the spicy/nuttiniess. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for me but drinkability is very good. Despite its short comings this is still damn nice. It will live in the shadows when compared to the sticke though, imo.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of cokes
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A mildly hazy deep golden-copper. The head is ducked-down; a large-bubbled dirty white.
The nose is ripe with dry, grainy malts, and dampened sweet caramel ones. Along with loud herb-encrusted hopping.
Taste begins dry- pils-esque for a moment- and full of crackers. Deepens with caramel, but never turns very sweet. An absolute deluge of nuts rain down. Walnuts and almonds and Brazils. Hopping is crisp and loud. There is a sense of molten metal, gold perhaps, or brass. Back to nature upon conclusion, autumnal fields with withering flowers and wind-whipped brown grasses.
And it lingers.

Refined, then refined again.
Cite "lack of complexity"? You're wrong. This runs deeper than beers 3 times its size. The restraint and harmony here are unmatched.

If not for the price, this would be my "anytime" beer. The only two places $4 disappears faster are casinos and strip clubs. And it depends on the Strip Club.

Just goddamn delicious. Perhaps even more so than the Sticke.
Or perhaps not.
Both are Galaxy-class.

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel color intoa stange with an inch of tight, bubbly off-white head. Nice streaming carbonation throughout. Really nice to look at.

Aroma is quite malty, with a bit of European hop bitterness and spicy fruitiness. Smells tasty.

Flavor is malty with a light bitterness and a huge fruit presence, almost cherry-like at times. Finishes nice and dry with a nice little nuttiness in there, too.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely-carbonated.

Overall: Quite a nice alt, but there's not really much comparison to their doppelsticke I tried last week. Still worth seeking out and a pleasant surprise in the super-cool bottle.

Photo of Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice chestnut brown color with a nice dense cream colored head that left some insane lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a rich nutty malt, a bit buttery and a hint of steel. The taste is very malty. Chocolate and roasted malts prevail, some mineral water, and a light but noticable hoppy bitterness towards the end. Perhaps a very very light fruitiness as well. The feel is light and almost watery, fairly soft carbonation and finishes bitter from the malt and hops. A great looking Altbier with a nice roasty malt taste. The feel was a bit thin but that is the only real negative.

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

Photo of RedDiamond
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOve the bottle for this one..a work of art. Now the beer..lovelly looking ale it is an almost glowing amber with a huge sticky, frothy off white head...great lacing. Aroma is strong on the malts..some small hops too. Very soft malty flavour..semi dry finish,, some hints of honey and a small hoppiness at the very end. Very nice on the palate. Not the "biggest" beer in the world but certainly a top class Alt.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle.

This altbier poured a slightly hazy, copper color with creamy, off-white foam that was very persistent and clung to the glass. There was a good, steady carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was nicely malty with a hint of cocoa and a touch of hops. The taste was hoppy up front with a strong malt backbone. There were some fruity, malty flavors and a slight bitterness and hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was both malty and hoppy, and it lingered pleasantly. This was a very nice altbier.

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