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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 njmoons
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Stuff

A: Dark golden brown. Poured with a good two fingers of foam, which dissipated quickly.

S: Malt, caramel, bready. The initial taste is sweet malt, the hop bitterness takes over in a pleasant balanced way, and there is a distinct breadiness (biscuit) in the finish.very tasty.

M: Very nice, enough body to match the maltiness, but in line with the balance of the beer.

D: I could drink them all day long based on flavor and ABV!!

njmoons, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of stcules
4.08/5  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.

stcules, Feb 12, 2011
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.

nickfl, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off beige head that slowly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat complex has flavors of bready, caramel and roasted malts as well as some yeast and a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the low alcohol content makes it quite sessionable.

metter98, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.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.

mikeg67, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L purchased at the Altstadt brewhouse. Bottled 11/2/10.

Rich, clear copper-brown, darker than most Alts. Small head retains admirably and laces well.

Aroma has some toasty, lightly roasted malts and sulfuric acidity.

Flavor is crisp and bitter, with an underlying malty backbone of nutty caramel, albeit subtle. Bitterness kind of dominates, making for a slightly unbalanced drinking experience. Lacking in hop flavor. Drinkability is however very high, as this brown ale is still remarkably light. Mouthfeel is medium-carboanted, and drinks smoothly.

What is the deal with some of these Alts being disproportionately bitter? (And I am a guy who loves IPAs.) I tend to enjoy the more balanced examples of the style, such as Schlüssel and Schumacher.

dasenebler, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

TurdFurgison, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled February 2010.

Appearance: rich, hazy dark brown body with a thin finger of ivory foam. Pretty tasty looking.

Smell: light aroma, but its composition is quite nice. Very malty, sweet and a little fruity. I like it.

Taste: caramelly malt flavor, but rather dry. Noble hops are definitely present and there is a nice balancing bitterness. Flavor is also slightly biscuity. This is a good beer but it doesn't exactly float my boat.

Mouthfeel: nice body; medium with good carbonation. Overall, quite creamy and refreshing.

Drinkability: a solid beer, but as I said it's not precisely my cup of tea. Totally drinkable, though.

flagmantho, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in Dusseldorf. Served in standard small glass cool.

A-dark copper body and an off white head.

S-floral smell and some cereal scent

T-toast, much sweeter than other altbiers, faint floral finish

M-medium and somewhat slick.

D-good beer that I would have again but I personally think that there are better balanced altbiers in Dusseldorf.

jneiswender, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City.

Pours cloudy medium brown with a lasting off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is malty and nutty for the most part. Nice but not too much to it.

Flavor is not sweet at all. Caramel malt, grain, slight fruitiness, and slight hops.

Medium-bodied and crisp with good carbonation.

Very good for the style overall, but not outstanding for a beer in general. Drinkable.

nickd717, Jun 24, 2010
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.

largadeer, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of sliverX
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper/brown semi clear a steady stream of bubbles cascade to the top of the glass, thin white head that hung around real well for how thin it started at.
Smell is a very sweet malt profile with an apple like fruitiness.
Taste is malty, slight burnt malt lingering taste, the smell is represented in the taste but it takes a back seat to a very bread like character.
Mouthfeel is very lively on the tongue medium bodied.
Drinkability this is said to be one of the most sought after altbiers and is deserving so. Can't wait to try the other 2 from the brewery.

sliverX, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Japerrault
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown ale with a thin creamy head.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, toffey, resiny/spicey hops.

T: From the aroma, I was expecting a sweet malty ale, but this one is quite dry. Really no sweet at all. Roasted grain and somewhat smokey tones come through first, followed by some hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Quite light and dry feeling. Carbonation is good.

D: This is a fairly light easy drinking beer, but the bitterness from the roasted grain, and the hops may be a turnoff to some. I like it.

Japerrault, May 23, 2010
Photo of sachsich
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Uerige! Its a little bit thinner than their Sticke, but thats to be expected. Little to no head on the beer but good lacing. Great amber color with great taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a great session beer where you can have many without getting full

sachsich, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of jstilwell
1.73/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tried a sample at Bogies Beer and Wine beer -n- chocolate tasting.

Stepped out last minute with a buddy to pick up a few things and grab some samples. Its actually been a while since I offered up a negative review...Here goes:

Pour is clear amber copper with an off white head. Not much aroma here, a bit peppery with maybe some mild nut undertones. Time for the taste, not good. My pal greg spontaneously uttered, "Tastes like a telephone pole" which was agreed upon by some surrounding sippers. This is dry, thin, unpleasant, and unique...in a bad a way. There is a taste in there somewhat reminiscent of rye, but almost like chemicals or shoe polish or something. No drain to dump 3oz. sample so we sucked it up.

As I look at the postive reviews, I can only imagine this does not hold up well, and is far better fresh or on tap.

drinkability? HAHAHAHAHAHA

jstilwell, Feb 12, 2010
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 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.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2009
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.

corby112, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

DefenCorps, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Been looking forward to this one for awhile.

A: Pours a dark chocolate amber with hints of orange in the light, not a huge head, only about one finger that quickly falls to a thin foam.

S: Pleasant aroma of toasted biscuit malt, faint toffee, yeast and just a hint of hops. Not overly complex or big, but very well rounded and full, very classic alt style nose.

T: Wonderfully balanced flavor in this beer, almost the perfect flavor profile for an alt style beer. Very bready with just a hint of toffee, the yeast flavors really come through and the crisp hops on the finish provide just enough bitterness to give this a clean finish. Very nice!

M: Light to medium body, very smooth and clean on the palate with a crisp finish.

D: This beer is extremely drinkable; flavor and mouth-feel combine to create a fantastically smooth beer! Really love this one!

RedBrewer83, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of robertjohnson
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper-brown with a white head that clings to the glass in a white ring. Leaves some lacing behind.

I get a pecan/walnut nuttiness, toffee, and breadcrust on the nose. I perceived the aromas being sweeter than the actual beer itself.

Right up front I get toasted malt and breadcrust. There seems to be a growing caramel sweetness with a touch of prunes that gets balanced out by some tea-like hop bitterness. There's a lingering dry finish with some very slight roast to it, maybe some pine-like resins. Smooth mouthfeel.

There's just something very sessionable about this beer. I think it's that up front sweetness and dry finish with a smooth mouthfeel. Not sure, but I like it.

robertjohnson, Aug 24, 2009
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

clayrock81, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Attractive 11.2 oz. flip-top bottle poured into a Stange. "Bottled on 01.09" clearly printed on the neck label, with "Code 01.10" printed as well. Ingredients are listed: Wasser, Gerstenmalz, Caramelmalz, Röstmalz, Doldenhopfen, and Uerige-Hefe. Alcohol content stated at 4.7% by volume.

A nice pop from the release of the cap; pours a slightly hazed deep copper hue, giving rise to a one-fingered head of creamy beige foam, showing moderate retention, fading to a thick cap that leaves behind thick rings of lace on the walls of the slender glass.

Aroma is nicely complex, showing a very clean mix of rich, caramel sweetness, a mild essence of juicy sweet plum, and a kiss of noble hop perfume.

Fairly light in body with a nice cleansing carbonated mouthfeel. Toasty, biscuit-like malt lays underneath a wildly assertive bitter hop presence, somewhat grass-like and extremely dry, carrying things over into a bone-dry, slightly nutty, earthy, mildly mineral-like and quite bitter finish that lingers for ages.

A perfect quaffer if ever there was one, with such a wonderful complexity not found in lagers but with that clean, crisp lager character thanks to the lagering period involved. A top-notch Altbier, and one of the exemplars of the style; I can't wait to someday try this vom Fass at the source in the Düsseldorfer Altstadt. Delicious, drinkable, and delectable. I want another.

superdedooperboy, Aug 02, 2009
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
89 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.