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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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89
very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
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 scruffwhor
3.35/5  rDev -16%
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.

scruffwhor, Sep 21, 2006
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

russpowell, Sep 15, 2006
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!!

wl0307, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
1.63/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$3.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle at Merchant's. Pours out to a medium amber, burnt orange, forming a modest off-white soapy head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is difficult to pick up as it is quite weak, bit there is lightly soured caramel and sweetened condensed milk with an otherwise clean ferment. The mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied with a woody dry finish. The taste is quite odd..there is a wierd chemical taste to it that I haven't tasted in a beer before...it tastes very medicinal and perfumy and soapy. Moderate woodsy bitterness.

I don't know what to make of this beer, but it's not good. I wouldn't buy it or recommend it. This beer tastes like carcinogens and death. Down the drain 1/3 of the way into it.

Mitchster, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty aroma with a touch of sweet fruit on a deep inhale. A nice dark amber color. When the glass is sirled, a really intense sweetness is released, I can't place it, but wonderfully pungent. Thin off-white head. First taste on the palate is malt, a bit grainy and this is good. The hops give a nice medium bitterness and good froth heightens them to a strong hoppy finish. First Alt I've had from a bottle in a long time and this is obviously a flagship standard. Very good for quaffing 2+. I do not believe this is a bottle conditioned ale, but mine had some particles in it, no off-flavors though.
Cheers, Joe

ByTor2112, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Beertracker
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Uerige Alt (Düsseldorf-Altstadt) is best served at cool cellar temperatures (40-50°F) and enjoyed from a traditional short, straight-sided glass called a Stangen (pole) or Reagenzglas (test tube). Uerige Classic pours up sublime with a very light, bubbly carbonation that creates a low, off-whitish head atop a bright, copperish body. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving a ring of Düssel lace in its wake. The decidely malty & lightly grainy/nutty aroma has some fruitiness/esters (e.g. Bosc pear, peach pit) with a nice touch of spiciness from the traditional 'Noble' German hops. The taste starts off with a solid graininess/maltiness that gives way to a marked bitterness which carries into a crisp, dry, slightly nutty & decidely bittersweet finish. This firm, medium bodied indeginous beer of Düsseldorfer-Altstadt (Old Town) is undoubtedly one of my favorite styles to enjoy...as it lends itself nicely to quaffing in mass quantities. Enjoy this one anytime and if you find yourself getting hungry... try pairing a glass or two with some salty, freshly baked European (soft) pretzels w/ Düsseldorfer mustard (of course!) & "Spreewaelder" (pickled gherkins). Here's to "Grumpy" Wilhelm Cürten and his "Classic" Düsselbier!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S - Probably one of the coolest bottles i've seen. 330 ml bottle with a ceramic swing stopper. Shield label with a paper seal to determine if the top has been opened or not. Dat Leckere Droppke Seit 1862 raised on the side of the bottle along with the Uerige symbol raised as well.

A - Pours a reddish copper pour. Head is good and off-white, then it seals around the edge with a nice tight white ring. The lacing is nice and sticky and leaves a good web with each drink.

S - The nose is pretty roasty with some citrus and hop notes. Some seasonal spice is also there. I also smell a bit of chocolate, not much though.

T - Toasty sweet, a little heavy but very good. Not very complex, you can pick out the elements fairly easy. Very roasty with the citrus and hop cutting through near the end the most. The hop is pretty evident through the entire drink but mostly at the end.

M - Medium bodied with a nice, kind of creamy finish. Smooth over the palette and finishes fairly clean.

D - I dont know how many of these i could polish off in one night. I would say two, maximum. Its pretty roasty which i personally can only take so much of before they all start to taste the same. A very good beer, in moderation.

rsyberg01, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with ceramic swing-top stopper.

Red-amber slightly-cloudy body uner a tight off-white two finger head. Fades to a solid, fully-lasting lid, with lots of lacing.

Smell of nutty buttery hops. Walnut. Nice roasted malt. A lot going on here for a 4.5% beer. Lots of aroma.

Nice roasted malt well-blanced with pine and citrus hops for bitterness.

Pleasant enough palate: this feels a bit like what I might think of a "lite Maibock." Still, fairly thin.

Very drinkable. However, too pricey to have very many of them. Rare as hen's teeth in Colorado. Thanks to Indy's shbobdb for hooking me up.

ColoradoBobs, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
the label says bottled in 1404
A- This beer has a slight hazy nut brown body with a thin broken film of a head. The haze is to thick to see any carbonation.

S- the smell of sweet honeycomb has a light caramel note to it.

T- The taste of slightly sweet honey malt has a nice dry pale malt note. The finish is a smooth dark coffee malt hint that is a bit watery in taste. There is a soft medium Noble hop bitterness that balances the malt nicely.

M- this beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that is watery with a light fizz note in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice malt notes but they are very light and could be a bit more bold.

rhoadsrage, Jun 21, 2006
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 shbobdb
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Do you ever crack open a beer, planning to drink it while you do some other activity, only to find that you cannot focus on anything besides that sublime wonder in your glass? I take a sip of this beer, close my eyes and, bam, there is nothing but. A sublime experience.
I don't know what it is that is so wonderful about this beer. There is light powdered chocolate, the grape-flavours of spalter hops, mixed with that earthy twinge you'd expect from a noble hop, with hints of smoke.
I don't know what it is about this beer that is so good . . . but man, is it ever good. Words fail when describing this beer.

shbobdb, May 10, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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...

alexgash, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light orange color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with some fruitiness and has some grain character. There is a lot more grain character in the flavor. Also, the fruits are there along with some spicy hop flavor. Finish is spicy and slightly bitter and the drinkability is good. Rather light bodied.

clvand0, Feb 24, 2006
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 kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly oranged tea color with a finger of head that falls to a solid true coat over top. Nose is very toasty with lighter raisiney notes hiding behind it. There is a big toffee sweetness in it as well. Flavor is very interesting. The hops are much more dominant here than in the nose. With a light toastyness and a moderate raisin. Hops is grassy and herbal in flavor with a pretty healthy bitterness. I like it. Feel is moderate with a carbonation on the lighter end of moderate. OVerall, I find this to be a pretty nice brew. I'm not overly familiar with the style, but this is an enjoyable beer. I'd have it again...one day hopefully while in Germany to see what it is like without a trip across the ocean, as its nice now, but I bet better over there.

kmpitz2, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper pour with a beautifully thick eggshell colored head that lasts long and leaves delicate trails of lace.

Aroma is clean and malty, with bakery smells, minerality, and pleasant grassy notes.

Flavor is a toss between caramel and biscuit malts, grassy, drying minerality, and a surprisingly bitter hop finish. Pleasant and easy going,

Body is medium, well carbonated with tiny pinpoint bubbles, and has a slick mouthfeel.

AlexJ, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've decided to sample as many altbiers as possible in order to learn this style.

Copper colored headed toward brown. Beautifully deep. Thick head. Nice, thin lace always present.

Hops on the nose at first. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Taste was great. Only 4.5%? That's a lot of taste for the percentage. Reminded me of an excellent ESB. Deep biscuity notes with enough hops to balance things out. Maybe not as much hops as an ESB, but good. Since I'm just starting my tour of altbiers, I'm withholding a perfect score on this point.

Mouthfeel and taste give this beer exceptional drinkability.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary easy drink, with lots of carmel and malt but also bitterness, nicely hopped, citrus. Brown with Big head that lasts, and provides creamy ball of foam on way down. Malty and citrus aroma. Finishes with pleasant lingering sweetness. Lovely anytime.

Sammy, Dec 02, 2005
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of KroMagnon
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the beer was a little cloudy which was kind of off-putting, but it may be OK since its an "older" beer style - I'm not sure if it was bottle conditioned or not. Color wise I get a coppery brown tint and a decent off-white head. The aroma gives me a hint of spicy hops as well as some yeasty notes. The latter surprises me some since I thought alts were kind of well-aged and smoother. I also get some nice dark German-style malts, some caramel, and some graininess. All-in-all they blend nicely. The flavor is killer, in my opinion - its smooth, yes, but also complex with nice bitterness in the end and an easy maltiness as well that attacks your tongue and blends with some hop flavor notes too. This is great, in my opinion. The beer is rather unique and that's hard to say in these days (only because we have so many great beers available since the craft brew revolution).

KroMagnon, Sep 05, 2005
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
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

whartontallboy, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a dark caramel with a nice, chunky off-white head. Lotsa floaties.

Smell: This one is truly a beauty to sniff. The smell is so full and rich, and is of bready and caramel-like malts. Low hops add only bitterness and balance it perfectly.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Suprisingly spicy at first and throughout, but still has a wonderful caramel malt backbone with nice bittering and finishing hops. Balance is superb. A mild, fruitiness is in the finish and taste nice. Very citric. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: What a fabulously rich and complex brew. I'm very glad I got to try this. The complexity is ridiculous for a beer that's 4.5%. Unreal. Kills any American Altbier I've ever had. Great stuff.

santoslhalper, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking flip-top bottle with a long thin neck, bottle on 4/14/05. Poured into a pilsner glass, it's a dark copper color with a two fingers of foamy off-white head and very good retention. Smell is a thick biscuit malt with a detectable floral hops and a slight nuttiness as well. Taste is slightly sweet upfront, caramel and brown sugar notes, with a large bitter grassy hop finish. Medium bodied with a creamy middle and a dry finish. This is a very good session beer, with great taste and low alcohol. Only the cost keeps me from drinking these all the time.

cubedbee, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly used copper penny with a foamy head that falls to a ring. Some laving and sporadic bubbling. Served in a collins glass. Smell is burnt biscuits with a nutty essence just beneath the surface. Taste is a wonderful blend of malt sweetness, especially in the middle, and hop bitterness, like biorhythms meeting above the lifeline. The cylindrical glass is perfect for capturing the nose and then quafffing a swallow. Tasty. Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a body to match. This is a fun drinking beer. I probably wouldn't suggest more than 3 or 4 in a setting. I might use it as a balancing beer between a malty brew and one that is predominately hoppy.

pentathlete, Jun 29, 2005
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
89 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.