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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

Uerige AltbierUerige Altbier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

239 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 239
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%


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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey. Served in a mini snifter.

Pour is a caramel-colored liquid that is mostly clear. Thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings a good amount of light bread and earthy hops. Nothing too complex; perhaps a bit of very light fruit. Flavor is similarly restrained with some bread and then not too much else. However, the hops coke through in the finish for a good bitterness. Light body and good carbonation. Good, but nowhere near the Sticke or, especially, the Doppelsticke.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 22:11:52 | More by Thorpe429
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JLeege

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -47.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:32:08 | More by JLeege
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Errto

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 02.10 which means that this beer is probably past it's prime, but as far as I can tell I was lucky to find it in the States at all. Anyway, here goes.

Pours a deep brown, almost like a dark sand. Much darker and richer color than I was expecting. Head is modest but lingering, lacing is noticeable.

Smell is pretty mild at first, some bready malt and that's about all I'm getting for now.

Interesting flavor - some earthy hop bitterness mixed with a mild malt - definitely less "biscuity" than some of the American-made altbiers (Otter Creek, Southampton, etc) that I am more familiar with. As it warms the malt shines through a little more - bready, even a bit sweet. Really unusual spice flavor, almost some black pepper in there.

Overall, a nice beer. Probably tastes better fresh, and I realize finding that will be an uphill battle, but I will try.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:11:28 | More by Errto
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly less caramel sweetness and with simplified complexity, this classic altbier carries a strict balance that doesn't tilt toward hop bitterness as do many Dusseldorf altbiers.

Medium amber in color and mostly clear, the beer forms a creme of white foam that's shy on both retention and lace. Inviting and casual, the beer neither impresses nor dissapoints the eye.

Caramel and bread crust aromas remind me of richer Oktoberfest beers. Without deeper malt/melanoidin notes or earthy hops, the nose gives the impressions of caramel, grain, and bread.

Flavors remain caramel focused, but with the added taste of bread crust, mild grain, and malty sweetness. This one-dimensional taste rides through the mid palate until the arrival of hop bitterness to balance in finish. Light herbal or grassy taste accompany the rising bitterness but never overtake the caramel.

Medium textured with medium maltiness and subtle carbonation, the beer has a mild weight that gives it more heaft than Oktoberfests, yet with the bitter balance that's unexpected from other traditional German beers. Mediun dryness in finish help to crispen the beer in preparation for the next drink.

Very drinkable and unoffensive, this beer is meant for large consumption, and done so quickly. A great thirst quencher for food pairings but lacking complexity for deep evaluation. Light graininess and slight over-attenuation gives a mild watery effect late.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 18:49:15 | More by BEERchitect
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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

A - pours a dark brown with an inch of tan foam that quickly faded and left spotty lacing.

S - roasted malts with hints of chocolate and a bit of burnt aroma. A bit of brown sugar sweetness with a biscuity smell.

T - Nice roasted flavor, slightly burnt toffee with hints of coffee and chocolate. very nice flavor overall.

M - smooth and creamy, like a nice roasted coffee, it has light carbonation and is medium bodied.

D - very easy to drink and goes down easy. This would be a nice fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:13:15 | More by mikereaser
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 23:07:23 | More by zeff80
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

5/5  rDev +25.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 14:36:47 | More by Sachsenfreude
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 09:15:27 | More by B967ierhunter177
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njmoons

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 18:59:53 | More by njmoons
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stcules

Italy

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2011 16:22:01 | More by stcules
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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 07:55:00 | More by nickfl
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 22:50:44 | More by metter98
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 20:42:34 | More by mikeg67
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dasenebler

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 18:41:51 | More by dasenebler
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 07:39:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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flagmantho

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 20:33:32 | More by flagmantho
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 03:29:57 | More by jneiswender
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 14:25:30 | More by MrMcGibblets
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nickd717

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 17:31:29 | More by nickd717
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largadeer

California

4.3/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 00:53:59 | More by largadeer
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 01:52:09 | More by sliverX
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Japerrault

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:25:18 | More by Japerrault
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sachsich

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 21:45:39 | More by sachsich
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jstilwell

Massachusetts

1.73/5  rDev -56.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 17:35:18 | More by jstilwell
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: cask

01-31-2010 04:11:08 | More by DaveJanssen
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