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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

Uerige AltbierUerige Altbier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 238
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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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, Tennessee, and had it shipped by air to Moscow. Bottled on April 14 (presumably 2004), I opened it on 12/7/04. No effects of the shipment were noticeable. The very long thin neck on the brown bottle is distinction enough. This beer is proof that ignorance is not bliss: I've spent a bit of time in Düsseldorf, but never knew about this beer or the brewery. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

Pours a slightly hazy pinkish copper (shouldn't an Alt be darker?) under a two finger off-white head that settles fairly quickly to chunky film, leaving a lot of good lace potential that remains, unfortunately, unfulfilled. The nose is mild, with sweet malt the overriding characteristic. The mouth is mildly carbonated and fairly light. The flavor follows suit at first, with lots of sweet, slightly caramel malt up front, backed by very little hops character at all. The bitterness builds steadily, though, rather like Ravel's Bolero. The hops are flowery in essence, with a twinge of carnation into the finish. The crescendo comes in the aftertaste, as a wave of good strong espresso flavor rolls across the tongue and down the throat some 10-15 seconds after the liquid is gone. Remarkable for its punch, this is a very nice and unusual beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 17:52:50 | More by Globetrotter
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 03:38:28 | More by orfeu
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rtepiak

Poland

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very drinkable and elaborate alt. dark amber with a mild head. clean with consistent bubbles coming up. nose is malty brown sugar with a smoky quality. palate is that with a bold bitter leather quality that is a bit sour smoky. this could be a big turn off seeing as this one doesn't seem as malty as others. not particularly sweet going down but earthy bitter with a oily resin quality in the malt. i don't know if the crisp quality does the style justice. the sweetness seemed to hide the bitter smoke before. this is well. just as drinkable but in a different manner. very flavorful but very light weight. dry and oily too. walnut. apple and a pilsner bitter finish. a must for the style. a great 'lighter' beer to go with must food... particularly seasoned poultry.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 05:43:54 | More by rtepiak
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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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soju6

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz swing-top bottle.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a good head and nice lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt and some caramel. A bit of fruit and hint of grain. Aroma blossoms as it warms.

T: Flavor of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness, hint of spice and chocolate. A nice subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy. Very well balanced.

O: A very easy drinking beer. A great example of the style. Well worth checking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 22:52:07 | More by soju6
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This came in a nifty looking slim neck bottle with a swing top. This poured a murky brownish amber color with about 2 inches of off white head. As the head eventually dropped this left good sized sheets of lace all around the glass. The aroma was of a roasted grain and slightly sweet malt. There was a small earth toned hop presence that added to the scent to the scent as well. Taste was of sweet caramel malt backed with more doughy malt. Hops gave it a slightly bitter after taste. The taste was very clean and dry which left you wanted more each time you took a sip. Pretty impressive taste for the size of the beer. Mouthfeel was medium with a nicely carbonated feel to it. This beer goes down very smoothly and would make a perfect sessionable brew. Having tried this has definitely peaked my interest in the style, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 13:01:48 | More by meathookjones
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dansteino

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good. Orange amber color. Nice head. Good lacing.

Smell: Very good. Lots of stuff going on. Starts off with pronounced hop aroma. As it warms, I get a little Belgian Ale spice kick.

Taste: Good. Well-balanced between malt and hops. Hops gives the beer a nice, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Good. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very good. Keep 'em coming.

What a wonderful session beer. If only it was not $4 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 05:54:40 | More by dansteino
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.25L gravity serving at the Uerige Brauhaus in the Duesseldorf altstadt

A- Very dark, darker than most other alts, mahogany, with a creamy head and good retention

S- Malty, toffee, bread, a hint of banana

T- More roasted flavours than other Alts ive come across, toffee and fresh breads, nutty in the finish.

M- Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel

D- Its very good no doubt, but i feel im fuchschen just shades in the taste and mouthfeel dept.

Serving type: cask

02-26-2008 17:52:04 | More by seanyfo
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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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2013 14:39:24 | More by Jwale73
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dcmchew

Romania

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, with a nice beige head forming up. From the look of it, it will be a malty, compact, dense drink.
Smells of roasted malts, dark spices and green and dry grass.
Roasted malts, somewhat sweet with a dark fruitiness background (low raisin, dry figs). Hint of apricot also, and some low citrus (a mild lemon zest that you usually get in a lager also). Yeasts are hard at work, earthy, spicy, woody. A floral note, but a bigger herbal note, with pine, sage, dry cones. Hops are big and clear, and create a hugely intense dry bitterness, enhanced by the roast, really rough. The bitterness and an alcoholic warmth linger for a very long time in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way.
A little fizz, but the beer is mostly creamy, dense and robust.
A great intensity of aromas, beautiful balance between malts, yeasts and hops creating a strong, very "German" bitterness that few beers achieve.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 18:07:16 | More by dcmchew
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Poured into Uerige stange

Pours a hazy copper with a creamy, fairly thick one-finger head that remains steady a short while before becoming a lasting thin cover. Leaves traces of lacing.

The smell is of caramel and citrusy hops.

Sweet, rich caramel is just about evenly balanced by crisp, citrusy, biiter hops. The hops seem for a short tad, to almost outpace the malt, but the malt quickly makes a comeback and they remain about even throughout the drink. A touch of brown sugar emerges as the drink progresses. Nicely balanced between the malt and hops.

It's fairly smooth, but has a slight rough edge to it that I can't quite place. Just enough thinness comes through in the feel to bring the drink down from full-bodied to the upper end of medium bodied. Despite the low abv, and unnoticeable alcohol, there is a sharpness, and just enough fullness, to it that makes it lean more towards the "sipping" side than the "session" side.

The flavors, especially the caramel malt, hang on for a long while. The bottom line - it's a deserved world classic. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 21:54:06 | More by jwc215
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: poured from a swingtop bottle with bronze outlined shield shaped label. Bottled on 11/25 displayed on the neck label.

A - Opened with a loud POP! Pours with vigorous effervescent yeast action. Slightly cloudy with countless bubbles that form to make a whipped up white head.

S - Malty sweet, nutty scents emanate as wall as hop spice odors. Caramel and honey like aromas are noticed.

M - Lively and sweet, sticky with a crisp feel. Just slightly bitter, very middle range not too light - suffficiently mouthpleasing body. Very clean with palate cleansing effervescence.

T - Malty and prickly with active carbonation. Honey caramel like flavors from the malts are sweet, but not overly so. A bitter and nutty quality is apparent with the finish of every sip. A nice balance of slighly peppery clove spiciness and faintly sweet nuttiness. A white pepper note returns upon repeated tastes with a gentle sugar and dry grainy flavor as it warm that is pleasant like lightly toasted wheat.

D - Great drinkability is found in the low alcohol, session worthy ale. The alt has a nice fruity essence with spice, hop, and pleasing carbonation adding balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 21:31:25 | More by Slatetank
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KI9A

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 04:02:06 | More by KI9A
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vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

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

I have had both the bottle and a gravity fed cask (at the Old Bay in New Brunswick). Have to say that I think both were outstanding. This brew has a nice deep orange color, with a tannish head. The aroma has that peppery character that you get with a true Alt yeast strain. Flavor is very big for a 4.5% beer, with the malt and hops doing battle to the end. Easy to drink, if not tough to find.

Serving type: cask

06-07-2004 19:09:00 | More by vladtheimpaler
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Wildman

Ohio

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

The beer poured a copper color and formed a nice small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A very small stream of carbonation was present. A heavy aroma of malt and hops, with floral and caramel elements, with a slightly nutty aspect. A flavor of malt, lightly of caramel and a nice hop aspect that relects well in the astrigent, bitter finish of this beer. Not quite up to the classic, but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 00:10:59 | More by Wildman
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jmc44

Pennsylvania

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

Very cool swingtop bottle, great for the collection.

Poured a dark brown color with copper highlights evident in the light, with a nice thick tan head that stayed around for quite some time. Left some real nice lacing too.

Malty aroma, sweet, with a hint of spicy hops in the finish, nice and pleasant, appetizing.

Pleasant, lightly roasted flavor, a bit earthy and nutty, well balanced finish with only a slight hop bitterness lingering, making you want another sip. Nice and flavorful for a session beer.

Velvety and medium bodied, a pleasant drinking experience, and quite drinkable.

A well done beer and good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 19:51:35 | More by jmc44
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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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jahred

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow - I love the swingtop bottle. I hope this is tasty, though, because it was pretty darn expensive for 1/3 L of 4.5% ABV beer ...

The beer is quite pretty, with various shades and colors coming thru the glass. Copper, orange and brown ... with a very thick head that leaves lots of lace on the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles up as a drink the beer.

The scent isn't too strong, but from the light malt aroma I can how dry this beer will be. As the beer warms, some caramel and floral hop aromas are evident.

The initial taste is extremely dry, with very nutty, caramel flaorors. The dryness almost comes across as white bread crusts. After what seems like a bit of a delay, long, lingering, spicy hop flavors explode in my mouth.

Fantastic and extremely easy to drink. Makes me want to travel to Germany and drink more of this stuff nearer to its source.

a delay, long, lingering spicy hops

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 06:11:43 | More by jahred
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Boto

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, somewhat coppery-brownish color. Mine had very little head that dropped off quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is good. Some notes of fruit (possible apple) and caramel. Some grassy hops also. The taste is quite good. A hint of sweetness in the beginning, followed by a dry, biscuity taste, along with some bitterness. A large amount of flavor for such a low alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 21:18:42 | More by Boto
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wesleyhighley

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good example of what a beer can be in its most simplistic terms. There were two distinct tastes: the hops and the malt. The aroma was very true to taste and it was a simple, good beer. It was a pleasure to drink and could easily be used in comparison with other beers to describe what both hops and malt taste like.

Great Alt!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 21:20:57 | More by wesleyhighley
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into pint glass

Cloudy chesnut hue with a pillowy and dense two finger head. The head rises quickly with even a gentle pour. Sticky lacing on the glass. As the beer descends between gulps, the fluffy head remains intact.

Light roasty grain with some flowery organic yeast aromas that give it a fruity scent.

The flavor is light, mostly walnut flavors. Not much bitterness to speak of, except for a little balancing hop flavor at the end. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some burnt flavors mix in as well. The finish is the walnut flavors.

What an enjoyable beer. I bet this beer is incredible fresh. It's easy to drink a good session ale. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 18:01:03 | More by BeerSox
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 05.03.?? (didn't check to compare other bottles to see if there was supposed to be another number)

code "04 06"

poured into shaped pint glass.

dull brown w orange/amber hue. slight haze. great head, retains well. consistent patches of splotchy lacing.

noble hop aroma w slight metallic hint. caramel malts. whiff of phenols.

gentle toasted malts w caramel hint. prominent but not overly aggressive hop bitterness. has grassy, noble hop character, melding with all other flavors. trace of estery fruitiness. clean finish with hint again of caramelized malt.

not thin. smooth. some tannic astringency. lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 23:44:25 | More by tai4ji2x
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On gravity at the brewery. Pours a coppery brown--probably the darkest of the alts. Thick white head that has fair retention and fantastic lacing.

Smells of hops, malt, and a slight sweetness. This continues in the taste, with hops dominating and slight sugars becoming more evident later on. Other interesting 'artificial' tastes-a bit metallic-come through as well. Pretty complex for an Alt.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style; there's a bit of substance, but still on the watery side. Overall, a very good Alt that lives up to its reputation.

Serving type: cask

08-04-2008 18:37:27 | More by philipquarles
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 21:07:48 | More by drabmuh
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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