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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
90
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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
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 Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick 2.5 finger tan head on top of a hazel brown. The foam creates rocky mounds and retains well.

S - Toasted bready malt, tangy doughy yeasty, faint caramel.

T - Lots of bread crust, it tastes exactly like toasted bread crust. Gets roasty in the middle with caramel swirling around. A firm grassy hop bitterness brings in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with ample carbonation, peppery dry finish.

This was straightforward that would be great on a fall evening. Lots of bread with caramel and peppery hops to balance it out. If your interested in this style you should pick this one up.

Photo of prisoner1572
1.75/5  rDev -56.1%

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A simple and nice foamy light tan head with not much staying power comes and hangs around only to fall on a good chestnut red and brown body. Body is fairly opaque and does have lots of tiny tiny rising bubbles. Nice looking beer.

Nose hints at wonderful mix of dark malts, and real fruity red sense of berries. Dry brown spices mix in with clove and nutmeg. Real wonderful.

Taste really seem to unfortunatly disappear. Extremely light palate doesn't support the big nose that seems to hint at coming. Light malts and a real wet finish don't give much sense to big tastes or textures. Almost crisp like, and a real yeast hotness on the finish with a sharp spice. Hints at woody like licorice also.

Overall it's actually fairly nice, but I think I prefer some of the other Uerige versions compared to this.

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second go:
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 06.11, best by 06.12, drank 01.13
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

After finding a much fresher bottle, I'm revisiting this beer, and wow, what a difference time makes. While before this was fairly bland, this "fresher" bottle is worlds different, with prominent floral, spicy, and woodsy hops with a stronger malt character and overall more powerful flavors. After just finishing a glass, I'd like another. My only complaint: $5 for a 11.2oz bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan bubbles, medium-sized, somewhat like a dense sponge from the top. Head recedes over a few minutes, leaving more than modest, but not super-amazing lacing. Body is a dark brown color, opaque from sediment I poured in, with light turning the edges a slightly lighter copper-brown. Carbonation is not visible due to the opacity.

Aroma of pungent, spicy hops with some floral and forest-floor-leaf-matter undertones. Substantial caramel malts and more modest yeast hover below the hops. This is quite pleasant.

The front of the palate gets some caramel and toffee-like sweetness with a hint of brown sugar and herbal hops. Mid-palate is rather bitter, with herbal and forest-floor-leaf-matter-like hops atop sweetish brown and toasted malt flavors. Back of palate continues herbal hop bitterness along with caramel malt and even a hint of roasted grain flavor. Lingering strong bitterness in the finish, along with some minor herbal and brown malt qualities.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-level carbonation that creates a crisp, dry mouthfeel that just borders being fizzy, but never arrives there. As the carbonation dissipates across the palate, the mouthfeel becomes quite a bit smoother. Finish is quite dry, with little stickines across the palate.

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Bottled on 02.10, best by 02.11, consumed 04.12
Brewery mentions this "keeps four weeks at least."
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

At first I felt somewhat let down, that Uerige's "standard" alt was a ghost of its sticke and doppelsticke brethren. Then I noticed the bottled on date, and realized that this bottle was just embarrassingly old. Even so, this was fairly decent, and I will definitely keep my eye out for another, more recent, bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan bubbles, medium-sized, somewhat like a dense sponge from the top. Head recedes over a few minutes, leaving a fair amount of lacing. Body is a dark brown-copper color, transparent, with actively visible carbonation.

Aroma of light caramel malts, subtle sweetness, and faint graininess.

Taste is very similar to smell, fairly muted from age (I assume), mostly faint caramel malts, sweetness, and graininess.

Beer still medium bodied, with medium-level carbonation that creates, at first, a crisp mouthfeel that gradually soothes into being quite a bit smoother. Finish is dry.

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a two finger tall light tan head. The head dissipates down to a eight inch ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There is significant lacing.

S: Aromas of caramel malts, floral hops, and some breadiness.

T: Flavors are primarily the malts upfront - caramel, bready, and roasted - followed by bitterness and hints of yeast. I would describe the taste as complex but easy to enjoy. Slightest hint of pepper in the finish as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Quite easy to drink and very sessionable. Enjoyable flavor and low ABV

Photo of soju6
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 02.10

11.2 oz bottle poured into glass, careful to avoid the sediment.

A- Deep, rich copper color with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring that hangs on for the remainder of the review.

S- Rich malt with a slight toffee aroma lingering in the background, fresh bread and biscuity malt appear after the beer warms a bit. Raisins appear in the aroma as well.

T- Loaded with rich malt, slightly tart and then a nice hop bitterness rolls in. The finish dries slightly leaving just enough malt and hops to linger between sips.

M- Light body, slightly watery, carbonation is barely there but seems to give a nice lift to the beer helping to add a little bitterness and accentuate the malt.

D- Very drinkable, loaded with malt flavor. Very easy to have more than one in an evening. Recommended.

Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, split with Steve. 11.2oz cool looking swing-top, bottled 01-11.

Poured an orange brown, with a clear body (careful to avoid the gratuitous amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle on the first pour). Off-white head that leaves a bit of a collar and bit of retention. Nose is fruitier than most alts I've come across, predominantly plum but some general dark fruits otherwise. Some notes almost resembling brown sugar, and sweet dark breads. Taste has some dried dark fruits, more plum as per the nose, dry and bready notes. Grassy and distinct Noble hops notes in the finish, with a big herbal and earthy quality. Mouthfeel is medium light, with a medium low carbonation and substantial hop character in the finish. Quite nice all around, and having a greater fruit character than most altbiers I've had before. Certainly could been better if a bit fresher, but certainly a style I've warming up to quite a bit.

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mentaltraveller
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of foles
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from the barrel at Uerige in the Dusseldorf Altstadt on a sunny, busy Sunday afternoon. It's taken me two visits to Dusseldorf to establish this, but this is close to the best beer I have ever had. Rich malt, smooth, dry (while being soft in the mouth), bitter, with the raw, heavy, hop flavour that appears to have come from a heavy bucketload of spalt hops (my personal favourite german hop).

I truly wonderful beer experience.

Photo of bark
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of JLeege
2.1/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Photo of Errto
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
90 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.