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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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89
very good

244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uerige is dark copper in color with a moderate head size. Rentention is pretty good. The aroma is weak and somewhat uninteresting. A light carmel smell underlies a slightly stronger herbal body. The main taste here is of herbal hops. Caramel malts are faintly tasted in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly active due to the herbal elements. This is a pretty good beer, however this isn't exactly my cup of tea. I think I liked Uerige Sticke better.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 00:07:07 | More by Gagnonsux
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Vancer

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The old beer pours a deep, semi-hazy oaken brown, with a frothy rock chalk head of ivory.

This may be a German beer, but the aroma reminds me of an English bitter - woody, doughy and plenty of resins. Quaff has an odd off-taste of woody wet cardboard, plus the bready backbone.

Not a bad beer, nothing great, but with the import price this is one I'd overlook the next time around.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 01:25:48 | More by Vancer
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle came with a caveat from the vendor (Belmont Station): to be drunk very cold, not to let it warm up. This seemed strange to me, and perhaps the first warning sign that this sample was not all it could be. The beer pours a shadowy waxy amber with a substantial head that melts away and leaves a small amount of intricate lace on the glass. Nearly invisible musty aroma, which had all the fleeting substance of a disremembered dream. Some caramel malts up front, tempered with a winey roundness, a gentle nutty flavor, and a light apple quality. A deep-down roastiness reveals itself reluctantly, but adds a twinge of smoke and perhaps coffee. The taste, in itself, actually seems a bit hollow, with a rolling grassy bitterness in the finish that makes up a large part of the flavor. I found this to be an intriguing, enveloping beer, and was impressed by many of its complexities, but it wasn't as likeable as I hoped it would be. This bottle is the second time I've tried the beer; the first was a disastrously sour cask served at the Horse Brass. Based on the elusiveness of this bottled sample, I can only conclude that the beer is best when absolutely fresh, and travelling across both the Atlantic Ocean and the continental U.S. has done this beer absolutely no favors.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 04:45:43 | More by Thrasher
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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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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freaky pencil-necked, swivel-capped, yeastless bottle. But lots of vitality when that cap goes *POP*. Poured a honey-brown color with a full finger of soft billowy head. The strange thing was the aroma. It kept shifting accents on me. One moment it smelled like a pilsner, the next I was in the presence of kölsch. The nose was at first bright and malty and accented with floral notes. But is seemed to travel in the direction of a musty lemon scent as time passed.

The taste is curiously both sweet and malty – almost a second cousin to a rauchbier. The flavor also had an unusual lapse. Just before the finish it grew dilute – nearly absent – and then a nice bitter finish latched hold and lingered.

Despite the initial enthusiastic unleashing of trapped gasses, this brew soon lost most of its fizz and remained largely inactive throughout my tasting. This fast release and prolonged stillness goes a long way towards explaining the flux in flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 00:58:28 | More by RedDiamond
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safaricook

Netherlands

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

From notes, no individual scores for the categories

L dark but very clear

A some yeast, some roasted malts,

T fruity, roasted malts, malt bitterness

F medium light body, fine bubbles

O Do not quite get why this is supposedly better than other Altbier. In my opinion this is middle of the road

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 18:57:59 | More by safaricook
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-19-2014 20:39:38 | More by OriolesFan1008
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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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brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-07-2013 20:55:15 | More by brbrocc
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-29-2014 07:06:45 | More by djrn2
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vdub191

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-03-2013 00:45:09 | More by vdub191
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small pop-top brown bottle. Somewhat murky amber-orange body with a good inch of head that leaves good lacing. Smells nutty with some other malt. Tastes malty with kind of a peppery/smokey quality to it... Caramel malt is also a big player in the flavor. Rather light in body. Not sure how fresh this one is. Not quite like everyone else is talking about... Nonetheless, not bad, but not great, and I probably won't be triny this one again unless I find it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 06:15:19 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a hazy orange-red color, with thin off-white head that lingered ahwile and then dissipated to little lacing. Aroma was a pleasant blend of malty roasted nuts and floral hops. Mouthfeel was pleasant, though nothing particularly stood out. Flavor was a muted version of the nose, and the finish was slightly dry, slightly sweet.

A well balanced beer that was pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 12:10:36 | More by kimcgolf
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 15:35:45 | More by AlexJ
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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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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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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a very interseting bottle with the option to reseal. It's only 11 ounces so why would I? Anyway the color was red/copper and sealed on top with a one or two inch white bubbly head. A quiet fruit aroma - dark fruit, like passion fruit or a plum followed by a very small yeast aroma. The taste was above average. The hops and malt played well together. Very balanced portion of the plum, hops, and slight caramel. A well to do Alt, color, smell, taste and a clean velevety finish make this a heck of an above average brew. $4.50 a bottle harms this beers likeability though, I could spend $3.00 and get 6 Great Lakes or Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 14:26:31 | More by Ahhdball
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Westsidethreat

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Muddy, dark cider looking beer. Head is fine but present, off white with reddish hints.

S: Chewy granola bars, red apples, carob chips, cooked carrots and toasted wheat bread.

T: This beer tastes a lot like it smells. Begins doughy with a good amount of caramel to it. A very thin amount of rum raisin joins these flavors, subtly but seductive. Surprisingly dry and quite bitter, especially for a German beer (or alt for that matter)…but not as bitter as its Uerige counterparts which are much more over the top in that department. A bit of fruity sweetness in the apple area with a touch of tutti fruity to it. Finishes peppery, a bit dirty with lingering cookie dough.

M: Medium body, sort of fuzzy.

D: Not bad, but doesn’t stand up to its superb cousins.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 03:55:22 | More by Westsidethreat
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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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ckollias

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this corked bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy brown-amber hue with an off-white, 1-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and wispy lace.

S: Malty aroma with a pine background.

T: Sweet malty followed by some dark fruits and caramel with a somewhat dry spicy finish.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Good overall altbier – not my favorite style but worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 19:34:56 | More by ckollias
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:22:51 | More by StaveHooks
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:45:27 | More by smakawhat
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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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clvand0

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 17:54:23 | More by clvand0
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a little glass with a clear copper body and a nice thick and foamy off white head. Laces the glass wonderfully.

Aroma of noble hops and grain.

This medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation works its way over the palette with a hop bitterness. It dries out the mouth.

Uerige has the best alt in town as far as I'm concerned. A great place to hang out and drink 5 or 6 or more...

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 06:22:48 | More by MattSweatshirt
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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