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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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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
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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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Photo of Absumaster
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a copper, brown beer with a creamy head and little visible carbonation.

Smell is malty with some roasted and bitter notes.

Taste is bitter and dry at first, then the maltiness balances the bitterness for some part, but bitterness is high, so that outbalances the beer a bit. Some light fruitiness in the back, but mainly hops and malts are the main players. Aftertaste is bitter and dry, just like a good Alt should be.

Photo of Phatz
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Very cool swing-top bottle. Most of the label is in German and therefore foreign to me however it does say bottled on 25.11. (whatever that means).

Served chilled in a stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with lots of suspended particles in the body. a huge head in the stange has decent retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: The smell is simple yeasty caramel malts.

Taste: The taste is dry with both fruit and vegetable attributes. It has a caramel malt base with some smokey flavors and grain. There are hints of apples and carrots and finally some grassy hops. The aftertaste and the burp a vegetal.

Mouthfeel: really quite dry and lingers on endlessly.

Drinkability: Maybe it isn't fresh or maybe that is the way this beer is built. It is enjoyable for one but not really my cup-o-tea so one is enough for me.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, deep amber with a reddish hue. A fairly vigourous pour resulted in 3/4 inch of dense, off-white foam. Good retention with a bit of clumpy lacing. Malty aroma with a bit of grain, caramel, dried fruit and herbal hops. Malt forms a solid flavour base that allows other characters to be build up. Bitterness is easily an equal to sweetness and the hop flavour starts of herbal and builds almost to the point of being medicinal before the finish, where is switches to lingering mint. Very distinctive and quite tasty. Dried fruit provides some additional sweetness in the middle. Refined, well-integrated carbonation with a good body that dries out by the finish. I really enjoyed this beer. It's easy to drink and has a really interesting flavour. I'll definitely have this again.

Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This alt pours into my mug an orangey-golden color with some cloudiness and thin, but persistent white head. The aroma of this beer is rather sweet, that of caramel type malt and maybe a sherry aroma, judging by this and the bottle date, the beer may be a bit over the hill, we’ll see. I cannot detect much of any hop aroma. The taste of this beer is quite complex. There are elements of malty sweetness, that of fruit, and bready notes. The hop bitterness is moderate and balances the sweetness of the beer nicely. After the swallow, the beer leaves my mouth rather dry with a moderate-low hop taste present, definitely wanting another sip. The beer is medium in body and rather highly carbonated, yet is incredibly smooth. Overall I truly enjoyed this one, not as much as the Uerige Sticke, but this was very good. I like the flavor of the beer best, along with the aftertaste, it really leaves you perfectly, not too sweet, not too bitter and not too dry, but rather the perfect mix of the three. I would like to try a fresher sample sometime and see if the aroma is any different. I’d recommend this beer and if I ever make to Germany, I will visit Uerige!

Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of orfeu
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich bronze color with a hint of brownish hue a well formed creamy 1/2 finger white head atop,interesting herbal aromas almost vegetal in character a roasted nut character lends itself well to the uniquiness of the aromas.Lightly sweet flavors that of molasses and brown sugar up front with a nutty base a very nice herbal/peppery sharpness really comes thru in the finish really really nice.This is probably one of the standards if not the standard of the style and it shows why light but complex and very flavorful,kick ass.

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.

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

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!!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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