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Uerige Altbier - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
89
very good

252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
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 Evil_Pidde
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fantastic tall and compact beige head fills the glass. After a while the liquid appears as the head starts to dissipate. The color is lovely glowing brown. Nice lacings.

S: Roasted malt, kind of dry. Suttle hoppiness brings fruity notes; ripe oranges and pears as well as dark dried fruits. Sweet.

T: Toasty malt, roasted and bready. Yeast and quite spicy. Rich fruit; follows the smell. Sweet, but also dry. The bitter hops are strong but very well balanced. An metallic back-bone (like in every Altbier I've ever had).

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter (cherry kernel-like). Body is so smooth and medium full, while the strong carbonation is very modest and un-aggresive.

O: This is a very well crafted and balanced Altbier - probably the best I've ever had.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangy copper color, clear and distinct with a flow of strong bubbles coursing up after every sip, small, densely sitting foam cap resides to a ever present hazy skim. Lacing in thin foamy sheets.
Aroma is toasty with nuts and caramel with a light herbal hop touch.
Taste is remarkably nice, very nice and smooth toasty factions of malts, some whole grain goodness, smokey barley seeps, light caramel and unsalted nuts gain and help smooth it out. Great herbal hop biting finish thats just a nudge spicy and holds on to the palate for a good ride. Like that finish.
Feel is about medium, starts a bit grainy with a solid hold and carbonation but drifts off some to a lighter finish, but thats where the nice hop finish does its thing so it more then makes up for it.
As far as quaffing, this stuff takes the cake, very smooth, a nice balance and meld of subtle flavors. Very dee-lish and drinkable; gone in no time cuz that 11.2 oz bottle ain't nearly enough.
Thanks to trbeer for the extra bottle!

tavernjef, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's yesterday. I feel lucky for being able to try all 3 Uerige altbiers fresh, on tap, and side by side.

Amber with light amber highlights, this beer is a touch lighter than the regular Sticke. Dense off-white head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, this is clean, with grassy hops and a bready character that makes me think of raisin bread. Mildly spicy, almost rye-like with a touch of baking spices. The palate opens up very hoppy and bitter with earthy hops with the character of petrichor. Mildly grassy and lemony. The malt character is similar to but a touch lighter than the sticke. Mild caramel is present, and the finish is long, dry and bitter. Carbonation is high, and enjoyable. Drier and hoppier than the sticke. Thoroughly enjoyable, I prefer the sticke though.

DefenCorps, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of stcules
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

stcules, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is clear with a solid brown color and a foaming head that showed incredible retention. It left some cool lacing on the inside of my Pils glass, which I sacrilegiously used just for the hell of it.

Smell – The malts here are heavier than what you’d expect in an Altbier, but of course this is the “double secret” delicious drop. The sweets are muted at this point, but the hops are actually quite large.

Taste – Yes, this is a Düsseldorf classic. It’s much bigger than a normal Altbier, although you could still probably session it. The alcohol is incognito. The malts are big and bitter, adding to the bitterness from the hops. This one also has a big brown sugary kick at the end, giving away the location of the brewery.

Mouthfeel – The Doppelsticke is on the big side of medium-bodied yet still very sessionable. The flavors and mouthfeel fall rightly in order.

Drinkability – This is a little bigger than I prefer my Altbiers, but it sure lives up to its billing. If you want to try an Altbier on steroids than this is it. You could probably even cellar this is you wanted.

RoyalT, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with not much of a head to speak of. Aromas are a bit weaker than the sticke but still consists of nuts, spices, floral/herbal hops and more. The taste is hoppy up front and malty in the middle witha good balance of the spicy/nuttiniess. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for me but drinkability is very good. Despite its short comings this is still damn nice. It will live in the shadows when compared to the sticke though, imo.

francisweizen, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of mrfrancis
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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.

Jwale73, May 12, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A mildly hazy deep golden-copper. The head is ducked-down; a large-bubbled dirty white.
The nose is ripe with dry, grainy malts, and dampened sweet caramel ones. Along with loud herb-encrusted hopping.
Taste begins dry- pils-esque for a moment- and full of crackers. Deepens with caramel, but never turns very sweet. An absolute deluge of nuts rain down. Walnuts and almonds and Brazils. Hopping is crisp and loud. There is a sense of molten metal, gold perhaps, or brass. Back to nature upon conclusion, autumnal fields with withering flowers and wind-whipped brown grasses.
And it lingers.

Refined, then refined again.
Cite "lack of complexity"? You're wrong. This runs deeper than beers 3 times its size. The restraint and harmony here are unmatched.

If not for the price, this would be my "anytime" beer. The only two places $4 disappears faster are casinos and strip clubs. And it depends on the Strip Club.

Just goddamn delicious. Perhaps even more so than the Sticke.
Or perhaps not.
Both are Galaxy-class.

cokes, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel color intoa stange with an inch of tight, bubbly off-white head. Nice streaming carbonation throughout. Really nice to look at.

Aroma is quite malty, with a bit of European hop bitterness and spicy fruitiness. Smells tasty.

Flavor is malty with a light bitterness and a huge fruit presence, almost cherry-like at times. Finishes nice and dry with a nice little nuttiness in there, too.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely-carbonated.

Overall: Quite a nice alt, but there's not really much comparison to their doppelsticke I tried last week. Still worth seeking out and a pleasant surprise in the super-cool bottle.

whartontallboy, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy leather brown w/ orange tints and a little bit of floaties along with a two-finger offwhite head that slowly receeds. Smell is slightly sweet, slightly nutty/yeast with some minor fruity hops in there as well. Medium-bodied and slightly chewey, this is a dry beer but still rich and smooth and easy down the hatch. Has a biscuit/bread/nutty taste along with some slightly sticky and sweet malts. Hop bitterness leads to a dry backbite that balances the beer with some fruit flavors. A great beer to just chill out with.

clayrock81, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice chestnut brown color with a nice dense cream colored head that left some insane lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a rich nutty malt, a bit buttery and a hint of steel. The taste is very malty. Chocolate and roasted malts prevail, some mineral water, and a light but noticable hoppy bitterness towards the end. Perhaps a very very light fruitiness as well. The feel is light and almost watery, fairly soft carbonation and finishes bitter from the malt and hops. A great looking Altbier with a nice roasty malt taste. The feel was a bit thin but that is the only real negative.

Gmann, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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...

alexgash, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of RedDiamond
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

RedDiamond, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +0.3%

jfcaa193, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle.

This altbier poured a slightly hazy, copper color with creamy, off-white foam that was very persistent and clung to the glass. There was a good, steady carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was nicely malty with a hint of cocoa and a touch of hops. The taste was hoppy up front with a strong malt backbone. There were some fruity, malty flavors and a slight bitterness and hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was both malty and hoppy, and it lingered pleasantly. This was a very nice altbier.

UncleJimbo, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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.

dcmchew, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

Gagnonsux, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive, brown, swingtop bottle pours a hazy, bronze amber body with a 3 cm ivory head that retains well and deposits massive sheet and patch lacing. Quite impressive to behold.

Aroma has a caramel maltiness that is balanced by a fresh, floral hop character.

Mouthfeel has lively carbonation and a light to medium body.

The taste comes off as very well balanced. Lots of fresh tasting hops lend a herbal and floral bitterness that combine very well with the malt varieties used in this Dusseldorf gem. No hint of alcohol, but none expected at 4.5%. A very refreshing, and very enjoyable altbier. The hops never overwhelm, and lend an ideal balance that results in a clasic Alt. Very drinkable!

merlin48, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of Vancer
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Vancer, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOve the bottle for this one..a work of art. Now the beer..lovelly looking ale it is an almost glowing amber with a huge sticky, frothy off white head...great lacing. Aroma is strong on the malts..some small hops too. Very soft malty flavour..semi dry finish,, some hints of honey and a small hoppiness at the very end. Very nice on the palate. Not the "biggest" beer in the world but certainly a top class Alt.

Reidrover, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the unique swingtop bottle that IS 'Uerige', a 0.33L/11.2 oz. pour into a Kulmbacher stange. Label on the neck offers: Bottled on 05.03; Code 04 06.

A: An auburn-tinged chestnut brown, faint light penetrating. Thin streams of carbonation wriggle upwards through a murky fog of suspended yeasty bits. Head builds to nearly two fingers of ivory foam, leaves banding lace. Not quite sure if this is intended to look so unfiltered (my first time to try this particular beer)...

S: An herbal/minty hopping fills the nose, dry earthen malts. Almost 'clay'-like - so dusty; slight woodsy smokiness. Hints of apple skin and nutmeg.

T: Dark bread crusts, toasted and dusted with raw cinnamon shavings. Burnt bitterness atop, a grassy/herbal hopping. A little 'black tea'-like at times, with hints of dried dark fruit. Vague touches of brown sugar and honey. Ends mostly bitter, chalky and mineral-like.

M: Lip-smacking maltiness, sharp and drying across the tongue. Medium mouthfeel (borderline 'thin'), lively carbonation. Lasting char/smoke, yet somehow sweetness keeps sneaking in.

D: Nice hop/malt balance. Had some bratwurst and spätzle earlier in the evening; I'll bet this would have made a great pairing - next time... Very well done.

msubulldog25, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured an deep golden amber color with just a slight haze. The head was yellow and moussy which laced the glass, but more than that stood tall from the first swallow to the last.

The aroma was nutty with a Munich character (even though no Munich is used in the beer). Also present were some caramel and chocolate notes. No distinct hop aromas.

The flavor was definitely bitter but well achieved with some munich, chocolate and caramel flavors. The bitterness was assertive and well done.

The finish was dry and hoppy bitter into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

The flavor is huge in this beer with only a 4.5% ABV. The aroma could be a bit larger, but the flavor is the surprize of the day. Have to give it the whole enchilada for the flavor.

11.2 ounce swing top bottle mostly in German. Purchased at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -6%

bigred89, Feb 16, 2013
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
89 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.