Diebels Alt - Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
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3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
Appearance Bright brown in color and very clear in the body. The head was big and very fluffy with some cool lacing.
Smell The aroma was faint here and was made up mainly of caramel-laden malts.
Taste This had a nicely balanced flavor. The quality malts are sweetened with brown sugar and caramel. Theres also a soft floral hop compliment that evens things out.
Mouthfeel This one was light in the mouth and flat, which was very nice.
Drinkability This went very well with my weisswurst and sauerkraut.
01-11-2004 06:37:53 | More by RoyalT
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
Served on-tap at "Ranke 2" in Berlin, and served in its own 0.4l branded glass. A copper/brown beer with a healthy looking, creamy laced head.
A metallic beer with toasty, thin raisin, bready, and tea-like flavours. Dry overall, with a thin malt sweetness, but ample malt character. Also notes tobacco, smooth chocolate and faint caramel flavours. Dry finish.
Thoroughly enjoyed this complex and tasy altbier ... and it made me think that we need more altbiers in the US.
10-19-2002 08:18:24 | More by Todd
United Kingdom (England)
2.95/5 rDev -23%
Quite easy to drink and quite a clean taste. Even though it lacked a lot of flavour, i couldn't find to much wrong with it, probably a bit boring, but a nice session beer. Light malty flavour, with ever so slight bittering hop, no flavours really stand out, not too interesting, but enjoyable enough to drink.
10-22-2002 19:39:28 | More by rastaman
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Nice head retention and malty nose with a slight wiff of hops.
Beautiful brown color with great clarity. Malts dominate and slight raisin and nut taste. In my 3 years in germany this was my old standby and got me through many cold nights. My British freinds liked it a lot. Since I lived in Rheiland Pfalz this was my stable when I ran out out biers from my filed trips up to dusseldorf or Bavaria. Drank hundreds & was always very consistent. Slightly better on draft....prost!
08-13-2005 05:26:49 | More by russpowell
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
A light brown version of Altbier that pour with a burst of foam that settles to a thin collar. Starts with mostly caramel malt flavors. The hops become more noticeable later on and ending with a dry finish. There's some bits of toffee, and some buttery notes, but not much complexity. Fairly light-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. A very quaffable Altbier. A beer that I believe would appeal to many beer drinkers looking to try a German beer other than a Spaten or Paulaner, something a wee bit more interesting.
10-19-2003 01:32:22 | More by marcobrau
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Reviewed on tap at the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. Comes in with a nice light cream head which stayed pretty well. No lacing on the way down, strangely. Deep amber colour.
The beer has a nice bread-and-malt nose. Bit of dry herb aroma and toasted/roasted tones as well. Doesn't hold back at all; you don't have to sniff to get plenty of aroma with the first taste.
The mouthfeel is not particularly unusual, but very solid. It is very smooth and reasonably substantial. Exceptionally drinkable. Never exceedingly bitter or tiring, you could sit down with some mates and enjoy this until you could no longer stand or you could just have one here or there and enjoy every bit of it. However, its versatility comes at a slight price, never feeling like you'd want to have this with [insert item here]. Though I did not have it with food, I don't think there would be any great pairings, but if I had to guess I'd say some kind of grilled meat. Regardless, this is the kind of beer you have no reservations about recommending to anyone.
Taste, the most important part of any beer, was quite good. Quite malty and toasty, with excellent balance. Some herb notes, in a way reminding of a good cabernet sauvignon with slight tobacco undertones. Finishes with a dry bitterness, but not at all overwhelming. Medium body.
06-23-2008 19:59:44 | More by Gamemako
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
Sever in a small glass the dark caramel liquid had some carbonation but not much head. The head was small off white and left no lace could be the fault of a server wanting to be too quick after taking too long.
The smell was good and malty, lots of dark caramel malt, very sweet yet a finishing hops with a lot of bitterness. Truly a classic style brew.
The taste follows lots of thick malt in a classic big malt style. The hops were very good and made for quite a hearty brew standing up well with the roast lamb chops and basmati rice.
The mouthfeel of this brew was also very good nice thick body and encaptured carbonatio.
The drinkability of this alt is good ,just what I wanted I only wish they would have brought a mass.
08-01-2009 16:15:40 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
Exceptionally clear bronze-brown body. Rocky, foamy head.
Slightly yeasty aroma, pungent and dry with, I think, a hint of scotch whisky!
Just a bit chewy in the mouth with some peat and earth tones, then chocolate and coffee.
Dry and astringent, malty around the edge.
This is my first altbier, and I may end up changing these ratings later if future samples warrant it. I enjoyed this style quite a bit, and this beer seems to be an excellent example of the style.
08-22-2003 15:32:39 | More by Darkale
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a finger high head that gradually died down to a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There is an aroma of malts in the nose with some notes of caramel.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty and has some caramel flavors but these are nicely balanced by the underlying hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.
10-23-2010 12:12:13 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +4.4%
On tap at the National Hotel in Miami, FL. Imported through Florida. Dark copper color, nearly brown. Thin beige head, not much carbonation. Decent malty sweet smells. Slick, carmel malty sweetness. Slighly weird nearly slimy finish, almost some smoeky qualities, or was it the bar I drinking it in ? Medium bodied, very unique and interesting.
10-07-2002 18:38:22 | More by StevieW
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
0.5 Litres in the ‘Berliner Republic’ a fun bar in Berlin where the beer prices go up and down like a beer stock market: there is a big screen to see how the prices are moving, choose a beer than is cheap obviously!
I had a lovely tour of the brewery a long time ago, well before BA came into being and we were given some small barrels of this beer to pour ourselves in the tasting lounge: great fun.
This wasn’t the best draught Alt I’ve had, but it wasn’t the worst either, nor was it as fresh as the beer I remember from that brewery trip. It looked fine though, nice brown colour, a cross between mahogany and oak: on top sat a thin off-white covering of bubbles, which soon left the scene.
The smell was semi-sweet malty molasses with a hop backdrop.
The flavours are malty at first, the hops arriving a bit later in the mouth feel to give the beer a mini bite and a mild bitter finish.
Body depth about right, not rich or deep, but enough to carry the flavours and alcohol content without any problems.
03-09-2012 14:27:19 | More by BlackHaddock
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
On tap at the Diebels tied house on the Duisburg harbour. Freshness was the key here. Light fruity hopiness on the nose. I was drinking a wonderful, crisp, fresh beer with a mildly bitter munich flavour on a background on what again seemed like spalt hops (a favourite in this region). There was a light residual sweetness that balanced out the apparent dryness and firm but not high bitterness.
10-31-2011 11:25:08 | More by foles
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
Found in a Vienna supermarket, this brown 33cl bottle has a thin neck and a green and gold label featuring a buck jumping over some barley stalks above the name. Purity law applies. Best before 11/27/07, I opened it on 2/3/07.
Pours a clear deep copper hue under a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to film and collar, leaving only a couple of lace strings behind. The nose is mild, with just a hint of grain. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste is mild at first, with just a bit of dark bread and no caramel. Then the hops kick in, crisp and spicey, leaving a nice dry bitterness in the mouth. Espresso notes linger well into the aftertaste, begging for another sip to relieve the parched palate. This is not a great or exciting beer, but it is contagious. Must have another...
02-03-2007 22:49:31 | More by Globetrotter
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Thick and creamy off-white cloudtop head, lots of lace. Crystal clear dark copper color with slight carbonation. Toasty malt aroma with dark bread notes. Strong dark malt in the taste, as well as rich, earthy flavors, and bitter chocolate, finishes dry with a definite smoky note. It seems that Germany cannot make a bad beer.
11-17-2002 09:36:44 | More by Pegasus
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. Poured into a kolsch glass. Ingredients are water, hops, barley malt. ABV is 4,9%.
Dark copper colour, with a slighty beige head, one and a half finger in height, soapy in texture, having average retention. No lacing left behind, no activity in the glass.
Aroma is of roasted malts, but very faint. Not much of an aroma actually.
Taste is of roasted malts again, toffee and dark chocolate. It does leave behind some bitterness, but not as much as I expected.
Light carbonation on a thin to medium body.
An average one.
12-31-2012 20:23:11 | More by Douberd
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
Aroma: Nutty, almost chestnut scent with roasted scents
Appearance: Poured into hefeweizen glass (all I had) to light amber/mahoghany with 3/8" inch head to start. dissipated relatively quickly with no lacing
Drinkability: Rather excellent taste with a slight residual bitterness on the finish. Would like to see how many I could have
Mouthfeel: Slightly buttery on the palette with some presence here, low to medium carbonation really letting the flavor come through
Overall: I thought this was really great. Either I'm just romanticizing the style which is one of my favorites and that I'm having one while in Germany, but it has a great taste, mouthfeel and finish.
05-12-2011 07:37:02 | More by jerryjeff
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
A dark copper beer with a settling white head.
A slightly roasted smell with some malt and a trace of chocolatemalt.
Taste is clean. The malt is a bit straw-like and combines nicely with the roasted chocolate malt. There is an earthy taste to this beer, a bit of husk, which makes the beer a bit dry and astringent. Aftertaste is dry and light roasted.
12-24-2008 13:32:23 | More by Absumaster
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
Clear deep brown body topped with a short lived head that leaves no real lacing.
Smell has a tasted hint to it. Slight chocolate and caramel with a very faint alcohol end after warming a bit.
Tastes nice and malty with a roasted touch, light chocolate and caramel. Nicely bitter in the middle and fades away on the finish. Drys the mouth a bit but still goes down smooth.
A damn solid beer from a hard to find catagory.
07-27-2005 01:18:05 | More by KoG
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
330 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 4.9%. Beautiful reddish brown colour, large and lingering greyish light tan head. Moderate malty aroma with some caramel and spices, some flowery aromatic hops too. Flavour is moderately malty and herbal with moderate hops, a little burnt caramel too. Easy drinking, but not one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
11-10-2005 21:36:56 | More by Sigmund
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
A - Dark, clear, lots of head and good retension with some visible carbonation.
S - Very little smell at all. Slightly sweet I suppose.
T - Sweeter, some roasty tastes of coffee and some yeastiness gives it a sweeter fruity taste. Lingers long and dry and slightly sweet.
M - Heavy mouthfeel, lingers like an awkward person, overcarbonated and syrupy.
D - Too heavy and thick, otherwise alright.
01-11-2009 12:31:15 | More by Quej
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.