Diebels Alt - Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
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4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
This is the bier that Deutschland uses as a measure for all Altbier...so I do to, having lived in the country for some years. So as my standard for Altbier it is a perfect blend of lagering and hops. It presents a pretty opaque color, for Deutschland, and has a nice but mild hop aftertaste.
06-25-2011 01:27:23 | More by BavariaYeti
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
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
Dark and misterious it pours out of the bottle to form a modest cappuccino crown over a dark-ruby liquid. Aroma is toffeish, with flowery-hoppy tones in the background. Carbonation is low. The taste is outstanding, reminiscent of English Ales with a perfect balance of nuts and malts vs. hops and fruit. Aftertaste is complex, bittersweet and crying for more. Great Germanic ale!
06-08-2006 10:27:04 | More by ernie
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
4.25/5 rDev +11%
Appearance: Amber, clear, good head
Aroma: peppery, malty, hoppy
Taste: malt, followed by dry hop bitterness; dry finish; Very smooth and refreshing
Remarks: I plan on homebrewing this beer once I find a good clone recipe. I really miss having it in Germany.
Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores
06-15-2013 12:23:51 | More by IchLiebeBier
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
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
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
This serving was from a PerfectDraft system, into a 0.5l willibecher.
A- 3 finger tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Copper hazelnut body.
S- Coffee, roasted malts, nuttiness. caramel an toffee.
T- Coffee and roasted malts in the beginning, toffee and nuttiness in the finish, balances well.
M- Medium carbonation and creamy
D- Sold altbier, nice nutty roasted notes combined with a full mouthfeel and balance gives it excellent drinkability.
02-02-2008 19:51:32 | More by seanyfo
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: Pours a super clear reddish brown to amber color with a thick dense head at first pour. The head maintained for quite some time. There was some lacing on the glass after consuming the beer.
Aroma: Lots of rich toasty notes along with some caramel. There seems like there is a bit of hops in the nose of this one, but the malt still rules the show. I also get a hint of some ripe fruit like plum or something as it warms up a bit..
Taste: Rich biscuity flavor with lots of malty notes. The flavor is really clean and finishes dry and slightly bitter. There is no alcohol noticeable, and the mouthfeel makes it some across as medium-light bodied. As it warms up a bit, you can start to pick up the hops a lot better.
Opinion: I really love Alt beers since I lived in Dusseldorf for a while, they taste like home. This one wasn't my favorite while I was over there, but since I haven't had it in quite some time, it tastes mighty good now. I know this is because I miss the flavor...and no other style is nearly this drinkable with this much flavor. If you have never tried an Altbier, definitely give this one a shot because it is an experience. If you are in Dusseldorf...stick to the Altstadt!
09-03-2005 01:43:23 | More by SkeeterHawk
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
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
A- Dark copper/brown body with an off-white, sudsy head that fades to nothing.
S- Bready malts, hop spiciness, and some notes of dark fruit.
T- A little bit of sweet malt starts off the taste, followed by some nice roasted malt flavors. There is also a note of caramel or perhaps molasses as well. The finish is dry with a slight hop bitterness.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation and very smooth overall.
D- Nice balance and smooth feel make this one pretty drinkable for me.
NOTE: A lot of the finer characteristics of the smell and taste really come out well when this beer warms up a bit.
01-28-2009 12:50:38 | More by TommyW
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
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
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Had on tap at hotel in Frankfurt.
Beer is a deep amber color with a great head. The aroma is of roasted caramel & malty. The taste is a bit sweet & malty with a slightly bitter finish. It has a thick body, smooth and a dry finish. Easy to drink. One of the better Alt beers and can be found in many places in Germany
04-22-2010 11:43:34 | More by soju6
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.