Diebels Alt - Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
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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
3.13/5 rDev -18.3%
Not bad, nothing special either. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, light tan head that shortly fades to almost nothing and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear dark amber with light red highlights. Aroma is malt, roast, and a bit of metal. Flavor is quite mild - malt, roast, dark bread dough. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has about medium length. Very easy drinking and a session if you don't have much better and like a very mild dark beer.
09-22-2010 16:54:34 | More by drpimento
3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
A - Low white eggshell head. A very interesting dark oak brown color body that was a bit clear but as vibrant as it was dark.
S - The best part of this beer was the smell. Some very nice smooth appetizing grape and caramel smells.
T - A slightly bitter leafy, lemon grass / hay flavor. Kind of stale and sour
M - Effervescently nice, but at the same time watery and hollow.
D - Overall, not bad color, a great smell, but a dissapointing taste.
06-23-2010 14:33:58 | More by jeranbrews
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
3.1/5 rDev -19.1%
0.5l bottle. Pours a completely clear brownish-amber color with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma is pale and caramel malts, bread, and grassy hops. Flavor is slightly roasted, bread, pale malts, and some herbal hops. Mouthfeel is light, dry, and a hint of bitterness at the end. Decent beer.
12-05-2009 03:04:50 | More by mtstatebeer
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Clear dark amber with an off-white head, the smell is basically dark caramel malt with raisins, but is fainter than it should be.
The taste is also less than fresh, but is nice. Toast, raisin, caramel, very strong hop finish which cuts through the somewhat thick mouthfeel but which to my tongue also doesn't let the malt character fully develop. Somebody said rhubarb earlier, and I think that's exactly the weird discordant note that bothers me.
A pretty drinkable beer which makes me want to drink more alts, but not an exemplar of the style or anything.
Remember to let it warm up before you drink it--the complexity doesn't really come out if you have it cold.
11-29-2009 17:57:50 | More by lstokes
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
One of my favorite German beers. Usually buy it at Trinkgut in Kleve together with my other German favorites.
A: A beautiful brown/copper color with an initional decent white head.
S: Roasted malts, hops, and some caramel sweetness.
T: Like a pilsener but enriched with roasted malts and an additional dose of hops. A slight metallic tone in the aftertaste.
M: Medium carbonation and a light body. Very dry finish.
D: I like this one a lot, but not in any moment. I seem to have a preference for this beer at dinner time.
10-04-2009 08:28:42 | More by PapaEugene
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a carmel amber color. It is darker than I had expected it would be when I poured it. It has a quickly disipating white bubbly head.
The smell is sweet with what I believe to be a hint of apples (although perhaps I'm just crazy). The taste is a nice balance of thin sweetness with a dry bittering of hops, but not overpowering. A nice tastey beer that is still refresing, but has a bit more hops flavor than is typical for the region. Very tastey.
I can't compare this to many other alts, as it is a style that I have only had a few. But from what I see, it is a pleasant light and refreshing style.
08-09-2009 12:29:28 | More by engisch
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
4.03/5 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
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
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
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Purchased from the Beers of Europe; at 4.9%abv., BB 12/2008, served chilled in a 200ml stange glass.
A: pours a clear reddish amber hue, coming with a slowly dissipating off-white head and moderate carbonation.
S: aromatic in its woodiness and hoppiness, accompanied with an intensive focus of lager-sourness, semi-roasted tea-leaves, and utterly enticing raw-nuts; not terribly complex but the unique touch of jammy-plum-like sourness is especially welcomed.
T: initially it's more lager-like on the texture, with a decent level of doughy sourness and fizziness, but the whole palate is quickly engulfed in sour chestnuts (with the bitter skins), bitter woodiness, and plenty of plum-like dark fruits; a decent aftertaste of roasted tea-stems and the bitter edge of burned sugar lingers, before giving way to more bitter nuts and hop leaves... Just so... enjoyable and more-ish.
M&D: in a sense this is a well-balanced Altbier that benefits from the hops and fruitiness as much as from the wood-ageing process. There's no WOW factor to the drink, but just like a good honest English Bitter I just can't resist another sip of it~~
10-21-2008 20:12:38 | More by wl0307
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
Diebels is a perfect looking altbier. It pours with a good amount of light tan wet looking cranium, and sticks around for a good bit considering the style. The body is cleanly filtered, and is copper in color.
This brew is rich in aroma. It has nodes of caramel, sweet bread, and slightly metallic. There is a slight fruity flavor too.
The taste is almost sweet and chocolaty up front, but gives way to an almost cooked veggie flavor.
The brew is kicking with a bite the whole way through, which gives this a coarse feeling. There is a chalky undertone as well.
Overall this is an interesting beer. It's pretty complex for as little ABV contained.
09-12-2008 15:00:21 | More by TheSarge
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
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance : clear amber brown color, good white foam head
Smell : Caramel aroma, malt
Taste and mouthfeel : Flavor dominated by malt, bitterish and quite light bodied.
Drinkability : good beer in the style not very common Alt bier
03-08-2008 14:45:06 | More by thierrynantes
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
3.28/5 rDev -14.4%
Poured a deep copper color with reddish tint. Thick tan head which turned into a thin film after a few minutes. Minimal lacing left behind.
Smelled of malt and bread, perhaps a bit of coffee in there too. Nice aroma.
Malty presence with a small amount of what tasted like tobacco. Still some coffee bean in the background as well.
Mouthfeel was decent but perhaps a bit flat. I've been drinking pilsners all week so maybe that's the reason it felt this way in my mouth compared to what I'd been used to. Smooth but unexciting.
All in all, a pretty drinkable brew. Not my favorite style, but it's reasonably priced and fairly easy to get so if the mood strikes me for this style beer again, I would consider this one.
01-29-2008 12:38:16 | More by JBogan
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
Copper - amber (beautiful color). Beige head, compact and creamy. Light perlage.
Malt, biscuit, light fruitiness and tea. Definitely pleasant. At the smell it can remember something of an english ale.
The taste too. Round and full maltiness.
At the aftertaste some bitter notes, almost tending to rhubarb. Notes of caramel.
11-02-2007 19:51:01 | More by stcules
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
3.43/5 rDev -10.4%
Tall pale-cream colored head holds strong. After several minutes it left a few specs of lace as it morphed into a scattered film. Not much in the aroma, just some musty/grainy malt. Not much flavor, just a slight pale malt sweetness, nothing from the darker malts, and hardly any hops. It tastes more like a Pils. I really like Altbiers and I know there aren't a whole lot out there, but you can do better.
01-05-2007 21:30:13 | More by HappyHourHero
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a foamy head that drops quickly without much lacing
Smell: Started out skunky (green bottle!) but that disappeared and left a reasonable combination of caramel malt and floral hop aromas
Taste: Starts out with a touch of caramel, but the floral hop flavors quickly arrive and leave the malt in the background; dry and slightly metallic finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a healthy level of carbonation
Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but I like my alts to have a bit more of a balanced, malty approach
07-22-2006 22:10:03 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured with good head, a nice colour - like a burnt amber, mahogony highlights. Awesome chalky, mineraly nose. Some amber/caramalyzed malt comes through first. Heavy in the mouth, but a somewhat dry finish leaves it more light-medium bodied. Fairly malty overall, but not over the top. More restrained than say a bock, but certainly a lovely, bold touch of malt. Falls apart a little too quickly than I'd like. Leaves an odd mineral feel in the mouthfeel (but void in the taste) Plenty more caramel as it warms. Some brown malt maybe? This was nice, but seemed to me it could be something more...
06-29-2006 01:15:47 | More by biegaman
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
This bottle looks a little different (than pictured), and is labelled as 4.9% abv. Best before 15.06.06.
A: Bronze-caramel; off-white head is fizzy, no retention or lace.
S: Clean hops (grass & a little spice), slight toffee & cotton candy esters.
T: Nice bittersweet balance. Toffee and a nicely rounded hop flavour (grass, earth, floral). Probably some styrian golding hops here, maybe some Saaz. Hints of fruity esters (like cotton-candy). Very well rounded. The taste score is pushing a 4.5.
M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.
D: Quite good.
04-08-2006 16:25:16 | More by Derek
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.