Diebels Alt - Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
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3.83/5 rDev 0%
Bottled: puts a copper-brown ale in your galss. 2 finger creamy cap with good retention and lacing. Mild aromas..woodsy, grassy, grainy. Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow good balance between toasty cerial malts and herbal-tobacco like hops dry clean finish. Overal impression is of a lilting dryness that travels just above an ample malt spine....a good alt for a large brewer.
02-08-2006 05:23:55 | More by pootz
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
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
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
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
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
3.98/5 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
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
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Look: the beer pours an amber-copper color with medium head
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel and quite floral hops
Taste: Roasted malts, grain, and nice spicy bitter hops
Mouthfeel: dry finish with a medium-light body and medium carbonation
Overall: Nice beer for dinner
07-27-2011 19:57:12 | More by rvdoorn
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
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
4.1/5 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
4.13/5 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
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.