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
3.55/5 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
3.98/5 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
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
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
3.53/5 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
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
3.58/5 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
3.58/5 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
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
Brown with a nice pillowy biege head, nice carbonation, and rings of lace. Crisp malty aroma with a touch of roastiness. Good balance ! Strong malty flavor with a nice supporting bitterness. HInts of chocolate and a bit roasty. Medium bodied, rich, and smooth.
Per D. website: 11.8 Plato
Per "Beers" book: Pilsner malt and 2% rosted barley, Perle and Northern Brewer hops
Best Before: 05/02
08-18-2003 18:32:18 | More by RBorsato
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
3.1/5 rDev -19.1%
Nice head forms upon pouring and takes quite awhile to subside. Aroma is a little stale and perhaps metallic. Flavor is slightly metallic with a nice malt and hop balance and a toasted finish that lasts and lasts. The malt and hop balance is really nice and impressive and the bitterness is well done. The drinkability is very good with the only real flaw being that metallic aroma and flavor at the beginning.
11-06-2003 00:49:03 | More by GCBrewingCo
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
3.85/5 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
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
4/5 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
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.