Diebels Alt - Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
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3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
Enjoyed at the hotel soon after arriving in Zermatt, Switzerland. Lacks the soul of the famous Dusseldorf pub Alts. Still a nice reprieve from Euro lagers. Bright copper. Nice and bready with a mild, herbal hop flavor. Clean and lager-like. Too filtered and refined. Needs more edge. Then again, who cares what one is drinking when in the shadow of the Matterhorn?
06-26-2012 19:01:38 | More by bump8628
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
4.3/5 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
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
3.65/5 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
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a clear deep brownish amber color with a thick and creamy off-white colored head that fades into a nice lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts and a bit of toffee. Smooth and quite slick mouthfeel but is a bit thin. Taste is sweet malts and molasses up front followed by some bready notes and a touch of a raisin-like flavor. Finish is dry. A nice brew, but nothing special.
02-06-2003 18:02:18 | More by Morris729
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 (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
4/5 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
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
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
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
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
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
3.13/5 rDev -18.3%
After drinking nothing but Kölsch and Weissbier I was begging for something different to try. During a weekend trip to Aachen I found this brew, though it is very easy to find anywhere in Germany.
Color ís almost that of pine bark and head is off white and short lived. Scent is powerful and quickly brings a resemblance to molasses to mind. Flavor can best be sumed up into rye bread meets molasses meets brown sugar. Its a flavorful beer, the flavors however seem out of place. Its interesting at first but by the time I got to the bottom of the glass this beer's individuality had gotten on my nerves and I was already looking for something different. As I have had very little experience with Alt beers this may be typical for the style. German brewers are not known for their wild and unique creations like some American micros are. Mouthfeel was pleasant--silky, full, and satisfying.
10-17-2003 22:47:29 | More by allboutbierge
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
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