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Diebels Alt - Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
86
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dpend on 09-16-2002)
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-22-2014 16:33:50 | More by BJSmit
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-12-2013 00:34:00 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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KimenTshom

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-26-2012 19:37:42 | More by KimenTshom
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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
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brauseboof

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-09-2013 17:14:26 | More by brauseboof
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marcobrau

Illinois

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
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JBogan

Nevada

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
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Douberd

Netherlands

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
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lstokes

Illinois

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
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allboutbierge

Austria

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
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TommyW

Massachusetts

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
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ronin926

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-20-2013 05:24:43 | More by ronin926
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KoG

Nevada

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
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Beerman1977

Austria

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-31-2012 14:18:06 | More by Beerman1977
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

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
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Darkale

Virginia

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
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

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
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured a rich amber-brown ale with a white head that started about an inch or so thick and subsided to a 1/4 inch and left a little lace. The aroma is of toasted malts with a touch of sweetness. The flavor is very dry and begins with a rush of carbonic bite and a dry toasted malt that reminds me of black tea. There is a bit of hops in the bitterness and it is sort of floral but it seems not present enough for me to be able to describe it well. The bitterness lingers into the finish and lends a further crispness to this ale. The mouthfeel is very dry and the carbonic bite is a bit out of balance and takes away from the maltiness. This is a great and flavorful session beer though my favorite in the style is still Zum Ueridge.

09-09-2005 03:35:32 | More by RenoZymurgist
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

This dark alt beer poured almost a clear brown with a nice off white head that stayed around for some time. The aroma was subtle but left a little malt in the nose. The bitterness jumps out and grabs the tongue, but lets the sweetness creap back in. The beer finishes with a light chocolate taste. The mouthfeel borders on creamy and is medium bodied. This beer is quite drinkable and is what I am hoping the alt in my keg that is fermenting now will taste like.

03-13-2003 17:51:13 | More by LarryKemp
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ernie

Russian Federation

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
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tjdrewry

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-25-2014 23:58:33 | More by tjdrewry
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Dinkel

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-09-2013 14:35:04 | More by Dinkel
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foles

Australia

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.

Great beer.

10-31-2011 11:25:08 | More by foles
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crisis44

New York

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-22-2012 01:18:31 | More by crisis44
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GarretD

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-04-2012 02:56:20 | More by GarretD
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.