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
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
This was my first altbier. I really enjoy this variety and wish it was easier to find in the states. While I enjoy Alaskan Amber, I don't quite consider it a true altbier. I had Diebels when staying with a friend who lived in Duisburg back in '99. It seemed to be the standard altbier in the Ruhr. When I'd walk into an Imbiss and request an altbier, this was invariably what was on hand. I really don't remember a lot about it, except that I enjoyed it very much. Back then I was still fairly novice a drinker, so I'd love to try it again and see if it still impresses me.
Well, I managed to find this at the Alpine Deli for $1.59. It's the first time I've come across it since I was in Germany 5 years ago. Has a best by date of May, 2004 (oops).
Poured a dark copper color, with a big off-white head. Head hung around for several minutes. Mild amount of lace.
Very malty caramel smell, with a hint of floral hops.
Taste is predominantly caramel maltiness, with a slightly floral hoppy dryness to keep it from being too sweet. I remember this having a bit more character, but it's still pretty good.
This is a medium bodied ale. Seems about right for the style.
This is a very drinkable altbier. While it's not as tasty as an Uerige Sticke, it's still pretty good, and it's certainly cheaper.
06-20-2003 12:02:20 | More by woemad
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
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
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%
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
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
I originally reviewed this on tap and then recently found it in bottles.As far a I'm concerned, I'll stick with the draught.The whole six pack had a "old and dirty" taste."Alt" means old and the beer style was originally stored in dirt cellars, but I don't think this is what they should be shooting for.
I am a fan of this style, but there was something about the bottle taste that I couldn't adjust to.I have also had it now in a mini-keg, which I purchased from the same store, and it tasted fine, so I'm going to have to blame the bottles here.If you come across it, try it. It's one of the better examples of the style, just be cautious of the bottles.
11-11-2003 15:41:22 | More by dpend
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
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
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
Diebels Alt from Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.