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Schumacher Alt - Brauerei Schumacher

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 27
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schumacher visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unser Schumacher Alt ist ein würziges Vollbier, das nach alter Tradition gebraut wird. Die obergärige Spezialität besticht durch Ihren schlanken Geschmack mit einer leicht malzigen Note und die erfrischende Wirkung reiner Gärungskohlensäure.

Die edlen Aromahopfen aus der Hallertau und dem Tettnang sorgen für die feine Bittere und das abgerundete Aroma. Und eine glänzende Bernsteinfarbe sowie der kräftige Schaum lassen schon auf den ersten Blick erkennen: Bei unserem Altbier wurde das Zusammenspiel von Hopfen, Malz und traditioneller Schumacher-Hefe perfektioniert.

Auf Ihr Wohl!

(Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-04-2002)
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Photo of BrewMaster
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with a frothy white head on top. The aroma is a very malty and sweet. It is very enticing. The taste is sweet and malty with a bit of sourness in the middle. Not enough to pucker, but just a slight tinge. Very good balance of flavors. Other flavor notes a re caramel, jasmine, vanilla, and even a meaty sweetness. It is clean and smooth and very good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pils style glass. Bottled Sept 8th 2014, best before October 11th 2014.

A real gorgeous color of deep chestnut red, with excellent clarity. Head is a very faint light tan to cream color, slowly falls to a simple soaped but one finger puck and top. A big fluffy and light puck sits and settles nicely.

Very neutral and airy smelling bouquet if quite standard. Lots of dry yeast and baked brown bread crust. A good light matching caramel comes also afterward with a hint of light honey brown sugar sweetness. Very nice.

What a real interesting palate. Big hits of dry spiced bread. Large aftertaste of pine like hop and long winding bitterness, with a dusty character. Quenching slightly wet but malt forward in the mid palate. Extremely crisp and dry character with a hint of large hop that seems to grow as the aftertaste lingers for awhile.

I can truly say I have never had a beer like this, it's a lot of fun, and very enjoyable.

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish copper, with creamy head and good lacing

Aroma: very little aroma, but can pick up hints of toasty malt and slight noble hop presence

Taste: toasty malty flavor with rounded noble hop finish, sweetness at first but bitter finish, mostly lager like, but can pick up subtle hints of the apple tartness from the ale yeast

Mouthfeel: lager like consistency, crisp, smooth, biting carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: A delicious ale-lager hybrid that exhibits lager like mouthfeel, clarity, and toastiness, but ale like yeast characteristics of fruit.

Photo of slacker79
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of philipquarles
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On gravity at the at the brewpub in Düsseldorf. Pours a clear copper with a thick, creamy, slightly off-white head. The foam sticks around until the end of the drink, leaving great lacing all the way down. Smells of a mix of hop bitterness and roasty, but still slightly sweet malt. Taste is much the same, but with some spice and some earthiness. Feel is very nice; much more body than anything else of the style. My favorite Alt.

Photo of jedcooper
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a two finger off white head that slowly faded away. There is no visible carbonation in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall flavor is rather strong and has some bitterness--you can definitely taste the hops, which stand out more than the malts although there is a good balance. There are some hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink and is rather sessionable.

Photo of foles
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper coloured, considerably lighter some of the other examples in town. Mild aroma, some musty hops and grain, also what seems like restrained esters fom the alt yeast - which are very unique and pleasant on the nose. Hoppy mouthfeel, on the lower part of the spectrum, i.e bitter. Grainy, nutty backbone, lending to a medium body. Pleasant hoppy, assertively bitter finish. Easy drinking and dry. No residual sweetness.

A classic beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ethan for bringing this back fresh. Best served before May 21st, 2011. Obviously they want all the beer lovers who will be raptured away to get a taste of this before they go.

A - Dark copper/amber body with a white head that faded to a nice cap with some spots left on the sides.

S - Roasted grains and some sweetness, mostly honeyesque. Smells pretty straightfoward and easy to drink.

T - Toasted grain and some sweet, pale malts that go down clean with just the smallest bit of hops at the end. Really east to drink with nothing offensive.

M - Lighter side of medium, nice carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

O - Really nice beer. I'm not a huge fan of the style but this is straightforward, simple, and good. Could drink this regularly.

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've read that this is all light munich malt with hallertau hersbrucker hops.

A: Copper with an off-white head, good retention, incredible lace.

S: Light sulfur, steelie mineral, floral, sourdough rye bread.

T: Really well-hopped for an Alt, very floral & steelie, light mineral, toasted nuts and bread crust, hint of sponge toffee, slight hint of grainy sourness, solid bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp finish (with a hint of tartness).

D/O: New world brewers NEED to taste this, so they can see what an Alt is really about (not a sweet, syrupy mess).

Huge (ABSOLUTELY HUGE!) thanks to cfrances for hauling this back from Germany

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.25l gravity serving at the brauhaus on Bolkerstr in the Duesseldorf Altstadt

A- Pale copper body with creamy 2 finger head and excellent retention

S- Toffee malts, and fresh breads

T- Toffee malts, fresh breads balances with a lingering nutty finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body

D- Amazing sessionable alt, great malty flavours complimented by the lingering nuttyness. Fantastic!

Photo of paterlodie
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 9-03-05 but kept in fridge since purching about 3 weeks ago. Poors out beautifully with nice, lasting and snowwhite head up on top and a beautifull amberbrown beercolor.
Nose is wonderfull too giving you a major overdose on esters, hop and (mostly caramellic) malttaste. All together complex but fresh and good. Taste is full flavoured too. Sweet(& caramel)malty, fresh and a very good bitterness witch makes aftertaste short but enjoyable to the max. and all together can compete with the best other Alt's. Comes in a 1 literbottle; lucky cause I'll miss it the minute this bottle runs out, luckily thats about 30 min away!!

Photo of Zimbo
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alt beer should always been drunk as fresh as possible. No argument. This particular beer, from an absolutely colossal looking one litre swing top bottle was brewed this year on 0ctober 18th and has a best before date of November 18th.

Poured between an ISO tasting glass, a couple of altbier style glasses and a Duvel tulip this beer just looked superb. A beautiful red copper brown colour it has a lusty pure clear sparkle to it with a thin but lightly fluffy head which clings to the glass but it is thinnish at the centre. There's a rather firm almost dark chocolate whiff about it supported by a nutty background.

Medium bodied at most with a carbonic quality when first in the mouth this is firm, clean and almost delicate.The malt quality is both integrated yet detectable on its own with malt and some fruit at the core surrounded by a firm but restrained bitter edge. Quite beautiful really.

Not for those weaned only on DIPA or Imperial IPA. A beer for the connoisseur.

Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big thick foamy white head that clings to the glass, of colored orange, super clear
S- light hints of malt grainyness, quite mild, little dms, fruity
T- grainy, dry but welcoming, slightly sulphur, clean noble hop bitterness, earthy, fruity
M- light medium body, med carbonation, very refreshing
D- excelent alt, super refreshing, gerat complementing bitterness

Photo of Smanke
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of lmaduells
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of velkyal
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was in Berlin and saw that the Brauerei Schumacher had a stand at the festival I was visiting - well, what you have done? Exactly, bounced up and down with excitement at having an Alt from Dusseldorf's old producer. A beautiful clear copper-ruby colour was topped off with a good inch of head, which was nice and creamy. The first mouthful was a delight, a nice malty flavour, yet refreshing like a weissen. The head held firm for the whole drink, and each mouthfull was like drinking nectar. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. Wonderful wonderful beer - next time will be in Dusseldorf.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Schumacher itself, on to the beer:

This is an amber orange colored beer with an inch thick head on top, good retention, and lacing which sticks around the glass. Its nose is bread crust and cracker notes, with a vague sweetness attached. A surprisingly complex alt when tasted; there's the usual bread crust, then it goes fruity for a brief moment. A little spicy hop enters. Then a little caramel, and finally a little orange. Its medium bodied, and is finished with a fruity and toffee filled aftertaste.

A fun alt to try, and what a way to finish day in Dusseldorf.

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Schumacher Alt from Brauerei Schumacher
91 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.