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Schumacher Alt - Brauerei Schumacher

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Schumacher AltSchumacher Alt

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

40 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 26
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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Reviews by Zimbo:
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-14-2010 11:23:52 | More by Zimbo
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Dinkel

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-07-2013 03:49:35 | More by Dinkel
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dwren89

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

06-12-2013 21:52:54 | More by dwren89
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slacker79

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

11-19-2012 20:11:33 | More by slacker79
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

08-04-2008 18:22:26 | More by philipquarles
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-09-2013 12:51:51 | More by MarkJBurch
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

10-21-2010 00:50:58 | More by metter98
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foles

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

10-31-2011 11:13:26 | More by foles
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2013 17:22:53 | More by dbrauneis
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

05-19-2011 20:32:24 | More by AgentZero
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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

12-20-2011 00:51:30 | More by Derek
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

08-10-2014 22:26:43 | More by endless1408
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

02-26-2008 17:42:13 | More by seanyfo
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

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!!

03-02-2005 16:03:54 | More by paterlodie
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GoBrewOrGoHome

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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

03-30-2010 21:55:19 | More by GoBrewOrGoHome
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Smanke

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-26-2014 01:23:42 | More by Smanke
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BrewMaster

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

11-16-2004 16:17:42 | More by BrewMaster
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-14-2013 02:04:52 | More by spycow
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velkyal

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

05-15-2008 12:57:51 | More by velkyal
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DoubleJ

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

05-08-2013 15:49:04 | More by DoubleJ
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Third destination on my altbier odyssey through Dusseldorf. Visited on 4/11/2013. Served in a .2l stange. Pours a copper/amber hue with a creamy/frothy 1.5 inch off-white head. Nose is very subdued - some caramel notes and a hint of noble hops. Taste is a bit spicy and earthy (particularly in comparison with Uerige and Schlussel) with a lingering earthiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with a slightly watery consistency and an even carbonation. Overall, a good altbier, but not as enjoyable as the alts experienced at the prior two stops.

05-12-2013 14:52:59 | More by Jwale73
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Light brown colored (one of the lightest in Dusseldorf) with a thick white head. Funky dank basement aromas from the combination of hops and conditioning in a wooden barrel. Clean brown malty tasting with a dry finish from the hops. Reminded me of Otter Creek Copper without the metallic flavors.

10-04-2002 07:03:23 | More by Longstaff
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1%

1L swing-top from Ethan, fresh from the brewery! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a reddish copper color, white frothy head, thin cap, and a nice thick collar. Very nice-looking beer, no doubt.

S - Huge roasted malts, slight sweetness, grain. Very straight forward, yet very enjoyable.

T - Roasted malts, nice touch of sweetness, grain. The roast is complimented by the sweetness in the malts. The grainy finish is wonderful as well. Not complex, but it's not really meant to be.

M - Light, smooth and refreshing, good carbonation.

O - Very well done Alt. Very easy to drink and I went back a couple of times to get another pour. I can imagine drinking this one a hot day in Düsseldorf, just chillin'. Recommend!

05-16-2011 18:55:23 | More by Sean9689
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-14-2011 23:21:12 | More by whartontallboy
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blameo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-28-2014 15:30:36 | More by blameo
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Schumacher Alt from Brauerei Schumacher
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