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Schumacher Alt - Brauerei Schumacher

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

40 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 26
Gots: 4 | 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 velkyal
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.

velkyal, May 15, 2008
Photo of Kanewai
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Kanewai, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of philipquarles
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.

philipquarles, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
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!

seanyfo, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Dirtywaltzer80, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mjtierney2, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of foles
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.

foles, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BrewMaster
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.

BrewMaster, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
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

GoBrewOrGoHome, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Longstaff
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.

Longstaff, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of paterlodie
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!!

paterlodie, Mar 02, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

dbrauneis, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Smanke, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

whatsgoody, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Derek
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

Derek, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
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!

Sean9689, May 16, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

1L swing-top generously procured by Ethan on his recent Düsseldorf jaunt. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Best before May 21st, 2011 - love the aggressive freshness dating.

A - A finger of tan-tinged foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy patches of lace. Transparent coppery-amber-brown body.

S - Toasted grains, barley, kiss of pale malt and honey, faint nut character.

T - Taste is a nice mix of cereal grains and malt sweetness, with perhaps a hint of hazelnut. Very clean finish, with light hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, clean medium-light body, and medium carbonation. Chewy texture that is a bit like undercooked bread.

D - The 1L serving size was greatly appreciated, as this is an excellent session offering. I'd love to be in a beer garden in Düsseldorf getting continuous refills of this one throughout the day. Low alcohol, pleasant flavor and texture, and minimal aftertaste all contribute to making this really easy to drink.

MasterSki, May 15, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
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.

Zimbo, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, May 08, 2013
Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

1L swing-top, bottled 3/1/11, best before 4/1/11 (must be some volatile stuff!). Poured into a Willibecher, which is starting to become my favorite pint glass.

Clear, coppery amber. Tight and creamy head retains very well and laces beautifully.

The aroma has some toasted bread and light, earthy hops.

The flavor is light but interesting, with lots of Maillardy flavors of bread crusts and toast. Touch of malt sweetness and a kiss of spicy Noble hops, with a dry, lightly bitter finish. The light mouthfeel has fine, medium-low carbonation.

Definitely the lightest of the classic Altbiere from Düsseldorf, but also one of the best. Very drinkable and satisfying.

dasenebler, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
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Schumacher Alt from Brauerei Schumacher
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.