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Schumacher Alt - Brauerei Schumacher

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 25
Gots: 2 | 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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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-15-2011 07:53:11 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 17:08:43 | More by MasterSki
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub in the Altstadt area. It was served throughout my meal in 0.3L glasses that replaced each empty one.

The beer is light rusty brown, clear looking, with generally 2 fingers of foam that last until the glass is empty. It smells muted, maybe a little more malty than hoppy, caramel malts being the main take-away.

It tastes nutty and malty, very nice and it paired well with the wild game dinners we were eating. Light bodied and good carbonation, very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 07:24:04 | More by TurdFurgison
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Italy

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color, clean, with a quite compact and creamy foam.
In the smell malt and caramel, then a light hop.
At the taste again a good maltiness, then a quite strong bitterness, but a bit more raw than in others Alt.
Anyway, as usual, great drinkability.
And the hop is well present in the aftertaste.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2011 19:01:42 | More by stcules
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: cask

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

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2011 23:21:12 | More by whartontallboy
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: growler

05-16-2011 18:55:23 | More by Sean9689
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-24-2013 22:43:50 | More by Sparky44
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

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

Germany

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2012 06:51:57 | More by pixieskid
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dasenebler

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 19:15:53 | More by dasenebler
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stevoj

Germany

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2012 17:04:16 | More by stevoj
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herrburgess

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-28-2013 00:00:34 | More by herrburgess
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Serving type: cask

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

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

06-08-2013 12:04:57 | More by brbrocc
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

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

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 11:23:52 | More by Zimbo
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Schumacher Alt from Brauerei Schumacher
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.