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Original Schlüssel Alt - Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel

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Original Schlüssel AltOriginal Schlüssel Alt

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 20
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-03-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pils style glass. Best before Dec 11th 2014.

Deep mahogany red, and hints of lighter brown toward the edges and bottom. Even with the darkness there is exceptional clarity in this beer throughout. The head is a booming, and thick whipped up large light creme color, and leaves lots of ring and spider web lacing. The retention forms a big cap and island in the middle. Great looking beer.

What a unique and impressive aroma, if a little simple and small. Great clove sweetness with a sense of nutmeg and hazelnut milk chocolate going with it. Wow never had an aroma on an alt like this before ever and it's really nice. Very enjoyable.

The palate brings the goods. The chocolate notes really come out on this, and just fill with a great nutty dryness that takes over on the finish. Controlled tannic nut and dry finish, with more clove and dry brown spices. The sweetness hinted on the nose is almost gone as some malt thickness comes and takes over with a husky and dry ripping grain action. A little bit of light body even for an alt, but it all carries very well still regardless.

This is unlike any other altbier I have ever had, with the chocolate angle being a big surprise.

Photo of Dirtywaltzer80
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dirty25
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light brown color, topped with a decent tan colored head. Retention is pretty decent too.
The aroma is surprisingly weak. Truthfully, all I could pick up were some laty notes.
The taste is quite neutral, but it develops a somewhat bittery feel.
Drinkable, enjoyable, but... a bit more taste perhaps.

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of NorbertB1974
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of MLFrank
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dwren89
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: copper brown, foamy white head, decent clarity

Aroma: toasty malt aroma, but overall quite restrained in aroma (less than Uerige, about same as Schumacher)

Taste: strong toasty malt character with hints of nuts and a minuscule hint of dark fruit (much more subtle than Uerige), flowery noble hop bitterness to curtail malt sweetness, sweet malt finish

Mouthfeel: thicker than either Schumacher or Uerige, more like an strong ale than lager in mouthfeel, biting moderate-high carbonation, medium-full body

Overall Impression: A heartier, darker, and nuttier version of the Altbier style exhibiting lager like clarity, crispness, and carbonation, but certainly an ale-like mouthfeel and flavor profile. More filling than Schumacher, but less fruity than Uerige, Schlossel exhibit it's own interpretation of the altbier style.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My second alt brewery visit on 4/11/2013. First of two served in a .2l stange. Pours a mahogany hue with a latte-like, half inch cream-colored head embedded with tiny craters. Nose smells primarily like wort. Taste follows nose - a bit thin and watery. Hops bittering comes out at the finish and is both earthy and subtle. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of lively, with a crisp, slightly dry finish. Overall, a nice altbier that is a bit less hoppy than Uerige's offering.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Here's an alt with a lighter cola brown color and an inch thick of head which retains itself well and leaves thicks rings of lace around. The aroma is filled with bread dough, bread crust, and a touch of vague fruit. Something different happens in the taste; sure, the crusty bread and toffee notes are common per style, but this one brings a noticable spicy hop note , making it hoppier than the other alts that I tried in Dusseldorf. It's medium bodied, with a modest crisp snap in the finish.

A little different, but still a damn good alt to cloth yourself from cold weather.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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Original Schlüssel Alt from Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.