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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
89
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 17
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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Reviews by foles:
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4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed over and over again on the Dusseldorf Altstadt.

Light, rich munich maltiness, with a nice firm bitterness. Brown colour. Uniquely hoppy from spalt hops on he nose. Dry malty profile on the palate. Some graininess, and a touch of spalt flavour - however the balance of hop character appears to be in the aroma.

A true classic alt - but very unique amongst alts at the same time.

foles, Oct 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
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.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mentaltraveller, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Ciocanelu, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

MarkJBurch, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Liquoric3, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a two finger high off white head that slowly died down and faded away. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a light aroma of malts with hints of caramel and hops in the nose. A very slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
T: There is a very good balance between the malt and hops although the hop flavors are slightly stronger, which results in a slight amount of bitterness in the overall taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation. There is some crispness and a very light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink and is quite sessionable.

metter98, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

dbrauneis, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Alt provided by Ethan.

A - Brownish color beer that you can see through. Has a white head that didn't stay for long and left some spots on the side.

S - Smells very malty, with some caramel notes and earthy tones. A little heavier than the other alts we have had.

T - A lot of malt, some caramel and spices, and a little earthy bitterness. There is a bit of a fruity sweetness to this.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, active carbonation.

O - Pretty solid, not as easy of a drinker as the other alts, but had a lot going on.

AgentZero, Jun 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jmn5082, Nov 06, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a bit over the best before date but was quickly proven to be good nonetheless. 500 ml, BB 22.October 2010, into tulip. A vigorous pour creates deep amber to bronze body with good clarity, topped by thick firm off-white head with excellent retention that clings to the walls and, although slowly subsides, virtually never dies. The nose is rich malt with caramel and toasty notes, peppery spiciness that probably originates from noble hops, fruity esters of plum and raisins.
Flavor starts with prominent hoppy bitterness counterbalanced by crisp, well attenuated malt. Fruity esters are virtually absent, slightly nutty finish is quite dry allowing hoppy bitterness to persist into the aftertaste. Medium bodied, soft carbonated with slight astringency.

In short: a sessional lagered ale with assertive hoppy bitterness and a good dosage of attenuated malt.

crnipeter, Jan 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

leitmotif, Feb 25, 2014
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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.

MarkoNm, Apr 21, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Often though of as an amber ale with German lager character, this hybrid of a beer has the smooth drinkability of well malted German lagers and with the toasty notes of a dunkel. But this beer balances toward hoppy bitterness like no other.

Pouring a deep amber, taking on rust-like colors, the beer shows near brilliant clarity, slightly off white foam that forms a delicate yet sturdy foam stance. Light on lace and moderate with retention, comparisons to lighter dunkels do come to mind.

Muted aromas of toast with faint caramel, grain, and malt deliver a clean and well attenuated scent that leaves the nose wanting more.

Flavors fare much more vividly. Bread crust, walnuts, scorched caramel, and a hint of date or fig come to mind before the initial flavors fall off and the hop bitterness sets in. With basically no hop aroma and faint herbal flavor, the bitterness seems remarkably high in the finish as the other malt flavors disipate, all leading to a very clean, crisp finish with mild grain and earthy bitterness.

Medium creaminess early is short lived, transcending the beer to a quick and abrupt bitterness with light grassy harshness and mild watering.

A very drinkable beer with a lot of character for a lighter beer especially up front. But the terse finish makes the beer clean yet tearse.

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.25l gravity serving at the Schlussel Brauhaus on Bolkerstr in the Duesseldorf Altstadt

A- Pale copper with creamy head giving very good retention

S- Coffee beans, toffee, malty breads aroma

T- Malty goodness, with a creamier finish that most other alts im come across. Expecting the coffee aroma to come through in the taste, but it remained sweet/toffeish.

M- Low carbonation and creamy

D- Excellent alt with some great smell and flavour

seanyfo, Feb 26, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 1-05-05. Pours in fine and gives a nice white foam that lasts well. Color is lightbrown and nice and clear. Nose is diacethyl, malts and litle sweetness. Taste is creamy, buttery, full& sweet malty and only litle bitter at the end. Beer seems to have suffered from oxigene but also had a lot of diacethyl. No bad beer but had better ones from the other Duesseldorfer Hausbrauereien.

paterlodie, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite beers and certainly my favorite of all those I sampled in Dusseldorf. A very well balanced beer, yet very flavorful. The Altbier style in general has a unique taste that is most likely attributable to the unique strain of yeast employed by brewers in this bastion of ale in the land of lagers. This unique taste shines bright and true in Zum Schlussel's Alt.

However I must say that the cool straight sided glasses and the particulars of beer service in Dusseldorf also greatly aid to the appeal of any Alt served in the Altstadt.

cerevisiaephilus, Oct 09, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is warm amber; the liquid is clear. The gigantic foam sinks slowly to a very airy uneven three finger head. Lots of thick lacing occurs.

The smell is hoppy and a little bitter. Lots of flavours; some yeast, apricots, fresh dark bread, chalk, hay and a touch of peanuts.

The taste got both lots of malty flavours of bread and roasted nuts, but also a fine somewhat dry and fruity raw bitterness. Notes of hay, camomile, chalk and other minerals. The aftertaste cog a clean slowly growing bitterness, some minerals, dry malty flavours with hints of dandelion and salad. The finish is dry and bitter.

Strong carbonation, small bubbles, smooth liquid.

Fresh, complex, raw, balanced and highly drinkable. I feel an urge to go to Düsseldorf. Hell, it is just a 12 hour drive.

bark, Oct 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

alugeris, Feb 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

braican, Apr 08, 2013
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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.

DoubleJ, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JCFinn, Dec 09, 2011
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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.

Jwale73, May 12, 2013
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Original Schlüssel Alt from Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.