Original Schlüssel Alt - Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel

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Original Schlüssel AltOriginal Schlüssel Alt

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89
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 20
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-03-2002)
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was on a car trip, from Berlin to Brussels. I made a dinner stop in Düsseldorf to sample some alt at the source. This beer was the perfect beer, in the perfect place, at the perfect time. Of course take this with a grain of salt because perfection rarely happens with any beer, this just happened to be the right mix of factors, which will never be duplicated again.

Before this I had tasted a few renditions of Altbier in the states and thought it was a fairly tasty brew but nothing incredible about it, i.e. I did not go out of my way to purchase American made Altbier.

That first smell and taste was absolutely stunning. It was definitely up there with one of the best beers that I have ever had. I was definitely not expecting this taste experience. It was malty sweet and there was a definite fruitiness brought on by a combination of the hops and malt. The hop aroma and flavor was what really blew me away. You could tell that this was a fresh beer. The color was a good solid brilliantly clear red.

Photo of foles
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.

Photo of braican
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Longstaff
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown colored with a thick white head. Lots of dry hop aromas. Sweet tasting at first then some hop flavor invades followed by enough bitterness to balance. After the bitterness fades, residual sweetness again takes over. Hops do not dry out the tounge which makes it very drinkable.

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bark
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.

Photo of MLFrank
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MetlGuy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orangey copper color, light head

S - Light malt odor

T - balanced between maltiness and bitterness.

M - Smooth and full; not a thin mouthfeel at all

D - Quite drinkable. I quaffed a few at the bar on several ocasions.

Serving type: from the tap in Muelheim an der Ruhr

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 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.

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.

Photo of seanyfo
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

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of TKempe
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown to amber in colour with a strong and very dense white head on top. Great lace.

The nose integrates a delicate touch of hops into a lovely bouquet of fruity aroma's (pear mainly), grainy, dry malt and a peppery note. A very well-balanced nose, covering anything from fruity to spicy with a raw edge to it.

There's a bit more maltiness to the taste, resulting in a salty and grainy finish and a chewy mouthfeel. Hops are constantly present in the background and form a perfect interplay with a big yet modest fruity note. A trace of yeast and a little roasty bitterness on the side. Aftertaste is a bitter and also clean, very satisfying.

Soft carbonation and a medium-light body.

Photo of crnipeter
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub tavern in Düsseldorf. I assume "on tap", but I note that others put their reviews under "cask". I am not sure which is more proper in this case.

This altbier poured a clear, iced-tea brown color with with light tan foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit on the way down. The smell was malty with some hop bitterness. The taste was malty with good, strong hoppiness. There was a touch of caramel malt flavor, but this beer was not sweet. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth and hoppy with medium body and moderate carbonation. The dark malty flavor and the hoppiness lingered in the mouth. This was a very nice altbier, and complemented food nicely.

Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L swing-top. Best by 1/14/11.

Pours a crystal clear dark copper with a great two-finger head. Retains with a thick ring and excellent lacing.

Aroma is muffled, but there are hints of hops, light fruit and yeast.

The flavor is solid, with a nice toasty and nutty malt complexity. Finish is lightly bitter and redolent of dark bread crusts. Hop flavor could be improved. Mouthfeel is medium-light, creamy and smoothly carbonated. A great session beer, but not nearly as drinkable as the on-tap version.

This is an very good altbier, but this bottle version (purchased at the brauhaus, I might add) is somehow inferior to the fresh, on-tap variety, which seemed more delicate and more drinkable.

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Original Schlüssel Alt from Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
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