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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

47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 17
Gots: 2 | 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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MarkoNm

Slovenia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 12:37:27 | More by MarkoNm
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.9%

10-08-2012 14:37:06 | More by MattSweatshirt
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mjtierney2

Germany

3/5  rDev -25.9%

07-25-2013 19:22:57 | More by mjtierney2
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paterlodie

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 12:05:44 | More by paterlodie
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leitmotif

Romania

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

02-25-2014 22:06:19 | More by leitmotif
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-25-2014 19:22:18 | More by Ciocanelu
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jmn5082

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

11-06-2012 15:27:50 | More by jmn5082
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bckayaalp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

03-03-2012 02:37:39 | More by bckayaalp
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 03:24:32 | More by AgentZero
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-17-2012 06:52:14 | More by pixieskid
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2013 14:44:29 | More by Jwale73
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Schlüssel brewpub/restaurant in Dusseldorf, served in short glasses that magically replace as they empty. The beer is a light tan color, clear, with a few fingers of white foam. The aroma is fairly neutral, the dominant impression is of sweet malts, a little nutty or caramel. Same in the taste, I think this is a very approachable beer style for anybody, just not flavorful enough to make it too special for me.

This is a style that I've tried several times in the USA and always finished feeling underwhelmed. Similar to Kolsch in that aspect (although this is darker and maltier than Kolsch), it seems to be a subtle style. Maybe similar to Kolsch I'll one day really start to like it and identify it with the city it comes from.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 05:21:34 | More by TurdFurgison
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 18:32:54 | More by BEERchitect
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stcules

Italy

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, very clean and limpid. Two fingers of a beautiful foam, that left a lot of laces.
Malty smell, with a light caramel, and a bit of grassy hop.
Malty taste, too, and light caramel again, then the hop bitterness, not very long, but good.
Light body, great drinkability.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2011 18:55:59 | More by stcules
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 15:16:57 | More by DoubleJ
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl swingtop, again provided by Ethan. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Best before July 8th, 2012.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a thin ring and a few stray bubbles. Very dark altbier, with more brown and less copper-amber, although still transparent.

S - This is more caramel heavy, although the toasted grains are still present in the periphery. Some fruity esters are imparted by the ale yeast, and there is a hint of nuttiness as well.

T - This is less sweet than the other alts we had next to it, and had more of a heavy bread flavor. It actually felt more bock-like in some ways to me. Again, nuts and toasted malt are also present.

M - Smooth texture, medium-light body, crisp medium-high carbonation. and a nice clean finish.

D - Even though it's only a tad more alcohol than the other alts the heavier flavor profile and higher carbonation made it a tad less easy to drink. It was definitely the most complex in flavor profile, but it least fits my preferences for the style. Still, well worth trying if you are in Düsseldorf and want to do a survey of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 18:49:08 | More by MasterSki
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Dinkel

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-07-2013 03:48:03 | More by Dinkel
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mentaltraveller

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 23:10:37 | More by mentaltraveller
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Liquoric3

Germany

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-14-2013 06:28:45 | More by Liquoric3
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2013 17:22:40 | More by dbrauneis
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alugeris


4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-12-2013 15:57:21 | More by alugeris
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JCFinn

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-09-2011 21:37:03 | More by JCFinn
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whatsgoody

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-14-2012 13:41:31 | More by whatsgoody
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF08, London. At 5%abv., coming in a 500ml swing-top brown bottle; BB 05/09/08, served lightly-chilled in a Kölsch stange.

A: dark amber to light copper in colour, topped with a pretty tight and thick white fluffy head, on top of natural and mild streams of fine carbonation.
S: given a swirl, an understated but deep-running flow of hoppiness expands, consisting of faint orangey-citrusness, pears, tea-stems, a super-fine note of dried dates, resting on a light bedrock of caramel-nutty malts that has a beautifully-pure and gristy focus, just like a great German bier should be. Overall, fruity and integrated.
T: an exceptional, complex fruity swallow with a citric kick upfront blends well with a mild caramely+toasty maltiness in the middle - fine and understated in flavour, then slowly engulfed by an extensive wave of toasted nuts, faintly raisiny sweetness, and tea-leafy bitterness that lingers elegantly at the back of palate... A decent kickback of sourness (of a well-lagered bier) skirts the otherwise mildly chewy, herbal and slightly woody bitter finish.
M&D: refreshing on the mouthfeel, full of soothing microscopic carbonation, while the body is just moderate to render a most easy-drinking experience. The finishing touch could've been more bitter to make it a truly quaffable Alt. Other than that, this fares as a really decent and well-made Altbier in my book!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 20:54:35 | More by wl0307
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-24-2013 22:48:18 | More by Sparky44
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Original Schlüssel Alt from Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.