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Füchschen Alt - Brauerei Im Füchschen

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 32
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Im Füchschen visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-15-2003

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

This alt is copper colored and topped with a long lasting creamy head. Lots of lace sticking to the glass follows after each sip. The nose is very toasty and bready, warming and hearty. The toastiness is strong in the beer's taste, and very pronounced. There are notes of bread crust and a little bit of toffee to compliment the toast. It's medium bodied with a sip of carbonation, a bit hearty for a 4.5% ABV beer.

This is a dandy, spot on alt.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dwren89
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: foamy white head, copper brown color, good clarity

Aroma: toasty malt aroma, slight nut character, subtle noble hop aroma

Taste: toasty, nutty, slight dark fruit hints, noble hop finish, everything you can ask for in an altbier

Mouthfeel: medium body (lighter than Uriege and Schlossel, equal to Kurzer, slightly heavier than Schumaher, medium carbonation, lager crispness

Overall Impression: the best of the altbiers in Dusseldorf in my opinion. It combines a medium body, all the nutty and toasty character you want exhibited, restrains but still exhibits dark fruit hints, and finishes with moderate carbonation and a spicy noble hop bite. The original and the best!

Photo of rastaman
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Subtle, but good. Caramelly/nutty malts. Nicely dry, pretty much all the way through, with a nicely herbal, bitter hops finish. This is my first 'real' altbier, and i kinda like it. Interesting, and very quaffable, nice soft mouthfeel aswell. The type of stuff you can drink all day, and then again all night. (bottle- GBBF 03')

Photo of philipquarles
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On gravity at Füchschen in Düsseldorf. Pours a deep copper color with a very nice head. Good retention and lacing. Smells of slight caramelized sugar and a nice amount of hops, along with a bit of pilsner malt. Tastes of caramel malt, with a well-hopped, dry finish. Light-medium body, but it keeps with style. It's about as drinkable as water--the kind of beer you could really session.

Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a Becher glass.

Great copper brown body, brassy glowing and bright if as well dark too interestingly. Thin tan head, half finger presented with a real creamy top, extremely tiny bubbles nearly nitro looking if not cask like with sheets of creamy lacing going to down in rings to coat.

Classic dry nut notes, but incredibly mineral sensing, rocky, and super friggin dry. Warmth and time give off some real interesting aromas. Steely banana like esters, and licorice thick root, with a real extreme tannic nut quality.

Palate is extremely bright on first sip. Intensely dry, cottonmouth like palate on first sip and a bit intense. The malt action lightness nicely and there's almost a crisp pils like snap to the beer. Huge mineral, rocky, earth tones in the palate extremely unexpected. Real powerful carbonation, like hot Perrier feeling. Aftertaste brings some interesting banana esters that were hinted at the nose.

Really fascinating altbier, nothing unlike any beer I've ever had. It's a bit jarring but gets better after some time, considerably more so. Still not my favorite alt but very memorable and would have it again for sure.

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Brauerei Im Füchschen, Düsseldorf, Germany

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a two finger high head that took a long time to settle down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles that consistently remained on the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has an excellent balance in the taste between the malt and hops; there are some hints of caramel malts and a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is both crisp and very smooth.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable; I could drink these all night.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only ever drank it in the brewhouse, and I can only say, it was great on all three occasions. It is off the main drinking area, but well worth finding. The whole place added to the way I remember the beer tasted.

Not a typical Dusseldorf Alt by any means. Slightly darker and not as sweet compared to most.

Photo of foles
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard Dusseldorf appearance, poured from the barrel with light carbonation being forced out by the fast pour. Slightly smoky, dusty on the nose. Assertively bitter with a herbally raw german hopiness (spalt I think). Very interesting and another classic altbier that I would love to have again.

Photo of jneiswender
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Im Fuchschen in Dusseldorf. Served in the traditional small glass. Cool temp.

A-perfectly clear copper body and a very nice thick white cap.

S-cereal and floral hop smell

T-very well balanced between hop and grain. Not overly sweet.

M-medium to light

D-Really one of the best beers I have ever had. Everything I wanted and expected in this style.

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ethan for bringint this. I'm not super experienced in Alts, and this was a nice sampling of them.

A - Reddish brown colored beer with a white head and some spots on the sides. I thought that this one was darker than our first, but Alex and I held this side-by-side with the Schumacher Alt and they look almost exactly the same.

S - Smells a bit like the Schumacher, but a little less sweet, as there is some peat or smoke cutting through it that I like.

T - Sweet malts and caramel, but this one has a bit of a smokey/peaty quality to it that I like quite a bit. Pretty clean and refreshing, it has a heavier flavor profile than the Schumacher.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a clean finish.

O - Pretty refreshing and easy to drink, but has a litle bit of meat on its bones compared to the Schumacher. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of twilight
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my friend Georg for carrying this one over from Germany.

Gunsmoke on the pop of the poptop bottle. Beautiful just coming up and lingering before disappearing completely. The pour was very clear and a very light amber. I could smell biscuits. Well, not actually biscuits, like buttermilk biscuits, but it had a bready-biscuity smell. The taste was bready, complex, not sweet malty, but malty nonetheless with a smoothness that made it go down so easily. There's the slight bitterness from the hops, but it finishes with the bready malt. Mouthfeel is smooth. Though I'm not a fan of lagers, it was lagerish-smooth. I guess you get this from most Alt ales. Not too carbonated, in fact, reminiscent of cask ale carbonation. Well, slightly more carbonated, but excitingly easy to quaff.

Photo of kraypd
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drawn from wooden cask at the Im Fuchschen brewery in Dusseldorf.

A - A nice brown to dark reddish color with a decent white head.

S - Sweet aroma of malt, with carmel notes. Nice hop aroma.

T - Taste is a nice mixture of malt sweetness, carmel mixed with moderate hop bittering. There is a nice residual sweetness that balances well with the bittering.

M - Light bodied with decent carbonation. Definitely refreshing.

O - Overall this is one of the best Alts that we had during our stay in Dusseldorf. Highly recommended. The ham hock from the brewery is also highly recommended to any visitors. Probably the best I have ever had.

Photo of seanyfo
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

0.25l gravity serving at the brauhaus on Ratingerstr in the Duesseldorf Altstadt.

A- Pale copper colouring, a nice creamy 2 finger head with good retention.

S- Toffee, a creamy type yoghurty malty smell, and even a bit of banana

T- Toffee malts, a clean balanced nutty finish

M- Medium carbonation and body.

D- One of the best alts in the world, well worth going to the brewpub for a glass! Excellence!

Photo of paterlodie
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always a good pick is zum Fuechschen. Bottled 19-01-05 fairly fresh and a pleasure. Good presentation with nice brown& clear beer and white head. Nose is unbelievable for a 4.5% ABV beer. Losts of malttypes to notice; roast a caramel for sure! For the rest maltsweet, litle hops, that plus some yeastesters make a great nose. Taste is fully flavored too. Malty, burnt, caramel, dry and hoppy ending make it great to enjoy! Mouthfeel is off course by all this complexity also more then ok and hell I can drink this all night as a sessionbeer. Let em come!

Photo of chrisgalvin
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I can't believe this is so far down the list of Alts. This is such a fantastic Alt. Big red color, fantastic malt character and hops and a nice finish. I've been lucky enough to have this at the source in Dusseldorf. So good. I wish I could have a growler of this right now.

Photo of bark
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is medium brown with some red hues. The liquid is clear. The thick firm head is three fingers high. It leaves massive amount of lacing.

The smell is bitter and hoppy, almost sour. There is a fine sweet flavour with some dried fruits, creamy nuts, caramel, wax and fresh flowers. Some notes of fresh rye bread in the background.

The first taste got a fresh clean strong bitter dry flavour with hints of bitter herbs/salad. The body is low, yet the candy-like sweetness and the notes of rye bread and grilled meat. The lingering aftertaste got notes of grilled meat, bitter herbs and flowers and a fine light sweetness that reminds of breakfast cereals.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A fantastic brew. Lots of flavours, all perfectly balanced yet it is highly drinkable.

Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited on 4/11/2013. Fourth and final stop on my alt tour. Served in a .2l stange. Pours an amber hue with a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Copious strands of lacing are evident during the tasting. Nose is malty with a hint of skunk. Taste reveals more hops character than malt; however, more balanced than the altbier from Schumacher. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with an even carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a solid alt - balance is slightly shifted to the hops end of the spectrum; however, the beer is tasty and easy drinking. The carbonation level adds a nice character to this beer.

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks once again to Ethan for the swing-top! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours darker reddish/brown color, thin cap, nice bubbles along the side of the glass, with some spotty lacing.

S - Malty sweetness, caramel, molasses. Not as much roast and a little more backbone this this beer which compared to the Schumacher. I think I like the sweetness better in this beer...less roast as well.

T - Roasted sweetness, caramel, malt, molasses. Again, more sweetness and less roast then the Schumacher. It gives off a "bigger" taste as well.

M - Light, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this one slightly better then the Schumacher. The sweetness adds a little more complexity, which combined with the roast, creates an enjoyable combo. Recommend.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color, big, slightly off-white head that disappears after a bit. A malty, biscuity aroma. A creamy mouthfeel to this one. Goes quite well with the German grub. A very balanced beer, quite malty but has a great offsetting bitterness, and a bit of hop flavor here as well.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery/brewpub in Düsseldorf. (On-tap assumed, but perhaps from a barrel/cask.)

This altbier poured a clear, amber brown color with tan foam that clung to the glass in clumps. The smell was mildly malty with only a hint of hops. The taste was lightly malty with a very mild hoppy quality. There was a touch of caramel malt in the flavor. This alt was lighter in flavor than some others in Düsseldorf. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium body and low carbonation. The flavors lingered only slightly (which is fine because the waiter comes by with a new tray of beers as fast as you can finish the one in your hand). This was a good "session alt", and was easy to drink.

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl swing-top generously provided by Ethan. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Finger-plus of off-white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving a bit of lacing. Transparent copper-amber-brown body. Looks nearly identical to the Schumacher Alt, but with a touch less lace.

S - Again, reminds me a lot of the Schumacher, but with a darker edge to it. In addition to the toasted grains, and slight nuttiness there is also a touch of molasses and brown sugar sweetness. The added complexity is appreciated.

T - Taste is largely toasted cereal grains, with some light floral hopping, hint of nuts, and a little more sugary sweetness in the finish than the Schumacher. Different, but just as good.

M - Even though this is .1% lighter than the Schumacher it feels like a bigger beer - similar texture but with a bit more body. Crisp medium carbonation, and a nice clean finish.

D - I like the Schumacher a bit more, but this is nearly as good and seems a bit heartier - might be superior in the colder months of the year. Has all the facets of a good session brew - low alcohol, pleasant texture, clean finish. An essential for altbier lovers.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few of these on tap at the brewpub in the Altstadt after dinner at another brewpub (and Alts at a total of 3 places this night, good opportunity for comparisons).

The beer was medium copper color, crystal clear, with a solid layer of white foam. It smells slightly more hoppy than some of the others, definitely not to be described as highly hopped but just more floral things to accompany the roasted grains. The malts still dominate aroma-wise.

It tastes like a well balanced and flavorful low alcohol beer, good malts up front and a pleasant bitterness in the back. Between those two attributes there wasn't much in the way of sweetness. Light carbonation giving a light body, very easy to keep the glasses emptying.

Photo of stcules
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color, very clean, with a beautiful light beige foam, sticky and compact.
Inthe smell maltiness and caramel, intense, more caramel than in others Alt.
Malt and caramel in the taste, too. Maybe a light hint os smokiness. The hop is present, but it comes out in the aftertaste, quite bitteer.
As usual, great drinkability, and a bit more body than an average Alt.

Photo of drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on draught at the brewpub served in the proper glass. Dark amber/reddish body with a thick white head. It has a good malty aroma but with a hop aroma that balances slightly. The flavor has a good hop bitterness but with sufficient malt to balance. Some sweetness is hidden in there as well and presents itself mostly at the end. Medium body with good drinkability.

Photo of TKempe
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful deep copper-like orangey brown colour with a dense off-white head and plenty of lace on the glass, perfectly clear.

Smells very malty and somewhat caramelly sweet, with a strong roasty and nutty edge. A mild hoppy note is right behind, while yeast is in there as well. A spicy and very outspoken smell (that starts to disintegrate slightly with the beer warrming up).

A bit more sweetness to the taste, with the flavour of grainy and nutty malt accompanying. There is an oily kind of juiciness in the middle passage, that is succeeded slowly by a strong hoppy note and the Alt-appropriate intense bittering effect. A hoppy and still mildly sweet aftertaste with a roasty, almost smoky touch.

A nice clean feel to the beer, with moderate carbonation and body.

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Füchschen Alt from Brauerei Im Füchschen
91 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.