Füchschen Alt - Brauerei Im Füchschen

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 31
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Im Füchschen visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-15-2003)
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Photo of jneiswender
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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 whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of grovemeister
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

During a day of touring Dusseldorf with Kwaked during Karneval, we made our way to every Alt brauhaus in the Altstadt. We found Fuchschen a little off the beaten path, but well worth the extra couple blocks of walking.
What separated Fuchschen from the rest of the Alt biers was that it was not so sweet. Fuchschen was definitely my favorite of the Alt biers that day, and the locals seem to think so also. The drinkability is so smooth, that you can pour them down like water, but be careful, it is still a strong german bier. There seemed to be no aftertaste to this bier. If you ever have the chance to try this bier, it is definitely worth it.

Photo of chrisgalvin
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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 dar482
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bark
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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 seanyfo
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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 dwren89
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 MarkJBurch
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of twilight
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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 philipquarles
4.45/5  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 metter98
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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 kraypd
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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 BlackHaddock
4.35/5  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 paterlodie
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Chaz
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear-copper in color, accented by brassy highlights. Brilliant clarity, and topped with a two-fingered frothy head of uniform density. Excellent head retention. Magnificent-looking beer!

Abundant lacing remains as the head falls, and a thin film is left atop the remaining beer long into the drink.

Nose is bright, sharply-hopped, and lightly metallic. "Malt-forward" if you will, but a diffuse rather than a distinct malt profile, as it is semi-sweet but with smokey (!) notes, toffee and cocoa/chocolate noted, as well as a very light mineral character as well as a slightly herbal character hiding behind all of this horseplay. WOW!

There's almost a 'Rauchbier' character going on in the nose, and it plays out more notably in the palate.

Sweet, lightly-tangy and malt driven on the first sip. The hop character on the nose was indistinct but sharp, and thus here on the palate it's very subtle but assiduous, lingering behind the malt complexity and lasting throughout the drink.

Chocolate undertones play out amid the light smokiness and really give you a reason to sip, savor, and enjoy this one, even though it's an extremely smooth bier, and very, very easy-drinking. Feels nothing like the 4.5% ABV across the palate, either...

The lingering bitterness is all the more impressive considering the round sweetness of the malt character and especially considering those chocolate notes -- near-perfect balance. Edit: Ever-so-slightly-lactic: Milk sugar?

Incredibly smooth and soft on the palate, medium-bodied...

Truly a wonderful beer, and as I hear-tell it's considered by many locals to be the best Altbier in Düsseldorf.

Final Note: I'd say that it's fairly difficult to judge this one based upon a single flip-top bottle, but it is one of the best Altbiers I have had the pleasure of sampling. This bottle was brought to me (in the U.S.) by a friend, and was only a week out of the bottle house. According to the label, it had only 1 month between it's Bottled-On and Best-By date. Amazing stuff!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Füchschen Alt from Brauerei Im Füchschen
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