Füchschen Alt - Brauerei Im Füchschen
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4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
10-21-2010 00:44:30 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
05-15-2011 18:41:28 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
09-15-2003 16:12:15 | More by Gueuzedude
United Kingdom (England)
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-04-2006 12:41:11 | More by BlackHaddock
4.05/5 rDev -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.
05-08-2013 14:55:19 | More by DoubleJ
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-31-2010 07:09:17 | More by TurdFurgison
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
10-03-2010 18:02:20 | More by bark
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-20-2011 21:52:33 | More by AgentZero
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
02-21-2011 18:43:21 | More by stcules
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
05-12-2013 14:58:56 | More by Jwale73
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
01-21-2005 23:01:24 | More by UncleJimbo
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-16-2011 19:02:34 | More by Sean9689
United Kingdom (England)
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
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')
09-27-2003 12:53:40 | More by rastaman
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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!
02-13-2005 12:56:34 | More by paterlodie
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
.5L, Germany, bottled 11/3/10, best by 12/8/10. That's what I call fresh, honest beer.
Clear, brilliant amber with a tight one-finger head. Good lacing.
Aroma is clean, if a bit boring. Some spicy hops, minerals as well.
Flavor is dry and refreshing. Surprisingly hoppy, with a bitter bite much like Uerige Alt. Toasty, bread-crusty malts support the beer, which still remains light and drinkable. Tea-like bitterness really lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is excellent-- soft and creamy.
This is good stuff, though I'd personally like to see the bitterness toned down a bit in order to let the nutty, malty flavors shine through.
11-11-2010 21:29:56 | More by dasenebler
3.68/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
07-19-2007 09:43:53 | More by drseamus
Füchschen Alt from Brauerei Im Füchschen
92 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.