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Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
84
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hövels Hausbrauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: revdrjbob on 02-13-2005)
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Hövels Original
On tap at Die Stammkneipe / Der Schwarze Kölner, Brooklyn, NY, 23 August 2014

Notes: Bready/biscuity malt. Golden caramel. Dry apple & minor pear notes from the yeast. Some spicy/floral hop flavors. Really nicely balanced. Firm bitterness. Finishes dry with some residual leafy caramel.

09-02-2014 21:35:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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Jordy777

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-25-2014 04:19:14 | More by Jordy777
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DrBobPierce

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-07-2014 23:07:41 | More by DrBobPierce
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woemad

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

11.2oz bottle purchased at the Spokane Valley Total Wine for $1.79. My first genuine German Alt in quite a while. The label on the back includes a freshness date – 12.03.14. Once again, it becomes apparent Total Wine either does not look at freshness dates or does not care how old something is. Fortunately, this is a pretty malty style so it may turn out all right. According to the label, this is brewed with wheat malt as well as barley malt, which may be a distinctive feature of this beer.

Poured a dark copper color, with a good-sized off-white head that hung around for a few minutes before receding to a quarter-inch skiff that managed to endure.

Big, bready and toffee-like malt aroma to this, which isn’t much of a surprise. There’s also a slight, herbal hop scent, but this is the malts’ show.

Toffee and caramel sweetness start off the taste. There’s also a bit of dark fruit in the background. A slight mineralish taste hovers there as well. An herbal hop bitterness keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. Finishes slightly dry.

The body is somewhere between light and medium, with a soft mouthfeel.

Not great, but not a bad Alt at all. Certainly it’s a somewhat rare style in my neck of the woods, which is a shame. I drank the hell out of all the Alts I could find when I was going to school in Germany in the late ‘90s, and wish I could find more of the real thing (yeah, I’m glaring at you, Alaskan Amber). Not terribly expensive, and seemingly no worse for wear despite being nearly 5 months past it’s best-by, I might take a chance on this again.

08-02-2014 03:33:43 | More by woemad
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-26-2014 21:15:24 | More by endless1408
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mmutantl

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

07-21-2014 19:39:15 | More by mmutantl
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scripna

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-10-2014 01:50:39 | More by scripna
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Rxman70

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

07-04-2014 22:53:48 | More by Rxman70
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours the traditional Altbier copper color. Clear. Forms a medium and fluffy white head. Low retention but lots of thin and lingering lacings left in the glass. Thin bubbles can be seen coming from the bottom of the glass. A thin layer remains for a long time on the top

S: Strong toffee and caramel malts in the nose. Sweet and biscuity. Some notes of grapes and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee and caramel malts. Altbiers are most probably one of the most fruity Lagers on earth. Good notes of grapes and raisins. Good and mild bitter end. Balanced

M: Light but bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Caramel and biscuity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic German Alterbier. Pleasant and recommended

06-02-2014 20:00:22 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Belittle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-22-2014 16:06:19 | More by Belittle
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

05-14-2014 23:43:11 | More by Durandal_777
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jsh420

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-10-2014 04:45:47 | More by jsh420
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-22-2014 01:42:55 | More by Pens1967
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rredshift

Germany

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-08-2014 13:40:07 | More by rredshift
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Zuidman

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

04-01-2014 13:21:32 | More by Zuidman
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parintele

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-26-2014 21:35:20 | More by parintele
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magnusdave

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-09-2014 20:30:28 | More by magnusdave
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Ingjald

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-14-2014 03:30:05 | More by Ingjald
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MO5290

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-03-2014 00:47:21 | More by MO5290
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

Very happy to see a true Altbier grace our presence in the US. The style clearly does not get enough attention or even respect. Liquid bread is the first thing that comes to mind, obviously drinkable and with just enough complexity to keep us thinking.

LOOK: Clear, brassy amber; impressive lacing

SMELL: Malty, loaf of bread, faint caramel, grape skin, herbal, clean

TASTE: Crisp, toasted grain, dark bread, dried grass, slightly biscuity, mineral, balancing hop bitterness, mealy apple skin, leafy, slight alcoholic warmth, dry-ish finish

11-27-2013 22:59:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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John_Squires

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-19-2013 00:56:54 | More by John_Squires
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-05-2013 01:56:33 | More by weeare138
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dcmchew

Romania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-04-2013 13:53:44 | More by dcmchew
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-03-2013 02:43:38 | More by DruC4
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DonDonLongJohn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-30-2013 19:25:28 | More by DonDonLongJohn
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Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
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