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Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
83
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
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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Reviews by epicness:
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epicness

New York

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden brown in color. Extremely creamy head, good head retention and great lacing.

S: Earthy hops and malts are dominating on this beer in my opinion. There's also some slight grainy scent to be picked up.

T: Much of the same scents are also found in the taste except in a bit different fashion. Grainy, metallic character is present up front which gives away earthy hops. A full malty/caramel flavor dominates the middle and finish of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and a medium carbonation. Rather smooth beer.

D: Wasn't difficult to drink although I think this beer would be much better paired with a meal rather than drank sessionally.

Grade: One thumb up beer. Wouldn't kill to have it again, although I wouldn't avoid it at all costs.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 18:55:57 | More by epicness
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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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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

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A - Clear brown with a slight red tint, three fingers of white head.

S - Simple, smells like fermenting hops and light malts

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M - Light medium bottle, medium amount of carbonation pleasantly felt on the tongue.

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Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.