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Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
84
good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | 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 wl0307:
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the fantastic "Archer Road Beer Shop" in Sheffield. BB 02/08, served lightly chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours an elegant dark amber hue, coming with an ever-so-creamy light beige froth that very slowly settles and leaves tight sheets of lacing behind, on top of constantly semi-lively yet fine carbonation.
S: a lightly sour-bitter edge of dried lemon peels underlines a mild flow of caramel malts with a even-milder bready hint, while a rather subdued note of caramelised nuts hides in the back. The label specifies that it's brewed with "vier Edelmalzen", so a mixture of four different malts result in such a a pleasant smell? It's quite fruity actually.
T: the flavour comes nutty right from the beginning with a tinge of caramel, yet a pleasant flow of sprig and tea-stem like hop-bitterness (with a dried grassy aroma) also prevails at the same time, leading towards a semi-dry, herbal bitter finish underlined by a mild tinge of sourness as in a well-lagered beer brewed with either ale- or lager-yeasts.
M&D: I tend to agree with the last reviewer (paterlodie) that this beer tastes more like a well-lagered, filtered Altbier than a naturally murky Kellerbier, while Sigmund's comment also hits the bull's eye that the moderate level of hop bitterness seems to well balance the mixed maltiness. The finish is slightly sticky rather than consistently clean, but overall this medium-bodied and lightly fizzy bitter amber beer is definitely a thirst-quencher; if only the brewery used real hops rather than hop extract!

wl0307, Nov 18, 2007
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

JonnoWillsteed, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty enjoyable beer.
Amber color with a medium-sized tan head.
Caramel aroma, a bit hoppy.
Sweet malt taste, with a late hit of hops'
Mouthfeel felt like an altbier at the onset, but the hops were a bit of a surprise. Not unpleasant, just a little unexpected.

lordofthewiens, Dec 29, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jason, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Rxman70, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

DruC4, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a darker Oktoberfest, leafy golden-brown in color, very autumnal, and the superbly creamy head really sells it. Good clarity in the liquid, good head retention and great lace stick.

Super-clean earthy/grainy smell, nothing too sweet or bitter emerging, just a nose that recalls cracked wheat, plus a little bit of a coppery/penny smell, but hardly enough to detract.

Pretty much same deal on the tongue. Grainy element out front, like a good, clean, simple wheat cracker, husky/nutty vibes, and a lightly metallic character, which also carries into the finish. Actually kind of hard to determine whether it's actually a mineral/metal thing, or a hard bitterness from the hops. Light hit of cooked vegetable too.

Mouth is nicely slick and buttery round, although the dryness comes on quick and gives the illusion of puckering, although I think that's just that bitter hop/metallic twang from the flavor and finish.

A good beer, with a kind of hardcore old-school vibe. It's easy to imagine this beer being just like this in 1893, you know? Untouched by time and trend and all that...

Metalmonk, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle purchased on Camp Hansen Okinawa.

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

S - Simple, smells like fermenting hops and light malts

T - Hop bitterness in the front, pretzels and bread in the middle, bitter in back. The bitterness is really one dimensional almost skunky, like a Heineken except much more palatable to me.

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

Overall this is a pleasant altbier, brings both malt and hop character to the field. Not complex, but it doesn't always have to be, I can respect that.

JoeAmerican77, Sep 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Ciocanelu, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Oddball beer sampled during the 8th annual German pub crawl. Quick review from written notes. Served in a small pilsner flute at Resi's Bierstube, on special for $3.00. Although it was a recent arrival to the bar, unfortunately it was already out of code, BBD: 12.11.12.

Darker color, reddish orange brown with some clarity and rapid carbonation visible. It maintains a small head for the duration of the glass.

Smells a little like iced tea, and tastes like vaguely malty unsweetened iced tea, with some cardboard notes of oxidation. Simultaneously watery and effervescent. Sort of bland and uninspired. Would be nice to try a fresher sample, but I haven't seen this beer anywhere else before.

2014: on draft at Radler, a little better and not as oxidized. Would give it a 3.25.

emerge077, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jsh420, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

sdrenfrow, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a clear coppery amber with a thin, persistent light tan head with some lacing. Mellow aroma of caramel malt with light wheat. Fortunately the skunky whiff I got when opening the bottle was not present in the aroma from the glass. Green bottle, why do they do this? Flavor of caramel and bready malt, finishes with light grassy hops and a long hop and malt aftertaste. Starts slightly sweet and finishes slightly dry. Guess I got a bottle of this soon enough that the skunk had not affected taste. All flavors are pleasant, but very low key and unmemorable. Light to medium bodied. Definitely would consider this as a pleasant dinner beer, but would never buy it again if it is in a green bottle. Not worth taking the chance.

LiquidAmber, Sep 13, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy bottle of beer, bought in a german beershop recently.

The beer colour: brown, with a beige head. Not much carbonation.
Great smell of garden and farmyard: grassy, pine floral and citric hops.
Taste is more mellow: some bittersweetness, a lot of malts, some herbal and citric hops.
Mouthfeel is mellow, but the aftertaste is lingering: good balance in bitter and sweet.
Light body. The carbonation still works in the mouth, but only modestly.

Good beer to try: balanced and pleasant

RuudJH, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hovels has a thick, fluffy, very light beige head and a mostly clear (but, with tiny floating specks throughout), copper-colored appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a fair amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet & sour sauce, faint grain, and a little sting in the nose. Taste is of brown bread (Roman Meal brand), molasses, lightly-toasted malt, and a shot of hop bitterness showing itself in mid sip. Also, a shade of paperiness is detected in the undertaste. Mouthfeel is mostly watery, and Hovels finishes refreshing, mild, and highly drinkable. This is a very good light beer.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that never faded away and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel and bready malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of caramel and bready malts but there is no sweetness because this is contrasted by a light amount of hop bitterness. There are some notes of skunkiness and metallic flavors but these seem to diminish as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but the taste might have suffered a bit as a result of the long trip across the pond and the green bottle.

metter98, May 24, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top half-litre bottle: best before Apr 2013, poured into three stemmed Pilsner glasses @ home during a random tasting evening on 23 Nov 2012.

Lovely looking beer: bright amber, clear and healthy, on top a snow white crown.

Malty nose: caramel being the main aroma. That caramel front carries on into the taste and although not really a sweet brew it certainly has a maltier flavour than a hop one. Actually the beer is well balanced because it has a crisp, sharp hop feel within the maltiness from start to finish.

I used to drink this on a regular basis years ago: I still like it.

BlackHaddock, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

pknyc, Feb 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

TerryB, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

parintele, Feb 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

warpedrevolution, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

weeare138, Nov 05, 2013
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Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
84 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.