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Reviews: 44
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: revdrjbob on 02-13-2005

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Photo of jesseejames
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

picked this up in flip top from the supermarket in Bad Bentheim just to try something different. Pours a brown red gorgeous color bee with a white slightly brownish head that lingers and slight lacing. Wonderful nose of malts and grain and the taste is of carmel and nuts. A nice mix of carmel malt and hops for a wonderful mouth and dry finish. I really like this beer-could drink too much!

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Photo of jcance
4.61/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer with many different flavors in the background of a solid, sweet, and creamy essence. The mouthfeel is divine, and the flavor has good depth. At 1.19 euro for a half liter, it is quite expensive, but it is hard to drink it slow as such. A very inviting beer I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent altbier and session beer overall.

Golden brown, it has a big pale tan head steadily shrinking to rich frothy ring and thin veneer of foam.

Aroma is wonderful caramlised toasty grain, bread crust herbs, leaves, pretty full-bodied overall.

Taste is nice, lightly toasty, faintly caramelly bread crust sweetness, a nice, gently dominant toasty-woody-grassy bitterness. It's dryish but with noticeable sweetness and bitterness, and an excellent, characterful session beer as a good alt should be.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness this was a good beer... and it was only improved by the meal at the brewery.

App: Dark amber with an offwhite head that never leaves, resting proudly on top of the body.

Smell: Caramel with a hint of hops hits the nose. The aroma is not strong, but does entice.

Taste: Caramel malts with hints of molasses and raisins support the fresh barley flavor. The hops come through on the finish giving a refreshing note to this quite sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness is further balanced by a hop bitterness that was more than I expected and quite welcome/refreshing.

Drinkability: This went very well with my meal and seemed as if it would go well with any meat dish. It also was smooth and interesting enough to make me want it back as a regular back in new york.

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Photo of etherashe
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown-amber color, with a thick slightly tinted head, leaving a thin bit of lace. The smell is lovely: hoppy citrus along with the hint of sweetness - whispering the promise of immaculate balance.

The taste is excellent: hops, bitter, sweetness, slowly tapering off into a mention of yeast as it dissipates. Further tastes reveal a nice caramel flavor. All is underscored by a slight creaminess. A lovely crescendo of flavors.

The mouthfeel is tart and creamy.

This is thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this Hövels Original Rotgoldbier on-tap at Stilbruch in Bamberg, Germany.

The beer poured a clear, red amber color, with tall, very creamy, off-white foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was very nice, with some sweet malt and a hint of noble hops. The taste was richly malty with a touch of sweetness. The hoppiness was modest up front, but became stronger toward the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation. It was malty with a good hoppy finish. This was a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of tconboy
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from a friend while enjoying a Christmas dinner in Germany at his house.

A: Pours a nice amber with a nice foamy head which disappears quickly. Decent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: Malty and spicy. Smells pretty nice, especially for the season! I think I'm going to enjoy this with my Christmas dinner!

T: Very tasty. Smooth spicy and malty, this guy tastes pretty good, I enjoy it.

M: Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, I like the way this feels.

D: This was very easy to drink. I would definitely have more of this.

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Photo of TommyW
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, dark amber with a thin off-white head. Doesn't hang around too long.

S- Sweet and roasted malts along with a nice note of hops.

T- Malt flavors up front give lots of nice flavors: roasted, nutty and a slight caramel flavors are all noticeable. Mild, herbal hop character comes in at the end along with a slightly sour taste. The sourness mixes well with the other flavors and it quite pleasant.

M- Slightly creamy mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation.

D- Has the drinkability of any good German lager, plus this one has that extra taste complexity that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.


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Photo of TKempe
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rusty amber look with a sticky off-white to beige head and lots of carbonation acitivity. Appealing rings of lace stick to the glass. No murkiness.

The nose is dominated by a very nuanced spectrum of malty fragrances. There's a bit of everything in here, ranging from rye bread to nutty to caramel to dark fruit. The overall impression is a dry and roasty and outspoken spicy character. Hop presence is kept to a mininum. Yeast softens out the nose, so to speak.

The taste starts off semi-sweet and takes a more bitter and now very hoppy turn almost immediately. A lovely and gentle herbal taste (reminiscent of an English ale) comes from the hops, while the malt starts manifesting its diverse aspects again and also teaming up with a spicy yeasty flavour. Towards the finish the taste becomes drier and sour, resulting in a hoppy-bitter and nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and pleasantly carbonated. Medium to full in body.

A natural tasting and spicy beer, very aromatic. Indeed like an Altbier, only with a little less fruitiness; akin to an English Bitter as well.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 24-10-06. Nice white head and a brown clear beercolor. Nose is very malty; bit sweetish and with that qyuiet fruity.IMO more like an Altbeer then Pils/Lager( top fermented) and with that also filtered so nowhere near a keller/zwickelbeer. Nice body also and full of taste that's a nice combination of caramel and roastmalt before a well dosed bitterness comes in and takes over. Good sweetness in it too as there is some but not to much and fitting the well dosed other components. Well balanced and enjoyable brew if you like altbeer.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a foamy eggshell white head that dissipates to leave moderate lacing. Beer is crystal clear, which is somehow not what I was expecting. Not much carbonation, but a few bubbles continue to rise steadily.

S: Strongly malty, with some caramel and bready undertones. I'm also picking up some dark fruits here (raisins), but the predominant impression I am left with is malt, which is unsurprising given the four different malts the label claims are used in making this beer.

T: Man, I am a sucker for things with this much malt. Nice caramel undertones make this very smooth on the palate, and the taste gains some complexity from additional flavors of bread and spices. The aftertaste is primarily bitter, but it fades into a roasted coffee flavor.

M: Smooth, very liquid. Medium-bodied. Leaves a lingering feeling in the mouth without being unpleasant and cloying like many other lingering beers.

D: I could drink quite a few of this beer - it's a nice, well-developed flavor without being heavy; kind of reminiscent of an altbier in that respect.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium to dark amber in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some notes of caramel sweetness as well as some fruity yeasts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready and caramel malts but without the expected sweetness from the aroma. Light amounts of earthy hops that impart some light bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - reminds me of a visit to Dortmund a couple of years ago where I enjoyed quite a few of these. Nice flavors and aromas, pretty true to the style in my opinion. Nice complexity and balance.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice amber ale color with a creamy tan head the leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell is of butter scotch and toffee.

Taste starts out with a creamy spice that fades into a faint coffee taste then turns in a very nice toffee and butter scotch flavor with a smooth finish that leaves such a pleasant after taste you find yourself really looking forward to the next swallow just so you can have the after taste again.

Very good beer wish I could drink this more often.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L Swingtop emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours an orangish brown with a creamy 2-finger bone-whited head which receeds to a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Earthy hops, caramel malts, vanilla, slight hint of raw copper.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with light carbonation.

T: Roasted barley malt, caramel, honey notes. Mildly biting hops form a nice undertone. Smooth finish with a slightly astringent aftertaste which lingers.

D: Very drinkable, but difficult to place. At times, it seems to be a Bitter, then an Altbier. Still, this qualifies as a solid effort.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- poured into a tulip (it was either that or Shaker pint). Came out a deep, beautiful amber with a nice creamy white head. It doesn't last long but leaves nice lacing.

S- Some nice malt/bread notes. Maybe a hint of raisin.

T- Pretty straightforward. Dark bread is more forward with just a slight hint of hops on the finish.

M- Pretty smooth with a hint of carbonation on the finish.

O- Not complicated, but good all the same. There's nothing mind-blowing but one I would drink again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.71/5  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!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  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.

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