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Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
84
good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
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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MADPolo

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

12-19-2012 15:03:00 | More by MADPolo
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revdrjbob

Australia

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A strange brew for a German microbrewery. Called a bitter bier, it certainly is for a German style, not sure if it's meant to be a German interpretation of an English bitter or not.
Poured a dark amber into the glass, with a foamy white head. Aromas of malt, a slight roastyness, and a hint of hop.
Tasted a little wierd, I guess I was expecting a bitter Dortmund export, but it wasn't. Tasted of assertive hops, malt, caramel, and a rounded finish, that kind of snapped off, leaving no lingering pallate.
Nice, but not for me. Great bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 02:23:02 | More by revdrjbob
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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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kjc51478

Germany

2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice copper brown color with medium head. Aroma was very nice - sweet, floral, and herbal. Taste was mostly sweet malts with a light herbal hop finish, although on the whole this was a disappointingly weak beer. Very light with decent carbonation, the palate was surprising for something that's supposed to be in the Altbier realm. Also had a weak hop profile compared to other Alt's.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:17:10 | More by kjc51478
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emerge077

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Boerstube, 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 17:01:47 | More by emerge077
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crossovert

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml green bottle. BB16.11.12. Claims no additives on the US label.

It opens with a bit of skunk (idiots). Smell is faintly caramally and grainy.

The flavor isn't horrible. Definitely thin for the style. A bit of diacetyl, breadlike malts, caramel, and some noble hop bitterness. It doesn't taste spectacularly fresh but it isn't awful.

It suprised me by not totally sucking.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 00:28:13 | More by crossovert
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dasenebler

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L swing-top, best before the end of December 2011.

Pours a highly carbonated, clear light-copper hue with a decent eggshell head. Retention is good, lacing too.

The aroma is weak. Clean, but not much there other than minerals and the slightest trace of German hops.

The flavor is also very light, though better than the aroma. Faint notes of toasted malt and biscuits, pretty solid bitterness thoughout. Bit metallic. The finish is clean and non-descript. The mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, though a touch over-carbonated.

As an Altbier, this doesn't have too much to offer. An over-marketed average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 19:25:02 | More by dasenebler
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -18.9%

09-06-2013 00:14:08 | More by ROGUE16
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Beerman1977

Austria

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-30-2012 14:08:00 | More by Beerman1977
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StoughtonGuy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -18.9%

07-07-2013 04:32:12 | More by StoughtonGuy
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stevoj

Germany

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-08-2011 20:49:24 | More by stevoj
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dcmchew

Romania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-04-2013 13:53:44 | More by dcmchew
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olimpia84

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on a Mug at WOB's Oktoberfest. Review from notes.

A: red like golden body with visible carbonation bubbles. Small head and little to no lacing.

S: faint caramelized aroma, sweet malts and corn grains.

T: sweet malty flavor to begin followed by an exponential presence of bitterness that includes some herbal and hoppy notes.

M: smooth, somewhat drinkable. Medium carbonation with medium body.

O: this one might be one for those that like their beers ending with a bitter kick.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 20:44:58 | More by olimpia84
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silverking

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- amber with a thin off white head. Head retention is lacking. Poor lacing definition.

S- grain, honey, earthy European hops. A little bit of a skunky smell as well. Gotta love green bottles.

T- slightly tart grains, mild hop bitterness, dry watery finish.

M- light bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation. Watery finish.

O- Nice enough . Not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 03:43:57 | More by silverking
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epicness

New York

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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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TerryB

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-16-2013 18:45:36 | More by TerryB
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-03-2013 04:31:42 | More by warpedrevolution
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-18-2012 23:08:54 | More by rale
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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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InfernalPotato

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-22-2012 03:43:58 | More by InfernalPotato
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BeerTruck

Portugal

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-24-2013 19:40:33 | More by BeerTruck
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this German brew before, until I walked into my local Costco and bought a mixed case (18 bottles) of German beer. This was one of them.

Clear, yet darker amber color. Quick head, super thin foam that recedes to nothing quickly. Only one column of bubbles.

Toasted cracker and dry bread crust aroma. Maybe a little earthy hop aroma for some balance.

Crisp like a lager for sure. Nice, crisp bite on the front of the tongue with each sip. Toasted bread crust with an earthy, bitter bite from the earthy hops.

Pretty crisp, easy drinkin Altbier. Not bad, but not worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 00:09:11 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerShirts

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden /Amber in color, Thick and sticky inch high head, looks to have high carbonation

S-Strong sweet malt, hint of caramel, with a floral finish

T-Strong Malt with a hint of Hops, bitter finish

M-Smooth with a very light body

D-Nothing I would search for but if you come across it I would give it a try just so you can say you have had one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 13:57:23 | More by BeerShirts
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, dark amber with a dirty white head

S: Some sweetness, hint at roastiness, caramel

T: Roasted notes, a bit of Earthiness, toffee, caramel, grassy hops

M: Medium body, easy to drink, sweet and Earthy

O: Worth a try if you see it around

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 03:14:44 | More by barleywinefiend
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 09:54:18 | More by JoeAmerican77
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Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
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