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Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
83
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%


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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:59:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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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delta490

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 09:43:06 | More by delta490
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silverking

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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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emerge077

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Offa

California

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:35:53 | More by Offa
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:06:14 | More by BlackHaddock
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 02:54:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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crossovert

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours mahogony with a small tan head. Dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Grass, grain and nettles. A metallic tone in the back (I find that in every Altbier I drink). Sweet malts. Bitterhops balances the malt.

T: Dry and bready. Grass, grain and nettles is what this one is all about. Bitter hops.

M: Aftertaste is quite bready and bitter. Body is medium while carbonation is mild.

O: An interesting Altbier, with the dryness and the nettles.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 17:50:40 | More by Sunnanek
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 14:51:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 22:40:24 | More by metter98
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dasenebler

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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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kjc51478

Germany

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 15:40:39 | More by RuudJH
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BeerShirts

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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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sunrisesolara

Austria

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 08:31:30 | More by sunrisesolara
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 23:42:27 | More by Metalmonk
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 20:02:38 | More by weissbierdrinker
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TKempe

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:49:31 | More by TKempe
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 17:00:50 | More by TommyW
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tconboy

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 00:28:58 | More by tconboy
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

0,5ml bottle poured into an altbier glass.

A- Dark copper amber like altbier with a tan firm head, that has excellent retention and lacing.

S- Metallic, roasted malts

T- Once again very metallic, roasted malts of an altbier come through, with a caramel sweetness.

M- Moderate carbonation with firm body.

D- I really did feel i was drinking a cross between an 80 shilling and an altbier. All the roasted malt characteristics of these 2 styles with a firm body. Nice, but metallic quality puts me off wanting another

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 14:54:35 | More by seanyfo
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etherashe

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 17:03:47 | More by etherashe
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