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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:
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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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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-19-2013 02:22:27 | More by kylehay2004
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-23-2012 03:21:49 | More by Jason
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-05-2013 01:56:33 | More by weeare138
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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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 18:32:24 | More by wl0307
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 23:41:44 | More by dbrauneis
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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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev 0%
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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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Evil_Pidde
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Maine

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 01:10:14 | More by lordofthewiens
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 22:18:09 | More by UncleJimbo
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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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dcmchew

Romania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-05-2012 13:46:43 | More by buckyp
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-18-2013 20:02:29 | More by Ciocanelu
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-24-2012 20:01:21 | More by kaelingirl
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Offa

California

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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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jsh420

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-10-2014 04:45:47 | More by jsh420
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-07-2011 00:31:44 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

05-14-2014 23:43:11 | More by Durandal_777
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Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
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