Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
84
good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | 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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2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: tanned, clear, with lots of foams
Smell: malty, bready,
Taste: bready malt, slight biscuit and some slight chocolate, subdued hop
Feel: good malt body, without chewiness (not too much caramel)
Overall: it's OK, but nothing special

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
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