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Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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110 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

dcmchew, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

DruC4, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

DonDonLongJohn, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

tzunoi, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

JoeAmerican77, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -19.4%

ROGUE16, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

delta490, Aug 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

cruzbay, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Andrew526, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Ciocanelu, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

billyrenfroe, Jul 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

StoughtonGuy, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

sdrenfrow, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kylehay2004, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of silverking
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

silverking, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
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 Bierstube, 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.

2014: on draft at Radler, a little better and not as oxidized. Would give it a 3.25.

emerge077, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Bromine, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

clarknova, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ranger7, May 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

BeerTruck, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

JonnoWillsteed, Apr 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

warpedrevolution, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

JALIEN, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

scruffwhor, Mar 23, 2013
Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
84 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.