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Hövels Original - Hövels Hausbrauerei

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BA SCORE
83
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
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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stevoj

Germany

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-07-2011 00:31:44 | More by JohneHoodlum
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sim0n17

Germany

5/5  rDev +35.5%

12-03-2011 19:07:18 | More by sim0n17
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-30-2011 17:01:28 | More by rekel
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-27-2011 12:06:35 | More by jhartley
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olimpia84

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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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dasenebler

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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 -23.3%
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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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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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epicness

New York

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -8.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +5.7%
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 +8.4%
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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dbalsock

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness this was a good beer... and it was only improved by the meal at the brewery.

App: Dark amber with an offwhite head that never leaves, resting proudly on top of the body.

Smell: Caramel with a hint of hops hits the nose. The aroma is not strong, but does entice.

Taste: Caramel malts with hints of molasses and raisins support the fresh barley flavor. The hops come through on the finish giving a refreshing note to this quite sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness is further balanced by a hop bitterness that was more than I expected and quite welcome/refreshing.

Drinkability: This went very well with my meal and seemed as if it would go well with any meat dish. It also was smooth and interesting enough to make me want it back as a regular back in new york.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 08:37:33 | More by dbalsock
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +12.5%
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 -1.1%
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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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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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etherashe

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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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jenitivecase

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a foamy eggshell white head that dissipates to leave moderate lacing. Beer is crystal clear, which is somehow not what I was expecting. Not much carbonation, but a few bubbles continue to rise steadily.

S: Strongly malty, with some caramel and bready undertones. I'm also picking up some dark fruits here (raisins), but the predominant impression I am left with is malt, which is unsurprising given the four different malts the label claims are used in making this beer.

T: Man, I am a sucker for things with this much malt. Nice caramel undertones make this very smooth on the palate, and the taste gains some complexity from additional flavors of bread and spices. The aftertaste is primarily bitter, but it fades into a roasted coffee flavor.

M: Smooth, very liquid. Medium-bodied. Leaves a lingering feeling in the mouth without being unpleasant and cloying like many other lingering beers.

D: I could drink quite a few of this beer - it's a nice, well-developed flavor without being heavy; kind of reminiscent of an altbier in that respect.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 20:21:57 | More by jenitivecase
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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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