Über Alt - Rush River Brewing Company

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87
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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(Beer added by: mdwalsh on 05-12-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep saturated copper orange, a sticky collar of lace crowns the glass, forming intricate webs over the course of the glass. Some suspended micro sediment hazes it up a bit.

Rich nutty caramel and pipe tobacco, über malty.

Sweet and sticky, tobacco, almond and walnuts, mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Robust and silky, a warming malty blanket envelops and settles over the palate nicely. Full bodied with lower levels of carbonation. Pleasant malty aftertaste of woody tobacco and brown sugar. Very flavorful, and somewhat rich with toffee and notes of caramelized sugars. A tasty beer that was pretty impressive, hope to run across more of this soon.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rush River Uber Alt Altbier. …I'm wondering why they translate "bier" into "beer", but leave the "alt" the same on that label? They don't want to say "old beer?"
8.5% ABV.
Dark amber hue, slim, soon gone head.

Aroma: caramel malt and light spice, sweet and slightly fruity. Chocolate covered raisins and carob. Mmm.

Taste: there's that tasty malt again, there's that mmm, mmm caramel and nougat. A little sweet, a little dry. Toasty. Medium bodied. Long, sweet, dry, toasty finish. Boom, boom, boom, it's hitting on all cylinders, just as the alcohol peeks in a tad.

Drinks down delightfully. Dry, and flavorful, and tasty, tasty, tasty. Another nice one from Rush River….pretty good "old beer."

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Princetons in Maple Grove, MN. Mmmm. Reminds me a bit of a doppelbock for the big fruity tang. A little roasted barley follow it up, but there's a distinct, creamy yeast character that ties the toasty malt to the dry cherry/currant fruit. The finish is dry and crisp and the body isn't too thick. You can take this as a sipper, or treat it as a regular beer. Worth checking out.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
8.5% ABV, Mar Wk4 notched on the label.

A - Gorgeous light copper in color, it's made even sexier by perfect clarity. Low off-white head but little retention. Nice lace.

S - The mild aroma is very reminiscent of the classic German Altbier with a restrained profile. Low biscuity malts and almost no noble hop presence, nutty notes come through though. After a bit I pick up a hint of yeast as the aroma starts turning to what a glass of cold milk smells like.

T - Almost spot-on, the flavor of this alt is fantastic! Biscuity pils and Vienna malts have some nice complexity while smooth noble hops add a good flavor balance of light floral earthiness.

M - Crisp, clean, and medium-bodied, this Alt finishes out lightly bitter and slightly dry with a mild carbonation tickle. Slight alcohol warmth accompanies but doesn't seem to be anywhere near 9%.

O - Uber Alt is a ramped-up version of the German classic that absolutely nails the style while remaining dangerously drinkable. Definitely one of Rush River's best brews, I can see why they call it "yum-yum juice!"

Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Forest Inn, this brew is a dark orange amber color with a light oatmeal colored, modest head and minor lacing. The aroma brings somewhat nondescript wheat and vague salty malt. The flavor, however, comes on with a licorice herbal hop layered over toffee malt. Decided and satisfying for sure. It has tiny bubble carbonation, sprite in feel with a medium-light body. Pretty drinkable though not a classic session beer. Once you dive in for a taste, it doesn't disappoint, so I recommend you try it and see for yourself. A good backyard quencher when you're not planning on more than a couple...or so.

Photo of ZAP
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Burnt orange color...

S-Smells rich and malty...almost like a Wee Heavy...dark fruits..caramel....

T-Richly malty with doppelbock like scents. Solid melanoidins... Fruity with plums and black cherries....also a bit of a wee heavy scotch like malt feel...kettlized caramelization...gooey caramel...just a load of sweet rich malt flavors.

M-Sweet but not sticky sweet. That is impressive. With all this malt goodness is still finishes with a slight dry note.

O-Nowhere near as bitter as the alt style typically calls for. That is a good thing in my opinion. All alts from here on out should taste like this one. Rich, malty and decadent. A dynamite beer! Make this the prototype!

Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scarlet-bronze bodied with loads of suspended particles. It's basically a sno-globe. Low-slung head with meager lacework. I fear this ages fast and poorly.
The nose mostly dispels my fear, with it's caramel apple, cherry, doughy, sweet, clean maltiness, a touch of orange rind bitterness.
The mouth brings caramel apples, replete with a peanuts. Black cherries, general sweet, with an almost vanilla essence, but carrying a tart edge thats almost raspberry. Doughy breads, a little fuzzy yeast slurry interference, and a small measure of grassy hops for balance.
As much matter as is floating through the liquid, it never seems to impact the mouthfeel. It's full, but lighter than it should be, given the strength.
This is on the cusp of something special. Clean the particles out and remove the light chunky sourdough/vinegar-y from the yeast flavor, and this becomes one to talk about and search out. It's $11 a six-pack, and probably worth it, even with these gripes.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy amber color the head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toast, toffee, light caramel, nuts, and a hint of floral hops. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and it is literally making me salivate. The taste is very malty with a lot of caramel, buttered toast, nuts, light toffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer. It reminds me of Victory Brewing's Ten Years Alt which I was very fond of. I can easily see Uber Alt becoming a regular of mine.

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color with a thin head of tiny bubbles with good retention.

Big sweet malty nose with a touch of hops. Caramel and milk chocolate bar notes.

Rich and sweet malt up front with a fair backing of hops. Reminds me of Scottish malt with caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, scotch and banana notes. Nice hop presence. Really quite sweet and complex. Love it.

Smooth and soft all around. Dry finishing.

Really digging this brew. Not sure how well it fits the style, but I'm enjoying it too much to care. Loads of depth, sweetness and character. Time to get me a sixer of this!

Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another single scored on a recent trip to Minnesota.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an amber hue, thumb of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sweet caramel and burnt sugar, hints of plums and dried fruit, with some noticeable booze on the finish.

T - The yeast adds a fruitiness that boasts dark fruit, raisin notes, hints of cloves and peppery spice. The burnt sugar and caramel flavours linger on the palette alongside pumpernickel rye bread and a touch of ABV heat. This one has a flavour profile reminiscent of a Belgian Dark Ale, but more mellow.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, dry on the finish with a touch of ABV heat.

O - A tasty Altbier which definitely leans more on the fruity side of the style. ABV is well hidden and the flavour profile is robust. A worthy acquisition and I will definitely source out another bottle next time for trades.

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an enormous shot glass.

Pale Princeton orange liquid capped by a fat finger of ivory. Decent retention, pasty lacing, faint legs.

Toasty German malt notes with hints of pepper, fruit, and kettle caramelization.

Brown bread, walnuts, and apricot stones lead out the flavor profile. Low bitterness throughout. Unique nearly-herbal, medium-dry woody finish with hints of dark fruit.

Creamy, medium-light bodied, not astringent.

A very nice example of the style - one of the better domestic versions around.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: France44 dot com
Date: March, Week 3 notched on label, no year, probably 2013
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 1cm tall mass of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, somewhat dense-looking. Retention is average, about one minute in length, fading to a thin ring around the body of the beer. Lacing is present, though rather minimal, a few small dots and lines cling haphazardly to the sides of the glass. The body is a deep golden orange, bordering on brown, with light bringing out brighter golden orange hues and slight yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, modest in activity and number.

Aroma of sweet, light caramel malt with strong toasted bread undercurrents and a moderate herbal, German hop presence.

Flavor is heavily influenced towards toasted bread, nuts, and woodsy hops, much less caramel/cocoa/dark malt than Uerige's doppelsticke, more reminiscent of a strong bock than a doppelbock, if we're thinking of lager terms. Front of palate experiences toasted, lighter-colored breads with modest graininess and balanced caramelized malt sugar sweetness, hints of dried brown figs, and a slightly herbal German hop touch. Mid-palate is of deep, rich toasted bread and balanced caramelized malt sugar sweetness, dried brown figs, light graininess, toasted nuts, and modest European hop herbal flavors and bitterness. Back of palate features rich caramel malt sweetness, lightly toasted nuts, and herbal Germanic hops with less emphasis on toasted bread and grains, though these are present as well. Aftertaste is of toasted bread, caramel malt sweetness, lightly toasted nuts, and mild European hop bitterness with an herbal edge.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation, bordering on the line of fizzy, but never crossing it. The result is a lightly effervescent, then foamy and smooth mouthfeel. Ethanol is not detectable at all in this 8.5% ABV brew. Closes semi-dry, with medium level stickiness clinging to the palate.

Photo of memphischas
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with date notches indicating week 4 of March. It is now May 19th.

A. An Orange-tinted light maroon brew with hardly any head to speak of despite a vigorous pour into my pint glass. It is within spitting distance of a Vienna Malt color. It has the appearance of being heavy-bodied by the way it swirls around.
S. Can't smell any hops at all in this thing. Instead what I smell is plums, figs, sweet toffee and nutella spread on toast. Man there must be a lot of malt in this thing.
T. Yup, there's a lot of malt in there. And as I suspected, a complete absence of hop flavor whatsoever. This would probably be a great beer to "convert" a non-beer drinker who has problems with beer because of issues with appreciating bitter flavors. Toffee and nut flavors dominate with stone fruits dancing around in the background. No harshness at all from the ABV, which earns high marks from me. It tastes just like a high gravity beer without hops ought to taste, IMHO.
M. Very nice. The carbonation is pleasantly tingly without being distracting, despite a puzzling lack of foam or head in the glass. Despite looking rather weighty when swirled around in the glass, it actually is only medium bodied on the tongue. Huh, weird, but not necessarily a bad thing. Also absent is the typical alcohol burn I get from something this high-octane. How the hell did they hide all that ABV?

Overall, I strongly recommend giving this one a try at least once. Well, maybe not if you are an IPA person, but if you dig Scotch Ales, look this one up and give it a shot.

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Über Alt from Rush River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.