Dusseldorf Alt | Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gilded Otter Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Billolick on 03-26-2004

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of simchuck
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown color with a light haze. The head was relatively low and did not persist, but I poured this off of a growler so nothing I can count against it.

Mouthfeel includes a moderate body with medium low carbonation (again, because of the growler) and a generally smooth character over the palate. No astringency, which is nice, and with a clean finish.

Aroma shows a moderate level of malt complexity, including light roast, rich breadcrust, and a touch of sweet nutty character. Unfortunately, the complexity also includes a medium low level of diacetyl which is difficult to ignore.

Flavor has similar character to the aroma, but the diacetyl expresses itself a little more boldly, and seems to grow with subsequent tastes. Moderately low bitterness seems too low in the balance, and the beer finishes just a touch sweet with the malt and diacetyl lingering in the aftertaste.

I didn't try this direct off the faucet this time, so I am willing to assume that the diacetyl is not a fundamental part of this brew and give it a second chance next time. That said, I had another growler of a different beer with prominent diacetyl and I am suspicious that this might be part of the house character.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of sliverX
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

presented with a slightly hazy deep copper colored pint that had very little for a head and left small bubble lacing
smell was faint roasted malts
taste is robust malts kind of smokey with a tinge of noble hops in the end
mouthfeel was medium with the carbonation bright on the tongue
drinkability this was a good beer just not the best alt I've ever tasted

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

draft at the brewpub, Rich malt in the aroma. A little amber colour and some lace. average mouthfeel, grainy. Decent drinkability, but it is a sipper. Fine with food, but not so rich nor tasty on its own. Did not grab me. Unoffensive choice for patrons. I went for the hoppier, stoutier stuff.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jumski
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy light brown beer with reddish highlights, a small white head and some fair lacing on the glass. Aroma is richly malty, with light roast and floral hop aspects.

Not a bad flavored altbier; again there is good malt character, with touches of Saaz hop bitterness, a light fruitiness, and a hint of roast. Not a huge taste but well balanced and pleasing. The bitterness lingers just a bit in the aftertaste.

Smooth and easy to drink; medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not exceptional but not bad either. One wonders if this is the same thing the judges tasted when it won awards at the GABF in the past; this brewpub has a reputation for a high level of inconsistency from batch to batch.

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Photo of k47k
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought to good 'ol PA in a growler by a buddy

A - Pours chestnut brown with almost no head. What is there laces nicely though.

S - Dark roasted malts; has a nutty aroma, hints of brown sugar and raw bagel dough

T&M - Caramel malts, very nutty. Carbonation feels minimal. Hints of bread and toasted grains. Finishes dry with a slight sourness.

D - Very nice session beer; I don't think I'll have too much trouble finishing this growler.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear buckwheat honey brown with a negligible white head. There is no lacing and the head falls to a thin halo around the glass's circumference. The nose is a relatively weak, semi-sweet fruitiness with a little caramel and pine as it warms. The medium bodied, well-carbonated, malty german ale drinks smoothly and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. This beer is well made and a tasty pint special.

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Photo of cavedave
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark amber/ruby with a half inch head after a vigorous pour into my favorite glass tankard. Light beige head recedes to a coating, and a swirl leaves persistent lace. It's a pretty beer.

Nose is a perfume of well aged and mellow aromas, they mix into a blend that is hard to define, there is sweet floral, edges of herbosity, and an almost-hidden fruitiness underneath, no alcohol scent.

The front of the sip is a mellow yet robust (through multiple sips I am trying to resolve the paradox of it) blend of deliciousness, a well crafted mix of slightly sour, slightly sweet, slightly bitter/.herbal/earthy, completely aged and blended tastes wrapped in a unifying subtle fruitiness that, like the smell, is hard to define, and quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is excellent, just right, if I was forced to pick a fault it would be a bit thin, but as I've been drinking this to the bottom of the cup, it has become more an asset than a detriment. A definite session beer. I recommend this to all.

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Photo of jefftuck47
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber color with an interesting reddish/pinkish/brown hue at the bottom of the glass. There appears to be a non-existent head but then it pops up with a nice small sized and medium bodied tan colored head and laces the glass very well on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts, sweet lightly toasted malts, and some more bitter roasted malts at the end.
T: Like the aroma, it has a very big malt characteristic with sweet toasted and caramelized malts, more bitter roasted malts, and a nice sweet and clean finish.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this growler was done in no time.

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Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown/amber hue with a finger and a half foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some yeast esters and an earth hop.

The taste consisted of an earthy smoky malt, some caramel sweetness and a mix of earthy go and yeast spices.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a very tasty and compex alt.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Altbier not being one of my favorite styles, I am willing to try anything at least once... Especially anything brewed by the Otter. They've won a couple of medals at the GABF with this brew so I figured it can't be all that bad. The beer has a really strong malt scent to it when served. There was a little caramel in the background but it was much more enjoyable than I would have thought. I would guess that this is one of their more popular beers and I can understand why. This is more of a beer that you sit back and enjoy as opposed to one that you can consume large amounts of on a hot summer day. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of Nickls
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a clear orange-brown color that was quite intriguing; half-finger of lightly tan head that had nice retention.

S - Bready; earthy; biscuity; some sweetness

T - Earthy hoppiness; dark fruits and fresh bread; minty; some sweetness at the end like the nose; mineral finish

M - Ligther; tight carbonation

D - Very, very good drinking. Accessible, but interesting, and this could be one fantastic session brew.

Overall, great take on the style and a really nice tasting brew.

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Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut topped by a thin, fine cap of white bubbles. Nice lacing and good retention. Aromas of dark malts, toffee, and mild roast were accompanied by faint hop leaf. Roasty, caramel sweetness was balanced by a solid bitterness. Leafy hops and toffee kicked in at the mid, followed by a fairly quick (nearly) cocoa finish. Refined texture with a bit of creaminess, medium bodied. The moderately low carbonation was well-integrated. I really enjoyed this beer - it was my favourite from Gilded Otter. Everything came together really well and it seems like a beer I could drink all night.

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Dusseldorf Alt from Gilded Otter Brewing Company
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