Uerige Sticke | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

Uerige StickeUerige Sticke
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Uerige StickeUerige Sticke

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Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uerige Sticke gibt es zwei Mal im Jahr im Ausschank - am jeweils dritten Dienstag im Januar und Oktober. Dieses Bier wird mit mehr Malz und Hopfen gebraut und ist deutlich gehaltvoller als Uerige Alt: Hinter dem intensiven, eleganten Aroma verbergen sich 6% Alkohol.

Der ungewöhnliche Name leitet sich davon ab, dass man in früheren Zeiten "stickum" ("hinter vorgehaltener Hand") weiter erzählte, dass der Braumeister wohl etwas zu großzügig beim Abwiegen der Zutaten war.

Der höhere Alkoholgehalt gestattet Lagerzeiten, die beträchtlich über das von uns garantierte Mindestfrischedatum hinausgehen.

Added by yen157 on 02-27-2004

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love altbier. It has quicly become one of my favorite styles, even given the limited exposure I've had. This is probably the best example of the style that I've had.

The beer pours to a nicely carbonated clear golden amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Retention could be better, as could be the lacing, but it looks quite good.

The smell is quite good. Nice spread of smooth German malts with a healthy dose of noble hops. Since it is fermented with an ale yeast at lager temps, it is hardly estery. An excellent balance. I wish more brewers would attempt the style.

The taste is every bit as great, and then some. It is very easy to see why "Sticke" beer was once considered a secret. Hell, given the esoteric nature of the style, I suppose it still is kind of a secret. I'm just glad I'm on the inside, or rather that this beer is now inside of me. Very smooth malt base with a great balancing herbal, grassy bitterness. Quite floral as well. Very easy to drink.

The body is fairly thin and crisp, but the carbonation is still fairly soft on the palate. The balance really is something to behold. I could drink this all night, which I probably couldn't say for the doppelsticke, even though I quite enjoyed it as well. I will probably revisit this one fairly often, as long as it stays fresh, and I will have to try the Original as well.

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Photo of TEXTONE
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The look of the beer is Brownish/amber almost Carmel color vary hazy that gives it a thick look, frothy, creamy white head that dissipates fairly fast. I could smell that fruity goodness when my glass was put on the table, once I stuck my nose in the glass I was hit with lots of sweet malt aroma. The fragrance of this beer is pleasurable. Taste is malt right up front balanced nicely by hops. I would call this is an easy, smooth drinking beer, and would use the word mild but that would not do it justice. The mouth feel is medium with a crisp finish. Once again the hop and malt balance is almost perfect. Good lacing down the glass. I am defiantly recommending this beer to everybody if you can find it order it you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of woemad
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz swingtop bottle had at The Viking in Spokane for $7.95. They'd never featured this before, and once I saw it was an actual German altbier I had to have it!

Poured a orangey amber color with an inclination towards brown, with a small white head that never completely dissipated. Not much lace.

Smell was nutty and caramel-sweet with notes of butter and a little bit of floral hoppiness in the background.

The taste starts off a mild caramel sweetness, then strolls through nutty, buttery and very mildly roasted and concludes with a mild yet enjoyable dryness. A rather complex altbier, vastly tastier than the only other alts available locally (Pinkus-Muller, Alaskan Amber).

This is a medium-bodied beer, with a slightly thin mouthfeel. It's been so long since I had an authentic alt I've forgotten exactly what they are supposed to be like! Sounds like my liver needs to spend more time researching this!

This is a very drinkable beer. If it were more moderately priced (or if I wasn't a poor grad student), this would be a great session beer.

Thanks to my German friends who turned me on to this style 5 years ago when I was in the Ruhr.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of karst
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Michael Jackson states in his Great Beer Guide that this "secret" version of Uerige world classic Düsseldorf alt beer is brewed twice a year as a reward for the regulars at Zum Uerige with an additional malts and a hop tea used to add to the hop aroma and flavors.

The ceramic swing top opens with a Pzzzt breaking the neck label with Bottled on date 31.01. as I pour the clear redish brown 33 cL contents into a 40 cl Rastal sniffer and watch the low head settle into a persistant ring that provided modest lace.

Alt beer is produced by top fermentation, Düsseldorf Alt is often described as being similar to an English Old Ale. However the best Alts from Düsseldorf are not as heavy or as rich as EOA beers, and are hoppier.

At 56° F serving temperature the aroma reminded me of one of Nick Floyds creations as it lays down the big complex munich malt base to support his artestry with hops. Large caramel and toffee aromas compete with a grain, toasted nuts and a hint of oak barreled bourbon.

The name "Old" symbolises a lack of acceptance of the newfangled, bottom fermented Pilsener-style beers that swept across Germany from Bohemia from the middle of the 19th Century. For an Alt, fermentation takes place at a temperature between that of an Ale and a Pilsener-style beer. The resulting beer is then aged (lagered) at around freezing point, as per a classic Pils.

This extended conditioning mellows out the flavors and produces an exceptionally smooth and delicate brew with an awesome complex flavors that will require several samples to describe. Deep munich notes. Finishes with a firm long lasting bitterness.

To quote from the book Altbier by Horst Dornbusch, a Düsseldorfer who is now brewing in the USA, "… Alt represents perhaps the best of both styles: the flavor and complexity of a standard ale with the subtle refinement and clean finish of a lager."

Very nice mouthfeel for the style, not as thin as the standard Uerige yet still light enough to make this a very drinkable brew.

Thanks to Joe @ Corral Liquors in Granite City for the heads up on a great Alt.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. I know, I know, it's not in an Alt glass, but I don't have any. It pours a deep burgundy color with one finger of off-white head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of fresh hops to it, and some sweet caramel lingering. The taste has toffee and caramel all over it, nice and malty at first. The finish is a brave dose of hops, and just a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is as thick and smooth as an Altbier can get! And the drinkability is just perfect. I could knock several of these down. Top notch, not just according to Altbiers, but according to ALL beers!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can honestly say that when word of this Alt-style brew came my way, I was not all that excited. Thanks to spesh, my thoughts have changed. This tall-bottled beauty streamed from the bottle a wonderful amber-red colour. The head was thick and foamy, probably due to my aggressive pour. Although, in this Bier's defense, the skim head did remain throughout. One whiff of this Altbier and I was hooked. Roasted malty goodness, slightly sweet and perhaps some hints of faint unsweetened chocolate run through my nose. The flavor is deep and rich, with just a slight bite on the back of the tongue. Hoppy in a subtle German way, and I am catching notes of semi-sweet raisins on my tongue. If this Bier had any more than 6.0% ABV, the drinkability score may have suffered. An amazing Altbier. I think one would be hard-pressed to find one better. I drink this, and I may as well be sitting in a Biergarten in the Fatherland.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very characterful, yet easy-drinking beer, balanced, and (logical since it is an ale) betrays qualities that are about as similar to English ale as I suspect any traditional German beer likely comes.

Deep red brown, bubbly, faintly hazy, it has a huge, pale tan head that steadily shrinks to a lasting, foamy, rocky top. It leaves some decent lace.

Aroma is rich, raisiny, fruit, rich whole wheat toast, lightly winey, with a hint of sweet-sour fruit and toast, hint of earthy leafiness. Faintly like an English ale, it is excellent, complex, very pleasant.

Taste is light, peppery-fruity toast, leafy, spicy hops, light raisininess, hint of caramel. It is lightly on the sweet side before lightly spicy bitterness balances it out for a dry finish, followed by lightly sweet, caramelly aftertaste.

Feel is good, solid, but not oily

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Photo of avitallo
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shadow-laden copper, infused lightly with red. Lacy, beige head on top. It whittles to a skim, but remains.
The aroma is exactly how it needs to be. Sweet and nutty and bitter. Think caramel-coated walnut, settled on drying grass.
In fact, continue to let that "caramel-coated walnut, settled on dry grass" image resonate in your mind. Because that is what the flavor is. But one mere sentence cannot sum up what's happening here. Toasty sweet upstart. Toffee, nougat, and cream. All heated until a crust forms. Raisin bread notes. With frosting. Nuances of vanilla. It begins to dry and becomes nuttier. Pecans and almonds and walnuts. Now add some purple fruit. Invigorating, lagered sense of cleanliness. Clean air and clean water. Ends powerfully bittered, with herb-encrusted flowers. Lightly astringent closure.
Drinks like liquid silk. A 5L keg would not be enough. Nothing would. Not Gallons...not oceans.
This is fucking killer stuff.
I had my doubts, and now I feel foolish.
This is refined beyond description. Altstanding.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to trbeer for allowing me the opportunity to taste such an interesting brew.

oz. unknown in a very cool bottle.

Pours a strange mix of amber, gold and brown (depending on how the light hits it). The head is nice, although not terribly impressive. Lacing is present but rather loose and not all that great. Gets as high of an appearance score for the imence clarity and cool light trick.

Smell is very heavy on the spice (nutmeg mostly). There is a hit of caramel, grassy hops and perhaps a little apple.

Taste is very interesting. I can't say I've tasted anything like this before. Very smooth, with just a hint of hop bitterness. The odd part is that there is deffinitely something else here. It tastes somewhat like lemons, not strong mind you, but lemons nonetheless. There is a definitely caramel flavor as well.

This beer has great balance, not too smooth and sweet, not to bitter and astringent. I could see myself drinking this one an awful lot, but seeing as there is very little of it available in the states, that's probably not going to happen.

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Photo of techdiver
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opens with a pop as soon as released. Was a little concerned about the 1202 code. Pours a a deep amber copper with a solid head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap of foam with solid lacing.

Great malt greets the nose with the hops noted as well.

Taste is very smooth with elements of aroma making a solid statement. The hops making a much more evident statement here.

Mouthfeel is crisp but lighter on the carbonation than the appearance would lead one to expect.

Quite drinkable, will be sure to pick up more when I find it again.

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Photo of avylover
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in an impressive looking flip top bottle.Clear ruby mahogony color with a very small snow white head. Very little carbonation. Aroma of sweet bread, fruit cake, and a clean caramel maltiness. Plums show up in there too. OK, you have my attention. What separates this beer is the finish. There are all sorts of flavors going on here, with fruity esters and malt fused together perfectly. The finish is almost like a cider, with apples and a champagne type tastes showing up. Mouthfeel is very smooth but dry, with a slight bittering hoppiness. Drinkability is top notch, especially with just 6% ABV and this much taste.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out with a brownish amber color body and a decent sized off white fluffy head. Clumps of lace were left by a cap of foam that stayed intact. Toasted grains, caramel and some nuttiness. Light fruity notes linger about as well. Mild grassy and flower hop notes blended in well. Flavor starts off with a nice sweetness caramel covered fruits mainly. Toasted biscuit malts and some very light nutty notes are present. Hops are there providing a great grassy and earthy flavors. Light bitterness on the finish. Smooth with a solid body. Ridiculously drinkable stuff. I could sit and drink this all day and not get sick of it. A most excellent sessionable brew.

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Photo of Jon
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A firm pour yields a dark copper liquid with a quickly fading taupe-hued head. Sparse trails of lace remain on the glass.

Roasted, nutty malt aromas persist and are accompanied by an assertive hop presence. Very nice.

Hoppier than any altbier I've tried, woody, caramel and slightly roasted malt flavors struggle to maintain balance. A coffee liqueur character appears, though the hop flavor (Hallertau I'm guessing) persists very nicely and creates a very well-rounded, mildly bitter character overall. No complaints.

Full, perfectly carbonated mouthfeel lends very well to this beer, especially in the bottle.

Drinkability, due to the refreshing qualities of the hop bitterness that persists, is near perfect if not totally.

Very nice altbier. Certainly the most outstanding I've sampled. I just wish it were more readily available, especially on draught.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 27.10 (???)

Pours out an orangey, dark caramel with a thinnish white head and some nice, abundant, ornamental lacing. In the nose is lots of toast, toffee, and dried fruits with a backing of very pronounced spicy, floral, and woodsy hops. The malt in the flavor is very solid with a little less fruitiness than in the nose, but with a lot more toastiness. Caramel/toffee is holds about the same amount of weight in the smell. There is also some sweet, moist tobacco in here. What surprises me is the very loud hops. They are extremely floral and spicy. Just about perfect. There's a nice little bit of bitter astringency in the finish, which works well with the initial hit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, but it's kind of fizzy for me. Delicious. This is definitely the best the best altbier I've tried. Very quaffable considering the abv.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.33 litre longneck swingtop. This really cool bottle opens with an explosive "pop".
Clear auburn in color with an ivory colored head that fades to a thin collar rather quickly.
Extremely clean aroma. Caramel malts with a hint of alcohol. A sweet fruitiness comes though too.
Very clean taste with a metalic tinge. The malt is very well balanced by the hop presence that kicks in towards the finish.
Soft mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.
Undeniably drinkable.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: Ok, I bought it for the bottle. Notes bottled on 31.01 (I’m hoping that’s day/month) and 6% abv.

Aroma: Earthy. Very slight skunk note, otherwise a nice sweet caramel with notes of licorice and a pronounced spice, mace maybe?

Appearance: Deep brown amber with a white thin cover that left fair lace.

Flavor: Balanced, with a scorched caramel flavor and rich spices. Some toasted crumb notes as well. Very “German”

Mouthfeel: Soft texture, low carbonation, brief finish.

Overall Impression: Great beer! Complex yet soothing and easy drinking. Ok, I still got it for the bottle.

Hand carried back from Kansas City.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Tawny, slightly hazy Bengal orange-brown with a greyish-pale yellow head with fair retention.

Smell: Big port and red wine notes, with a lovely tart fruitiness that actually reminds me of a Flanders red. Black currants, green apples, rooibos tea, cranberry juice, pine wood, and lemon rind brighten a beer that is bready and slightly candy-like at its malty core. The aroma of fall leaves adds an earthy depth, while tea-like, floral hops provide a light balance.

Taste: Powerfully reminiscent of Flanders red, with a simple, Helles-like malt base soaked in fruity/spicy red wine. Tart and sweet with notes of sour apples, sherry, and lemons; earthy, spicy, and bitter with ample leafy hops, licorice, tea/wine/cacaomass-like tannins, tobacco, and distinctly Scotch-like alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, deliciously dry, and perfectly carbonated to buoy the malts and accentuate the tartness and bitterness.

Drinkability: I had no idea Altbiers could be so complex and robust. This is an eye-opening beer experience! Highly recommended.

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Photo of wschumac
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't have a stange to pour into but will be getting one soon since I found a place close to buy this beer.

A - caramel coloring with large lingering off-white head.

S - Fruity aromas with hints of maltiness

T - Malty sweetness with dry hoppy after effects.

M - A little light side but close to medium bodied.

D - Just waiting to get the glass

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 31.01

Pours from the uniquely shaped bottle with a short vanilla colored head of tiny bubbles that quickly reduces itself to a few lingerers at the edges. The soft copper and amber highlighted beer produces only a few small carbonation streams. The smell is carmelly and sweet, but with subtle hop notes. The taste is initially malty and sweet and finishes with nice gentle hops that linger a short time. The flavors are well integrated and beautifully balanced. Soft mouthfeel and medium bodied. This is a wonderful beer that is absolutely drinkable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear copper. Big and bubbly cream soda colored head. Lacing is good enough with it's oily and spotty residue. Nose consits of caramel malt, toffee, herbal hops and sweety taffy. The mouthfeel is so appealing. The beers disolves like cotton candy in the mouth. The taste is a thing of beauty. Sweet toffe mixed with lightly carmelized malts and drying hops. This alt is nicely hopped, but has a good malt presence as well. And a really nice sweetness is present. This is gone way too fast.

I had only come across 3 highly impressionable alts in my day (Summit, Sherlock's and Double Bag).

Until today.

Huge thanks for this enlightening experience is thrown out to cokes.

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Photo of calais8587
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shippos
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured with a milky foamy white head packed tight with little bubbles on top a lear amber color with some touch of haze.
dry grassy aroma, with some sticky hop resin showing through. as it warms you get hints of earth and must, dried weeds (not that kinda weed) and stale cracked pepper.
hoppy as hell in the taste with a smooth body, just a touch of roasted to over toasted malt. dry bitter finish, and the mouthfeel gets a bit richer towards the end. very very hoppy though. might be worth picking up again. definetly give it a shot though.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brownish-orange in color and very “alt-looking”. The head is modest, which I have found before with this style.

Smell – The toasted, caramel-infused malt base here smells sticky-sweet. The aroma is very inviting. I can also pick up a faint, floral hoppiness, but it’s just barely there (maybe I’m imagining it).

Taste – Oh, yeah, this is the real deal. The malts are serious. They aren’t roasted or dark, but they are toasted to the core and sweetened with toffee and heavy-duty molasses. The hops bring about a very bitter finish. This is one of those beers that pleases the old German at the Stammtisch and frightens young men, women, and children.

Mouthfeel – This bier will melt away in your mouth like a ghost. I swear, I’m pouring it in but I’m not swallowing. It literally dissolves in Pixy Stick-like fashion, like cotton candy on a warm summer day. This is probably the best mouthfeel of any bier that I’ve reviewed on the site.

Drinkability – I swear I started thinking in German while drinking this bier. A good, authentic Altbier is almost impossible to come by here in the US, but this is the real deal.

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