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Uerige Sticke | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Uerige StickeUerige Sticke

Brewed by:
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Germany | website

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 hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours very murky, semi dark brown, thick frothy head that lingered forever. heavy retention.

scents of wheat and caramel malts.

taste is very smooth, light caramelized malts, light toffee, heavy malt backbone. nice hoppy flavor mixed through out.

very smooth, light, minimal carbonation, pretty perfect.

this is such an easy and GREAT beer. this is an every day sipper, no matter what season. rather low ABV in general so this is great.

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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store Pub in ATL last night. .3L pour into a stange bearing the name of the brewery. I have heard much, now to experience.

A: When it first hit the table, the presentation was really nice. That little glass with a perfect half finger of slightly tan head resting on top of what looked like a black body in the dim light in the pub. Held to the light you can cleary see that this is a really nice dark amber in color, letting in nice ruby hues. Decent carbonation activity in the glass. Lace is spotty but does what it can with the surface area provided. Really impressive.

S: Smell was not what I was expecting. First off getting a little bit of some tobacco coming out first. A real spicy, high quality tobacco. Then comes some really nice earthy barley and grains. Touch of plum and grape in here. Slightly roasted caramel and biscuity malts coming through as well. Finished off with a nice presence of hops. All the aromas are pleasant, but the combination kinda combines in a funky scent at times (don't know if that is good or bad) and thats why it sits at a 4 for me.

T: To start off the flavor, the hops actually hit me first. The hops actually have a nice bit to it with a touch of bitterness I really was not totally expecting. That bite is quickly cooled off by the earthy qualities. Barley and spice along with other grains intermingle with a really nice biscuity malt to bring a second sensation of flavors. Tobacco, alcohol, plum and cherries (all very subtle) round out the flavor profile with a nice little pop of flavors.

M: Medium in body that is just incredibly smooth. The amount of carbonation seemed just right adding a bit of bubbly sensation to the experience. So 6 something % this beer actually felt like it had a bit more alcohol with some nice warming qualities coming through. Aftertastes that were left on the palate was just a touch of hops and that earthy tobacco.

D: I found myself really sipping and savoring this beer. It may have been because I had such a small pour and I wanted to explore it, or I was just enjoying it that much. It absolutely wasn't because it was difficult to drink. This is a mighty smooth beer and it really challenges the palate in a good way. Lots of things going on in here and this was an absolutely great experience. I look forward to exploring this brewery's other offerings and just exploring Alts in general.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear deep amber beer with a billowing tan head floating on top. Large bubbles slide down the glass leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Surprisingly clear for a bottle conditioned brew.

Great sweet roasted malt aroma, with faint figgyness. I pick up a little spice in the nose but its very subtle.

Slightly sweet flavor is almost balanced by a crisp spicy bitterness. Roasted malt, caramel, toffee, cinnamon. Finishes dryish and very clean despite the sweetness up front.

Quite drinkable, very nice but a little sweet for my taste. I prefer the Uerige standard over this special version but both are quite good.

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Photo of youngblood
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First altbier for me.
A - Dark brown pour with a very creamy single finger head. Dissipates to a thin haze over the surface of the beer within minutes. Almost looks like watered down coke. Very little visible carbonation.
S - Smells very sweet. Strong smell of toffee sweetness. Bit of dirt mustiness in there also.
T - Very strong toffee flavor, bit of coffee as well, some tobacco. This is actually really great. Very crisp, clean flavors. Almost bit of sage in there as well. Very interesting.
M - Very light, smooth, goes goes like marbles.
D - I don't see any reason why drinkability would be low. I'm kicking this back no problem.

This is nothing like what I thought it would be, but I was really surprised. Really glad that I picked one of these beers up.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy chesnut brown, big head, great retention. Tangy and hoppy nose, touch of yeast and caramel sweetness.

Surprisingly hoppy flavor that makes me think of a bitter pale ale. Complex malt structure with caramel, biscuit, and roast. Aftertaste is mildly hoppy and roasty. Unique yeasty notes, kind of phenolic. Mouthfeel is pretty good, if a little watery. Lots of bubbles but overall tame carbonation. I love the taste of this beer-- lots of stuff going on, simply delicious.

This is a great altbier, wish more american breweries tried this style. The Uerige Sticke would be a good one to emulate.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 27th (2008?). Served in the lower part of a pilsener glass (closest thing I can get to a cylinder).

A - Two fingers of dirty white foam with excellent retention and lacing. Transparent reddish bronze color with a few bubbles lazily rising upwards.

S - Twangy zest from the Saaz hops over top of a caramel malt base. The guy who said grapenut cereal is pretty accurate. The smell is pretty strong, but the twang gives off a slightly metallic character.

T - Much more caramel, toffee and also some breadiness, with the hop bite and spices happening at the back of the palate. There's also an element of nuttiness and a hint of fruit (pear?) in there.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, smooth and velvety. Very refreshing.

D - Very drinkable - medium ABV, nice flavor, refreshing. Excellent German session brew - wish we got more Altbiers.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle bottled 10/2008.

A: Amber, slightly cloudy (due to my error) with a huge taupe colored head. Excellent amount of lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of hops and wort. A bit of an earthy character mixed with caramel and wort notes. Smells as if the beer would be underattenuated.

T: Immediately hit by green apples with a note of peach pits. A very grainy, kind of slightly roasted character. Some definite earthiness in the hops with a bit of a bite.

M: A bit lighter and more carbonated than I expected. Hop presence coats the tounge and the beer seems quite dry.

O: An interesting beer. I had never tried the style and since my company is based in Dusseldorf figured I'd give it a shot. Surprised by the hop bitterness, but not a bad beer. Interesting bottle to say the least.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date 10/2008; code 9/2009. Into a Riedel Extreme riesling glass...

Swing top pop is HUGE and almost right in my face...do we have a borderline gusher? HUGE dulce de leche head looks like the top of a root beer float after you pour over the ice cream. Caramel/bourbon hued body has ample carbonation and good lacing.

Creamy mangoes and plums? Really? Light caramel malt with mild Saaz-ish presence. Slight sour note of maybe dark cherries. With the boom from opening could there be a mild infection here?

Very austere malt...again, mild sour cherries. Don't think the infection is a issue...just a really dry alt maybe? Noble and Saaz hop presence provide balance.

Palate feel is husky but a little mild...hops get slightly grassy with the stewed malt. All in all it rounds out to a smooth, somewhat soothing finish.

Very decent, especially with a little warmth on it. Nothing I seek out every day (the style in general) but not a bad example at all.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very spotty lace, transient stuff. No head to speak of. Hazy brown amber body. Meh.

Smell: Grape nuts cereal! So: barley. Alcohol. Grapes. The barley aroma is fairly overpowering and slightly stale. I enjoy Grape nuts, though, so this is somewhat appealing, although in a very funky way.

Taste: Grape nuts barley flavor again. Some apricot and apple make the fruit flavors a bit more assertive here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Flat. Flat. Flat. No thanks.

Drinkability: Barley flavor is too overwhelming, and alcohol asserts itself too much to make this too drinkable.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with two fingers of white head.

Scent of caramel, grass, hops, earth, spices, and a hint of maple. Good and malty with some nice floral characters.

Taste of caramel, apple, grass, hops, and earth. Although I've only had a few of the style, I can say this is a great Alt.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with some nice carbonation.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet 11.2 oz. longneck swingtop, bottled on 27.10 (2007 I'm presuming - consumed 4/7/08). The website labels it as 6.5% and says that it's dry-hopped in the maturation tanks. The beer is a highly-sedimented medium copper with ample carbonation, topped with a two-finger tannish head that slowly recedes to a creamy cover, leaving tons of lacing on the glass. Very earthy in the nose, with perfumy/green hops and a roasted malt backing. Nice roasted and caramel malts on the palate, a little chewy, with a complex, fairly bitter hop profile that contributes perfumy/floral/leafy notes and lots of lingering oils. It has a well-carbonated, medium body that imparts a dry, fairly long finish. I love these hoppy and malty sticke alts - delicious, interesting, and unique - and Uerige makes the best stickes I've come across. I will always gladly come back for another one.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's chestnut brown in color with some garnet and bronze highlights. There's a small amount of sediment swimming through it. It's topped with a light tan head that's about two fingers deep. Retention was very good and it left a nice thick coat of lace in its wake.

Smell: The nose is good despite being a little weak. It's sweet and very malty smelling. Predominantly a mix of caramel/toffee with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. At the secondary level, there's an interesting praline-like scent. It's a nice feature and complements the other components well. There's a prominent yeasty or biscuity aroma. Perhaps some light spices emerge toward the end. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: It's definitely sweet and has a very nice caramel/toffee malt flavor. There's definitely some roasted malts that follow and compete hard for the limelight. It's slightly spicy and features some light pepper and cinnamon flavors. Yeast is notable and sticks through into the aftertaste. There's a lot going on in the flavor here. It's very deep and I'm certain that I've missed a couple of spices and perhaps some other light, ancillary flavors. It really is that deep. No alcohol is noticeable. Finishes sweet and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation feels light and does its job well. It's not quite lush, but it is nice and smooth. Drinkability is very good. It's got a ton of flavor and character. At 6%, abv really lends itself to good drinkability.

I'm damn impressed with Uerige Sticke. It's my first experience with the beer and it's left a lasting impression. The nose could use a tad more strength, but otherwise, it's very impressive. There's a ton of flavor crammed into this bottle and it's well worth the experience. Definitely one to check out.

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Photo of TEXTONE
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
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 jneiswender
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the 12oz long neck bottle.

A--nice thin, off white head and a medium dark brown body. Some what murky looking.

S--nutty, fruity

T-Sweet malt, toast, caramel, but with some noble hop finish that is clean.

M--medium with a clean hop finish

D--Great German Alt. No off import flavors. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of volanova
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Dusseldorf Altbier, and that certainly is not a bad thing. Like many Alts, it is hard to find in the States (only one place in Southeastern Pennsylvania I have found that carries it). I personally rate most Alts as one of my favorite beers to sit down and have a few of in an evening. This one is no different.

Served in a flip-top bottle. Thin head, as is proper in this type. A nice malty aroma, with a note of hoppiness. As was previously reviewed, the taste is very subdued, yet it can be complex. Flavors of toffee or caramel, with the hint of hops and malt. A very smooth beer, easy to drink yet it fills the mouth.

Too bad more German Altbiers are so hard to find around here...

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Photo of DukeofAle
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How to judge a beer so unique? Other than Frankenheim - which I liked very well - my expirience with alts has been limited to a few micros and homebrews.

The head was thin but the individual bubbles were very fine. At first glance the beer appears dark brown but if held to the light it is closer to carmel. It's apparently bottle conditioned and so is somewhat cloudy. The nose is fruity and malty. The taste is somewhat sweet at first, then malty-toasty and finally some bitterness.

I've enjoyed the real alts I've had, but I can't say I'm an expert on the style - there dosen't seem to be many german alts available and I'm not sure the micros are true to form. Of course I liked it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10.08

A - Hazy caramel raisin color with thin off white head

S - Caramel and toffe, maybe a touch nutty with a light floral, spicy hop presence.

T - Sweet caramel upfront followed by toasty, bready malts, a slight nuttiness and a hint of herbal, spicy hops.

M - Lighter body with a smooth, soft mouthfeel.

D - I can see how this is considered the "classic" example of the style by people. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of thekanna
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with Bottled-on date of 10/08.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with 1 finger of clean, white head that doesn't stick at all.

Smell: Slightly sour with yeast and phenolic notes dominant. Fleeting hints of caramel and molasses that are almost imperceptible.

Taste: Yeast hits pretty strongly. Burnt malts and overall smokiness round out the center. Hop bite and phenols kick in at the very end and leave a refreshing and dry aftertaste.

Overall, goes down smoothly. Mouth is left slightly numb by the active carbonation and the generally strong taste. I was expecting a sweeter taste though judging by the smell.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with a large frothy white head that was lasting with good lacing.

Moderate tart fruit rye aroma.

Medium to full body with a sticky texture.

Medium complex balanced flavor with a medium balanced finish of moderate duration.

Very interesting beer and one of my top rated active bottled beers for the Altbier style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awww, and I thought this was a half-liter bottle. instead, it is a super-thin 330 ml flip-top bottle bought at La Bodega. On to the beer:

Into a stange it goes, the beer is murky brown with hues of a faded orange and tan glow. Not particularly pretty but this is expected for the style. Solid head retention. Super sweet in the nose, very malty sweet with a kick of hop leaf. Taste...it doesn't jump out on you, it's more powdery. Somewhat hoppy with a burnt bread crust flavor, it's nutty also. Dry aftertaste with a burnt bread sensation, and somewhat astringent. A little dissapointing, though I do have to say it drinks easy like most beers of it's nationality, especially with a bowl of steak and potato soup.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber color with slightly hazel-colored foam and a little haziness.

Wow, the nose on this beer is complex. Immediately loads of dried fruit shines through, dried figs, apricot and raisins, but not in a cloying or overly sweet sense. It is beautifully balanced against a fairly hoppy backdrop, absolutely perfect malt, hops and complexity.

After I take my first sip, I wonder what the heck happened? I was expecting a rich and perhaps even sweet beer, coating my palate but oh no, this beer literally and figuratively blows up, it is so light, so refined and the best way I can describe it is "explosively evaporating". The malts are light and airy, leaving a long sensation of light fruits, apple, apricot and nuts with a wet-granite like mineral character on the finish.

I could go on and on about this beer, but suffice it to say that this is in the top 3 of the best beers I have ever tasted. If you can find it, drink it!

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Photo of kmeves
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimal liight tannish head that dissipates quickly. Nice amber brown hue. Fruity and toffee is the aroma that stands out. Medium sweetness that is balanced nicely with medium bitterness. Full body with a nice creamy texture. Somewhat long bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try any beer that basically invents the style. One of the original Sticke Alts and after a few sips, still among the best. The beer begins with a bright, rust color with a froathy foamstand that raises to about an inch and disipates slowly through the session. Moderate caramel aromas swirl about a pungent grassy, fresh hop scent that promises a more hoppy Alt than most I've had. Flavors are more dry and better attenuated than the nose suggests. The beer has some low-lying sweetness but stronger caramel flavors. Cracker-like and lightly biscuit-like. The hops are quite strong and balances the beer beautifully. A firm bitterness hangs in the back of the throat while giving a firm floral, spicy, German hop, herbal-grassy flavor. Super crisp and dry in the body; the beer basically evaporates in the mouth. Finishes with a balanced caramel / hop blend that lingers well into the finish. A very drinkable, sessionable beer. Thanks again Clvand0.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown in color. Very little head on the pour. Only a ring of froth around the edges. Smell is very caramel and port like. Age has done this beer wonders. Very creamy and very dark malts. Plenty of aged sherry like port in the flavor. This was a huge surprise. Very well done.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. flip top bottle into a tall cylindrical glass.

Appears a somewhat hazy copper with a one inch cream colored head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is raisiny with lots of sweet caramel notes. It's not especially complex but it's very inviting for sure.

Taste is similar to what the aroma projects. Initially it starts with the dark fruit then caramel malts come out before it finishes with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and clean.

Very tasty beer. Not as good as the Doppelsticke, but certainly worthy of a taste.

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Uerige Sticke from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
91 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.
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