Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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4.14 | pDev: 11.11%
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.16/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

scary bottle purchased on clearance... the number one altbier!!!! You should be here to see me laugh like an insane asylum inmate as I read that """fact""" and pour the bier

DARK azz pour, no head to speak of... smells like dry leaves, play-doh, and regret. Tastes like hot choccy minus the hot and the choccy. A tepid pour of dark fruit and a weird play-doh off-flavor with almost no carbonation.

Boo. Only gets points b/c it contains alcohol

Monday at 01:51 AM
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#1827 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- An appetising 'gluggy' pour due to the heavily necked bottle, then 1/2 way though the pour becomes silent (no splashing) which tells me the ABV% is solid here. Very dark ruby/chestnut, pours clear. No sediment in bottle ie filtered. With a 3mm mid-tan fine-bubble foam cap. ps @+10mins, holds very well.
S- Deep/dark yet dry too. Heavy malts that remind me of malt-loaf black bread.
T- Boom, pungent. Wow... let this rest/develop on the palate. Slightly sour, deep/thick and heavy, treacle aspects though not sweet, as a dry aspect continues below in parallel. It's like extract of well roasted British Xmas pudding, heavily roasted deep dried fruits, raisons etc.
F- Briefly sour on the front then swiftly into mega-pungent complexity with richness and hoppy-dry notes. CO2 in the mouth is great
O- This beer certainly has 'heckle a lot going on'. Interesting to me is that if you had this intensity of flavour from a trad Belgian say Quad you might be fearing it would develop sweet notes as it begun warming 1/2 way down. Here the sour-dry aspect seems to help counter that. This is a biiig beer, so one for slow sipping for me. Possibly a divider amongst people; it's something a bit different but the sour aspect in a beer otherwise this big/deep/pungent might not work for some others.... like my wife, who thinks it's like a Quad with grapefruit aspects to it and did not enjoy it at all.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the lables to see what I missed! Brewed with three varieties of malts, nothing else to surprise from the trad ingredients.
330ml bottle BB: Apr-2022 Lot -09121. £4.25 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

May 19, 2021
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ludachris from Canada (ON)

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This comes out of the bottle heavy. Deep, murky mahogany, capped by a thin off-white head. The free floating specks of yeast remind me that I shouldn't have poured the full bottle. C'est la vie.

It oozes slow notes of manuka honey, toasted dark bread, and sticky brown raisins. Graham cracker, toffee, and chocolatey coffee. I want to chew it more than I want to drink it.

Sweet coffee grounds and piles of honey laden toast crust come through wonderfully rich. A pinch of roast pairs with an earthy and minerally dryness that makes for a perfect bitter contrast. Dark raisins and burnt toffee sit with weight in the middle.

The less than average level of carbonation increases the perception of its sweetness and imparts a slick feel. It sits on the heavier end of medium and boasts a healthy sense of balance, stemming from the underlay of dry and bitter.

A testament to the complexity of malt. It's rich and delicate at the same time. The only sign of its 8.5% ABV is on the label itself. Life is great and this beer is a reminder of just that.

Sep 18, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a dark brown color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has bready, ally prune hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a bready, malty and prune flavors
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A good Altbier

Sep 08, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddy brown color with a finger of head. The nose and flavor are straight up bready and malty goodness. There is a touch of sweetness in the middle of the flavor profile and a nicely contrasting semi-dry finish.

My only critique might be that the mouthfeel thins out a bit on the finish. Other than that, this offering can hang with the finest malt bombs of any style.

Aug 01, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Highly enjoyed this bottle, not often you get an altbier of this quality. Very, very dark brown body with two fingers khaki foam. Smells of toasted toffee, brown sugar, smoke, raisin, prune, molasses, slight tobacco, and earth. Taste is boozier and sweeter than the smell, but pretty much the same flavors with decent hop bitterness on the crisp finish. Feel is a little sweet and heavy for the style, chewy, and somewhat savory, especially as it warms.

Jul 10, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark walnuts; raisin, wood + brown sugar; bread crust, rum barrel, fig danish, walnut, boozy brandy end + vinous port barrel linger.

4 4.25 4 4 4.25

Intense. Almost a bourbon barrel nose. Intense flavors, though it loses the sessionability of an alt. Mighty, if not quite my thing.

Dec 21, 2018
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Complete masterpiece of altbier.
Brown with decent beige head, nice retention and laces.
Smell - rich, dried fruits, fig, dates, prunes and so on.
Taste - well-balanced, dried fruits, caramel, some hops in the aftertaste.
Full body, sticky, syrupy, soft carbonation.

Dec 11, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice strong malty beer. As a "double altbier" it is deeper in flavor and heavier in feel, but a good dose of hops keeps the rich caramel malts in balance.

Glad I could find this fresh while traveling in Germany!

Jun 12, 2018
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid alt. Beautiful cloudy brownish color. Pretty decent head, though it dissipates quickly. Yet lots of lacing remains. Good aromas of fig, grape, sweetness. Hint if saltiness. Spicy, dry, bitter taste. Heat from alcohol in aftertaste. Medium but sticky feel. A nice sipper after dinner. Nice.

Apr 28, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- murky brown with a lot of small floaties. thin ring of head, no lacing

Nose- very faint, getting some caramel and little herbal hops

Taste- Rich burnt caramel, tobacco, leather, herbal hop bitterness and subtle smokiness. The beer finishes with a lingering bitterness and mild tart taste

Feel- Full-bodied and creamy, coats the mouth

Overall- the taste on this one is so full and rich and savory. Wish there was a bit more on the nose.

Feb 09, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-clear with fine particulates, medium brown producing a thin finger of frothy, tan, somewhat lasting head that recedes to multiple island caps, leaving thin motes & webs of lace. Aroma is roast, toast, pumpernickel, dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, leather, tobacco & a hint of floral hops. Taste is roast, rich brown bread, chocolate, candied figs, raisins & prunes, burnt brown sugar/molasses/toffee with a floral hop, spice, roasted/burnt malt bittering finish that intensifies in the aftertaste where it develops an astringency atop the bitterness. Whiskey hints & alcohol bitterness are also present. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, silky smooth through the first 2/3rds of the sip, developing some sharp edges in the last 1/3rd. Absolutely incredible!

Jan 10, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Bottled on date on label is not readable.
Dark brown body, minimal head or lacing.
Smell of dark bread, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol and spice.
Taste of dark fruit, dark bread, Sweet from the dark fruit and caramel. Dark chocolate notes mixed in. Sweet molasses, orange. Some booziness.
Mouth feel is syrupy, medium.
A complex aroma and taste profile.

Dec 14, 2017
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, murky brown coloration with a medium, fizzy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin blanket on the beer. Smells of rich, bready, caramel malts, toffee and dark, dried fruit (plum, fig), with just a hint of chocolate and booziness coming through. Taste is quite complex. The malts and sweetness hit you first, revealing notes of toffee, dark bread and molasses, followed by a noticeable booziness. Then the dried fruit comes through, with quite a rich fig/plum aroma. At this point, the bitterness sets in, which starts off quite strong, then becomes more bittersweet in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite rich and thick. This is one of those beers that you can really admire for their rich, complex flavor profile, but would never have more than one of in a single evening. I'm really not sure if that's a good thing.

Dec 01, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It pours murky brown with virtually no head whatsoever. The aroma is super malty and fairly boozy, while the taste is insanely sweet in a cloying way. Very chewable. Not a big fan I have to admit.

Sep 01, 2017
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the_awesometeer from California

2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer is a dark brown color with a lot of floaters in it. The head was very short lived. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, and teriyaki. The beer tastes sweet at first and then is followed by a bitterness and spice. It really tastes like Chinese food. The beer a little chewy I want to say. It feels more like a meal than a beer.

Aug 21, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This doppelsticke altbier pours a cloudy chocolate color with a very faint red tint and a medium frothy white head. The smell is of dark brown bread, with some sweetness (brown sugar and caramel), and some alcohol. It is a very malt forward smell, reminiscent of a doppelbock, but with some differences. The flavor is quite intense and unique for beers that I have tried. There is a strong dark brown bread element, a little brown sugar sweetness, some dark fruit, some spiciness, like a rye maybe, and significant alcohol flavor. The alcohol flavor is a little stronger than I would expect at 8.5%. This is a very robust flavor. The body is quite heavy and the finish is fairly creamy. This is a tough beer to review because I’ve never tried another doppelsticke altbier, which is apparently a much more robust form of altbier. If this beer is representative they are really not at all like normal altbiers and are much closer to doppelbocks actually. This is a real punch you in the face beer, which I respect. A lot of the best doppelbocks that I’ve had have a more polished flavor and many have more alcohol also, so I can’t say that this is better than those, but it is definitely an interesting beer that is worth trying though I couldn’t drink more than one of these in a night.

Aug 04, 2017
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a visit to the Brick Store in Decater.

pours a clear dark brown with ruby hues and a big,foamy, tan head.

SMELL: -caramel, toffee, raisins, spicy, and some chocolate

TASTE: Toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, bread notes
finishes dry with a full body and some bitterness
Had it with the Brick Store Chicken Pot Pit and both were very enjoyable.

Jun 22, 2017
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Deep brown, dish watery, soupy looking beer. Lots of floaters. Very interesting. Also a small lacy head.
S- Mollasses, dark fruit, biscuit, umami savory aroma, soy sauce.
T- Sweet, once again umami savory flavor that I can't completely grasp, soy sauce, banana, and booziness.
F- Thick Sticky and chewy.
O-Interesting and weird beer that I definitely enjoyed. The most interesting beer I've ever had. Much original flare to this one.

Jun 04, 2017
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TinFang from California

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pursuing a New Year's resolution to try more beer styles, I picked up a bottle of this when shopping. Nifty bottle. There's a clearly indicated location for a date code on the seal which had nothing printed on it. The brewery's website mentions that some aficionados age this for a year, and i would really like to know when this was bottled since it had issues. Perhaps cellaring would have improved things. The Uerige website notes that this is specifically produced for the American market and that it's brew with a lot more of everything in it, so not so typical for the style. Poured this without letting the sediment pass into the glass.

Smell - breakfast rolls, chocolate, plums.
Appearance - cola brown with absolutely zero head, some traces of lacing as I got to the bottom of the glass.
Taste - great. Everything in the smell is present along with further complexity and spiciness. Allspice, brunt toast and ground ginger. Alcohol completely hidden.
Mouthfeel - just enough carbonation to say it existed. Very substantial, almost syrupy.

Overall I'm glad i bought this even though I think this bottle had issues. It reminds me very much of Samiclaus - sort of a light version of it. I will definitely try it again.

May 29, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, dark brown color with a fluffy, eggshell white head.

Smell is unusually heavy for an Alt, this packs an intense amount of dry herbal hops and caramel sweet malts among toasty grains and fresh baked bread. Its sweetness is even more profound though, emphasizing the higher abv level of this on the nose, producing a flimsy floral note, which gets accompanied by a copious amount of caramel.

Has a velvet, fuller mouthfeel, creamy and well balanced with a light effervescent finish, mellowing the omnipresent malts.

Tastes of rock sugars, molasses and a whiff of licorice, which all settle harmoniously among the more typical rustic malt foundation of the beer. A profound hop bitterness not only brings a herbal quality to the palate but also a note of ripe oranges, wrapped up by sweet caramel and lots of toffee. Finishes almost calm in comparison to its middle part and beginning, with prevailing caramel, toffee, dried berries, bakers chocolate and a still noteable hoppiness.

Decadent and rich, this does not push the Sticke any further but invents a whole new twist to the Alt genre. Way sweeter, overboarding with flavors and a mean, well working hop punch. Challenging but incredibly well build.

May 05, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Holy Craft Beer Store, Dussledorf - Pours dark brown with a thin white head which quickly recedes. Aroma - dark stone fruits, roasted malts, caramel. Taste - sweet, dark stone fruits, caramel, roasted malts, crisp bitter finish with a little alcoholic warmth. Nice sipper high ABV alt bier and a little different to the norm.

Feb 25, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) porcelain stoppered bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a murky, brown to dark copper color with gradual clearing to a one half inch, off white head, which is fluffy initially, but not long lasting. Some modest lacing.
S: Displays a strong and complex mixture of aromas of molasses, dark bread crust, brown rum, sweetened chocolate, and raisins.
T: Bitterness evident quickly with flavors of molasses, raisin/fig, and black coffee predominating. Complex, rich, and tough to characterize. Aftertaste bittersweet.
M: Full bodied with minimal to modest carbonation. Slightly gritty from the yeast content. Feels more like eating than drinking.
O: The comparisons made with Doppelbocks, based on the high malt content, are obvious, but this style is distinct, rests and should be judged on its own merits. This doppelsticke altbier clearly favors bitterness when compared to most doppelbocks, giving it a distinctively difference balance and complexity. Enjoyable and well designed. Top of the line for this style.

Dec 30, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

-pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a big,foamy,sand-coloured head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-particle floaties visible
-huge spicyness,grassy,coffee,caramel,toffee,dark chocolate,syrup,nettle,rye bread
-high,lingering bitterniss for the style
-finishes dry
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
A Beast.The overpresent Alcohol is the only flaw in this

Jul 30, 2016
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark chestnut, amber hints, very dark
S: Sweet malt, mildew, wet bread, if "heavy" had a smell this would be it
T: This "altbier" just tastes old, very malty, hints of dark fruit, kind of tastes like an old wet rag
F: It is smooth, its very heavy and has a much higher gravity than other "Altbiers" I've had before
O: I was looking forward to this beer but the aroma and taste are extremely over powering. Its got a cool bottle and I can appreciate the effort but for me it wasn't good

Jun 11, 2016
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