Doppelsticke
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #1
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,103
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
713
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  52
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Since 2005, Uerige has also been brewing a special strong beer for the American market. Our Doppelsticke has a remarkable 8.5% abv and yet tastes unmistakable: it truly is the yummy droplet!

After the initial herbal aroma of hops, which tends to surprise the palate, there follows a firework of flavor sensations ranging from caramelized sugar, malts, and herbs to rich touches of dark chocolate and rum, only to eventually fade gently and lustrously.

True aficionados tend to simply ignore our recommended minimum shelf life of eight weeks – rather, they swear by storing their Doppelsticke in the cellars for an entire year first.
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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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The classic and traditional altbier makers of Germany show a strong and stern hand as they flirt with dopplebock and barleywine strengths, complexities and intensities.

Their Doppelsticke tumbles into the glass with a brazen garnet color and a creamy thin head with tremendous staying power and lace. As the nose plunges in, it's filled with masculine sweetness of molasses, brown sugar and sugar cane. Decorated with mild vinous spice, hints of rum and fruitcake come about.

Semi-sweet and leathery, the beer's earthy sweetness is redolent of prune, plum, red grape and fig. As the decadently sweet taste folds in on itself, it pulls in flavors of port and sherry wines with savory toasted taste. Surprisingly arid on the middle, hints of chocolate, coffee and tobacco and herbal tea plays delicately heading into finish.

The beer's full body makes it a slow sipping affair, But the thinning effects of aged acidity and alcohol keeps the taste palatable and manageable to avoid cloying. Its long and savory finish is chocked full of umami and spiced rum.

Feb 11, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle at Lukas Liquor in Colorado. I love the design of it; it's a swingtop with a really narrow neck. Certainly a uniquely shaped bottle. Reviewed as a doppelsticke (not to be confused with an altbier). "Bottled on 10/17/12." That's one of the hardest bottled-on dates I've ever tried to read, and it's curious that they don't use the European dating format. Maybe they label export bottles differently?

Served cold into a Spaten stangenglas in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'll be at Uerige in a couple days so I'm excited to review this before going.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Three fingers in width. Pale khaki colour. Nice soft complexion and even consistency. Fluffy and frothy, to style. Retention is excellent for the high ABV - about 10 minutes. Leaves lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark brown amber colour. Nontransparent, nontranslucent. No floating yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks good and malty for sticke. I'm excited to try it.

AROMA: Quite malty, with plenty of German amber malts and brown malts. I get caramel, as well as ample sticky fruitiness. Cream. Toffee. Mulled applesauce. Figs. Mushy raisins. The sticky fruity notes play well with the intense malts. Fruited bread.

I don't find any overt hop character or yeast notes. No alcohol presence is notable.

It's a pleasing aroma of moderate strength. Certainly on the sweeter end, but appealing.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet, but very thick and heavy on the palate without being syrupy. It's got definite weight and heft, and has a powerful filling presence on the palate. Aptly carbonated. Sticky.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

TASTE: Caramalt, hints of plum, heavy fig, sticky mushy raisins and raisinbread, dark amber malts, and caramel. Kisses of toffee and even some Christmasy spice. It's quite bready - though I suppose that's a product of both its taste and its filling texture. Molasses.

Average depth and duration of flavour. High intensity of flavour for a sticke.

Balanced? Hmm. Not quite. The sweetness is a bit much, and the fig dominance a bit too obvious. There's little in terms of hop bitterness to balance the sweetness. It's a complex, layered beer, sure, but a bit more subtlety would be welcome. Not the most intricate or nuanced beer. I do like it, and it's great to see a rich German ale out there.

Develops as it comes to temperature. The heavy malty element of this beer reminds me of a doppelbock.

OVERALL: It's a very filling rich heavy beer, which limits its drinkability. But I do enjoy it and I'll have no trouble finishing it. Still, it's nice to see a brewery include a swintop on a higher alcohol beer; I wish most American imperial stouts had swingtops. It's far from the best sticke or altbier I've had, but it's well worth trying once, and has a flavour profile that is certainly rare, if not unique. I couldn't pound this by the stange at Uerige, but I think there's a reason they don't serve it there. This would be a nice treat during the wintertime.

Low B-

May 13, 2014
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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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

is a dopplesticke a style of beer? some sort of smoked dopple bock or something? this is my first encounter with one, thanks to the legendary claystation. this oddity pours a deep amber to brown color, with visible carbonation and a homebrewed root beer looking head, nice and thick and just off white. the nose is sweet and smoky, not quite on the rauchbier level, but definitely pronounced. there are a mix of dark roasted as well as sweeter caramel grains, and some yeast that's about strong enough to break it all down. the flavor of this beer is huge, about as much intensity as can be packed into a single (very interestingly shaped) bottle. long graham crackery sweetness all the way through, some pleasant oak smoke up front, and noticeable relaxing alcohol content that seems appropriate with all this malt density. claystation described it as meaty, like downright bacon. I was less inclined to say meat, and more maybe just smoke. I guess I can see some beef jerky going on here, but its not pervasive. long sweet finish. the feel is as full bodied as they come, and the carbonation is decent, but hardly lightens the texture up at all. this is a bomb, a bottle to be shared, and one of the more unique german beers ive encountered. not sure ill rush to find one again, but I enjoyed the experience and thought process involved here.

May 14, 2013
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade, capping the body off with a creamy texture (though retention isn't great). A thick, consistent ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: This is massively nutty. Not only that, it's also massively fruity. There are additionally huge notes of raisin and fig coming through. Some hops come through subtly to balance things out. I'm used to my big brews concealing the alcohol well, so the noticeable booze is a bit surprising (though not necessarily detracting). This really comes together in an appealing way, all told. (3.75)

Taste: Grassy, bitter hops open this up in a big way. Once the hops subside, some of malty flavors appear nicely. Mainly nuts, but there are additional flavors of caramel, pumpernickel bread, raisin, and fig. The finish is a bit like rum in a way - in terms of alcohol presence, it's there but completely smooth. As I continue to drink it, it hits me: this is pretty damn roasty, too. Maybe even a little smoky! I love how this is continuing to unfurl additional layers as I continue to drink it. Delicious. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: The attenuation of this is superb. Combined with the hop presence, this is pretty darn easy to drink. Still, it's a hefty, slightly alcoholic brew, so some care should still be taken. No wait, fuck that - I'd almost call this refreshing. Almost. This is so nice to sip on, both in terms of its flavor profile and its general feel. (4.25)

Overall: Yep. This is totally a German barleywine. And I have no idea how fresh this is, but I don't care. It strikes a great balance between malt richness and hop bitterness, all while remaining easy to sip on. This may not have been the best introduction to Uerige's altbiers, though. What if this ruins their sticke and/or regular version for me? Seriously, this one will be hard to top. (4)

4.05/5: Arguably THE archetype for an alt-on-steroids

Jul 24, 2015
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeast-flecked rust orange with an infusion of brick red and bronze. The malted milk colored cap is firm without being dense and displays uncountable numbers of variously sized pits on its upper surface. Deflation looks like it'll take a while, so any comments on lace will have to wait (note: piecemeal at best).

The nose smells like the color brown. It's earthy, dark fruity and mildly cocoa-like. Hops are at least as prominent as malt and are mildly musky and moderately earthy. Although the aroma could be more forthcoming, it's obvious that this beer is going to be something special on the palate. Of course, having tasted the lighter altbiers from Uerige Obergarige Hausbrauerei, the flavor didn't stand a chance of blindsiding me with its brilliance.

As expected... delicious, delicious, delicious. There are those who might scoff at bulking up what is meant to be a fairly delicate, complex style; especially since it was done expressly for the purpose of selling the beer in the American market. Nonsense, I say. The existence of this beer takes nothing away from the magic that is Uerige Sticke and Uerige Altbier (Classic).

Doppelsticke tastes like a cross between a big brown ale, a weizenbock and a Belgian strong dark ale; borrowing the best and the most complex elements of each of those styles. A sweet fruitiness is the brightest of the beer's myriad facets and puts me in mind of fresh figs more than dates more than brown, mushy apples more than plums. The flavor isn't quite 'dark' enough to inspire comparisons with raisins or black currants.

This is one of those beers whose flavor profile (like the entire Uerige line) cannot possibly be figured out with one bottle. It requires a journey of several bottles at the very least, preferably an unending supply. I don't care if I ever figure it out enough to describe it adequately (highly doubtful), I just want the opportunity to drink it by the caseload. I have to agree with the brewery that this stuff is 'the yummy droplet'.

The ABV is barely noticed and the mouthfeel is exquisite. The beer is full and expansive in the mouth without the slightest trace of heaviness. It's the perfect complement to the remainder of the beer's attributes, as is the perfect amount of fine carbonation. I can't imagine a better mouthfeel for a big alt than the one that has been provided.

Uerige Doppelsticke doesn't look quite as spectacular as the other Uerige beers because its darker color is more dull than their jewel-like majesty. In all other ways, however, it meets or surpasses their excellence. Has there ever been a more complex, more deliciously drinkable trio of similarly styled beers from any one brewery? Not as far as I'm concerned. The yummy droplet indeed.

Apr 24, 2006
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ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yes. I went 4.75 across the board. This is seriously phenomenal. It's like a crushable dark fruit BDSA. I guess the compulsive drinkability is the German influence? This is really something else. If there were more German-made brews like this, Germany would be held in the same regard as the Belgians in the beer world.

Jul 30, 2015
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ggroller from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is so freakin' cool. I can't stop looking at it.

Popped the top and didn't shoot my eye out. Oh wait, maybe cuz the stopper is attached. Those Germans think of everything.

Dark walnut liquid with a super thick, dense, creamy head that will not dissipate. Sip after sip it retains it's consistency.

The aroma of this beer reminds me of a bakery. Sweet caramel, figs, almonds, toffee.

Malty, sweet raisins, caramel, and brown sugar with just enough bitterness to keep it in check. Huge mouthfeel. Thick, chewey.

Outstanding!

Nov 16, 2005
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wdarcy77 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Dec 22, 2011
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mudboneINla from California

3.72/5  rDev -10.1%

Aug 28, 2014
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hero27 from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fliptop 11.2 oz bottle; bottled 4/18. Very unique bottle & labeling (note the picture).

Aroma is dominantly malt..thick, sweet caramel malts are reflected in the taste as well. Flavor seems like it could be much more aggressive, but I'm glad that it's not. The sweet dark fruits, raisin, molasses, and caramel blend together so perfectly...it's like candy...Simply delicious.
Thick, yet creamy and insanely smooth mouthfeel. One of the most smooth beers I've ever had, if not the smoothest. Completely velvet mouthfeel, no off flavors, and it absolutely begs you to drink it. 8.5% abv must be a joke..it's hidden behind the malty sweetness that ensues with every sip. A fantastic Alt.

This stuff is for real...buy two bottles if you find it. I made the mistake of only taking home one. Purchased @ Cellars Wine & Spirits in Minnetonka, MN.

Oct 19, 2005
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MunchkinDrinker from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark dark opaque brown with a small tan foamy head and some lacing. Looks pleasantly syrupy.

S - Resinous, dark fruits. Dates, rasin, plum, bordering on sweet, but not cloyingly so.

T/M - Tastes like it smells, but with a nice thick malty aftertaste. There's some cocoa flavor in there somewhere. Again, there's a very dark fruity flavor, that's almost sweet, but not quite. This beer is very thick and syrupy.

D - Not very. This is a wonderful beer and a pleasure to drink, but I'd have a hard time drinking more than one.

Jul 16, 2009
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DOCRW from Washington

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nov 08, 2018
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Ego from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

stange bottle found @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj

eyes...
wierd bottle, rare style, the only other time I have had the style is the Victory 10th year Alt...
siszzling white head starts out at 2 fingers, rapidly settles down, lacing is a bit spotty, very dark brown with ruby hightlights, light does pass through but it slows it down... the head actually dissapears completely.. not a great looking brew.

nose...
licorice ? sambuca? you can smell the alcohol under the malt, some star anise, this almost smells more like a spicy soup than beer.. really hard to put my finger on everything here, some toasted malt tones.. there is alot going on but for some reason it doesn't thrill me.

taste etc...
thick and very coating on the mouth, the carbonation is non existent almost in the mouth aside from a little prickly sensation on the back of the tongue.. this almost drinks like a barleywine with some toasted malts. you can taste a touch of the alcohol as well. mouthfeel is medium. drinkability? this one is good to split with friends after dinner.. might go nice with some chocolate.

verdict?
not bad, not great. not much to this one imo...

Jun 27, 2006
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hard to review this beer. It smells fantastic; all the rich malty notes from quality dark european beers like toffee, raisin, molasses, etc. The taste follows the aroma but it's just too sweet for me to drink the whole bottle. Mouthfeel is full, a little syrupy. Sweetness lingers after the swallow. So although I couldnt finish the bottle because the sweetness was a bit cloying, I can tell its well made, and is what it is, really. I can others enjoying it if you have a sweet tooth. I imagine it would go well with game meat.

Feb 12, 2015
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psoriasaurus from England

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Feb 05, 2014
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2020
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PatYoda from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy chestnut with a two finger white head that soon dissipates to a ring around the glass, then dissolves altogether. Smell is pretty identical to a doppelbock, besides a latex like smell which isn't real appealing. Maple sweetness and bready malt sweetness combine with a coffee smell and a nuttiness to create a very sweet, yet earthy aroma. A little detectable alcohol is there.

Taste is pretty similar to the smell. It's very difficult to distinguish this from a doppelbock. There are hardly any ale-like characteristics at all actually, as I don't detect any fruit, and the finish is very clean and lager-like. A nice nuttiness lingers on in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp but loses carbonation toward the end of the glass and becomes too watery, which hinders the drinkability a bit. Overall this is a very solid offering.

Nov 21, 2005
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talkinghatrack from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neat bottle. I'm going to hold onto this for homebrew and hope it doesn't explode on me.

Assuming my memory holds up, this tastes and smells mighty close to Arrogant Bastard Ale to my untrained tastebuds and nostrils. A short review with equivalent ratings to my ABA review. Pricey but tasty.

Jan 28, 2009
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Gakusei from Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 22, 2015
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Wonka from Maryland

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

0.33L
Bottled on 11 04

Release of the swingtop resulted in a resounding deep pop
Poured into my Ayinger Weizen glass since I didn’t have a stange
Here is one heck of a glorious bottle. Its art in glass.

Appearance – dark amber body with ever-present rising carbonation; 2.5-inch thick, creamy-topped, off-white head sets back but it always guarded the beer; lace is commendable

Smell – wow; doughy sweetness and prune interwine; bit of molasses, spice and candy; subtle hop

Taste – earth, dark fruit and light candy with a subtle hop tinge; seems to have mellowed nicely with a few months under its belt; barely any alcohol present; aftertaste is a balance of dark fruit and hop early with an added bitterness reminiscent of Hallertauer winning late

Mouthfeel – low carbonation is used to the max to create a rich and lush feel; resoundingly dry at close

Drinkability – the dry close has me immediately diving for more but it does detract somewhat from the overall experience; the smell/taste/feel package comes together nicely

Yes! Now this is an incredible brew. Two thumbs up to Uerige!

Aug 07, 2005
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TedZMAN from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Feb 16, 2013
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wc94wc from California

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

Aug 29, 2015
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Gaisgeil from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended to me by some random Aussie (or maybe from New Zealand?) woman @ Merchant's in Dearborn.

Poured from an awesome German swingtop bottle a deep brown with red and amber overtones. Has a decent fluffy head that left a slight crown all throughout. Nose was deep and dank, very malty and strong. Wafts of baked goods, reminded me of pie somehow. Taste initially was of dark fruit, raisins and figs... but was taken over by a sticky malt profile with a slight bitterness that had no chance of taking over the attention.

Very strong and complex, definatly a sipper, paired well with my steak, leek and potato bridies.

Slàinte!

Aug 08, 2005
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