Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
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4.1 | pDev: 11.22%
Mar 29, 2023
Jun 02, 2005
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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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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, malt and 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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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Purchased as a single - rather unusually-shaped - bottle from The Blue Door for $7.00. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear, deep brown. Topped off with a one-finger tan head, which retains pretty well. Laces well.
S - Molasses, Cavendish tobacco, and toffee. Herbal earth. Stone fruit.
T - Follows nose closely. Deeper notes of brown bread & pecan. Extremely balanced. Finish is dry, and rich with brown bread & toffee notes.
F - Medium-bodied, with decent carbonation. Strong. Pretty easy-to-drink.
O - Solid alt. Strong, but you don't really get any ethanol off of it. Definitely recommend, and I'll probably get it again.
Mar 29, 2023
Rated: 4.61 by kodt from Illinois

Mar 22, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by Eman17 from Illinois

Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 3.84 by McSeal from Connecticut

Dec 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
So happy to get to try this at a bottle share in Germany. Poured at warmer than fridge temp. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Good retention. The nose is plum pudding, toffee, herbal spice notes, brown sugar, and tobacco. Taste is walnut, figs, tobacco, leather, and some smoke. Not sweet at all.

Overall, this is just an amazing beer.
Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: dark brown with a cream head

Smell: super malty, dark fruit notes, toffee, caramel

Taste: follows the nose, the toffee and caramel come on first, some dark fruit follows after

Feel: very fine carbonation
Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled January 2009

A- pours a murky deep brown color with a razor thin head that disappears quickly, looks like low carbonation

S- initial aroma of caramel, as well as dark fruit notes of raisin and fig. Faded hops give just a trace of spicy noble hop aromas. It closes out with a strong smell of damp basement and cardboard, obvious oxidation

T- initially sweet and malty with dark fruit notes of raisins, figs, prunes and dates, followed by a faded stale hop note that gives a hint of floral and spice trace. The finish is filled with wet cardboard

M- medium body with virtually no carbonation, slick finish

O- I bought this off of the shelf of a bottle shop just a few months ago, assuming it was a style of beer that ages well. Oxidation has certainly taken over, I'd like to try a fresh one but this is the only time I've found this beer
May 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This has probably been my longest wanted beer since joining BA. 10 years in the making since I tried long trail double bag altbier back in 2012. Now 2022 I finally landed my grail altbier. To be fair I didn't really pursue it that hard but finally stumbled across it on a beer haul in southern Michigan while working near toledo. Anyhow...

Look is murky deep brown. Extremely creamy fine frothed head. Oily lacing.

Smell ia magnificent. Absolutely phenomenal. It resembles an American barleywine, or probably more accurately an old ale. It does smell a little stale and I can't find a date but to be fair the aforementioned styles do as well even completely fresh. I smell dark fruits and apricots but not overly sweet. Musty hops ala American barleywine style.

Taste/feel. Well goddamnit I should bave bought more than the 4 I did. I fucking love this. Why is Germany so incredible at beer. The carbonation is like a 2/10 which im not sure if is by design or gone flat. I hate to think its the latter because it works so well here
This beer taste like a nitro. It has a chewy, oily mouthfeel with plenty of substance and body, its just not prickly. I actually find it near perfect.

As it warms more bitterness opens up. The high points of the flavors are somewhat foreign to me and a little hard to nail down descriptors. Caramel malt is absolutely the underlying vessel. As I note that I'm struck by just how much like Boston lager this is. Albeit much oiler, much less prickly, and much stronger... i would say thats the closest comparison I can make. 8.5% Boston lager (except an ale) on nitro.

New money won't like this but if you appreciate reinheitsgebot true beers definitely fuck with this.
Mar 29, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2 oz bottle split with a friend, poured into a red wine glass. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma feature deep malt, earthy chocolate, coffee, molasses, and maybe a hint of licorice. There's a lot going on in the dark malt category here and I can't quite put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is rich and full, not too boozy or sweet. Overall it's a unique and intriguing beer, definitely one to sip and savor.
Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by illtexzona from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle into a Teku. No date visible.

Pour a deep reddish brown with substantial tight, frothy tan head. The nose is very rich with dark malt sweetness, breadiness, toffee, dried fruits, noble hops, and a touch of effervescence. The initial taste has a lot of the dark rich flavors that carry over from the smell, but finishes with fairly pronounced hop spice and champagne dryness. The body full pretty fully and as the names suggests, "sticke" (does not actually translate to sticky). Carbonation is on the light side, but present. Unlike any Altbier I've had. Much more of a sipper to sit back and take your time with.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Yet another style topper acquired in my trip to OEC yesterday, we have the #1 Altbier. I’ve never had an imperial version of an Altbier, so I’m quite excited to see how Doppelsticke will drive up the intensity of the classic style. Let’s pop it open and find out for ourselves

Pours a cloudy light brown with 2 fingers of light tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

In the nose this is definitely big and sweet, but it still retains a degree of simplicity I enjoy. I’m picking up on aromas of brown bread, toffee, apple skin, brown sugar, and light herbal hops

It’s even sweeter in taste, almost too a fault but it’s still got some balance. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting sweet raisin, brown bread, honey, toffee, and herbal hops. The swallow brings notes of toast, herbal hops, dates, caramel malt, brown sugar, and light pepper

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a rich beer. Finishes neutral with a bit more of a bite than it starts off with

This is a very good Altbier, but I prefer them to be a bit more drinkable. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this quite a bit
Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours a dark walnut color. Its opaque due to the darkness of the beer, but when held to the light that is pretty clear. However there is some sediment in the bottom of the bottle that I allowed to get in the glass causing some cloudiness. There is essentially no head on the beer ... just some spritzy soda like hard, but absolutely no head whatsoever. The aroma has notes of caramelized brown sugar, toffee, smoke, dark bready malts, pumpernickel, prune, raisins, and spicy herbal hop notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark bready malts, prunes, raisins, dates, a touch of smoke, brown sugar, and a syrupy sweetness that gives way to a bitter, spicy hop finish. The hops have notes of tobacco, herbs, spicy black pepper, with a pronounced bitterness on the back end lingering into the finish with this spicy peppery note that just lingers on the palate. Its an incredibly unique flavor and one that I am still working my way through - in particular as it pertains to whether or not I like this beer. The feel is thick, syrupy, heavy, but also super smooth and rich. Very lightly carbonated. Semi-dry finish.

Overall its a decadent and unique beer. I enjoyed this one, but Im not sure I would be likely to pick it up again.
Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Murky, medium brown body; thin, nearly patch white head. Big caramel nose; earthy and sweet. Taste of caramel sweetness with an herbal component, sage and rosemary; a bit of anise; raisin; very, very low bitterness; a bit boozy. Medium body; moderate to heavy residual sugar mouthfeel; earthy sweetness.

This beer has been sitting in the back of my 'Fortress of Solitude' beer fridge for a long while. This ale has a certain intriguing earthiness to it, very malty with a rustic herbal quality.

Poured at ℉43.3; unknown bottling date although there was a spot on the bale-wire bottle stopper for that info.
Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle with a quaint wire and stopper sealer. Freshness dating hard to decipher, but I think this one is a 2021 release.

Looks very nice in the glass. Dark reddish amber body, clear when held up to the light. Decent cream colored head shrinks to a fat collar and covering, scattered lacing.

Sweet boiled candy aroma with a mild spice note.

On tasting, rich, abv apparent. Sweetness nicelybalanced out with a spicy pepper hit. Faint bitter hop bite as well.

Mouth full, finish initially sweet with a dry spice bitterness.

Overall, well put together and very tasty beer. Happy to have tried it. Wouldn't say no to another.
Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.16/5  rDev -47.3%
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
Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 16, 2021
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by morrowd3 from Vermont

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Mar 23, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 04, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by DruC4 from Michigan

Feb 03, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jan 22, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by iftcoach from Germany

Dec 05, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by Snayk from Colorado

Oct 15, 2020
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Rated by howardnss from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
very little head. Very big flavors. Cool bottle. well worth trying.
Aug 21, 2020
Rated: 3.05 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 11, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by BubbleBobble from New York

Jun 21, 2020
Rated: 4.36 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by edthehead from Maryland

Oct 08, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by igl from Russian Federation

Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by ludachris from Canada (ON)

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Rated: 3.87 by WormGod from New York

Aug 20, 2019
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