Uerige Doppelsticke | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Brewed by:
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Germany | website

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2005

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4.11
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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Besides this bottle being one of the coolest bottles on the BA block, this also coincides with Victory's 10th Anniversary Doppelsticke.

Pours into a tulip glass with a dark hazy mahagony hue topped off with a settled ring of khaki spotty layer.

Aroma is a bold blend of caramel and toffee with a butterscotch and vanilla ic cream scent. Quite a rich candy like aroma reminiscent of buttered waffles with hot syrup or a pastry note.

First swigs: Thick maple syrup and sugary malt. Toasted toffee and peanut brittle. Almond nuttiness with a thick sugary tongue coating. Lingering walnut and dry finish.

Rather full bodied with residual sugars evident creating a dextrinous chewy body. 8.5% ABV awl-kee-hawl is palpable but slightly. A touch of chalkiness in the feel.

Last swigs: Almond peanut brittle crunch. In comparrison to Victory, more sweetness imparted by the sugars with less walnut focus.

Beer is good. Happy Desseldorf beering. Put me on a plane to Germany now! Quite excellent, really.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown with lighter highlights around the edge. Large off white head lingers and teasingly makes me wait to take my first sip. Nose is huge of molasses, caramel, sweet bread. Almost worried this is going to be too sweet.

Taste is interesting. Sweet up front like a dopplebock, but then enough hoppiness to keep it from becoming too sweet. You can pick out the Uerige Sticke character out of the back ground, but it does not scream at you. The sweetness is a bit more than I thought it would be, but it was still well balanced.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth going down. Very easy to drink even at 8 percent. Drinkability Hell Yeah!! I would love to have another one of these.

Big Ups to BiermanVA for bringing me back a bottle from Boston when he attended the American Beer Fest. Even bigger props to him for managing not to drink it before it got to me.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dull, slightly hazy bown color. It poured with a large, stiff, slightly sticky tan head.

s: Wow, I never smelled anything like this from Deutschland! It reminds me of a cross between a good, chocolatey Old Ale and a dry Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The rich cocoa aromas blend almost perfectly with the dark fruit elements. The heat wafting out of the glass was earthy and inviting. Beautiful.

t: Mmmm, it tastes as good as it smells. The rich, but not bitter cocoa flavors are again matched wondefully by the ripe, earthy dark fruit flavors. The finish is drier than I would have guessed. There is a mildy sharp perfumed warmth that cuts what little sweetness there is quite nicely.

m: Full bodied and velvety, excellent.

d: This was a blind impulse purchase. I tried and loved an American made barrel aged dopplesticke, plus I liked the cool bottle. What a fantastic experience, rich and decadent.

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Photo of aaronh
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany body topped by a 1/4" tan head that fades quickly to a thin film. Aroma has a lot of brown sugar and alcoholic notes with a hint of noble hops. Flavor is also very sweet and malty, but the finish is balanced more towards the hops with a slight herbal biterness in the finish. After a few sips, the bitterness creeps in but it's definitely balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is very solid as well, and the drinkability is very good for the ABV. This is a fantastic beer. Wish I could find it more often.

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Photo of Beervis
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love the Uerige swingtops, they are as attractive as the brew within!

Pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a nice thick head.

Smell is malty, floral, with honey-caramel tones.

Taste is bitter up front, followed by a very creamy and bready malt taste that coats the mouth. Finishes with more bitterness followed by sweet lingering malt. What an amazing body, with very little evidence of the high alcohol.

Very drinkable, very very tasty indeed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy medium brown with a 1” cream colored foam cap that provides light lace.
S: Clean malty nose with faint biscuit.
T: Clean and malty palate with a touch of dark sugar sweetness, light anise to cardamom and faint dark fruit. With a bright hop finish.
F: Creamy medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: A true classic that too often sits too long in the importer’s warehouse and grows stale.

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Photo of MikieV
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a thin, tan head. Lacing follows down the glass as I drank.

Very unique flavor. Roasted malts, chocolates and coffee like flavors plus some fruitiness. Very bold flavors, but in a good way. The alcohol comes out a little, but not overwhelming. Every sip tasted slightly different as the temperature changed.

Reminded me a little of an Imperial stout with the complex, robust flavors. Halfway through the glass, I was wishing I had bought more than one!

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Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to mikeyv35 for turning me on to what this style can be!

Light brown with red highlights, almost clear, and thick looking, topped by a surprisingly light beige head. One inch of foam relaxes to a lively and lasting cap. A gentle swirl leaves spots of foam and resin on the thin pilsner glass (used in lieu of a stange). Woah, this has got to be the ultimate look for this style, which is essentially a creatively brewed brown.

Sweet caramel breadiness, some luscious tart yeast, roasted but not nearly charred malt, and a panoply of dark fruit, edged by spicy and floral bitter. There's a bit of alcohol in the bouquet, but just a bit, and it plays well. My nose refuses to leave the rim of the glass.

Defintely the roastiest notes of the alts we tried this evening. It starts with a rush of caramel, roasted malt, dark ripe fruits, the yeast stirs a tartness into the mix, alcohol spices the sip up, sweet and fruit gallop into a finish that is full of hoppy goodness. Though its components may remind of other styles, the alt yeast flavors in this give it a wonderful difference, the lagering gives it a blendedness warm-brewed ales rarely achieve. It is a deeply dark brew, in the way of a stout or a big porter, but with a twist that is unique, I am finding, to this style. As it nears room temp. the taste just leaps from the glass. Stunningly good.

Medium carb., very viscous, clean on palate, excellent looong finish, this is the Dark Lord of altbiers.

Impression: Absolutely the star of an evening of great alts. Try this one and you will be an alt fan too.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely cool Uerige bottle.

Pours a deep coppery caramel into a stange. Topped with a nice-sized head of sticky white froth. Quite attractive.

Smell is a heady mix of very thick, candied-fruit malts and a nice punch of strong, bitter hops. Caramel and tropical fruits come through nicely.

The flavor is huge without being too much. It's definitely thick with a candy-ish malt, but not cloyingly so, and there's a distinct fruitiness that reminds me almost of a peach flavor that pulls through. The hops, however, remain present at all times, lending a nice sharp bitterness to the taste.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and creamy, it really feels great in there. Drinkability is fantastic for a brew of its ABV (8.5%).

Overall: Really glad I picked this one up at New Beer Distributors in NYC. As other reviewers have noted, it is slightly reminiscent of a barleywine masquerading as an alt, but with a much lighter, less severe flavor and texture. Moreover, the typical alt characteristics hold it together quite nicely. Try this one if you can.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. Ceramic Stoppered Bottle. Purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Not sure I'd call this an Alt beer but it is delicious and full of character.

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with an abundant white head.
Adequate carbonation and ruby highlights.

Aroma is sweet malt and faint floral hops.

Taste - If the "Sticke" is about hops the Doppel Sticke is more about malt. Dark fruit and candy sugar, caramel and toffee. Some coffee like notes and a faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel is full bodied. Coats the tongue and palate with a lingering sweet creamy coating that eventually dries to a faint floral hoppiness.

I hope they keep brewing this stuff it is awesome.

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Photo of Biggness
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours brown with a 2 fingered light tan head and nice lacing. The smell is of nice toasted malts. The flavor is ver deep, some hints of caramel and chocolate, tons of malt... very smooth. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with a nice carbonation level. A highly drinkable brew... minus the price.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome 330 mL swingtop bottle with a really long neck... bottled-on date looks like 04.18 maybe - it's really faded. Brewed especially for the American market as per the Uerige website. Served lightly chilled. It pours an unfiltered chestnut/brown with a half-inch of khaki head that leaves nice trails of lacing throughout. Smells of caramel and vinous malts, green hops/hop oils, sweetness, and maybe some metal - kinda like a dopplebock. It has a big maltiness up front and a big hop background with a thick body that drinks like a meal. Other flavors are burnt malts, raisins, hop oils, leafy hops, alcohol, and a good all-around bitterness from the hops and burnt malts. Overall very nice - a beer that I would come back to - reminds me of a dopplebock with ale yeast. Now to try others in the Uerige lineup.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second beer in my altbier tour.

A little amber left, but mainly brown. Nice head, which goes into a lace that doesn't go away.

Hops only at first on the nose. Boosy aroma which later comes into play.

I actually enjoyed the classic's taste better, but this one is great as well. Some tastes like the other, but the aforementioned boozy/chocalate tastes as well. What it really reminds me of is a good quad like St. B 12 or Westy 12. Yes, really.

Mouthfeel at first was perfect and then became less so. So we'll go with a 4.5.

Overall, I still prefer the 4.5% alt but this one is excellent as well. I guess this could be a different style. Less of a session due to alcohol level.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pop of the swingtop reveals the aromas of this crimson amber beauty even before I pour it. I can tell just from the insanely complex aroma that this is going to be quite interesting. The nose is malty and sweet, and there's so much to pick up here. Belgian candy sugar, almonds, licorice, citric tangerine notes and buttery toffee. Wow.

The taste follows suit in complexity, and is one of those rare beers that has the unique characteristic of having an entirely different taste from the beginning of a sip to the end. Starts a tad sweet, with nutty hazlenut flavors and spices that get you thinking of warming holiday brews. A mild yet crisp hop bitterness leads you towards the end, where you'll find yourself hit with a bit of carbonation and a massive wallop of malty goodness. Cripes! I didn't expect this to be this good. And the mouthfeel...so smooth and velvety. Perfection on that. Slightly warming from the alcohol, but it's hidden well. Definitely somewhat of a cross between a big, malty German Alt and an American Barleywine. Im'a go buy a few more bottles of this goodness, thank'ya very much.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's along Buford Highway. Bottled 05.03. VERY cool bottle. Nice design work. Poured into my Stone barleywine goblet.

Pours a murky brown with a decent-sized head. Some sediment in the glass.

Smell is dark fruits and bready. Taste starts slightly subdued and evolves into dark fruits, raisins, plums and prunes, and finishes malty, bready and slightly bitter. Very tasty and complex. Wasn't expecting this at all.

This is by far the best Alt I have had. Very glad I picked it up.

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Photo of lpayette
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a very very long neck and a flip-top. cool bottle.

Appearance- Pours a very nice maple color with a small head. It looks very good in a slender glass.

Smell- The nose is strong and appealing. Very malty, very sweet. Not quite caramel. The alcohol is quite strong with hints of fruit.

Taste- Fairly big. Mellowed-out alcohol. Caramel and amber malts. A subtle balance of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly smooth with a fairly long aftertaste.

Drinkability- Definitely a beer worth seeking out. Haven't had many dopplesticks yet, but this seems to be style-definiing in my opinion.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a muddy brown, very sudsy 1/2 finger head
S: roasted malts, subtle hints of powdered cocoa, heavy general malt presence, the strongest aroma here is that of a funky dry cheese I could swear it smells just like pecorino Romano (oddly not a bad thing), subtle hints of pine and lemon
T: prominent hoppy bitterness and astringency (though not astringent in a negative sense), dry, roasty, malty, somewhat funky in keeping with the Romano aroma, pine, a lemon aftertaste
M: dry and astringent, full bodied, powdery
O: great, the first wow beer I have had in a long time, quite strange really, not something you would think you could drink often (and you probably shouldn't) but I could drink this frequently, in a word ... Excellent

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz flip-top, thin neck bottle into a mug...great design. Bottled on 05.07.

Appears rich and thick, producing a nice cascade as it's poured to form a well-retained collar of khaki foam. The body is dark mahogany in color, with a muddy, seal brown core. As for the aroma, hints of hazelnut coffee give way to vanilla bean and boozy, dark fruit notes of prune, currant, and raisin. In all honesty, I though I was smelling a Hair of the Dog barleywine (Fred or Doggie Claws), and that's a very good thing.

The rich, creamy body of Uerige Dopplesticke starts with candied caramel malts and quickly transitions to layers of dark, musky fruit and bitter, powdered chocolate. Very impressive taste; the mouthfeel is even better, with a velvety smooth texture that balances perfectly with a peppery, spicy kiss of hops at the finish. The carbonation level is perfect, keeping the body from becoming too viscous and syrupy. Truly a phenomenal beverage...highly recommended.

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Photo of HammerofThor
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at The Muddy Pig. I was very surprised to see it. It's only released during this part of the year and is hard to find.

Poured a dark mahogany, almost brown with little head which dissipated quickly.
The aroma was mostly malt with toffee, and caramel.
Initial flavor is sweet, malty with dark fruits and caramel. Very rich and fairly thick mouthfeel. It finishes with a surprising herbal, hop bite which builds and remains after the sip.

Overall very good. Complex, and malty beer reminiscent of a dopplebock with a hoppy finish. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Even better than the normal "secret." This is the double dog dare. It is darker, prettier, and with a more healthy head. The aromas are darker, with molasses and dark sugar riding around with the usual Belgian. The same yeasty swirls are in there as well. The flavor is darker with a heavier mouthfeel. Candy sugar and dark malts run the show here. A great sipping brew. Yet again, this would be deadly as a tap version here in the states. But, please bring it anyway. Bottled 0418 and purchased from Dilly Deli in Cincinatti.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6. October 2010, into baby Chimay (180ml) chalice. Pours murky, deep coppery to bronze body topped by light tan, frothy head that slowly recedes. The deep nature of color probably results from usage of additional chocolate and/or black malts. The nose is loaded with rich malty sweetness with toasty notes, tons of fruity esters of plum, prune, raisins and figs, slightly spicy from usage of noble hops with citrus rind notes, brandy like alcohol. The assertive hoppy bitterness is counterbalanced by rich malty flavor with toasty notes; dark fruits are lesser than in the aroma; peppery noble hops flavor with strong citrus rind notes and intense bitter finish that lingers for ages. The brewer claims caramel malts containing complex sugars have been used in this one and that's reflected in rich malt flavor and fullness of the body with less attenuation. Creamy and velvety smooth, verging on being syrupy with soft carbonation. The lagering of this basically an ale has nicely smoothened the beer without taking away any of its complexity.

In short: a complex, fruity, bitter yet malty lagered ale.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle in a Teku

L: Color of black coffee, quickly dissipating beige head, clingy lacing after a swirl
S: Raisins, dark fruit, caramel, malt - this is gonna be sweet
T: Again sweetness with some nice IBUs, raisins, hoppy on the finish
M: Viscous, a tad hot, carbonation is fine
O: Definitely a unique German, not quite a BSDA but definitely not anywhere near an Altbier - something in between and wonderful. Best "shelf turd" I've found in a long time. I plan to go back an wipe out the last 4 or 5 bottles on the shelf.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0,3L Weihenstephan glass I got at the brewery (closest thing to a stange I have...) from the famous 11.2oz flip-top bottle. Date code is 10.06, (I assume 1 year and 9 months old)

A: Great dark brown body. Really nice dense off white head.

S: I almost choked on the amount of delicious aroma coming from this bottle as soon as I popped it. Booming with deep caramel malt aromas; earthy, hoppy as well.

T: Caramel malt complexity gives way to less sweet malt flavors, which is followed by a slight roastyness. Then a _strong_ bitterness wipes everything away, intertwining with sweet malt flavors for a long lingering finish.

M: No complains, thick with a fairly mild carbonation

O: This certainly deserves the praise it gets, no question.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

0.33cl / 11.2floz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Bottled on 04 11; date found on neck label... very hard to see since it's like they used gray ink on silver backing.

Appearance - Dark brown/black body. Some sediment visible in a smaller Three Philosophers glass. One finger tan pancake batter head with very good stick.

Smell - Sweet barely roasted malts. Caramel and chocolate. Smells like a Milky Way candy bar with a bit of alcohol underneath it. Alcohol is hidden relatively well. No off characters so far.

Taste - Harsh coffee bitterness, which is quickly and partially masked by strong chocolate maltiness. Some lingering but not bothersome lemon-peel bitterness in the aftertaste. Complex.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Full bodied. Velvety. Slight astringency in the finish.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first picked up this beer from the recommendation of a co-worker at John's Grocery. What a great selection. I loved this brew through and through, and I've tried it several times since my initial review, which has been edited to reflect current thoughts on this wonderful beer.

The appearance is very interesting. It pours to a clear ruby color with a thick, creamy collar of white foam. Excellent lacing. No carbonation apparent, though I am sure of this batch's freshness as compared to other times I've tried it [and still loved it].

The aroma contains a delightful estery assortment of berries, but the hops steal the show with this beer. Not only is a German ale an oddity, but this almost seems like a German IPA! Very grassy and herbal hops with a very interesting malt aroma. Smells a bit like sourdough with a ton of hops and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is sweet, bready, and berry-licious with a very pleasant hops flavor. Maybe just a little bit grassy, but it goes very well with the overall presentation.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and a bit creamy. Very nice lingering grassy, herbal hops flavor. Well concealed alcohol flavor, but you can tell it's there if you search. The unsuspecting drinker might have an early night ahead of them, however.

Considering the high alcohol content and the almost rough grassy hoppiness, this is quite the drinkable beer. One of my favorite German beers, if not THE favorite (with only the regular Uerige Sticke and possibly Aventinus in direct competition). I'm glad I decided to re-review this beer, because even though I loved it in the past, my palate was not quite developed enough to decipher what I was tasting. It's been too long... from this day on I will make it my duty to go through as much altbier as possible, before it goes bad on the store shelves.

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