Uerige Doppelsticke | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Hachiman
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a fine session beer. I would take this over any Pilsner in the world!

It pours a dark, cloudy brown with an off-white head. As you drink, it laces beautifully in a clean glass.

It smells of hops and alcohol.

The flavors are well blended through the aging process. It's strongest flavor is an herbal bitter note at the end. From the beginning a sip brings you bready, yeasty, raisony notes, none dominant.

The mouthfeel is outstanding, substantial and even sticky.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown w/ ruby-red hues around the edge of the glass; head pours a mocha/cream 1 inch head that dissipates quickly, leaving a frothy lacing on the surface that remains

S: Sour first, no doubt from the aging process; sweet notes of raisin; malty, but no roasted notes; definite boozy smell

T: sour and musty up front; gives way to a sweet, dried fruit flavor (raisins, prunes); hints of malt, becomes a roasted malt flavor as the beer warms; alcohol definitely here throughout

M: sticky, makes my lips stick together; a touch of metallic and astringent feel; definite warming notes on the back of the throat from the alcohol; body is medium; almost no carbonation present

O: not my favorite; don't really like the flavor of aged brews, old ales, etc... As this was an aged version of an Altbier (Doppelsticke), it didn't quite do it for me; however, considering the style of beer it is, it was very well done, and remained true to its characteristics

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Complex and long brew, full of stimulating nuances.

Presentation: 33 cl custom brown swing top bottle. Small seal label in purple, silver, and red. Quite the iconic and good looking bottle. Notes briefly in German the history and ingredients. Neck label offers a bottling date (10.06?), and shows 8,5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown with ruby brown edges. Nice 1" frothy head, medium to low retention with a nice surface memory and nice splashes of lacing.

S - Malty nose, sweet and a bit sour musty sense permeating the nostrils.

T - Complex taste, full of subtleties and rather long. A malty sourness, with sweet touches, faint hoppy dash, complex fruity notes, a hint of mustiness... Soft notes of caramel with notes of raisins, old apples, insinuation of port. Nice subdued hoppy undercurrent providing a caramel coated citric peel in the distance.

M - Medium body, soft carbonation retaining still a nice tingle in the finish, and a rather smooth feel accentuated by the complex flavor and sour note in the finish.

O - Complex and long, quite a delicacy.

Notes: Hmm, high bracket for the style? I have not had many Altbiers but all I've had before this was forgettable. This is on an entirely different league. Nice complex treat!

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a one finger sand colored head with nice retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has sweet caramel malt, raisins, hops, and alcohol.

The taste is just like the aroma. Sweet caramel malt, raisins, hops, and alcohol. The sweetness of the malt is balanced by the hops, which adds some balance.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is quite a bit of alcohol burn for an 8.50 % abv beer. The aftertaste is both bitter and sweet at the same time. A good beer which was a nice treat to find at Zipp's Liquors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours yields a deep molasses-colored brew with a good off-white head with good retention. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass in a spotty fashion. The nose is incredibly rich with dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and some caramel. It's nearly a cross between a doppelbock and an eisbock. Really insanely enjoyable. The flavor doesn't back down, presenting a really nice fruity presence along with a touch of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is quite nice, but fails a bit in the finish. Good medium body presents itself well, but there's a bit too much bitterness in the finish, wiping away the beautiful flavor. Really quite drinkable. A solid hit on the best of Germany list.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a billowing dirty cream colored head that slowly faded into a thick greasy film that left chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of an interesting combination of an old ale and brown ale and a doppelbock lager. I get a touch of honey and raisin or red grapes to the scent as well.
T: Pretty much tastes like an old ale with a touch of lager yeast. I taste chocolate, musty grapes, figs, herbal hops, caramel, and more chocolate. The aftertaste is actually quite bitter, both in a chocolaty way and a hoppy way. There are some hoppy tea like notes as well.
M: Full body with a good heft to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is even and low and the alcohol is present and warm but not distracting.
D: Sweet, fruity and full of chocolate. Not bad, definitely interesting. I'll have to seek out more beers from this style and from this brewery.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer first interested me in it's bottle look. The bottle is unique as far as beer bottles go. I then went onto the web and did some research. It turns out (at least I think this is true from what I read) the Doppelsticke is meant for the US only. Despite the bit pricey cost for only 0.33 L/11.2 oz of it I bought it (obviously). I didn't quite know what to expect of this beer and oh...did it surprise me. This has to be one of the more interesting beers I've tasted.

The head was slow forming and enjoyable to observe forming into its frothy and toffee colored self. Color was clear and dark ruby.

The smell was a bit difficult to make out. The smell of alcohol was definite and plum was there too but other than that I couldn't distinguish anything else. My lack of decision or classification can, however, be attributed to the shock I was given at my first sip of this beer!

The taste surprised me a lot with what I conceived of as a plumish spice. A bit of wheat smoothed the beer out after the plum but then came the alcohol taste followed by some malty sweetness. This is a very interesting beer and although it isn't my style it certainly tested my palette and was surprising enough to impress.

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Photo of broken22
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I've never really been much of a German beer drinker. I would always get turned off on trying them because I would always hear people talking about how German beer were the best. I did not want to feel like I was just jumping on the band wagon. Seeing this unique bottle in the store caught my eye. When I saw "Product of Germany" on the label I felt that I needed to pick it up since it wouldn't be my normal beer choice. I mean a brewery thats been making beer since 1862 can't be making bad beer. I also got to mix it up now and then as there are too many beers out their to stick to just a few. So lets get on with it then.

So popping the gasket and puring this thing in a glass leaves me with a nice full glass of a dark amber beer. Not a lot of head forms and the little that does fades away quite quickly. Taking a whiff and does this thing smell nice. There is a very alluring sweet malty smell and I cannot wait to take a sip. Wow, this beer is mighty tasty. This beer is hard for me to describe in terms of flavor. In order to describe it somehow I would have to say this beer is very sweet and malty very much in sync with the smell but a little more complex. The first couple of sips have a nice bitterness to it that quickly fades as you progress though the beer. There is also a sharp finish that is hitting me in the rough of my mouth. The mouth feel is nice as this beer does not have much carbonation to it.

Overall I really like this beer. It has a nice flavor, even if I cannot describe it properly, and is a full bodied beer. I like everything about this beer even down do the funky gasket bottle. I'm definitely going to be picking up another one of these. So this is definitely not my first German beer and definitely not my last. Germans can make a great glass of bubbly brew. My local beer store is selling these for $5.99 a bottle. Pick one up.

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Photo of Tabni
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 06/03 which means this is 8 years old. Dark mahogany color, creamy head. Sweet smell of malts, supposedly this is an Altbier but it smells like a Dopplebock. Taste is great and exceptional, fruits maybe raisins. Nice caramel malts and a great sweet brew. Outstanding.

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Photo of Jeriba
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I was challenged to try a "real" German Altbier, and this was the one I was recommended. So here goes.

A: Mahogany-red in color, with a frothy latte-foam head.

S: Lots of raisin and date flavors, with some dark bread grains (barley?) and malt. This smells just like they bottled raisin bread.

T: Raisin, toasted malt, and chocolate with a hint of tart cherry. After that: licorice, cinnamon and allspice. There is a tinge of bitter aftertaste, which keeps it from being too sweet.

M: Thick, rich and creamy. The mouthfeel is definitely this beer's strong suit.

D: Too rich for more than the one pint, but I would love to have this as an after-dinner snack.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: dark cloudy amber with thick lacing on top.

Smell: Assertive malt character: nuts, toffee, brown sugar. Also some light fruit esters.

Taste: Smooth and complex malt character up front. Nice and thick, flavor comes in layers of toffee, chocolate, amber malts.

Drinkability: One of the best beers I've ever had; easy to drink and complex.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled as 8,5% Alc./Vol. Code 09.09 (bottling date?)

A bit on the hazy side, this beer pours a rich chocolate brown with heavy sediment. Any head quickly collapses to nothing. Aroma is definitely malty sweet bordering on vinous. Alcohol is subtle but mostly hidden behind fig, plum, sour fruits and a heavy malt-centric backbone.

Sweet hits the tongue first and the palate is then bombarded by a complex malt stew. It's tough to describe exactly what is going on here. It's certainly enjoyable though. Figs and roasty plums come to mind. A bit earthy but so sweet that it seems impossible to discern various flavors. Reminiscent of a young barleywine, this Alt has me grabbing at straws trying to describe it. Sweet yet bitter. Complex yet simply smooth. High alcohol shows no signs other than after effects.

A bit of a mouth takeover in it's flavor and mouthfeel. It seems to coat everything that it touches. Delightful but not sessionable. This beer makes me wish to get in touch with more Alt style beers.

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Photo of Beejay
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown color, hazy. No really head to speak of, but a few larger bubbles from a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Sweet, malty, gooey syrup. Some dark malt aromas as well. A very malty sweet smell. Bready and slightly fruity. There is a touch of booze in the aroma as well.

T: Mellow. Very mellow. The roasted grains come through with a earthy bitterness from the hops. This does not taste at all like it smells. The finish starts sweet, but dry roasted grain flavors quickly take over.

M: Fairly syrupy, with low carbonation.

D: Tasty, and interesting. Not my favorite thing in the world, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is deep, complex, and rich. Dark fruit such as figs and dates primarily with an underlying caramel sweetness.

The taste is rich and sweet. Not as fruity in flavor as was the aroma. More of a caramel/brown sugar sweetness complimented by a serious dark bread flavor. A touch of dark fruit near the finish. Some hop bitterness helps balance the sweetness. Finally a touch of alcohol warmth at the end. A big body that I have not experienced in an Altbier before. Mouthfeel is really thick with a chewy texture. Adequate carbonation keeps this from being cloyingly thick.

Overall a great example of a style which doesn't exist. Imperial Altbiers are really basically doppelbocks with ale yeast but this is really great regardless of what you call it. Thankfully it comes in an 11 oz bottle so you can ration yourself and not have to take an early nap. This beer should be on every beer geek's bucket list.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz swingtop bottle from Pints O Plenty for $4.75.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark red-brown. Not much head. Some scant leggy lacing. Really a very boring looking beer.

Smell: This is a big aromatic beer. Big doses of caramel and some roasted malts. Brown sugar. A surprising amount of herbal, almost floral hops. Raisin and apple.

Taste: Just an explosion of chewy malt and fruit. Almost cakelike caramel malt, toast, raisins. Hops are tasted, but not as much as expected from the smell. Alcohol shows up midway, providing a good balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and chewy. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: This one is delicious. I'd love to sip and savor, but its too good.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - murky brown color which yielded nearly no head whatsoever

smell - cocoa, malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, little bit of booze

taste - wheat/pumpernickel bread, dark fruits, toasted, almost burnt malt flavor to this

mouthfeel - this one is kind of hard to measure, full bodied, low carbonation, bitter aftertaste, boozy finish

drinkability - at ~$7 for a 500ML bottle, combined with the fact that this is a sipper, I gave this one a grade of 3 on drinkability. Very different beverage when compared to the Pinkus Altbier, which is the only other entrant of this style that I have tried. Good beer.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a cloudy plum-brown color with not too much head. You can smell the concentrated Altbier on the nostrils. The extreme malty, bready, and boozy aroma in this case creates a very strong example of the style. For my money it's a bit too intense on the nose. The flavor is a kind of rum booze mixed with some roasted wheat flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit too sticky for my liking and this is still a good drinking beer. If you want to experience the style in all it's glory, there's no reason you shouldn't get this beer.

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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 mlazzaro
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- khaki colored head over a brown-reddish hazy beer. good carbonation, also nice presentation with the fancy label and custom flip-top bottle.

s- smells dark, of caramel and clean smelling yeast. notes of cherries. unique.

t- tastes really interesting. full and powerful flavor. dark malts, dark candi sugar, high alcohol. It's funny this beer is compared by style to the Long Trail Double-Bag; totally different beers.

m+d- Strong, warming ABV. surprisingly drinkable. I honestly didn't like it at first I think because it wasn't what I was expecting. But it is balanced, complex, full of ingredients, unique and interesting.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. swingtop bottle at 42* into a flared pint glass.

A: This pours a strangely attractive murky and muddy brown color with a thin, acidic head.

S: It smells of sweet dark malts, prunes, raisins, and some spice.

T: It is sweet up front with the raisiny bitterness coming in along with dates, a bit of alcohol, and a slight nuttiness.

M: This is thick but drying on the palate, but in a pleasant way.

D: This is a might tasty beer. The alcohol is hidden rather well, it has great flavor, and it is a nice intro for me into Altbiers.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of tan head. This beer is a murky brown color. The aroma is dark fruit, raisins and prunes. There is a slight hint of alcohol, too. The taste is sweet and contains the aforementioned raisins and prunes. I also get a little bit of roasted malt and alcohol. The roasted malt lingers as I work on this one. The mouthfeel is thicker than most. This is my first beer in this style. It is not a bad beer. I would probably try this again and look forward to exploring more examples of altbier.

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Photo of foogerd
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a syrupy dark ruby brown with a tan decent sized head some lacing, looks like an English barleywine to me
S- again smells like a barleywine, tons of sweet dark fruits plums raisins plenty of dark breads and toffee notes
T- this is a really complex brew that has tons to offer in the taste department. theres a strong booziness that hits your palette first offset but a sugary honey sweetness with malty dark fruits that follow, the finish is a dry chocolate powder mix taste and sensation, really tasty.
M- real heavy and thick
D- meal in a bottle cliche applies more than ever here i felt the booze but it was totally worthwhile

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. Classic tall swing-top.

Pours a pale tawny color with almost no head at all. Nose is spicy and intriguing. Spicy with lots of dark caramel, molasses and black pepper. Reminds me of a marinade (minus the vinegar aspect) for beef. Palate is a bit wanky and sharp from the alcohol and does not deliver what the nose promises. Moved on from this one quickly.

I don't think I'm a big fan of Uerige beers as this is my second mediocre reaction to them.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, cloudy, deep brown body that looks old and stubborn. Head is a thin layer of creamy foam that has surprising retention considering its slim build. Quite good.

Smell: rich, dank aroma of musty dark fruits. Cherries, plums, a little pear even; one of the best smelling beers I've had in recent memory.

Taste: a flavor to rival the aroma. Rich Levantine fruits with a chalky back flavor and just enough bitterness to bring the mammoth malt into some semblance of balance. This is a freakin' fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel: rich and silky. Carbonation, and thus creaminess, are both rather low, but in this huge-bodied malt bomb, they are not really needed. I like it.

Drinkability: dangerously drinkable at 8.5% ABV. The alcohol says sip but the flavor says keep it coming. Plain delicious.

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Photo of Offa
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is excellent, complex, full-flavoured, yet highly drinkable, a rather rare stronger take on altbiers, a style I love.

Deep red brown, it has a medium tan head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is rich caramelly barley & sweet brown bread with raisins, some fruitiness, hints of wet wood and licorice.

Taste is frruity, raisiny & lightly spicey with brown bread, rich while wheat bread, light sweetnes and a nutty maple hint. It has a lot of character, great complexity and balance, and everything is well integrated. Feel is firm and somewhat lively. It is exceedingly drinkable.

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