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 falloutsnow
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Bottled on 01.11 stamped on the label (enjoyed 1/30/2012)
Bottled on 06.11 stamped on the label (enjoyed 8/1/2013)
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

8/1/2013 changed review to:
appearance and smell to 4.25
taste, mouthfeel, and overall to 4.5
overall, quite good, but not as perfect as the original one I tried

For a malt lover, Uerige Doppelsticke is a dream in a bottle. The complex maltiness is immediately apparent from the aroma and then taste, which is only aided by the beer's good looks and pleasing feel on the palate. I'm not sure I've ever given a beer a "perfect score" before, but Uerige has demonstrated their perfection of the altbier style and attention to meticulous quality brewing.

The pour yields a large, >2cm head of dark tan, small and large (dish-soap bubbles), fading to a perpetual cap of about 0.2cm atop the beer. Initial foam leaves some lacing along sides of glass, but with each sip, the residual cap creates fantastic waves/sheets on the glass. Beer's body is dark brown, with highlights of orange. Carbonation is visible and active.

A few simple words characterize the aroma: big, dark, deep, and rich. More precisely, big, dark bread aromas waft out of the bottle after being unhinged. While pouring, the malt heaviness is obvious, with caramel and dried dates being dominant scents. Additional dried fruits ebb in, primarily raisins and black figs, as the beer warms and settles out. Maltiness goes way back, cavernous, unending malt scent. Potential slight bit of bitterness or sharpness to it, from German hops. Doppelbock-like.

Taste is similar to the scent: big, dark, deep malt and bread flavors, caramel, cocoa, rich dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs). Aside from the delicious malt flavors, there's also a subtle mineral tone, German hop bitterness, and mild hint of alcohol, very mild. Again, heavily reminded of a doppelbock with more German hop usage.

Medium bodied with a similar amount of carbonation that creates a fairly creamy and smooth-flowing mouthfeel. Finish is quite dry, with plenty of residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown allowing indirect light to pass with little head and slight lacing.

Strong, malty aroma. Smells just like the air outside a large brewery. Some musk and earthiness, similar to wet forest. Odd licorice, plum, much like an aperitif.

Amazingly earthy, with dried fruit, both subtle and punctuated. Tastes old and musty with figs and pumpernickel bread as it warms well. A light lingering bitterness in the finish, but the malt and yeast profile are most present.

The body is a bit tricky. At first it seems light, but after a few sips, fills out smooth as velvet. Light carbonation and low alcohol, especially compared to the 8.5% listed on the label.

Highly approachable and mysterious in an Uerige Flute, luring one to seek more. One will easily look forward to trying this with smoked cheeses.

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Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 11.2oz swing-top bottle. Bottled 01-11, split in a tulip with Steve.

Poured a deep violet, no real head is produced other than a film which faded about halfway through the glass. Little to no retention and some modest legs. Nose is heavy on the malt, sugary dark fruits, some brown sugar and dark bread. Although resembling a sweet fruity doppel(sticke), this had some qualities akin to what reminded me of a similar English Barleywine (call me crazy!). Taste has more dark fruits, figs and dates. Still lightly sugary, bready and malty as heck. Rich dark toffee and caramel, with a ton of herbal and spicy hop notes in the finish (producing the same dryness and bitterness as the others). No real alcohol on the palate, with a full and dense body. Sweet with a very low carbonation, that's a shade or two off of being flat. A big sipper for the winter, I can imagine this being immaculate on draught or cask.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark maple syrup brown. A big rocky head standing above the rim of the glass. Plenty of haze and particulates floating in the brew.

S - A big waft of sappy malt and molasses. Honey and dry minerals. Brown sugar and some bitterness to it.

T - huge dry malt tastes with brown sugar sweetness. Chewy spiced molasses bread and bitter grains. Some mineral water twang and hop notes. A nutty backdrop.

M - chewy and full bodied with a great dry mouthfeel.

O - rich and full of flavor, this beer has a great balance and tons of character. Not too sweet and not to dry.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

33cl swingtop, bottled 05/03, poured into a Duvel tulip. I just bought this one a couple weeks ago without realizing its age - score!

A: Opens with a resounding pop, and pours a dark chocolate colored body under a half-inch of frothy tan head. Pretty strong carbonation for such an old beer in a swingtop. Nice.

S: Rich, sweet, deep maltiness: molasses, caramel, raisins, and some pleasant sherry oxidation. Smells appropriately old, and entirely pleasant. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose precisely: tons of molasses, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and dessert wine. A hint of alcohol warmth creeps in on the long, bittersweet finish, but is fairly unobtrusive. Delicious.

M: Lovely soft carbonation, but not quite as hefty as I'd like - the alcohol would likely be tamer if it were a bit less watery.

O: Great beer, plain and simple. I'll probably have to pick up a fresher bottle for comparative purposes, but since the age hasn't completely tamed a fairly reasonable 8.5% ABV, I'm a bit worried about the heat factor that would come across in a more recent batch. Regardless, this is a must-try brew.


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Photo of stevoj
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First sampled in Philly, I had hoped to drink this in its native environment at the Uerige keller in Düsseldorf. Maybe on my next trip. Just as glorious as expected, dark and caramelly, slightly sweet with a hint at the alcohol.. This one is a treat all the way around. "old beer" my ass, this is just as relevant today. Try one if you have the chance, this is what altbier is all about.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love the regular Uerige Sticke Alt and when I saw this Doppelsticke I didn't think twice about picking a bottle up.

It pours a very dark brown with a thick, silky and creamy head. The aromas are fresh, green hops, almost like pine needles and buffered by smooth caramel mocha and hazelnut malts. There is a hint of a steely minerality on the nose as well which adds complexity in a good way.

The mineral aspect comes through in the mouthfeel as well, with a crisp dryness and soothing dark malts coating my taste buds. It is fresh and complex with a bite of bitterness on the midpalate, which gives way to a long and smooth dark chocolate, dried figs and hazelnut finish. There is some warmth from the alcohol but for this beer it is entirely appropriate.

All in all a very well-balanced beer with complex and refined notes and lots of drinkability. I am again highly impressed with another great beer from Uerige.

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Photo of ericheise
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, rich, full-bodied beer, very little carbonation. Strong malts and molasses, ideal for a cold winter's night over a rich meal of streak or pork.

It is thick in taste and texture, not a stout, but dark in the traditions of a winter lager. I liked it, great for winters by the fire.

I give it an A-. Unique looking bottle.

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

11.2 oz Bottle on code, not sure. I think this has a little time on it. Very murky old ale like pour. Reminds me of North Coast old stock. Slightly darker than liquid caramel looking. Not much head, just a thin white ring, but there are bubbles in there.

A- Very malty. Some caramel, brown sugar, molasses, pumpernickel bread. Actually quite bready.

T- Again a lot of bready malts. Pumpernickel and rye. Some caramel and brown sugar that quickly goes into a roasty note. Somewhat Heath bar-esque.

Mid bodied and not quite as sticky as it appears it is going to be. Just a faint warming. Goes down very smooth nearly creamy.

I thought that even though a bit "big" for the style that this was excellent. Recco.

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Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with the swing top cork, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Thick, dark brown, with a very nice ½” tan head, lacing is excellent and sticky.

Smell: Roasted malt aromas dominate with some coffee and chocolate notes, sweet overall with a fair amount of depth.

Taste: Follows the aroma, chocolaty mocha with a nice balance between overall sweetness of the chocolate flavor and the coffee like bitterness of the roasted malt. Sweet mocha flavor with some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy consistency on the palate, very smooth.

Overall: Great example of the style but also a little pricey, one I would try again.

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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 TheStig
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim at my local German market. Releasing the cap made a spectacular "POP" that reminded me of a .22 going off. Damn.

Poured into my glass, it roiled up an angry, intense head of thick, caramel-beige foam, which took over five minutes to dissipate. The smell was most agreeable-- caramel, malts and heavy, tart fruit.

Once the fizzing had settled, I had a chance to look at the color of the liquid, which struck me as being very dark and nearly opaque. Held up to the light, I was surprised to see blood red eke through the glass. Double damn.

My first taste shocked me. The smoothness of this is incomparable and I struggle to find an apt comparison outside something that may sound hyperbolic-- but a battalion of miniature silkworms spinning a sheer ribbon in your mouth is pretty close to describing the feel. Amazing.

Taste was similarly spectacular-- shiraz grapes, pumpernickel, caramel malt, lemony hops. This isn't a low alcohol brew, so that does impart a slight sting to the taste, but it doesn't adversely impact the experience in any way.

A perfect beer to savor on a chilly autumn evening. Highly reccomended.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, slightly translucent chocolate brown color with a small, lacy tan head.

S- Roasted malt, molasses, dark fruits - dates & figs.

T- Roasted sweet malt, molasses, dates & figs, toffee, grassy hops. Some bitterness on the finish.

M, D- This dark and weighty brew, with hints of alcohol, slows the drinking pace. The CO2 keeps it from dragging.

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

Poured from 12oz fliptop bottle to perfect pint glass. Poured a hazy, slightly reddish brown with a small tan head. It isn't the prettiest looking beer, but everything else about it makes up for this.

The aroma is intense: big malt aroma with ripe banana, backed up by spicy hops.

The flavor starts with that big maltiness, ripe fruits: banana, raisin, some toffee. There is a spiciness from the hops and warming alcohol. The alcohol and lively carbonation provides a needed drier finish to what could be a sweet beer.

Like I said the carbonation is lively, which balances the malt well and works perfectly with the alcohol. The malt provides this silky feel that stays interesting toward the back of the tongue.

Overall an expertly crafted beer that traveled to the States well. I wish the bottle, which will be perfect for future use in homebrewing, was larger because one pint might not be enough.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange substitute glass, a collins. What a cool looking bottle! Nice pop on open. Review #666!!! Woohoo Metal!!!

A caramel like tiny bubbled foaming head, sits on a dark brown walnut body. Nice cap and some chestnut body hues. Head forms nicely off the pour.

Bouquet is a lot like a cross between a doppelbock and a Belgian strong dark ale. Raisin fruit, some fizz, some big sticky smelling malt and toffee.

Intersting taste. Caramel toffee malt at first with great doppelbock style thickness, gives way to a black dry mild licorice. Interesting what feels like on the swallow a lingering hop bitter faintly citrus but hidden by a big malt dominance.

Overall great. A very unique tasting beer and very distinct. Needs a good food pairing! Never had anything like it and I enjoy it.

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

A: It's a dark brown color, similar to chocolate. The head is a thin creamy off-white cap with nice lacing. It's important to note that the bottle for this beer is awesome. I'm not including the appearance of the bottle in the rating, but if I were it would be 5/5.

S: It smells of sweet caramel and dates.

T: It has a very strong taste, with similar flavors to match its smell. Additionally, it has a slight roasted flavor and a touch of oak...very little but there is a slight earthiness to it.

M: The mouthfeel is really great. It punches every corner of the mouth and leaves it with a very pleasant feeling after drinking.

O: Overall it's a good beer. I would drink it again in a heartbeat, and would also recommend it to others. I can't give it 4.5 or 5.0 simply because it wasn't up to that standard, but it is a solid 4.0 which is a really good score in my book.

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Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one must have been lost in Deuane's fridge for a while. Bottled on date...5/03. Consumed...7/11

A - The pour revealed a deep shade of brown with no sediment getting into the glass...the head, small and off white, slowly faded to a full ring around the glass...not much lace was left behind

S - This beer is all malt by now...and that's not a bad thing...I love the loads of caramel this is producing...I know it's pretty one dimensional, but I'm okay with that

T - Again, all about the malts...they aren't showing any roasted flavors...it's all smooth and sweet...caramel really shines again throughout the whole beer...there are some underlying dark fruits that make an appearance towards the finish of the beer

M - Medium bodied...it has some richness to it which makes it smooth going down...the sweet caramel never becomes cloying

O - How does an eight year old altbier taste? Pretty good! The caramel played nicely throughout the entire beer...I wonder what a fresher bottle would taste like?

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Photo of seanyfo
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 2nd June 2011

Received in a trade with Erzengel, cheers mate!

Served into a Frankenheim Alt stange.

A- Dark mahogany body with excellent clarity. Tan toffee 3 finger head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S- Peppery slight floral aroma up front with a rum/raisin/ vanilla fruit cake sweetness.

T- It has the strong floral citrus hop notes thats classic to the regular Uerige alt, but it has a much greater malt backbone in the form of a rich dark fruit cake sweetness. Malt is dominant in the finish although not overpowering that it results in a sticky finish. Hops still manage to surface with some bitterness in the aftertaste.Smooth, alcohol well hidden.

M- Low to medium carbonation, medium body.

D- A superb alt. Reminds me of Adnams broadside. Lots of hop and malt presence that balance well but still manage to hold their own indivdual characteristics in both palate and nose. A beer to warm the soul.

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Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely looking bottle packaged on 5/2003 shared with fellow BA Thaines on 7/2011! So, wonder how and eight year old bottle of this will hold up?

A-Slightly hazed, deep, lustrous copper with a this light tan head that reduced to a thin wisp of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Deep, rich caramel malt, with light notes of apple, pear and cereal grains. All somewhat muted but this may be a product of it's age.

T-Big, rich and fairly complex. Without question a malt driven beer. Lots of caramel, fruit esters and toasted cereal grains. Light touch of earthy bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied bordering on medium-heavy but this is most likely a product of all that malt richness. long lasting fruity/malty finish with lots of caramel sweetness.

O-One cannot deny that this is damned good stuff. I would hazard to say that this brew is the benchmark of the style but then again how many double altbiers do you see? I really need to track down a fresher bottle of this to see if the age has detracted or not.

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

Had on tap at Ebenezers.

Pours a creamy head with lacing, murky molasses brown color not too dark.

Nose has dark toasty malts, some light grassy earthy hops, sweet molasses and candy syrup, nutty, dark fruits.

Taste has sweet malts, molasses, mapleish, nutty malts, darker chewy malts, bit creamy, dark fruits, spices like nutmeg, fig, sweet syrups, toffee, caramel, some bitter grassy earthy noble hops, strong ale malty flavors, hints of booze, nice long grassy hop finish with a semi bitter finish and sweet nutty flavors.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, a nice dark German ale with some nice malts, hops, hint of booze, nice fruits and tasty overall beer.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd been meaning to try this for a while, and with the supplies running low, finally pulled the trigger on this lil bugger.
Love the packaging. The dark red pours majestically, a towing head rising, settling eventually with excellent sticke to the glass.
Very malty, delicious caramel aroma with some date-like action and a bit of the booze. Definitely a lot maltier than the Sticke, the bitterness is there but quickly becomes obscured in a fog of sweet malt.
Finishes sweet with a little ethanol heat on the back of the tongue. An interesting beer, the imperial altness is not quite my thing on this hot eve, but I can see its vision in the fall..a glorious glass tempting me.

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Photo of dc55110
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark auburn/brown, topping off with a nice finger and half of head. As the foam dissipates a good amount of sticky lacing is left behind.
The nose is a nice blend of sweet malt, dried fruit, toffee.
The taste is very similar to the nose, sweet dark malts, raisin & prune. There is also enough hoppy bitterness to balance out the sweetness wonderfully.
Very pleasing to drink, the malty sweetness doesn't leave your mouth coated, just enough carbonation to keep the tongue happy.

This is a beautiful Alt. This is a huge beer, that hides its size wonderfully. It balance between the dark and sweet malt flavors and the hoppy undertones marry perfectly. This is a wonderful sipper, that I would buy again without hesitation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy, dark mahogany brown with a nice puff of off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts and dark dried fruit, with some musk, and a hint of earthy hops. Rich and flavorful, with tastes of sweet caramel malts, raisins and Fig Newtons, fresh hops, earthy, with a slight sensation of apple peel. Finishes nice and dry. Medium mouthfeel, and quite a pleasant drink.

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Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer is a dark hazy brown with a half a finger of tan colored soapy head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar at the edge. Little to no lacing as the head slides right down the glass. Very cloudy with some floating particles visible.

Nose is dark fruits, plums and raisins, caramel and malt sweetness. A touch of rum like booze comes up as the beer warms to room temperature.

A little nicer on the tongue, more dark fruits, raisins, plums and figs, slight wine like character with tannin astringency, caramel sweetness, baked bread, and lightly toasted malt. A little herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Similar to a complex Belgian strong dark ale.

Medium bodied with a fine but soft carbonation.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is very dark, with a foamy tan head that lasts with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of dark malt and dark fruit. Very enticing aroma.

Tastes of sweet dark malt, dark fruits, and coffee, with a sour twist. Very nice malt taste.

Body is medium and mild carbonation gives this a lively mouthfeel.

This is a delectable dark altbier, one that really makes the German style shine.

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