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Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Style:
German Altbier
Ranked #8
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,030
Avg:
4 | pDev: 13%
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
343
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Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  32
Gots
  20
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Uerige Alt is the most bittered beer in Germany. In spite of this (or just for that reason), this legendary Altbier from Düsseldorf is so full-bodied, aromatic and wholesome.

Our top-fermented specialty has been brewed since 1862 from barley malt, caramel malt, roasted malt, hops, water - and with our very special Uerige yeast.

Our Uerige Alt is regularly chosen among the ten best beers in Germany. It has an alcohol content of 4.7% and a minimum fresh date of eight weeks.

Unser Uerige Alt wird regelmäßig unter die zehn besten Biere Deutschlands gewählt. Es hat einen Alkoholgehalt von 4,7% und ein Mindestfrischedatum von acht Wochen.
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Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear chestnut colour, long lived head, good lace. Sweet caramel malts on the nose. Thin-bodied, metallic, quite bitter. Grain, bread and malt to taste, some nuttiness. Interesting range of flavours, just a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger finely pored tan head that receded to a very thin collar; no lacing;

S: sweet malt, molasses;

T: toast up front, then a tea-like earthiness through the mildly bitter very dry finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: I love how dry this beer finishes;

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Photo of FBarber
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy ruddy brown color. Thin white head dissipates slowly but not completely.

Aroma has notes of dark stone fruits, dark bready malts, some earthy hops.

Taste has notes of dark bready malts, some dark stone fruits, spicy earthy hops, and some lingering bitterness through the finish.

Feel is medium bodied but still quite drinkable. Dry finish.

Overall a lovely alt from Germany. This is clearly quite old, its admittedly a long way off from the best by date, but it was hard to pass on the opportunity to try an Alt from Germany.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper beer with excellent off-white head, nice retention and laces.
Smell - toasted, caramel.
Taste - caramel, nuts, bread.
Excellent bitter dry finish.
Light body, medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of TKB_Legend
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the most popular Altbier out there, but as person born and raised in Düsseldorfs Oldtown, i have to reduce the rating because of the seasonal differences in taste. In autumn and winter, when the consumption of beer in the streets is decreasing, the quality of the Uerige comes to its peak, and it is really a wonderful Altbier, which, in my opinion, comes very very close to the perfection of the Füchschen Alt. But in spring and summer, when the streets of Düsseldorfs oldtown are crowding, and people lineup in front of the Uerige, the taste of the beer often becomes a little bit thinner than it should be.

But for everyone who loves a really bitter Altbier, this one is the perfect choice!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber-rust with moussy white; fresh out of the oven bread - both the crust + the flesh - plus a bit of soap; salted caramel, pretzels, cherry stones, barley sugar sweets + spciy, grassy hops, and a long, numbing herbal bitter end, fizzy + light.

4 4 4.25 4 4.25

Heard a lot about this one. In the event, less complex + livelier but a whole lot more bitter. Echoes of a best bitter are easy to see here. What can I say? I want even more melanoidins, but I like alts, + this is a good one.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved this beer while over in germany. Has a great nutty and breadiness to it that carry the sweet toffee, slight citrus, and molasses flavors well. Has dark taste elements, and light feel elements that play nicely with one another. Smooth, crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany coloration with a reddish tint, with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of light bready, caramel malt, and grassy, citrus hops, with a certain, slightly tart yeast note. Taste is a very nice balance of bready, caramel malt, grassy hops and slightly tart yeast, with notes of toffee, red berries and citrus. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body and carbonation.

What sets this apart is the Uerige yeast, which lends a unique, slightly tart and estery note to this that blends in very well with the malt and hop notes. Great, very well-balanced Alt beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Clear medium dark brown, thin collar of tan-ish head, no lacing.

Medium brown toast, light earthy spice notes. Hints of richer honey to very light molasses notes as sweet accents.

Opening is a light toasty, very clean brown ale opening. A minerally transition to a tea-like, earthy bitterness. I’m not sure it’s all hops, the profile almost seems the bitterness could be coming from the grain husks - it might be as much a lack of sweetness (extreme dryness) more than the addition of a lot of bittering.

Light, clean opening and body, but a full flavor profile. Interesting flavors that is not one a get often, with a little stronger presence than when I’ve gotten it in the past.

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Photo of stevoj
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Das Alpenhaus. Poured into alt glass, medium caramel color with high, rocky head. Gentle toasty aroma, nuts, dark caramel, brown bread. Taste follows, deliciously smooth, faint sweetness, nuts, molasses. Sublime. A tasty treat.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from Bine and Vine, SD.
Quite hoppy, and a lot of bitterness from hop as compared to other German beer. However, also quite good malt back, and there was the faint taste of roasted malt too. Herbal. One can also taste the yeast residual in there.

A good brew, if a strange one.

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Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy, off-white head stands tall and holds itself well. Very active streams of carbonation help to do this. Lace is left in sheets. The body itself is chestnut brown with plenty of haze.

Malt forward with an emphasis on Maillard products. Toasty, caramel, and nutty. Sticky raisin sweetness with delicate floral hops. Clean and sweet with lots of richness packed into its 4.7% body.

Toasty bread crust, light caramel, with a bit of syrupy cherry and raisin. The finish has a well attenuated dryness that's accentuated by a pronounced but pleasant leafy bitterness. Subtle cherry sneaks in the finish as well.

Medium bodied with a low-moderate level of carbonation. Exceptionally clean with a concisely dry finish.

I'm on a clean, malt forward lager kick. Kostritzer last night and this today. I really enjoyed how this started off delicate, sweet, and malt forward and transformed into dry and green with a chalky bitterness.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£4):
n unusual beer that opened well with some nice sweetness & caramel in the early going, particularly with the nose but this never really carried to the taste & the beer was a bit of a disappointment by then; I was definitely expecting a lot more from this one given how highly rated it is as an altbier but I guess some of that is down to the fact that I'm not exactly a huge fan of the style. It will be interesting to see how the brewery's DoppelStick compares to this offering but hopefully it will be at least a minor improvement on this one since it's not exactly a beer that I'll be rushing back to pick up again anytime soon sadly.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: anise, rich malts, nuts, spice, low fruit, bread crust, and faint toast. The malt aromas are medium, the hop aromas are medium low and the yeast aromas are low.

L: brilliant chestnut with ruby high lights under a thin cream to tan foam cap with moderate retention.

T: initial faint trace of diacetyl (movie popcorn butter) on the palate that quickly fades. Dark malts and nuts dominate the palate with some fruit and spice leading to a crisp, dry finish. The malt flavors are medium in intensity, layered and complex and linger into the finish. The hop flavors are spicy and floral, medium to medium low in intensity with a medium hop bitterness. There are no harsh or roasted flavors.

F: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to medium low.

O: very nice, drinkable and sessionable full flavored beer

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Photo of JPNesker
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Neat. German old ale. Pretty spiffy to look at though nose is all subdued eatery fruit notes. Taste follows nose but is dry dry dry. Body equally dry. Like dry ice on the tongue. Very effervescent and nice malt dominance throughout. Super interesting beer.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, deep caramel body, clear, with an almond milk coloured head that has a couple minutes retention. Very light aroma, only a mild malty sweetness.
Dull flavour, a bit cardboardy, pithy bitterness and super dry. Long finish. Medium body and carbonation.
The simple toasted malt flavour and dryness make this a highly sessionable beer, and it's merits become more apparent over time. It's not going to wow you, but it would be a decent choice if you were going to have a few steins over the course of the night.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into a Mill Street pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $3.95 CDN. Looks old-timey with the funky bottle design, the swing top and labeling all in German. Best before December 2017.

Appearance - Beautiful looking hazy brown ale. Unfiltered with only brief moments of clarity. A fine finger and change of frothy off-white head and many min-swaths of lacing. Moderate head retention.

Smell - Grainy, some hops, with subtle dark fruit suggestions (plums and cherries rejoice!). Earthy which reminds me of kellerbiers, with a bit of a creamy wheat beer backing that I pick up with hefeweizens. Also a suggestion of brown sugar. Everything is subtle but well balanced.

Taste - Clean and grainy with plenty of bitterness brewed in. Earthy hops and a tiny bit of fruit at the end. Possibly pepper and orange mixed in there some how.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, easy drinking with just the right carbonation. Body is medium-light and finish is dry.

Overall - Certainly a leader in the style, a little pricey, but you can taste the quality. Given I'm not a big fan of the style, if I had to drink only altbiers, I'd probably choose this one. Uerige Altbier is certainly a unique and special treat, but not one I'd drink regularly. Worth a try to say that you've had one of the defining beers of the altbier style.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cute old-school swing-top bottle. Served slightly below cellar temp.

Beautiful nut-brown colour. An inch of foamy, clinging head.

The aroma is bread, nuts, dried fruit, and leather. A lot like a dark Belgian ale but without the spice.

Subtle. Definitely a malt-forward beer but by no means too sweet. There's something hard to place but very definitely "old" tasting as the name would suggest.

Surprisingly light body and carbonation.

Local, micro-brewed altbiers have been a bit of a winter trend here in Ontario. I was glad to try the real deal for comparison.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Walnut brown body topped by dense beige foam. Decent retention, patchy lacing. Gentle dark bread aroma with toasted nuts and hints of dried fruit and leafy hops. Doughy malt and toasted nuts on the palate. Restrained fruit and leafy bitter finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Good weight. Astringent finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL slim swing-top bottle purchased at the LCBO; best before Dec 2017 and served slightly chilled. While I've tried a handful of altbiers before, they were all Canadian-brewed interpretations. Thus, I'm actually pretty pumped to finally sample an imported alt from the style's point of origin in Düsseldorf.

Pours an amber-brown hue with minimal chill haze; placed atop is a crown of off white-coloured head about an inch high. It has largely faded down by the five minute mark, coating the interior surface of the glass with an uninterrupted curtain of fine, smooth, even lacing; a modest collar of creamy foam also survives. An attractive brown ale, to say the least. Bready notes are amply apparent in the aroma, in addition to hints of toasted nuts and grains. There's also some light sponge toffee sweetness, and a slight suggestion of plum or raisin bread. Touches of leafy, grassy hops round out the nose with exquisite subtlety and balance.

The flavour profile is very much in line with the aroma - bready, biscuity malt flavours, whole grains and lightly toasted nuts; dispersed amongst this clean backbone are a few sweeter nuances of caramel and toffee. This is mostly pushed aside in the latter half of the sip by the continental hops, which impart a grassy, spicy bitterness that serves as the perfect counterpoint. Finishes with an earthy, bitter flair, before a dry aftertaste that implores me to take another sip. Light in body, with restrained carbonation that gently prickles the palate. Smooth, pleasant texture which perfectly suits this alt's personality.

Final Grade: 4.39, a world-class A grade. Uerige Altbier is a quality example of this often overlooked German brown ale style. Fantastic stuff; incredibly drinkable and quite flavourful, particularly in light of its relatively modest abv. At $4 per serving in this market, it's a little too expensive to become a regular purchase for me. Still, this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for - I'm enjoying Uerige Alt considerably more than most of the domestic alt-ernatives. A must try for all BAs with a fondness for German beer.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Uerige, Dusseldorf - Pours dark brown with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - bready/yeasty at the front, malty notes at the back. Taste - yeasty/bready forefront, light hop/malt feel, long bitter finish. If you like lovely bitter alt bier this is for you. Solid.

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Photo of drmeto
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled Version
L:
-pours a clear copper with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grassy,roasty,caramel,spicy,plums,strawberries,nutty,chocolate
T:
-grassy,spicy,nutty,caramel,coffee
-high,tangy bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Just an amazing Altbier.All others are judged by it's standard.

On Tap:
On tap, the fruity Ale Yeast esters are more dominant.Other than that it's the same.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with robust head formation, a one inch, fluffy wheat colored head, strong retention, but more modest lacing.
S: Aroma of caramel predominates with a subtle cocoa note up front. Grainier as it warms.
T: Semidry. Caramel malt backbone evident. Nutty more toward almond or macadamia. There is a hint of dark fruit. Bitterness low key but keeps it very balanced.
M: Light bodied with very lively carbonation. Creamy and smooth
O: Uerige is top of the line. Glad I have been able to experience in the different Altbier styles.

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Photo of NeonMan
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

L: Mud. Beautiful mud.
S: Smells of roasted malts, dark spices and bread.
T: Toasty malt, roasted and bready. Spicy yeast. Rich fruit; Sweet, and dry. The bitterness of the hops are strong and also well balanced.
F: Lager like smoothness with biting carbonation, medium-full body
O: Wonderful. Truly wonderful altbier.

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Photo of GlassJoe77
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic altbier without a doubt, and one that I highly recommend. It is typically the least preferred of the three, between the classic, sticke, and dopplesticke for alot of people. I would suggest purchasing all three and beginning with the classic.

L: Muddy brown, spongy foamy two finger head. It is dark hue, yet transparent when held against the light.
S: Malty yet earthy, almost like a liquid pumpernickel bread.
T: A slight caramel and candied sugar, yeast quality, and a very nice bitterness quality which allows this brew to stand out. A subtle spice from the malt but exceptional crispness.
F: Light bodied and quaffable. Wonderful.
O: This is an exceptional brew and I highly recommend it. The sticke and dopplesticke are much more meaty and such are not as drinkable. I could drink several of the classic out back by a fire or grilling. Bravo!

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 343 ratings