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Uerige Altbier | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Brewed by:
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Germany | website

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uerige Alt ist das an Bitterstoffen reichste Bier Deutschlands. Trotzdem (oder gerade darum) ist dieses legendäre Düsseldorfer Altbier so vollmundig, aromatisch und bekömmlich.

Gebraut wird unsere obergärige Spezialität seit 1862 aus Gerstenmalz, Caramelmalz, Röstmalz, Doldenhopfen, Wasser – und mit unserer ganz besonderen Uerige-Hefe.

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.

Added by Longstaff on 10-01-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
281
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
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Photo of NeonMan
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
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 +17.9%
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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Photo of tlema1
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: muddy brown, with a thin, tan head
S: pumpernickel bread
T: bready, malty, no hop character to speak of
F: very light bodied, not much of a finish
O: reminds me of an English Mild Ale

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(11,2 oz flip-top, bottled 14.11 code 15.11, 4.5% Alc/Vol - purchased cold - poured into Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: poured with a fairly tall, rocky-spongy stand of old-paper-colored foam... liquid, at first, appears brilliantly clear, albeit somewhat moderately dark - so not see-through - the color of the liquid being a burnt garnet... the head collapses slowly, leaving a messy cap

S: hesitate to say it, but it smells much like a bare-bones, malty English brown ale - dark brown bread crust, perhaps a hint of very dry leather, maybe even a touch of whole nutmeg (or old walnut shell)... not all that sweet in the malt, maybe some remnants of leafy hop, and just about no overt whiff of booze

T: tastes a bit hollow in the middle... nice bit of roast and brown malts clinging to the sides of the palate - husky and grainy, but without much sweetness - perhaps a balanced, bittersweetness may be more accurate... really remarkably dry down the center, toasty flavors all that remain, and perhaps some earthy grass and a mild roasted nuttiness... the addition of the dregs later on did intermingle with the malts, producing marginal cocoa and crackery notes

F: definitely sporting a subtle roundness in body, and a relatively long (though not necessarily viscous) finish... but this altogether quite lean and lithe... the back end, once again, is quite dry at this point - who knows how long this was sitting in the back room

O: never be in a rush to buy!, or at least always read the label thoroughly... didn't notice the date and strength until I got home - being a fan of their doppelsticke, it certainly came as a shock, having dropped two levels of richness from what I've stored in taste memory... I know better, and will now seek a fresher bottle of this, knowing I've not captured this in its full glory

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uerige Altbier is not only iconic, it's arguably the defining example of the style. Curious then, its clear but borderline brownish copper colour is significantly darker than most interpretations made outside of the Altstadt ("old town" Düsseldorf). It's a handsome ale worthy of its unique, slender-neck flip-top bottle.

American brewers put themselves on the map by flexing muscle and showcasing bold, flamboyant flavours. In Germany it's historically been the opposite; producers in Düsseldorf, like their counterparts in München, Köln, and Dortmund, have championed clean, understated, unpretentious beers.

Which is not to suggest they aren't rich or complex - Altbier is highly attenuated yet beyond that crushingly dry finish exist a tiny amount of leftover unfermented sugars that make highly distinctive and delicious flavours. Notes of honeycomb, toffee, and toasted nuts are modest but mouthwatering. And they make for an aroma that is to the nose what a ball of yarn is to a kitten. I could smell this for hours!

Indeed, Uerige Altbier is a beer with hearty supply of malty protein and nutrients - it's all those other compounds created during fermentation (esters, higher alcohols) that are eliminated by an extra long, extra cool maturation period. This ale has a trace of raisin-y fruit but otherwise drinks like a lager.

While Double IPAs, barrel-aged stouts and funky sours continue to get all the attention, truly great styles like Altbier - and iconic brewers like Uerige - have fallen out of fashion with today's average craft beer drinker. It's a shame. Traditional German styles are among the most approachable and made by the world's most accomplished, highly skilled producers. Definitely try this one.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cooper and hazy with a very small head that sticks around; not much lacing.

Subtle nose - cracker but really smells a bit like apple juice.

The taste, most important of all, is the standout. A subtle spice from the malt but exceptional crispness. It's refreshing and not cloying like a popular American example from Longtrail (Doublebag).

Delicious beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old school alt. Poured with a big frothy head that soon settled. Aroma is malt, toffee, bit of roast. Flavor is bitter and dry with only the barest hint of sweet in the finish. Perfect amount of carbonation, otherwise rather light in body. Super easy drinking;

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice intense yeasty/malty flavour. Starts off a bit funky but mellows out into a nice fruity, ale-like drink. Really refreshing and drinkable, even if just a few days past the bbd.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit especially raisins and figs, light nuttiness, inviting. Flavor is dry caramel and toasty bread malt, bitter herbs, rye bread; light grassy hops in the finish. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A very nice altbier with interesting dry malt flavors and light earthy, grassy hops in the finish. Mellow, but surprisingly full flavored for the ABV. Very enjoyable. There is a dry, biscuity malt flavor in the aftertaste that is very nice with the residual hop bitterness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing top. Coppery color. Poured into a Uerige highball sampler glass; feeling the mood. Pretty beer. Aroma is soft and evokes the essence of beer. No frills. Caramel, bread and some herbal hops. Flavor is very similar to the scent; no surprises. Bare bones and direct. Light bodied. Very drinkable. Not too elaborate but I could destroy 7-9 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark copper with a 1" head of foam.

Smell is malty, earthy hops, nutty.

The taste surpasses the pleasant smell. A kind of earthy and spicy hop thing going on with a nice nutty sweet ish malt presence. Smooth and tasty with a nice mouthfeel and I reckon I am drinking a fine Alt indeed.

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Photo of aleigator
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a foamy, decent, long staying head, while its color is defined by a lovely dark brown color, in which red glowing hints are visible.

Nose is full of malt defined aromas, very bready with hints of tobacco and a slightly sour peak of fresh yeast.

Beginning is very soft on the palate, with lots of earth and whole-grain bread, while a subtle biscuit touch adds sweeter hints to it. Malt body then turns particular bitter for an Alt, still accompanying the malts. Finishes with slightly sour, soft yeasty hints, while a dry, bitter hop note becomes more present. Inconvenient bitter, very complex, with a distinct flowery, dry hop note amongst a bready malt body.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really cool looking bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a copper brown, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grass, toasted bread, caramel, and toffee.

A pretty good hop profile on this one, must be relatively fresh. Some herbal and grassy hop bitterness that lingers for a bit, with delicious crackery toasty bready malt flavor, along with dry caramel.

Medium bodied, pretty full for the ABV at 4.7%. Low carbonation, crisp, clean mouthfeel.

This one of the best German breweries that you can get in the US. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark ruby with lots of particulate.

The aroma has pilsner quality of floral, grassiness, a toasted malt, caramel and candy sweetness, lager yeast.

The flavor follows with a slight caramel and candy sweetness in the front. A pilsner and lager yeast quality. Floral hops. Then onto a strong bitterness for the style of grassiness, earthiness, almost pine, and a big herbal and tea leaf quality.

A pretty good beer for the style, but because of the bitterness and hops, I suspect that my 10 month old bottle had some oxidation, so try to get this beer fresher than that.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, with a nice beige head forming up. From the look of it, it will be a malty, compact, dense drink.
Smells of roasted malts, dark spices and green and dry grass.
Roasted malts, somewhat sweet with a dark fruitiness background (low raisin, dry figs). Hint of apricot also, and some low citrus (a mild lemon zest that you usually get in a lager also). Yeasts are hard at work, earthy, spicy, woody. A floral note, but a bigger herbal note, with pine, sage, dry cones. Hops are big and clear, and create a hugely intense dry bitterness, enhanced by the roast, really rough. The bitterness and an alcoholic warmth linger for a very long time in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way.
A little fizz, but the beer is mostly creamy, dense and robust.
A great intensity of aromas, beautiful balance between malts, yeasts and hops creating a strong, very "German" bitterness that few beers achieve.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/2013. Best before 6/2014.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and biscuit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a surprising hoppy flavor that I wasn't expecting based on the smell.

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Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, no individual scores for the categories

L dark but very clear

A some yeast, some roasted malts,

T fruity, roasted malts, malt bitterness

F medium light body, fine bubbles

O Do not quite get why this is supposedly better than other Altbier. In my opinion this is middle of the road

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fantastic tall and compact beige head fills the glass. After a while the liquid appears as the head starts to dissipate. The color is lovely glowing brown. Nice lacings.

S: Roasted malt, kind of dry. Suttle hoppiness brings fruity notes; ripe oranges and pears as well as dark dried fruits. Sweet.

T: Toasty malt, roasted and bready. Yeast and quite spicy. Rich fruit; follows the smell. Sweet, but also dry. The bitter hops are strong but very well balanced. An metallic back-bone (like in every Altbier I've ever had).

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter (cherry kernel-like). Body is so smooth and medium full, while the strong carbonation is very modest and un-aggresive.

O: This is a very well crafted and balanced Altbier - probably the best I've ever had.

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Photo of dwren89
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark reddish brown (darker than Schumacher), less clarity, foamy white head

Aroma: more pronounced toasty malt character, with subtle noble hop character, dark fruit notes

Taste: toasty malt character, but noticeably more fruit flavor than Schumaher, raisiny-plum dark fruit character, mild bitter finish with noble hop flavor

Mouthfeel: lager like smoothness with biting carbonation, slightly more buttery taste than Schumacher because of increased diacetyl, medium-full body

Overall Impression: A darker, heavier, and more ale like version of the altbier. While this beer exhibits lager like mouthfeel and carbonation, it leans towards an ale in clarity, flavor, and aroma.

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Photo of ckollias
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this corked bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy brown-amber hue with an off-white, 1-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and wispy lace.

S: Malty aroma with a pine background.

T: Sweet malty followed by some dark fruits and caramel with a somewhat dry spicy finish.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Good overall altbier – not my favorite style but worthy of a try.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Experienced on-cask at Uerige on 4/11/2013 while visiting my good friend Thirstybird. First of three served in a .2l stange. Pours a deep amber with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch cream-colored head. Nose is malty with a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - the perfect balance of malt and hops with just a kiss of earthiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a smooth body and a slight bite at the finish. Overall, a very different animal than what is generally available in the bottle. A great session alt.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice bottle, just careful when you open it, I got it spilled on my eyes.
Slightly hazy copper color, and it gets really murky at the last pour. Made a two finger head with medium retention and leaving laces through the glass.
Nice aroma of light toasted malts and floral and earthy hops.
More intense flavor than announced by nose with toasted malts and piney and grassy hops. Hints of caramel, earth, condiments, citrus and prunes. Dry aftertaste with a bitter hoppy feeling.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Classic example of an Altbier, and a one hard to beat, though haven’t tried their other versions.

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Photo of acevenom
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange glass from a flip top bottle.. Pours hazy copper with a thin, off-white head that doesn't hang around for very long. There are some visible bubbles rising in the beer, but not many. Lacing is left down the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma is nice and malty (caramel with some brown bread) with some woody and grassy notes from the hops. The rich, yet delicate maltiness of this beer is up front with the hops providing some of that woody and grassy flavor from the hops. The malt character of this beer is bready with some mild caramel sweetness. Like a previous reviewer, I would agree there is more hop bitterness than you would expect from the aroma, but it is well-balanced with the malt backbone. There's a lot of flavor in this sub-5.0% ABV beer. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. This beer has high drinkability and a dry finish. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a little glass with a clear copper body and a nice thick and foamy off white head. Laces the glass wonderfully.

Aroma of noble hops and grain.

This medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation works its way over the palette with a hop bitterness. It dries out the mouth.

Uerige has the best alt in town as far as I'm concerned. A great place to hang out and drink 5 or 6 or more...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of tan head. Copper, almost brown, colored body.
Smell is barnyardish, hay, caramel and tinge of lemon.
Taste is bitter/sweet at first, sweet caramel in the middle, long dry bitter finish. A little sourness throughout.
Medium body, low carbonation. Slightly sticky texture.
Tasty and a good altbier.

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