Uerige Altbier | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Germany
uerige.de

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
Ratings:
307
Reviews:
207
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
14
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Photo of Megahertz
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown flip top into a shaker. Gorgeous bottle.

A - Light brown, hazy, with a copious tan head. Carbonation appears appropriate for style. Significant lacing noted.

S - Plum and other dark fruits. Apricot? Bready background. Very pleasant.

T - Front is quite bitter with noble hops. Complex mid with caramelized sugar notes, dark fruity esters, floral-herbal hops and very mild roast. Finish is quite dry, almost black-pepper like.

M - Medium to heavy body with brisk carbonation. Outstanding.

O - What a fascinating style.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy rustic copper color with a one-finger pitted white head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells of lightly toasted caramel malt with hints of light fruits and bitterness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The toasted caramel malts are front and center and cover up other flavors a bit too much until the beer warms, then light fruit flavors come out a bit more. There's a solid bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good for such a low ABV. Good thickness and creamy carbonation make this go down easily.

Drinkability is good. The flavors take a short while to get accustomed to, but I finished my glass with no problem.

Overall I was impressed - I believe this is only my second Altbier and the first wasn't as true to the style as this. Definitely give this one a shot.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second go:
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 06.11, best by 06.12, drank 01.13
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

After finding a much fresher bottle, I'm revisiting this beer, and wow, what a difference time makes. While before this was fairly bland, this "fresher" bottle is worlds different, with prominent floral, spicy, and woodsy hops with a stronger malt character and overall more powerful flavors. After just finishing a glass, I'd like another. My only complaint: $5 for a 11.2oz bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan bubbles, medium-sized, somewhat like a dense sponge from the top. Head recedes over a few minutes, leaving more than modest, but not super-amazing lacing. Body is a dark brown color, opaque from sediment I poured in, with light turning the edges a slightly lighter copper-brown. Carbonation is not visible due to the opacity.

Aroma of pungent, spicy hops with some floral and forest-floor-leaf-matter undertones. Substantial caramel malts and more modest yeast hover below the hops. This is quite pleasant.

The front of the palate gets some caramel and toffee-like sweetness with a hint of brown sugar and herbal hops. Mid-palate is rather bitter, with herbal and forest-floor-leaf-matter-like hops atop sweetish brown and toasted malt flavors. Back of palate continues herbal hop bitterness along with caramel malt and even a hint of roasted grain flavor. Lingering strong bitterness in the finish, along with some minor herbal and brown malt qualities.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-level carbonation that creates a crisp, dry mouthfeel that just borders being fizzy, but never arrives there. As the carbonation dissipates across the palate, the mouthfeel becomes quite a bit smoother. Finish is quite dry, with little stickines across the palate.

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Bottled on 02.10, best by 02.11, consumed 04.12
Brewery mentions this "keeps four weeks at least."
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

At first I felt somewhat let down, that Uerige's "standard" alt was a ghost of its sticke and doppelsticke brethren. Then I noticed the bottled on date, and realized that this bottle was just embarrassingly old. Even so, this was fairly decent, and I will definitely keep my eye out for another, more recent, bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of light tan bubbles, medium-sized, somewhat like a dense sponge from the top. Head recedes over a few minutes, leaving a fair amount of lacing. Body is a dark brown-copper color, transparent, with actively visible carbonation.

Aroma of light caramel malts, subtle sweetness, and faint graininess.

Taste is very similar to smell, fairly muted from age (I assume), mostly faint caramel malts, sweetness, and graininess.

Beer still medium bodied, with medium-level carbonation that creates, at first, a crisp mouthfeel that gradually soothes into being quite a bit smoother. Finish is dry.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish-brown hue with a smaill white head. Minimal retention. Sweet smell of roasted malt and toffee, probably muted because I didn't let this bottle properly warm up. Very complex palate holds notes of roasted malt, brown sugar, and light hops. Finish is bitter and slightly smoky, like a rauchbier. Nice, sturdy, creamy body. A fairly unique beer, unlike most American-brewed alts.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 25.11. with no year.

Bottle opens with a not too enthused pop and pours almost still. There is a very thin layer of bubbles atop the strong iced tea body. Smells of toasty malt, caramel, toffee, and some herbal hops. Kind of like a clean English ale. Flavor has lots of bread, honey, dried figs, nuts, toffee, caramel, along with tea, minty herbs, perfume, and toast. Finishes a touch dry and with a yeastiness. Mouthfeel is about medium in weight, but the carbonation is dull. Very delicious, but I'm afraid I must have gotten a bottle with a faulty cap, but I can't really detect any oxidation, so who knows?

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Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intense bronze color, very clean, without bubbles. With a white and creamy foam. Good lacing.
Malty smell, with touches of caramel, and some hop notes.
Intense taste, starting with malt and caramel, sweet, but not cloying at all, and then an intense bitterness, long and persistent.
Good and interesting.
Light body, bitter aftertaste, long, with an hint of biscuit.
Great drinkability.

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Photo of bditty187
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy, I really like the color offered here, it is a coppery-amber hue with just a tickle of tawny influence. It looks even more beautiful when I hold it to a light. The head was off-white; the bubbles were tightly compacted and about two fingers in height. The head retention was impressive; it was a slow fader, as a tight cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was quite prevalent, thick, and well organized. Lovely.

Altbier is a style that has never impressed me. I realize the two Uerige Alts are considered the best. Still, I wonder how much better could they be? Well I got my hands on “Classic” and one sniff of the bouquet told me this was a whole different ballgame! Hops are present and accounted for, grassy, herbal, with a kiss of spice. Malt is luscious at times, caramel syrup, almonds, raisins, and a trace of dry crackers. Too bad the potency is only modest. Still the nose is inviting.

The palate was damn good and it even seems to show a little age. A beer this small has a long way to travel. I bet this beer would be killer fresh. Still, the palate has charm, hops upfront that offer a grassy, herbal quality, lightly spicy too. The middle is a good mix of fruit (like raisins and plums) and caramel malt sweetness with a dry, cracker underbelly. At the end a kiss of alcohol-like heat is noticed and then the beer sails to the finish. The finish is graceful, it is a soft mix of all of the above flavors, and nothing stands out above anything else. There is something about the finish that is magical. There is some intangible quality I can’t put my finger on, let alone describe. I guess I can just call it “complexity” and leave it at that. The palate is damn tasty. I’m impressed. I can’t imagine what this beer would taste like on cask.

Medium in body with subtle carbonation that helps produce a silky-smooth mouthfeel. It is to die for.

This is quite drinkable; too bad it is not sold in a bigger bottle. Too bad it ran me $5.00 for the 11.2 ounces in Milwaukee, WI. Too bad Germany is so far away. Worthy of its reputation…recommended.

Update as of 02/02/06: I got another bottle of Classic. Like my first bottle (review above) it shows a little age. I am not going to adjust any of the numbers or really write a new review. I will say I can reaffirm the already known; this is a damn tasty Alt. I want nothing more then a stunningly fresh bottle! I'll try again...

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a two finger tall light tan head. The head dissipates down to a eight inch ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There is significant lacing.

S: Aromas of caramel malts, floral hops, and some breadiness.

T: Flavors are primarily the malts upfront - caramel, bready, and roasted - followed by bitterness and hints of yeast. I would describe the taste as complex but easy to enjoy. Slightest hint of pepper in the finish as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Quite easy to drink and very sessionable. Enjoyable flavor and low ABV

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Photo of ngandhi
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not entirely deep in malt, but balanced nicely with a final focus on noble German hops and a pilsner-like dry bitter finish. The midpalate is most notable, fading out from light malt to a delicate green hoppiness -- almost like a Vienna lager with a subtle malt prescence that wants to go somewhere but never does. A touch nutty. Crisp.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of wesleyhighley
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good example of what a beer can be in its most simplistic terms. There were two distinct tastes: the hops and the malt. The aroma was very true to taste and it was a simple, good beer. It was a pleasure to drink and could easily be used in comparison with other beers to describe what both hops and malt taste like.

Great Alt!

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Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, somewhat coppery-brownish color. Mine had very little head that dropped off quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is good. Some notes of fruit (possible apple) and caramel. Some grassy hops also. The taste is quite good. A hint of sweetness in the beginning, followed by a dry, biscuity taste, along with some bitterness. A large amount of flavor for such a low alcohol beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of off white foam on top of a copper-brown body with good clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Toasted malt and light toffee with a very slight hint of fruity yeast in the background.

T - Rich malt with lots of toast and dry caramel up front. Some darker malt notes of plum and raisin come out in the middle with a light, earthy hop flavor. The beer finishes with lots of dry toast and moderate hop bitterness that effectively balances the residual sweetness of the malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Quite nice and much more malty than I expected it to be. There is a lot of toast and caramel with some surprising fruity notes. The hops are present, and while they are not particularly intense, they balance the malt while also adding a light, spicy touch to the beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ColoradoBobs
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with ceramic swing-top stopper.

Red-amber slightly-cloudy body uner a tight off-white two finger head. Fades to a solid, fully-lasting lid, with lots of lacing.

Smell of nutty buttery hops. Walnut. Nice roasted malt. A lot going on here for a 4.5% beer. Lots of aroma.

Nice roasted malt well-blanced with pine and citrus hops for bitterness.

Pleasant enough palate: this feels a bit like what I might think of a "lite Maibock." Still, fairly thin.

Very drinkable. However, too pricey to have very many of them. Rare as hen's teeth in Colorado. Thanks to Indy's shbobdb for hooking me up.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the unique swingtop bottle that IS 'Uerige', a 0.33L/11.2 oz. pour into a Kulmbacher stange. Label on the neck offers: Bottled on 05.03; Code 04 06.

A: An auburn-tinged chestnut brown, faint light penetrating. Thin streams of carbonation wriggle upwards through a murky fog of suspended yeasty bits. Head builds to nearly two fingers of ivory foam, leaves banding lace. Not quite sure if this is intended to look so unfiltered (my first time to try this particular beer)...

S: An herbal/minty hopping fills the nose, dry earthen malts. Almost 'clay'-like - so dusty; slight woodsy smokiness. Hints of apple skin and nutmeg.

T: Dark bread crusts, toasted and dusted with raw cinnamon shavings. Burnt bitterness atop, a grassy/herbal hopping. A little 'black tea'-like at times, with hints of dried dark fruit. Vague touches of brown sugar and honey. Ends mostly bitter, chalky and mineral-like.

M: Lip-smacking maltiness, sharp and drying across the tongue. Medium mouthfeel (borderline 'thin'), lively carbonation. Lasting char/smoke, yet somehow sweetness keeps sneaking in.

D: Nice hop/malt balance. Had some bratwurst and spätzle earlier in the evening; I'll bet this would have made a great pairing - next time... Very well done.

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Photo of drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich bronze color with a hint of brownish hue a well formed creamy 1/2 finger white head atop,interesting herbal aromas almost vegetal in character a roasted nut character lends itself well to the uniquiness of the aromas.Lightly sweet flavors that of molasses and brown sugar up front with a nutty base a very nice herbal/peppery sharpness really comes thru in the finish really really nice.This is probably one of the standards if not the standard of the style and it shows why light but complex and very flavorful,kick ass.

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Photo of horndecker
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic bottle; interesting shape, ceramic stopper , nice label.

The beer is a clear coppery orange with a prodigous off-white head which flares and slowly subsides, leaving a sticky, sudsy lace.

The nose is grassy, herbal and hoppy up front, with a sweet malt aroma settling in after. Nicely balanced and inviting.

The taste is buttery malt and gently bitter hops all crowding around each other and taking turns with your tongue. A delicious duet cast in a medium to full-bodied fizzy yet clean mouthfeel.

The persistant hoppy finish sloughs off the palate, ready for the next sip.

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Photo of Errto
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 02.10 which means that this beer is probably past it's prime, but as far as I can tell I was lucky to find it in the States at all. Anyway, here goes.

Pours a deep brown, almost like a dark sand. Much darker and richer color than I was expecting. Head is modest but lingering, lacing is noticeable.

Smell is pretty mild at first, some bready malt and that's about all I'm getting for now.

Interesting flavor - some earthy hop bitterness mixed with a mild malt - definitely less "biscuity" than some of the American-made altbiers (Otter Creek, Southampton, etc) that I am more familiar with. As it warms the malt shines through a little more - bready, even a bit sweet. Really unusual spice flavor, almost some black pepper in there.

Overall, a nice beer. Probably tastes better fresh, and I realize finding that will be an uphill battle, but I will try.

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Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, dark, dunkel color. Thin head, OK lacing.

S: Sweet, malty, almost skunky.

T: Sweet malts, surprising hit of bitter hops! Raisens, prunes, apple?

M: Coats the mouth, bitterness sticks around a bit.

D: Low ABV, good taste makes this a winner in my book!

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Japerrault
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown ale with a thin creamy head.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, toffey, resiny/spicey hops.

T: From the aroma, I was expecting a sweet malty ale, but this one is quite dry. Really no sweet at all. Roasted grain and somewhat smokey tones come through first, followed by some hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Quite light and dry feeling. Carbonation is good.

D: This is a fairly light easy drinking beer, but the bitterness from the roasted grain, and the hops may be a turnoff to some. I like it.

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Photo of sachsich
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Uerige! Its a little bit thinner than their Sticke, but thats to be expected. Little to no head on the beer but good lacing. Great amber color with great taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a great session beer where you can have many without getting full

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sliverX
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper/brown semi clear a steady stream of bubbles cascade to the top of the glass, thin white head that hung around real well for how thin it started at.
Smell is a very sweet malt profile with an apple like fruitiness.
Taste is malty, slight burnt malt lingering taste, the smell is represented in the taste but it takes a back seat to a very bread like character.
Mouthfeel is very lively on the tongue medium bodied.
Drinkability this is said to be one of the most sought after altbiers and is deserving so. Can't wait to try the other 2 from the brewery.

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