Uerige Altbier | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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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:
305
Reviews:
207
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
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31
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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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Photo of philipquarles
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On gravity at the brewery. Pours a coppery brown--probably the darkest of the alts. Thick white head that has fair retention and fantastic lacing.

Smells of hops, malt, and a slight sweetness. This continues in the taste, with hops dominating and slight sugars becoming more evident later on. Other interesting 'artificial' tastes-a bit metallic-come through as well. Pretty complex for an Alt.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style; there's a bit of substance, but still on the watery side. Overall, a very good Alt that lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into pint glass

Cloudy chesnut hue with a pillowy and dense two finger head. The head rises quickly with even a gentle pour. Sticky lacing on the glass. As the beer descends between gulps, the fluffy head remains intact.

Light roasty grain with some flowery organic yeast aromas that give it a fruity scent.

The flavor is light, mostly walnut flavors. Not much bitterness to speak of, except for a little balancing hop flavor at the end. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some burnt flavors mix in as well. The finish is the walnut flavors.

What an enjoyable beer. I bet this beer is incredible fresh. It's easy to drink a good session ale. Recommended.

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Photo of jahred
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow - I love the swingtop bottle. I hope this is tasty, though, because it was pretty darn expensive for 1/3 L of 4.5% ABV beer ...

The beer is quite pretty, with various shades and colors coming thru the glass. Copper, orange and brown ... with a very thick head that leaves lots of lace on the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles up as a drink the beer.

The scent isn't too strong, but from the light malt aroma I can how dry this beer will be. As the beer warms, some caramel and floral hop aromas are evident.

The initial taste is extremely dry, with very nutty, caramel flaorors. The dryness almost comes across as white bread crusts. After what seems like a bit of a delay, long, lingering, spicy hop flavors explode in my mouth.

Fantastic and extremely easy to drink. Makes me want to travel to Germany and drink more of this stuff nearer to its source.

a delay, long, lingering spicy hops

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar, been wanting to try this on draft for a while now. Beer is light brown and hazy. There is a thick white head made up of small bubbles that leave a ton of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate (kind of hard to tell but its definitely steady and present).

The aroma is little light compared to the doppel and sticke, but its about the same, some estery fruits, a hint of alcohol or something else, hard to tell.

Beer has a medium body and finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. There is a mild bitterness throughout but there is not much flavor up front at all. The more I drink the more there appears an aftertaste, a slight bitter taste that builds in my mouth. Maybe a like sulfur in that back flavor as well. Drinkability good and mouthfeel could use some more connectivity but overall a good experience.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 05.03.?? (didn't check to compare other bottles to see if there was supposed to be another number)

code "04 06"

poured into shaped pint glass.

dull brown w orange/amber hue. slight haze. great head, retains well. consistent patches of splotchy lacing.

noble hop aroma w slight metallic hint. caramel malts. whiff of phenols.

gentle toasted malts w caramel hint. prominent but not overly aggressive hop bitterness. has grassy, noble hop character, melding with all other flavors. trace of estery fruitiness. clean finish with hint again of caramelized malt.

not thin. smooth. some tannic astringency. lively carbonation.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
3.98 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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