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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

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cask gravity keg, it is a see-thorugh brown in color. The color of stained wood, it matched the bar. There was no head, and no lace (product of the gravity keg). The alcohol was noticeable on the tongue. It definitely came across as stronger than the 6% listed here by the taste, but not sure about the effect. Hops were slightly noticeable but they were woven around a fruity flavor, but not particularly sweet. Bit of a bite. The alcohol flavor seemed to prevail over all else. It would be a good sipping beer, and it was a good beer, but not really something I would go looking for in the future.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L purchased at the Altstadt brewhouse. Bottled 11/2/10.

Rich, clear copper-brown, darker than most Alts. Small head retains admirably and laces well.

Aroma has some toasty, lightly roasted malts and sulfuric acidity.

Flavor is crisp and bitter, with an underlying malty backbone of nutty caramel, albeit subtle. Bitterness kind of dominates, making for a slightly unbalanced drinking experience. Lacking in hop flavor. Drinkability is however very high, as this brown ale is still remarkably light. Mouthfeel is medium-carboanted, and drinks smoothly.

What is the deal with some of these Alts being disproportionately bitter? (And I am a guy who loves IPAs.) I tend to enjoy the more balanced examples of the style, such as Schlüssel and Schumacher.

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Photo of dwren89
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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 rsyberg01
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S - Probably one of the coolest bottles i've seen. 330 ml bottle with a ceramic swing stopper. Shield label with a paper seal to determine if the top has been opened or not. Dat Leckere Droppke Seit 1862 raised on the side of the bottle along with the Uerige symbol raised as well.

A - Pours a reddish copper pour. Head is good and off-white, then it seals around the edge with a nice tight white ring. The lacing is nice and sticky and leaves a good web with each drink.

S - The nose is pretty roasty with some citrus and hop notes. Some seasonal spice is also there. I also smell a bit of chocolate, not much though.

T - Toasty sweet, a little heavy but very good. Not very complex, you can pick out the elements fairly easy. Very roasty with the citrus and hop cutting through near the end the most. The hop is pretty evident through the entire drink but mostly at the end.

M - Medium bodied with a nice, kind of creamy finish. Smooth over the palette and finishes fairly clean.

D - I dont know how many of these i could polish off in one night. I would say two, maximum. Its pretty roasty which i personally can only take so much of before they all start to taste the same. A very good beer, in moderation.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is just a shadow of the deliciousness that is the Sticke or Doppelsticke. Still good nonetheless. Despite it being a bit fresher than the Sticke I had last night, it tastes slightly oxidized in comparison.

The beer pours to a clear bronze color with a nice active carbonation. Supports a nice creamy white head with a decent lacing. Riddled with sediment. Perhaps I should have waited a day since the sediment was roused from the bottom on the way home from work.

The smell is good. Quite malty in comparison to the Sticke and Doppelsticke, though that is not really a surprise. Very bready and biscuity with notes of toasted caramel. Also a mild hops bouqet rounding things out. A hint of wet cardboard oxidization, despite it being bottled just under two months ago. Has a very small ester profile due to cold fermentation.

The taste is very similar to the nose. Pretty much tastes like a mix between sourdough and pumpernickel. Light berry esters and a nice floral, grassy bitterness in the finish, though unfortunately it is accompanied by a hint of wet cardboard oxidization. I wish I would have tried it sooner, since we got it in only a few weeks after bottling as I recall.

The body is medium and very creamy. Doesn't seem to be any carbonation that sharpens the palate. It would probably help to define the hops a bit more, but it feels nice and slick. The finish has a very light hint of alcohol burn. Still quite drinkable despite the slight oxidization. I love me some altbier (especially the Sticke, and to a slightly lesser extent the Doppelsticke). If only there were more commercial examples of the style that were readily available to me, but I am quite impressed with Uerige.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First altbier evar, let's see how it goes. Sweet looking swing top bottle, poured into the closest thing I have to a stange, an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear medium brown maybe with a touch of vermilion highlights, not much of a head to speak of sort of loose and soapy that sticks around in a cap but leaves behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: Interesting aroma and one that I am not all that familiar with, toasty, slightly woody, almost dusty mustiness, nutty, not much hop aroma that I can detect, or at least that I am familiar with, I mean there is a touch of fruitiness here, but very faded at that.

T/MF: Bitterness is here in terms of feel but not really in terms of hop flavor, I can feel the bitterness constricting the back of my tongue, roasty almost charred malts, very nutty/woody. A little bit of warmth brings out some more complexity. The floral aspects of this beer become more apparent now mixing with the incredibly toasted malts that makes for a very involved drinking experience.

D: We are getting into some seriously sessionable terms here, big on complexity, big flavor and feel and little on ABV adds up to some pretty impressive drinkablility. If only I were in Germany this beer might be a little more reasonable to have a massive supply of.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a clear medium brown color beer with a small light brown foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of caramel malt with some subtle chocolate notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between semi-sweet caramel malt with some nice touch of caramel malt. Interesting beer from a style that I have rarely the opportunity to try.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber red with very little head on it. The aroma has a bit of sour malt scent and is a bit hoppy. The flavor is sweet and the malt profuile is sharp. Very little carbonation in the beer. It may have been lost due to a poor seal on the bottle. This made the beer seem kind of thin and uneventful in the mouth.

This beer is meant to be drank very soon after bottling, like within a month. Since the bottle I had was made in April and it's now November, I think a lot of flavor was lost due to time.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly used copper penny with a foamy head that falls to a ring. Some laving and sporadic bubbling. Served in a collins glass. Smell is burnt biscuits with a nutty essence just beneath the surface. Taste is a wonderful blend of malt sweetness, especially in the middle, and hop bitterness, like biorhythms meeting above the lifeline. The cylindrical glass is perfect for capturing the nose and then quafffing a swallow. Tasty. Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a body to match. This is a fun drinking beer. I probably wouldn't suggest more than 3 or 4 in a setting. I might use it as a balancing beer between a malty brew and one that is predominately hoppy.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rich copper with an off white head that lingers a little longer than a good night kiss.. Smells more malty than its cousin the Uerige Sticke. Taste is also more malty. Classic Alt style brew with nice brown ale caramel and toast notes. Not nearly as hoppy in the finish as the Sticke, but its pretty darn tasty. More in line with the tradional alt style. I prefer the Sticke, but the Classic proved worth the price. Pair it with some smoked gouda, or smoked almonds for a tasty treat

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not the greatest looking beer. I was careful with the pour and the beer has been in the fridge for 4 days. But the beer was still cloudy. The yeast in this one isn't too flocculant. I don't think Alt yeasts typically are. I think they might actually be closely related to wheat yeasts as weird as that might sound. Also kind of a weird color. Not vibrant at all. Kind of a dull brown. The head is also unimpressive. But the 'natural' carbonation is appealing.

The smell is quite nice. Very mellow, but the beautiful munich malt is there. Maybe just a hint of hops. Very subtle.

Pretty nonplussed by the flavor here. There are some very light munich notes, but the bitterness dominates. Not a distinct bitterness...just bitter. A little astringent even maybe.

Mouthfeel is thin. Its even thinner feeling when the beer is cold. I let mine warm in my hands for 10 minutes and my perception has changed greatly. But the abundant carbonation still makes it seem light than it may be.

I could drink a lot of these...that's one thing it has going for it.

In my experience, alts are best drunk fresh as possible...as in...from a gravity cask in front of the brewery in the Altstadt in Dusseldorf.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is overall copper colored with various shades and colors coming thru the glass. Hazy shades of orange and brown ... with a very thick head that leaves lots of lace on the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles up as you drink the beer.

The scent isn't too strong, but from the light malt aroma I can tell 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 some mild caramel. Afterwards, long, lingering, spicy hop flavors develop.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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 EvilKeith
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ceramic cap released a fine mist as I opened the distinctive long necked bottle.
It poured into the glass a clear mahogany amber color. Topped with a short-lived pale tan head, minimal lace.

Smells sweetly of apricots, raisins and baked sweet breads with a trace of alcohol.

What hits first is the tingle of carbonation along the sides of the tongue. Dark toffee and malty middle. Bitter spicy hop finish.

Overall, I liked it. With the scent of alcohol and the quickly receding head I incorrectly assumed the ABV was higher.
Sessionable if you have the money, a bit pricey.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown clear bubbly pour from an actual flip top bottle.

Grainy light leafy with some mustiness reminiscent of an authentic German rather than an American Style.

Buttery tight fizziness. Dry finish. Earthy leafy notes that reminded me a bit of champagne.

An easy drinker. Thanks to PopeDX for the offering. The more familiar that I become with these Altbier styles, the more I enjoy them.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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 GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/11/04- Purchased at Tower Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Very cool slender and curved 11.2 oz swing top bottle. Poured into my Powder Hound pint glass. Born on date of 03/09 and code of 10 03.

Appearance- Absolutely humongus head. Literally half the glass on a good pour. Deep amber color and nice lacing.

Smell- A light roasted nutty scent. Maybe a bit of sweetness in the air.

Taste- Not really sweet like the scent, but it seems very dry in the beginning and throughout. Pretty heavy on the malt with roasted nuts, caramel, butterscotch?, flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Seemed over carbonated at first, but calmed down as consumed.

Drinkability- Interesting beer that was nice to try. A bit too expensive for what I got though. I think it was between $4-$5. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle with a flip top. Very unique looking container.

Appearance: The beer poured a lightly hazy, deep amber color that was accented by red highlights. The off-white head rose up easily to three fingers. As it slowly settled, it became dense and lightly fluffy. It ramped high up the side of the glass, proving its stickiness. It left behind a very respectable amount of lace.

Smell: Heavy malt that was characteristic of both molasses and candy suger, even slightly nutty and cracker-like at times. Some cherry came through that did more than hint of cough syrup. There were definitely some hops present, though they took a backseat to the other aromas. The medicinal aspect of the cherry aroma became a little distracting after awhile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly mouth coating. Smooth upfront, with a velvety carbonation on the tongue. Gained more carbonation in the throat, but it didn't become rough.

Taste: Pretty straightforward, but nice. The malt hit huge upfront, but it wasn't nearly as sweet as I was expecting. There was a little bit of molasses at first, but this quickly transformed into a strong nuttiness that was a dry and husky. Then a nice, slightly herbal, hops bitterness arose to balance things out. A little bit of dark cherry hung out underneath the other flavors. Much drier and huskier than I was expecting. Nice.

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Photo of shapudding
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Caramelly cider colored with a white head. Slightly musty, maybe a bit skunky scent to it. Dry and musty flavored and bittered. Light and slight creamy nice feel to it. Keeps the flavor on your tongue. Mainly malty, lightly hoppy flavored. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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 uwmgdman
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This alt pours into my mug an orangey-golden color with some cloudiness and thin, but persistent white head. The aroma of this beer is rather sweet, that of caramel type malt and maybe a sherry aroma, judging by this and the bottle date, the beer may be a bit over the hill, we’ll see. I cannot detect much of any hop aroma. The taste of this beer is quite complex. There are elements of malty sweetness, that of fruit, and bready notes. The hop bitterness is moderate and balances the sweetness of the beer nicely. After the swallow, the beer leaves my mouth rather dry with a moderate-low hop taste present, definitely wanting another sip. The beer is medium in body and rather highly carbonated, yet is incredibly smooth. Overall I truly enjoyed this one, not as much as the Uerige Sticke, but this was very good. I like the flavor of the beer best, along with the aftertaste, it really leaves you perfectly, not too sweet, not too bitter and not too dry, but rather the perfect mix of the three. I would like to try a fresher sample sometime and see if the aroma is any different. I’d recommend this beer and if I ever make to Germany, I will visit Uerige!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly clear but deep bronze brew, good head architecture. Retains almost none of that head, thinnest of rings around the outside, little islands of tiny bubbles float around the middle. Dark fruit Vienna malt aroma, a touch bready and quite earthy.

The flavor is dark fruit, a lot of caramel malt. Actually a fair amount of hop presence, as compared to the other Alts or doppelbocks. I think the hops are a little peppery and maybe a little citric. The mouthfeel is a little oily from the hops, thick and viscous though. Great brew, I prefer this one to the other Ueriges for drinkability, although for 4.5% it's not the easiest-drinking beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly oranged tea color with a finger of head that falls to a solid true coat over top. Nose is very toasty with lighter raisiney notes hiding behind it. There is a big toffee sweetness in it as well. Flavor is very interesting. The hops are much more dominant here than in the nose. With a light toastyness and a moderate raisin. Hops is grassy and herbal in flavor with a pretty healthy bitterness. I like it. Feel is moderate with a carbonation on the lighter end of moderate. OVerall, I find this to be a pretty nice brew. I'm not overly familiar with the style, but this is an enjoyable beer. I'd have it again...one day hopefully while in Germany to see what it is like without a trip across the ocean, as its nice now, but I bet better over there.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a large head that leaves copious lacing

Smell: Caramel malt, dark fruit and a peppery herbal tone that smells a bit musty

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that adds plum and nut tones; by mid-palate, an herbal bitterness appears that drives through the finish, balancing out the plum tones

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine Alt that has a range of interesting flavors

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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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