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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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207
Ratings:
304
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
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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 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 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 lackenhauser
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice brown color with a very generous level of carbonation. Malty aroma with a hint of sweetness-almost a touch of cinnamon in the backround. Flavor is mostly malt-slight hop bitterness in the finish. A very slight metallic aftertaste but its not unpleasant. Good body. A drinkable beer-well worth trying after hearing about it for years. I would love to get to Germany for the real thing on tap.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a very interseting bottle with the option to reseal. It's only 11 ounces so why would I? Anyway the color was red/copper and sealed on top with a one or two inch white bubbly head. A quiet fruit aroma - dark fruit, like passion fruit or a plum followed by a very small yeast aroma. The taste was above average. The hops and malt played well together. Very balanced portion of the plum, hops, and slight caramel. A well to do Alt, color, smell, taste and a clean velevety finish make this a heck of an above average brew. $4.50 a bottle harms this beers likeability though, I could spend $3.00 and get 6 Great Lakes or Rogue.

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Photo of winomark
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep copper with a small but persistant bone-white head. Mild tropical tones with a malty sweetness on the nose. Not much flavor in the front of the palate, but some sweetness and tannic flavors take control of the finish. Mild, crisp mouthfeel. A decent session beer for me. Nothign too exciting, but very drinkable. Worth a try.

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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 Goldorak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery, in small highball-type glass, I'd say ~8oz serving.

Appearance: Caramel-orange/reddish with a half inch thick creamy, sticky head that died down but held on long enough.
Smell: Really piney, fresh hops
Taste: Clean maltyness with just enough hop balance. Medium carbonation and thin mouthfeel makes this brew very drinkable.

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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 merlin48
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive, brown, swingtop bottle pours a hazy, bronze amber body with a 3 cm ivory head that retains well and deposits massive sheet and patch lacing. Quite impressive to behold.

Aroma has a caramel maltiness that is balanced by a fresh, floral hop character.

Mouthfeel has lively carbonation and a light to medium body.

The taste comes off as very well balanced. Lots of fresh tasting hops lend a herbal and floral bitterness that combine very well with the malt varieties used in this Dusseldorf gem. No hint of alcohol, but none expected at 4.5%. A very refreshing, and very enjoyable altbier. The hops never overwhelm, and lend an ideal balance that results in a clasic Alt. Very drinkable!

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Photo of meathookjones
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This came in a nifty looking slim neck bottle with a swing top. This poured a murky brownish amber color with about 2 inches of off white head. As the head eventually dropped this left good sized sheets of lace all around the glass. The aroma was of a roasted grain and slightly sweet malt. There was a small earth toned hop presence that added to the scent to the scent as well. Taste was of sweet caramel malt backed with more doughy malt. Hops gave it a slightly bitter after taste. The taste was very clean and dry which left you wanted more each time you took a sip. Pretty impressive taste for the size of the beer. Mouthfeel was medium with a nicely carbonated feel to it. This beer goes down very smoothly and would make a perfect sessionable brew. Having tried this has definitely peaked my interest in the style, highly recommended.

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Photo of shippos
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

thanks to luckysevens82 for the opportunity

poured with a honey amber color and average dense white head.
sweet malty aroma with dark fruits making hints at you, plums and figs mainly very appetizing. hops aren't present ot me at all. very clean and dry tasting somewhat dissapointing the aroma leads to expect so much more from this beer. obviously it doesnt' seem to travel to well. thin mouthfeel with a dry center and a rather silent finish. very drinkable but If it tasted as good as it smells fresh than I'd give it a 5. it's ok to try once but nothing I get regularly unless i was at the source.

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Photo of granger10
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reddish in color with a copper hue. Medium white head floats above. Lacing is minimal. Smell is more sweet than bitter but I get some hops there along with a bready yeasty flavor. But in the taste the hops are the dominate flavor. These hops are not bitter at all but really, really flavorful. They have a floral taste and a piney flavor. Honey sweetness lures behind the hops. A hazelnut base flavor comes from the yeast. Finish is dry and crisp but leaves just enough hoppiness for me to want more. To me, this is the ultimate session beer. The hops are very flavorful but not overly so. The balance is quite amazing and more flavors seem to come out the more I try this. I can see why this is a classic!

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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 RedDiamond
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freaky pencil-necked, swivel-capped, yeastless bottle. But lots of vitality when that cap goes *POP*. Poured a honey-brown color with a full finger of soft billowy head. The strange thing was the aroma. It kept shifting accents on me. One moment it smelled like a pilsner, the next I was in the presence of kölsch. The nose was at first bright and malty and accented with floral notes. But is seemed to travel in the direction of a musty lemon scent as time passed.

The taste is curiously both sweet and malty – almost a second cousin to a rauchbier. The flavor also had an unusual lapse. Just before the finish it grew dilute – nearly absent – and then a nice bitter finish latched hold and lingered.

Despite the initial enthusiastic unleashing of trapped gasses, this brew soon lost most of its fizz and remained largely inactive throughout my tasting. This fast release and prolonged stillness goes a long way towards explaining the flux in flavors.

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Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a copper color and formed a nice small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A very small stream of carbonation was present. A heavy aroma of malt and hops, with floral and caramel elements, with a slightly nutty aspect. A flavor of malt, lightly of caramel and a nice hop aspect that relects well in the astrigent, bitter finish of this beer. Not quite up to the classic, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy ruby color. Topped by a cream colored head. A clean sweet malty aroma greats my nose, I also get some grassy herbal hoppy notes. I get hints of pine, flowers, and candied orange. The taste is a bit more washed out than the nose suggests. Though when tasted on draft at the source this is a completely different beer. It has a nice clean bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is preceded by a somewhat muted hop flavor that adds a bit of fruitiness to this beer, which shows what this beer could be like if sampled fresh at the brewery. Does have a nice level of maltiness here that is reminiscent of biscuits with a bit of caramel in it. It almost unfortunate that this is imported, this beer loses so much by leaving its home pub. If you really want to try this, and see that it is a completely different beer, go to the Altstadt of Düsseldorf.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle came with a caveat from the vendor (Belmont Station): to be drunk very cold, not to let it warm up. This seemed strange to me, and perhaps the first warning sign that this sample was not all it could be. The beer pours a shadowy waxy amber with a substantial head that melts away and leaves a small amount of intricate lace on the glass. Nearly invisible musty aroma, which had all the fleeting substance of a disremembered dream. Some caramel malts up front, tempered with a winey roundness, a gentle nutty flavor, and a light apple quality. A deep-down roastiness reveals itself reluctantly, but adds a twinge of smoke and perhaps coffee. The taste, in itself, actually seems a bit hollow, with a rolling grassy bitterness in the finish that makes up a large part of the flavor. I found this to be an intriguing, enveloping beer, and was impressed by many of its complexities, but it wasn't as likeable as I hoped it would be. This bottle is the second time I've tried the beer; the first was a disastrously sour cask served at the Horse Brass. Based on the elusiveness of this bottled sample, I can only conclude that the beer is best when absolutely fresh, and travelling across both the Atlantic Ocean and the continental U.S. has done this beer absolutely no favors.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 11.2 oz bottle that is dated as being bottled on 4/14/04. Pours a cardboard brown leaving a three finger head that is quite pillowy and foamy. First sip - Wow! A wonderful hops taste that remains on the edges of the tongue. Not a bitter hops taste but a green taste. I had a local version of Alt beer and it was much more watery and thin with little hops flavor. This has a little more depth and something going on with the hops. When I take a bit more of a bigger sip and swish it around I get a malty taste that is present but goes away much more quickly. I have avoided getting some imports lately as they seem to go stale by the time they get here but this one tastes very good in spite of being stored out of a cooler.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The swingtop popped loudly and I thought I might have a gusher so I quickly poured this ale and it revealed a rich nut-brown color with a white head that was thin yet resilient. It has a caramel aroma and a very interesting flavor. It begins very smoothly with sweet malt flavors which, slowly segue into a strong hop background that lingers and leaves the most wonderful hop flavor. This beer has a very nice flavor and I was surprised by the delicate earthiness of the German hops

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic copper appearance. Slightly hazy. Nice looking dirty white head that has good retention. A bubbly collar leaves some nice lace. The aroma is sweet. Toffee and vanilla. Caramel syrup and raisin. Really appealing nose. The taste is nice as well. Toffee and caramel like malt notes. Raisin, plum and rum contribute in small proportions. Hopping adds a slight bitterness to the mix. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly and the body is a little better than medium. Very drinkable. Very good.

I need to add another "Head" to my Mount Rushmore of Alts. (The other 4 are Summit, Uerige Sticke, Moose Jaw and Sherlock's)

Thanks to cokes for yet another Uerige altbier.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOve the bottle for this one..a work of art. Now the beer..lovelly looking ale it is an almost glowing amber with a huge sticky, frothy off white head...great lacing. Aroma is strong on the malts..some small hops too. Very soft malty flavour..semi dry finish,, some hints of honey and a small hoppiness at the very end. Very nice on the palate. Not the "biggest" beer in the world but certainly a top class Alt.

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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 nomad
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed yet glossy amber of indistinct colors - quite messy, but altbiers can be a bit strange. The head is the eeriest looking swiss cheese I’ver seen, slip-sliding around without leaving any lace on my glass.

Smells of minty hops, lots of minty hops, then something I'd have to call dirty cross-country running shoes, and dry smoked wood. Now I mean those in a good way, but I'm sure just quite different from when it first came shore. It settles into more crazy malt scents, the strangest roast and caramel sorts that I'm at a complete loss to describe. That and the minty hops were enough to make me quite happy.

To describe the flavor, for me, is easy because its piles of beautiful hops, minty, drying, luscious hops. So much flavor in those hops with of course requisite bitterness but a lecture in what low alpha-acid German-style hops can do. They throw off flavors like pepper and such, moving into the malts which are roasty yet very smooth at the same time. I guess because its an ale-ish lager, a hybrid of perfect balance like great baltic porters, that the malt runs back in forth between rugged roastiness of an ale and the rounded ease of a lager - the malty malts are roasty but not roasty, ya catch?

OK, now I think I understand altbiers, this is much better than anything I’ve yet had but I’ll take a wild guess its taste is extravagantly even better fresh in Dusseldorf. Yeah, so this bottle ain’t fresh, but I’ll be damned if it aint good.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangy copper color, clear and distinct with a flow of strong bubbles coursing up after every sip, small, densely sitting foam cap resides to a ever present hazy skim. Lacing in thin foamy sheets.
Aroma is toasty with nuts and caramel with a light herbal hop touch.
Taste is remarkably nice, very nice and smooth toasty factions of malts, some whole grain goodness, smokey barley seeps, light caramel and unsalted nuts gain and help smooth it out. Great herbal hop biting finish thats just a nudge spicy and holds on to the palate for a good ride. Like that finish.
Feel is about medium, starts a bit grainy with a solid hold and carbonation but drifts off some to a lighter finish, but thats where the nice hop finish does its thing so it more then makes up for it.
As far as quaffing, this stuff takes the cake, very smooth, a nice balance and meld of subtle flavors. Very dee-lish and drinkable; gone in no time cuz that 11.2 oz bottle ain't nearly enough.
Thanks to trbeer for the extra bottle!

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