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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
Ranking:
#5,167
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
314
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
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Photo of mintjellie
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Walnut brown body topped by dense beige foam. Decent retention, patchy lacing. Gentle dark bread aroma with toasted nuts and hints of dried fruit and leafy hops. Doughy malt and toasted nuts on the palate. Restrained fruit and leafy bitter finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Good weight. Astringent finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of AugustusRex
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL slim swing-top bottle purchased at the LCBO; best before Dec 2017 and served slightly chilled. While I've tried a handful of altbiers before, they were all Canadian-brewed interpretations. Thus, I'm actually pretty pumped to finally sample an imported alt from the style's point of origin in Düsseldorf.

Pours an amber-brown hue with minimal chill haze; placed atop is a crown of off white-coloured head about an inch high. It has largely faded down by the five minute mark, coating the interior surface of the glass with an uninterrupted curtain of fine, smooth, even lacing; a modest collar of creamy foam also survives. An attractive brown ale, to say the least. Bready notes are amply apparent in the aroma, in addition to hints of toasted nuts and grains. There's also some light sponge toffee sweetness, and a slight suggestion of plum or raisin bread. Touches of leafy, grassy hops round out the nose with exquisite subtlety and balance.

The flavour profile is very much in line with the aroma - bready, biscuity malt flavours, whole grains and lightly toasted nuts; dispersed amongst this clean backbone are a few sweeter nuances of caramel and toffee. This is mostly pushed aside in the latter half of the sip by the continental hops, which impart a grassy, spicy bitterness that serves as the perfect counterpoint. Finishes with an earthy, bitter flair, before a dry aftertaste that implores me to take another sip. Light in body, with restrained carbonation that gently prickles the palate. Smooth, pleasant texture which perfectly suits this alt's personality.

Final Grade: 4.39, a world-class A grade. Uerige Altbier is a quality example of this often overlooked German brown ale style. Fantastic stuff; incredibly drinkable and quite flavourful, particularly in light of its relatively modest abv. At $4 per serving in this market, it's a little too expensive to become a regular purchase for me. Still, this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for - I'm enjoying Uerige Alt considerably more than most of the domestic alt-ernatives. A must try for all BAs with a fondness for German beer.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Uerige, Dusseldorf - Pours dark brown with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - bready/yeasty at the front, malty notes at the back. Taste - yeasty/bready forefront, light hop/malt feel, long bitter finish. If you like lovely bitter alt bier this is for you. Solid.

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Photo of drmeto
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled Version
L:
-pours a clear copper with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grassy,roasty,caramel,spicy,plums,strawberries,nutty,chocolate
T:
-grassy,spicy,nutty,caramel,coffee
-high,tangy bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Just an amazing Altbier.All others are judged by it's standard.

On Tap:
On tap, the fruity Ale Yeast esters are more dominant.Other than that it's the same.

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

Photo of VoxRationis
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aardwolf
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTuomi
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Beginner2
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had side-by-side with Uerige's Dopplesticke, the hopping similarities are strong... too strong for me.
The comparison after that is not fair. This bottle of alt was certainly backsliding and losing freshness fast.
But even if this Alt was on the upside of the freshness curve, I would not willing have it again as I rarely like dry-hopping. We also have an ale that is too thin and too dry -- and even too astringent -- in the finish.

Listed on the "1001," I suppose it deserves to be there as the famous style of Dusseldorf and using ale yeast. If there are other alts, it would be a good idea to nominate them to represent the style on the list.
Urge's Alt is also reviewed also in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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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 der_meister
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DrAnnaNemis
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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 DuncanMcBommer
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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