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:
308
Reviews:
207
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary easy drink, with lots of carmel and malt but also bitterness, nicely hopped, citrus. Brown with Big head that lasts, and provides creamy ball of foam on way down. Malty and citrus aroma. Finishes with pleasant lingering sweetness. Lovely anytime.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/2013. Best before 6/2014.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and biscuit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a surprising hoppy flavor that I wasn't expecting based on the smell.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off beige head that slowly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat complex has flavors of bready, caramel and roasted malts as well as some yeast and a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the low alcohol content makes it quite sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly less caramel sweetness and with simplified complexity, this classic altbier carries a strict balance that doesn't tilt toward hop bitterness as do many Dusseldorf altbiers.

Medium amber in color and mostly clear, the beer forms a creme of white foam that's shy on both retention and lace. Inviting and casual, the beer neither impresses nor dissapoints the eye.

Caramel and bread crust aromas remind me of richer Oktoberfest beers. Without deeper malt/melanoidin notes or earthy hops, the nose gives the impressions of caramel, grain, and bread.

Flavors remain caramel focused, but with the added taste of bread crust, mild grain, and malty sweetness. This one-dimensional taste rides through the mid palate until the arrival of hop bitterness to balance in finish. Light herbal or grassy taste accompany the rising bitterness but never overtake the caramel.

Medium textured with medium maltiness and subtle carbonation, the beer has a mild weight that gives it more heaft than Oktoberfests, yet with the bitter balance that's unexpected from other traditional German beers. Mediun dryness in finish help to crispen the beer in preparation for the next drink.

Very drinkable and unoffensive, this beer is meant for large consumption, and done so quickly. A great thirst quencher for food pairings but lacking complexity for deep evaluation. Light graininess and slight over-attenuation gives a mild watery effect late.

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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 emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the recommended stange glass, a hazy tea-brown with suspended unfiltered yeast. Two fingers of head settled to form a solid 1/4" layer of offwhite foam. A ring of lacing forms with descending tendrils.

Smells of grain husk, malt, a little sweet caramel or honey.

Fairly mellow in the taste, mostly caramel malt and aged hops that build in intensity. The dry, herbal hop bitterness lingers for awhile in the aftertaste.

Fairly thin mouthfeel, tea-like wouldn't be too far off. The carbonation is visible, but it's not felt as much. Very easy to quaff this, cost may prevent an all out session though.

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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 zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, bubbly cola brown color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and fruity.

T - It tasted of plum and biscuity malt with a mild spicy hop bite. Really great tasting altbier.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. An easy drinking, medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good example of the style. Very tasty and worth the price.

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a .2 liter Uerige stange. The beer itself appears a hazy copper color, and arrives from the tap with a finger of thick cream colored foam.

The nose is hop forward, earthy and herbal, faintly toasted and metallic. Berry-like fruit notes come out with a little agitation.

Incredibly flavorful for the low ABV, it washes the tongue with bitter herbal hops, flavors of earth and mineral, toasted malt and light fruity tartness. It's a complex beer, difficult to wrap the mind around but immensely enjoyable. The finish has a big hoppy bite, quite bitter but also faintly metallic and sour. This is a beer I'll have to revisit a few times before I can fully grasp every nuance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey. Served in a mini snifter.

Pour is a caramel-colored liquid that is mostly clear. Thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings a good amount of light bread and earthy hops. Nothing too complex; perhaps a bit of very light fruit. Flavor is similarly restrained with some bread and then not too much else. However, the hops coke through in the finish for a good bitterness. Light body and good carbonation. Good, but nowhere near the Sticke or, especially, the Doppelsticke.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz swing-top bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of robust, smoky, caramelized malts along with some nuts and spice and a decent background of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of caramel, nuts, spices, some smokiness and good hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but it exactly at the level it should be for the style. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, excellent representation of style, mild kick, this is a very good beer in a style that many brewers seem either reluctant to do or unable to do well. If I want a beer with some substance that isn’t going to be overpowering, this is an excellent choice. Too bad it’s such an expensive one.

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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 ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dcmchew
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, with a nice beige head forming up. From the look of it, it will be a malty, compact, dense drink.
Smells of roasted malts, dark spices and green and dry grass.
Roasted malts, somewhat sweet with a dark fruitiness background (low raisin, dry figs). Hint of apricot also, and some low citrus (a mild lemon zest that you usually get in a lager also). Yeasts are hard at work, earthy, spicy, woody. A floral note, but a bigger herbal note, with pine, sage, dry cones. Hops are big and clear, and create a hugely intense dry bitterness, enhanced by the roast, really rough. The bitterness and an alcoholic warmth linger for a very long time in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way.
A little fizz, but the beer is mostly creamy, dense and robust.
A great intensity of aromas, beautiful balance between malts, yeasts and hops creating a strong, very "German" bitterness that few beers achieve.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uerige is dark copper in color with a moderate head size. Rentention is pretty good. The aroma is weak and somewhat uninteresting. A light carmel smell underlies a slightly stronger herbal body. The main taste here is of herbal hops. Caramel malts are faintly tasted in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly active due to the herbal elements. This is a pretty good beer, however this isn't exactly my cup of tea. I think I liked Uerige Sticke better.

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25-11 is the date on the bottle...

Pours amber with a 2 fingers offwhite head. Okay lacing & average head retention

S: Ever slight whiffs of malt & hops

Taste: Big grapefruitty/woody taste up front. Slight malt sweetness & a hint of tobbaaco as it warms. Slight astrignecy also perimiates the body. Finishes slightlty sweet with woody notes

MF: Medium bodied, slightlty under carbonated & skews too hoppy for the style IMO

Drinks okay. Maybe this beer is tired? I do know this tasted much malty & sweeter the on one evening I spent at the brewery in Duddeldorf. Would try again if I was sure I getting fresher beer

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

I love the shape of these bottles and I love the muffled gunshot that results when cracking the swing-top seal. Soft, gauzy ochre that could also be described as weather-worn bronze. The cap is modest in size, sandstone in color and awash with geological features. Small pits, larger divots, slopes, precipices, hummocks and bridges of foam from head to glass... it's all here and it all looks great.

The one word that occurs to me when assessing the aroma is earthy. I don't remember what Uerige Sticke smelled like, but I do remember that I liked the way it smelled. Must be the yeast; I'm sure these two beers have that in common. In fact, my impression is that Sticke is simply Uerige Altbier with more malt, more hops and more alcohol. This one smells of toasted grain and considerably musky, overripe fruit. I like it, yes I do.

Whether it contains a lesser quantity of ingredients or not, Classic doesn't take a backseat to any altbier, not even its bigger brother. There's a toasted malty brown bread base, with more lucious hoppiness than expected. In fact, it tastes a lot like some English pale ales, the ones that are especially tea leafy. That's a good thing. I can also appreciate a wonderfully bold spiciness that gives the flavor profile an added measure of complexity. Not that it needed it.

With warming, the flavors meld even more seamlessly and the hoppiness is enhanced. I find myself taking smaller and smaller sips in order to appreciate more incredible 'finishes' before all 11.2 ounces are gone. Double-sizing these bottles would be a great idea. The mouthfeel is light-medium, pillowy soft and feels great throughout the entire journey from lips to points south.

"Bitter and full of flavor is what the tongue signalises, but also moreish" is the tortured translation that appears on the Uerige website. I couldn't have said it better. After learning that Classic is the lower malt, lower hops, lower alcohol version of Sticke, I envisioned myself saying something along the lines of 'it's good, but I'll sticke with the bigger beer'. Well I'm here to say that the little guy has nothing to apologize for. As far as I'm concerned, Uerige Obergarige Hausbrauerei brews the definitive versions of the altbier style.

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

Presentation: poured from a swingtop bottle with bronze outlined shield shaped label. Bottled on 11/25 displayed on the neck label.

A - Opened with a loud POP! Pours with vigorous effervescent yeast action. Slightly cloudy with countless bubbles that form to make a whipped up white head.

S - Malty sweet, nutty scents emanate as wall as hop spice odors. Caramel and honey like aromas are noticed.

M - Lively and sweet, sticky with a crisp feel. Just slightly bitter, very middle range not too light - suffficiently mouthpleasing body. Very clean with palate cleansing effervescence.

T - Malty and prickly with active carbonation. Honey caramel like flavors from the malts are sweet, but not overly so. A bitter and nutty quality is apparent with the finish of every sip. A nice balance of slighly peppery clove spiciness and faintly sweet nuttiness. A white pepper note returns upon repeated tastes with a gentle sugar and dry grainy flavor as it warm that is pleasant like lightly toasted wheat.

D - Great drinkability is found in the low alcohol, session worthy ale. The alt has a nice fruity essence with spice, hop, and pleasing carbonation adding balance.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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