Uerige Altbier | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

Uerige AltbierUerige Altbier
BA SCORE
3.97/5
311 Ratings
Uerige AltbierUerige Altbier
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:
#5,000
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
311
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 210
Photo of needMIbeer
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy, off-white head stands tall and holds itself well. Very active streams of carbonation help to do this. Lace is left in sheets. The body itself is chestnut brown with plenty of haze.

Malt forward with an emphasis on Maillard products. Toasty, caramel, and nutty. Sticky raisin sweetness with delicate floral hops. Clean and sweet with lots of richness packed into its 4.7% body.

Toasty bread crust, light caramel, with a bit of syrupy cherry and raisin. The finish has a well attenuated dryness that's accentuated by a pronounced but pleasant leafy bitterness. Subtle cherry sneaks in the finish as well.

Medium bodied with a low-moderate level of carbonation. Exceptionally clean with a concisely dry finish.

I'm on a clean, malt forward lager kick. Kostritzer last night and this today. I really enjoyed how this started off delicate, sweet, and malt forward and transformed into dry and green with a chalky bitterness.

 934 characters

Photo of flyingpig
3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£4):
n unusual beer that opened well with some nice sweetness & caramel in the early going, particularly with the nose but this never really carried to the taste & the beer was a bit of a disappointment by then; I was definitely expecting a lot more from this one given how highly rated it is as an altbier but I guess some of that is down to the fact that I'm not exactly a huge fan of the style. It will be interesting to see how the brewery's DoppelStick compares to this offering but hopefully it will be at least a minor improvement on this one since it's not exactly a beer that I'll be rushing back to pick up again anytime soon sadly.

 701 characters

Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danbeerfan
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of qrazvan
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wontonst
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO for around $4

34 characters

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

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: anise, rich malts, nuts, spice, low fruit, bread crust, and faint toast. The malt aromas are medium, the hop aromas are medium low and the yeast aromas are low.

L: brilliant chestnut with ruby high lights under a thin cream to tan foam cap with moderate retention.

T: initial faint trace of diacetyl (movie popcorn butter) on the palate that quickly fades. Dark malts and nuts dominate the palate with some fruit and spice leading to a crisp, dry finish. The malt flavors are medium in intensity, layered and complex and linger into the finish. The hop flavors are spicy and floral, medium to medium low in intensity with a medium hop bitterness. There are no harsh or roasted flavors.

F: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to medium low.

O: very nice, drinkable and sessionable full flavored beer

 823 characters

Photo of JPNesker
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Neat. German old ale. Pretty spiffy to look at though nose is all subdued eatery fruit notes. Taste follows nose but is dry dry dry. Body equally dry. Like dry ice on the tongue. Very effervescent and nice malt dominance throughout. Super interesting beer.

 256 characters

Photo of BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, deep caramel body, clear, with an almond milk coloured head that has a couple minutes retention. Very light aroma, only a mild malty sweetness.
Dull flavour, a bit cardboardy, pithy bitterness and super dry. Long finish. Medium body and carbonation.
The simple toasted malt flavour and dryness make this a highly sessionable beer, and it's merits become more apparent over time. It's not going to wow you, but it would be a decent choice if you were going to have a few steins over the course of the night.

 520 characters

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

 1,330 characters

Photo of Glorithm
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

 568 characters

Photo of nullbort
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

 333 characters

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.

 2,127 characters

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.

 301 characters

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.

 467 characters

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Uerige Altbier from Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 311 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.