Uerige Altbier | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
304
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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

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Photo of JPNesker
4.26/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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 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 mintjellie
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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 thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +9.3%
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%
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 NeonMan
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
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 +17.6%
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 -11.1%
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 Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 NardiByNature
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +2.8%
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 CwrwAmByth
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice intense yeasty/malty flavour. Starts off a bit funky but mellows out into a nice fruity, ale-like drink. Really refreshing and drinkable, even if just a few days past the bbd.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit especially raisins and figs, light nuttiness, inviting. Flavor is dry caramel and toasty bread malt, bitter herbs, rye bread; light grassy hops in the finish. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A very nice altbier with interesting dry malt flavors and light earthy, grassy hops in the finish. Mellow, but surprisingly full flavored for the ABV. Very enjoyable. There is a dry, biscuity malt flavor in the aftertaste that is very nice with the residual hop bitterness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing top. Coppery color. Poured into a Uerige highball sampler glass; feeling the mood. Pretty beer. Aroma is soft and evokes the essence of beer. No frills. Caramel, bread and some herbal hops. Flavor is very similar to the scent; no surprises. Bare bones and direct. Light bodied. Very drinkable. Not too elaborate but I could destroy 7-9 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark copper with a 1" head of foam.

Smell is malty, earthy hops, nutty.

The taste surpasses the pleasant smell. A kind of earthy and spicy hop thing going on with a nice nutty sweet ish malt presence. Smooth and tasty with a nice mouthfeel and I reckon I am drinking a fine Alt indeed.

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Photo of aleigator
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a foamy, decent, long staying head, while its color is defined by a lovely dark brown color, in which red glowing hints are visible.

Nose is full of malt defined aromas, very bready with hints of tobacco and a slightly sour peak of fresh yeast.

Beginning is very soft on the palate, with lots of earth and whole-grain bread, while a subtle biscuit touch adds sweeter hints to it. Malt body then turns particular bitter for an Alt, still accompanying the malts. Finishes with slightly sour, soft yeasty hints, while a dry, bitter hop note becomes more present. Inconvenient bitter, very complex, with a distinct flowery, dry hop note amongst a bready malt body.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really cool looking bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a copper brown, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grass, toasted bread, caramel, and toffee.

A pretty good hop profile on this one, must be relatively fresh. Some herbal and grassy hop bitterness that lingers for a bit, with delicious crackery toasty bready malt flavor, along with dry caramel.

Medium bodied, pretty full for the ABV at 4.7%. Low carbonation, crisp, clean mouthfeel.

This one of the best German breweries that you can get in the US. Awesome stuff.

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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 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 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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