Uerige Altbier | Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

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.

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It has a refreshingly fruity yeast aroma that is quite pleasant. The taste is good. It has a light and bitter flavor that is loaded with hops and balanced with light crystal malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine altbier. It's light and bitter and highly drinkable.

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Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, split with Steve. 11.2oz cool looking swing-top, bottled 01-11.

Poured an orange brown, with a clear body (careful to avoid the gratuitous amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle on the first pour). Off-white head that leaves a bit of a collar and bit of retention. Nose is fruitier than most alts I've come across, predominantly plum but some general dark fruits otherwise. Some notes almost resembling brown sugar, and sweet dark breads. Taste has some dried dark fruits, more plum as per the nose, dry and bready notes. Grassy and distinct Noble hops notes in the finish, with a big herbal and earthy quality. Mouthfeel is medium light, with a medium low carbonation and substantial hop character in the finish. Quite nice all around, and having a greater fruit character than most altbiers I've had before. Certainly could been better if a bit fresher, but certainly a style I've warming up to quite a bit.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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 Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium cloudy amber hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a an earthy and estery hop with a husky grain bill.

The taste consisted of a strong graininess with a fruity, yet mildly spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness and slightly chewy.

Overall a very unique and tasty beer. Certainly something I would like to revisit.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. A rare treat. Pours chestnut brown with a nice fluffy head and sticky lacing. Smells like a freshly cleaned stable. Sweet hay and a touch of earth and wood as well as fresh grains. Some light malt throughout as well. The taste is similar, with predominant notes of hay and cereal grains as well as some light malt. Smooth, toasty, and malty, quite dry and easy to drink. Nice to try this on tap.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. This was bottled February 2010.

Appearance: rich, hazy dark brown body with a thin finger of ivory foam. Pretty tasty looking.

Smell: light aroma, but its composition is quite nice. Very malty, sweet and a little fruity. I like it.

Taste: caramelly malt flavor, but rather dry. Noble hops are definitely present and there is a nice balancing bitterness. Flavor is also slightly biscuity. This is a good beer but it doesn't exactly float my boat.

Mouthfeel: nice body; medium with good carbonation. Overall, quite creamy and refreshing.

Drinkability: a solid beer, but as I said it's not precisely my cup of tea. Totally drinkable, though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 Evil_Pidde
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fantastic tall and compact beige head fills the glass. After a while the liquid appears as the head starts to dissipate. The color is lovely glowing brown. Nice lacings.

S: Roasted malt, kind of dry. Suttle hoppiness brings fruity notes; ripe oranges and pears as well as dark dried fruits. Sweet.

T: Toasty malt, roasted and bready. Yeast and quite spicy. Rich fruit; follows the smell. Sweet, but also dry. The bitter hops are strong but very well balanced. An metallic back-bone (like in every Altbier I've ever had).

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter (cherry kernel-like). Body is so smooth and medium full, while the strong carbonation is very modest and un-aggresive.

O: This is a very well crafted and balanced Altbier - probably the best I've ever had.

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Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
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 corby112
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark chestnut color with ruddy mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Sweet dark fruit aroma with hints of licorice, peppery spice and chocolate malt.

Slightly watered down mouthfeel with some nutty/chocolate malts, sweet dark fruit notes, licorice, saaz hops and a slightly dry metallic finish.

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Photo of wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle is purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF06, and it's my second time to taste this beer. My first encounter took place on-tap, at the Battersea BeerFest., Feb. 06, when the "omnipresent" provider (of German beers to most local London beer festivals), Olaf, told me the beer might have been infected a little, hence a lightly unconventional, sour touch to it. I liked it then. Now is time to see if the bottled version also lives up to its fame with its "original" taste... At 4.7%abv., bottled on 24/07 and expired on 23/08??... just one-month shelf-life?? Quite intriguing... served lightly-chilled in a "Gaffel Kölsch" Stange~~ (not that improper, I guess? 8-P)

A: dark tawny to chest-nut brown hue, elegant... the beer head comes effervescent and is held pretty well by the stange, presents a very tight, fine and creamy texture of off-white froth, slowly breaking down from below... carbonation is lively with streams of micro-scopic fizziness in the middle, skirted by med.-sized bubbly rockets... Looking great~~
S: complex maltiness, with caramely malts, and sweet+roasty nuts coating a much lighter grainy and slightly lemony lager malts and a floral+earthy+damp-leafy hoppy scent in the middle... underneath come also hints of woodiness like wood barrels, but provides just a subtle kick to the overall complexity.
T: incredibly intense and focused sour-bitter taste of old wood-barrels and dried hops makes a big entrance... slowly a milder and softer flow of nutty malts, delicately bitter edge of caramelised sugar with a faint kick of bitter chocolates ride on an upper track, while the mixed bitterness (like wood-chips, ground dried medicinal root-spices, mildly roast tea-leaves) simply retains its intensity and depth, creeping like an undercurrent down the wings and towards the very end of the palate... slightly roasty-dryish (from roasted malts) and profoundly chewy, bitter-hop aftertaste lingers forever, balancing the maltiness in the most subtle and elegant manner.
M&D: softly fizzy on the mouthfeel, medium-bodied and pretty clean on the texture so that the bitterness roams free all over the palate... The beer, surely the bitter-est German beer I've had, shows an equivalent length and depth like a really good English Best Bitter, albeit much milder in fruitiness and cleaner in texture, and added with a woody touch that is seldom imparted to most Bitters nowadays. I'm surprised to find it so thirst-quenching and quaffable. Compared to Schumacher Alt that I tasted at the GBBF this year (stillaged), this beer to Schumacher is like a dry-hopped Best Bitter to a fruity-malty Premium Bitter... if this weird comparison makes sense?! If it's available on cask/tap a little more often in this country, I'll certainly know where to look to get a perfect alternative to my Bitters~~ Lovely nectar, this is... but Damn! I should've bought a case!!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy leather brown w/ orange tints and a little bit of floaties along with a two-finger offwhite head that slowly receeds. Smell is slightly sweet, slightly nutty/yeast with some minor fruity hops in there as well. Medium-bodied and slightly chewey, this is a dry beer but still rich and smooth and easy down the hatch. Has a biscuit/bread/nutty taste along with some slightly sticky and sweet malts. Hop bitterness leads to a dry backbite that balances the beer with some fruit flavors. A great beer to just chill out with.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
the label says bottled in 1404
A- This beer has a slight hazy nut brown body with a thin broken film of a head. The haze is to thick to see any carbonation.

S- the smell of sweet honeycomb has a light caramel note to it.

T- The taste of slightly sweet honey malt has a nice dry pale malt note. The finish is a smooth dark coffee malt hint that is a bit watery in taste. There is a soft medium Noble hop bitterness that balances the malt nicely.

M- this beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that is watery with a light fizz note in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice malt notes but they are very light and could be a bit more bold.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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 VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ppoitras
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA, in a cool-looking swing-top. Date Code is 14 04.

Poured into a Middle Ages imperial half pint glass, formed a thick 1/2" light toffee head over a clear, caramel-hued brew. Laced well. Aroma is lightly of yeast and malts. Taste is light malts upfront, with hops dominating the latter portion of the flavor. Expected a bit deeper malt character, but what do I know? (Note - As it warmed, a nutty characteristic became more pronounced, nice.) Mouthfeel excellent, and drinkability is endless. Maybe I can get a friend stioned in the Air Force in Germany to bring me back some fresh Uerige, so I can see how it can possibly be even better...

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and almost lager like amger. But not a lot of bubbles and a crappy head and no residual foam during the drinking. A par mix or toasted malts. Byt very hard to pick up in the nose. The taste is just a bit easier to pick up. A very lagery bread crust tase with some carbonation that is tasted but not seen. A very lager feel to the palate as well. Crsip and refreshing.

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Photo of bark
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is deep, warm brown-copper. The very high head is airy and pale brown with a fine crater. It sinks very slowly leaving massive amounts of thick lacing. The liquid is clear.

The smell is smooth and complex. Butterscotch, caramel, robust bitter hops, brown sugar, rye bread, overripe apples, hay, autumn forest, hay… There are lots of things going on here, but they stick together.

The flavour is bitter. Very bitter for a German beer, it reminds me of some of the best English IPAs in the robust powerful hoppy bitterness. Notes of rye bread, sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. Dried flowers and hay, sour Porter-like hints. Very fresh flavours. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is bitter with lots of dried flowers and some toffee. Fresh grass, hay, cocoa, fresh herbs and some light spicy flavours. The long finish is malty, bitter and a bit roasted.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is a bit sticky and mid-smooth.

Malty lika a dopplebock, hoppy like an English IPA and complex like a Quadrupel. All at 4.7 % ABV. One of the best beers I have had: This is beer love.

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Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, deep amber with a reddish hue. A fairly vigourous pour resulted in 3/4 inch of dense, off-white foam. Good retention with a bit of clumpy lacing. Malty aroma with a bit of grain, caramel, dried fruit and herbal hops. Malt forms a solid flavour base that allows other characters to be build up. Bitterness is easily an equal to sweetness and the hop flavour starts of herbal and builds almost to the point of being medicinal before the finish, where is switches to lingering mint. Very distinctive and quite tasty. Dried fruit provides some additional sweetness in the middle. Refined, well-integrated carbonation with a good body that dries out by the finish. I really enjoyed this beer. It's easy to drink and has a really interesting flavour. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's yesterday. I feel lucky for being able to try all 3 Uerige altbiers fresh, on tap, and side by side.

Amber with light amber highlights, this beer is a touch lighter than the regular Sticke. Dense off-white head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, this is clean, with grassy hops and a bready character that makes me think of raisin bread. Mildly spicy, almost rye-like with a touch of baking spices. The palate opens up very hoppy and bitter with earthy hops with the character of petrichor. Mildly grassy and lemony. The malt character is similar to but a touch lighter than the sticke. Mild caramel is present, and the finish is long, dry and bitter. Carbonation is high, and enjoyable. Drier and hoppier than the sticke. Thoroughly enjoyable, I prefer the sticke though.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 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 Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Experienced on-cask at Uerige on 4/11/2013 while visiting my good friend Thirstybird. First of three served in a .2l stange. Pours a deep amber with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch cream-colored head. Nose is malty with a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - the perfect balance of malt and hops with just a kiss of earthiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a smooth body and a slight bite at the finish. Overall, a very different animal than what is generally available in the bottle. A great session alt.

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