Diebels Premium Altbier
Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG

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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #98
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,521
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.21%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
152
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Brauerei Diebels GmbH & Co KG
 
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
84
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elnachooo from Spain

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De color cobre, con dos dedos de espuma de buena retención. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aromas tostados y maltosos. De sabor ligeramente dulce y con un final seco.

Nov 17, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

De Espuma - Tienda de Cerveza. En copa Teku. En almuerzo, con fideua + albondigas + solomillo al whisky. Gran sensacion en boca, con buen cuerpo para su abv. Sabor maltoso agradable, fresco, con ligeras notas tostadas e invitando a trago largo

Jan 06, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer with a German goulash in Dusseldorf on a business trip. It is a dark, reddish-bronze color with a huge white head....very stable. The taste aroma is malty and the taste follows suit. Clean, a little bready, and very with a clean, abrupt finish. Semi-Dry and approachable. Not bad for a mass-market German Alt.

Jul 01, 2018
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janubio from Spain

3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colour, mediuim head and retention, good lace.
Aroma of malts, caramel, grains, fruits.
Medium body, light texture, average carbonation.
Taste is similar to the aroma, with a dry finish.

Aug 08, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Probably the best selling Altbier in Germany. It is also very typical of a style that I do not love because something in the malt mixture is off putting to me. In this one there is a slight coffee note that makes it more bareable for. There is even a clear nicely integrated hop presence in the aftertaste. Better than I thought.

Sep 10, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Red brown color with a solid head. Decent aroma of malt, toffee and burned bread, with hints of funkiness. Fresh, malty beginning with lots of flavor, mostly malts, bread, hints of sugar, warming feeling on the palate, which vanishes way too soon. Nearly no aftertaste at all, only short bitterness in the end adding complexity to the malts. This is an easy to drink Alt, which may fit for warm summer days, but all in all it lacks complexity an has a too-light body for my taste. The malts are too sweet, therefore the beer lacks balance, which should be provided by the bitterness.

Dec 18, 2015
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meecrob from Germany

1.59/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought this famous german Altbier in a 500 ml bottle. This beer is everywhere available where I live. I tried it once and I really didnt like it much. The look of the Altbier is dark amber with a good, beige head. When I opened the bottle an unpleasant odor of foul hops came to my nose...The first sip was also unpleasant. It had a very harsh aftertaste from the foul smellng hops to me. Not very drinkable. I wonder about the good ratings here, cause its way overrated in my eyes. This Altbier really didnt convince me at all.

Sep 01, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a clear amber with a medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,gray head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-nutty,chocolate,raisins,spices,cinnamon,roasty
T:
-nutty,caramel,grainy,spicy,roasty,raisins
-slight bitterniss
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Slightly above average Altbier.

Aug 13, 2015
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Zet from Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice colour: the label describes it as barn stone and i tend to agree. Nice stable layer of foam. Weak earthy and malty smell. Nice taste, though it's not easy to define it. Can caramel be bitter? Because that's what it tastes like: caramel bitterness. First time I tried an Altbier. If this beer is an adequate representation, I would gladly drink more beers in this style.

Jul 30, 2015
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DougT from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fell for Alt years ago and love the chance too return to the offices in Gelsenkirchen just to drink it. Brady, hoppy, but still slightly sweat, very refreshing and very drinkable. Diebels is a good one!

May 12, 2015
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RickyS from Germany

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark orange beer, very little head that vanishes completely after pouring. The aroma is faint with a vague presence of caramel but not much more. Taste is also pretty bland. The sweetness is balanced by some hoppy bitterness which makes the beer pretty dry in the aftertaste. Lightly bodied and very fizzy. I would say this is unremarkable although I remembered a much better product the first time I had it. Sad.

May 07, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep Amber color, with two fingers of bright white head that faded to an eighth-inch film after a couple of minutes. Aroma is bready malt, with a little bit of earthy and peppery notes. The taste is like biting into a slice of fresh-baked farmer's rye bread, a little sweet, a little peppery, with some complex raisin, caramel and toffee notes. The mouthfeel was fairly light for a darker beer, but smooth and refreshing. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, a nice drinker.

Dec 05, 2014
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber, clear, good head

Aroma: peppery, malty, hoppy

Taste: malt, followed by dry hop bitterness; dry finish; Very smooth and refreshing

Remarks: I plan on homebrewing this beer once I find a good clone recipe. I really miss having it in Germany.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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Douberd from Netherlands

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. Poured into a kolsch glass. Ingredients are water, hops, barley malt. ABV is 4,9%.
Dark copper colour, with a slighty beige head, one and a half finger in height, soapy in texture, having average retention. No lacing left behind, no activity in the glass.
Aroma is of roasted malts, but very faint. Not much of an aroma actually.
Taste is of roasted malts again, toffee and dark chocolate. It does leave behind some bitterness, but not as much as I expected.
Light carbonation on a thin to medium body.
An average one.

Dec 31, 2012
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rale from France

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good representative of the style. I have it every once in a while. Brown color with creamy head, somewhat sweet with touches of tea and herbs. Very enjoyable beer, but I still miss some more extensive experience with the style to judge better. All in all, if it's within your rich, go for it, you won't regret.

Oct 13, 2012
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the hotel soon after arriving in Zermatt, Switzerland. Lacks the soul of the famous Dusseldorf pub Alts. Still a nice reprieve from Euro lagers. Bright copper. Nice and bready with a mild, herbal hop flavor. Clean and lager-like. Too filtered and refined. Needs more edge. Then again, who cares what one is drinking when in the shadow of the Matterhorn?

Jun 26, 2012
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stevoj from Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Alt Landstuhl restaurant. Towering foamy head covers a nut brown beer. Mild flavor of roasted grains and raisins. Very smooth. Goes great with some German food....My go to German altbier

Apr 12, 2012
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BlackHaddock from England

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.5 Litres in the ‘Berliner Republic’ a fun bar in Berlin where the beer prices go up and down like a beer stock market: there is a big screen to see how the prices are moving, choose a beer than is cheap obviously!

I had a lovely tour of the brewery a long time ago, well before BA came into being and we were given some small barrels of this beer to pour ourselves in the tasting lounge: great fun.

This wasn’t the best draught Alt I’ve had, but it wasn’t the worst either, nor was it as fresh as the beer I remember from that brewery trip. It looked fine though, nice brown colour, a cross between mahogany and oak: on top sat a thin off-white covering of bubbles, which soon left the scene.

The smell was semi-sweet malty molasses with a hop backdrop.

The flavours are malty at first, the hops arriving a bit later in the mouth feel to give the beer a mini bite and a mild bitter finish.

Body depth about right, not rich or deep, but enough to carry the flavours and alcohol content without any problems.

Mar 09, 2012
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foles from Australia

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Diebels tied house on the Duisburg harbour. Freshness was the key here. Light fruity hopiness on the nose. I was drinking a wonderful, crisp, fresh beer with a mildly bitter munich flavour on a background on what again seemed like spalt hops (a favourite in this region). There was a light residual sweetness that balanced out the apparent dryness and firm but not high bitterness.

Great beer.

Oct 31, 2011
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours an amber-copper color with medium head
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel and quite floral hops
Taste: Roasted malts, grain, and nice spicy bitter hops
Mouthfeel: dry finish with a medium-light body and medium carbonation
Overall: Nice beer for dinner

Jul 27, 2011
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BavariaYeti from Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the bier that Deutschland uses as a measure for all Altbier...so I do to, having lived in the country for some years. So as my standard for Altbier it is a perfect blend of lagering and hops. It presents a pretty opaque color, for Deutschland, and has a nice but mild hop aftertaste.

Jun 25, 2011
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jerryjeff from Tennessee

4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Nutty, almost chestnut scent with roasted scents

Appearance: Poured into hefeweizen glass (all I had) to light amber/mahoghany with 3/8" inch head to start. dissipated relatively quickly with no lacing

Drinkability: Rather excellent taste with a slight residual bitterness on the finish. Would like to see how many I could have

Mouthfeel: Slightly buttery on the palette with some presence here, low to medium carbonation really letting the flavor come through

Overall: I thought this was really great. Either I'm just romanticizing the style which is one of my favorites and that I'm having one while in Germany, but it has a great taste, mouthfeel and finish.

May 12, 2011
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czfreeman from California

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking everywhere for a bottle of Uerige, but no luck so far, Altbier is my style of exploration this week.
.33 bottle opens with a nice hiss, poured into a stange, nice medium brown brew, lighter than the Frankenheimer Alt I had yesterday. Medium thick, tan head. Good body. The carbonation appears medium high, overall solid.
Onto aromatics, first the earthy aromatic profile that intriges me with these brews. Immediatly I smell dried porcini, earth, beet covered in dirt(icked those from a garden before) musty grain, akin to a burlap oak sack, finishes lightly sour. A twang of apple cider vinegar and some yeastiness, sourdough. Fantastic I love style even more.
First sip doesnt pack the punch I had anticipated, I miss the upfront mushroom-earthiness of the aromatics. After few more minutes to warm, a roasted grain character emerges. Brown bread, apple, fall-like mustiness. Sweet malt, bread and grain earthiness rond out the finish. The carbonation and light sourness make this beer immensely drinkable and refreshing.
The medium mouthfeel is perfect, the aroma is deep, rustic and very good. The only problem I find is in the flavor. It seems to be a tad watery in comparison to the smell. I've had better Altbiers but I am now inspired to travel to the source and visit Uerige and Dusseldorf next week.

Feb 04, 2011
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Brought directly from Essen, Germany...

A - Dark copper/brown body. Clear. The head is rich at first; after, it dissipates and becomes a thin foamy ring, which fades away, leaving you with no head at all. Almost no lacing.

S - Roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, a bit of earthy hops. Smells like a proper altbier.

T - Starts out very bready, then developing some complexity, with notes of caramel, dark fruits, some earthy hoppiness, and a bit of cinnamon and clove. The finish is very dry and fairly bitter, with yet more of that breadiness.

M - Light-to-medium bodied (closer to medium). Crisply carbonated. Dry and a little spicy. Not very pleasant on the palate, but not that bad either.

D - Not bad, but it is a little too dry and bitter for me to consider it sessionable. Drinks farily easily, though.

Overall, this will give you a good idea of what an altbier is like. However, there are better alts out there, so keep that in mind!

Nov 13, 2010
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mbrown26 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had. Still learning, but this thing was tasty.

A: A beautiful brown color with a thick white head.

S: Smelled malt and figs/raisins. Lots of nose.

T: One of the best well-balanced beers I've had. Nothing was overpowering and the flavor was spectacular. This was my first altbier, but I'm sure a stunning example.

M: Just right. Carbonation wasn't too much and every sip left me looking forward to the next one.

D: Very smooth. Well worth the drink, if you can find it.

Nov 12, 2010
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