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From:
Brauerei Schumacher
 
Germany
Style:
Altbier
Ranked #2
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,523
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
33
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 29, 2022
Added:
Oct 04, 2002
Wants:
  45
Gots:
  8
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Unser Schumacher Alt ist ein würziges Vollbier, das nach alter Tradition gebraut wird. Die obergärige Spezialität besticht durch Ihren schlanken Geschmack mit einer leicht malzigen Note und die erfrischende Wirkung reiner Gärungskohlensäure.

Die edlen Aromahopfen aus der Hallertau und dem Tettnang sorgen für die feine Bittere und das abgerundete Aroma. Und eine glänzende Bernsteinfarbe sowie der kräftige Schaum lassen schon auf den ersten Blick erkennen: Bei unserem Altbier wurde das Zusammenspiel von Hopfen, Malz und traditioneller Schumacher-Hefe perfektioniert.

Auf Ihr Wohl!
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Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Jul 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Apr 18, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brauerei Schumacher "Alt"
2,40€ / ,25L on tap at the brewery on 28 September 2021

Look: Crystal clear dark copper colored body with golden and orange highlights beneath a full head of off-white. Excellent head retention and lacing.
Smell: Clean and fresh with crusty bread, caramel, and a touch of herbal hops.
Taste: The flavor follows the aroma with notes of dark crusty bread, medium and dark caramel, burnt sugar, and spicy and herbal hops. A median bitterness balances it leading to a dry, lingering, earthy and spicy finish.
Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp with a natural, fine-bubbled, median carbonation.
Overall: This is the best of Düsseldorf's sweeter, less spicy and herbal altbiers.
Jan 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.7 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Nov 02, 2019
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Reviewed by TKB_Legend from Japan

4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Just like Füchschen Alt a very very well rounded Altbier, which really excels in all disciplines, but is just that little bit short in the "peak taste" to become the Number 1 Altbier of Düsseldorf. If there is no Füchschen available, i prefer Schumacher Alt to every other beer i ever got the chance to drink.
Dec 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.52 by DOCRW from Washington

Nov 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear, deep, dark amber coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of bready, biscuity malt and grassy, floral hops, with just a hint of red berries as well. Taste is an excellent balance of bready, biscuity, slightly caramelly malt and herbal, grassy, slightly floral hops, with just a hint of citrus coming through, as well as just a hint of red berries. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some bready malt, floral hops and hints of citrus and red berries lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Schumacher is really unique among the Düsseldorf Alts in that it is a lot more hop-forward, with a less rich malt body, which is not necessarily a bad thing though, just different. While their 1838er Alt is almost more of a Pale Ale, this is still quite hoppy for the style, feeling a bit more fruity from a combination of both hops and esters, with some subtle citrus and red berry notes coming through, as well as quite a good bitterness. However, there still is a solid bready and slightly caramelly malt presence here, making for an excellent overall balance of sweet and bitter notes. Overall, this makes for a slightly different, but very enjoyable Alt beer that's a bit more on the hoppy side while still maintaining a great balance.
Apr 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by Tolian from Germany

Aug 16, 2017
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Reviewed by DJ-Hophead from England

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tap @ Schumacher Brauhaus, Dusseldorf - Pours light brown with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - malty, stone fruits. Taste - malty forefront, light hop feel with a crisp light bitter finish. Solid alt bier.
Feb 21, 2017
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
L:
-pours a clear amber with a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-plums,spicy,rose hip,strawberries,biscuity
T:
-hay,earthy,spicy,strawberries,plums
-medium,lingering bitterniss for the style
-finishes dry
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Just a flawless Altbier, lagging a bit behind Uerige's complexity.
Jan 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by HopBelT from Belgium

Dec 11, 2016
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Rated by kw_pip from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Draught
Oct 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Oct 05, 2015
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Reviewed by skipxtracer from New York

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Visiting Duesseldorf and this is one of many alt biers I'm drinking this week. Love Schumacher which is just outside the old town. This is my favorite tasting alt bier. The taste and mouthfeel are awesome and it has a nice copper color, darker than some.
Sep 26, 2015
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Reviewed by MaMe from Germany

4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
excellent, handcrafted Alt Bier - benchmark!
Still brewed in the same traditional way since 1838 with open fermentation tanks and open cooling - not like the high volume all-enclosed-factories...three brew masters work in three shifts work hands-on....
Jun 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.09 by calais8587 from Ohio

Apr 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dodgerrigo77 from California

Jan 14, 2015
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
From Keg.

Has a dark brown color, with ruby red hints to it, and a froth, generous head.

Smells of slightly sour, fresh yeast, rustic bread malts and toffee hints, resulting into a slightly sweeter malt body, which overall still appears very earthy.

Tastes dryer than expected, with a decent bitterness, coating up the bread, toasted malts. Malts then turn even more present, introducing a caramelized aspect to the palate, still carried by a grainy bread foundation. Returning with with a slick aspect to it, the bitterness shines again during the finsih, supported by a well fitting carbonation, while there is almost no sweetness left, leading to a well balanced finish.
Dec 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by lmaduells from Spain

Nov 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.8 by mr-jj from Washington

Nov 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by jedcooper from Germany

Nov 07, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by Scarfer_Brad from Florida

Oct 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a pils style glass. Bottled Sept 8th 2014, best before October 11th 2014.

A real gorgeous color of deep chestnut red, with excellent clarity. Head is a very faint light tan to cream color, slowly falls to a simple soaped but one finger puck and top. A big fluffy and light puck sits and settles nicely.

Very neutral and airy smelling bouquet if quite standard. Lots of dry yeast and baked brown bread crust. A good light matching caramel comes also afterward with a hint of light honey brown sugar sweetness. Very nice.

What a real interesting palate. Big hits of dry spiced bread. Large aftertaste of pine like hop and long winding bitterness, with a dusty character. Quenching slightly wet but malt forward in the mid palate. Extremely crisp and dry character with a hint of large hop that seems to grow as the aftertaste lingers for awhile.

I can truly say I have never had a beer like this, it's a lot of fun, and very enjoyable.
Oct 08, 2014
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 1 liter bottle. Pretty standard altbier with some faint caramel notes and a soft, light body. Very drinkable and refreshing but I expected a bit more from it.
Sep 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by leitmotif from Romania

Sep 20, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dirtywaltzer80 from Australia

Aug 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by endless1408 from England

Aug 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by blameo from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Smanke from Texas

Jul 26, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by Kanewai from Hawaii

Apr 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.88 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Feb 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Nov 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by MarkJBurch from Pennsylvania

Aug 09, 2013
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Reviewed by dwren89 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: reddish copper, with creamy head and good lacing

Aroma: very little aroma, but can pick up hints of toasty malt and slight noble hop presence

Taste: toasty malty flavor with rounded noble hop finish, sweetness at first but bitter finish, mostly lager like, but can pick up subtle hints of the apple tartness from the ale yeast

Mouthfeel: lager like consistency, crisp, smooth, biting carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: A delicious ale-lager hybrid that exhibits lager like mouthfeel, clarity, and toastiness, but ale like yeast characteristics of fruit.
Jun 12, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by brbrocc from New York

Jun 08, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by herrburgess from South Carolina

May 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Third destination on my altbier odyssey through Dusseldorf. Visited on 4/11/2013. Served in a .2l stange. Pours a copper/amber hue with a creamy/frothy 1.5 inch off-white head. Nose is very subdued - some caramel notes and a hint of noble hops. Taste is a bit spicy and earthy (particularly in comparison with Uerige and Schlussel) with a lingering earthiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with a slightly watery consistency and an even carbonation. Overall, a good altbier, but not as enjoyable as the alts experienced at the prior two stops.
May 12, 2013
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Reviewed by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap at Schumacher itself, on to the beer:

This is an amber orange colored beer with an inch thick head on top, good retention, and lacing which sticks around the glass. Its nose is bread crust and cracker notes, with a vague sweetness attached. A surprisingly complex alt when tasted; there's the usual bread crust, then it goes fruity for a brief moment. A little spicy hop enters. Then a little caramel, and finally a little orange. Its medium bodied, and is finished with a fruity and toffee filled aftertaste.

A fun alt to try, and what a way to finish day in Dusseldorf.
May 08, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Mar 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Dinkel from Texas

Feb 07, 2013
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