Schumacher Alt
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Style:
German Altbier
Ranked #7
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,408
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
61
From:
Brauerei Schumacher
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  42
Gots
  7
SCORE
90
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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Photo of TKB_Legend
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddisch, mahogany coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt with a hint of toffee and citrus. Taste follows the nose, being dominted by bready, caramel malt and a hint of toffee, but with a slight hoppy citrus note and a certain mineral quality as well. Finishes with a medium, herbaceous bitterness. Medium body with medium/strong carbonation.

This is not your typical Alt, while it does have that malty, bready backbone, there is quite a bit of hoppiness to it as well. Despite that typical, herbaceous bitterness coming through in the finish, it's also rather mild, but in a nice way. Quite crisp and easy-drinking, this might actually get mistaken for a Kölsch in a blind taste test.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
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.

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DJ-Hophead from United Kingdom (England), Feb 21, 2017
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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.

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drmeto from Germany, Jan 02, 2017
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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.

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skipxtracer from New York, Sep 26, 2015
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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....

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MaMe from Germany, Jun 08, 2015
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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.

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aleigator from Germany, Dec 09, 2014
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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.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Oct 08, 2014
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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.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Sep 20, 2014
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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.

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dwren89 from Virginia, Jun 12, 2013
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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.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, May 12, 2013
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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.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, May 08, 2013
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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Catch up rating from notes, 2012: Bottle picked up near Dusseldorf in market. Pour reflects the style, medium, clear amber, nice robust head. Aroma is roasty and nutty, with some very fruity notes thrown in as well. Taste is nutty and sweet, mild savory notes, more fruity flavors. Nice weight and feel, dry finish. Classic altbier!

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 12, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've read that this is all light munich malt with hallertau hersbrucker hops.

A: Copper with an off-white head, good retention, incredible lace.

S: Light sulfur, steelie mineral, floral, sourdough rye bread.

T: Really well-hopped for an Alt, very floral & steelie, light mineral, toasted nuts and bread crust, hint of sponge toffee, slight hint of grainy sourness, solid bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp finish (with a hint of tartness).

D/O: New world brewers NEED to taste this, so they can see what an Alt is really about (not a sweet, syrupy mess).

Huge (ABSOLUTELY HUGE!) thanks to cfrances for hauling this back from Germany

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Derek from British Columbia (Canada), Dec 20, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper coloured, considerably lighter some of the other examples in town. Mild aroma, some musty hops and grain, also what seems like restrained esters fom the alt yeast - which are very unique and pleasant on the nose. Hoppy mouthfeel, on the lower part of the spectrum, i.e bitter. Grainy, nutty backbone, lending to a medium body. Pleasant hoppy, assertively bitter finish. Easy drinking and dry. No residual sweetness.

A classic beer.

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foles from Australia, Oct 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ethan for bringing this back fresh. Best served before May 21st, 2011. Obviously they want all the beer lovers who will be raptured away to get a taste of this before they go.

A - Dark copper/amber body with a white head that faded to a nice cap with some spots left on the sides.

S - Roasted grains and some sweetness, mostly honeyesque. Smells pretty straightfoward and easy to drink.

T - Toasted grain and some sweet, pale malts that go down clean with just the smallest bit of hops at the end. Really east to drink with nothing offensive.

M - Lighter side of medium, nice carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

O - Really nice beer. I'm not a huge fan of the style but this is straightforward, simple, and good. Could drink this regularly.

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AgentZero from Illinois, May 19, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L swing-top from Ethan, fresh from the brewery! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a reddish copper color, white frothy head, thin cap, and a nice thick collar. Very nice-looking beer, no doubt.

S - Huge roasted malts, slight sweetness, grain. Very straight forward, yet very enjoyable.

T - Roasted malts, nice touch of sweetness, grain. The roast is complimented by the sweetness in the malts. The grainy finish is wonderful as well. Not complex, but it's not really meant to be.

M - Light, smooth and refreshing, good carbonation.

O - Very well done Alt. Very easy to drink and I went back a couple of times to get another pour. I can imagine drinking this one a hot day in Düsseldorf, just chillin'. Recommend!

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Sean9689 from Illinois, May 16, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swing-top generously procured by Ethan on his recent Düsseldorf jaunt. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Best before May 21st, 2011 - love the aggressive freshness dating.

A - A finger of tan-tinged foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy patches of lace. Transparent coppery-amber-brown body.

S - Toasted grains, barley, kiss of pale malt and honey, faint nut character.

T - Taste is a nice mix of cereal grains and malt sweetness, with perhaps a hint of hazelnut. Very clean finish, with light hop bitterness.

M - Crisp, clean medium-light body, and medium carbonation. Chewy texture that is a bit like undercooked bread.

D - The 1L serving size was greatly appreciated, as this is an excellent session offering. I'd love to be in a beer garden in Düsseldorf getting continuous refills of this one throughout the day. Low alcohol, pleasant flavor and texture, and minimal aftertaste all contribute to making this really easy to drink.

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MasterSki from Ontario (Canada), May 15, 2011
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4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swing-top, bottled 3/1/11, best before 4/1/11 (must be some volatile stuff!). Poured into a Willibecher, which is starting to become my favorite pint glass.

Clear, coppery amber. Tight and creamy head retains very well and laces beautifully.

The aroma has some toasted bread and light, earthy hops.

The flavor is light but interesting, with lots of Maillardy flavors of bread crusts and toast. Touch of malt sweetness and a kiss of spicy Noble hops, with a dry, lightly bitter finish. The light mouthfeel has fine, medium-low carbonation.

Definitely the lightest of the classic Altbiere from Düsseldorf, but also one of the best. Very drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of stcules
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color, clean, with a quite compact and creamy foam.
In the smell malt and caramel, then a light hop.
At the taste again a good maltiness, then a quite strong bitterness, but a bit more raw than in others Alt.
Anyway, as usual, great drinkability.
And the hop is well present in the aftertaste.

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stcules from Italy, Feb 12, 2011
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alt beer should always been drunk as fresh as possible. No argument. This particular beer, from an absolutely colossal looking one litre swing top bottle was brewed this year on 0ctober 18th and has a best before date of November 18th.

Poured between an ISO tasting glass, a couple of altbier style glasses and a Duvel tulip this beer just looked superb. A beautiful red copper brown colour it has a lusty pure clear sparkle to it with a thin but lightly fluffy head which clings to the glass but it is thinnish at the centre. There's a rather firm almost dark chocolate whiff about it supported by a nutty background.

Medium bodied at most with a carbonic quality when first in the mouth this is firm, clean and almost delicate.The malt quality is both integrated yet detectable on its own with malt and some fruit at the core surrounded by a firm but restrained bitter edge. Quite beautiful really.

Not for those weaned only on DIPA or Imperial IPA. A beer for the connoisseur.

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Zimbo from United Kingdom (Scotland), Nov 14, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub in the Altstadt area. It was served throughout my meal in 0.3L glasses that replaced each empty one.

The beer is light rusty brown, clear looking, with generally 2 fingers of foam that last until the glass is empty. It smells muted, maybe a little more malty than hoppy, caramel malts being the main take-away.

It tastes nutty and malty, very nice and it paired well with the wild game dinners we were eating. Light bodied and good carbonation, very sessionable.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a two finger off white head that slowly faded away. There is no visible carbonation in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall flavor is rather strong and has some bitterness--you can definitely taste the hops, which stand out more than the malts although there is a good balance. There are some hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink and is rather sessionable.

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metter98 from New York, Oct 21, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big thick foamy white head that clings to the glass, of colored orange, super clear
S- light hints of malt grainyness, quite mild, little dms, fruity
T- grainy, dry but welcoming, slightly sulphur, clean noble hop bitterness, earthy, fruity
M- light medium body, med carbonation, very refreshing
D- excelent alt, super refreshing, gerat complementing bitterness

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GoBrewOrGoHome from California, Mar 30, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On gravity at the at the brewpub in Düsseldorf. Pours a clear copper with a thick, creamy, slightly off-white head. The foam sticks around until the end of the drink, leaving great lacing all the way down. Smells of a mix of hop bitterness and roasty, but still slightly sweet malt. Taste is much the same, but with some spice and some earthiness. Feel is very nice; much more body than anything else of the style. My favorite Alt.

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philipquarles from Connecticut, Aug 04, 2008
Schumacher Alt from Brauerei Schumacher
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 61 ratings