Original Schlüssel Alt | Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel

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Original Schlüssel AltOriginal Schlüssel Alt
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
Germany
hausbrauerei-zum-schluessel.de

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Longstaff on 10-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Schlussel Brauhaus, Dusseldorf - Pours light brown with a large white foamy head. Nice lacing. Aroma - yeasty/malty front, roasty notes in the middle, leading to light crisp bitter finish. Solid alt bier.

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Photo of drmeto
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear copper with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation
S:
caramel,spicy,nutty,plums,cinnamon
T:
-caramel,spicy,plums,grassy,nutty
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Very good Altbier.Noticeably sweeter than other Examples

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lhwjanssen
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aleigator
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazelnut brown, clear color, with some ember sparks to it. Offers up a very stable, huge, froth head, coating the glass for the whole time.

Smells of an intriguing blend of toffee malts, leafy, herbal hops and a faint, skunky yeast reminiscence. An utmost rustic, whole grain bread appearance forms the fusion of those different aromas, completed by malt enhanced straw.

Has a very soft, almost silk mouthfeel from the beginning till the end, making this an easy drinker, also due to its refreshing, light body. This still provides more taste than your typical Lager, as for its profound hop punch, making this perfect to go with rich meals.

Way less maltier than the beer's color indicated, certainly the malts lay out the foundation in this, while they produce a unique wooden dryness, once the hops appear. Garden herbs, straw, and grass get coated up by toffee malts and a hint of bakers chocolate. Finishes very clean, soft, with fresh yeast lending a light tartness to caramel malts.

A perfect example for this style, producing a fairly dry, yet malt driven beer, benefitting from a world class, long time established balance.

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Photo of BcCraft710
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skipxtracer
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brauhaus in the old town of Dusseldorf is swankier feeling than most. The alt bier here is very different than all of the others I tried in the town. It is less bitter than some and has an almost coffee taste from the malts. As usual, nice copper color and very little aroma.

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Photo of calais8587
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pils style glass. Best before Dec 11th 2014.

Deep mahogany red, and hints of lighter brown toward the edges and bottom. Even with the darkness there is exceptional clarity in this beer throughout. The head is a booming, and thick whipped up large light creme color, and leaves lots of ring and spider web lacing. The retention forms a big cap and island in the middle. Great looking beer.

What a unique and impressive aroma, if a little simple and small. Great clove sweetness with a sense of nutmeg and hazelnut milk chocolate going with it. Wow never had an aroma on an alt like this before ever and it's really nice. Very enjoyable.

The palate brings the goods. The chocolate notes really come out on this, and just fill with a great nutty dryness that takes over on the finish. Controlled tannic nut and dry finish, with more clove and dry brown spices. The sweetness hinted on the nose is almost gone as some malt thickness comes and takes over with a husky and dry ripping grain action. A little bit of light body even for an alt, but it all carries very well still regardless.

This is unlike any other altbier I have ever had, with the chocolate angle being a big surprise.

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Photo of Dirtywaltzer80
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Dirty25
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MarkoNm
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light brown color, topped with a decent tan colored head. Retention is pretty decent too.
The aroma is surprisingly weak. Truthfully, all I could pick up were some laty notes.
The taste is quite neutral, but it develops a somewhat bittery feel.
Drinkable, enjoyable, but... a bit more taste perhaps.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of NorbertB1974
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MLFrank
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dwren89
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: copper brown, foamy white head, decent clarity

Aroma: toasty malt aroma, but overall quite restrained in aroma (less than Uerige, about same as Schumacher)

Taste: strong toasty malt character with hints of nuts and a minuscule hint of dark fruit (much more subtle than Uerige), flowery noble hop bitterness to curtail malt sweetness, sweet malt finish

Mouthfeel: thicker than either Schumacher or Uerige, more like an strong ale than lager in mouthfeel, biting moderate-high carbonation, medium-full body

Overall Impression: A heartier, darker, and nuttier version of the Altbier style exhibiting lager like clarity, crispness, and carbonation, but certainly an ale-like mouthfeel and flavor profile. More filling than Schumacher, but less fruity than Uerige, Schlossel exhibit it's own interpretation of the altbier style.

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Photo of herrburgess
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Jwale73
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My second alt brewery visit on 4/11/2013. First of two served in a .2l stange. Pours a mahogany hue with a latte-like, half inch cream-colored head embedded with tiny craters. Nose smells primarily like wort. Taste follows nose - a bit thin and watery. Hops bittering comes out at the finish and is both earthy and subtle. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of lively, with a crisp, slightly dry finish. Overall, a nice altbier that is a bit less hoppy than Uerige's offering.

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