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:
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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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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Schlussel itself, on to the beer:

Here's an alt with a lighter cola brown color and an inch thick of head which retains itself well and leaves thicks rings of lace around. The aroma is filled with bread dough, bread crust, and a touch of vague fruit. Something different happens in the taste; sure, the crusty bread and toffee notes are common per style, but this one brings a noticable spicy hop note , making it hoppier than the other alts that I tried in Dusseldorf. It's medium bodied, with a modest crisp snap in the finish.

A little different, but still a damn good alt to cloth yourself from cold weather.

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Photo of braican
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jmn5082
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of crisis44
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bckayaalp
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of foles
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed over and over again on the Dusseldorf Altstadt.

Light, rich munich maltiness, with a nice firm bitterness. Brown colour. Uniquely hoppy from spalt hops on he nose. Dry malty profile on the palate. Some graininess, and a touch of spalt flavour - however the balance of hop character appears to be in the aroma.

A true classic alt - but very unique amongst alts at the same time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Often though of as an amber ale with German lager character, this hybrid of a beer has the smooth drinkability of well malted German lagers and with the toasty notes of a dunkel. But this beer balances toward hoppy bitterness like no other.

Pouring a deep amber, taking on rust-like colors, the beer shows near brilliant clarity, slightly off white foam that forms a delicate yet sturdy foam stance. Light on lace and moderate with retention, comparisons to lighter dunkels do come to mind.

Muted aromas of toast with faint caramel, grain, and malt deliver a clean and well attenuated scent that leaves the nose wanting more.

Flavors fare much more vividly. Bread crust, walnuts, scorched caramel, and a hint of date or fig come to mind before the initial flavors fall off and the hop bitterness sets in. With basically no hop aroma and faint herbal flavor, the bitterness seems remarkably high in the finish as the other malt flavors disipate, all leading to a very clean, crisp finish with mild grain and earthy bitterness.

Medium creaminess early is short lived, transcending the beer to a quick and abrupt bitterness with light grassy harshness and mild watering.

A very drinkable beer with a lot of character for a lighter beer especially up front. But the terse finish makes the beer clean yet tearse.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Alt provided by Ethan.

A - Brownish color beer that you can see through. Has a white head that didn't stay for long and left some spots on the side.

S - Smells very malty, with some caramel notes and earthy tones. A little heavier than the other alts we have had.

T - A lot of malt, some caramel and spices, and a little earthy bitterness. There is a bit of a fruity sweetness to this.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, active carbonation.

O - Pretty solid, not as easy of a drinker as the other alts, but had a lot going on.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl swingtop, again provided by Ethan. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Best before July 8th, 2012.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a thin ring and a few stray bubbles. Very dark altbier, with more brown and less copper-amber, although still transparent.

S - This is more caramel heavy, although the toasted grains are still present in the periphery. Some fruity esters are imparted by the ale yeast, and there is a hint of nuttiness as well.

T - This is less sweet than the other alts we had next to it, and had more of a heavy bread flavor. It actually felt more bock-like in some ways to me. Again, nuts and toasted malt are also present.

M - Smooth texture, medium-light body, crisp medium-high carbonation. and a nice clean finish.

D - Even though it's only a tad more alcohol than the other alts the heavier flavor profile and higher carbonation made it a tad less easy to drink. It was definitely the most complex in flavor profile, but it least fits my preferences for the style. Still, well worth trying if you are in Düsseldorf and want to do a survey of the style.

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Photo of stcules
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, very clean and limpid. Two fingers of a beautiful foam, that left a lot of laces.
Malty smell, with a light caramel, and a bit of grassy hop.
Malty taste, too, and light caramel again, then the hop bitterness, not very long, but good.
Light body, great drinkability.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a bit over the best before date but was quickly proven to be good nonetheless. 500 ml, BB 22.October 2010, into tulip. A vigorous pour creates deep amber to bronze body with good clarity, topped by thick firm off-white head with excellent retention that clings to the walls and, although slowly subsides, virtually never dies. The nose is rich malt with caramel and toasty notes, peppery spiciness that probably originates from noble hops, fruity esters of plum and raisins.
Flavor starts with prominent hoppy bitterness counterbalanced by crisp, well attenuated malt. Fruity esters are virtually absent, slightly nutty finish is quite dry allowing hoppy bitterness to persist into the aftertaste. Medium bodied, soft carbonated with slight astringency.

In short: a sessional lagered ale with assertive hoppy bitterness and a good dosage of attenuated malt.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L swing-top. Best by 1/14/11.

Pours a crystal clear dark copper with a great two-finger head. Retains with a thick ring and excellent lacing.

Aroma is muffled, but there are hints of hops, light fruit and yeast.

The flavor is solid, with a nice toasty and nutty malt complexity. Finish is lightly bitter and redolent of dark bread crusts. Hop flavor could be improved. Mouthfeel is medium-light, creamy and smoothly carbonated. A great session beer, but not nearly as drinkable as the on-tap version.

This is an very good altbier, but this bottle version (purchased at the brauhaus, I might add) is somehow inferior to the fresh, on-tap variety, which seemed more delicate and more drinkable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Schlüssel brewpub/restaurant in Dusseldorf, served in short glasses that magically replace as they empty. The beer is a light tan color, clear, with a few fingers of white foam. The aroma is fairly neutral, the dominant impression is of sweet malts, a little nutty or caramel. Same in the taste, I think this is a very approachable beer style for anybody, just not flavorful enough to make it too special for me.

This is a style that I've tried several times in the USA and always finished feeling underwhelmed. Similar to Kolsch in that aspect (although this is darker and maltier than Kolsch), it seems to be a subtle style. Maybe similar to Kolsch I'll one day really start to like it and identify it with the city it comes from.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a two finger high off white head that slowly died down and faded away. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a light aroma of malts with hints of caramel and hops in the nose. A very slight amount of sweetness is perceptible.
T: There is a very good balance between the malt and hops although the hop flavors are slightly stronger, which results in a slight amount of bitterness in the overall taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation. There is some crispness and a very light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink and is quite sessionable.

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