Schlösser Alt
Brauerei Schlösser GmbH

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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #171
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,927
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 10.92%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
69
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Brauerei Schlösser GmbH
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  9
SCORE
80
Good
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BlackHaddock from England

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lovely sunny evening, what better way to start it off than with a large (500ml) bottle of Alt?

Poured into one of my strangely shaped 'Hannen Alt' glasses three times this beer looked good.

The regular Alt brown colour, with the normal off-white head that hangs around for a while before becoming a collar and semi-wisp.

The nose is mostly malts, lightly roasted, half-toasted, again typical Alt in smell as well as looks.

The taste is yet again mid-range Alt, nothing outstanding, nothing wrong. Malts rule the flavours but it is so-so in intensity and doesn't put this beer above the rest.

Mr Average in all aspects, I like Alts, this one is fine but not a classic in my eyes. Having said that, it is years since I was in Dusseldorf and I must revisit soon, the Alt Stadt is one of the best nights out in Germany!

Jul 09, 2010
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DvdP from Netherlands

3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with fluffy white head. Smells malty, hint of taffee. Fairly crisp mouthfeel, quaffable. Taste is lightly sweet, some crisp bitterness and a tiniest hint of toastyness. Bready, bit of caramel. Real beer.

Oct 31, 2020
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Todd from California

3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

0.3l blue bottle with a freshness date. (had in Berlin)

Poured into a branded 6oz short glass ... dark copper/brown with a creamy off-white head. Malty, metallic, light grain aroma.

Sharp citrus, smacky, bitterness that is quickly smoothed by a nutty, toasted, semi-sweet malty character. Bitterness runs through and into the bitty dry finish.

Contains "hopfenextrakt" (hop extract) and is quite noticeable in the unusual intensity of the hops for the style. A decent altbier, but nothing outstanding, and especially as this was my first altbier in Germany.

Oct 19, 2002
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stcules from Italy

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze color, quite dark. Beautiful light beige colored foam.
Full malty smell, caramel, very few hop.
The taste is again malty, but the hop bitterness is a bit more present.
Drinkable, as usual, with a more intense bitterness in the aftertaste, malty, with light notes of a quite dark caramel.

Feb 23, 2011
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle at a restaurant in Düsseldorf.

This altbier poured a clear, iced-tea brown color with off-white foam that settled but clung to the glass in a few clumps. The smell was malty but modest. The taste was lightly malty with a well balanced hop bitterness. There was a hint of caramel malt flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation. A light caramel malt flavor lingered. Overall, this beer was a tad thin on flavor, but it was a decent beer.

Jan 21, 2005
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SteveP from England

3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty nose with a good dose of salt and some faint fruit, yeast and rotting road kill. Taste is initially fruit, then the rotting road kill makes a brief appearance before the hops, with a slight metallic quality, come in. A mostly pleasant drink but not in any way impressive. My feeling is that altbiers are quite drinkable, but are not a style that will get into my Christmas wish list.

Jul 31, 2003
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into a tall stange glass

Pours with a glossy amber body with a thick slightly off white head with great retention. Heaps of thick white lacing up and down the glass

Smell, sweet musty bready malt, slight whiff of alcohol. A residual sweetness along with an aroma of stale beer, left out in a glass overnight. Some faint hop aroma and a little grassy also

Taste, crisp and malty, sweet chewy toffee malt along with a dry musty finish. A nice crisp euro hop bite along with a lasting sweet bitterness on the finish

An interesting alt, not world changing or awe inspiring but it has enough flavour and drinkability to be enjoyable

Jan 13, 2007
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a rule I love Alts--a British ale with German hops would be the way I would describe this style. That said, this is not my favorite of this style.

The appearance features a small head that leaves no lace. Light amber in color.

The aroma is the Achilles Heal here--very light smell...mostly malty with almost no floral hop.

The flavor features a better bitterness than the smell would suggest. While interesting, this is a relatively light tasting beer....not a macro but lighter than most decent beers. Moderate body with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is a smooth alt that allows for easy drinking.

Sep 01, 2007
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whartontallboy from New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

Nov 15, 2011
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janubio from Spain

3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Copper colour, medium head with short retention, good lace.
Faint malty aroma, caramel, fruits,
Medium body, normal carbonation.
Taste of caramel, malts and some hops in the end.

Aug 08, 2017
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wl0307 from England

3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BB 09/09, served lightly chilled in Gaffel's 200ml stange.

A: light brown-ish amber in colour, coming with a lively carbonated body and a white fluffy foamy head fading out fast.
S: nutty brown malts with a dry-ish sour citric fruity edge dominate the aroma, laced with a wee bit of woody notes which is not quite prominent for an Altbier. The malts occupy the better side of the balance on the palate.
T: pretty restrained nutty maltiness upfront is actually fast overtaken by a thinly sour edge of soaked brown bread and maybe some unidentifiable fruits. The aftertaste is short, again a bit too sour (like from dried prunes even), lacking a proper support from malts, hops and a body supposedly endowed by wood-barrel ageing; instead, it turns really thin, a bit metallic and a touch too sour as if from the adjuncts and not quality malts, but a wee bit of dry-ish touch of hops does manage to emerge in the end, a bit like chopped roasted tea-leaves.
M&D: the mouthfeel is alright, slightly sharp on the carbonation but thankfully not remaining such for too long, yet the overall body is weak and not sustainable. All in all, this Altbier lacks some key elements to make it a truly enjoyable example and pasteurisation has truly killed off whatever is left, hence a lower-than-average drinkability here.

Mar 24, 2009
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a nice deep orange brown colour.. Slightly off white head pours thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thin layer... barely any carbonation... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity / toffee malts, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light raisins), sea salty notes, caramel / honey sweet notes, some light nutmeg / cinnamon traces, maybe the slightest hint of sweetcorn, peppery hops..

Taste – Strong (maybe even overpowering) sweet malts, caramel / toffee, some creamed corn / grainy notes, light spicy hops, the faintest of smokey traces, earthiness, light nutmeg, some light oakiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... medium body... Pretty drinkable but sweetness becomes too much after a while

Overall - An OK beer - as stated above it's a touch too sweet for me... maybe worth a try once...

Dec 21, 2006
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RedHaze from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +14.9%

Dec 15, 2011
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been trying to get my hands on every Alt there is, but this ísn't very available in Holland.

Appearance was good, a dark amber beer with lots of fine foam.
Smell was bitter, caramel and slightly metallic.
Taste was bitter and caramel, dry with a medium body, again the metallic taste was present.
A very drinkable beer, maybe a bit less drinkable than a pilsner, but more tasty and depth. Compared to other Alts, a bit more malt-bitter.

Apr 08, 2006
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roblowther from Texas

2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours a clear mahoganhy brown with a creamy but rocky off-white head. It tastes sour, smoky, and slightly of vanilla. the taste is dry spices, with nutty flavors and a very dry finish. It is creamy and mildly carbonated. This one is too dry to have too many. It's not bad but somehow the tastes don't really gel well together.

Jul 21, 2008
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is rather strong and dominated by malty flavors that have notes of caramel. There is a slight amount of sweetness and no hop flavors are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is rather smooth with a light to medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Oct 22, 2010
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dar482 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Feb 08, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russet brown with fluffy beige froth that settles to a film. Lots of toast and caramel on the nose with minty hops underneath - sweet and appetizing.
Baked apples, roasted peanuts and caramelized sugar with grass and herbal hops.
Danish butter cookie end and drying finish. Medium trending to light, slight cling, crisp.

Glad to try a another genuine Dusseldof Alt. Dark melanoidin notes, but all bright, nothing swampy, and a surprisingly hoppy ending. Nothing revolutionary, but a perfectly nice drinker, if a bit thin.

Sep 19, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Nov 15, 2013
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engisch from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a carmel color in the glass with a foamy lacing white head. It smells sweet and mildly fruity with a barely noticable hoppy aroma.

It has a nice sweet malty flavor with an earthy bitter finish. It has nice carbonation with moderate dryness. It goes down nice and smooth, but I could see the sweetness becoming a nuisance after a couple of these. Very tastey if you are only having a beer or two.

Aug 10, 2009
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amasow from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.8%

Oct 28, 2014
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Beech105 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I may be a bit biased on this one. poured from tap while on vacation in Germany. Cooper look, a decent head. Malty taste, a bit if caramel maybe. Super happy I was in Germany when I had this.

Sep 27, 2019
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shwami from Germany

4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nov 20, 2011
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GoBrewOrGoHome from California

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- light brown, lacy white head, super clear
S- malty, little roast and mild banana, low overall aroma
T- grainy, malty, light and dry, low bitterness, sulphury
M- med-light body, hard carbonation (uncomfortable in the back of the mouth)
D- its an ok alt, tastes mass produced

Mar 30, 2010
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TommyW from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark copper/gold body with a foamy off-white head. Fades to a lasting ring.

S- Pretty mild overall. Some sweet malts and a little grassiness. Barely noticeable hop aroma.

T- Citrusy and bitter up front which is then mellowed by semi-sweet/roasted malts. Bitterness shows up again on the finish, making it pretty dry.

M- Medium carbonation and a medium body. slightly creamy feel on the tong.

D- It goes down pretty smooth, but I think there are better altbiers out there.

Jan 23, 2009
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