Füchschen Alt
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Style:
Altbier
Ranked #4
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,901
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 12.56%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
88
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KooVee from Finland

4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

5l keg, 1 m old.

Clear dark brown, no ruby notes. Quickly dispersing head.

Nose is unexpectedly fruity, I even get flowery and berry notes of the more perfumed kind. Or maybe the honeyed kind of fresh wort notes are particularly aromatic. Nothing like a tropical IPA or brett, but distinctive. Some dark fruit and a bit of light chocolate.

Taste is perfectly rounded and yet entertainingly complex. Toasted and nutty notes are the most prominent with some counterweight by hops, and a bready note running throughout. Longish aftertaste of grain.

The all-around champion of alts (that I have tasted). A textbook example of how to make a smooth but intriguing beer.

Dec 30, 2019
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TKB_Legend from Japan

4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"The" Alt for every Altbier lover. A perfectly rounded taste. It is a little bit less bitter than the Uerige, and has, in comparison to the, also quite excellent, Schumacher or Schlüssel, a perfectly fullbodied taste.

Within all the beers i ever had the chance to taste, this is my undisputed number 1!

Dec 23, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber; huge fresh bread + honeyed granola nose with spearmint underneath; brown pan crust, some toffee, hints of walnut + cherry, and a hit of grass + flowers; lively, clean + dry with a numbing IBU linger.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4

Nothing better than the real thing: nose jumps out of the glass, malts are deep enough to reach your neck + the hops hit as hard as any pils. Maybe a bit sweeter + low on melanoidins than I’d like for my alts. But so easy to gulp; I’d drink a barrel of this.

Dec 21, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, mahogany coloration with a large fluffy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of bready, slightly grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops. Taste is an excellent balance of bready, grainy and slightly caramelly malt and quite herbal, slightly grassy and spicy hops, with a certain earthiness to it. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some grainy malt and herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

One of my favorite Alt beers, with a beautiful coloration and an excellent malt/hop balance, as well as a strong grainy, earthy and herbal flavour profile to it, almost bringing to mind pumpernickel bread. It's also a bit less sweet and more bitter than most Alt beers, with a certain dryness to it. Overall a very enjoyable example of the style that is easy-drinking, yet with a certain depth of character to it, especially when it comes to the malt profile here.

May 14, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap @ Fuchschen, Dusseldorf - Pours dark brown with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - nutty/malty forefront,, light fruits background. Taste - Bready/toasty notes, roast malts, light crisp bitter finish. Solid earthy alt bier.

Feb 21, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear copper with a big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-spicy,grassy,strawberries,plums,chocolate
T:
-spicy,grassy,nutty,caramel
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium,soft carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Doesn't meet Uerige's complexity, but it's a very good Alt.

Nov 27, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a Becher glass.

Great copper brown body, brassy glowing and bright if as well dark too interestingly. Thin tan head, half finger presented with a real creamy top, extremely tiny bubbles nearly nitro looking if not cask like with sheets of creamy lacing going to down in rings to coat.

Classic dry nut notes, but incredibly mineral sensing, rocky, and super friggin dry. Warmth and time give off some real interesting aromas. Steely banana like esters, and licorice thick root, with a real extreme tannic nut quality.

Palate is extremely bright on first sip. Intensely dry, cottonmouth like palate on first sip and a bit intense. The malt action lightness nicely and there's almost a crisp pils like snap to the beer. Huge mineral, rocky, earth tones in the palate extremely unexpected. Real powerful carbonation, like hot Perrier feeling. Aftertaste brings some interesting banana esters that were hinted at the nose.

Really fascinating altbier, nothing unlike any beer I've ever had. It's a bit jarring but gets better after some time, considerably more so. Still not my favorite alt but very memorable and would have it again for sure.

Mar 17, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a huge, froth, bubbly head, with a clear brown color, in which ember hints shine through.

Smells of fresh, skunky yeast with sweeter, cane sugary, notes of malt, as well as rustic bread.

Tastes much dryer, and more balanced than the aromas revealed. Starts bready, accompanied by semi-dry, slightly bitter hops, which stay in the background though, to allow the malts to unfold in all its beauty. Drinks very smooth and turns a little more sweeter, in a toffeish way, without loosing its bready, slightly toasted foundation. Finishes crisp, very balanced, with hops and malts standing in perfect balance to each other.

Dec 17, 2014
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dwren89 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: foamy white head, copper brown color, good clarity

Aroma: toasty malt aroma, slight nut character, subtle noble hop aroma

Taste: toasty, nutty, slight dark fruit hints, noble hop finish, everything you can ask for in an altbier

Mouthfeel: medium body (lighter than Uriege and Schlossel, equal to Kurzer, slightly heavier than Schumaher, medium carbonation, lager crispness

Overall Impression: the best of the altbiers in Dusseldorf in my opinion. It combines a medium body, all the nutty and toasty character you want exhibited, restrains but still exhibits dark fruit hints, and finishes with moderate carbonation and a spicy noble hop bite. The original and the best!

Jun 12, 2013
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited on 4/11/2013. Fourth and final stop on my alt tour. Served in a .2l stange. Pours an amber hue with a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Copious strands of lacing are evident during the tasting. Nose is malty with a hint of skunk. Taste reveals more hops character than malt; however, more balanced than the altbier from Schumacher. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with an even carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a solid alt - balance is slightly shifted to the hops end of the spectrum; however, the beer is tasty and easy drinking. The carbonation level adds a nice character to this beer.

May 12, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

This alt is copper colored and topped with a long lasting creamy head. Lots of lace sticking to the glass follows after each sip. The nose is very toasty and bready, warming and hearty. The toastiness is strong in the beer's taste, and very pronounced. There are notes of bread crust and a little bit of toffee to compliment the toast. It's medium bodied with a sip of carbonation, a bit hearty for a 4.5% ABV beer.

This is a dandy, spot on alt.

May 08, 2013
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chrisgalvin from California

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I can't believe this is so far down the list of Alts. This is such a fantastic Alt. Big red color, fantastic malt character and hops and a nice finish. I've been lucky enough to have this at the source in Dusseldorf. So good. I wish I could have a growler of this right now.

Apr 01, 2013
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Chaz from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear-copper in color, accented by brassy highlights. Brilliant clarity, and topped with a two-fingered frothy head of uniform density. Excellent head retention. Magnificent-looking beer!

Abundant lacing remains as the head falls, and a thin film is left atop the remaining beer long into the drink.

Nose is bright, sharply-hopped, and lightly metallic. "Malt-forward" if you will, but a diffuse rather than a distinct malt profile, as it is semi-sweet but with smokey (!) notes, toffee and cocoa/chocolate noted, as well as a very light mineral character as well as a slightly herbal character hiding behind all of this horseplay. WOW!

There's almost a 'Rauchbier' character going on in the nose, and it plays out more notably in the palate.

Sweet, lightly-tangy and malt driven on the first sip. The hop character on the nose was indistinct but sharp, and thus here on the palate it's very subtle but assiduous, lingering behind the malt complexity and lasting throughout the drink.

Chocolate undertones play out amid the light smokiness and really give you a reason to sip, savor, and enjoy this one, even though it's an extremely smooth bier, and very, very easy-drinking. Feels nothing like the 4.5% ABV across the palate, either...

The lingering bitterness is all the more impressive considering the round sweetness of the malt character and especially considering those chocolate notes -- near-perfect balance. Edit: Ever-so-slightly-lactic: Milk sugar?

Incredibly smooth and soft on the palate, medium-bodied...

Truly a wonderful beer, and as I hear-tell it's considered by many locals to be the best Altbier in Düsseldorf.

Final Note: I'd say that it's fairly difficult to judge this one based upon a single flip-top bottle, but it is one of the best Altbiers I have had the pleasure of sampling. This bottle was brought to me (in the U.S.) by a friend, and was only a week out of the bottle house. According to the label, it had only 1 month between it's Bottled-On and Best-By date. Amazing stuff!

Sep 18, 2012
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kraypd from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drawn from wooden cask at the Im Fuchschen brewery in Dusseldorf.

A - A nice brown to dark reddish color with a decent white head.

S - Sweet aroma of malt, with carmel notes. Nice hop aroma.

T - Taste is a nice mixture of malt sweetness, carmel mixed with moderate hop bittering. There is a nice residual sweetness that balances well with the bittering.

M - Light bodied with decent carbonation. Definitely refreshing.

O - Overall this is one of the best Alts that we had during our stay in Dusseldorf. Highly recommended. The ham hock from the brewery is also highly recommended to any visitors. Probably the best I have ever had.

Mar 24, 2012
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foles from Australia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard Dusseldorf appearance, poured from the barrel with light carbonation being forced out by the fast pour. Slightly smoky, dusty on the nose. Assertively bitter with a herbally raw german hopiness (spalt I think). Very interesting and another classic altbier that I would love to have again.

Oct 31, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ethan for bringint this. I'm not super experienced in Alts, and this was a nice sampling of them.

A - Reddish brown colored beer with a white head and some spots on the sides. I thought that this one was darker than our first, but Alex and I held this side-by-side with the Schumacher Alt and they look almost exactly the same.

S - Smells a bit like the Schumacher, but a little less sweet, as there is some peat or smoke cutting through it that I like.

T - Sweet malts and caramel, but this one has a bit of a smokey/peaty quality to it that I like quite a bit. Pretty clean and refreshing, it has a heavier flavor profile than the Schumacher.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a clean finish.

O - Pretty refreshing and easy to drink, but has a litle bit of meat on its bones compared to the Schumacher. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

May 20, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks once again to Ethan for the swing-top! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours darker reddish/brown color, thin cap, nice bubbles along the side of the glass, with some spotty lacing.

S - Malty sweetness, caramel, molasses. Not as much roast and a little more backbone this this beer which compared to the Schumacher. I think I like the sweetness better in this beer...less roast as well.

T - Roasted sweetness, caramel, malt, molasses. Again, more sweetness and less roast then the Schumacher. It gives off a "bigger" taste as well.

M - Light, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this one slightly better then the Schumacher. The sweetness adds a little more complexity, which combined with the roast, creates an enjoyable combo. Recommend.

May 16, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl swing-top generously provided by Ethan. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Finger-plus of off-white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving a bit of lacing. Transparent copper-amber-brown body. Looks nearly identical to the Schumacher Alt, but with a touch less lace.

S - Again, reminds me a lot of the Schumacher, but with a darker edge to it. In addition to the toasted grains, and slight nuttiness there is also a touch of molasses and brown sugar sweetness. The added complexity is appreciated.

T - Taste is largely toasted cereal grains, with some light floral hopping, hint of nuts, and a little more sugary sweetness in the finish than the Schumacher. Different, but just as good.

M - Even though this is .1% lighter than the Schumacher it feels like a bigger beer - similar texture but with a bit more body. Crisp medium carbonation, and a nice clean finish.

D - I like the Schumacher a bit more, but this is nearly as good and seems a bit heartier - might be superior in the colder months of the year. Has all the facets of a good session brew - low alcohol, pleasant texture, clean finish. An essential for altbier lovers.

May 15, 2011
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stcules from Italy

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color, very clean, with a beautiful light beige foam, sticky and compact.
Inthe smell maltiness and caramel, intense, more caramel than in others Alt.
Malt and caramel in the taste, too. Maybe a light hint os smokiness. The hop is present, but it comes out in the aftertaste, quite bitteer.
As usual, great drinkability, and a bit more body than an average Alt.

Feb 21, 2011
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dasenebler from Maine

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany, bottled 11/3/10, best by 12/8/10. That's what I call fresh, honest beer.

Clear, brilliant amber with a tight one-finger head. Good lacing.

Aroma is clean, if a bit boring. Some spicy hops, minerals as well.

Flavor is dry and refreshing. Surprisingly hoppy, with a bitter bite much like Uerige Alt. Toasty, bread-crusty malts support the beer, which still remains light and drinkable. Tea-like bitterness really lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is excellent-- soft and creamy.

This is good stuff, though I'd personally like to see the bitterness toned down a bit in order to let the nutty, malty flavors shine through.

Nov 11, 2010
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few of these on tap at the brewpub in the Altstadt after dinner at another brewpub (and Alts at a total of 3 places this night, good opportunity for comparisons).

The beer was medium copper color, crystal clear, with a solid layer of white foam. It smells slightly more hoppy than some of the others, definitely not to be described as highly hopped but just more floral things to accompany the roasted grains. The malts still dominate aroma-wise.

It tastes like a well balanced and flavorful low alcohol beer, good malts up front and a pleasant bitterness in the back. Between those two attributes there wasn't much in the way of sweetness. Light carbonation giving a light body, very easy to keep the glasses emptying.

Oct 31, 2010
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metter98 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Brauerei Im Füchschen, Düsseldorf, Germany

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a two finger high head that took a long time to settle down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles that consistently remained on the surface. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The beer has an excellent balance in the taste between the malt and hops; there are some hints of caramel malts and a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is both crisp and very smooth.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable; I could drink these all night.

Oct 21, 2010
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bark from Sweden

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is medium brown with some red hues. The liquid is clear. The thick firm head is three fingers high. It leaves massive amount of lacing.

The smell is bitter and hoppy, almost sour. There is a fine sweet flavour with some dried fruits, creamy nuts, caramel, wax and fresh flowers. Some notes of fresh rye bread in the background.

The first taste got a fresh clean strong bitter dry flavour with hints of bitter herbs/salad. The body is low, yet the candy-like sweetness and the notes of rye bread and grilled meat. The lingering aftertaste got notes of grilled meat, bitter herbs and flowers and a fine light sweetness that reminds of breakfast cereals.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A fantastic brew. Lots of flavours, all perfectly balanced yet it is highly drinkable.

Oct 03, 2010
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Im Fuchschen in Dusseldorf. Served in the traditional small glass. Cool temp.

A-perfectly clear copper body and a very nice thick white cap.

S-cereal and floral hop smell

T-very well balanced between hop and grain. Not overly sweet.

M-medium to light

D-Really one of the best beers I have ever had. Everything I wanted and expected in this style.

Aug 10, 2010
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TKempe from Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful deep copper-like orangey brown colour with a dense off-white head and plenty of lace on the glass, perfectly clear.

Smells very malty and somewhat caramelly sweet, with a strong roasty and nutty edge. A mild hoppy note is right behind, while yeast is in there as well. A spicy and very outspoken smell (that starts to disintegrate slightly with the beer warrming up).

A bit more sweetness to the taste, with the flavour of grainy and nutty malt accompanying. There is an oily kind of juiciness in the middle passage, that is succeeded slowly by a strong hoppy note and the Alt-appropriate intense bittering effect. A hoppy and still mildly sweet aftertaste with a roasty, almost smoky touch.

A nice clean feel to the beer, with moderate carbonation and body.

Jun 08, 2009
Füchschen Alt from Brauerei Im Füchschen
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 88 ratings