Füchschen Alt
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Brauerei Im Füchschen
Ranked #4
Ranked #6,917
4.1 | pDev: 12.68%
Sep 30, 2021
Sep 15, 2003
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4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brauerei Im Füchschen “Fuchschen Alt”
,5L flip-top brown glass bottle coded “Mindestens haltbar bis: / Abgefüllt am: 23.10.21/23.08.21”.

The most floral and fruity of all the Düsseldorfer altbiers, as well as the least caramelish. It’s a clear mahogany brown beneath a full head of off-white. The head drops to a short but solid cap but continues to leave broken sheets and rings of lace throughout. The aroma is bright and fresh with floral and fruity character that masks the malt beneath - impressive! The flavor delivers the expected nutty, medium-dark caramel drizzled maltiness but it’s not as rich as most, and the floral and fruity notes found in the aroma carry over. There are also some grassy, herbal, and spicy hops and it has a dry, bitter finish that fades leaving some dark fruitiness behind. It’s not as bitter as some, and in my mind, better rounded and balanced. Medium bodied leaning towards medium-light with a crisp, fine-bubbled and seemingly natural carbonation. Everyone has different tastes (heavier and more bitter at Uerige for example), but I doubt that anyone would argue that this isn’t one of the finer Düsseldorfer altbiers.

Sep 30, 2021
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4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by KooVee from Finland

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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4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by TKB_Legend from Japan

"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
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 21, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

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
3.96 by DOCRW from Washington on Dec 02, 2018
4.1 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Sep 11, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a clear, mahogany coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smells of bready, grainy, slightly roasted malt and herbal, slightly floral hops, with hints of nutty accents. Taste is a great balance of bready, grainy, slightly roasted malt and herbal, slightly floral and spicy hops, with hints of red berries and nuts also coming through. Taste is a great balance of bready, grainy malt and herbal. slightly floral hops, with hints of red berries and nuts also coming through, as well a certain mineral note. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some grainy malt, herbal hops and certain mineral note lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Füchschen is a fine Alt, but that combination of slightly more grainy malt, floral hops and certain mineral quality creates a flavor profile that I'm personally not too keen on. It also almost completely lacks that slight caramel sweetness that most of the other Düsseldorf Alts have to them and is a bit more heavy on the red berries. Actually it kinda sits inbetween Uerige and Schlüssel for me, but feeling sort of neither here nor there. While I would happily drink this anytime, I would prefer almost any of the other Düsseldorf Alts to it personally, as this just seems a little less rich and well-balanced. Overall, this makes for a fine Alt that is a bit too grainy and floral for my personal taste though, while feeling not quite as rich and well-balanced as the other Düsseldorf Alts.

May 14, 2018
4.24 by briantullis1 from Illinois on Mar 19, 2018
3.81 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2018
3.79 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Nov 24, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DJ-Hophead from England

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
4.21 by HopBelT from Belgium on Dec 11, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by drmeto from Germany

-pours a clear copper with a big,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium,soft carbonation
-light to medium body
Doesn't meet Uerige's complexity, but it's a very good Alt.

Nov 27, 2016
4.18 by JTuomi from Finland on Nov 11, 2016
3.43 by Wontonst from California on Sep 30, 2016
4.25 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Jul 10, 2016
3.93 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Jun 21, 2016
3.77 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jun 19, 2016
3 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands on May 22, 2016
4.11 by Jensen83 from District of Columbia on May 06, 2016
4.12 by kiki3drt292 from California on Nov 25, 2015
4.18 by largadeer from California on Nov 24, 2015
1.95 by Anatole from Belgium on Nov 08, 2015
3.94 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC) on Oct 05, 2015
4.38 by chrisroarshack from Alaska on Aug 19, 2015
4.2 by bryantan from Pennsylvania on Jul 29, 2015
4.5 by tykechandler from Kentucky on Jul 15, 2015
4.47 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania on Jul 14, 2015
4 by kdown from California on Jul 11, 2015
4.02 by Thomas_Picton from Florida on Jul 01, 2015
3.5 by Nunya from Ohio on May 25, 2015
4.47 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Apr 22, 2015
3.75 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Apr 18, 2015
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3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Smakawhat from Maryland

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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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by aleigator from Germany

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
2.08 by Kazek on Dec 03, 2014
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Nov 11, 2014
4.5 by Dirtywaltzer80 from Australia on Aug 14, 2014
Füchschen Alt from Brauerei Im Füchschen
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 89 ratings