Füchschen Weihnachtsbier | Brauerei Im Füchschen

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Brauerei Im Füchschen

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Windigstadt on 01-04-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by beerdrifter:
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Füchschen Brauerei while on vacation in Düsseldorf. Clear copper-amber pour with a creamy, two finger head and great lacing and retention. The nose is earthy and herbal. Lots of tea with hints of bread, grass, and a touch of metal. The taste is a lot like the Füchschen Alt, with more of a herbal, hoppy character and a bit more malty sweetness. Lots of bready malt and tea, but I'm also getting a little bubble gum as well. The balance is perfect with a smooth mouthfeel and a great tangy, bitter hop finish. I'm really kicking myself for only getting one bottle of this.

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[NOTE: This is a slightly stronger (5.2% vs. 4.5% ABV) version of Füchschen's Altbier available only at Christmastime.]

A: Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber with an ample off-white head.

S: The straw-like smell of noble hops co-mingles with sweet, bready munich malt.

T: Interestingly, a somewhat pithy herbal hop taste greets the tongue. However, it quickly gives way to a wonderfully sweet malt flavor, with notes of sweet breads, honey and even a hint of sweet lemon. A crisp, earthy noble hop bitterness--characteristic of Duesseldorf Altbiers--gives this beer a nice finish that keeps the sweetness well in balance without leaving it overly bitter. A perfect balance of malt and hops.

M: Typical of an Altbier, it's fully carbonated but not overly so.

D: The wonderful balance of this beer lets you easily come back for more.

Overall: An awesome beer. Wish I had the chance to try this side-by-side with Uerige's Sticke Altbier, as it just might give Uerige a run for its money. I can only hope that this is one day exported to the U.S.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade with Erzengel, cheers mate!

Christmas Eve- a fitting day to try this alt as it's the only day it's served from the wood at the brewpub, wish I was there!

Bottled on 8 Nov 2011, 8 week shelf life gives BBE 3 Jan 2012

A- copper body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy head has very good retention and lacing

S- Peppery note with some toasted malt, little biscuit and doughy bread quality

T- toasted malts with a hint of toffee intermingle with the pepperiness and a hop presence that is assertive gives good balance but doesnt dominate the palate.

M- enough carbonation, retains a softness and medium body that is just perfect.

D- a truly cracking alt! Superb balance on the palate and a mouthfeel that makes it so so drinkable. World class.

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Photo of kappldav123
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle looks really good, really christmas-like, the beer in the glass is also nice. Very zippy, nice creamy head. Starts strong and dry, good use of hops, a bit woody. Prickly finish, modest spicy-fruity, still warming dry. Well balanced. Good beer.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of aleigator
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost black, ember coal color, with a huge, froth head.

Smells of toasted malts, peppery clove, banana, honey and toffee.

Has a very smooth moutfeel, which is silk, almost creamy. Tastes of burned, bready malts, which define the character of the beer. Got a decent note of toffee sweetness, which comes along with peppery spices and bakers chocolate, revealing a smoked hint. While it provides possible sweet flavors, the beer is actually dryer than the normal version, as a gentle amount of hops wrap the malts up, supported by a slightly metallic carbonation. Finishes dry, with toasted, earthy, slightly salted honeyed malts.

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