Stickenjab Alt Bier | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes out of its corner with its game-face on. Seemingly built of solid mahogany and more of a middleweight, this pugilist is going to rely more on finesse than on pure punching power. He offers only a brief glimpse of his head before the buzz-cut retreats behind his gloves. STICK: he lashes out first with a solidly sweet caramel-malt fist and then, JAB: surprises you with a quick jolt of bitter hops. STICK: spice and nuts tag the nose. JAB: a quick waft of fruity alcohol catches you unaware. He mixes in a few new moves; a sweet head fake, and a butterscotch-smooth feint. The flurry of flavor-punches fades quickly, but he’s already got you. The bout is over before you have a chance to know what hit you. TKO.

Package: 12oz. stubby bottle, 6.4% ABV listed. Illustration of a journeyman boxer. No date guidelines. Brief description of style and ingredients.

Cost: $6.49 as part of a Heavyweight variety 4-pack

Presentation: Imperial Pint glass at 45º

Appearance: Unfiltered and cloudy. Reddish mahogany. Loose head composed of large-gauge bubbles, that fades quickly. Looks much like an English cask special ale or winter warmer, with minimal carbonation.

Smell: Restrained bouquet of malt, clove, cinnamon, and fruit.

Taste: Thickly sweet upfront, with elements of fruit and spice; quickly cut by herbaceous, hoppy notes. Tastes like 48 IBU’s is a conservative estimate. Some buttery smoothness that doesn’t last.

Mouthfeel: Fairly coarse carbonation. Seems to thin out quickly in the mouth, losing its body and finishing weakly. Except for the Perkuno’s Hammer, body seems to be a weak point in the Heavyweight arsenal.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer that exhibits several personalities through the glass.

I’m not sure where this beer fits in (nor does BA as evidenced by the list of comparables). Looks and tastes a bit like someone mixed a British casked bitter, with an American barley wine. At first, it seems very sweet, but then the hops and spiciness make their appearance. Also seems stronger than 6.4% ABV, but by no means unpleasantly so. Heavy upfront, this brew fades quickly in the mouth.

Bottom Line: Between weight-classes. A complex, novel beer, that proves challenging and worthy of a re-match.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of froggyfrog
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer from a squat 12-ounce bottle served in a no-frills standard pint glass.

A: Rays of copper and blood orange light filter through murky liquid. A single-digit bubbly white head forms and quickly recedes.

S: Soap and citrus lead the way as hints of cracked pepper and candied-apples round out the mid-tones.

T: Lightly sweetened dried cranberry and pear notes with a citrus finish.

M: Positively glides across the tongue. I remember a slightly more involved alcohol presence in the draft version of this beer which made for a fuller and more sipping-type mouthfeel. But here in the bottle it seems leaner and more fast-paced.

D: I had a hard time drinking this slowly enough to write this review. I am not a chugger but this smooth brew goes down quick and easy.

Overall a stand-out brew. Tom Baker of Heavyweight told me this was his favorite HW brew and I concur.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky medium brown with a light wispy head,the aroma is definently malty with some sweetness and biscuity traits,a real nice malty flavor here lightly sweet and caramelly with a toasted flavor to it very light hop bittering a nice savoring beer here.After a few drinks thew sweetness begins to become more powerful to maybe keep the drinkability from being to high but still a very solid beer here.

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Photo of Todd
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle, with twist-off cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber / brown beer with a light tan creamy head that settles to a sticking lace -- unfiltered beer.

Smell: Major nuttiness in the nose, grain, mildy malty ... coarse aroma. Apple-skin.

Taste: Whoa! Lovely malty character, quite sweet with a sugary character. Touch of date, some fruit. Light caramel, carob and hickory flavours, a bit slick and buttery, too. More big nutty and grain flavours. Carbonation is tight, crisp and sharp on the palate. Alcohol is very noticeable and lends some spice to the flavour and melds nicely with the forthcoming hop twang, which is salty, rindy and kicks the palate. Beer really dries up towards the finish with semi-astringent yeast, nutty and grain flavours.

Notes: An interesting take on the style. Full of flavour. Impressive overall. The finish is a bit uncomfortable though, too coarse for my liking.

Thanks to Venom for the sample ...

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nut brown, slightly hazed, body with a small head that quickly collapses into a persistent collar of lace.
Toffee and caramel front a malty aroma, with hints of grapefruit and apples in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.
Taste comes off well balanced for an alt, with a strong component of citrusy hops to balance the assertive maltiness that is toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Alcohol adds an interesting touch of complexity.
This is an interesting Sticke alt, with a surprising hops presence that is as assertive as the malts. Very tasty and nicely put together.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours dark almond. White tight head, leaving lace. Crisp malt profile. Smoth and meduim body.nice rich smoky Malt carries the day here. Mild bittering in the finish.. Alt is a sort of pleasant but not too exciting style. this is a real nice example. decent stuff, but its not really a "wow" type brew.

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Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at the Northeast Taproom in Reading. No date on the label or the glass.

Pours a clear, slightly dark amber with a two finger head of beige colored foam. The head sticks around as a good coating, with good lacing on the glass. Carbonation looks fairly aggressive.

Aroma is at first malty, then turns spicy hoppy. Toasty. Hop aroma is very present in this beer. The malt character smells sort of burnt, in a way. Pleasant.

The first flavor is toasted malt sweetness, but that's quickly pushed out by hop bitterness and flavor. Citrusy/spicy hops are right up front. This is definitely a sticke alt. Lots of flavors. Not real fruity, according to style. The flavor really grows on you as you drink it. The aftertaste is like no beer I have ever had. It's like a burnt sugar/hops taste. I like this beer!

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a decent carbonation bite. The hop bitterness is surprisingly constant. Finish is long and toasty.

I don't remember having a beer like this. It's very different. Tasty, toasty, hoppy, all rolled into one. It's a combination of disparate flavors not found in many beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a barely hazy copper with a large crater filled beige head. Solid lacing. Smells rathey estery with a wiff of hop citrus. Moderate toffee malt profile and a punch of hop sourness. Long dry finish. Swing and a miss on the taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and acceptable, but nothing memorable. Not my kind of alt.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer. It pours a golden color from the bottle. The head is average, while not lasting long. The smell was strange: it seemed absent, almost neutral (I couldn't sense the malt or hops within. The taste was fun: a first a bitter hit ftom the hops and a sweet malty finish. The mouthfeel was smooth. An fun beer to sample. Worth searching for and giving a try. Enjoy!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy copper brown with a nice sized tan head leaving specks of lacing on the sides of my glass. Aroma: Consists of sweet bready layers of grain some fruity undertones along with hops to balance a bit. Toasted nut aroma is evident and plays a crucial role in the overall profile. Taste: At 48 IBUs this is a standardly hopped alt, but this one definitely kicks it up a notch in overall flavor the toasted nuts shine here with nice alcohol tones very nice full flavor and finishes with more underlying fruit tones. Mouthfeel: A medium body example of a great style I am a big fan of Heayweight's beer but this is by far one of the freshest most solid yet flavorful alts I've taste, nice job. Drinkability: Somewhere in the middle I'm not instantly craving another but I think it's very solid and I will be back to it nice brew lotta flavor gotta love that right.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had the bottle at the Drafting Room in Exton. Figured I would try more Heavyweight while it is still available. The beer poured a deep clear amber color with a thin, off white head and nice lacing. The aroma was of sweet malt with some hints of citrus, maybe cheeries as well. The taste was a bit of caramel, toasted and some nice notes of bread, earthy. Very pleasing to the taste buds. The body is medium but makes for a pretty drinkable alt beer.

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Photo of asabreed
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first altbier. Came in a sampler pack of 4 beers from Heavyweight for about $8, which I bought for the Perkuno's Imperial Porter. The advantage is 4 beers I've never tried, of course, in a variety of styles.

Appearance: Nice amber / brown color. Though it had an odd and extremely bubbly head that dissipated quite quickly, even though it's sticking around in it's smaller version of a head, if you will.

Smell: There's a lot going on here, but it seems too unbalanced to pick it all up in how it should be. Some fruitiness is definitely present initially. Alcohol and citrus acidity. Fruit and malt presence. But still, I can't discern too much, and this, mind you, is at cellar temperature.

Taste: Fruity, malty, and yeasty right away. Not much hop bitterness. Lingering and slight fruit punch upon the aftertaste. Once again, though, not extremely discernible, but still not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, seems a bit thin-bodied. Not terrible but not anything I'd rank up as great quality.

Drinkability: Seeing as I wouldn't buy this in its own 4-pack, I'd say that it's not super high on the drinkability scale. Still, it's better than average, and I could see the altbier becoming a style I go back to for trying purposes, but I don't think I'd go back to this particular beer.

Looking forward the the rest of the 4-pack though, and reviews will be posted when I'm done with them.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold brash yummy flavour, hopped up punch. Fruity, nutty, toasty Malt, molasses, lager taste, a category cutter. Some acidic sourness there as is familiar in the Heavyweight product in general. Much fun and great with a meal. Brownish colour. Suitable carbonation. Must have again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour offers quite a hazy body that's deep copper in color with an orange-ish glow at the edge of the glass. The head starts fairly full and quite creamy but shortly drops to a good collar and thin surface covering. A gentle swirl of the glass, however, can bring it back up. The aroma is of a lightly fruity, sweetish caramel & toffee maltiness with what appears to be some diacetyl (but how could it be with a lager yeast and 6.4% ABV?). The body is firmly medium with a very fine, median carbonation from bottle conditioning and leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor is quite rich. The rounded caramel & gentle fruit (some light strawberry) character is exquisite, and very well balanced by hop bitterness which dries out the finish and gently lingers with some residual caramel maltiness in a long finish. Some mild and lightly grassy hop flavor is also present as it crosses the palate, and again in the finish. Although the bitterness is quite solid at 48 IBU's, it never interferes with the maltiness. Exceptional. I couldn't ask for much more from an authentic Dusseldorfer! This is a beer that has enough rich malt flavor and hoppy character to keep it interesting while still maintaining an excellent drinkability. The only thing that could hold me back from drinking many of these in a row is the somewhat limiting alcohol content of 6.4% by volume. Highly recommended and absolutely worth trying. Do not miss out!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Trumer Pils stange. Delicious burnt amber color with a good two inches of creamy light tan head that's going nowhere fast. Clean aroma of light caramel malt, assertive German yeast, very light toffee, and something remotely sour. Palate is interesting - caramel malt blends with piney hops, with notes of toffee, raisin, and spruce. Phenolic, almost antiseptic quality dominates on the finish, producing a numbing effect on the tongue. This is really weird. Even though it's only around 6%, the alcohol is rather heavy as well. An interesting beer, to say the least.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "secret Alt" pours with a substantial light beige head settling onto a lightish red/amber liquid that throws a bit of a yeast haze. Nose is malty and spicy, with some ripe fruit noted as well. Taste is assertively hoppy, some phenolic flavors show up too. Nice malty backbone blends with some alcoholic warmth here. Finishes with a bit of astringency with the hop bitterness still shining interesting beer.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudy unfiltered amber color with a thin head.
Aroma of dark fruit and malt. No hop aroma.
Taste is very impressive and complex. Bitter, then sugar sweet, then malt sweet. The diference being a thin alcohol sweetness versus a malty dry sweetness. Having the layered effect stops the sweetnes from being cloying. Very nice. The flavors continue with what reminds my of brandy or bourbon and then dries out to finish with a sour hop twang.
Beer is not too heavy and I could enjoy more than one, but not too many more due to the ABV at 6.4% Bottle indicates 48 IBU's. The complexity of this beer hides that. Very nice.(fhf)

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another confusing beer. Pours a nice amber color, but from there it is like Sybil. It has a sweetness from the malts and a good bitterness from the hops. A very diverse beer, a ying yang of harmony. It confused my taste buds from the initial sip to the last gulp. Perhaps that's why Edison was from New Jersey, experimentation must be in the air down there.

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Photo of bditty187
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, multi-shades of brown (apple cider-like), decent–sized off-white head; fair retention…produced a thin but constant layer of lace. Very inviting nose, kind of quiet but pleasant notes of malt, light fruitiness, caramel, and distant influences of hops construct a charming bouquet. Plenty tasty! Perfectly malty, lovely fruitiness in the middle, caramel sweetness too, a faint sourness harmonizes nicely, the hops are noticeable (somewhat piney/citrusy) at the finish. A lot of thought went into crafting this one, very well done. The carbonation is moderate; the body is medium and ideal for this beer… smooth. The dryness in the finish is complementary to the fruitiness. The hops bitterness is minimal throughout. Overall this is a hell of an enjoyable beer, I’d gladly drink this one again. Recommended.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicw cloudy copper with nice initial head..decent lacing.
Sweet plum and malt aroma...kind of like a winter brew..very nice. Plum flavor with malt undertones and a hop presence. Mouthfeel is light with a hint of hop finish. Very easy to overall good offering.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like dark honey. It has a nice malty aroma with just a hint of some floral hops in the background. The taste seems very similar. Starts off with a nice strong malt base. I can taste some light, maybe citrusy, fruit in the background. As it sits, the hops kick in. It has a strong aftertaste, but not an unpleasant one. The beer coats the tongue and stays there long after the swallow. There doesn't seem to be much of note about the mouthfeel...very appropriate for the style. This is a nice beer, but didn't blow me away. I would have liked to see a little more of a hop presence lurking in the background. Perhaps it was an aged bottle....I'd like to try it again fresh of fthe press!

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Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Alt pours a honey brown that leaves a large beige head laced in the glass. But it quickly shrinks and leaves a very thin foam on the top. The brew is clear, but has some yeast on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is delightful, sweet fruit and caramel, but then the background gets a little musty. The taste is sweet and has a syrup consistancy. But it quickly bitters on the palate and heads straight to the bitter part of your taste buds finsihed by a sour note. This is a smooth drinkable beer, I would pair this with a classic tuna fish sandwich on hearty wheat bread topped with onions and potato chips. The saltiness of the chips and sweetness of the onions will pair nicely with the tuna cutting threw the bitter and sour taste in the beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Stickenjab. I had intended to drink and review a Lunacy, but the damned bottle erupted upon opening and made a damn-hell-ass mess.

Appearance: The ale is a lighter color that the other altbiers that I've had. It is an auburn orange color and has a bit of haze. The beer poured with a nice head that left a good lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a little off. There is a definite biscuity malt aroma, but something else also pops up, a nasty fruity aroma.

Taste: The beer has a firm malt flavor. As I let it warm over my tongue, toffee and biscuit are the big flavors that emerge. The malts are so strong and assertive that one doesn't even notice when they trail off (which they do at the proper time, to prevent a malt bomb). Very nice taste!

Mouthfeel: The malts are quite good and make this an enjoyable drink.

Drinkablility: Very high, a winner amongst the altbiers.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with very little carbonation. Color was a brown-copper and very syrupy or murky quality. Very little carbonation and no head appeared despite attempts to do so. Carbonation was not bad though. IMHO very good American adaptation of the style. Really malty sweet aroma and taste followed by some lingering bitterness at the end. Hop aroma is much stronger than any bitterness in the beer. Really enjoyable beer, I could drink for hours on end on draught and 6.4% probably need to call a taxi.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been my least favorite Heavyweight brew to this point. I almost feel as if I'm missing something, and maybe I am. It pours a dark amber, almost burgundy with a smallish, off-white head. The aroma is one of sweetish maltiness with some hint of fruit. The taste is not as pronounced as the aroma would suggest. Again, the sweet malt predominates with the fruitiness underneath. It is very smooth in the mouth and goes down really easily, but I found the overall experience a little bland for a Heavyweight brew. I must admit that I'm not real familiar with the Altbier style.

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Stickenjab Alt Bier from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 122 ratings