Stickenjab Alt Bier | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Stickenjab Alt BierStickenjab Alt Bier

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

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pubscout
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now out in collector's edition bottles (and if you've seen the bottle, you know what I mean), this exceptional altbier is a tad reduced in ABV (6.4%) from its original issue (almost 7%), but it still should be treated with respect.

I prefer it to my former favorite Long Trail's Double Bag because of its distinctive hop character. "The Sticke" as it is known among the beer cognoscenti in Jersey is exceptionally well balanced and serves as a wonderful complement to seafood, pasta and meat dishes. But it is also wonderful by itself, especially in the Oktoberfest and winter seasons.

It derives its name from "sticke," the German word for secret beer and the assistance provided in the brewing process by NJAB, the NJ Association of Beer Writers.

It's a big flavorful beer, typical of Heavyweight's approach to niche brewing, and the average budmillercoorsman may not take to it. But that may be its most resounding recommendation.

If you enjoy big beers, get on "The Sticke."

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Photo of scottum
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a sample at Sunset and I liked it so much that I ordered a half yard. Served a sexy brown amber with a short lacey head. Malty sweetness is right there out of the gates. Perhaps it's too sweet too fast, but the balance come in strong. There is plenty of hop flavor hanging around. Right up there with Long Trail Double Bag for title of the best american alt. Supergood and worth seeking out on tap.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice clear dark amber/brown with a small frothy head after a careful pour. Head dissipates quickly to a thin ring.
Aroma is of toasted malt, sweet and bready, with an aroma in the back that was earthy and oddly reminded me of a load of green fresh cut stove wood or hardwood sawdust?
Flavor is a complex blend of malty sweetness and earthy hops with a bit of a nutty hint in there too. Slight hint of yeasty bread flavor creeps in on a slightly hoppy finish.
Rather full body with a drying and decent amount of carbonation with a drying finish that prepares you for the next sip.
Overall, an excellent brew, I could drink these all day, wonder what about it is so out of style for an alt that it gets listed under the artisanal brews?

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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 jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with a light tan head that was quite dense and sticky. Very highly carbonated. Head laces nicely. Zesty hop aroma with a base of malt sweetness, buscuit, and subtle fruit. Sweet fruit came out on the front of the mouth and gave way to some biscuity graininess in the back. Fruit really came out in the middle of the tongue. Finished slightly dry. Not overly complex but for whatever reason I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now that Sticken Jab is a year round offering, the secret is out.
The beer pours a deep orange amber color with slow, steady carbonation. A thick, creamy head forms, then slumps to a tight blanket atop crystal clear beer.

The aroma is an inviting combination of scents - initially fruity with hints of cherrys and watermelon, then notes of cracked grain and rising yeasty dough mix in neatly. A faint herbal aspect wafts in and out.

Up front flavors are fruity and sugary, giving a sense of fullness that is quickly replaced with a firm but controlled hop character. Dry, grassy hop flavors blend with raw malt sweetness in near perfect balance. The finish is long and dry - great hop flavor and bitterness lingers but doesnt over power. Very clean and begs another swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery on the back end. The malty/ fruity flavors up front are no where to be found at the finish.

Its a very good thing to have an everyday Heavyweight beer in the fridge. This Middleweight lager hybrid is my kind of session beer, with enough hop character to linger, along with the blanace and flavor to make me want more. Another awsome beer from Heavyweight.

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Photo of beertravel
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hoppier version of the style with a very bright brwon color and a clean, refreshing taste for a beer of this abv. It also may be out in bottles in 2002.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a tulip, this self described sticke or “secret alt style” beer is a light reddish-brown color, one might call it mahogany. A fluffy head of tan fades very quickly to a thin lace.

Smell: You don’t even need to stick your nose in this one. Blam!! Hops!! But upon a deep sniff, they compound their scent to yield an incredible scent of sweet melon, bubblegum, and honeysuckle. Very delicate.

Taste: A nice light malt base, perhaps Munich allow this beer to really show off its wonderful hop flavor. The Hallertau hops are quite floral, very fresh but not necessarily raw. Lemongrass, clover, the slightest of funk akin to a lambic. This is a really interesting beer, and does the Alt style great justice.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Great!! Light, well carbonated and delicious. Easy to drink, easy to love, and has a great illustration on the label. This is a winner for sure. 6.4% ABV, 48 IBUs.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good one !
Hazy orange amber..lively head..laces and drops to 1/8 ".
Smells mostly of malt...some dried fruit...a hint of hop and port.
There's about a million things going on here in the taste...all well balanced. Malt, apple-pear,yeasty, caramel..hop bitter with a slight lemon rind hint...some port wine near the finish. Wow !!
Mouthfeel is velvety, micro carbonation. Perfect.
Very drinkable..Thank You, Sir, may I have another ?..this came in a 4-sampler.
I think I'm in love...

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Photo of waughbrew
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an alt beer lager? huh? why even bother with the stupid style name when it doesn't even fit it? Just my opinion.

reddish-copper with a big tan head with good retention and beautiful stickyness. Smell is of spicy german hops, more than any "alt beer" I have had. Some nuttiness and what I perceive as german yeast character. Taste is like smell but with some caramel and it lingers sooo long and beautifully. Mouth is thick and "hearty", not syrupy.I definitely want another.

[8.50 USD for four-pack heavyweight sampler]

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Photo of Gasp100
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this for quite a while -- I had to buy a case but it was well worth it. This pours a deep, deep copper with slight haze, a quickly diminishing off white head and light lacing down the glass. The smell is grainy and earhty with roasted oats, nuts and sweet malt. The taste is bittersweet chocolate and almonds with a very slight hoppy perfume. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth and this brew is devastatingly drinkable --- just a bit filling to be a true session beer.
I really, really like this style --- maybe it's because I don't see many brewers doing it. I'd love to A-B Otter Creek Copper to this one - they are the same style, but I can't imagine it being as rich and satisfying as this. Go Heavyweight! I'll have to work through their line if I can find more of their brews.

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

Appearance in the glass is a deep amber color with a quick forming tall off white head. As the head gradually recedes chucks of lacing are left clinging to the glass. The aroma has a sweet malt presence with a lingering grainy scent. It’s a bit fruity smelling at times and has hints of spicy hops. Taste is a bit sweet with notes of fruit and a slight roasted grain flavor that lingers throughout into the aftertaste. There was a bit of nuttiness to it and it had a dry slightly bitter aftertaste. A good clean crisp all around flavor here. About medium in body with a creamy feel to it and good carbonation. This stuff is very drinkable to me, great flavor, fairly light on you and a refreshing taste. Give this one a shot if you come across it.

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

Pours a dark red amber color with a fizzy light tan head. Let round one begin. Smells somewhat floral with a definite hop presence and some malts as well. Taste: an uppercut of sweet malts set me back a few steps, then as I move in for the kill, a big right jab of salty Hallertau hops nearly puts me on the floor. Superb balance and timing. An amazingly drinkable beer, especially for being 48 IBU's and 7% abv. Unique stickle beer style. I'll definitely come back for rounds 2-4.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to think all Altbier was like Frankenheim Alt: Mild, biscuity with a faint hop presence. Uerige cured me of that. Tom Baker and Heavyweight reinforced that lesson.

This is a Sticke Alt with a huge hop presence.

Pours a dark brown with a rocky white head that lingers and leaves plenty of clumpy lace.

The malt is biscuity and not overly sweet, then you get knocked on the head by a huge dose of hops and some serious alcohol. long dry aftertaste.

Body on this brew is medium, though for the gravity you might expect it to be heavier. I love to savor this brew in a thin walled glass stange. It is a divine experience.

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

The body is a deep amber, almost brown, and slight haze to it. The head is off-white, foamy which dissipates to a thin steady lace. On the nose there was malty aromas, dark fruits, light hops, toasted grain. On the palate the flavors were of malt, nutty, hints of some chocolate, grains, toasted bread, emm good, alcohol is just detected a bit. Easy to drink and enjoyable brew by Heavyweight Brewing Co.
They are supposed to start putting these in bottles this year, but I have yet to see them.

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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 nomad
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a comepletely murky chestnut with a rosy hue. The hilly foam head settled well, shown off by it being highly carbonated, with good lacing that was very thick. Smelled of big german malts smelling partly sweet and fairly caramelized. Also had faint grapefruit and floral hop notes in the background - quite nice. Tasted of caramel malt and salty bitter Hallertau hops, with some moderate grainy bitterness too. Partway through an ocassional fruity flavor that seemed like a hop product poppedup. Sweet roasted flavors floated about as well. Finish started off with some high-alpha hops treatment, then settled into creamy and woody flavors of moderate length, altogether fairly drying. A bit thick and smooth for a mouthfeel.

A complex beer that throws it all together, hard to pick through the layers but interesting and enjoyable to do so. A very good version of an alt, a style I don’t often look for.

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

Pours a dark amber, tea like colour with a minimal white head. The head dissapates quick however. Hmm this is my second sample from Heavyweight that seems to not have much head. Smell is of malt with a little hop. Some caramel and green apples in there as well. Taste is intially of Nice malt, a bit of brown sugar.. Then at the finish it drys out nicely with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and oily but in a nice way. Quite drinkable. I could have a few of these. Not quite up to Uerige, but I VERY nice attempt at a Sticke ALT. I will seek this out again.

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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 IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brew from Heavyweight. A powerful, doughy aroma of malts and caramel flow from this deep amber brew. It also smells a bit like those raspberry Creme Saver candies. The off-white, nearly beige head retains nicely.

This beer is very light on the palate, with some nice flavors coming out. Toffee and a mild milk chocolate are the initial offerings, with a nice roasted malt flavor throughout. Hop bitterness balances things off nicely. Mouthfeel shows little carbonation, and is a bit sweet and creamy. This is a great brew, and one that I would thoroughly enjoy on draught.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One hell of a beer. pours a beautiful brown with a reddy orange glow . Small but dense head.
Rich aroma with a hint of Green apples.
Wonderfull caramel flavours with a toasted edge to it,.
Slighty prickly(?)/acidic mouthfeel was the only real letdown of this beer.
I would be quite happy to drink this beer again ....and again ....and again.

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Photo of aaronh
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy head atop a reddish copper colored body. The head shows great retention and eventually fades to a thick film atop the beer. The aroma is proniunced and tickles my nostrils from a couple of feet away. A nice malty aroma balanced with some earthy hops radiates from this beer. On the tongue, there is decent bitterness atop a very solid malt background. A fair amountof sweetness kicks in as you start to swallow, followed by a slightly gritty astringency on the finish. The biterness lasts and mingles playfully with varying levels of sweetness on the aftertaste. There is a very earthy, rustic quality to this beer which really appeals to me. The mouthfeel is robust with decent carbonation to liven it up on the tongue and to sweep away some of the malt sweetness. The drinkability is good, with this powerful tasting beer being easy to drink at a leisurely pace. A fine offering from the folks at Heavyweight. Thanks to joehops for delivering this beer to Pittsburgh.

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