Stickenjab Alt Bier | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

very good
122 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 06-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a dark amber beer with a decent off –white head. There is some lacing, but not much.
The aroma is malty and cherry like.
Its flavor is malt and more malt with a fruity quality and some brown sugar presence.
Although it is very sweet, it remains drinkable. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy, deep amber color that is topped by a frothy tan colored head. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity, with notes of raisins and an intense, though non-descript, berry character. It also has an intense maltiness that has notes toasted malt, caramel, a sticky amber malt extract note. The mixture of hops and malt in the nose is quite nice, definitely really in balance and they are both quite intense.

The taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggest. It is pretty full and rich on the palate, and there is quite a bit of acidity in the finish as well. There is a sort of malt extract twang here as well, perhaps the malt is starting to become oxidized. This is actually a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting a bit more hop character, and a bit more integrated, fresh maltiness.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, this is a dark murky copper with no real head, no lacing, a little dull looking. Smell is light grassy hops over a dark caramel malt. Taste is also very malty, sweet with a bit of odd sourness, and a spicey hop bite in the finish. Aftertaste is a little odd as well, slightly sour, hard to put a finger on. Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level. The only Alts I've had are from Uerige, and compared to them this is a really disappointing offering.

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Photo of ikats
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy rusty orange in color. Large tan head. Actually, my bottle practically exploded, but I didn't really handle it properly before opening - it was a bit on a warmer side and quite shaken by a two hour drive.

Sweet, nutty aroma. Hops are evident and there is a whiff of alcohol. Just by the aroma I can tell that this beer will be welcome on a cold autumn night.

Tasting the beer, it is sweet and stick with bitterness balancing the sweetness perfectly not to make it too sticky. Even though alcohol blends in great, it warms the body. Medium light body.

Very nice and enjoyable brew. Extra points for the label - it gives you a little background on the beer. No freshness date though.

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Photo of horndecker
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is deep amber, not quite cherry. Only a small tan head forms, but it appears to have plenty of carbonation.

Smells of mild piney hops with a strong malt and caramel aroma. Spicy and clean.

The taste is malt, malt, malt. Plummy fruit joins in, more than your typical alt. Apples and nuts as well. Gentle hops temper the big malt and add a snap to the end of the taste. Later on the dark fruit intensifies, working really well with the malt and nut flavors. Yum. And there's a little hint of wildflower honey and calvados in the aftertaste. It's certainly a different take on an altbier.

All in all a nice surprise. I can see this as an item to keep in stock in my fridge for a while.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. Clear dark amber color with a thick and frothy off-white head that lasts a long time. Decent amount of lacing. Earthy malt aroma with some hops present. Medium-bodied but a little thin compared to the better Alts I have tried. Sweet malt and fruit flavors dominate, with some spicy hops. The finish is clean and sweet, if short-lived. All in all this is a pretty good Alt, but I wish it packed a little more punch.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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 tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper with persistent tannish head. Smell is sweetish and caramelly. Some alcohol also noted. Taste is very sweet, similiar to a caramel apple. Alcohol also noted in the taste. Each subsequent taste also brings atrong alcohol scent. Has a bit of a hoppy bite to it. Somewhat of a sour finish that seemed to become more enjoyable as the glass emptied. This was a very strange beer to me. When I first tasted it, I really did not like it. But by the time I got to the bottom of the glass, all my ranking went from 3's up to 4's. This is a good example of the problems of rating beers from 4 ounce samples. If I would have only had 4 ounces of this beer, I would of had a completely different impression of it. Turned out to be a very good beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hand-carried from NJ to Moscow, this brew comes in a fairly chubby 12 oz brown bottle with a multicolor label featuring a cartoon of a boxer with his right glove raised. Ingredients include "German malts and Hallertau hops." No freshness information.

Pours a slightly hazy iced tea pale brown under a 1/2 finger beige head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. The nose is very mild, with just a touch of sweet caramel. The mouth is light and very prickly. There is lots of sweet caramel here, almost syrupy and bordering on chocolate. A note of cinnamon is also present. The finish has a mild hoppy bite, more spicey than harsh, but the caramel prevails. The hops become increasingly stronger as it warms, but I wouldn't call this a hoppy beer (as the label implies).

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz and fresh

orange-reddish pour with no foam or visible carbonation. aroma reminds me of a strong bock.. real complex burnt brown sugar flavors. some banana and a bizarre underripe lime/citrus tang. that lime is a force to be reckoned with, and dominates the beer. perhaps its a result of overhopping in something expected to be smoother and caramelly. the previously incognito carbonation shows up as well, and comes on quite strong. progresses with a rye-like spiciness.. black pepper finish with some fresh cut apple and slight alcohol heat. not sure this is an altbier at all.

pretty confusing beer. not the best thing from h-weight and i probably wont revisit it. some good elements just too jumbled.

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Photo of sacfly
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date, but purchased at a local that just started carrying it two weeks ago.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Head quickly fades to almost nothing. Smell is sweet, malty, sweet, caramel, sweet. Smell reminds me of flat cola… maybe flat ginger ale…

First sip is not nearly as sweet and the nose lead me to believe. It is sweet and malty, but not way over the top. Over ripe plum/dates. A bit sour. Slight nuttyness at the end. Slight astringency(?) in the aftertaste. Finish is long and dry. Rather annoying yeasty aftertaste… Sourness comes back long into the finish. It is bottle conditioned, so be very careful in your pour. Leave at least a half inch to an inch or the aftertaste is a little much (I’m sure it’s the yeast…)

Over all, not a bad alt for a hard to find style. If you like alts, this is not the greatest, but will still be enjoyable.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 EPseja
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a deep, rusty amber color with a considerable amount of cloudiness and small particles in suspension. Inital head is big and bubbly -- about an inch and a half -- seettling down to a thin, rust-flecked tan mat that creeps up the sides of the glass.

S - Big, sweet toffee and caramel maltiness with notes of Fig Newtons and Heath Bar. Some nuttiness; more reminiscent of the slightly bitter, thin skin rather than the meat of the nut (I'm thinking specifically of an almond here). No real hoppiness to speak of.

T & M - Dark, fruity sweetness charges into the mouth on the crest of a very nice, tight sudsy mouthfeel. The middle reveals wisps of dry hoppiness and the shadow of veiled alcohol. As this beer hits the back of the throat, the sweetness breaks up but the carbonation (unfortunately) kicks up, making a slightly gassy swallow. The aftertaste is dry and bittersweet, reminiscent of a dry sherry, with a slightly cloying, lingering sweetness.

D - This is a pretty tasty beer that is a bit out of balance, both in its constitution and its delivery. The tastes seem to be either big and bold or very faint, with not much in between. The mouthfeel stays too active, even after a bit of warming. Unfortunately, I would most likely reach for something else instead of another one of these.

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Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Hagbard
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
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 whartontallboy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out amber with a nice thick pillowy head of meringue in my stange, leaves nice lacing as I slowly sip it. Quite a beautiful beer. Lively carbonation.

Smell is thick with malt, with an undercurrent of apples and a nice European hop bitterness and spicy undertone.

Flavor is quite malty, with the apples coming in much clearer on the tongue. The hops are nice for a spicy little bite before a desert-dry finish that leaves a lingering flavor of alcohol and a bit of malt. Nice!

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with the generous carbonation.

Overall: I really like this one. I've been getting into alts more lately, and this one really hits the spot. Not too over-the-top, but solid and tasty.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mentor
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by GCBrewingCo, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a finger and a half tan yellow head over a deeply murky orange rust liquid. Smells caramel and pine-sol and raspberry. Taste is caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate and a sour that’s not quite cherry. It’s got a little bit of minty and piney quality. Perhaps part of the sour is acrid from overcarbonation. Aftertaste consists of rolling caramel, chocolate, and the sour. As it warms, the beer gets an orange hop flavor. Light body and mildly carbonated.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Brown and copper color beer with minimal carbonation. Very light head with little retention. There is a big sticky ring of lacing around the edges.

Aroma - Sweet and fruity smell with a sort of burnt plum and raisin aroma.

Taste - There seems to be the same raisin sort of flavor and a nice bitterness but it's very sweet and cloying.

The mouthfeel is good, full and creamy.

The drinkability is average but a touch too sweet to enjoy a lot of.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Geoff.

This brew pours an ambered orange color with a finger of head that falls to coat the brew. The nose is interesting. I get notes of orangey citrus and a bit of roasted, nutty malt. Interesting combination. The flavor is right there with a lemoney/orangey zesty citrus and a light roasted malt. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I think the brew is rather refreshing and drinkable. I'm just not getting overly excited over the flavor and nose.

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Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a brown color with a small head that falls fast but leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty malty, not much else there. The taste has a large malt character with some nuttiness, some slight fruit notes and finishes a little bitter. Has a mouthfeel that's medium and the drinkability is ok.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at RedBones.

This altbier poured a cloudy, amber color with white foam that settled fairly rapidly. The smell was malty, not overly strong. The taste was dominated by maltiness with a light hoppiness. It was mildly sweet with a faint touch of caramel and a hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and low carbonation. The feel was good, with a modest aftertaste. This was an OK beer, but it seemed a bit lighter in color and flavor than the more familiar Düsseldorf altbiers.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the Collins glass looking like a dirty ice tea. Big rocky head and lacing on the glass. Smell reminds me of the Two Druid's Gruit, very chalky aspirinish. Taste starts off harmless enough, a nice malty carbonic hit that segues quickly into the aspirin bite and lemon rind finish. Not really for me. Interesting. Mouthfeel is thin but not unexpected. You could drink a few of these I guess. I figure this, like Two Druids, is an acquired taste. I'm moving on to other brews.

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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good one. Pours a very cloudy dark reddish light brownish color, but not really much head after a minute. Smells strongly of caramel. Taste is more well-rounded. Nice and buttery, lots of toffee, butterscotch, and a nice nutty taste. Sweet without being overwhelming. Good balance of malts and a bit of spicy herbal hops in the end. Great beer. Does the guy on the front look like Nixon or Bush? I can't tell...

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Stickenjab Alt Bier from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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