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:
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Added by Todd on 06-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of JackTheRipper
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle, in my living room...
A: Copper colored, thin scant head. Clear. I was worried that this might be darker than it is for some reason.
S: Toasty grains with just a bit of a fruity smell. Heavy on the malts with low hop aromas.
T: Strong malt profile up front. Sweet with a touch of a buttery taste. Very smooth.
M: Medium body, light carbonation, alcohol is there but well masked.
D&N: I've had this beer in my fridge for over a year, so I think the flavors may have mellowed somewhat. Still, this is a really tasty beer and I'm enjoying it immensely.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as part of a variety case of Heavyweight. Pours a golden brown with small head and little lacing. Malt and hops dominate the odor and taste. Fair amount of carbonation with small bubbles that last the entire glass. Not sure what i taste, can it be butterscotch. Whatever it is, this is a very smooth beer. I could definately drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Maestro
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is my first Alt Bier, so I can't stack against others or the style. I like it. The orange/brown brew has a thick, frothy head. Layers of lace cling to the glass. Buscuit and grape are noticeable in the nose, as well as a faint floral hop aroma. This guy is sweet and there seems to be a tea taste up front. Lemon, orange and apple all peak their heads. Mouthfeel is good...lots of body. I enjoy the light carbonation and the overall complex flavors that mingle throughout the beer. The biscuit flavors come out as you make your way through the brew. Truly well done, Heavyweight!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber orange with a few scant suds rising to a scant ivory ring collar, leaving no lace in the glass.

Light grain scents, somewhat Oktoberfest-like with a wheat husk scent.

First swigs: Wheat grain husk and grainy. Flavors are not shy. Some carrot cake sweetness in the malty characteristics. A detection of bananas and creamy caramel, clean refreshing aftertaste with a linger of spices like nutmeg.

Medium bodied and crisp carbonation. Slick buttery and clean. An easy drinker with a lot of flavor.

Last swigs: Caramel and gingerbread. Picked up at Heavyweight Open House.
Alt style is growing on me. Nice job T & P!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of asabreed
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky ruddy brown with dark copper edges and two fingers of creamy, light tan head. Laces nicely too. Buttery caramel and bread malt aromas on the nose. A little dark fruit, and some roasty, spicy bitterness. Smells like a ramped up altbier...
Taste starts with bready, sweet malts, accented by figs, gingerbread, caramel, and a dry, woody vinous twang. Light bitterness intrudes as the dry, grape flavor takes over. Finish is tangy, lightly bitter, with a strong lingering malt base. Medium bodied, with a lightly creamy feel. Recommended.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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 crookedhalo
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded amber/copper color with deep orange highlights and a creamy beige colored head. No lacing whatsoever. Good malt to yeast profile in the aroma. Hallertau are present, yet tame. Hint of orange-like citrusness. Very malty with a good amount of husky astringency to complement the lighter hopping level. It reminds me of a heftier keller/zwickel unfiltered lager. Seems a slight bit overcarbonated, yet still maintaining a hefty mouthfeel. A pretty good interpretation of the altbier style.

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Photo of necoadam
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy copper color with almost no head, but did have some lacing.

Smell was interesting. Sweet malts, seemed a bit too sweet a times. Some mild fruit notes along with a touch of yeast aromas to finish up the nose.

Taste was good. Malts, caramel, toffee-like flavors set the base of this brew. In the middle, a fast shot of sourness shows up and seemed a bit out of place. Finished with some yeasty flavors and did finish on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was medium, but really lacked carbonation. Alt's usually have low carbonation levels, but this really seemed below alt level's.

It's ok, some flavors popped out of nowhere and looks like it should of been controlled, but it's worth trying.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking deep copper/scarlet red appearance. Thin off-white head dissipates to a thin coating in seconds. The collar leaves some sparse lace. Sweet and malty aroma. A hint of hops. The nose overall could use a little boost though. The flavor is quite fruity. And I'm surprised being that this alt is bottom fermented. But esters are definitely evident. The malts give the beer a nice foundation. Somewhat toffeeish and somewhat caramely. Some nutty tones accent and the hops add a dryness and a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little prickly. Moreso than in most alts I try. And the body is checking in around medium or so.

I was hoping to add another alt to my "Mount Rushmore" of alts, but sadly I won't be doing that. While this is good, it's not Top Tier material in my opinion.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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 marburg
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky, burnt brown color with a medium-sized creamy head. I'm getting lots of malt and fruit in the nose with hints of vinegar and prickly herbal hops. I'd like to have another of these, as fresh as can be, because I enjoyed this -- but it seemed a bit sour. The small hint of vinegar in the aroma was followed up with a mildly sour, buttery flavor. Otherwise, it seemed fairly dead on style. Medium-bodied, malty, balanced. Some apple. Not too much hop bitterness -- just enough of a crisp bite to make it work. A solid beer to be sure.

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Photo of ramrod666
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

apearence is a murky amber with a small off white head that is soon just a ring around the edge of the glass

smell is malt with a bit-o-hops in the back. kind of smells like scotch in a way

taste is subtle in the front but huge in the finish when the hops and alcohol taste really come through....strong but, good.

mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but retains nice cabonation for a rather heavy beer.

drinkability is nice. i could enjoy a few of these after work without ruining my dinner. very enjoyable

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy, murky brown, with maybe a touch of reddish-orange in the color. The beer has a slight, dull-white head. It’s aroma is a mix of sticky-smelling thick malt (caramel and sugar-like) and an earthy yeastiness. Hops mix in the background as well. As with other Heavyweight brews, this one’s full bodied and full-flavored. It’s forceful and forthright. It’s well balanced, with a sweet front and hop-bitter finish. Not as complex or as fulfilling as other HW brews, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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 99bottles
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 meathookjones
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a ton lace. Murky amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is hoppy. Medium bodied. Starts hoppy/malty and finishes on the sweet/hoppy side but a slight bitter after taste. $1 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick St. Disc Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a grainy malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It is dry to the nose and smells of lager yeast. The taste is decent also. It has a strong malt flavor that is very dry and slightly musty. It goes down easy and finishes a bit heavy on the mouthfeel and full of lager yeast taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent alt, but I've had better. It has a quite complex flavor and decent aroma.

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

Had on tap at Redbones. Reddish in color, no head. Malty aroma. Hmm..taste was mostly all malt, with alcohol in the finish. Medium + mouthfeel. Pretty much very malty, alcohol is present, not much else to say (sorry). I wish the beer had more going for it than that. Not bad, but I needed to find something else going on with this one.

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

The body is unfiltered golden amber, cloudy with particles, medium head. Very nice hop aroma, like an IPA. Lots of complexity to the taste but it is all blended so well, so balanced, it's hard to pick out the flavors. Again the signature of heavyweight, very well balanced. What I could pick out was some toasted almond, some hops thrown in there, medium roasted malt, some spice combined with the carbonation on the finish along with a slight sweet tartness on the finish. Solid mouth feel with a watery finish. Hops are predominant flavor but balanced very well.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 HappyHourHero
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grainy, biting grassy hop aroma. Small off-white head fades flowly to a film. Barely hazy tea brown colored beer. Light fizzy mouthfeel. Caramel, hoppy tea flavored beer with just a slight bite. Mellows and flavors appear as the beer reaches cellar temp.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy copper color with no real head to speak of. Caramel/toffeeish aroma.Malty.Somewhat acrid bitterness upfront.Almost sour.Residual malt sweetness comes thru.Nice full bodied mouthfeel but the sourness diminishes the overall body.Having had no other commercial examples to compare it to style wise I find it to be an average beer.I wonder if the bottle is bad. Will try it again but was not impressed following the great things I have heard about the beer and brewery.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Stickenjab Alt Bier from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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