Stifter Bier (Red Ale)
Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl

Stifter Bier (Red Ale)Stifter Bier (Red Ale)
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German Altbier
Ranked #173
Ranked #42,753
3.32 | pDev: 21.69%
Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl
Stifter Bier (Red Ale)Stifter Bier (Red Ale)
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Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy reddish brown color. Almost no head to speak of. Lots of clumpy yeast floaters are noted betraying the age on this bottle.

Aroma has notes of dark fruits, yeasty esters, dark bready malts, and a slight tart twang - almost cherry like, but not quite clearly so. Given the age on this bottle the aroma is reminiscent of an aged doppelbock.

Taste is interesting. Its quite malty with dark bready malts, dark fruits, some light spices and a spicy hop note on the back end. The spicy hop notes combine to give you a rye bread like flavor that comes through at points. Lightly sweet, with a slight bitter finish. All of this is there, but the finish is oddly watery as the flavors just kind of die out.

Feel is light, super drinkable, with a smooth but spritzy carbonation.

Overall this is an interesting beer. I suspect that, although its listed as an altbier here its more reminiscent of a rotbier. Although the label says ale, the website does confirm the beer is cold lagered. Regardless, its a nicely drinkable beer of which I got a bottle that is, sadly, clearly old. Id love to try this one fresher.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at the Julius Meinl luxury supermarket in downtown Vienna, the brown 33cl bottle features a very long, very thin neck and a white and silver label dominated by the bust of Adalbert Stifter, Austrian literary figure from the region the brewery calls home. No ingredient information. Best before 5/28/08, I opened it on 3/21/08.

Pours clear copper under a 1/2 finger off white head that fades quickly to film and collar, but doesn't generate any lace. Very mild nose with just a hint of malt. The mouth is fairly heavy yet well carbonated, nicely coating the mouth to add emphasis to the taste. That taste is very smooth, dominated by slightly sweet and very bready malt. The hops are also subdued, providing a shadow of bitterness that doesn't emerge until the aftertaste, then fades quickly while the malt lingers long. Very nice, good drinking brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head or foam, one or two tiny, sluggish bubbles make their way to the surface. Rusty red color. Looks subpar to me.

Stale bread with some dried plums in the middle. Musty and sweet overall.

Musty old bread with a little caramelized fruit note. Toasty with a little tin on the finish. Not too bad, but will not buy again. Dry and chalky palate.

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Photo of largadeer
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.5L bottle from Haus Staudt. Simply called "red ale" in the United States, this is the brewery's altbier (fun fact: not the same thing as an English pale ale). This is a style I've never been too enthused about; guess I'm more of a Kölsch kind of guy.

The beer is clear with a copper hue in my mug, very bright and clean looking, with a small but lasting head.

The smell is...mild. Clean, but bordering on bland. I get a whiff of dried fruit, caramel, toasted malt. There isn't much to pick out.

It's tastier than it smells, opening with strong dark fruit flavors, toast, mineral and light nuttiness with an earthy mid-palate. It's semi-sweet throughout, finishing on a lingering fruit and mineral note. The body is medium-full, the flavor profile quite clean on the whole, appropriately right in between an ale and dunkel lager in taste. It's enjoyable, but I can't get too excited about it.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L standard bottle & .33L 'longneck.' Pokal. Pours to a light claret, with a one finger head that quickly settles to a trace. The smell is rich, with hints of malt. The mouthfeel is full, weighty. Taste is a fine balance between the malty substructure and the hops which resonate throughout. This is the best (albeit pricier than Kristall or Urquell) year-round beer offered by Schlägl.

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Photo of t0rin0
1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

no head, flat. red. i like the color, but it looks flat.
sweet malts, dried fruit smell.
taste is very good. it's like a fresher, lighter version of their dopplebock and the flatness has no bearing on the flavor. i cant understand the bar code to determine a date, but i can see this being the intended result.
hard to believe there are so few reviews of this. i really like it. one of the best 'red ales' i've had as it's not totally hopped up like the maerican red ales, and i understand that it is 'technically' an altbier? either way, it's mellow and nice. low abv at 5.7% but i like it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.19/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Really metallic with some decent enough sweetness. Somewhat fruity with a little bit of a red apple thing going on. Perhaps a touch of banana is present in there.

T: This is pretty bad. Metal and cardboard are the dominant flavors. Earthy hop flavors and maybe some toasted malts and toffee. Not pleasing in any sense.

M: The body is on the light side of medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Bleh is a good way to describe this one.

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Photo of mactrail
2.47/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reddish amber in the Saxo tall tulip with a quite nice white foam. Malty but thin. Odor is on the musty side. This has the usual fruity European taste. It's that same unpleasant and earthy flavor of so many cheap European beers, only more intense with the supposed Altbier style. The bitterness with the residual sugar is particularly revolting.

Dry, mineral, metallic, and bitter aftertaste. I'm not going to finish this one. From the 500 ml bottle that showed up in the local supermarket.

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Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

This "Red Ale" pours with a golden copper color with slight hues of red. It has a foamy off-white head that recedes to some very nice lacing.

There is some bock-like scents coming form this one. It is caramally with a slight nuttiness and some interesting and musty hops. It has a distinctly sweet aroma.

The flavor is pretty standard. It is malty to a point with some toasted grains, caramel, nuttiness, sugar, and a hint of fruit. It finishes with a mild hop bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of nuts an musty, earthy hops.

It is an easy drinker. An old-style German/Austrian ale.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gentlystewed
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a case of 20 sixteen ounce bottles for an incredibly low price. ($12: 99) Can't find a date, but what the hell.

Appearance: Amber, with just a slight hint of ruby highlights if the light hits it just right. It holds onto the off white head. No lacing at all.

Smell: Malty with a touch of alcohol, and I also notice the fruity aroma that reminds you of a pale ale.

Taste: This has a nice balance of fruity almost apricot sweetness with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation that seems to work well with this brew.

Overall: This is a solid brew, very satisfying that will most likely pair well with almost anything. I'll be picking up another case or two.

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Photo of beerdhabelly
1.87/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

When I tried this I had trouble deciding whether was oddly skunked or tainted, but am reviewing assuming it was okay.

It pours about how you'd expect it to, clear copper with a small head and little lacing.

Smell was something sweet that I was unfamiliar with, but it didn't smell skunked, and it smelled pleasant. Main point being, it did not smell skunked, but

The beer tasted and felt a lot like fizzy dirt water.

It was one of the few beers I was unable to finish.

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Photo of LJC3
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of safaricook
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought it on my epic trip through my homeland at the brewery after getting a brewery tour with brewmaster Bayer. Had to buy the original Stange glass as well, after all I was missing this in my collection. Now to the beer:

Light copper body with some coarse bubbles rising from the bottom. Head is white and coarse bubbled but nevertheless pretty stable before it reduces to a thin cap. Leaves good lacing. Looks great in original glass as scriptures in white harmonice and enhance lacing.

I get metallic or coppery aroma but also fruity esters, raisins, smelling at the foam. Later, as foam is reduced darker malts enter front stage. After some time I get alcohol that reminds me of rum and breadiness.

Begins a little acidic followed closely by medium dark malts that dominate before it ends on a little hop and malt bitterness. The latter gives a little metallic after taste.

Body is medium to light with some oiliness to it. Carbonation is below average but it is still refreshing. Ends medium dry.

I like the beer quite a lot, though I have to admit that the metallic aftertaste and nose is something to get accustomed to. It reminds me of a Palm, but it is sweeter and more pleasant. I like the complexity of the aroma. I would order this anytime in Austria, where it is difficult to find something with a stronger malt character.

When aged for approximately 2 years its edges round out nicely

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Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schoonerorlater
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a- nice red cooper. small head. little lacing.

s-dried figs, green apples, and toffee.

t-the fruit comes forward quite significantly, sweet toffee afterwards with a nice malty backbone.

m-light easy body

o-drinkable but nothing memorable. i would certainly recommend trying it.

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Photo of RoyFokker
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of xhuang61
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Stifter Bier (Red Ale) from Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 20 ratings