Vetter's 33° | Vetter Alt Heidelberger Brauhaus Neuenheim

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Vetter Alt Heidelberger Brauhaus Neuenheim

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by allboutbierge on 11-12-2003

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Photo of TheSarge
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This as many would say, is a bit confusing on the sales gimmick of this beer. It boasts to be the strongest beer in the world by gravity. I'm not sure what that means, but this is surely not the strongest beer in the world now. They do say this was listed in the Guinness World book of Records in 1994, so it may have been the highest ABV back then.

This brew came out to me with a slight ring around of dark foam around the glass as far as head presentation goes. The body is very dark and is nearly black, but slightly reddish.

The aromas were biscuity and spicy. There is a good amount of hop fragrance. Pretty good for a German beer.

This brew is smooth and very flavorful. I detect cherry and merlot wine like flavors here. It's definitely a unique alt beer.

The price was a bit steep for a German beer, but not off the charts. I'd suggest this beer as a good dessert beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown glass bottle with a ceramic pop-top from the brewery. Beautiful slightly hazy dark red body with only a slight film of off-white body. Looks very thick/syrupy as it pours. Smells roasty and nutty with just a hint of alcohol. Tastes nutty with hints of caramel. Alcohol flavor is almost non-existent, though alcohol warming is definitely present at the back of the throat as it goes down. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but surprisingly drinkable despite this. Not a lot of carbonation. Wow. This beer is fantastic. Similar to Samichlaus Bier in some ways, but I find this one to be more drinkable, and it tastes better IMO. I'd get this again in a heartbeat if it was sold here.

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Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's not an Altbier... more like a really, REALLY, strong doppelbock. Maybe a quad bock? German Barley wine? Or maybe a bock wine?

When they first brewed this in 1994, it was entered into the Guiness book of world records as the world's strongest beer!

This finished off my lunch at the brewpub; 0.2 L for 3.30 Euro.

A: Ruby black; off-white head, no retention or lace... though it did leave a little leg on the glass (more like a wine).

S: Dark fruit, lots of raisin (like a port-wine), a little spice. Definitely closer to a wine than a beer.

T: Plenty of dark fruit, raisin, chocolate, cherry, floral hops. Wonderful bitter/sweet balance & and remarkably subdued... the alcohol presence is known, but its true strength is concealed. Awesome.

M: Very full body, syrupy; light carbonation.

D: Awesome, especially considering the strength.

The bottle of the EKU 28 I had later in the afternoon paled in comparison. The EKU is supposedly 11%... so I suspect this '33' is closer to 12%. You wouldn't know it though... it's remarkebly balanced/well-rounded. The EKU just tasted like bitter alcohol after this one!

It may not be a world record anymore, but it's definitely world class!

Highly, highly recommend it.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was absolutely insane.

A little bit of background...

They started brewing this beer for sale in '94. The 33 in the name denotes degrees Plato, not alcohol (jeez if it did I dont know if I would have lived to tell about it). While I do not know what the alcohol percentage is my taste buds, belly, and head told me it was pushing over 10 percent, but thats a 'guessitimate'. I guess this would be an 'experimental dark ale' if I had to term it. Regardless, it is a really unique beer that if ever given the opportunity one must try.

The body was murky black with dull copper hues. The head was sticky, long lasting, and of an off brown color. Mouthfeel was extremely heavy and thick. So luxurious. Carbonation was small and slow bubbles in huge supply. Aroma and flavor was of sweet figs, molasses, brown sugar, and a whole slew of other flavors. This beer is very sweet and has few bitter properties. Therefore, even if it was thinner and had less alcohol, I could not drink more than one. This would be a great after dinner beer and might go great with a side of vanilla ice cream.

A very odd and unique beer. Somewhat surprising considering how tradition-minded many German brewers are.

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