Hövels Original
Hövels Hausbrauerei

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Hövels Hausbrauerei
Ranked #63
Ranked #23,532
3.73 | pDev: 12.87%
Oct 15, 2022
Feb 13, 2005
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear, mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of grainy, bready malt and herbal hops. Taste is a great balance of grainy, bready, slightly caramelly malt and herbal, slightly floral hops, with fruity highlights of dark fruit and red berries; fig, redcurrant and some nutty accents. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some bready malt, herbal hops and dark/red fruit lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Haven't had this in ages, but had kinda good memories of it and am glad to have tried it again. While it's not quite on the same level as the classic Düsseldorf Alts, it's certain the best widely distributed Altbier that I've come across so far, even though Hövels actually refuses to call it an Altbier for some reason. Nice balance of bready malts and herbal hops, with a little depth provided by some red/dark fruit and nutty accents. Very nice mouthfeel and beautiful coloration and head as well.
Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 4 by FZR23 from Romania

Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Biergerd from Germany

Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Nov 06, 2020
Rated: 3.7 by DOCRW from Washington

Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by HermannTheGerman from Germany

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Great brew! Somewhat between a Altbier and a Brown Ale. Nice differentiated smell of malts. Hoppy aftertaste. Easy to drink but not simple. I love it,
Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by jschott75 from Illinois

May 01, 2018
Rated: 3.36 by SebTBL from Canada (QC)

Jan 09, 2017
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Rated by Rand_Schoeb from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A great dark Amber beer from a small brewery in the great beer and soccer city of Dortmund.
Aug 31, 2016
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Rated by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.
May 01, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by windowside from Germany

Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 3.31 by DuncanMcBommer from Germany

Mar 18, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Cesroz from California

Sep 21, 2015
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
-pours a clear amber-red with a medium, foamy,gray head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-grassy,caramel,bready,spicy,elderberries,raisins,slight chocolate
-long-lingering light to medium carbonation
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol warmth
Hövel's refuses to call this an Altbier, but it is one.
o.k. overall
Sep 17, 2015
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Reviewed by jcance from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A great beer with many different flavors in the background of a solid, sweet, and creamy essence. The mouthfeel is divine, and the flavor has good depth. At 1.19 euro for a half liter, it is quite expensive, but it is hard to drink it slow as such. A very inviting beer I would recommend to anyone.
Aug 19, 2015
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jul 04, 2015
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Reviewed by jesseejames from Montana

4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
picked this up in flip top from the supermarket in Bad Bentheim just to try something different. Pours a brown red gorgeous color bee with a white slightly brownish head that lingers and slight lacing. Wonderful nose of malts and grain and the taste is of carmel and nuts. A nice mix of carmel malt and hops for a wonderful mouth and dry finish. I really like this beer-could drink too much!
May 22, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by RickyS from Germany

May 12, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by MattMorin from Illinois

May 03, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by Thrifty101091 from Florida

Mar 27, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by ovaltine from Indiana

Mar 11, 2015
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Reviewed by Takahiro from Netherlands

2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Look: tanned, clear, with lots of foams
Smell: malty, bready,
Taste: bready malt, slight biscuit and some slight chocolate, subdued hop
Feel: good malt body, without chewiness (not too much caramel)
Overall: it's OK, but nothing special
Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 3.8 by bcm75 from Illinois

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4.04 by BIRTC from South Carolina

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by SVD from Netherlands

Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by danipp from Germany

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 5 by Pyedog from Florida

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 16, 2014
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
Hövels Original
On tap at Die Stammkneipe / Der Schwarze Kölner, Brooklyn, NY, 23 August 2014

Notes: Bready/biscuity malt. Golden caramel. Dry apple & minor pear notes from the yeast. Some spicy/floral hop flavors. Really nicely balanced. Firm bitterness. Finishes dry with some residual leafy caramel.
Sep 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by Jordy777 from Illinois

Aug 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by DrBobPierce from Michigan

Aug 08, 2014
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
11.2oz bottle purchased at the Spokane Valley Total Wine for $1.79. My first genuine German Alt in quite a while. The label on the back includes a freshness date – 12.03.14. Once again, it becomes apparent Total Wine either does not look at freshness dates or does not care how old something is. Fortunately, this is a pretty malty style so it may turn out all right. According to the label, this is brewed with wheat malt as well as barley malt, which may be a distinctive feature of this beer.

Poured a dark copper color, with a good-sized off-white head that hung around for a few minutes before receding to a quarter-inch skiff that managed to endure.

Big, bready and toffee-like malt aroma to this, which isn’t much of a surprise. There’s also a slight, herbal hop scent, but this is the malts’ show.

Toffee and caramel sweetness start off the taste. There’s also a bit of dark fruit in the background. A slight mineralish taste hovers there as well. An herbal hop bitterness keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. Finishes slightly dry.

The body is somewhere between light and medium, with a soft mouthfeel.

Not great, but not a bad Alt at all. Certainly it’s a somewhat rare style in my neck of the woods, which is a shame. I drank the hell out of all the Alts I could find when I was going to school in Germany in the late ‘90s, and wish I could find more of the real thing (yeah, I’m glaring at you, Alaskan Amber). Not terribly expensive, and seemingly no worse for wear despite being nearly 5 months past it’s best-by, I might take a chance on this again.
Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by endless1408 from England

Jul 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by mmutantl from Germany

Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by scripna from Florida

Jul 10, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Rxman70 from Ohio

Jul 04, 2014
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Reviewed by eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours the traditional Altbier copper color. Clear. Forms a medium and fluffy white head. Low retention but lots of thin and lingering lacings left in the glass. Thin bubbles can be seen coming from the bottom of the glass. A thin layer remains for a long time on the top

S: Strong toffee and caramel malts in the nose. Sweet and biscuity. Some notes of grapes and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee and caramel malts. Altbiers are most probably one of the most fruity Lagers on earth. Good notes of grapes and raisins. Good and mild bitter end. Balanced

M: Light but bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Caramel and biscuity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic German Alterbier. Pleasant and recommended
Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by Belittle from New Jersey

May 22, 2014
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