Hövels Original
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Style:
German Altbier
Ranked #89
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,412
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
132
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Hövels Hausbrauerei
 
Germany
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Year-round
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Gots
  18
SCORE
84
Good
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Reviews by revdrjbob:
Photo of revdrjbob
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A strange brew for a German microbrewery. Called a bitter bier, it certainly is for a German style, not sure if it's meant to be a German interpretation of an English bitter or not.
Poured a dark amber into the glass, with a foamy white head. Aromas of malt, a slight roastyness, and a hint of hop.
Tasted a little wierd, I guess I was expecting a bitter Dortmund export, but it wasn't. Tasted of assertive hops, malt, caramel, and a rounded finish, that kind of snapped off, leaving no lingering pallate.
Nice, but not for me. Great bottle, though.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

Very happy to see a true Altbier grace our presence in the US. The style clearly does not get enough attention or even respect. Liquid bread is the first thing that comes to mind, obviously drinkable and with just enough complexity to keep us thinking.

LOOK: Clear, brassy amber; impressive lacing

SMELL: Malty, loaf of bread, faint caramel, grape skin, herbal, clean

TASTE: Crisp, toasted grain, dark bread, dried grass, slightly biscuity, mineral, balancing hop bitterness, mealy apple skin, leafy, slight alcoholic warmth, dry-ish finish

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml heavy dark green swingtop bottle, cool. Bought in Bier Spezi, Hamburg. Amber colour, large to moderate off-white head. Lovely hoppy aroma when pouring, not equally impressive in the glass. For something from Germany called "Bitterbier" I kind of expected a hoppy explosion, but the bitterness is actually very moderate. Still, some hops are around, and they are quite well balanced with the malts. Hints of caramel and a certain herbal spiciness too. Unusual style for Germany, but not really remarkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this Hövels Original Rotgoldbier on-tap at Stilbruch in Bamberg, Germany.

The beer poured a clear, red amber color, with tall, very creamy, off-white foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was very nice, with some sweet malt and a hint of noble hops. The taste was richly malty with a touch of sweetness. The hoppiness was modest up front, but became stronger toward the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation. It was malty with a good hoppy finish. This was a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 24-10-06. Nice white head and a brown clear beercolor. Nose is very malty; bit sweetish and with that qyuiet fruity.IMO more like an Altbeer then Pils/Lager( top fermented) and with that also filtered so nowhere near a keller/zwickelbeer. Nice body also and full of taste that's a nice combination of caramel and roastmalt before a well dosed bitterness comes in and takes over. Good sweetness in it too as there is some but not to much and fitting the well dosed other components. Well balanced and enjoyable brew if you like altbeer.

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Photo of wl0307
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the fantastic "Archer Road Beer Shop" in Sheffield. BB 02/08, served lightly chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours an elegant dark amber hue, coming with an ever-so-creamy light beige froth that very slowly settles and leaves tight sheets of lacing behind, on top of constantly semi-lively yet fine carbonation.
S: a lightly sour-bitter edge of dried lemon peels underlines a mild flow of caramel malts with a even-milder bready hint, while a rather subdued note of caramelised nuts hides in the back. The label specifies that it's brewed with "vier Edelmalzen", so a mixture of four different malts result in such a a pleasant smell? It's quite fruity actually.
T: the flavour comes nutty right from the beginning with a tinge of caramel, yet a pleasant flow of sprig and tea-stem like hop-bitterness (with a dried grassy aroma) also prevails at the same time, leading towards a semi-dry, herbal bitter finish underlined by a mild tinge of sourness as in a well-lagered beer brewed with either ale- or lager-yeasts.
M&D: I tend to agree with the last reviewer (paterlodie) that this beer tastes more like a well-lagered, filtered Altbier than a naturally murky Kellerbier, while Sigmund's comment also hits the bull's eye that the moderate level of hop bitterness seems to well balance the mixed maltiness. The finish is slightly sticky rather than consistently clean, but overall this medium-bodied and lightly fizzy bitter amber beer is definitely a thirst-quencher; if only the brewery used real hops rather than hop extract!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this German brew before, until I walked into my local Costco and bought a mixed case (18 bottles) of German beer. This was one of them.

Clear, yet darker amber color. Quick head, super thin foam that recedes to nothing quickly. Only one column of bubbles.

Toasted cracker and dry bread crust aroma. Maybe a little earthy hop aroma for some balance.

Crisp like a lager for sure. Nice, crisp bite on the front of the tongue with each sip. Toasted bread crust with an earthy, bitter bite from the earthy hops.

Pretty crisp, easy drinkin Altbier. Not bad, but not worth buying again.

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Photo of emerge077
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Oddball beer sampled during the 8th annual German pub crawl. Quick review from written notes. Served in a small pilsner flute at Resi's Bierstube, on special for $3.00. Although it was a recent arrival to the bar, unfortunately it was already out of code, BBD: 12.11.12.

Darker color, reddish orange brown with some clarity and rapid carbonation visible. It maintains a small head for the duration of the glass.

Smells a little like iced tea, and tastes like vaguely malty unsweetened iced tea, with some cardboard notes of oxidation. Simultaneously watery and effervescent. Sort of bland and uninspired. Would be nice to try a fresher sample, but I haven't seen this beer anywhere else before.

2014: on draft at Radler, a little better and not as oxidized. Would give it a 3.25.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a darker Oktoberfest, leafy golden-brown in color, very autumnal, and the superbly creamy head really sells it. Good clarity in the liquid, good head retention and great lace stick.

Super-clean earthy/grainy smell, nothing too sweet or bitter emerging, just a nose that recalls cracked wheat, plus a little bit of a coppery/penny smell, but hardly enough to detract.

Pretty much same deal on the tongue. Grainy element out front, like a good, clean, simple wheat cracker, husky/nutty vibes, and a lightly metallic character, which also carries into the finish. Actually kind of hard to determine whether it's actually a mineral/metal thing, or a hard bitterness from the hops. Light hit of cooked vegetable too.

Mouth is nicely slick and buttery round, although the dryness comes on quick and gives the illusion of puckering, although I think that's just that bitter hop/metallic twang from the flavor and finish.

A good beer, with a kind of hardcore old-school vibe. It's easy to imagine this beer being just like this in 1893, you know? Untouched by time and trend and all that...

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Photo of slammo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty enjoyable beer.
Amber color with a medium-sized tan head.
Caramel aroma, a bit hoppy.
Sweet malt taste, with a late hit of hops'
Mouthfeel felt like an altbier at the onset, but the hops were a bit of a surprise. Not unpleasant, just a little unexpected.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness this was a good beer... and it was only improved by the meal at the brewery.

App: Dark amber with an offwhite head that never leaves, resting proudly on top of the body.

Smell: Caramel with a hint of hops hits the nose. The aroma is not strong, but does entice.

Taste: Caramel malts with hints of molasses and raisins support the fresh barley flavor. The hops come through on the finish giving a refreshing note to this quite sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness is further balanced by a hop bitterness that was more than I expected and quite welcome/refreshing.

Drinkability: This went very well with my meal and seemed as if it would go well with any meat dish. It also was smooth and interesting enough to make me want it back as a regular back in new york.

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Photo of BeerTruck
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of seanyfo
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

0,5ml bottle poured into an altbier glass.

A- Dark copper amber like altbier with a tan firm head, that has excellent retention and lacing.

S- Metallic, roasted malts

T- Once again very metallic, roasted malts of an altbier come through, with a caramel sweetness.

M- Moderate carbonation with firm body.

D- I really did feel i was drinking a cross between an 80 shilling and an altbier. All the roasted malt characteristics of these 2 styles with a firm body. Nice, but metallic quality puts me off wanting another

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top half-litre bottle: best before Apr 2013, poured into three stemmed Pilsner glasses @ home during a random tasting evening on 23 Nov 2012.

Lovely looking beer: bright amber, clear and healthy, on top a snow white crown.

Malty nose: caramel being the main aroma. That caramel front carries on into the taste and although not really a sweet brew it certainly has a maltier flavour than a hop one. Actually the beer is well balanced because it has a crisp, sharp hop feel within the maltiness from start to finish.

I used to drink this on a regular basis years ago: I still like it.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that never faded away and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel and bready malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of caramel and bready malts but there is no sweetness because this is contrasted by a light amount of hop bitterness. There are some notes of skunkiness and metallic flavors but these seem to diminish as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but the taste might have suffered a bit as a result of the long trip across the pond and the green bottle.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L Swingtop emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours an orangish brown with a creamy 2-finger bone-whited head which receeds to a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Earthy hops, caramel malts, vanilla, slight hint of raw copper.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with light carbonation.

T: Roasted barley malt, caramel, honey notes. Mildly biting hops form a nice undertone. Smooth finish with a slightly astringent aftertaste which lingers.

D: Very drinkable, but difficult to place. At times, it seems to be a Bitter, then an Altbier. Still, this qualifies as a solid effort.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 132 ratings