Hövels Original | Hövels Hausbrauerei

BA SCORE
83
good
129 Ratings
Hövels OriginalHövels Original
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hövels Hausbrauerei
Germany
hoevels-hausbrauerei.de

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by revdrjbob on 02-13-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of SebTBL
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerShirts
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden /Amber in color, Thick and sticky inch high head, looks to have high carbonation

S-Strong sweet malt, hint of caramel, with a floral finish

T-Strong Malt with a hint of Hops, bitter finish

M-Smooth with a very light body

D-Nothing I would search for but if you come across it I would give it a try just so you can say you have had one.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
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 drmeto
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a clear amber-red with a medium, foamy,gray head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grassy,caramel,bready,spicy,elderberries,raisins,slight chocolate
T:
-caramel,bready,nutty,metallic
-long-lingering light to medium carbonation
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol warmth
O:
Hövel's refuses to call this an Altbier, but it is one.
o.k. overall

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, dark amber with a dirty white head

S: Some sweetness, hint at roastiness, caramel

T: Roasted notes, a bit of Earthiness, toffee, caramel, grassy hops

M: Medium body, easy to drink, sweet and Earthy

O: Worth a try if you see it around

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear mahogany color with tan head. Aroma has toasted malt, a hint of brown sugar and some earthy hops. Taste starts with bread crust, toasted malts, continues with earthy hops and finishes quite bitter. Light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a legit altbier but a bit boring.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle purchased on Camp Hansen Okinawa.

A - Clear brown with a slight red tint, three fingers of white head.

S - Simple, smells like fermenting hops and light malts

T - Hop bitterness in the front, pretzels and bread in the middle, bitter in back. The bitterness is really one dimensional almost skunky, like a Heineken except much more palatable to me.

M - Light medium bottle, medium amount of carbonation pleasantly felt on the tongue.

Overall this is a pleasant altbier, brings both malt and hop character to the field. Not complex, but it doesn't always have to be, I can respect that.

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Photo of Bromine
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of slammo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ranger7
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of John_Squires
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Ingjald
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of FlyingZuchini
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of pjs234
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of meerkat2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Andrew526
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of buddyvelt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of magnusdave
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Thrifty101091
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 RickyS
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seanyfo
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Hövels Original from Hövels Hausbrauerei
3.68 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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