Über Alt | Rush River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.9/5
87 Ratings
Ãœber AltÃœber Alt
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
rushriverbeer.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdwalsh on 05-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,271
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
87
pDev:
14.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really nice to have a big strong malty brew like this one this time of year, and these guys have done an excellent job with it. Strong and German in nature, with great clarity in a deep copper to Amber colored brew, tall white lace head rests on top. Not at all sweet in the nose, more nutty and warmly toasted than toffee or brown sugar aromas, but both are there. Robust flavor, like a big richer octoberfest type grain base, that Munich type malt with some bigger crystal too. Remind me of the harvest, the is grainier than its peers, a cool snapshot of the fall, pole and even squash comes to mind, nice nuance here. Not much going on with the light bready yeast, but it does dry this out down to a surprising level, especially for the style. Overall Avery seasonally appropriate and delicious beer from these guys, who are very underrated in my experience with their beers. Fresh and well done, with a bit of a booze warmth to the finish and pretty much goes straight to the head. Fun and different, traditional but innovative too.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep saturated copper orange, a sticky collar of lace crowns the glass, forming intricate webs over the course of the glass. Some suspended micro sediment hazes it up a bit.

Rich nutty caramel and pipe tobacco, über malty.

Sweet and sticky, tobacco, almond and walnuts, mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Robust and silky, a warming malty blanket envelops and settles over the palate nicely. Full bodied with lower levels of carbonation. Pleasant malty aftertaste of woody tobacco and brown sugar. Very flavorful, and somewhat rich with toffee and notes of caramelized sugars. A tasty beer that was pretty impressive, hope to run across more of this soon.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rush River Uber Alt Altbier. …I'm wondering why they translate "bier" into "beer", but leave the "alt" the same on that label? They don't want to say "old beer?"
8.5% ABV.
Dark amber hue, slim, soon gone head.

Aroma: caramel malt and light spice, sweet and slightly fruity. Chocolate covered raisins and carob. Mmm.

Taste: there's that tasty malt again, there's that mmm, mmm caramel and nougat. A little sweet, a little dry. Toasty. Medium bodied. Long, sweet, dry, toasty finish. Boom, boom, boom, it's hitting on all cylinders, just as the alcohol peeks in a tad.

Drinks down delightfully. Dry, and flavorful, and tasty, tasty, tasty. Another nice one from Rush River….pretty good "old beer."

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Princetons in Maple Grove, MN. Mmmm. Reminds me a bit of a doppelbock for the big fruity tang. A little roasted barley follow it up, but there's a distinct, creamy yeast character that ties the toasty malt to the dry cherry/currant fruit. The finish is dry and crisp and the body isn't too thick. You can take this as a sipper, or treat it as a regular beer. Worth checking out.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: slightly hazy amber with a 1” rocky foam collar
S: Rich malt aromas, some fresh bread
T: A malt driven beer featuring caramelly malt, light chocolate or brown sugar notes, traces of little anise or some other spice and a hint of clove or fruitcake. Slight fruit flavors.
F: Medium light body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A good alt.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ZAP
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Burnt orange color...

S-Smells rich and malty...almost like a Wee Heavy...dark fruits..caramel....

T-Richly malty with doppelbock like scents. Solid melanoidins... Fruity with plums and black cherries....also a bit of a wee heavy scotch like malt feel...kettlized caramelization...gooey caramel...just a load of sweet rich malt flavors.

M-Sweet but not sticky sweet. That is impressive. With all this malt goodness is still finishes with a slight dry note.

O-Nowhere near as bitter as the alt style typically calls for. That is a good thing in my opinion. All alts from here on out should taste like this one. Rich, malty and decadent. A dynamite beer! Make this the prototype!

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color with a thin head of tiny bubbles with good retention.

Big sweet malty nose with a touch of hops. Caramel and milk chocolate bar notes.

Rich and sweet malt up front with a fair backing of hops. Reminds me of Scottish malt with caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, scotch and banana notes. Nice hop presence. Really quite sweet and complex. Love it.

Smooth and soft all around. Dry finishing.

Really digging this brew. Not sure how well it fits the style, but I'm enjoying it too much to care. Loads of depth, sweetness and character. Time to get me a sixer of this!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another single scored on a recent trip to Minnesota.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an amber hue, thumb of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sweet caramel and burnt sugar, hints of plums and dried fruit, with some noticeable booze on the finish.

T - The yeast adds a fruitiness that boasts dark fruit, raisin notes, hints of cloves and peppery spice. The burnt sugar and caramel flavours linger on the palette alongside pumpernickel rye bread and a touch of ABV heat. This one has a flavour profile reminiscent of a Belgian Dark Ale, but more mellow.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, dry on the finish with a touch of ABV heat.

O - A tasty Altbier which definitely leans more on the fruity side of the style. ABV is well hidden and the flavour profile is robust. A worthy acquisition and I will definitely source out another bottle next time for trades.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
8.5% ABV, Mar Wk4 notched on the label.

A - Gorgeous light copper in color, it's made even sexier by perfect clarity. Low off-white head but little retention. Nice lace.

S - The mild aroma is very reminiscent of the classic German Altbier with a restrained profile. Low biscuity malts and almost no noble hop presence, nutty notes come through though. After a bit I pick up a hint of yeast as the aroma starts turning to what a glass of cold milk smells like.

T - Almost spot-on, the flavor of this alt is fantastic! Biscuity pils and Vienna malts have some nice complexity while smooth noble hops add a good flavor balance of light floral earthiness.

M - Crisp, clean, and medium-bodied, this Alt finishes out lightly bitter and slightly dry with a mild carbonation tickle. Slight alcohol warmth accompanies but doesn't seem to be anywhere near 9%.

O - Uber Alt is a ramped-up version of the German classic that absolutely nails the style while remaining dangerously drinkable. Definitely one of Rush River's best brews, I can see why they call it "yum-yum juice!"

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy amber color the head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toast, toffee, light caramel, nuts, and a hint of floral hops. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and it is literally making me salivate. The taste is very malty with a lot of caramel, buttered toast, nuts, light toffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer. It reminds me of Victory Brewing's Ten Years Alt which I was very fond of. I can easily see Uber Alt becoming a regular of mine.

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Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Forest Inn, this brew is a dark orange amber color with a light oatmeal colored, modest head and minor lacing. The aroma brings somewhat nondescript wheat and vague salty malt. The flavor, however, comes on with a licorice herbal hop layered over toffee malt. Decided and satisfying for sure. It has tiny bubble carbonation, sprite in feel with a medium-light body. Pretty drinkable though not a classic session beer. Once you dive in for a taste, it doesn't disappoint, so I recommend you try it and see for yourself. A good backyard quencher when you're not planning on more than a couple...or so.

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Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cokes
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scarlet-bronze bodied with loads of suspended particles. It's basically a sno-globe. Low-slung head with meager lacework. I fear this ages fast and poorly.
The nose mostly dispels my fear, with it's caramel apple, cherry, doughy, sweet, clean maltiness, a touch of orange rind bitterness.
The mouth brings caramel apples, replete with a peanuts. Black cherries, general sweet, with an almost vanilla essence, but carrying a tart edge thats almost raspberry. Doughy breads, a little fuzzy yeast slurry interference, and a small measure of grassy hops for balance.
As much matter as is floating through the liquid, it never seems to impact the mouthfeel. It's full, but lighter than it should be, given the strength.
This is on the cusp of something special. Clean the particles out and remove the light chunky sourdough/vinegar-y from the yeast flavor, and this becomes one to talk about and search out. It's $11 a six-pack, and probably worth it, even with these gripes.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you hockeyd for this
12 oz bottle poured into a Rodenbach glass

A- A clear light brown with a very small that disappears quickly

S- Very malty, caramel malts, bread, touch of dark fruit.

T- Caramel malts, honey, floral notes, toffee, light bitterness in the finish, surprisingly complex, took me a two sips to really enjoy everything that is going on.

M- Smooth, medium body, dry finish.

O- A really nice beer and I am very happy that I got to try it, easy to drink 8.5% ABV is very well hidden.

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Über Alt from Rush River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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