Brewed by Brauerei Diebels (InBev)
Style: Altbier
Issum, Germany


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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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DIEBELS Alt is brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516. Under this "Reinheitsgebot", only four ingredients are allowed: Barley malts, hops, yeast, and water. The dark-roasted special malt lends DIEBELS its unmistakable amber glow.

Dark and Delicious. For a dark, flavorful beer, DIEBELS is surprisingly light and drinkable - a beer you can enjoy all night long. It isn't bitter like many ales, and it doesn't have the strong aftertaste of certain imports.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ingevara (785) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2002
Malty and dry. There is an apparent aroma but no fruit and a bitterness that doesn’t find its goal

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2002
Frothy head that lasts for some time. Hops, coffee and liquorice in the aroma. Only slight hopbitter taste. Coffee and a bit of fruitiness. Slight hopbitter finish. Bland and not very interesting altbier.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Davhgbrew (925) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Malty nose, with a flat coke appearance. Pretty watery palate, which isn’t surprisingly all malt.There is some hop presence in the middle and finish, but still an overall weak brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2002
Weak head, amber color. Vegetable-like aroma. Weird malty, metallic, bitter taste...yuck...crappy finish that stuck around too long...I didnt like anything about this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2450) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2002
Roasted aroma and flavour.Somewhat watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Well, I found some in Plano, TX in bottles. Still really enjoy this beer, but not as tasty as I'd remembered, so I've lowered the score a bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (herbs), hint of chemicals. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Rather cookie-cutter in character and slightly industrial tasting, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2002
Must be a German thing to really like this beer. Now I usually love German beer, but I just can’t get into this one. It smells nice and malty, a little like a hopped-up Bock with some sweetness. Color and head are just average, nothing special. The head disappeared quite quickly, in fact. Very low carbonation in this one. The taste started fine too, but it finished way too bitter and unbalanced. I like hops but not like this. I hadn’t tried an Alt til now, and I’m not too eager to try another.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - APR 5, 2002
Warsteiner Dunkel’s twin... very, very AVERAGE.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
Decent for a widely circulated german beer.

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