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


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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
A copper coloured beer with little or no carbonisation.The head soon dissapeared leaving a malty very pleasant beer. Bitter but not overpoweringly so.A very nice alt.beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5496) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 133. This draft brew was sampled at the Manni's resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a foamy head of finely sized off-white colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent yellow orange colored softly carbonated body and a fair lace. The aroma was mild and almost non-existant. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with no bite from start to finish. The flavor was that of a decent brown beer malt but was thin and needed more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2003
Bottled. Tawny amber coloured body with a white sudsy head. Distinctive kolsch malt flavours. Moderate bitterness that lasts a good while on the palate. Just can’t seem to shake the thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2003
Draught (gravity) at the Diebels brauhaus, Dusseldorf. Delicious, sweet, yet light brew. This tastes lagery, but is softer and with many more subtle flavours. The aroma, is marshmallowy, with a big frothy white head, and a nice creamy mouthfeel. This was the best alt which I tried in Dusseldorf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
Dark color. Nice balance in carbonation. Aroma a little hoppy. Round in flavor. Some crispy feeling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Light, slightly fruity aroma ... gorgeous reddish amber in color, but head is almost non-existent ... light, hoppy start and a crisp, bitter finish ... Alcohol noticable on palate, along with a hint of pepper ... lighter than I thought it would be ... good, but not spectacular by any means.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Clear light copper color. Decent head. Though this is quite light colored with virtually no aroma, it has a big malty taste. Really really good flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Nice medium brown, decent head. Grainy aroma. Flavor is of simple malt, a touch of caramel, and some bitterness from the hops. Not complicated, but pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2003
Ok, so I don't drink coffe, but I'm trying to learn it and I think I'll master coffeedrinking before I do Altbier drinking if this is anything to go by. Pours a dark copper reddish brown with a big tan head that recedes fairly fast leaving traces of lacing. Smells fairly nice, reminding me of the malt drink and orange soda that I have every christmas. I wish it tasted that way. The overriding taste is that of coffee, or is that just burned malted barley? The aftertaste is soda like in a weird way and the body also. I don't know, I'll give up on trying to describe it although the taste, body and aroma seem to belong to three different beers. I also think I'll give up on the bottle, even if the initial shock is wearing off. I'm simply not enjoying this one...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Bottle. Pours a highly carbonated and crystal clear dark copper with a dense, light tan head that takes up a third of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is thin and malty, with roasted coffee being the most obvious. There’s also a bit of nuttiness, along with faint chocolate, metallics, and herbal hops. The flavor is a bit thin as well, with coffee and roasted grains leading the way, and hints of fruit, toffee, chocolate and nuts right behind. A lingering, herbal hop bitterness tries to provide a bit of balance. Ends with a metallic twinge and dark grain bitterness. It’s body is on the lighter side of medium, with a dry and lighty acidic finish. Overall, a fairly one-dimensional alt…there’s much better to be found.

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