Brewed by Brauerei Ferdinand Schumacher
Style: Altbier
Düsseldorf, Germany


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Ein besonderes Jahr. Ein besonderes Alt! Voller Stolz stellen wir Ihnen anlässlich unseres 175-jährigen Bestehens zum 01. Mai 2013 das neue Familienmitglied der ältesten Hausbrauerei Düsseldorfs vor. Unser Jubiläumsaltbier ›1838er‹ wird mit erlesenen Zutaten und viel Liebe zum Detail von unserem dynamischen und kreativen Brauerteam mit 5,0% Alkohol gebraut. Die spezielle Auswahl an Gerstenmalzen und exklusiven Aromahopfen verleiht dem neuen Glanzlicht unseres Hauses seine dezente Bittere sowie sein sensationelles fruchtig-prickelndes Hopfenaroma. Ein Feuerwerk der Geschmackssinne – Prost!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Same glowy, slightly hazy amber as the regular. Aroma is hoppy, lots of citrus. Tastes yummy, lots of hops, full bitterness. Balanced by earthy, caramelly malts. So - regular alt with American dry hop? Seems like it. A positive development to be sure. Point off if you let it warm a touch of diacetyl comes out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (2957) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2014
Tap @ The Brauhaus in Dusseldorf. Amber brown, reasonable head. Caramel lemon malt aroma. Sweet toffee flavour. Sharp with sweet aftertaste. I presume this is the German take on British bitter even though it is quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (4865) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2014
1 L bottle from aleigator, thanks. Pours clear red/amber with a huge frothy nice looking head, stable and longlasting. Fresh malty aroma, caramel and plums with some good fruity hops, which I never have met in an Alt before. Taste is thick earthy malts,with a nice complex fruity thing running along, but never overshine the good malty charatcter of a true Alt, a great Alt that is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5477) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2014
1L Bottle, thank you so much Günther! Fat fruity malt nose, a hint caramel roast with heather and citrus play. Sparkly copper, big lacing amber head. Fullbodied fruity, candied nuts, dry roast, honey, never feels too solid though - chewy but light-footed with a broad flowery, litric and light herbal, grassy hop profile on the finish. Leaves on a sparkly unmistakable Alt roasty note. A sensible modern take on the traditional stile - and a very drinkable one at that.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lauraele (6) - novi ligure, ITALY - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
Eccezionale birra maltata, dal colore ambrato carico, profumi di pane maltato e di fiori, corpo medio che avvolge tutto il palato. L’amaro è praticamente inesistente, mentre prevalgono sensazioni di fiori d’arancio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (220) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
On tap. Light cooper color. Slightly fruity aroma. Beer has a lighter taste than the alt and is more hoppy. Definitely a sweeter taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1366) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
På fat från bryggeripuben på Oststrasse, Düsseldorf. Bärnstensfärgad med smutsvitt skum. Underbara dofter av gräs, smörkola, blommor och frukter som persika, melon och röda äpplen. Smakinslag av torkad frukt, persika, mango, blommor, karamell och gräs. Ovanligt mycket humle, vilket ger en större beska än vanligt hos alt-öl. Det här var mycket, mycket gott.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (90) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle from Schumacher Brauerei. Has a ember red, deep brown color with a perfect head, thick, which stays very long. Perfect looking Alt! The most important thing first, the 1838er has an unusual aroma and taste for an Alt, because of the fruity hoppyness in it. Its the first Alt I have ever experienced with a very well balanced hoppy impact going along with the usual malt body, due to Cascade and Galaxy hops, Schumacher Brauerei brewed in for this anniversary beer. Aroma of caramel, citrus, blueberries, plums and grapes, malt is present but not dominant in this beer. The hops add a very interessting complexity, has a refreshing taste, going into a IPA direction, without forgetting of still being an Alt. Balance is great in this, a noticable bitterness kicks in after the typical bready malt beginning, which by itself has fruity undertones in it. The fruity bitterness is a very nice addition to the typical Alt-character. In the end, malt is still the most important part of the 1838er, it is present all the time, but goes along with an interessting bitterness, which creates a very smooth mouthfeel. In addition to that, in my opinion this beer is very noticable, because its so different, compared to the usual Altbier. At this very moment, many different brewers are trying to create many new beer interpretations, not only in the USA but also in Germany. Still, this movement has not reached the very traditional Altbier-scene, and the 1838er can be seen as a first attempt to reach out for new flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkseduction (571) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2013
Flasche 100cl. Wunderbar süffiges Alt mit deutlich weniger Röstmalzaroma als üblich, dafür aber mit fruchtigen, fast floralen Hopfentönen (Saphir?). Kaum spürbare Bitterkeit, die obergärige Säuerlichkeit rundet den Geschmack ab. Sehr gut gelungen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaartenRF10 (1460) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Large sample at Pint tasting
Dark amber coloured beer. Beige head. Aroma is wet grass, flowers, bubble gum. Taste is caramel malts, candies, bubble gum and flowers (alderberry blossom) Rather sweet beer, but with a bitter aftertaste.

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