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Brewed by Brauerei Ferdinand Schumacher
Style: Altbier
Düsseldorf, Germany

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 26, 2008
One liter fliptop bottle: poured orange with a large fluffy beige head. Light hop aroma with a bit of malt, light roastiness. Mild bitter hop flavor initially, picking up in the finish. Nothing blows me away with this beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jerohen (1963) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 On draft at the brewpub. Amber coloured, fair head. Malts and hops, some grainy notes. Dry finish. Not very good, but on the other hand: i had a Schlüssel just before.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CROchamp (10) - USA - MAY 17, 2008
One of the less bitter-more drinkable strictly "local" Alts. Amber and somewhat reminiscent of some porters. Joy to find (by far not as big as Diebels or Frankenheim, but luckily a lot more available than Duessel or Schluessel).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (5913) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2008
From the barrel at Zeitgeist @ The Jolly Gardeners, Lambeth 16/5/08. Deep amber with a slight, off-white head. Aroma of fruity malt, earthy hops and a hint of caramel. Flavour was bitter, with more fruit and grassy hops, some green herbs and a touch of wood, before a light, bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Draught at the Battersea Beer Festival, 7th Feb 2008. Amber with a good head. Aroma is a mix of German hops and wet socks but the flavour is a nice mix of woody and malty notes with some herbs as well. It really fills the mouth and has a long lingering finish. Quite different from other German beers I’ve tried. My notes say "German Real Ale?"

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2008
Draught at Battersea Beer Festival 8 Feb 08. Golden colored. No head. Modest fruity aroma. Sourish roasted flavor. A dry "heavy" malty aftertaste developing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle. A decent lt, showing a nice nutty character and some slightly herbal notes. Finish shows some grassy hops in the finish. Drinkable if a little unexciting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at Battersea Beer Festival.
Rich amber colour with a good off white head. Nice sweet malt aroma with some lovely herbacious notes but a slightly stale hint is holding it back, possibly a 7. Flavour has a definite chlorine note. Rich malt, lots of herbs, grainy, slightly earthy and sadly a bit of paper. Possible 5. Can’t make my mind up about this one. Something I am sure about is that it’s not outstanding.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Schumacher, Düsseldorf. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The raw yeasty nose really hurts this one. Not one of the better examples in town, but ok.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2008
From the barrel at the brewpub in Dusseldorf. Very refreshing, with a light bitterness between opening and closing salvos of dry, biscuity malt. Light but flavorful.


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