Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and deep amber-brown. Soft, easy-drinking mouthfeel. Yeasty, bready nose. A pinch of caramel sweetness behind a toasty, cracker-like malt base. Sharpish, peppery hop bitterness. Drying hop finish is long. Has to be one of the more interesting alts I've had. Thanks, Scott!
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Zum Uerige. Light to medium nutty malty profile, with a bit of floral-citrusy hoppiness. Medium creamy off-white head lasts the entire beer with tons of lacing. Clear medium amber-brown color. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation and dry finish. Light sweet-acidic start, malty and cherry-like acidity. Bitterness persists from start to finish, and into a nice long after. This beer is malty, but well hopped. Goes down very smooth, is refreshing, and is one of the best altbiers I've tried.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Nice, dark amber color, no head. Mild, caramel-malty aroma. Sweetish, smooth flavor. Light to medium-bodied, easy to drink. Had this after several Belgians, so it was pretty hard to dig the flavors. A very nice beer anyway.
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the barrel at the German beer festival @ The Criterion, Leicester. I couldn't get served in the Uerige Brauhaus in Dusseldorf in November (much too busy and crowded) but I did manage to try it in my old home City!! Anyway, I actually found this to be a rather bitter Alt, which whilst being very proficient, does not match up to my favourite of the style. This is smooth, medium bodied, with a long, dry finish, and a quiet aroma. No head, and not much fizz in the version I had, but a nice copper colour. A quality product, no doubt.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Bottled. Didn´t like this very much. Pretty bitter and sharp for an Alt. Roastmalty, perhaps a bit too roasty. Re-rate:
From tap this beer is so much better. The hefty sharpness and bitterness are not as prevalent as in the bottled beer. The head was so beautiful, the foamiest head, I´ve ever saw. I could not detect one bubble, the texture of the head was like cream. The tap version enabled me to taste some hints of caramel, a slight sweetness and a touch of fruitiness. So, stay away from the bottle when rating this!
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear and light brown color, medium head. Aroma is caramel malts, bit hoppy, quite typical alt. Sweet taste, bitter, bit fruity. Sticky and a bit dry palate. Decent altbier.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - FEB 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap: Light nose, caramel amber color, great fluffy and lacy head. Sharp, bright dry bitternes and a metallic finish. Lots of character and similar to the Füchschen. Is this balanced? We stood outside of the main hall in the winter under some heat lamps - fun! The good thing about no selection of beer is that the waiter can just come around with a tray of "beer" and grab one as he goes by. Simplifies things and means no wait.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is fun, as Duesseldorf, I really have to admit, is an ugly city - sorry Mom - but I'm glad we moved (!), Uerige is located nicely and a two minutes walk from the river Rhine. We stood outside - in the the winter under warming lights with 100 other guys and waited for the waiter bringing beers, gurks and pretzels around. Nice Malt and coffee, also chocolate nose. Red-brown color with a medium frothy head. Malty, roasted, nutty and also hoppy taste. Smooth, long bitter aftertaste. We have to go back as we missed the Weizen - and I'll be back and drink more of this Alt!
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light orange copper colour with white beading head. Medium bodied. Not unlike aKolsch in its dryness, but with much more complexity. A spicy hop aroma and flavour (reminiscient of an American ale in it’s intensity of hop flavour) followed by a light malty middle, and a dry finish. One of the best in Dusseldorf.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Will need to go back and rate over soon as this time too closely followed other strong ales and alcohol. Roasted quality came through with interesting bitterness. Not bad, just need another try for better rating.