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Brewed by Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Style: Altbier
Düsseldorf, Germany

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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Bitter and full of flavor...simply delicious.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2005
MoBev distributing. Initial aroma from the swing top bottle is lemons. After opening up in the glass, the aroma is soggy malt and hops, like a homebrewers kitchen. A little later, slight caramel. Deep bronze color. Cavernous lace from the head. Flavor of light crisp malt and a dry hop, back of the throat bitterness. Given the intense presentation, I was slightly dissapointed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
A good example of an alt, maybe slightly off-style but not by much. Predominantly malty but a crisp hop finish ends it well. Still prefer Sticke and especially DoppelSticke, but this is a good choice more in the direction of a session beer.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
11 August 05 Uerige Alt. (Very Cool) Bottle. In my Maudite tulip, the head is large and large-bubbled; rather quickly forms a thick coating on top, w/ little islands here and there. Nice lace throughout. Color’s a bit odd, kind of a mix between a light burnt sienna and a ruby orange. Even in the tulip, aromas are hard to pick out. Kinda damp and dusty. Some wet dog. Is this really German? Seems more like a cross, oddly, between certain Belgians and Brits. Not to stereotype, but the Belgian aspects are nice (e.g. candi-ish), and the British elements are not so nice (e.g. stale bottled beer that probably wasn’t meant to be bottled). Some burnt flavors as it warms.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Bottle at Crescent Moon Alehouse, Omaha: Orange-red with a thin head. Sugary-alcohol aroma. Sugar-malty flavors. Almost too thin a body. Almost a Belgian-type character in the guise of the Altbier label. Rerate of a bottle in Virginia: This one got a nice bit rocky head with some sediment. Otherwise, consistent with first rating.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottled on 04.18. Served in a tall cylinder glass. Aroma: Very strong, rich caramel aromas. Some roast. Apperance: Crystal clear, copper orange, with a dirty white head. Flavor: There is something about this beer that I do not like. It really hits the sides of my tounge. It is very bitter, but that fades fast, and there is some roast character there. Palate: Very drying, and that my be what I don’t like the most about it. Overall: I would prefer a fuller, rounder drink from an alt. Is that off base?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2005
Coppery colour - not very dark. Dry and nutty with some bitterness on the finish. If I didn’t know better this could have been an English best bitter. Pleasant enough but I have to admit that I’ve never found altbiers that enthralling. This is a good example though. On tap at Reading Beer Festival, April 2005.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Nice amber color with an off white head. Aroma is mostly munich malts with just a very hint of some herbal hops. Flavor is nice and malty, moderately sweet, bready, and very clean. Some good hop bitterness in the end, but overall this one is skewed towards munich malt. Very nice. Probably the best example of an alt that is somewhat available here in the states.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a clear amber copper with a thick frothy and well-lacing off-white head. Aroma has a nice toffee and dark caramel sweetness with a hint of noble hoppiness, Body starts sweet and malty, with some chocolate cookie cookie dough flavor tending toward a lightly sticky bittersweet finish. A very smooth, yet mildly complex and very enjoyable brew that epitomizes the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2653) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Wow. A new experience for me, my first true alt compared to some US interpretations aka copper ales, and maybe a sweetish commercial example from Germany. They call Uerige a homebrew pub and this does remind me of homebrew with its twangy flavors. Nice earthy caramelized aromas, slightly less present in the palate. Mild herbal, slightly spicy hop aromas. But as I’ve read about alts and their long bitter finish, nothing could be truer - and that’s the real story here. A long, hoppy bitter finish - and it took some getting used to! Much more phenomenally bitter than most double IPAs. While this was novel to me and required some acquisition, I’d have to say its a masterpiece in terms of integrating that finish and getting that clean hop bitterness to linger so well for so long. Oh, and it surely was an attractive copperish amber color, fairly glowing in the glass.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2005 Visibly thin, light hazy amber-brown body with a gray, fast-fading head. Open, fruity malt aroma with grape notes and cinnamon, earthy hops. Stale, spicy, iced tea quality flavor. Lightly astringent finish that reminds me of artificial sweeteners. Fairly dry, relatively light body.


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