FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a lightly hazy ruby color. Topped by a cream colored head. A clean sweet malty aroma greats my nose, I also get some grassy herbal hoppy notes. I get hints of pine, flowers, and candied orange. The taste is a bit more washed out than the nose suggests. Though when tasted on draft at the source this is a completely different beer. It has a nice clean bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is preceded by a somewhat muted hop flavor that adds a bit of fruitiness to this beer, which shows what this beer could be like if sampled fresh at the brewery. Does have a nice level of maltiness here that is reminiscent of biscuits with a bit of caramel in it. It almost unfortunate that this is imported, this beer loses so much by leaving its home pub. If you really want to try this, and see that it is a completely different beer, go to the Altstadt of Düsseldorf.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliant coppery golden. Thick rocky head. Extremely attractive noble hop aroma. Loads of caramelly malts, bags of bitterness. Carbonation is high, but refreshing. Good hop flavor as well. This is how its done, ladies and gentlemen. I’m going to Dusseldorf, thats all there is to it.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
07.31.04 Bottle. The usual alt color, a sort of light shade of beer bottle brown. Thick and sticky head that leaves a foamy lace. Aromas of yummy malts, slated soft pretzel. Flavor also salty and doughy, a hint of sweet nuttiness. A bit bitter on the finish. Super cool bottle, by the way.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. I was sooo thrilled to find the fable Uerige Sticke, then got it home and found... d’oh, it’s the regular Alt! No matter, I haven’t had this one either, and the hunt’s still on for the Sticke. Medium cloudy maple, firm small off-white head. Earthy, malty, slightly nutty (pecans, walnuts) and roasty nose. Nice full body, though a bit overcarbonated methinks. Malty, lightly sweet front, quite dry and a bit acidic at the finish. It’s nice; I dunno what else to say, get it if you like alts, if you don’t it probably won’t change your mind.
Reid (1803) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
LOve the bottle for this one..a work of art.
Now the beer..lovelly looking ale it is an almost glowing amber with a huge sticky, frothy off white head...great lacing.
Aroma is strong on the malts..some small hops too.
Very soft malty flavour..semi dry finish,, some hints of honey and a small hoppiness at the very end.
Very nice on the palate.
Not the "biggest" beer in the world but certainly a top class Alt.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice Alt bier that is probably one of the best representations of the style, but not my fav. I like the Sticke Uerige better. Very hoppy profile, with an undercurrent of carmel and malty notes. The flavor is more aggressive to me than that of the Sticke Uerige. I have tried, but will not purchase again
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A blood red crimson color with a very smooth creamy amount of carbonation that results in a film of head and a thick ring of lacing around the edge. The aroma is lightly musky and sweet with notes of fig and oak, some honey. The flavor is very malty with lots of base malts coming through and a nice lightly smoky cheese taste coming up. The hops are subtle but balanced and mild. A well made altbier, but I’d take others over this one. Altbiers aren’t exactly what I call exciting.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dirty bronze with a very small white head. Nose is slightly bitter with a generous malt aroma coming through. Hint of slightly burnt toast coming through as well. Taste is a little roasted and slightly bitter with a rounded malt backbone. It’s dry and more bitter towards the end, with maybe a hint of unsweetened ice tea. Good beer and surpisingly refreshing!
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This hazenut colored beer has little to no head. The nose is simple with sweet malt and a dank astringent note (like grapefruit in the basement). The palate is lightly oaked and malty, but tastes a bit thin and watery. The finish is lightly astringent and a touch hoppy.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper body . The head is quite nice, Big and dense with a steady stream of larger bubbles coming up through the middle. Glass lacing is also very nice. The aroma is malty, dough with burnt edges. The flavor is also bready but a good dose of bitter hops comes in about half way through. The body is medium-light with a quick uneventful finish. Overall a very well put together beer but it is just not outstanding in any way.