Brewed by Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Style: Altbier
Düsseldorf, Germany


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RATINGS: 515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Carnival comes but once a year - and you can only enjoy Sticke beer at Uerige twice a year. It contains more malt and hops and has a higher alcoholic content than normal Altbier. And our guests appreciate it! In earlier days it used to be whispered hand over mouth that Uerige was serving Sticke again because the master brewer had portioned the ingredients too generously. With today’s fully-automated operation, this could not happen. So Sticke beer is brewed intentionally - and this certainly doesn’t negatively effect either its quality or taste.

The two dates every year are always the same. The third Tuesday in January and October are the two Sticke days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004
Well, I paid homage to the German part of my heritage tonight with a couple freshly tapped pints of Sticke Alt and a few fried Goetta meatballs here at Steinkeller in Oxford. I enjoyed the Goetta, but the beer was the real treat. Poured from the tap a deep red-brown color with a thick, creamy tan head that left abundant lacing on the glass. Aroma is always difficult to detect in the bar setting, but caramel and toast were evident. The flavor was subtle yet rich and opened up as the beer warmed (it was quite cold at the beginning). Rich layers of caramel, toast, brown sugar and hints of fruit (a touch of grape, a hint of cherry) led to a surprisingly bitter earthy hops finish with metallic notes. As the beer warmed the sweet caramely malts and toast became more dominant. Very rich mouthfeel- this is one smooth beverage. Glad I made it to Steinkeller for the 8:00 tapping- the keg was empty at 8:29! Thanks Rick (clmojo) for the updates (and that glass of Kulmbacher)!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2004
Dark amber to brown in color. Smaller, but dense and stable bone colored head. Side of the glass just a covering of lace. Mild aroma of rye bread, caramel, and crushed dried flowers and mild blue cheese. Starts small and builds as it warms. Has a spicy undertone from the start. Light sweetness mingles with this acidic bite. Deep rich caramel flavors. Light on the tongue. Linger is pure malt nirvana. Yet, to many hops still can be too much of a distraction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 I enjoyed this one. Translucent brown with a moderate head. Aroma of noble hops, maybe Saaz and/or Hallertau and rich caramelly malt. Slightly bitter. Delicious. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. Finish is slight dry. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2004
Floral, sweet perfumey nose, caramel and dark toast. Sticky beige head. Perfect chestnut hue. Sweet dark malts, dark fruit, figs, leather, wood, burnt plastic a definate, caramel, peach psychprof says..yes sir...perfect mouthfeel, medium bodied, caramel, and the most perfect balance of hops in the finish. I am very impressed. Rather bitter, Austinpowers says so, but I feel this is oh so delectable. You have this this ultimate alt. And it comes in a sweet package. And it will rock your world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2004
Exceptional beer. Deep brown color yet very brite, very unique. The flavor is subtle yet rich. Pronouced malt character, somewhat smokey. Roasted malt character. Clean and crisp. Dry with a nice malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
Copper color. Crystal clear. Very small, nearly non-existant head--it was poured by gravity so that's to be expected. Very minor hop aroma. Fairly malty. Metallic flavor with a firm underlying bitterness. Moderate hop flavor. Medium body. Very crisp and clean. Some bitterness in the finish. Quite good. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (336) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
On Tap What's all the hype about surrounding this altbier? Is it because most Germans (that I know) drink the “king” of beers and to have a German bier with a hint of originality (albeit copied from the English) is something to rave about?!? Poured a dark amber color with mild molasses aroma. Flavor is a bit hard to pinpoint you have the typical caramel and malt, a tinge of smoke, a little grape - but there is something unpleasant that clings to that back of your throat. Almost like that time when you were stuck in the wilderness for three days because you decided to take a “shortcut” and ended up surviving by chewing on tree bark. S’okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2004
yurrig stick. is that how you say it? or, yooo-reeguh shticka? who cares, just mumble and point; if you're in dusseldorf, that should suffice. in ohio, though, try saying: "that fancy-ass expensive german beer yonder". a novice like myself , blindfolded, would likely guess that this is in the english style: casky tasting, well-hopped, not too strong. it's whiskey colored and clear with a quick wash of lazy foam. aroma has a criscross of mixed smells: sizzling sugars, bread and oaky dried peaches, along with a note of gym bag-- leaving the gym rather than going to the gym, unfortunately. flavor-wise, sweet cookie malts are quickly overcome by a rich tea-like bitterness which brings an unusual sensation of dryness to the tongue. a rind of tangerine adds some lingering sustain. the carbonation fails on the palette in short order, revealing a watery texture. albiet overpriced, overbottled, overhyped and in too small a portion to linger over, it's a--yawn-- fairly interesting medium-bodied bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2004
I've been looking for a replacement for the awesome Blimp City Akron/Macon Ale since they went out of business, and I think I have found it! The beer is a dark brown/amber with an ultra thin off-white head. Very little lacing. The aroma is nice and full, with caramel, malt and sweet fruit. Medium-bodied and very drinkable with a pleasing blend of flavors such as malt, raisin, caramel and hops. The finish is the only place it falls off a little. There is a slight metallic tinge to the fruity finish that was out of character with the beer. A slightly bigger hops finish would make it nearly perfect. As it stands though, this is one of the better Alts I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2004
A truly amazing alt bier that really impresses. A nice malty caramel back bone with a good hop bitterness. The hops are present but not at all obtrusive. For 65IBU's one would never guess. Truly a world classic.

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