MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear crismon brown color with little to no head. Great fresh ligthly caramel and malty aroma with a noticeable pineapple component. Very wet mouthfeel. Flavor is lighter than expected. Of course, that is not to say it is not bitter, because it is, very bitter. The bitter flavor is crisp and lasting finishing with a moderate puff of german malt. Mix in some smooth and sweet maltiness and you have it. Interestingly, the first few ounzes I poured and drank were significantly "rougher" than the last 7 or so ounzes. In other words, the first sample from the bottle was not balanced, while the second sample was like two identical twins on a teeter-totter. Overall, a great altbier with some nice subtle surprises.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick raison brown colored. Has a fairly complex sweet flavor. Probably wouldnt pick it up again, but certainly not bad., Just not a favorite style for me.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 fl oz (thanks to Jessica). This was a great choice! Mellow notes on the aroma, yet very pleasant. Nutty German cookies is what comes to mind. Also, some caramel, light citrus, earthy grass, buttered rolls, and a light herbal spice. A gorgeous beer as well. Huge creamy ivory colored head, nice retention and lacing, a cloudy, mostly opaque, fiery copper colored body. With the taste, a medium full feel, quite smooth and buttery with just enough crisp punch. A zesty grass permeates through out and lingers nicely past the finish with nice cookie malts to balance it out. Also, light citrus, caramel, and lightly nutty cereal grains. Overall, a very drinkable beer, that I feel would work great at anytime of the year, not just the two dates described. Would definitely be a go to beer if in Germany and it were available year round.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful amber color, and a really impressive bottle. Not much of an aroma, or a taste for that matter. Somewhat acidic/bitter, a little bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Didn’t enjoy it.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peculiar chock full of rye and carroway nose with a touch of carmel and a touch of alcohol. Firm mouthfeel with a lot of strange maltieness (more of that rye) pepper, earthy hops and a little alcohol. Very smooth and lingers a while with more maltiness.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth and clean, but I’m missing the complexity that some others find with this one. Grassy notes mixing together with alcohol and caramel malts. Refreshing.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled poured into a Kölsch glass. US pours muddy brown with a reddish tint. The head is large and attractive. The nose is reminiscent of SweetTarts, malt and dark fruit. Altbiers are gulping beers but the alcohol in this one may deter some from gulping (but I’m happy to say I’m not detered!) Despite the sweet smell the flavor is more akin to dirt, wet grass and green hops all held together with a malty epoxy. This beer is surprisingly complex. There’s still a flavor that hits the back of your throat in the after taste that I can’t quite identify. Umm Umm Good!
aleigator (470) - GERMANY - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Uerige Brauerei. Real creamy, thick white head. Refreshing aroma of hops, burned malt, but very floral, which is unusual for an Alt. Nice balance between hops and malt, I would have expected it to be heavier on the malty side.
This is nice, this beer is like a double-"Uerige" (not taking the Doppelsticke into account which has a different charakter then "Uerige Alt" and the "Sticke"). Uerige has always been the most hoppy one of all the Duesseldorfer Alts, and this one pushes this impression even further.
Rated this in comparison with the Schumacher "Latzenbier", as I wanted to compare the special seasonal brews of both breweries. Tastes totally different, very hoppy, stonger hops than malts. First of, the taste starts vivid with citrus, caramel, three-grain bread and some plums. Whats special about this, just where you would expect a malt focus, the hop kicks in. Makes it enjoyable refreshing, adds a complex bitterness to the beer.Taste disappears very quick, as the "Schumacher Latzenbier" has a long lasting bitterness.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose is spectacular. There is a malty bearing on the nose that promises richness and depth. It’s sweet but not cloying. It’s rich but not too nutty. There is a brilliant hop character on the nose that is at once both vibrant and restrained. It is as though a bountiful fruit character wants to explode from them but instead you have a perfect floral sweetness. A succulence that is the essence of the hops it self without embellishment. There is a bit of spice or pepper to the nose that is firm but not too loud.
The mouthfeel is incredible. Smooth, full of flavor and yet light. It travels with ease over the palate with the grain sporting a bit of dapper complexity even thought it does not evidence many flavors. It has a layered sweet presence that deepens and enriches the beer. It is also a dry grain that takes the mid palate. There is a bounty of hops on the palate that never evidence any fruit you can name although they seem ready to burst forth. They are sweet and delectable in and of themselves and their restraint is no loss to the perfect balance of this beer. Smooth. Not bitter although you can taste the bitter from the hops subtly as if a shadow. A touch fo alcohol grazes the palate and it is finished now.
This beer is pristine and wonderful. It is brewed with care and expertly in accord with the purity laws of 1516. A masterpiece waiting to delight you with it’s malt richness, with the bounty of the hop flower,clean and crisp as much from malt as from carbonation. Excellent!
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown color with a sweet malty caramel aroma. Malty with a bit of toffee. Some musty dusty hop flavours with some good bitterness.