RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Ein Bier wie kein anderes. Als eigenständige Kreation Dortmunder Braukunst lässt sich Hövels Original in keine der gängigen Bierkategorien einordnen:
Es ist kein Pils, kein Alt und auch kein Schwarzbier. HÖVELS ist HÖVELS - eine obergärige, rotgoldene Bierspezialität mit einzigartigem Charakter. Gebraut aus 4 Edelmalzen und bestem Hopfen nach Original Maischverfahren von 1893.

Formerly known as "Hövels Original Bitterbier". Nowadays sold Germany-wide with the additive "Feinherbes Rotgold".

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armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 19, 2010
0,5 l fliptop bottle.
Poured clear amber/reddish with a fine creamy tan head. Good lookin’...Nice fruity aroma with a caramel base, some nuts and herbal hops. Medium bodied one with a nice oily texture. Caramel and some freaky toasted nuts again, nice flavor profile with a smooth mouthfeel, dry fruity hop in the finish. Dry aftertaste with some yeast. Well rounded, fine alt one.

anders37 (26263) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty grainy bready caramel aroma. Fruity malty grainy weak hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty dry hoppy finish.

Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Nice aroma of spice and flowers, tree bark. A little thin-bodied, nice cross between frothy and dense foam. Light brown, very clear. Flavor is malty (bread), quite bitter, with a chalky, earthy, metallic bit - hmm, don’t like that.

Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2010
500 ml bottle. Dark amber colour. Clear. Medium-sized white fine-laced head. Rich dark malty aroma with crisp spicy hops. Carbonation is lively, likely enhanced by the spicy hops. Nutty and caramelly malt flavours. Finished by a slightly metallic bitterness.

Bierkrug (2129) - - OCT 9, 2010
500 ml flip-top bottle in Germany. A very strange sort of beer, Pours a tea like color, head is while and fluffy. Tastes like an English bitte and a dark lager, it is not unpleasant, but there is a good strong bitterness, Palate is a strane metal that lingers. Decent enough without being spectacular, but it is not really for me.

larsga (7509) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
Medium shiny lasting pale beige head. Amber body with carbonation. Fruity caramelly aroma with minty notes. Dry-sweet strawy resiny grassy taste with caramelly floral notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Light body. Very clean and harmonic. Dry caramelly floral fruity aftertaste with wooden grassy notes. Very nice, and highly drinkable. Incredibly subtle. (0.5l bottle, Morrison’s, Leipzig.)

culchiem (3929) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2010
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Strange aroma when the bottle popped, almost like shampoo. Sweet with quite a bitter finish

BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2010
500ml bottle [Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn] Really unsure what to expect from this one - total random purchase. Pours highly carbonated with dispersing head, very nice caramel brown colour. Caramel malt aroma with some sweetness. Malt is the first taste as well, which gradually gives way to rising sweetness that takes over. Cold, it’s pretty refreshing, gets a bit too sweet as it reaches above cellar temperature. Doesn’t taste 5.5% at all. [12/11/2009]

FatPhil (15975) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 19, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Averaging the two ratings, favouring the better one
500ml bottle (One Pint, Helsinki, Koelsh Days 2010) (6:3:5:2:9=2.5)
Nut brown, tiny head. Dry nutty aroma. Feels papery in the mouth. Retronasals papery too, as it the taste. Lip-smackingly dry. It’s kinda tasty in some ways, but the cardboardiness is too much.
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Beer Barrel, Vilnius) (7:4:6:4-:13=3.4)
7 Lovely malty aroma, almost mammi-like sticky stodgy rye malts. Some pleasant light esters too.
4 Rich red, large frothy head, settles to a scummy layer
6 Fullish flavour and retronasals in the mouth, a touch nutty, nice dry husky grains with an OK roast. Very little sweetness, but not as dry as the previous sample.
4- Refreshing palate, decent carbonation. Finish lovely dry and woody, and with pleasant bittering noble hops too.
13 Very tasty and drinkable beer. No idea what had gone wrong with the once a couple of years back, but this is a very tasty brew, even if it is D.A.B (Oetker).

Beer5000 (6456) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2010
500 ml bottle. Dark golden body with a nice off-white head. Nice aroma of grain and malt plus biscuit. Flavor is sweet malty, caramel, relatively bitter with a faint hint of metal in the finish, not unpleasant. Well balanced body, tasty and quaffable.

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