RATINGS: 365   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomaz (89) - , GERMANY - JAN 4, 2010
Nice slightly bitter beer, some red color. Nice foam, nice refreshing and good tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (5791) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2009
(bottle) pours a clear amber-copper colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of floral hops, herbs and grass over a caramelly toasted malt base, with a light peachy fruitiness. flavour is more caramel and toasted malts, with light notes of honey and floral hops, nicely balanced and smooth. medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2009
50cl bottle, swing top. Pours a beautiful dark, deep amber with a small off-white head that disintegrates mighty quickly but leaves plenty of lacing. Faint aroma of roasted, bready malt. Not much fruit. Medium-bodied "altbier" (this isn’t a weizen AT ALL) with moderate carbonation and relatively full, earthy mouth feel. Stark flavour of roasted malt, nuts and caramel. Bitter, malty middle and dry, bitter hoppy finish. A straightforward but powerful bitter beer (not for nothing it was formerly known as "Hövels Bitterbier") that is eminently sessionable and well-balanced. Superior altbier, very typical of central Germany (Ruhrgebiet). The antipode of the watery Cologne-based "Kölsch".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - OCT 5, 2009
Reddish brown body with a really thick cream colored head. Great lacing. Smell is roasted malt, nuts, and copper. Taste is different than other dunkelweizens I’ve had. Very nice bitterness that has notes of roasted malt, butter, and maybe walnuts/pecans. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Top notch in my book. Smooth and fun to drink!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2009
500 ml bottle. From Hilden, Germany. Clear reddish amber colour with small off-white head. Malty slightly buttery and bitter aroma. Quite bitter (English) like but with Pils-like bitter hoppiness. Slightly metallic. Well carbonated for a bitter. Refreshingly different for a German brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle in Dresden. Pours a slightly hazed goldish caramel with a off white head. Aroma is caramel, bitter hops earthiness. Crisp and lively carbonation with a lightly bitter finish. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (6643) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2009
On tap in Trier, as Hövels Schwarz. Clear amber colour, off white head. Gentle aroma of toffee and malts. Flavour is light bitter, toffee, light smoked malts, bit of salt in the light bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, prickly mouthfeel. Very nice beer, but not a dunkelweizen by far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (10959) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 Tap. Sweet toffee malt aroma. Dark amber with medium head. Light cherry toffee malt flavor with moderate hops finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alassio (93) - USA - JUL 5, 2009
Trying to find truly worthwhile beers in northern Germany is a challenge, but this was a nice surprise. Bought at a large store where they have high turnover, it’s fresh, and It is creamy, rich, malt nectar, with a blast of hops on the finish that keeps it sharp and satisfying. Fantastic dark amber color and great head. A sweet sumptious little malt bomb. I’m drinking it in a snifter (all that’s handy) and it improves the view.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9673) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2009
Towering creamy head, lasting, and fed by lively carbonated darker amber to brown beer, with mossy shine. Very fresh malt, as from the silo, bit of coffee milk and chalk. Lightly roasted malts taste, dry-herb & leafy finish, with a mounting touch of sweetness, ever so lightly buttery. Creamy MF from the head, rather well-bodied. Very nice, typical German beer, Dunkelweizen of the better kind. Seen the fact that it is 15yrs ago I visited the Dortmunder brewpub, I cannot tell if it’s the same - still... brewed at the big bro? I doubt.

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