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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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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heavy (2890) - Split, CROATIA - MAR 27, 2010
06/03 0.5 l fliptop bottle at Aufsturz, Berlin. It poured clear orange brownish body with medium sized head. Weaker caramel malt aroma, note of hops as well. Bitterish, quite simple flavor, honey, light caramel, biscuit malt and herbal hops make it up. Reminds a little bit to English style bitters just with much more body, though this one is not full either. Herbal bitterish finish. Real refreshment after all these overly sweet dunkels those days.

2.2
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 9th (and probably last) beer on German tour... Light-brown to copper beer with thin light tan head holds up quite well. Nice malt nose is slapped by typical european skunk. Skunky flavor overwhelms light chocolate malts and nice smooth beer. Expect way more from an alt; if this is what it is... used to be a bitter, and now has "Feinherbes Rotgold"?!?! which apparently makes it taste rotten. All the hub-bub about German beers has proven (through random sample of available brews) disappointing at best. Everyone speaks to the quality of the beers but, other than the dunkels or weizen, they are nothing to write home about (except in the form of ratebeer posts). As ratebeer ratings show, the highest rated German beer only comes in at #77, and I was not lucky enough to have that one. Some also say beer is rather cheap in Germany, to which "you get what you pay for" may apply.

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Marko (5760) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle at Aufsturz. Poured a brown-bronze colour with a medium-small lasting thick white head that went away. Light sweetish malty nose. Honeyish sweet taste, not too bitter and somewhat yeasty. There is some bitterness, however, herbal and near the end. Mild but ok enough.

2.9
uckelman (805) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2010
Aroma is slightly musty, with a bit of mineral odor as well. Brownish-golden color. Hint of chocolate. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

2.8
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2010
@ a pub in Dortmund. Pop-top bottled as pictured, glass included. Copper/brown pour though still very translucent. Medium/Small head. Nose is grain, slight hops, and sweet malts and corn. Taste is very "lager" feeling with some roasted malts and a small amount of hops. Body is light/medium. Not bad session brew but nothing remarkable either.

3.1
mjs (7470) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2010
(Bottle) Poured copper coloured and almost clear with medium sized and white head. Aroma contained hops, malts and grass. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, grass, bitterness and some caramell. Aftertaste was mildly sweet and bitter.

2.8
JanEric (1239) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2010
Amber to red coloured, dense, normal, slightly diminishing head. Aroma is dominatingly grain and wheat, also hops, maybe some malt and caramel. tastes light, not full bodied at all, a bit disappointing. Slightly bitter, smooth. I thought better of this one, it’s a bit watery.

3.7
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Is this actually a dunkelweizen? I have my doubts. Copper pour with a off-white head. Tastes a lot like an english bitter, but with the hops tending slightly more towards the herbal character of german pils. Toffee, fruit yogurt , and a decently bitter finish. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very tasty, and pretty unique.

3.7
tomaz (89) - , GERMANY - JAN 4, 2010
Nice slightly bitter beer, some red color. Nice foam, nice refreshing and good tasting.

3.5
jfb (6360) - 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.


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