Brewed by Hausbrauerei Zum Schlüssel
Style: Altbier
Düsseldorf, Germany


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Zlotta (4396) - Hagen, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2018
0.25 l on tap at the brewpub. Clear, dark brownish amber with a medium large, frothy, stable, off-white head. Sweetish-malty, quite grassy-spicy and slightly floral aroma of caramel, toasted nuts, some fresh grass and a touch of raisins. Moderately sweet, malty, modestly bitter, slightly roasty and quite grassy-spicy taste of caramel, nuts, some chocolate, fresh grass and a touch of raisins, followed by a medium long, quite dry-bitter, grassy-spicy and a bit roasty finish. Medium to full body, creamy and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Great beer, lots of flavour for that abv, superb balance between grassy hops and caramellish malts, fantastic mouthfeel as well. Really good!

Sandra75 (1) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2016 does not count
Great Beer! Slightly more bitter than the Original but tasty. Even for Girls :)

Checker (1) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2016 does not count
Fresh, delicious, perfect! Taste it. But only two times -> in March and October.

Erzengel (10027) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2015
Old rating. On cask at Zum Schlüssel. Smooth caramelly beginning. More depth than the regular Alt, caramel. Brown sugar, not too dry. Lots of fruitiness with a dark caramelly body. Nice stuff, nice balanced between bitter- and sweetness. Nice.

aleigator (945) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2015
Has a dark brown, vibrant, mohagony appearance, underneath a solid, beige, bubbly head, leaving back solid webs of lacing. The aromas offer the typical Schlüssel keg skunkiness, resulting from young yeast, with an acidic sour whiff to it, coating up herbal hops and whole-grain bread, while the malts remain unusual subdued underneath the skunk. Offers a very smooth mouthfeel, with a mineralic softness to it, adding to the dough bread qualities of the beer. Although it ends utmost dry, the beer remains easy drinkable, due to its great, clean finish. Tastes of rustic, dough, whole-grain bread, together with a faint toffee whiff to it, and a profound earthiness, exhibiting the taste foundation in this. Turns a tad more toffeeish, heading into a sweeter direction, together with bakers chocolate and a note of molasses, balanced by the bubbly carbonation, opening up the palate for the hops. Hops become the most apparent during the beers finish, revealing pungent floral, as well as herbal qualities, evoking a short juicy peak, as they blend in the still very profound malts, while producing a long lasting, hop focussed dryness. Extremely well put together, benefiting from its perfect balance throughout, handling the taste defining hop dryness outstandingly well, due to its rustic malt coating. While this is still easily recognizable as an Alt, it almost reverses roles, especially during the beers finish, in which malts have to balance an usual powerful hop onslaught, which I have never experienced within this style before.

OllieBBommel (1530) - NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2015
[email protected] de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Appearance: clear amber with beige head. Aroma: floral hops, malt. Taste: medium bitter. Palate: refreshing, medium body, soft carbonation. Overall: nice.

ThirstyBird (3032) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
From the cask at the source. Pours a pretty, clear amber with a light tan head. The smell is roasted malt, fruit, herbs. The taste is toasted malt, herbal, licorice ending dry and roasty. The body is light+, a bit oily with nice give carbonation.

kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2012
Dieses Spezialalt hat eine schöne röstmalzig braunrote Farbe und eine gut haltende Schaumkrone. Der Geschmack ist ziemlich hopfig, gut zu dem Röstmalz und dem leicht herben Beigeschmack. Im Nachgeschmack und auch im Abgang wird es dann hopfig. Sehr erfrischend sehr lecker, sehr gut. Fazit: Top Test vom 13.12.2008, Gebinde: Fass Noten: 14,14,14,13,-,14 - 13,84

Russo (2014) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber color with a mid-sized off-white head taht keeps a lace until the end. Aroma is hoppy and malty, Flavor is bitter with some hops at ending... Mouthfeel is quite dry and long. Very nice Altbier!

Bov (13624) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 6, 2009
[email protected] 03/25/2009 - clear copper-brown colour with a little but persistent beige foam; correct lacing; strong aroma of malt and caramel with a decent hop presence; fairly earthy, full-bodied with some sweetness and a slightly astringent bitterness; the mouthfeel is a bit chewy ; long and moderately dry malty and caramelish finish with notes of strawberries marmelade

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