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Brewed by Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei
Style: Altbier
Düsseldorf, Germany

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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Uerige Alt is Germany’s richest bitter beer. Nevertheless (or even for that reason), this legendary old-fashioned beer is so full-bodied and aromatic. Our top-class specialty has been brewed since 1862 from water, barley malt, caramel malt, roasted malt, clusters of hops - and with our very special Uerige yeast. Our Uerige Alt is regularly selected among the ten best beers in Germany. It has an alcohol content of 4.7% and a minimum freshness of eight weeks.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5751) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Swing-top. Clear dark chestnut pour, no longer on the copper scale, and a beige head. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, and Hallertau. Big roasted taste and waves of bitterness. I like the character here, roastiness is a nice flavor in an Alt, and this has to be one of the bitterest beers in Germany. Caramel isn’t strong here and is clearly subservient to the roasted malts. Bitterness is not mouth-puckering, but easily the driest Alt I’ve rated. Creamy mouthfeel with a prickly sting on the tip of the tongue. I wouldn’t call this the most complex of the Düsseldorfer Alts; it’s more of the strong man, or the pit bull – stocky and powerful. Thanks to MoritzF!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Draught at Zum Uerige, Dusseldorf. Clear, medium dark brown and copper color. Perfectly foamy head. Crisp, flavorfull, toasty altbier... that’s what this is, one of the best examples of the style so far. Full of lively caramel and rusty but fresh and zesty hop notes, extremely chewy; salivating... notes of cardamom and cinnamon bread. Toasty all around. Solid altbier.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Poured a cloudy brown-amber color with a nice head, that laced great the whole way down. Aroma was slightly spiced with a hoppy type scent (weak, though). I actually noticed some bubblegum too, while the flavor was mildly roasted malts with a peppery and bitter dry finish. Would love to get this on draft next time I’m in Dusseldorf / Krefeld area - it’s gotta be losing something on the way over here, fancy bottles or not. Re-rate: August ’06, a bit more crisp and fresh on tap at Uerige in Altstadt, displaying a bit more of the nutty alt aspects. Picked up on acidic and dryn mouthfeel. Hops are certainly the twist on this one within the Alt style, as this one is less balanced than most other alts. A nice beer, a nice alt, but not my preference in Dusseldorf or Krefeld (behind Schlussel, Fuchschen, and Gleumes, imo).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
Draught. The pour is a brown-copper colour with a creamy off-white head and lacing that covers the entire glass. The aroma consists of caramel, rye bread, and hops. Flavour has those similar tasty malts and is very bready and oh so wonderfully hoppy. Very flavourful. This is a very drinkable session for sure and that’s really apparent in the brewpub. Tried this at the brewpub in Düsseldorf on May 26, 2006.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2006
pours a big foamy tan head. Color is bronze with colloidal particles. Aroma is malt. Taste is malty, apple, some spicing, mild hop. Mild/OK carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Copper in color with a dense white head. Amazing clean bitterness from start to finish, lingers bit is even throughout. Light hops and sweet malt underneath,tangy with a low carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Pours copper with shallow creamy froth. I can’t smell it. Light creamy nectar with residual effers. I can’t taste it. It’s like water. Like an English Cream Ale with a slight bittering. I liked it but very different and not what I drink beer for.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7274) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 8, 2006
On tap at the Brewpub. Light copper , nice creamy head , lighter nose , grainy malt , some smoky touch . Clean , but body seemed to be a bit thin . Decent alt that as it warmed up showed more of its complexity (served very cold)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2006
The very different bottle poured a medium amber colored slightly hazy beverage with a small creamy white head that was mostly diminishing but left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was primarily malty with a characteristic light, sweet, bread and cookie dough. There were notes of sweet yeast and earth in the background as well. The body was medium light with smooth carbonation and a watery texture. The flavor started off sweet but quickly turned quite bitter through the medium length finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 [On tap at brewery] Clear amber/brown with a two-finger head. Spicey, hoppy aroma with malty notes of bread and grain. Firm and malty on the palate with a dry, assertive finish. Absolutely fantastic.


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