TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Alt bier or "old beer" is a very local beer style, that is brewed in and around the city of Dusseldorf, Germany. What makes it special, is the fact that it is an ale, not a lager, and "old beer" refers to the fact that the first beers brewed in Germany, were ales, not lagers. Lagers of course, now dominate German brewing, but there are areas of Germany that never took to them. The brewers in Dusseldorf were never persuaded to change to lagers, and we as beer lovers should all be grateful.
By style, alt is a delicious, copper colored, malty, hoppy beer, that is just so drinkable. Brewpubs and and breweries in Dusseldorf specialize in this very local style, and take great pride in it. Zum Uerige is a brewpub located on a busy corner street in the heart of the Altstadt, and brews what has been called the bench mark example of alt bier. When I entered Zum Uerige for lunch and took a seat, I was over come with joy and great expectations. When one of the Kobes(pronounced kerbiss) or blue jacket, blue apron wearing waiters, came by my table rolling a wooden barrel of altbier past me, I knew I had finally arrived. I have had other German alt biers, and would try other outstanding examples on my trip to Dusseldof, but this beer is without question, still my personal favorite.
Uerige Altbier pours to a beautiful, bright, copper color, with a bright white head that clings to the glass, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with vibrant herbal/grassy hop aroma, paired with subtle hints of nutty malt. The palate on this beer is soft and malty, with incredible clean and nutty malt flavors. As the sea of clean malt flavor ends, this beer finishes with a vibrant burst of grassy/herbal hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
At the brewpub this beer is served by gravity from a wooden barrel. The Kobes circle the rooms with metal trays full of 0.25L short glasses of freshly poured altbier, and will continue to replace your empty glass until you tell them to stop. They mark you coaster each time with a pencil, and when all was said and done with, my friend and I had consumed 11 glasses of altbier(I had 8, he had 3). Uerige Alt is an amazingly drinkable beer that you just can’t get enough of. It is so flavorful, clean, smooth and drinkable. The aromas and flavors vom fass at the brewery are just so fresh and flavorful, you really have to come to Dusseldorf to experience the magic of this beer. In the meantime, I am happy to say it is available in 11.2 oz brown swing top bottles, that retail for about $4 a bottle. It can even be found on draught, in select markets at good beer bars across the US. The price for this beer seems a little inflated, but for a classic like this, I say well worth it. Uerige Alt is a very food friendly beer, and would be the perfect match for grilled bratwurst or roasted pork. I enjoyed glass after glass of this beer with some delicious potato soup, a mettwurst, and liverwurst with bread and butter.
Shaney (2423) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2013
Handwerklich gebrautes Alt mit stoutähnlichen Röstaromen im Abgang. Zweifelsohne ein Alt mit Ecken und Kanten, aber wahrlich ein Charakter. Fazit: Wer staubtrockene Altbiere mag, wird das Uerige vergöttern!
Nur Diebelstrinker sollten darum einen großen Bogen machen... SperkeleForce (791) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
Keg 5 liters. Shared with Rex Talionis. Pours really nice copper color with a big foamy head. First sips good roasted feel to it. Roasted nuts. Altbier is an slow opening beer like wine the first sips arent the best but after you get abit used to it the taste will start to open up. With Amon Amarth playing in the background seems like this taste of the great beer they call Altbier started to taste even better. The great taste of Altbier does not change even if you drink much of it, it pretty much stays the same good constant all through the whole experience of the time while consuming it. Its like the Gods themselves descended down just to bring/brew us the perfect beer. Truly ambrosia of the Gods. First time i tasted Altbier was in Dûsseldorf which was a great city with nice people and awesome beer. Altbier now tastes as epic as it did in Dusseldorf. If i would have to choose only one beer to drink from now on to eternity Altbier would surely be it. In a word EXCELLENT. Prost för Gudarna! felsenpils (174) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Uerige Alt is the very definition of German Altbier. Dark ruby color, dense white foam with good retention, malty, complex ale aroma. Clean, intense bitterness with a roasty malt backbone. Other German Altbiers pale (literally) in comparison to Uerige. It is a wonder to me how they manage to export any of their product given their extremely limited production capacity and their popularity in and around Düsseldorf. This is a first cousin to the English IPA´s, but it is has a dry, clean finish, not fruity or musty like the English beers. Microbrewers take note: this is the target to shoot for. no over the top floral hops, no explosion of fruity esters, no scratchy astringency. I challenge all of you to produce anything even remotely resembling Uerige Alt! JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2004
Draught at Zum Uerige, Altstadt, Dusseldorf. Dark amber colour. Creamy white head that doesn’t go away. Superbly well balanced malt and hops. Excellent bitterness throughout and into the aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable. Possibly the best Alt in the world, certainly a class above any bottled variety I’ve tried.
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 7, 2002
my favourite alt. very burnt and fruity but with crisp hops to balance it out. an alt beer you can really down and enjoy in the process bottleman (14) - Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2010
Das obergärige Spezial Alt wird aus Gersten,- Karamell- und Röstmalz gebraut. Es ist das an Bitterstoffen reichte Bier Deutschlands.
Das bernsteinfarbene Bier duftet zart nach Malz, schmeckt trotz der Bitterkeit ausgewogen und verabschiedet sich mit einem zarten Rauchton. Ein perfektes Alt!
Alkohol: 4,7 % paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Outstanding for the style. Caramel tones, roasted, lightly hopped.wonderful example of this style.. ..probably the best. Grzesiek79 (4296) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2016 Cudowne piwo. Jedno z najlepszych Altbierow jakie pilem. Huczno wystrzelona krachla aromat chmielowy goryczkowy posmak i to wyraznie. Wytrawna i lekko pikantna koncowka. Kolor ciemnobursztynowy i ta piana. Spora, szemrzaca i niebywale trwala. Wszystko zamkniete w pollitrowej zgrabnej butelce i skromnej etykiecie. Ale to co kryje w srodku to poezja dla podniebienia. Polecam szczegolnie. 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.