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Visited: April 1, 2003

Opened: 1862

Annual Production: 20,000 hl

U.S. Importer: B. United International

Contributor: Mario Kornmesser

Ever since I started keeping beer notes back in 1992, people have been asking me what my favorite beer is. I've always hemmed and hawed, saying there's too many to pick from, and it depends on what I'm thirsty for, etc etc etc. Well, no more. I've found the perfect beer, and it's Uerige Alt. The only catch is, you have to go to Düsseldorf to get it, which in my opinion is a very small price to pay.

I got to try three Uerige beers side-by-each in October 2005, now that B. United is importing them.

Updated: April 27, 2022


Beer List

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    4.70% abv.
    • Date: October 31, 2005 (#5786)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 18½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Red-brown. Slight haze. Big dense head.
      Aroma (4)
      Toasty malt. Spicy hops.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium body. Low carbonation. Rich maltiness underlies a big clean spicy bitterness that lingers very nicely.
      Overall Impression (2½)
      There's some oxidation here, but overall it's still a very well-balanced, very hoppy and bitter beer, and it's still my favorite. Bottled "03.09".
    • Date: April 1, 2003 (#4800)
      Package: cask-conditioned
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 20 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Very slightly darker brown than the Füchschen and the Schlüssel, with a big creamy head. Fairly toasty aroma...but it's hard to tell because they've just finished today's brew! Medium body. Lots of sweet toasty malt, and lots of noble hop flavor and bitterness. This is the beer I've been expecting.
    • Date: February 2, 2002 (#4158)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Green Bay Rackers, Green Bay WI
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright amber-brown, high carbonation, big creamy head. HUGE Munich malt aroma and EVEN HUGER Spalt hops. Medium-light body, big toasty mildly sweet Munich malt flavor. Rather bitter with lots of Spalt flavor, giving the lie to the idea that authentic Düsseldorfer Altbiers are trending toward lower bitterness. Oddly pleasant but inappropriate hints of banana in the finish detract from this outstanding archetypical Altbier. "Bottled January 7, best before February 6." Thanks to Briess' Mary Anne Gruber for procuring the bottle, and to Matt Arnold for sharing it!

  • 4.70% abv.

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    8.50% abv.
    • Date: October 31, 2005 (#5788)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 20 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright red. Thick head.
      Aroma (4)
      Raisiny dark malt. Fruitiness like a Doppelbock.
      Mouthfeel (10)
      Just a bit heavier than the Sticke, but absolutely fiercely malty. Intense maltiness with lots of dark Munich and caramel flavors. Warming. Massively malty finish. Almost reminds me of a light EKU 28!
      Overall Impression (3)
      It feels like a Doppelbock, but tastes like a Barleywine. An excellent sipping beer.

  • Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    11.80% abv.

  • German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
    5.00% abv.

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    German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
    6.00% abv.
    • Date: October 31, 2005 (#5787)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 14½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Maybe just a little darker than the Alt - maybe not. Thick head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Sherry oxidation. Dark fruit, dark Munich malt.
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Somewhat heavier than the Alt. Much maltier, hops aren't as prominent. Warming. Big chewy malty beer, but really quite oxidized.
      Overall Impression (2)
      This bottle is at least a year old — bottled "25.10" — and it's quite oxidized, but the sherry flavor kinda works in this bigger beer.
    • Date: April 11, 2004 (#5266)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Valley Liquor, De Pere WI
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright brown. Moderate carbonation. Nice white head. Big toasty-sweet malty aroma, with mild herbal hops. Medium body. Malty-sweet. Mild hop flavor and bitterness. Getting stale. (Bottled January 28.)

  • Fresh Hop Ale
    6.20% abv.

  • Fresh Hop Ale
    6.70% abv.

  • Fresh Hop Ale
    6.80% abv.

  • Fresh Hop Ale
    6.20% abv.

  • Fresh Hop Ale
    6.20% abv.

  • German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
    5.10% abv.

  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    4.50% abv.