Another beer review, and a special one in anyone’s book. My e-friend Frank Lieck sent me a bottle of this to promote something local from Dusseldorf, Germany. An Altbier (old beer) from a local brewery, and the beer is Thomas Magnum’s favorite.
If I disregard some details, Altbier is more or less the German version of English Pale Ale, but due to extensive lagering and top fermenting yeast, it leaves a cleaner and crisper beer than the more cloudy Pale Ale.
The Uerige brewery in Dusseldorf is located in the city center and has been running for 150 years in 2012. I guess that means Dusseldorf moved up a few notches on the wishlist for 2012! According to their website they even distill some of their products into a Single Malt Whisky. On one hand such notes make me both enthousiastic and fearful since I’ve tasted some really bad ‘whiskies’ from breweries.
Short tasting notes:
Its pretty heavy for a pale ale. Not so much in alcohol but the taste is firmer and less light than some IPAs. There is a certain spiciness with a hint of coffee present. The hops are present, but not in their millions, it is a slightly bitter beer with a rather well balanced flavour profile.
While this all sounds very dry and statistical, it is a very good beer. It is a very good variety on the Pale Ales I’ve been tasting over the last couple of months and a variety in a good way. Enough diversity to stand out, and enough flavour to back that up!
It keeps a nice middle ground between the more heavy porters and stouts by keeping some of the spicy and roasted flavours, but keeping the crisp and fresh palate of the Pale Ales and India Pale Ales. Oh, and dangerously drinkable.