Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Uerige Sticke Altbier

In Altbier, Reviews on July 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

A very old style of German beer and one of the few ales that the lager obsessed nation brews, Altbier is refreshing and full of flavor.  Here’s my review:

Uerige Sticke (sticke means it is stronger than the regular Alt offering) (ed. my German is nein what it used to be.  “Sticke” means secret. Thanks Luke!) pours a rusty brown with a rocky off white head that leaves chunky lacing.  Sweet fruity malt dominates the aroma with notes of raisin, brown sugar, and a wine like grape characteristic.  The taste is very malt heavy, with juicy and fruity flavors, nuttiness, with hints of grain and husk that seamlessly transitions to a flinty and mineral dry finish with a touch of sour funk and a bitter hop snap.

This was a very tasty and easy to drink beer, but don’t let that fool you.  It is seriously complex.  The flavors change at every point as it makes its way over your palate.  I may need another one as I ponder where the first bottle has gone.

Style: Altbier

ABV: 6%


  1. “Sticke” means secret. It is an opportunity for the brewer to be creative and produce a special recipe. It’s coincidental that it is stronger.

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