Brauerei Zum Uerige
Imported by: B. United International
The Uerige Sticke (or “secret”) is a stronger, hoppier version of the regular altbier, a copper-colored ale brewed by this famous Düsseldorf brewpub. Sticke is brewed only twice a year, on the third Thursday in January and October.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.8
Alcohol (vol.): 6.0
The legendary secret “sticke” that I’ve lusted after for lo these many years. There’s a lovely bouquet and really fine taste here. Zum Uerige, I forgive you for the half Reichsmark I paid in the loo those many years ago on my last visit. This beer is rich, hoppy and malty—so well managed with full-bodied goodness. This is my first “sticke”—and well worth a trip to Düsseldorf if one manages that at the right time of the year. The complexity here is enough to drive one mad. It does seem a bit pale compared to the regular Zum, especially when one realizes the grandness of any malt base that can take those 65 IBUs. Nothing less than a six-pack will suffice!
I have to admit: I’m a sucker for a cool bottle, and this tall, thin flip-top is very cool indeed. The beer is coppery, with a slight haze and a rocky head. The nose is full of toffeeish malt and shows some raisiny notes. The palate is fascinating, with a balance between broad, aggressive hopping and a malty center with a soft, oily texture. The finish is clean and dry. Delicious, bursting with character and perfect for spicy chicken satay.
A justly famous beer from one of the world’s great original brewpubs. The name of the pub, Zum Uerige, refers to a cranky landlord of the past. Sticke beer represents an uncranky gesture of appreciation. The beer is brewed twice a year, slightly hoppier and longer-matured than the brewery’s flagship product, Zum Uerige Altbier. There is more of everything; wonderfully spicy hop aroma; dense, rocky head; firm, rounded body; tremendous interplay between big, malty middle and long, bitter finish