Hovels Bitterbier

Out of stock (Best Before 31 July 2024)
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Hovels Bitterbier is a German Altbier, or old beer, from Hövels Brewery in Dortmund. Altbiers are characterised by the use of ale yeast, brewed in the lager style. An ale/lager hybrid, Altbiers tend to have characteristics of both beers – softness and a fruity character from the ale yeast, and crispness from the lager brewing process.

Flip the swing-top lid on Hovels Bitterbier to reveal a lively, ruby red beer. The caramel malt and roasted aromas are followed by a subtly sweet, malty flavour. Despite the name ‘Bitterbier’, bitterness is moderate to low, coming across in the aroma more than the flavour. Buy Hövels Bitterbier for a smooth, drinkable German Altbier.

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Travelling along the A10 between Downham Market and King’s Lynn, you will come to a small village called Setchey, turn next to J.S.W Car Sales on to Garage Lane and we are located approx. 100m down the lane on the right-hand side. Our address and opening hours can be found on the Contact Us page.

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We occasionally have items available in the shop that are not available to purchase online, usually because they are too fragile or large to post.

We do not have a minimum purchase amount, but delivery charges may apply.

For orders between £25.01 and £60, delivery is charged at £5.99 (3 working days) or £7.99 (next working day).  Some areas are excluded and will incur extra charges. Please see postcodes listed in our Terms and Conditions.

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We use a variety of thick and sturdy cardboard boxes and dividers to hold each bottle individually. Any remaining spaces are filled with biodegradable air bags to stop movement of the contents. Glasses are wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard to ensure they arrived in once piece.

When placing your order please add the details at checkout.  We regret that if your order has been packed and is ready to despatch that amendments cannot be made.

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Unfortunately we do not offer gift packaging.

We currently use DHL, but we do also trial other couriers alongside from time to time.

We don’t currently ship outside the UK and Ireland but it may be something we offer in the future.

Unfortunately our carriers do not offer a time specific delivery service. We can send orders to arrive on a specific date but we would remind you that whilst 98% of deliveries arrive within the stated timeframe we cannot 100% guarantee the day. Couriers do often offer delivery windows on the day, with the option to rearrange if necessary.

If you are ordering as a gift we would ask you to take this into account when arranging delivery.

Please note that we are unable to offer weekend deliveries.

Our boxes come in 6s, 12s, and 24s. By no means are you required to order in those quantities, but it is worth bearing in mind when ordering. A full box also helps to reduce the small chance of damage, as empty compartments collapsing can be a cause of this.

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  1. Otto The Bier Dude

    Swingtop bottle, the colour, builds an impressive, creamy head. Malt, caramel and floral notes. Medium- to full-bodied taste is rich with a mealy, bitter aftermath. Good.

  2. Ian McRae

    Nice beer. Lovely dark colour, plenty of body and flavour, and the aroma is good too. I’m a rather unsophisticated beer drinker, and I revolve around whether I like a beer or not. Not interested in “a hint of pomegranate”, or other descriptions, chiefly because peoples’ tastes vary. Down to nitty gritty … do I like it and would I buy it again. Yes and yes ! Four stars

  3. Jamie Mellelieu-Hindle

    Awesome beer next best thing if you cant drink it in Dortmund

  4. Stujago

    Has a typical altbier taste but also more of a caramel flavour than others I’ve tried. Nice and smooth. Decent.

  5. David Gouldson

    Malty aroma and flavour with hints of caramel. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

  6. David Hanson

    Refreshing if anonymous alt. Malt & caramel with bitterness in back. OK.

  7. Milan Macurak

    Full bodied and round typical Alt-bier taste. Beautiful and fluffy foam. Shame that this speciality is not so often to get !

  8. Kristin

    This has an initial pleasant malty taste with some sweetness, but the after taste is quite bitter and for me too much like a lager

  9. Kris

    Interesting altbier – probably a bit more complex than some of the smoother Alts like Uerige

  10. Elle M

    Light, crisp and does the job on a warm day. Altbiers aren’t a favourite but this is a quality beer

  11. Matt

    Very tinny taste for me. Not good

  12. owen collman

    Me and my dads favourite beer, started with just a trip to dortmund for the football and found the beer we both remember more than the football

  13. Matthew W

    Clear amber brown with small off white head. Malty aroma with caramel, nuts, fairly hoppy with grassiness and spice. Taste again, a decent malt base with a bitter and spicy hop. Good.

  14. Raymond Housley

    I have been drinking this Alt for many years when it is available. A lighter taste than some Alt Beers but still has a good body and a very specific taste, which I like. Good comments received when offered to friends especially in the flip top bottles.

  15. Jay Sandmann

    Dark easy drinking quality bier.