Let me start out by saying that the scoring system here on BeerMapping doesn't really work for a place like Uerige, so I didn't really follow it. When you go to an Altstadt Hausbrauerei, you generally get one beer: Altbier. In the case of Uerige, you actually get two: their Alt and their Weizen, so by those standards that counts as a 4. But you don't go to the Düsseldorf Altstadt for selection... you go there for Alt!
Uerige is an institution in Düsseldorf and a must-visit pub. The inside is a maze of small tables and barrels that really needs to be experienced. Like all Altstadt pubs, the waiters come around with trays full of fresh Alt and will swap your empty 0,2 L "Becker" for a full one. You can also stand outside and drink, and the overhead heaters will keep you warm even on a frigid November evening (to which I can personally attest).
That being said, as a matter of personal taste Uerige is actually my least favorite Altstadt Alt. If you've ever had the regular Alt (i.e. NOT the Sticke or Doppelsticke) in the U.S., you'll be surprised how much more bitter it is on tap. (You should also know that you'll only find the Sticke on tap two days a year and you'll never find the Doppelsticke on tap.) Also, contrary to many assertions, Uerige is the LEAST traditional of the Altstadt Alts, with a grain bill consisting of Pils and caramel specialty malts rather than the traditional Munich malt for color and body. The end result is--in my opinion--a more unbalanced Alt then you'll get at the other pubs.
Of course, all of the above is academic. If you're in Düsseldorf, you have to go to Uerige, just like you go have to go to Schumacher, Füchschen and Schlüssel. And when I say it's my least favorite Alt, that still makes it better than 99% of the beers in the world.
Not my favorite Alt Bier, but Uerige is still one of my favorite spots in Duesseldorf. A pub crawl through Altstadt either starts or ends here. It will be my first stop on my next trip. The place is a real bonus to visit on various holidays and when spring is hitting full bloom.
This place is all about tradition and the traditional Alt. One can find this place busy during lunch or early evening. Food is built on local specialties and is perfectly washed down with the Alt.
You can smell Uerige long before you see it: right in the middle of the altstadt it occupies a large corner site backing on to the Rhine and wafts out wonderful smells of malt and hops to entice the punters in.
The alt is sublime: full of fresh and zingy hops, served from the wooden cask, of course. There's also a weizen in the crisp northern style, and occasional seasonals.
Food is limited to snacks and the like.
The interior rambles at length with twisty corridors and bar rooms of various sizes.
The best hausbräuerei in Düsseldorf and the only one that's really unmissable for the visitor.
Alright, this place is just plain cool. Totally fresh altbier, a cool German-type brewpub and funky reasonably priced food made me really like this place. Also, the tables in the back are the actual beer barrels used at the place.
They have smoking and non-smoking areas. You can stand outside or stay inside in one of the three drinking rooms. Prices are good, 1.80 Euros per 20cl of fresh altbier.
From time to time, waiters bring around different food items. Just stop them once you see something that looks good. When you see the open-faced sandwich that looks like raw meat topped with onions, know that it is what it appears to be. :o)
Sit in the back and you get to see the brewing apparatus and watch the waiters rolling the barrels in and out of the storage area.