Duckstein Weizen Cuvee - Duckstein GmbH

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Duckstein Weizen CuveeDuckstein Weizen Cuvee

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37 Ratings

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 07-24-2006

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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by jesseejames:
Photo of jesseejames
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a reddish brown with a nice head that lingers with very little lacing. It smells of fruity malts. It tastes of roasted malts with a fruity tone. It starts out a little wheat sour then finishes bitter with a bitter aftertaste or burnt malts. Not a great beer by any means but goes well with a heavy meat meal.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Markiboy
3/5  rDev -14.8%

It's like a bonfire night dunkel! I get a feeling of standing round a campfire on a cold November night eating candy apples and bonfire toffee. If you did a look and taste test with this beer and put it together with dunkels, I bet most people would imagine it's in its rightful place. As a weissbier, this is nowhere near as good as the golden and delicious banana and honey weissbier kings from the same country of origin. It's interesting as a one off experiment drink but for the price and for the enjoyment, so much more can be had for half the cost, so I would always be looking elsewhere!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Grassy, Yeast, Crisp

Proper wheat beer pour, muddled light brown hue with an amazing head on top. Big nose of lemon zest, banana pith, yeast cake and fresh bread. We’re drinking heavy liquid bread here. Suggestions of fresh-cut grass, walnuts, faint clove and yeast. There is a rawness here that our taste buds embrace—enjoyable throughout.

STYLE: Hefeweizen | ABV: 5.7% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of Mar02x
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I blind tasted this one during a tasting session in the Mug ( pub in Middelburg, Holland)

A - A lot of carbonation in the glass. The fluid is hazy and amber in color. The head is very thin.

S - Banana, chocolate and sweet - never ever smelled anything like it before, some tasting members call it a candy like smell.

T - The taste is a disappointment concerning the smell. The taste is rather dry, and the hop presence rather thin.

M - Medium carbonated and a bitter finish.

O - Not a bad beer but also not to special too.

Photo of sfprint
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Nearly a dunkelweizen, brown with a tinge of green/yellow. cloudy, fishtank slow rising microcarbonation. Two finger cream head.
S: Yeasty, nutty, banana bread.
T: Liquid bread but a bit sour, but not in a sour dough sort of way. Sour lemony but with less flavor
M: barely astringent
O: An okay beer. I don't know why these Duckstein beers are typically twice the price of other German beers.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim... BBD of 2014

Pours a slightly hazed caramel with 3 + fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Head falls away to less than a pinky of head, pretty good head retention, below average lacing

S: Cloves & green bananas, both fade over time

T: Follows the nose, a touch of doughyness & green apples up front. Faint metallic hoppyness as this warms, more cloves, doughyness & green bananas as well. Finishes dry, with green bananas & doughyness/grassy hops

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation

A solid, not great weizen, I can't say I would choose this over the plenty of Bavarian beers which are much better out there. Very easy to drink none the less

Photo of RuudJH
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hefeweizen aged on euro beech wood.
0.5 l. bottle, bought on a short trip to Germany.

Poured in my Weihenstephaner glass, this shows a light brown red colour, a huge head (obviously). Cloudy.
Smell is a bit faint. There is banana bread, koriander, nuttmeg and clove, but you have to sniff very hard.
Taste is rather malty and yeasty, and again very faint. Aftertaste is hard to define too, but I can say the whole drink is very watery. Lack of carbonation on this sample?
In any case, I'm sorry to say I'm not too impressed with this experience.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Duckstein's Duckstein Weizen Cuvee last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a German made beer and this one has me a little interested, so lets see how it goes. Best by 11/2014. Poured from a brown 16.09oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's got a strip of foil over the cap and it's got a nice clean and simple look to it, I think it's a little eye catching and all the info on it is in German. It poured a nice cloudy orange/burnt orange color that took more of a burnt orange and amber color when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy and creamy looking white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left hardly any lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer but I wish it had some lacing and that the color was truer to style..

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and it imparts a very wheaty aroma with some sweet malt aroma showing up in the background. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a typical spices and banana like aroma, with the banana sticking out the most and the spices are on the lighter side, but there was also a bubblegum like aroma showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma that seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart that same wheat aspect that sticks out the most with some sweet malts in the background. Up next comes the yeast which imparts pretty much the same aspect that it did in the aroma with the banana still sticking out the most, but this time there's an estery flavor with no bubblegum showing up. On the finish there's a no bitterness with a sweet malt, wheat and banana like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I could have gone without the extra estery flavors.

M- Smooth, not too crisp, creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it had a little more carbonation and crispness, plus the creaminess caught me off guard.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a slightly above average and a fairly unique example of Heffeweizen, it had a good amount of aspects that I look for in the style, but it also had a few aspects that you don't really see in the style that I wasn't expecting and they didn't really hurt this beer as much as I thought they would. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, not too crisp, creamy, a little filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think one bottle would be my limit, it's a little too thick and creamy for me to drink more than that. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, the yeast wasn't too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the estery yeast flavor and the creamy mouthfeel, those two aspects didn't really fit into the style. I might buy this beer again, but chances are I'll go for a more traditional Heffeweizen. I think it's worth trying, especially if you like the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if it was a little more like a traditional Heffeweizen I would give it a little better of a score, but I don't think the added estery yeast flavor and creaminess added anything to it. This beer made for a decent first impression and I would be interested in checking out more of this breweries beers. Solid job guys, keep it up.

Photo of Absumaster
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky, copper beer with a fine-bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation aggresively rising to the top.

Smell is vanilla and banana, with other exotic fruits. The yeast is phenolic and the wheat is present and grainy like a good cereal.

Taste is grainy and has distinct wheat notes. The vanilla is also in here and goes very well with the very smooth mouthfeel. This is almost like a vanilla milkshake, but then even better. The yeast adds some phenolic taste, with banana and pineapple, but leaving out the cloves. Bitterness is very low and almost absent. Body is medium and drinkability is great. The only downside is that the sun is not shining, because then this would taste even better.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Opaque caramel colored body with a foamy cream colored head. The head Recedes to a thick even-layered film. Little or no lacing.

Aroma: Musty malts, with subtle caramel and banana.

Taste: Spot-on with the aroma which is interesting. It almost tastes like a musty banana split. Some sweet caramel, banana, and a tangy tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Almost awesome, but not bad. Like a blurry nude photo.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Found this random bottle on the shelf, so I picked it up for a lark. Why not? It pours a hazy tawny topped by, well, nothing much, as there's no real head here. Hm. The nose is a blast of dry caramel, with something akin to cracked wheat when viewed from a great distance in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, a tiny rivulet of grass possibly meandering through as well. Wow. The body is a light medium, with a barely perceptible carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, this was just a sad offering. It seemed still and lacked any weizen character whatsoever. I don't even know what to say here...

Photo of paterlodie
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBE 01-07. Nice beige head and amberbrown foggy beer. Nose very creamy, wheat& other malts richly present and the banana fruit make it wel except bit of a yeasty touch. As there is in taste giving it bit suphuric note but further good and malty with "sour"wheat present and fitting bitterness( except yeastybitter note). Full and creamy mouthfeel and quiet low carbonisation fits beer. Enjoyable and well drinkable weizen even if it from way up north...

Photo of stephens101
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time seeing this one in state. And since I haven't had a good hefe in a while, and we all know man can't live on big beer alone, I figured I would give it a shot.

Brown with streaks of dark orange. Full, almost exploding, dense tan head.

Yeast and clove linger to the nose. A bit metallic at moments. Bubblegum and taffy deep down.

Tastes creamy with notes of grain, banana and sugar and a bit of spiciness at the end. Body is fine and smooth.

This one makes me realize how many good beers I miss out on when I consistently overlook the classics. And I can't imagine how much better it would be fresh and sans a trip across the wide blue.

Photo of Jeffo
2.14/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Found this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big thick fluffy billowing 3+ finger off-white head with great retention. Opaque and a deep orange-brown color. Lots of carbonation evident in the form of tiny bubbles. Good foam head remains and leaves a little lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Wheat malt and hints of banana and lemons as well as a touch of rye bread. As the beer sits, an unpleasant metallic phenol scent appears, which is relatively off-putting.

TASTE: Flavour is bolder than the nose. Lots of wheat malt and touches of banana and lemon again. A slightly sweet-sour aftertaste is bold and long lasting. Again, as the beer sits, an off-putting sour tinge with metallic phenols comes through. This one became pretty tough to finish as time passed.

PALATE: This is by far the best attribute of the beer. Medium-full body, medium carbonation and very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Very good feel for a weizen.

OVERALL: Something was off with this one. It started out alright, but as it sat, an off-putting metallic note took over, making it hard to get through. This one actually seemed like a weizen version of Czarny Boss 18.1% WAG Porter. Not worth checking out again. Pass.

Photo of czfreeman
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have seen these bottles only now and again in various grocery stores around Germany, but never picked one up until today when I saw the Weizen, as summers come to an end an I've been on a Weizen kick lately. The bottle is quite eloquent, coming sealed and labeled as "Buchenholz gereift" which means it was lagered over Beechwood, maybe chips or in a barrel. I was quite disappointed to see rather ow scores for this beer, but never know till you try it...

Opens with a nice pop, pours into my Weizen glass. Pours a beautiful cherry-burnished orange copper tone. Thick, Murky, lots of carbonation streams. The head is also quite nice. Thick, rich, creamy, and a light reddish/brown tone I've never seen before in a Weizen. The label says "red-blonde" and it definantly is different, in a good way, than I've experienced.
Upon first smell I'm very impressed. Intense vanilla, banana, cherry, a huge alcoholic spiciness that smells like cherry liqueur, and an intense yet light and sweet woody note, like tobacco(from the wood), nutty cloves, bubblegum,sour apple, pepper, musty grains. The smell is such an amazing surprise as I had such low expectations, but this is lively, fresh, spicy, sweet and intense. The phenolic burn is phenomenal for a 5.7% beer. Fantastic, look forward to trying it.

Flavor is also interesting. The wheat-banana-bubble gm come into play first, wheat y creaminess, followed by the light pepper-cherry spike of sharpness. Somehow opposite the aroma. Again intense, and great in the fact the flavor seems to play opposite the aroma. My mouth is left tingling with cherry/pepper/alcohol spiciness, but the next sip brings immediate cream refreshment. The only slight drawback Again-great, and nitpicking, is a lingering sweetness, tasting a bit of sweet cherry, but this is a trivial amount.

Mouthfeel is thick, but ends light, spicy and tingling. This is really a different flavored Hefe than I've previously experienced. The banana-clove bubblegum found in the best is there, powerfully so, but this cherry-nuttiness that must come from the beech wood adds a smoky,intriguing intenseness and refinement to the beer that makes it rustic, something drank in centuries past when Beechwood was the only way to lager; and new and exciting, as if the brewery had decided to experiment with a lagering method that turned out successful.

Overall the initial appearance, aroma, and flavor put this one in the top 5 Hefe's I've ever tried. Nothing can ever pseat my beloved Weihenstephaner HefeWeizen Original, bt this is simply great. It's obscurity and price are it's only detrimental factors. It simply was by far the most beer in the store, and the Pilsner was as well. Not to mention, its very hard to find, maybe not in Hamburg, but I'm only 1.5hrs South of Hamburg.
Thats a testament to European culture, if you want it, go find it! Cheers

Photo of flyingpig
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

500ml on-tap in Oma's, Hamburg, Germany (€3.90):
This one was quite a poor hefeweizen which was particularly surprising since it was a German beer, on-tap in Germany but it just didn't come up to scratch when compared to so many others of the style out there. Whilst falling short of being a bad or undrinkable beer, it was bland and unimaginative with only the strong bubblegum and banana flavours seeming like positives. I would probably give this one a miss in future and stick with the likes of Paulaner or Erdinger since they seem to always be available when this one is in Germany.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours murky orange with a thick creamy white large head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacings.

S: Ripe bananas - wheat. Some malt. Spices and citric notes.

T: The wheat is a bit held back in favour of the bready malt.

M: Body is fuller than anticipated, moderatly carbonated. Aftertaste has a bready maltyness with faint bitternss.

D: To little wheat in the taste to get a higher grade, but overall an ok. product.

Photo of stoepsel
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown-orange hazy body with a shallow white head.
Wonderful smell like dried fruit.
The taste ist significantly drier than comparable beers of the Hefeweizen-style. With some good will one can discover some hints of the beechwood barrels mentioned on the bottel's well designed label.
A nice wheatbeer, although not as smooth and fruity as it's bavarian relatives.

Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance. Pretty creamy head, thin layer remained most of the way down. Interesting color-- hazy amber, red/blonde, just as advertised. Nose is average: some fruity bananas, not terribly yeasty or phenolic.

Taste is good, nothing too remarkable. More of the yeast and breadiness of this weizen comes through in the taste. Not too sweet which was good. Not bitter, a little bit of orange of the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a plus for this beer-- very smooth and good amount of carbonation. A good drink, but nothing to write home about for me. The name, bottle, look and hype around this beer make it seem remarkable and unique, but in the end it just doesn't pop out or leave any lasting memory. Not bad at all though-- I'd imagine it's better on tap.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 3.19/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Bottle dated 11/2014 at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of clove and yeast phenolics
Head large (5 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing poor, rare small island with small bubbles
Body medium amber, slight chill haze
Light flavor of clove and banana, creamy and slightly sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

This is a very good weizen, creamy and flavorful.

Duckstein Weizen Cuvee from Duckstein GmbH
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.