The Legendary Duff Beer
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German Pilsner
Ranked #808
Ranked #48,739
2.41 | pDev: 24.9%
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Photo of thommo_nk
2.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brewed in Germany, so must adhere to the purity law one would imagine.

I thought this stuff would be terrible as it is obviously a gimmick, however I was pleasantly surpisred. The beer is okay with half decent flavour, nothing to write home about though.

The packaging states that the beer is a Lagerbier Hell, which would suggest it is a Munich Helles style beer.

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thommo_nk from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jun 30, 2017
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2.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml Can from a Prague Mini-Market (59CZK):
Clear, light amber with a large, foamy head that is bone-white and holds okay initially before holding at 0.5cm.

Grassy hops & some skunk on the nose initially. There was a very light & faint citrus aroma coming through with more water than I would have expected or liked, there was some bitterness too.

Basic and fairly cheap (despite the cost) pale lager with some light malts and grassy hops with some earthy tones and a hint of biscuit. There wasn't a lot going on really.

Light to thin bodied with a watery, quite bland feel but it still felt like a lager at least, albeit a light one. There was a faint citrus tang & a dry, moderately bitter finish as well.

Not all that enjoyable & purely a gimmick, not up to the standard of the much cheaper, & better Czech lagers that were for sale in the same shops as this one. The beer was thin & bland with nothing going for it really.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Apr 29, 2014
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2.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml can with a BB of March 2014. ABV is stated as 4.7%. Given to me as a gift a little while back (from Switzerland). It's Duff - how can I resist trying it?

Poured into a pilsner glass. A clear golden colour with faint sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before disappearing. Some lacing. A subtle aroma of light, grainy malt with mild hints of stewed leaves and DMS. Slightly sweet and seriously bland.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of weak grain, mild stewed leaves and a twinge of cardboard in the background. Pretty clean, with a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and a watery body. A very subtle aftertaste of light malt and stewed leaves/veg.

Not too much going on here, which I guess was to be expected. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are exceptionally bland and watery. Average body for a mass-produced lager. At least it's clean and inoffensive. Nothing technically wrong with it, but the lack of character makes for a dull drinking experience. No need to hunt it down.

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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), Oct 23, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My neighbor and occasional trivia teammate travels for work on an infrequent basis, but he is always on the lookout for new CANs for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). This is one of his recent acquisitions and I am quite excited about it!

I was hanging out in the alleyway with some of my neighbors, including Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Dale and Bill, drinking CANned Lone Star as is our usual wont when Dale mentions that one of his bowling league partners is coming by with beer. I was stunned when the guy's wife, sporting a huge, blue beehive, droped him off! He looked like That Yellow Bastard from "Sin City" and given his prodigious beer intake, I still wonder if he doesn't suffer from jaundice. His name was Homer and he had a huge cooler full of CANs of Duff Beer, which I heard was legendary, but I had never had any for myself. He was cool with allowing me to take one home for a review, especially after I turned him onto a Brewer's Art Ozzy in a CAN. We only ever drink CANs in the alley as the possibility of broken glass is not on in our circle.

I went with an inverted Glug following the Crack and got two-plus fingers of fizzing, foamy eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a golden-yellow (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity and my other drinking buds, Croesus, Mammon and King Midas were engaged in a fight to try some for themselves. Nose was clean, eliminating the possibility of it being an adjunct lager of any stripe. The nose had a hay field-like scent, intermingling the Noble hops with the malt nicely. Mouthfeel was medium and I got a pleasant, biscuity sweetness in the mouth and on the tongue. This was turning out to be much better than I would have imagined. I thought that it was going to be some crappy novelty but such was not the case, thank goodness. Finish was semi-dry thanks to their having found a good balance with the hops and malt and not allowing the malt to dominate as some examples of the style have, IMHO. I would drink it again, especially if that Homer guy shows up loaded for bear like he did today.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Sep 30, 2013
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2.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: It pours a clear straw body with a two-finger head. It looks okay and the retention is better than expected.

Smell: A sweet malt and corn aroma are noticeable. It is missing the floral notes found in a good pilsener. To be honest, there really is not much of a smell to it.

Taste: A sweet malt flavor and the tiniest kick of hops can be detected. Otherwise there is not much to note.

Mouth feel: It is light bodied and watery. There is a slight dryness in the aftertaste but more is desired.

Overall: Like most people, I purchased this beer just for the novelty of it. Surprisingly, it was better than I expected. While a poor example of a German Pilsener, there really is nothing overly offensive about this beer. I was expecting a more medicinal grain alcohol flavor but none of that was apparent. In fact, it was probably one of the most neutral beers I've ever had. I probably would not buy it again but I have certainly had worse.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.79/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a billowy white head. The head had very good retention but faded over time to give a medium level of lacing. For the strength of the brew it was quite good.

Smell – The smell was heavy of corn with a lighter caramel aroma mixed in. There is an ever so light earthy aroma mixed in as well, but this is very light.

Taste – The taste matches the nose quite well. Corn and a bit of caramel malt meet the tongue. These flavors last throughout the taste, but are meet at the end by some light earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is light to medium in thickness with an average to slightly average level of carbonation.

Overall – Very standard adjunct lager. While it is quite average, the novelty factor makes it a must try for any past of present Simpsons fan.

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Photo of dgilks
2.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by a friend who received as a gag gift. Thanks Chris?

Clear pale straw colour with a small and short lasting, foamy white head.

Purely grainy aroma with some light herbal notes. Boring, dull and unpleasant.

Grainy, sharp and slightly herbal. It's still boring and simply a dull approach to a lager.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A dull and uninspiring novelty beer. Not worth the effort.

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dgilks from Australia, Jan 02, 2012
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2.23/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle courtesy of THE CPJ. It's gonna be bad, but I don't care, it's DUFF!!!

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Typical adjunct. Nearly non-existent aromas of light malt and perhaps a sprinkling of hops. Taste is the same as the nose, cheap adjunct all-around. Light pilsner malt, corn sugar, and some hops. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and watery, with fizzy carbonation. Yeah, it was a lousy beer, but it's DUFF! Now, wheres the Fudd?!

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jsanford from Georgia, Dec 12, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: corn, wheat, malts, sweet

taste: sweet, adjunct beer like, rather boring flavor

mouthfeel: thin to medium body, mild carbonation,

overall: this beer will just be chalked up to a novelty. glad I could drink one of Homer's beers.


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THECPJ from Delaware, Nov 29, 2011
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1.97/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pour is very light in color - looks almost like an adjunct lager. The white head is pretty large, but sinks quickly into no lacings.

S: Sweet malt, with a corny off-smell. Lemon. Light in smell.

T: Sweet cornish malt with some faint bitter hops, but also lemons.

M: Offensive carbonation, light body - almost watery. Aftertaste is short.

O: This is way to week for a German Pilsener. Perhaps the grade would have been higher if it was put in another style; Euro Pale Lager or American Adjunct Lager. Or to put it in the words of Homer Simpson: Doh!

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Photo of rarbring
2.05/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer is clear pale straw colored, a white quickly settling head, no lacing.

A faint smell of sour straw, corn and lemon.

Tasting of sweet corn flakes, some lemon and green apples.

Medium carbonation, a watery and fresh feeling, little body and a slightly dry finish.

A standard, slightly sweet euro lager, not really a german pilsner mesa thinks.

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rarbring from Sweden, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sigh. Saw it, had to buy it, although I don't hold out a lot of hope. I figure they won't get away with it forever.

Pours a clear and bland yellow colour with a filmy, fine and white head. Lacing is sudsy but decent. Carbonation is flat. Not a great looking beer, but nothing terribly wrong with it.

Nose is sugary and sweet, with a sickly floral nectar character dominant. Very little else, but it's very sweet, and the slightly organic nature of it makes it reminiscent of garbage juice. Offensive.

Taste is milder, and with a little green crisp bitterness to clean it up. Still, it's very thin and mild. More reminiscent of a Bud Lite than anything else, although that's probably what they were going for. Light feel as well.

It's bland and unthinking, with very little to offer apart from a (plagiarised) famous name. I won't say "don't bother with it" because I bothered with it knowing how bad it would be, but just be prepared for what you're going to drink.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.42/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a deep golden colour with a loose white head that quickly receded to a thin, patchy layer.

Smell - 3.5
Light bready malt with a little sweetness and herbal hop aroma. Very nice!

Taste - 3.5
Again, surprisingly good. Bready, dusty, slightly sweet maltiness with light to moderate bitterness, herbal hop flavour and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Light to moderate carbonation coupled with a light body make this an easy drinker, though a little thin.

Overall - 3.5
Shockingly good. I expected a crappy adjunct lager, but this is in fact a fine German Pilsner. I'd happily drink a litre!

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Photo of ADZA
2.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wonder how much they payed for the name and it pours a clear see through golden copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a twofinger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is weak grassy hops and sweet malts,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of grassy noble hops,light toffee,caramel malts and finished with a noble grassy hoppy,dryness and overall if it wasnt for the name you would not even entice the idea its that much of a joke.

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ADZA from Australia, Jun 15, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow, little short-lived white head, not enough for a pils.

S-Light overall pleasant aroma of pilsner, faint adjunct, faint noble hops, grass and faint horseblanket.

T-Very light flavor of pilsner malts, a touch of zest, faint adjunct presence, faint hoppy aftertaste.

M-Decent lively carbonation and good balance...flavor is a little weak, but everything is even.

O-Too expensive for the quality, but fun to drink and not that bad. Looking eagerly forward to tartar control and raspberry Duff.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this up at the main train station in Luzern, Switzerland. I have to figure out a way to pack this bottle into my already overstuffed luggage...

A - straw colored and clear. Chalk white head that falls to a very nice foam cap that never truly dies.

S - Pilsner malt, an ever so slight hint of hops, but nothing amazing or even so-so.

T/M - Very light bodied. Very little in the way of flavor. A slight hint of malt if you really search for it but essentially flavorless.

D - Great novelty, terrible beer.

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SuperSpy from Georgia, Jan 25, 2011
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1.32/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pours clear yellow with a good amount of head, but low retention. Nothing special.

S: Revolting. I get generic mega-lager with strong hints of can.

T: Taste follows the nose. Big hit of aluminium. Quite unpleasant, and I get the feeling it's not a good beer (tasteless?) even without that aluminium taste. I'm not willing to buy the bottled version just to make sure.

M: Good amount of carbonation for the style. One of the only decent things I can say about this beer. It is certainly not a saving grace, though.

D: The only reason to get this beer is as a joke. It is, predictably, quite bad. One of the worst beers I've ever had.

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headlessclown from Australia, Jan 23, 2011
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2.18/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden. Typical euro lager.

S: Malt sweetness and nothing else.

T: Sweet malt and some strange fruity character which gives an unpleasant feeling back in the mouth.

O: Not what I had expected as it tastes more than a beer which some tv-character drinks. But still, the taste is not good.

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Mjoepp from Sweden, Sep 12, 2010
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2.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pale lager beer, like many others, whitout any particularly distinctive aspects.

S: Light smell, not different from any other standard lager beer.

T: Light, there's no distinctive taste in this watery beer, it feels quite anonymous.

M: highly carbonated beer (maybe to recreate the "Barney Gumble's effect" ^_^) with an "average lager" feel. Definitely not impressive

D: it's what I call a "pizza beer", nice to drink while eating (for its plain taste), but nothing more than that.
Nonetheless it makes you feel like Homer for a while :)

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catrone from Italy, Aug 20, 2010
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2.45/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Straw blond, nose and smell of lager. In the mouth, the hops have little long but feels like also traces of corn and malt also. Not really interesting in terms of flavor as it is still small but it is still drinkable. Besides taste, one must admit that the gimmick of Simpson plays for many in the purchase of this beer.

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ThaCreep from Belgium, Jul 21, 2010
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2.81/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear light straw yellow color with a lot of bubbles. Good sized bubbly, sticky, light white head.

S - Smells pretty much of corn along with some toasted cereal grains. Fairly typical adjunct lager type of smell.

T - A lot of toasted corn and cereal grains like a number of other adjunct and sub-par lagers. Also has a bit of a grassy bitter hop taste. Pretty watery and thin taste. The finish has a slight lingering grassy bitterness on the tongue. Not really offensive, but pretty thin.

M - Pretty thin, but a bit fuller than others of the style, Pretty watery, however. Pretty smooth and refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Well it is a lot like others of the style in that it is easy to drink, light, and refreshing. Has a nice bit of bitterness in with the slight bit of corn and grain taste. It doesn't really make me want to grab another one, or really stands out in my mind though. It is an easy to drink beer though.

Notes: Not really all that great, just a sub-par run of the mill easy to drink beer. Definitely a gimmicky beer, lets face it, I only got it because I am a Simpsons fan. Fun to have for the gimmick, but not really worth the cost otherwise. Not really a bad beer, but it isn't a good one.

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FreshHawk from Illinois, Apr 12, 2010
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2.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

0.33l bottle poured in a regular glass, in the train back home.

Well, I wasn't expecting too much about this beer but curious enough to buy one bottle (By the way, at Drinks of the World, at Basel train station, one of the good beer places of Switzerland!). I do not like spending so much time on horrible beers but, it was an intense working day so... Let's kill the time!

A: Clear gold color as a regular lager. Medium bubbled white head. Low retention. Few lacings

S: Sweet malts and cheap corn

T: Tastes like cheap corn. Metallic. It's reasonably bitter, at least. Some malt taste is also present but, the corn.... kills all the expectations

M: Light body. Fake carbonation. Some bitterness and that's all you can get from this

D: Low. More to a American adjunct lager than to a German Pilsener...

Pure opportunism. To be avoided, even by Homer fans! :p

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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland, Feb 03, 2010
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2.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5 or

Found this beer in Rome at a tourist shop. It's brewed by a contract company: Eschweger Klosterbrauerei. I wrote to Duff to check where all it's sold, they where very tight lipped about it and said it was for trade only in Germany. Now I know I saw it in three different shops in Italy so...I don't know. Almost denying it's very existence anywhere else.

Pours a clear golden color just like all the other pils beers out there.

Smell is faint corn.

Taste kind of grassy and very watery extremely disappointed considering it's a German beer and has legendary in the title. I'm guessing it's brewed more as a joke. Either way I wish they had done more with this, it really isn't very good.

I would drink this again if only to say I'm drinking Duff. It really could be much better and it's 3.50 euro per bottle, not worth it, have a Stella Artois instead.

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