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Brewed by:
Duquesne Bottling Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WVbeergeek on 09-03-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
31.23%
 
 
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Photo of dabruddah
1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ack.

This is a serious mistake of a beer despite the good intentions of the brewers to bring some life back to Pittsburgh's brewing market.

Don't even waste your time with this. Many people make the point that this beer is "worth" the money because it comes in around $16/case. For $16, there are a couple other much better beers out there (heck, PBR is $11 and infinitely better in the macro-swill category).

Duquesne has all the usual characteristics of the usual not-worth-your-time macros and nothing to set it apart. It pours/smells/foams/looks like any ol' lager, tastes worse and doesn't even have the cool factor of a real local institution like Iron City (not that I'm advocating you drink Iron, but you have to admit that there is some cache in carrying an Iron in your koozie).

At first try, I thought this beer was skunked, but wanted to give the company the benefit of the doubt so tried it again...and again. And it failed to impress every time.

Pass on Duquesne.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wegman's was offering this out as free samples when I was there one day. This beer was very over hyped by the lady serving it there. She was talking about how wonderful it was and this and that about everything.

I proceeded to look at the sample she poured me while she was trying to spoon feed me her story and thought to myself... Could this beer be any lighter in color? It was very light yellow with a pitiful little head on it. I took my first sip after smelling virtually nothing but some faint aroma of grain. The taste was very muted, I started asking myself could this be worse than Coors Light? There's such a minimal amount of anything in this beer I really couldn't formulate much for this review.

The beer is extremely cheap too, I think it was like $5 for a 6-pack. I wanted to cry...

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Photo of stunman
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The widely hyped reincarnated beer of Pittsburgh's past atlast. Well, I would presume the hype sold a lot of cases, but this is just a lame beer (forgive my subjectivity). Reminds me of Stroh's, Shlitz, Old Milwaukee, or even a waterdown PBR. Nothing to get excited over.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light to medium golden color with a billowy white head that faded very fast leaving little to no lacing.

Smell – The smell is mainly corn in nature, with just the slightest bit of citrus.

Taste – The taste is very similar to the smell. Mainly semi-sweet corn malt overall, but with a very slight citrus flavor detected at the end, which when mixed with the corn flavor leave a somewhat unpleasant taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery with a higher level of carbonation.

Overall – Not really a great brew. Nothing about it is all that good and its likely one to pass over in the beer aisle.

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Photo of beep71
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a 30-pack of this on a whim. Overall, it was something I wouldn't buy again. It has an odd, sweet kind of taste, a foamy head that doesn't stick around and not much in the way of carbonation. It tasted flat as soon as I poured it into my glass. If I need to buy a cheaper beer to stock the fridge, I'll stick to the PBR.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small pilsner hop, but quite faint. In the the taste, sweet malt and a small hop bite. A small bite, but quite smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and clean aftertaste. Standard lager, a bit sweet and a nice small hop bite.

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Photo of dirtrat1066
2.67/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad for an everyday, home-from-work kinda beer. Pale yellow pour into a glass. Its better than most of its contemporaries, ie Miller Lite, Coors Light, etc. Can be pounded rather easily. Nothing special, but then again it isn't trying to be either.

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Photo of Stanhagen
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case when i went home to visit my parents. The price was right (about $16 a case). The beer falls inline with most macro tasting beers and I'd gladly serve it at a party instead of Bud/Miller.

The company I believe is trying to capitalize off of the old Duquesne name with a nostalgic brand resurgence. I am too young to have any connection with the Duke brand of beer and the quality of the beer won't have me running back to get more, unless I need a cheap case for a party.

in general the best part of the beer is the price point.

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Photo of IronLover
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

!right straw yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a brief white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fresh grass and light, stale biscuit aromas with a touch of lemon. Medium bodied and crisp with assertive carbonation. Flavors are similar to aromas. Earthy fresh cut grass and light stalebready flavors. Finishes with a beady, light malty aftertaste. Generally unspectacular. Easy to drink but pretty unforgettable.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been meaning to check this one out for a while - took me a year to get to it!

Poured into a pilsner: Pale golden yellow body, transparent, with a few strands of moderate nucleation under a finger of soft, foamy head that sinks to a thin coating & slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smells of lightly sweet & sugary graininess, like oat bran, with a mild mustiness like rain. A little lemony spritz shows up.

Sweet cracker & a zing like lemon soda lead the taste, flattening out a bit in the middle with a kind of bland bitterness while maintaining the cereal sweetness around the edges. Sweet in the aftertaste, too. After a bit, I get that lag that's kind of like eating plain oatmeal, not a great thing.

Active, crisp attack in the mouthfeel that thins out & gets a little flat, but ends firm.

Not blowing my socks off, but definitely would work in the right context: cook-out, late-night. I'd put it in the same league as Yuengling Lager: not something I'd seek out, but a squarely palatable alternative to the big boys. At the price point, it's definitely worth it.

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Photo of lionking
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Read an article about this beer in the Pittsburgh Trib and saw it was available in State College, PA. On a trip up that way i picked up a case.

This beer has a light golden yellow color. Pours a half to one finger head. Smell is of corn. Taste is grassy and corny. Crisp mouthfeel with minimal aftertaste. Another retro beer with a 70s taste. I might buy a case again if they bring it out in cans. Good luck with your new beer Duquesne.

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Photo of muskiecf
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated. Fizzy finish. Very yellow in color. Has a smooth light flavor. Not to confuse you as this is not a light beer...light flavor, delicate profile. It's a decent beer and the price is reasonable. I'm not in love with it nor do I get excited about it...it's good not great.

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Photo of jifigz
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass. A buddy gave me a can of this so here is my review. This company was also at the Harrisburg Brewer's Fest trying to get their name out there, so here we go.

A: Not bad for an adjunct lager (or at least that's what it seems like.) The color is slightly darker than many macros and the head and head retention were significantly better than Budweiser or a similar product

S: This smells like ginger ale. Ginger ale is seriously the entire aroma to me, ginger ale and nothing but ginger ale.

T: The taste is also quite unique for an adjunct lager. The alcohol taste seems present in the finish, which I have never had while drinking an adjunct lager (this is only 5%.) The taste is sweet, with some ginger ale taste and grain, and then alcohol. That's about it.

M: The MF seems pretty standard. Not thick and full bodied, but not complete water. The carbonation is a little high but not bad at all.

O: This is one of the weirdest tasting beers I have ever had. I wonder if I am the only one who is making comparisons here to ginger ale, but that is seriously exactly what the taste and smell remind me of. Not terrible, but I won't ever buy it. If i were going to be having cheap swill, I would still be reaching for the PBR.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: bread, lager yeast,

taste: malty, bread, lager yeast

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: nice crisp refreshing beer to enjoy on the deck or at a BBQ. Glad I got to try it since I never heard of this brewing company before.

cheers,l
the CPJ

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Photo of PokeyBearCat
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is one of those beers I find best to drink on a hot summer day or when you don't care what you are drinking, you just need a beer. I also find this is a good beer to fit all types of crowds; everyone at the party will drink if their first option isn't available.

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Photo of Redrover
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duquesne Pilsner from a can to a glass at Meat & Potatoes in downtown Pittsburgh.

The beer is gold with quickly collapsing white head.

It has a light Aroma of corn and other grains.

The taste is slightly sweet and grainy. There is a touch of floral bitterness but just a touch.

The mouth is about right for the style. Lots of carbonation laid over a thin base.

Drinkable, sure. It has a few redeeming facets and is a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to carlos for sharing, I read a while back this would be returning and was interested in trying it for myself since I never tasted the original. Tasted from a pint poured from the can chilled.

The color is golden and the lager has slight chill haze with a thick white cream top from a semi vigorous pour. The carbonation is visible with some gentle lace on the glass. The smell is slightly fruity with mild grain aroma, a mild yeast ester. The feel is sem-sweet slight malt and yeas smoothness with moderate cabonation and gentle diacetyl.

The flavor is a mild malt with a tinge of diactetyl in the taste up front. The malt is gentle and somewhat sweet and there is a mild hop flavor which leans more toward the citrus and noble type with a yeast element that is almost bready. I like the flavor enough to say it is on par for the style. I admit this style is not one I would go for that often but depending on the occasion this could be very drinkable and seems like it could be a decent summer refresher.

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Photo of Bone53
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass at around 45°F

Appearance: A nice look for a macro beer. Bright golden color with a soapy one finger white head.

Smell: Sweet grains

Taste: Sweet malts and grains

Mouthfeel: Light body; Slight hop bitterness. Crisp and refreshing

Overall: Not much better than the average AAL. I'll stick with Yuengling and PBR for my hard day's work, lawnmower beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a twist-off cap. Thanks go to uncle Ron for hooking me up with a bottle of this that I never heard of which was supposedly his go-to stuff growing up. Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a clear straw yellow with 2 fingers worth of white bubbly froth. Some rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap. Some strings of lacing effect stick to the glass after each sip.

The aroma of this brew has some fresh grainy quality about it overtop of a bit of mineral aspect, herbal/citrus hops and sweet almost original pink bubblegum character. There is a bit of pine quality going on in the nose as well as sulfur.

The taste is quite sweet with a flavor of pale cereal grains giving way to a sweetness of bubblegum and a hint of clove. A faint herbal character is present that hardly provides any contrasting bitterness but you can feel it is there slightly. It finishes fairly crisp but with that sweetness lasting inside the mouth with a bit of cheesiness.

This is a light bodied brew with a borderline effervescent level of lively carbonation. It is somewhat crisp but the lasting sweetness is somewhat distracting. For 5% the alcohol is fairly well hidden. For a summertime brew I could effortless throw a couple of these back but the sweetness keeps this one back from being as good as it could be.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The long defunct, recently revived beer "Original Recipe" $17.00 a case.

Appearance: An old school bottle with the "prince of pilsner" holding up a glass of good swill. Bright yellow and fizzy,

Smell: Spent cereal grains.

Taste: Grainy, a bit gritty, biscuity malt and little hop presence. Drinks like a "decent" macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and light bodied.

Drinkability: It is what it is. A cheap hometown beer for those fascinated with nostalgia or just short on cash. Surprisingly decent.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duquesne Pilsner pours a very light gold color and is completely clear. The white head looks pretty good, and the retention is OK, but I don't really get any lacing.

The aroma has some light, grainy scents, and even a little bit of hops.

This beer is better than I expected. Lightly sweet pale malt, with some cracker flavor to it. The finish has just a hint of hop flavor to it, in the form of a low bitterness and some earthy flavors. The flavor overall isn't too powerful, but it is decent.

The mouthfeel is light, fairly well-carbonated.

I expected this beer to be horrible, but really it is fine. I would certainly reach for this before I grabbed a standard macro lager. Not too flavorful, but not offensive and easy to drink.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12-oz twisty into a pint glass.

Light golden straw color, with a fizzy pure white head that actually sticks around for a bit. This beer is bubbly.

Earthy, grainy aroma, sweet with some adjunct qualities to it. The taste is a sweet graininess, subtle hop presence in the middle and some bitterness in the finish. Really a nicely balanced macro style lager here.

Medium bodied, with a great smooth feel that surpasses what one might expect from this beer. I'd drink this beer if offered under any circumstance.

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Photo of DerekP
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden appearance--almost transparent--with a decent rim. Steady carbonation bubbles rise to the top.

A dry sweetness in the nose; hay-like; grains & floral hops. Fairly mild.

Taste is attenuated with a syrupy body. Hops are a little reserved, but do provide for a lot of the flavor.

Medium-bodied with discernible attenuation.

Notes: A good-for-the-price kind of beer, plus some. A poor man's pilsner. Duquesne Pilsener Beer comes off like Pittsburgh Brewing Company's Augustiner (Vienna Lager) without the brown sugar, sweet amber flavor. Incidentally, I think the two brews are brewed by the same brewery or at the same location.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clean looking gold with minimal head and no lacing what so ever
not much in the nose, prhaps grainy with hints of hops
taste is very mediocre, but not bad
slight malty and metallic with afaint kiss of hops.
worth a try, and on Thanksgiving when bro in law walks in with a case, it was a must drink!

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Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of soft, bubbly, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of lager yeast, straw, and a hint of lemon. The taste is grassy and straw-like with notes of lemon and yeast. The mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and clean.

This is an easy drinking beer that's definitely sessionable. It's simple and one-dimensional so if you're in search of complexity you'll be disappointed, but otherwise it's good.

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