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Duckstein Copper-Gold Premium | Duckstein GmbH

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Brewed by:
Duckstein GmbH

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Anonmatel on 03-04-2002

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Unchi
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle best by 11.2014 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of malt and grain
Head small (2 cm), off white, creamy with large rocks
Lacing spotty, small to medium clots of various sized bubbles
Body light brown, coppery, clear
Flavor very malty with just a hint of hops; not very sweet; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

A very nice altbier, well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of krasnoludek
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of thommo_nk
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle has a freshness date of 01.2011.

Pours a dark gold-caramel brown color with 2 fingers of foam in the head that eases down to about one finger in short order. This beer is very clear in appearance with no cloudiness/haziness whatsoever. There is a minimal amount of lacing as the beer is consumed.

As far as the smell goes, I can detect some toasted bread aromas along with a sweet scent from the malt, some grainy-grass smells and a hint of wood, perhaps from the beachwood that it is aged with.

The taste features an initial mild bitterness from the hops that quickly mellows as the malt takes over and delivers a slightly sweet caramel note and some toasted bread notes with a very mild hint of fruit in the background--apples and pears perhaps. This beer is clean and smooth tasting.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and refreshing and mild carbonation. Overall a plus here. Drinkability is also a plus. This beer scores enough points as far as taste and mouthfeel goes to maintain interest as it is consumed. I note that the bottle lists the ABV as 4.9% as opposed to the 5.00% listed above.

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Photo of lstokes
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the more expensive supermarket beers here in Germany (usually runs around 1.50 for a single), so I was expecting a lot. It's a beautiful reddish amber with no head but lots of visible rising carbonation, and the smell is strong for a German beer--malty (if too sweet) with maybe some cedar or something.

It also tastes great! A crackle of hops to start with, some fruity malts right up behind there, oaky and dry in terms of mouthfeel, low carbonation makes for a smooth drink. The clean sweetness means it balances very well with hearty foods--I had it with brats and sauerkraut and that was an excellent decision.

It is one of the better altbiers I've had, very good for slow sipping and savoring, didn't get tired over the liter I drank.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Comes in an old school masculine looking bottle with a sticker over the cap. Just like the bottle says, it pours a coppery gold color, with a thick off white head, that settles quickly to a thin layer over the beer. Looks like the carbonation is mild, with only one or two columns visible. Some decent sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S- The aroma is dry, recalling scents of dried grasses, hopped bitterness and some wood notes in the background. The sweeter aroma of malts are there, but they are muted. There is a somewhat floral smell mixed in as well.

T- The beechwood maturing gives this a dryer flavor, much like in the aroma. The bitterness of the hops are the dominant flavor, retaining a clean crispness. However, there is some nice sweet malt flavor to help balance it out. I'm not sure what it is, but I agree with another reviewer on here, that there is some slight skunked flavors here...I'm thinking it tastes somewhat minerally. The finish is long and leaves a lasting impression.

M- It's medium bodied, but refreshingly clean at the same time, I'm guessing again, from the beechwood aging. The carbonation is reasonably low, giving it a smooth feel on the palate!

D- This is the first Altbier that I've had the chance to try, even thought it's technically not labeled as such, and it's different in it's own way. The flavors and complexity keep me wanting to have more, and I wouldn't mind enjoying this on a regular basis. It must be the wood aging that gives it it's texture and a good part of the flavor....I like this!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the manager of the store where I bought this, the distribution of Duckstein is being discontinued in these parts, so good thing I'm gettin' in while the gettin's good...

This beer pours a clear medium copper colour, with two fingers of off-white puffy, creamy head. It smells of white cracker grain, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is light caramel malt, and mildly skunky, grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body crisp and fairly full, and it finishes dry, with a bit of that sharp hoppiness lingering. I recall enjoying this in the past with German cuisine - now, on its own, it's still pretty decent, and refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of goblet
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this from a 500 ml bottle into my pint glass .

Appearance:as it says on the bottle its a dark copper golden hue with a decent amount of a white frothy head after the pour ,rather clear. little lacing .

Smell:mild caramel malt and hops some fruits like apples and pears ,nice and refreshing .

Taste:very smooth malt perhaps apple butter a bit of spice,like cinnamon , i can taste the beechwood flavor that they advertise on the label.

Mouthfeel:lite body and a bit of a sweetness on the palate, i get a apple butter after taste also.

Drinkability:its lite and smooth very drinkable i enjoy this brew ,you would too; find it and drink it enjoy.good beer ..

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Like the label says, it pours a nice clear, copper-gold colour with 1 inch head that dissipates to a slim foam that leaves decent lacing. plenty of rising carbonation bubbles

S: very sweet and bready malts with notes of citrus

T: the nice bitter taste of the hops comes through at first, then it finishes with a slightly sweet bready, floral taste

M: light bodied and smooth with well balanced carbonation and a pleasantly sweet, yet hoppy finish

D: This is an excellently crafted German altbier. It is very smooth to drink and it pleasantly surprises the senses with its subtle, yet not overpowering sweetness. I could definitely have a few of these in a day as it is so easy and nice to drink. I definitely recommend this beer to all beer advocates and I will certainly buy this one again

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Photo of elricorico
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper-gold colour as advertised, with a cream coloured head that stands more than a finger thick and has some staying power. Good amount of lacing sticks. Looks nice.

Some herbal aromas, a bit of a tea quality, and some grainy plant aromas. Underlying caramel sweetness, but faint.

A pleasant balance of semi-sweet front and herbal finish. Nothing in-your-face about the flavour, but more than enough flavour to satisfy. If there is a beechwood quality, it is subtle and blends with other flavours.

Light and effervescent, it goes down nicely. Has a very refreshing quality that keeps you sipping.

Not bad at all, worked well on a warm night.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duckstein didn't get me all excited or anything like that, but it was enjoyable. It is a mild flavoured German style ale. A little bit fruity, some hop character to it. Though the hops were more noticeable in the aroma. The beachwood didn't leave a very woody taste, but I believe that the reason why the hops (Hallertauer) were more noticeable in the aroma than in flavour profile is because the beechwood absorbed some of the acidity, just a theory. The hop flavour present was more grassy than bitter. The colour was a nice copper/gold. The head didn't last long, but it left some lace.

Overall, I think it's a nice Beer and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Brewfan
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my silver rimmed long-stemmed Duckstein glass that came in the gift set witht the beer. The glass unfortunately has since been broken. R.I.P.

Large off-white head with thick bubbles that dissipated quickly to thin lace.
Very nice clean copper color. Very crisp looking. Slight carbonation rising from the bottom.
Not a very strong aroma. Almost coppery-metallic. Malty with not much discernable hoppiness.
Initial maltiness on the tongue, with a slight caramelly sweetness. Fades towards a hoppy backbone. Again, slightly metallic.
Medium carbonation and a light/medium mouthfeel. Finishes a bit dry.

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Photo of bark
2.32/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Colour is, as stated on the label, copper-gold. The two-finger off white head is compact and it sinks down a little bit leaving some lacing.

The smell is very mild and creamy. Some malt, some yeast… OK, I admit: It is not mild, it is weak!

The taste is creamy with a dominating flavour of lightly roasted malt. There are some metallic bitter notes and a hint of flowery hops. The aftertaste is malty with a somewhat refreshing bitterness, roasted nuts and a slight chemical note of paint.

The carbonation is strong with quite large and sharp bubbles. The liquid is watery.

I didn’t like this one: Too much chemical flavours, too much carbonation.

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Photo of shamus
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a German beer so it's just water, malt, hops and yeast. It has a copper colour without the intensity it might have. It lacks a certain luminosity. The head shows very fine carbonation and is thick and creamy. This feature makes up somewhat for the lacklustre copper tone.

I took a whiff of this and it literally tickled my nose. There is a musty earthy malt scent and notes of roasting with almost a smoeky after effect.

To be fair I am drinking this after a very strong ale so the flavour here may seem lacking as a result of that. To me there isn't much flavour, at least not one that matches the complexity i encountered in the smell. On the plus side this is very smooth and very quenching. nothing in here makes me queasy and it's not dull like a macro corn/rice lager.
Overall it's a very pleasant beer but not what I personally would look for.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First tried this at a Beer Exchange near Cologne in 2003.

Drank it again last month in Cochem, a wine tourist town on the Mosel.

It is not the same drink!

The flavour appears to have gone, it smelt and looked the same, but it was not as thick or tasty as I thought I remembered. I used the same bar three different days, but it still would not return to its former glory, hence my poor marks.

I have just noticed that according to this site, this beer has been retired, so perhaps I was drinking something else!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed February 19, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Nice orange ruddy pour. Great even off-white head with great lacing. Slowly diminishing. Has fresh linen and orange fruit wafts. Sharp and piquant. A dull, old pine flavor with slight cracker notes. Palate is weak.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, dark brown with a nice moderate head. Sweet malty smell.

The taste is very malty and bitter. A slight hint of sweetness. Full bodied and a bit thick. Aftertaste, malty and smooth. A bit carbonated.

Was suprised to find out that I was almost the only person at all my surrounding beer stores to buy this. Definatly an under appreciated beer and would highly recommend a try.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper with a huge, billowy, sticky, creamy head.

S - Toastiness and malt. Some spiciness and soy sauce as well.

T - Toasted grain and bitterness is in the forefront. Not nearly as sweet as I expected. Mild hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M - Slick, full bodied feel.

D - Easy drinking and tasty to boot.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of 16 beers my friends brought to me from London. Seeing "Beechwood Matured" and "Premium Bier" on the label of the 0.51 liter bottle scared me at first since the only other beer I know with that description is a well-known fizzy yellow macro. Looking further, I noticed the bier was brewed in Germany, so I knew there would be no adjuncts, at least.

The bier poured a clear, orange gold with light carbonation feeding a light foamy head that dissipated into a permanent collar. I lingered on the clean, lager nose for a brief moment before the first sip. The taste had slightly sweet malts up front with notes of caramel. A mild hop bitterness balanced and lingered into the finish where I noticed a birch syrup taste which I'll chalk up to the beechwood. The bier also had a pleasant, full mouthfeel and was quite enjoyable and refreshing - certainly not the clone I orginally mistook it to be.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm....my bottle says 5% ABV and this has been available at my local liquor store for quite some time. I'd submit a change, but it never seems to do any good. This also, in my opinion, is not an English pale ale.

"Gently beechwood matured;" "Guaranteed to be beechwood matured." The only other beer I've tried that as anything to do with beechwood is Mt. Begbie's Ol' Woodenhead, which is beechwood smoked....

Nice copper colour with a thin white head that disappears and leaves some spotty lacing. Smoky, malt smell with woody tones to it. Slightly sour malty taste with a definite wood hint and a faint malt spice. Quite nice, but definitely not an English pale ale.

Sweet, but with a bitter edge to it. Quite pleaseant, and drinkable.

Overall, this is a nice, odd beer. Some updates need to be made to the status.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper-Gold is exactly what the name suggests, Copper and Gold all in one, nice to look at. The beechwood Maturing of this beer is evident in the smell, it almost resembles butterscotch, the taste reflects this as well, caramel/butterscotch leaving a clean finish. This also results in a very smooth feel going down which makes this extremely drinkable. Very pleasant brew, I'd like more please.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep golden-orange with a large white head that fades reasonably slowly, leaving moderate lacing. Smells malty with woody tones, and some light hops. Some woodiness upfront, and hops too, with more sweetness in the middle, and becoming fruity and dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, with some carbonation, and drinkability is good. A decent beer, but an unremarkable one.

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Duckstein Copper-Gold Premium from Duckstein GmbH
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