Duckstein Copper-Gold Premium | Duckstein GmbH

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Duckstein GmbH

Style: German 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
Reviews by SaunaKing:
Photo of SaunaKing
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like the name would suggest - a dark copper with little head. The smell is sweet, malty and the taste is not bad - also a little sweetness and not much hoppiness. Very smooth and highly drinkable. Not much aftertaste. A good beer but not very distinctive - just a light flavour that is quite nice.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 500ml bottle. best before 01/04. back of the bottle reads "Gently beechwood matured". Pours a rich amber colour with a small, off-white head.

Smell: The nose reminds me of a pale ale. Moderate hoppiness and some maltiness is detected. Underlying hints of light fruit.

Taste: This is more like a pale ale then i would have thought, given that the name is "copper-gold". A big maltiness off the top with decent hoppiness. A turn to the sweeter side as the beer goes on. Maybe a hint of caramel. There is no real detection of beechwood here as it stated on the back of the bottle. I seem to reminded of Holsten Maibock more than anything else.

Mouthfeel: A full and fuzzy mouthfeel.

Drinkablilty: I wasn't very impressed with this beer however that is not to say this is a bad beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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

This arrived with a nice orange and gold color with a minimal head. It left a few lines of lace.

The flavors are fairly weak. What is there is fairly good, however. Amber malts take center stage and hops seem to be used sparingly. It's easy enough to drink, but it could certainly use a little more flavor.

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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 Anonmatel
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a great beer for beginners. tasty, but really not great enough to hold my attention for too long. I won't be drinking this beer again for a while.

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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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant surprise, creamy and some hops. Hop bubbles, reasonably smooth and balanced taste. Medium mouthfeel. Long finish with some bitterness and buttiness and grassiness.Not hoppy enough for a pale in my books. Fruit. Off-white head long lasting foam.

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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 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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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 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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (nice and original by the way): Poured a copper beer with an average white head and average retention. Aroma is comprised solely of some malt. Taste is a bit bland with some low roasted malt and some bitterness at the end. I could not detect any of the supposed beech wood aging though. Overall, nice refreshing beer lacking some complexity.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the look of this bottle, let's not be shy about it, interesting shape with that big 'ol gothic calligraphic "D" embossed below the neck. Pours out of that nice looking 500 ml brown bottle a very appealing copper hue with a big chunky head of white foam, which recedes to a thin layer and leaves a trail of lacing. Nose is of toasted caramel malt, a bit grassy, some floral hops. Flavour comes and goes as the beer warms up, was far more intense after the pour. Now it's very faint, caramel hops, the slightest hint of smoke, grassy hop finish. Big full creamy mouthfeel. The look and feel of this beer are great, but it's not enough to elevate it beyond a slightly above average ale. Like a German version of Old Speckled Hen.

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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 3Vandoo
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber that shows some lights of orange, a nice head once appeared but decided to go back home and only left a firm lace. Smell of malt and caramel very predominant. Taste, is metalic, malt and a shy drop of malt comes play around, not very well balanced. The beer looks good but doesnt taste as good. Mouthfeel is quite average and drinkability the same.

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Photo of baiser
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber, orange body with a nice white head, good lacing. Bready aroma, malt, grain, fruity sweetness. Taste was somewhat one dimensional, but had some good points. Good malt background, some fruitiness, ended by a slight bitterness from the hops. A very fresh, and easy drinking lager. Body is a bit thin. Overall, a better than average lager.

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Photo of thommo_nk
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this at Kolbasoff, a Moscow beer bar/restaurant. Came in a stemware logo glass similar to a wine glass. It was very bubbly, with a rich clear gold hue under a firm white head. Nice lace. The nose was quite mild, with just a touch of the promised beechwood. The mouth was medium carbonated and fairly heavy with a tinge of citrus sour. The taste starts a bit harsh, almost metallic. The taste then evolves into slightly sweet, with a definite taste of pine. This is an unusual, even interesting brew, but I'm not convinced that I want more. Still looking for some hops.

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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 Shiloh
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew pouring a deep copper hue with very limited head, but a substantial glass ring with minor island lace.
Nose is lightly nutty.
Medium body and lightly carbonated.
The taste is fairly well balanced, starting with a grainy sweetness and ending with a slight hoppy finish.
Not overpowering but acceptable.

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Photo of skipabeat
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many others, I was initially drawn to the packaging. Being one who has tasted most LCBO offerings, I had to try Duckstein. I quite liked it from the get go. It poured a nice two-finger width head that lasted for a few sips. It is a really attractive copper colour (appropriately named). There was very little lace - as one reviewer put it: "skeleton lace".

I found that I was left with a rather tart almost bitter after taste for several minutes, which was not necessarily a bad thing.

This is a mediumly hoppy beer with a nice fizz.

I would highly suggest trying once and doubt that it would disappoint. I would not make this a regular, but certainly would buy again.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a bronze / amber colour... White head disappears quickly and leaves a light ring around the edge of the glass...

Aroma - Peppery, metallic, slight nutty notes, very light maltiness, some lemon, light toffee notes...

Taste – Woodiness, spiciness, good hop bitterness, some raisin notes, light fruitiness...

Feel - Quite dry and sharp.. medium body....

Overall - An ok beer.... worth a try once...

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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 GreenCard
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper brown, good clarity, medium layer of off-white cappuccino foam, good retention, lace

Aroma: mellow caramel, light wood smoke, breath of herbal hops

Flavor: full malty backbone laced with a peculiar wood/maple-syrup essence, hint of iron and pine needles, caramel, mild hop flavor with a bitterness that builds slowly with each swallow, finishes dryish with an aftertaste of malt, wood, and aluminum

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, hint of minerals

Other comments: Had never heard of this beer, so I though I'd give it a whirl. Not too bad. Pretty interesting, like a cross between an alt and a rauchbier.

Note: The "Duckstein Copper-Gold Premium" is the same beer as the "Duckstein Ale" listing.

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