Duckstein Rotblondes Original | Duckstein GmbH

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Duckstein Rotblondes OriginalDuckstein Rotblondes Original

Brewed by:
Duckstein GmbH

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheSarge on 09-15-2007

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Photo of mkoneil1
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of my favorite beers in Germany, and I lived there for 4 years. Every time I am there on business in the north of Germany, I look for it. It is beech wood aged, which is not typical of German altbier, which gets it color from roasted malt. It is expensive as German beers go. If anyone knows if a source in the US, let me know. So far I haven't found it

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a beautiful dark reddish color with a medium, white, foamy head and a slightly high, but not overwhelming amount of carbonation. The smell is almost non-existent, but there is maybe a hint of barley. There are notes of barley, caramel, some toasted bready malts, and a little pepper spiciness. The flavors are simple, but well done and the finish is crisp and refreshing. The body is medium. It’s actually a little more than I expected from the color. In classic German style, there is nothing fancy here, but it is well done. This beer is lighter than some of my favorite German styles, but heavier than the pilsners and hefes. It is maybe on par with some of the heavier schwarzbiers. It’s not the best thing that I’ve had out of Germany, but it’s pretty good drinking and at least average in my opinion.

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Photo of Curiosibeer
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duckstein Rotblondes Original is an Altbier, brewed by Holsten - Brauerei in Hamburg, Germany. It has a very beautifull copper collour and a very hoppy and slightly malty aroma.
Taste is is quite nice and smooth, hoppy and malty.
Serve in a goblet, between 8 and 12 celsius degrees.
Good to accompany more spicy meats, sausages and strong flavoured cheeses.

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Photo of drmeto
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear copper-brown with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
-caramel,nutty,spicy,slight coffee,plums,raisins,metallic,bready
-coffee,caramel,spicy,nutty,metallic,raisins,black bread
-medium bitterniss for the style
-light body
-medium carbonation
Decent Altbier with metallic off notes.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown colour with a beige head. light carbonation. Aromas of nuts & bread. Tastes of malt, nuts & bread with some bitterness, leading to a aftertaste of sweet malt. One I enjoyed so much I had a second.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light copper, nice golden head with moderate retention. Smell - nutty, bready, earthy hops. Taste - full malty, balanced by hops, nice bitter dry finish. High carbonation, light body, quaffable alt.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Clean, Malty, Balanced

Tiny bubbled head sticks well, bright copper shines in the light. Smells of herbal hop, a whole loaf of bread, clean mineral and dried grass. Big stodgy maltiness; medium bodied and lands semi-dry. Somewhat assertive hop bitterness, vaguely peppery with a dried hay graininess. All of the right flavors pop. While it is a malt bomb as any good Altbier should be, the balance is at a perfect level. Highly drinkable and most definitely recommended.

STYLE: Altbier | ABV: 4.9% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden amber body with streaming CO2 presence and dirty farm head.

Smell - Combines a nice hop nip at the front with a darker roasted malt. All in all this one smells rather burnt a sweet toffee edge coupled spicy and musty end.

Taste - Decidedly burnt malt leaning towards the coffee and toffee end of the scale. Very dark and very porter like initially but this becomes more sweet and softer as you go on. A dryer middle section provides a mild but sustained dry hop linger in the end.

Mouth feel - A little thinner that I would have expected but very astringent and boasting good linger.

Overall - A very sound beer with good flavour and a nice light balance this one works either as a beer for a hot day or to accompany pasta dishes.

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Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up in Jenks, OKm, BBD of Nov 14

Pours an effervescent bronze/amber with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Alright head retention & lacing

S: Pears & leafy hops; bready notes as well

T: Follows the nose, dryness and a whisper of caramel up front. Some pear notes, a little bit of leafy & herbal hop notes, plus a bit more dryness as this warms. Some woody bitterness in the finish & pears, plus sulphur notes, major detractor

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks easy enough, a fairly middling take on the style, I thought it was a little better when I tried this in Germany, but that was 10 years ago...

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Photo of Takahiro
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: brown with non-sustaining head
S: mineral water, some roasted malt, caramel, toffee
T: caramel, toffee, grain huskiness,
M: nice dry finish, some lingering sweetness (malt/caramel/toffee)
O: easy drinking beer, but it's not something i would seek for

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Photo of JCBears
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: brown aamber in color no real head and not much carbonation keeping with style

smell: coffee style aroma with some hints of sweetness I like it dynamic

taste: round coffee up front with a sweety bit of hops at the end I like it a lot, not too hoppy for me

mouthfeel: wow I like it, nice roams the mouth till the next sip a good feel and really nice character

overall: something to try, there are other beers I would pick up first but a nice brew to discover

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Photo of Geert
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, amber coloured. Thin layer of stable foam with small bubbles.
S: When pouring, a nice typically German hop aroma is evident. Unfortunately it dissipates quickly. Slightly sulfury (I would have guessed it's a lager, but it isn't) and a nice malty note on the background.
T: Decent bitterness. This beer has a very nice, typical malt-flavour which unfortunately remains on the background and in the aftertaste.
M: Dry, light body.
Overall: Decent beer. If all flavours would have been a little more prominent it would be a great beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper, clear, medium head

Aroma: Malty, spicy

Taste: Slightly creamy, with bitter, dry finish

Remarks: I was a little disappointed in this beer. I'm a bigger fan of Ales overall, so Altbiers are usually a good choice. But this one just wasn't as tasty as my favorite, Diebels.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Tomais
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stange
Nice clear copper/mohogany brown.
Head disappears very quickly. No lacing.
Smell not so strong. Sweet malt with some spicyness.

Nice mouthfeel. Lots of fine carbonation.
Taste is nicely balanced, goes from malty-fruity and a little spicy to hoppy-bitter at the end. Slightly metallic in the finish and malty after-taste.

Well drinkable.

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Photo of BlakeDaSnake
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a funky bottle with a raised emblem

A - The color of this beer is a dark caramel and has a nice malty texture to it.

S -smell of industrial corn can be detected as in many German mass produced beers.

T - The flavor is rich with deep malty bitterness. It starts on the tongue pretty bold, complex in maltiness without being too sweet. Soon gives way to a very nice hoppiness that lingers on the tongue for a long time

M - nice

O - I almost fell in love

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stevoj
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Rich wood tone brown with soft carbonation and fast diminishing head. Flavor is initially bittersweet, but has overall watery texture, and dissipates in the mouth almost before you’ve swallowed. I was expecting a little bit better.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl bottle received in trade with Erzengel, cheers!

BBE March 2012

Poured into Frankenheim 0.3cl alt glass

A- Copper body with excellent clarity. Head is off white giving good lacing and retention.

S- Toasted malts, hint of toffee, metallic note.

T- Subtle toasted malts with a toffee hint, hop bite comes through in the finish. The flavours are there but subtle, has a slightly thin fragile overall feel.

M- Medium carbonation, body is a hair too thin.

D- It looks good but just doesnt quite deliver on the palate. Flavour profile is there but overall its a bit weak but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to my friend Kate for bringing this back to me from Germany.

A: Brilliantly clear medium amber with a nice white head. The head does dissipate rather quickly, but still a fine looking brew.

S: A light fruitiness to the nose. There is a little bit of an herbal or spicy aroma in there that I assume is a contribution from the hops. There is almost a bready, or flour note that is reminiscent of some British ales.

T: There is a nice biscuity bread flavor at first. The hops are a little more subdued, but there is definitely a little spicy herbal kick in there, as well as a touch of residual bitterness. There is a slight metallic flavor as well.

M: Medium to medium light in body, the carbonation is quite high.

O: A decent balance between malt flavors and hops. I would definitely drink this again, although I may not seek it out over other brews.

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Photo of Brabander
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from my collegue Diana who was on holidays in the region where this beer is made. She was so kind to bring one with her for me.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks like tea with some carbonation. Head is fluffy and three fingers big. Good and inviting smell. Taste is a bit average because of the watery feel of this beer. It is not bad but it could use two percent more ABV. No bitternes in this beer, the hops were on vacation when this beer was brewed.

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Photo of jonb5
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Third of a litre serving, came in Duckstein glass. Three finger head which didn't last long. Great redish copper colour, best thing about the beer. Aroma was crisp fresh hops, didn't smell too different from a german pils. Tasted a bit smokey, with notes of dark chocolate. Had a slightly bitter finish. Well carbonated, smooth, texture slightly thick Decent beer that went down well, but too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is copper with hints of red. A thick medium-large, really compact white head that slowly sinks into great lacings.

S: Fruity, very fruity; both red and green apples up front followed by citric notes. There is also nice malt, somewhat sweet. The bitterhops lures in the back.

T: A bit rough at first. Kind of artificial dry, not very pleasant. Notes of smoked ham. Malt and bitterhops are there, but man I miss the fruit from the smell. A metallic off-taste is present.

M: Aftertaste is kind of funky bitter, but it doesn't stay very long. Body is medium and carbonation rich, but smooth.

O: Well, this was interesting - nice look, nice smell, but when it came to taste, far from great - really not bad, but the look and smell raised my expectations.

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Photo of crossovert
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml embossed bottle brown, MHBE: 11.2011.

It pours a beautiful copper/red with a foamy off-white head that billows over the rim and lasts for a while before leaving some nice lacing behind.

The smell is fruity and malty, not very complex, but not unpleasant, there seems to be an herbal character form the hops reminiscent of Tettnang.

The flavor continues with the tettnang theme. It is a mild altbier with some caramally malt notes, medicinal hops, and a hint of metal.

It is a nice-looking beer, but overall it isn't anything special.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught into a Duckstein goblet in Berlin, Germany. Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear copper-gold hybrid colour. One finger head of fairly impressive retention and commendable cream. Appealing yet mysterious - what lies in wait?

Sm: The scent isn't particularly revealing - especially when you've a broken nose that can't smell hardly anything. Maybe hops and barley (Fuck I'm good, amn't I?).

T: Light cream open to body of hoppiness (happiness?), hints of caramel, and a barley build. Finish is a graveyard for the dying notes of the body - and hear you me, lads: they die quick.

Mf: Light on the palate. Near perfect dryness in terms of complementing the taste, but not coarse enough to bring out these notes fully. It's a bit like when you desperately want to 'gasm but your choice for the night is just too ugly/fat/possibly HIV infected and it never happens.

Dr: It'll get you drunk and you won't taste the alcohol.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought directly from Germany about a month before this review.

A - Copper coloured body, with a beige foamy head. Loads of bubbles are visible at first. The head sticks around for some time, but afterwards it disappears almost completely.

S - Toasted malts, caramel, apples, and a bit of hops. Smells like a good altbier. The aroma is strong enough to be considered

T - Starts out with a slight herbal hop bite, followed by a pretty solid fruity profile (raisins, figs, and apples), complimented by caramel notes and some mild sweetness. The taste then finishes with very pronounced toasty maltness. Bready and slightly nutty. Quite bitter in the finish.

M - VERY carbonated at first and pretty smooth and relatively flat afterwards. Medium-bodied, though it may seem even thicker. Quite Dry. No trace of alcohol.

D - The drinkability is pretty high, even though this beer may seem a little hefty to some people. Goes down smoothly and can get very enjoyable.

Overall, this is a solid brew, but I enjoyed it much more on tap.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this treat back from her trip to Hamburg! This was supposedly the most expensive bottle that she brought back with her. altbier from Hamburg? That is certainly questionable.

The label states (in German) that this is "beechwood-aged." The only other brewery with that method which I know of is good ol' Budweiser. Expiration date is 09.2010.

I poured it into my glass with a two finger thick, pillowy off-white head. Below that glows a crystal clear body of golden amber color displaying its steady carbonation. The head comes down to the surface of the beer after a few minutes and leaves not much in the way of lacing.

As I bring the glass to my nose, I'm presented with a clean "lager" smell, though this is no lager. I detect a bit of butter (DME) and a soft biscuit malt aroma. I have let this beer warm up substantially, yet I detect absolutely no hop aroma. It takes some extra agitation for me to coax the grassy hops to come out in the bouquet.

The taste of this beer is interestingly close to an English mild. It's possible that is because I let the beer warm to almost room temp, but honestly I get subdued fruit, stale cardboard, and a somewhat "appley" flavor with the malt. There is a well needed soft bitterness in the finish. The "cardboard" thing is an issue, but I need to try a fresher bottle in order to determine if that is a flaw of the beer or the bottle.

The carbonation is quite soft and remarkably light, or little. I would probably describe this beers mouthfeel as juicy, considering that it is practically flat. Again, much like a mild. I could have used a bit more carbonation to brighten the beer up.

As an altbier, it comes close to the mark. This beer is from Hamburg, not Dusseldorf so it is not a true altbier. It does have some ale characteristics, like the soft, smooth mouthfeel and slight fruit note on the palate. Yet the lagering clearly cleans up the beer quite a bit, subduing the fruit and softening the aroma. The staleness was a sore point which affected the drinkability rating for me. But I can see that a fresher bottle or a draft pint would certainly change my mind.

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3.53 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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