Duckstein Rotblondes Original
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German Altbier
Ranked #166
Ranked #42,853
3.52 | pDev: 11.93%
Duckstein GmbH
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 92
Photo of JamFuel
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with fine, soapy head.

Smell is very malty with notes of brewer's yeast, rye, caramel and brown bread.

Taste is again, very malty with notes of brown bread, rye, yeast and hints of leather and raisins. Soft bitterness with a bit of florality to it. Great balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice Alt, malty but with a bit of nuance.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with beige head. Bready malt on the aroma with some woody/earthy hops. Taste follows with bread crust, toasted malts and some hop bitterness for balance.

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Photo of mkoneil1
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +18.2%
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 -5.4%
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 +13.4%
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 +7.1%
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 +11.4%
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 +13.1%
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 -10.5%
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 -7.4%
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 +13.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -14.8%
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 +3.7%
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.

=> Second time round six years later (2018)
Bottle is six months before sell-by date. Poured in a pils Stein (relatively narrow); cool cellar temp.
Smells skunked, but doesnt taste it.
Initially I was very disappointed, tastes 'lash' as the Germans say: just weak. Yet as I get down the glass I get that spiceyness again -- it's subtle: a combination of the fine carbonation and taste. Tastes better and better and gets more 'drinkable' as I drink. This confuses me -- was it even too cold at a little below cellar temps?
Or was it just it was initially too subtle for my not-so-refined palette?
I dunno. I wont change the rating. Maybe it's also to do with my expectations: in Germany it comes at a craft beer price, an expensive one at that.

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Photo of BlakeDaSnake
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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 -17.3%
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 -5.4%
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 +8%
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%
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 -7.4%
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 -2.6%
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 -8.8%
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%
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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Duckstein Rotblondes Original from Duckstein GmbH
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 92 ratings