Duckstein Rotblondes Original
Duckstein GmbH

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Duckstein GmbH
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Ranked #27,279
3.51 | pDev: 11.97%
May 01, 2022
Sep 15, 2007
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3.28 by misteil from Ireland on May 01, 2022
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4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Duckstein GmbH “ Duckstein Rotblond Original”
,5L brown glass bottle coded “Mindestens haltbar bis: 22.06.22. 20:51 LDE02B/1/8”. Sampled 02.10.21
€2,09 @ REWE CITY, Hohe Str. 30a, Köln, DE

Look: Clear deep amber/copper, almost chestnut brown in color beneath a standard-sized head of white foam. Average head retention and lacing with limited amounts of spots and splashes.
Smell: Malty sweet with grainy, nutty, and lightly caramelish notes backed by a delicate fruitiness.
Taste: As the aroma suggests, it’s sweetish and malty but there’s also some apple-like fruitiness going on, and then leafy, peppery/spicy, and mildly herbal hops round it out. The bitterness is moderate and yet it remains perfectly balanced, and dry in the finish with the bitterness that’s there lingering. Sweetish upfront; caramelish, fruity, and a little leathery/earthy across the middle; and dry in the finish with lingering earthy, peppery, and herbal hops.
Feel: Medium-light in body but seemingly fuller, and smooth across the palate with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural, moderate carbonation.
Overall: I feel this beer is under-rated. Perhaps that’s because it’s being reviewed as an altbier against the fuller and richer altbiers from Düsseldorf. There are plenty of these beers in Germany that are meant as flavorful but easy-drinking, and this one certainly fits the bill.
Review #7,494

Oct 02, 2021
3.69 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Jan 29, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Sep 15, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Apr 11, 2019
3.4 by windowside from Germany on Nov 16, 2018
3.7 by hopnerd from Australia on Jul 14, 2018
3.5 by jschott75 from Illinois on May 01, 2018
4.1 by F_riedrich from Germany on Sep 11, 2017
3.41 by BlackVeg from Germany on Aug 10, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mkoneil1 from Texas

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

Jul 03, 2016
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3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 08, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

May 01, 2016
3.52 by emincems from Turkey on Mar 16, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Curiosibeer from Germany

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.

Mar 13, 2016
3.75 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Mar 07, 2016
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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by drmeto from Germany

-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.

Mar 02, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

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.

Jan 03, 2016
3.53 by GSS from China on Dec 13, 2015
3.74 by samEBC from Belgium on Nov 22, 2015
3.25 by iftcoach from Germany on Nov 21, 2015
4.17 by MaddDogg84 from Texas on Sep 21, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

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.

Jul 04, 2015
4 by aussiebeer from Illinois on Jun 29, 2015
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3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerAdvocate from California

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

Jun 26, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerDrinkersWorldTour from Northern Ireland

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.

Jun 21, 2015
3.51 by speedvagen from Ohio on Jun 07, 2015
3.17 by torwart68 from Ohio on May 15, 2015
3.05 by torwart94 from Ohio on May 15, 2015
2.95 by vauxhaulastra from Scotland on Apr 30, 2015
3.87 by HerrSchnitzelbank from Michigan on Jan 13, 2015
3.75 by herrburgess from South Carolina on Dec 13, 2014
3.25 by ethanmc12 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2014
3.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 01, 2014
3.5 by DbbC from Illinois on Nov 27, 2014
3.34 by FreshHawk from Illinois on Nov 16, 2014
2.75 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Nov 08, 2014
3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Nov 03, 2014
3.25 by SVD from Netherlands on Oct 22, 2014
Duckstein Rotblondes Original from Duckstein GmbH
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 96 ratings