Duckstein Rotblondes Original | Duckstein GmbH

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Duckstein GmbH

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheSarge on 09-15-2007

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by crossovert:
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3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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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More User Reviews:
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3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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 mkoneil1
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jgolian
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Not much flavor. May have been on shelf too long. Don't have much to compare it to. May need to go to Germany to try a fresh one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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 F_riedrich
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Takahiro
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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 emincems
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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 allstar255
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nu38
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of drmeto
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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 TasteFiend
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of Absumaster
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auf Buchenholz gereift, which means lagered on birch wood. Interesting. The beer pours a clear, dark copper color with a thin head.

Smell is malty and has some husk along with a modest green vegetable smell. There is also some light hoppiness hidden in the back.

Taste is malty and has some wood, but I can't detect any of the birch wood. Light biscuity and light caramel, toffee notes supported by the clean, German bottom fermenting yeast. Bitterness is medium and aftertaste is dry and lingering bitter.
An average beer with a good drinkability and nice bitterness.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A co-worker was kind enough to bring a bottle of this back from her trip to Hamburg. This will be my first authentic German altbier.

Pours a clear garnet with a thick 2 finger head.

Nose is toasted grain...a bit of spice and fruit.

More toastiness on palate, though I am surprised by the level of sweetness. This is really quite malty for a 4.9% beer, and an herbal hop kick is more prominant than American interpretations of the style. All in all, this is a rich, well rounded flavor profile. It finishes mostly with a bit of caramel and a slight "medicinal" aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite slick, this goes down real easy. Body is "medium", I suppose, but certainly more viscous than I had anticipated. Despite said viscosity, this is pretty quaffable, especially on a muggy July night.

All in all, a solid brew.

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Photo of GSS
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TheSarge
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew wasn't too bad for a German style ale. Usually Altbier isn't as flavorful, but this one had more character than most other Alts that I've tried.

Duckstein Rotblondes Original pours with a moderate amount of carbonation that produces a decent off white head, which dissipates quickly and leaves behind fine lacing. The body is dark amber and is quite clear.

The taste is of darkly toasted breads, and slightly fruity.

It is mellow and quite enjoyable. It is a little on the dry side,

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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