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Christian Moerlein Select Dunkel - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Select DunkelChristian Moerlein Select Dunkel

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 31
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
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Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kinger
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

oHIo brewer, found this single locally. Beautiful pour, one of the best I've seen for a dunkel. Dark copper with an amber hue, huge light tan head and massive lacing. Aroma is faintly bready, just not much to the nose. Clean on the palate and smooth, a touch too light. Flavor is good but very mild. Sweet malts real simple and easy. Nice beverage but very average. (365 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby-red color with a brown hue. Not much head, but does retain a ring of lacing on the side.
Smells strongly of dark roasted malts, toffee & coffee.
Smokey malt flavor, caramel & just a hint of coffee. Woodiness along with the smoke creates a campfire feel to the brew.
A bit flat, could be due to age of the (undated) bottle.
Overall a flavorful dark lager. It's a bit thin (perhaps to go down easier), but tasty nonetheless. (440 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bought from Grocery Outlet,Salem,OR. Dark brown beer, with a lovelly looking ,thick,light tan head. Ok malty aromas, sweet malts, a little boozy? Nice semi-sweet malty flavours, bittersweet chocolate flavours in the end., slightly toasty. Pretty darned good on the palate, light but still tasteful.Not a bad dunkel, drinkable (331 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance is a very dark amber brown with a low profile disappearing head. Smell is of lightly toasted malts. Taste is a bit thin of the lightly toasted malts, mild sweetness and a very light hint of smoke. mouthfeel is light and a tad high in carbonation. I think one or two at a time will be good enough for me. (314 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An OK Dunkel to be had. It pours a nice dark brown, tan head with plenty of carbonation on top that dose fade to film and lace just alittle.

The aroma is of dark roasted malt and cold coffee.

The taste carries that dark roasted malt base with hints of bakers chocolate sweetness counterbalanced by roasted coffee bean bitterness.

The body seemed alittle lighter than expected, almost watered.

The drinkability is there, for the mouthfeel aids the ease of drink and the lighter side to the brew aids not getting overpowered by any one aspect of the taste. (558 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 6-pk purchased at a local Grocery Outlet for $4.99. Yet another brewery that uses the traditional method of contract brewing. Also, yet another Grocery Outlet beer that is contract brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Makes me wonder if a bunch of PNW beers are available at cut-rate grocery stores in eastern Pennsylvania.

Pours a dark cola color that takes on a more mahogany hue when held up to the light. About an inch or so of off-white foam. Streaks and spots of occaisional lace.

The nose is of a mild, chocolaty sweetness and coffee-ish bitterness. Seems about right for the style.

The taste starts out with a toffee-ish sweetness that is just balanced by a mild, coffee-ish roastiness. The coffee notes keep the sweetness from being too cloying, but I wouldn't mind if they were amped up just a bit more for a better balance. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A decent session beer, not particularly demanding to the palate or the stomach, I could a couple of these at a sitting, but I think it's sweetness would get to be a problem after that. (1,101 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, got a 6-pack of this at BevMo for $2.99, they were trying to get rid of it.

A: Pours a dark brown, with a full white head, a little fizzy, but good retention, and mild lacing.

S: Malty goodness, heavy treacle and sugar/brown sugar.

T: Definitely caramel is the main flavour, brown sugar, with a light bite of hops at then end. Very sweet, but satisfying.

M: On the light side, but easy to drink and smooth.

D: A beer that surprised me on how good it actually was considering the price tag, a solid, easily drinkable example of the style, IMO. (562 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark malts, honey, caramel, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and malty with flavors of caramel and honey. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, most of the beers that I have had in this style have been pretty ordinary, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is a good beer that is worth drinking a few of, especially if you want a darker but less heavy beer. (815 characters)

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a beautiful dark reddish-brown with a cream-colored head that subsides rather slowly.

The smell is of chocolate and prunes.

The taste is pretty distinctive, being very similar to caramel or toffee.

However, the beer is rather thin and goes down a bit strange, which is weird because it looks like it is thick and carbonated when I first poured it.

Drinkability is above average, a bit lighter in taste than I imagined it would be, but not too bad. (464 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this because it'd been too long since I'd enjoyed a nice LOCAL Cincinnati Beer. Gotta support your local brewmeister, don't ya know...

Poured into my pint glass with a 3/4" headthat quickly dissolved into a thin cap. The color was as you'd expect for a Dunkel... somewhat dark. Hints of ruby reddish show up when the glas is held to light.

Aroma was rich and clean with the roasted malts at the forefront.

The taste was quite good... nice roasted malt flavor followed by a brown sugar/honey sweetness. Hops were on the low side.

Mouthfeel - nicely thirst quenching and rich with a mouth coating that lasts and lasts. Perfect carbonation for the style.

Drinkability - It appears as if a 6 pack was not enough.... this is a good session beer that one could enjoy in all seasons and throw a few back.... next time, I'll get a case! (864 characters)

Photo of jkaufman
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Very dark ruby, clear, thick off-white head that thins out after a while, leaving a little lace behind.

S: Mild fruit aromas, caramel, malty.

T and M: Slightly malty-sweet, some hops, goes down smooth but very thin. Leaves a slightly disagreeable sharp alcohol aftertaste in the back of my throat.

D: Aside from the aftertaste, pretty drinkable.

I'd drink another if someone gave me one for free. (452 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shigadeyo for the bottle. Pours with good head and slight lacing, brown in color. Simple aroma of fruit and malt.

The taste is fruity and complex. It is malt driven, with no noticeable hops. There is a hint of chocolate, and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. A quenching brew. (315 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit on the thin side in a number of ways - it's a medium brown in color and more than a bit undercarbonated. Only the thinnest of white heads that instantly collapses into a small collar.

Pretty nice nose with roasted grains, honey and caramel. Nothing really hoppy other than a light peat note.

Flavor is enjoyable with a broad palette of malt components. Caramel, molasses, toast and brown sugar are all evident (but thankfully it's not overly sweet) Only a bit of herbal and woody hop notes to add balance and finish but that's enough. A light nutty flavor is quite pleasant.

Body is a bit disappointing but I think it's because of the carbonation. It's light to medium bodied but not oily or cloying. Not quite enough carbonation to clear the palate after each sip, no bitterness from hops or roasted grains to give the beer a bit of zip.

A good tasting brew and not a bad choice by any means, but nothing earth shaking either. One or two might be interesting but after a while the shortcomings would be distracting. (1,040 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't pass up a new 6'r for $6 so I bought this tonight at BevMo.
Pours a deep dark amber brown with a decent half finger tan head that melts slowly to a nice lacing.
Aromas are sort of light toasty malt that seems very clean and not lingering.
Taste is only a mild sweetness followed by a light hop bite and then finishing with almost a smokey malt.
Aftertaste is lightly sweet and definately smokey.
Malts do seem more smokey to me than toasted and not as sweet as I am used to in a Dunkel, \
Still....this is very nice....decent body and nice bit of drying on the end to lead you to the next sip. While thinner than most, I enjoyed it...it is possibly more drinkable because of the different mouthfeel. (711 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-copper color with abundant creamy tannish head. The head looked very similiar to that found on a nitro beer. Smell is a light dark fruitiness. Taste is excellent with strong notes of plums and raisind, and a nice bready maltiness. Finishes rich and creamy . Excellent drinkability. Good session beer. On sale for $14.99 a case. Great buy. (360 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering what this is supposed to be, I thought its appearance was a bit poor. I have had quite a few Munich Dunkel Lagers, and I can assure you, they aren't this light. Smell was very malty and quite sweet. Stuck to the style, I think. Good. Almost has a bit of a maple / brown sugar note to it. Taste is where it should be, but seems watered down. It seems as though this ended up tasting the way it should for the style, but someone dumped about 4 or 5 shot glasses of water into my glass. Mouthfeel is very thin, both for the style, and in general, as well. Overall, this was only a little bit more than average. Not bad. Thanks to Ding for allowing me to try this. (672 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This lager poured a nice looking medium dark brown with some tan foam. The smell of sweet roasted malts and a hint of spice was evident. That was the high, the low was that it tasted weak, with a sour finish. The flavor of roasted malts was very weak and the taste was very sour. I tried two bottle's and they were the same. This was a lousy lager. Maybe the beer was over dated. It was just one big mess for a lager. (417 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dark copper with visible clarity. Easily managed tan head that retains a cover throughout w/ no lacing.

Toasted wheat bread is the dominant theme here. astringent bitter/sour from the charred malts are bothersome, unrefined finish is annoying and very thin for the style. Nothing really of note to hang your hat on.

I picked up the entire line of Moerlein beers that were available and this was the most dissapointing of the bunch. (439 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium amber brown color. The color sort of reminds me of Coke or Pepsi, but maybe a little lighter. Has an initially very large thick and foamy white head that pretty much totally disappears about a minute after being poured and leaves almost zero lacing. It has a sweet smell with some malt and yeast present. Not much else as far as the smell is concerned. A sweet malty taste with hints of bread, nut, and a hint of maple syrup or something similar. Also has a sort of mildly spicy cinnamon like flavor to it. It has a nice clean smooth mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Also a bit watery in the mouth. Not exactly a full bodied mouthfeel. This beer is higly drinkable and goes down easy. A good solid beer here, but nothing too special either. Definitely worth the price I paid for it though, $1.29 for one bottle before taxes at Warehouse Beverage.

Eric (892 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to other Morleins, this one is quite good. A typicl German bready, yeasty, noble hopped, nutty flavored beer. Medium brown color with a dainty head retention. Smells tamely of nuts and toast. Moderately creamy to the mouth with a light residual sweetness and graininess. Finish is a mild lingering toastiness. The beer has a light waxy or plastic flavor and feel, thought it never deters, it's noticable enough to say that there is something artificial about it. Pretty good though. (491 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice pale brown color with a one finger head and very little lacing. Okay smell to it. Some yeast and a little grain. I don't smell too much else in this one. Smooth taste of some yeast and slightly roasted grain. I occasionally picked up a hint of caramelly malt. The finish left something to be desired. It was a bit dingy and too bitter. Easy to drink. I might try another if I can find one on tap. (401 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 6'er...

The beer pours a clear not-so-dark brown base with a medium-low caramel colored head, retention for about 20 minutes and lacing grew when the beer became warmer. The smell is a classic dunkel but not overpowering; clear notes of roasted malts and a small touch of sweetness but very pleasent.

The taste is very crisp and clean. Roasted malt is noticeable but never heavy. A little sweeter than a typical dunkel but doesn't affect the overall quality. Very gentle on the palette, nice mouthfeel. A classic session, reminds me of Munich which means big ups to this one.

Final Thought: Wow, not what I expected from Christian Moerlein, but this is a fine dunkel. (693 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hadn't ever had this style. This was the first. Other than the description on the bottle, I had very little warning, but because this is a non-adjunct beer, what the hell.

Appearence was dark, deep brown, it was not dark enough to be a stout and darker than most porters. For a lager, I'd say very good. Little head, light carb and it beaded on the top when poured. Smell was better than average, not much to say except it was sans-cheap. Maybe a little honey brown in there. Mouth was very good. A little thicker, good foaming, it reminded me of Anchor Steam. Taste was good. I like the darker roasted malts that made this lean towards a stout. The lighter lager wasn't even an issue like a Black and Tan. The slight wine notes to it definately puts in in the good category.

So, besides the price which is reasonable, I really liked this style but it's almost , if I want a good lager, or a good porter/stout, or HB, I usually get one of those. Therefore, average for drinkability, but as a change up beer, it's different enough to be good. (1,047 characters)

Photo of Puddleglum
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice selection by Christian Moerlein. Although the head dissipated quickly the color was beautiful. The smell was very malty and sweet smelling without the buttery diacetyl note mentioned in an earlier review. The taste was not as sticky as I expected and was well structured with wonderful Munich malt, slight hops and a smooth finish. The carbonation was a little low as I believe it should be with a dunkel and the drinkability was better than I would have liked because I still wanted another long after the last one had been drunk. (544 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Dunkles was crystal clear light brown in color with a smallish, dissipating head that is typical of the style.

Smell – The light, sticky malts where a bit bready. They were complimented with some molasses notes and some light grain.

Taste – The grain here is toasted bread with some sticky sugars. It is a plain, very basic flavor profile of malts and light sugars.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied MDL had just a touch of bitterness to the finish.

Drinkability – This is an uninspiring but easy-drinking offering from Hudepohl. (570 characters)

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Christian Moerlein Select Dunkel from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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