Christian Moerlein Select Dunkel - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
05-05-2006 21:31:52 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev +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.
11-27-2007 22:17:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-05-2008 19:46:46 | More by Halcyondays
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-15-2005 22:50:00 | More by RoyalT
4.22/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
08-24-2006 23:55:55 | More by tgbljb
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
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
04-27-2008 20:35:15 | More by Reidrover
4.33/5 rDev +20.3%
Major props to Greg and crew at Christian Moerlein for providing a sample of this brand new offering to the attendees of the BA gathering in New Albany this past weekend. Not yet on store shelves, we are fortunate to get a peak freshness early taste.
Appearance - beatiful dark amber and brown hue. Light tan head is thin and recedes quickly to a thin cap and crown. Rich looking.
Aroma - roasted malts are moderate in their intensity but very pleasant.
Taste - mirrors the aroma with its clean roasted malt flavor. Some hops sneak in at the swallow, this one ends on a sweet note of caramel and roasted malts. Still has some moderation to the flavor intensity, I think it's tastier from the tap, as it should be.
Mouthfeel - heavier than average, right where it oughtta be. Carbonation is peppy but not so much as to interfere with the flavor.
Drinkability - the dunkel and the doppelbock varieties are the 2 newest in the CM lineup. I tend to prefer this style and drinkability is one reason why. Given above average marks across the board, this is a tasty one I can drink all night. With these new style entries, their new Octoberfest, and a hefeweizen due out in April, CM should take the necessary steps to secure their own beer tent at this year's Octoberfest Zinzinnati, and then you all should come visit and stay at my place. All 23,000+ of you, lol.
03-23-2005 04:28:49 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
A gift received at the IN/KY gathering. Thanks brewdlyhooked13 for finding some goodies to share with us.
Ths beer poures a very clean slightly rubied brown color with a 2 finger head that falls to right over the liquid. I would like to see just a slight darker color. The nose is nutty and slightly roasted. Smells pretty nice. The flavor is just okay. The nutty tones are not as strong as they are int he nose. Its is too much like a regular lager wtih just a slight more roasty character. I'd like to see stronger flavor from the dark malts. The feel is a light moderate with a very active carbonation. Overall, I could sit down and drnk a few of these very easily. There is nothing greatly flawed with it, just things that don't meet my expectations. I like the flavor, but want more of it. My first brew from this company. I'll have to grab their mixed party pack next time I am at the store. I'll definately give them a look.
03-27-2005 20:51:06 | More by kmpitz2
1.48/5 rDev -58.9%
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.
07-22-2006 20:25:07 | More by DogFood11
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours from the bottle a nice clear brown with hints of red and gold coming through. A khaki head appears on top and then fades to a ring around the glass. Aromas of caramel, a hint of chocolate, some berries and some graininess. Not bad...but a little subdued..nothing jumps out at me.
First sip brings a nice roasty dark malt that has notes of caramel and chocolate. Fairly creamy on the way down with some herbal, spicy hops in the background. I get some hints of light fruit and berries as well as a bit of toffee and burnt grains. A nice dunkel.
Mouthfeel has a good medium body with solid bubbly carbonation that rolls over the palate nicely. Drinkability is good...I could see this being a nice session beer..I like the roasty cocoa and caramel notes. I'm not a huge lager fan..but I enjoyed this one. Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 and Christian Moerlein for the opportunity to try this one.
03-23-2005 02:57:51 | More by orbitalr0x
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-02-2006 02:13:30 | More by IntriqKen
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-27-2008 04:44:45 | More by woemad
2.42/5 rDev -32.8%
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.
08-04-2006 22:12:01 | More by BeerManDan
3.23/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
08-20-2006 02:51:36 | More by SilentSabre
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
07-11-2006 01:57:25 | More by neenerzig
3/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
04-12-2008 01:15:24 | More by Bookseeb
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
Thanks to the folks at Christian Moerlein for giving us this gift for our BA gathering! 12oz. bottle poured into a tall half liter German mug. It pours a deep reddish brown color with three fingers of head. There's a good deal of lacing. The smell is a little bit light, but has some nice toasted caramel malt character. A little sweet, a little roasted. The taste is also a little on the light side. It has that same caramel maltiness up front and just the slightest bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a dunkel. The drinkability is great. A decent Cincinnati brew!
04-06-2005 03:19:38 | More by SheepNutz
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-02-2008 17:03:49 | More by chilidog
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
08-23-2005 03:44:08 | More by Ricochet
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-01-2008 11:48:54 | More by Natural510
2.95/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
10-28-2008 01:46:07 | More by kinger
4.05/5 rDev +12.5%
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!
06-01-2007 14:28:15 | More by TheBierBand
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
10-05-2005 02:56:07 | More by mobyfann
4.25/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
01-26-2007 01:09:17 | More by Sephiroth
Christian Moerlein Select Dunkel from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.