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Paulaner Original Münchner Dunkel - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2003)
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Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Poured a clear, reddish-brown with a finger of foamy, off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles behind. Toasted malt aroma, nutty, with hints of grains and dried fruit. Toasty malts in the taste, bready, nutty, with a hop bitterness coming through just a bit, giving a pretty dry finish. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 20:29:33 | More by Rifugium
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12%

12-08-2011 19:50:55 | More by Rochefort10nh
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United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half-litre in Maximilian's, Berlin on 22 Feb 2013.

Really enjoyed this: reddy-brown colouring with a good full head of off-white foam which tried to hang around for a while.

Malty nose: woody, nutty, with caramel notes, earthy too.

The taste was also malty: bready and biscuity, not overly sweet compared to some Dunkel brews. Body depth seemed deeper than most also. Coffee and chocolate hints arrive as the beer warms a little, not that I allowed the beer to warm much, I was drinking it too fast!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 15:37:05 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of my German flatmate who brought this beer from home. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BBE 10/2007, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: elegant, dark chestnut brown in colour; the beige beer head comes huge at first, slowly settling down to a thin cap on top of gentle and constant fizziness.
S: slightly metallic upfront, wrapped by the unique tinge of sourness and liquidy sweetness of caramel and melted brown sugar. Pleasant as well as conventional.
T: brown sugar, toasted wholemeal bread, steamed lotus-roots fill the palate upfront--not particularly sweet or malty--while the bitter-sweet edge of toasted dark malts gradually blends with the much milder but clean edge of sour lager malts... well-balanced brown bread and moderate hop bitterness linger towards the very end.
M&D: soothing mouthfeel with fine carbonation, medium-bodied, an overall well-balanced but slightly boring dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 21:19:06 | More by wl0307
Photo of DoubleJ


3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Paulaner im Tal, on to the beer:

This dunkel lager is chestnut colored with red hues, topped with a creamy inch of head with acceptable retention. Its aroma bring a note of caramel bread, nuts, some husk. Tasting brings a powdery dark malt flavor, which is complemented with pumpernickel and a hint of cocoa. A bit on the sweeter side. It's medium bodied and with a smooth body. It isn't quite at the high level set by other Munich breweries, though it still remains as a an acceptable dunkel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 15:18:04 | More by DoubleJ
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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color, with red edges. Dirty white foam, decent, two fingers.
In the smell malt anc dark caramel, pleasant, with a hint of lightly burnt.
Same notes in the taste, with a trong liquorice in the end.
Very pleasant.
Light in body, very drinkable.
Liquorice and caramel in the aftertaste.
Pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 10:38:37 | More by stcules
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Paulaner am Dom in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

This dunkel lager poured a clear, very dark coppery red-brown color with creamy, light brown foam that settled. The smell was a very nice, malty aroma with hints of chocolate and Munich malt. The taste was pleasantly malty with a touch of chocolate and Munich malt, and a lightly hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium-full body and moderate carbonation (the carbonation was sharp up-front). The finish was lightly malty. This was a very good and nice dunkel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2006 23:56:12 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Suds


4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received the wonderful gift of ½ case of this brew from a good friend who lives in Munich. The beer pours with a dark brown color, shady and murky, with a chocolate complexion. Its head is tall and tan, packed with mostly dense bubbles. It's soapy, with a decent lace. The aroma is good...lots of chocolate, a little sugary malt, roasted grain, a little yeast, and some caramel. Very nice smell indeed. The taste is sweet and bread-like. Lots of munich malt flavor, with considerable sugars from the front through the mid-taste. It's smooth, with a little hops in the finish. No doubt, though, this is a very malt-centric beer here. Medium body and quite smooth, the beer is very satisfying. Not exception, but consistent and very drinkable. I never saw this one in the 'States.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 13:41:12 | More by Suds
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

12-30-2011 21:42:14 | More by cdwil
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-11-2014 09:51:28 | More by dcmchew
Photo of Jeffo


2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 500ml bottle into a German pint glass.
Note: Drunk right after the Helles lager.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thinner looking, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Clear maroon brownish/red with lots of active carbonation. Head quickly fades to a thin, bubby wisp. A few bubbles remain until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Looks relatively flat by the end.

SMELL: Milder nose for the style. Some grainy malt, dark bread and sweet caramel. A decent dose of raisins in there as well, with touches of toffee. It’s quite nice actually, but simply too mild for the style.

TASTE: Same watery problem as the helles bier. Some grainy dark bread as well as caramel and toffee notes, but simply too watery through the middle into the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste with notes of sweet caramel and some bitter, floral hops, but just too water and not flavorful enough.

PALATE: Medium body with soft, medium carbonation. Creamy enough, though not quite as creamy as the helles, goes down smooth with a slightly dry finish. Probably the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: This is just not a good brew. I generally like this style, but this one was simply a watery, flavorless dark lager that was pretty ugly to boot. A worse Dunkel than their Helles is a Helles. There are quite a few good dark lagers in Munich, but this is not one of them. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 12:25:54 | More by Jeffo
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-25-2014 15:55:21 | More by Ciocanelu
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-06-2013 10:11:48 | More by DaPan
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3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle best before March '12.

It pours a nice looking dunkel reddish brown but the head is sudsy and dissipates immediately with no lacing.

The smell is mostly grainy with some caramel and a hint of raisin.

The taste is sweeter and surprisingly more bitter than most dunkels. It isn't the perfect balance though. It is hinged upon more cloying-like sweetness and more flavorless bitterness instead of that sweet but subtle sweetness and balancing hop flavor that a good dunkel should exhibit. Nevertheless it isn't bad, but it certainly could be more refined.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 11:21:32 | More by crossovert
Photo of Globetrotter


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the "Beerhouse" in Moscow, which claims to have an exclusive. Certainly I've never seen it elsewhere. The waitress brought it in a Paulaner Weizenglas - sigh - but it looked mighty fine nonetheless. Dark caramel under a 1.5 finger beige-tan head with some good staying power and nice lacing. A mild caramel scent with hints of rye bread greets the nose. The mouth is very prickly and a tad too light for this style. The taste is mild (maybe also a bit too mild) but good caramel malt, with a nice soft hoppy bite that leaves a crisp dry feel in the jowels. This is a good session beer, although a Dunkles is allowed to be a touch bolder.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2004 20:16:13 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of codynevels


4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 21:12:28 | More by codynevels
Photo of szmnnl99


3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-24-2012 14:18:13 | More by szmnnl99
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4/5  rDev +12%

08-08-2013 02:42:46 | More by stampfler07
Photo of Domingo


4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a small Paulaner beer bar (Paulaner Am Tal) that's across the street from the Weisses Brauhaus.
Since we can get the weiss, pils, and helles here in the US I figured I'd go with a dunkel instead.
Arrives a murky brown cola-color with a decent size 1/2 inch head on it.
Smell is of chocolate, lager yeast, and a little bit of grainy huskiness.
Taste is of sweet chocolate, caramel, and even some dates. After one sip, you just keep wanting more. While some dunkels remind me of a sweet helles with food coloring, this one is a totally different animal. I'm a big fan of the Ayinger and Andechs dunkels, and this is up there with both of them.
This is a real winner that I wish we'd see make it to the US. For some reason every Munich brewer has a dunkel lager, but they're seemingly neglected.
One of the best beers I stumbled upon in Germany, as it seems to be a beer people forget is even being made.
Highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 14:51:02 | More by Domingo
Photo of Stoffel


3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-06-2012 03:43:34 | More by Stoffel
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-14-2013 03:09:26 | More by Poupae
Photo of dasenebler


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L, best before March 2012 (that's what brewing solely with hop extract will afford you, a long shelf-life).

Pours a rich, clear chestnut with a small beige head. Lacing and retention are below-average.

Aroma has notes of sweet coffee and nutty malts, some hops.

The flavor is malty, with crusty and toasted bread flavors. Touch of chocolate. It's a very plain beer, but it's very clean. Some hop tang on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light, with soda-like carbonation.

As a Dunkel this stuff is not that impressive, but drinkable. Much better examples of the style to be had.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:47:08 | More by dasenebler
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

12-16-2013 19:22:54 | More by BKBassist
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%

05-28-2013 17:00:45 | More by herrburgess
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Paulaner Brauhaus in Cape Town, South Africa.

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet, slightly purple actually. Exceptional head retention, off-white head, good lacing.

Smell: Sweet, toasty, but uncomplicated.

Taste: bitter at the front, then toast (good so far) but then finishes with a malt sweetness. Not what I like to go out on, personally. I think the bitterness might be a touch harsh, as well...

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good. Body is medium.

Drinkability is pretty good, certainly a refreshing change from the lighter stuff available at the Brauhaus. Solid beer, but not extraordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 23:35:47 | More by hunteraw
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Paulaner Original Münchner Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.