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

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2003

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of djura
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it on tap on Belgrade beer fest.

A-Dark ruby color,low carbonation,nice white foam,lasting till the end.

S-Some caramel malt,average for the style.

T/M-The caramel really comes out here. Not too complicated and nicely balanced.Lightly carbonated,smooth for drinking.

O-This is average dunkel,must admit that hefe dunkel is much better.

Photo of Jeffo
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

The color is clear ruby brown with big off-white frothy, creamy and fizzy head. It has very good retention and leaves some lacing patches when receded.

The smell is mingled by bready malt, caramel and cocoa cereal with backing by coffee and somewhat creamy note.

Well balance between dark malt, somewhat roasted, caramelized sweetness, cocoa and subtle hop bitterness, finish is slight bready with lingering bitterness from roasted trait and hop.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel from mild carbonation that crisp enough to carry well the palate, dry finish.

Overall, very good drinkable, there is rich malty quality along with all round balance character.

Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner's hard-to find Dunkel pours out a very nice deep mahagony-brown color, light ruby tint around the edges of the glass. This brew is capped by a tan head that billows up, thick and creamy at first, but quickly settles into a thin line of lace on top.
Smells of dark bread, roasted malt, sweet caramel, molasses, honey, oak, vanilla, finishes with a slightly spicy finish not unlike brown rum. Musty sweet oak cellar filled with sweet roasted malt comes to mind.
On the palate-spiced dark bread, raisins, rum, toffee, fig, vanilla, brown sugar, walnut, finishing with a nice amount of carbonation and a bit of peppery spice from the yeast that cuts quite nicely through the sweet flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation and spice adds great balance to the brew. I really like this style as it has a completely differnent flavor profile than it's Helles sibling, yet the finish is also light, spiced,and refreshing. In the case of the roasted malts, this beer is actually drier than some of the Helles Ive drank lately. This is probably one of the best Dunkles Iv'e had,ranking with Andechs, as I found the Augustiner version too sweet,
Good, solid well made beer, suprising that it is so hard to find outside of the Munich area.
Pairing would be great with game meat or a pumpernickel encrusted scallop or seafood dish. Happy holidays

Photo of TommyW
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with reddish tints. Beautiful off-white, fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing.

S- Sweet, slightly roasted malts and some caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Sweetness followed by a roasted malt and a little caramel. Not overly complex, but certainly good.

M- Medium leaning to light with good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. It's not overly complex, so it doesn't kill the palate after just one; you could probably drink a few easily.

Overall, i highly recommend trying this if you can. It's flavors are simple, but great.

Photo of germanbeer1
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a brewery that specializes mostly in wheat beers, I was shocked when I tried this one on-tap at the Paulaner Haus in Muenchen. It has a dark brown body, close to black and provides a chocolate, mocha smell and taste. This is hard beer to find though outside of the brewery, because it is mostly overshadowed by the Original and Hefe-Weizen.

Paulaner Original Münchner Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.