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Zötler Korbinian Dunkel - Privat Brauerei Zötler

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BA SCORE
86
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privat Brauerei Zötler visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 10-02-2006)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Privat Brauerei Zötler has over 550 years of real history that spans over 20 generations of brewing. Yeah, you don't hear that too often.

Dull mahogany color, great clarity. The head retention is sufficient enough as it lasts through the session and leaves a ring or two on the glass. Smells of fresh-baked dark bread, lots of complex dry malt character in the nose with a hint of herbal hop. Unwavering medium body holds a popping crispness and smooth mouthfeel. The depth of the malt backbone starts to unravel with the first sip--dark bread, toasted grain and a little grassy. The malt sweetness is at a perfect level and is balanced very well by a subtle hop that pulls more flavor than bitterness. Finishes semisweet with a long trail of toasty malt flavor.

Every once in a while we come across a beer that is epic within taste and spot-on to style. It's hard to pinpoint perfection, but Korbinian Dunkel comes pretty close to it.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Passable dunkel, overwhelmed by mollasses like tootsie roll flavour, from the chocolate malts. It pours very dark, with some decent head. Medium mouthfeel. its on the sweetish side. Drinkable, but only if I am in the mood, not tonight. A tad coffee roast.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A direct pour of Zotler Bier Korbinian Dunkel delivers a generous rise of frothy tan foam that settles shortly into a compact, creamy lid. The head retention is very good, and it leaves thin rings of lace about the glass.

The beer itself is clearly brown in color, even while the glass is full, but it is fairly dark - just not black, or appearing to be black - and dark mahogany highlights appear at the base of the glass. When held to the light it reveals orange highlights and a brilliant clarity.

The aroma is cocoa-ish, and subtly floral with hops.

It has a moderate carbonation level that leaves it creamy-smooth in the mouth.

The flavor expresses very dark caramel dusted with cocoa, backed by minor notes of grassy, floral, and spicy hops. It's bready, and mildly grainy. The malt is a touch sweet, but there's also a quick notes of bitterness that punches through it and brings you to a dry finish with just a sparkle of spicy and grassy hops left behind. It's not boldly flavored, but it's certainly full... there's enough flavor and character to warrant a second glass, and beyond that it's delicate and smooth enough to warrant another! Very drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml. capped bottle into a pils glass and a first visit to the style that's actually from Germany and not Mexico. Pours a clear brown in color, ruby red in the light, and shows half an inch of off white foam. Typical retention and lacing.

Smells cold of raw uncooked whole grains fresh from the field and a bit of chocolate malt. Develops swiftly with warming to yield some earthy hops and a bit of sweet berry and cocoa. Wow, very fast turnaround.

Flavor returns to a bready grainy start and segues again to flavors of cherry and chocolate with a bit of a roasted grain background to even things out. A bit light in body but not atypical for the style overall and with a limiting sweetness as the carbonation outgasses. Touch of caramel in the end. Interesting but might be a bit past its prime. Otherwise needs some time/agitation to 'wake up' I would say.

Note: Date code of 18 01 0 on bottle is indeterminate to me, yet this bottle was purchased from an establishment now know to me to often have some beers with questionable age and storage conditions behind them.

HalfFull, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown color, clear, with a small yet tight head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of dough munich malt, molasses, and a smokey malt. The smokey malt translates into the taste, with some mild honey undertones. Some tobacco notes are also detected. A nice munich malt sweetness that runs throughout gives the brew a nice drinkability. The feel is well bodied, semi-soft carbonation; finishes with a malty sweetness. A real solid munchen dunkel, very good actually. The munich malt retains its overall flavor yet the roasted flavors come out.

Gmann, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep chestnut brown with a non-developing tan skim coating. Visible carbonation was hard to distinguish. Other then the deep rich coloring there really wasn't much else to go on here.

S: deep burnt caramelized grains with ripe fruit (raisins). Smokey peat moss adds a beautiful earthy scent. Rich and sweet malt wise with smoky highlights.

T: The flavor was a bit thin at the start, not as robust as hoped for considering the aroma. The initial flavor had a light earthy bitterness of smoky peat, dark fruit and a light thin caramelized malting. There is a nice burnt grain sweetness on the finish as well a touch of lightly scorched wood and ripe prunes.

M: light in body with a slick, oily texture. There is a dry burnt grain sweetness that coats the tongue nicely along with a touch of smoky peat.

D: Decent drinkability with better then average regards per style. Worth a try by a single purchase but couldn't go and recommend a six pack here.

beerthulhu, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in Bloomington IL @ Friar Tuck.
"Classic Bavarian dark lager, from Germany's oldest family-owned brewery" on the label.

Nice almond mahogany tone to it. Looks like a bourbon with a splash of coke in it. With a tan foamy head that appears creamy enough.

Initial aroma of banana, malt, hard to pull much out of it after the first pour.

Mild sweetness and roast present in the flavor, emphasis on mild. Grainy malt aftertaste, fairly soft. Vague fruity quality from the yeast. Balanced, sort of a dry finish. Probably easy to drink by the half-liter, i'll stick to this tiny 11.2 oz. bottle for now.

emerge077, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice brown, coffee-like color. Decent head, stays around for a few minutes.
S: Malty smell, a "clear" smell, no pungent undertones.
T: Very smooth, malty taste. Chocolate and coffee undertones, but it is not overpowering. No after taste at all, just very smooth.
M: No problems here.
D: Could drink this all day long! Very smooth dark bier that is pleasing to all the senses.

I strongly recommend this bier. Prosit!

nocheinsbitte, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Liquoric3, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5l Zotler Bier glass at Hotel Alte Post, Mindelheim Germany 4/11/12.

A: Served a deep & rich brown. Stunning clarity underneath two full fingers of pillowy white foam. Retention was excellent.

S: Toasty carmel malt with hints of brown bread, mild citrus, and chocolate.

T: See above.

M: Relativly smooth and full with the slightest prickly hint at the end.

O: A nice example of the style. Traditional and refreshing.

GbVDave, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, honey, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and honey followed by bready flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a deep browny orange colour... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to light ring around the edge... Some faint carbonation drifts to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Toasted caramel maltiness, spicy dark fruits (raisins, prunes), light biscuitiness, some soapy notes, rubbery hints, brown sugar sweetness, some light vinegary hints, oaky, some peppery hop notes...

Taste – Very nice toffee / caramel maltiness, molasses sweetness, quite tart spicy fruits (raisins, figs, light blackcurrents), some nuttiness, toasted bread hints, malt loaf, some chocolate traces, some light Flanders red ale sourness, light spicy hops cut through the sweetness...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium bodied... pretty quaffable although it might be a little too sweet after a while...

Overall - A pretty good dunkel... well worth a try...

mdagnew, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of william5586
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A: Rich brown color, small head with only a little lace.

S: Faint hint of roasted coffee but mostly a sweet smell of toffee and chocolate.

T: slight roasted coffee taste, a little bitterness comes though but overall a sweet toffee and chocolate taste.

M: somewhere in between light and medium. very smooth with good carbonation.

D: very very drinkable. could put back a few of these at a time. if you are not a big fan of sweeter beers this may not be for you but i enjoyed it.

william5586, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of animal69
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep garnet color w/ a fluffy off-white head dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my stange ; not a strong smell, steely grain and some caramel and dark fruit notes ; a crisp, malty flavor, bready malts and caramel with a touch of plums, some floral hops present but very subtle ; a light bodied beer w/ plenty of co2, a dry, light creamy palate overall ; a very drinkable brew, i enjoyed this dunkel quite a bit...

animal69, May 27, 2008
Photo of kkipple
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In short-form here. This is a pretty decent dunkel, at least for what we can get in the good ole USA.

Appears pretty - clear walnut. Little head with low retention. Smells of attenuated, dry toasty malt and black bread with some dry cocoa. Not sweet in itself, but reminds you of sweet things. Crisp, dry and easy drinking, some good malt notes here - toasty/roasty, earthy, bready. Just enough hop bitterness to keep things interesting. Good carbonation levels, but may be a bit high - rather spritzy instead of soft 'round the edges, which hurts drinkability. Finishes dry and working-class. Probably would go well in a bigger mug and with German food. Perhaps a bit thin and not super-deep, but still good beer.

If you can find Korbinian-Zotler cheap (and I have) go for it!

kkipple, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of ATPete
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a bright reddish brown color, with bright and vibrant highlights and a small off white head that leaves some soapy stick-age. Toasty caramel malt in the nose, subtle chocolate malt and creamy coffee notes as well. Well balanced, with a detectable, slightly spicy, hop note. The brew sports a "bigger" light body and a slightly grainy, but bready yeast feel to the tongue. Just chewy enough, great drinkability, it got my girlfriends seal of approval, as well as mine.

ATPete, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely clear mahogany with a thick, beige head that sticks a lot of lace

Smell: Crusty wheat bread with undertones of cocoa powder and caramel

Taste: Opens with a cocoa powder dusted caramel flavor that is joined by the wheat bread crust at mid-palate; while it verges on sweetness, the grainy flavors hold it in check after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Just a superb dunkel

brentk56, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of loren01
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, beer looks fizzy...lots of bubbles down the glass. Very little carbonation and no lacing
S: Smell is of mollasses, slight metallic scent as well
T: Sweet up front with a slight smokey finish.
M: Fairly light and thin mouthfeel could use a bit more carbonation
D: Not bad but for sure not the best German lager i've had...easy enough to drink though

loren01, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a thin crème head. Slightly sweet malty nose. Flavor is a pretty nice and hearty earthy thing on a firmly, but not overdone, sweet tone. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid. Carbonation is lower and working well. I like this beer. Easy to drink, smooth, and tasty.

RblWthACoz, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent brew. Served with a nice head and good lace. Has a nice dark malty and dark fruity nose. Flavor is similar, Soft palate. Smooth at first going to a light tingle. Finsih is dark malt and a little sweetness. Color is a dark amber brown. Session beer for sure. Would like to try this on draft as well as make beer bread with it.

drpimento, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of oldhippie247
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a decent white head. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

Nose features lightly toasted malts with a slightly sweet overtone. Aromas are fairly muted, though those that do come through are pleasantly sweet and mild.

Sweet malt with very light coffee, tobacco, and chocolate nuances outline the flavor profile. Very easy drinker with lots of positive attributes.

Overall a very good beer. Easy to drink and much better than any of the Big 3.

oldhippie247, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dunkel dark as expected, with very little head to speak of. A quick swirl whitens the surface a little.

S - Dark, sweet roasted malts are the majority of the aroma. Almost bordering on licorice or black-strap molasses. I've seen brown bread mentioned in a few other reviews and that isn't wrong, I get it.

T - Mirror experience from the aroma, molasses and licorice, dark brown sugar and dark fruits.

M&D&O - a thin version of a dunkel, leaves a little to be desired. Nice flavors, no complexity.

sinstaineddemon, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Zötler came in a small 330ml/11.2 fl oz. bottle. On the bottle was an oval orange and white checker board patteren label with a drawing of a brown eagle at the top and a small very old picture of a German man wearing traditional German clothes pointing at something. The back label has all the mandatory US information and a Best Before date of 18/01/09.

When poured into a Dead Reckoning pint glass, this Korbinian beer was a dark mahogany brown with quite a few crimson red highlights along the sides. On top of this beer (if you could see it) was a small thin lightly tan colored head of foam. This thin head of foam had bad retention that left behind a tiny amount of tan rings and about 3 small spots of lace. It had a faint malty aroma of dark roasted malts, a splash of sweet caramel, and a subtle whiff of milk chocolate at the end. as you can tell, there wasn't much going on in the aroma department. Like in the aroma, there wasn't much in here either. The taste was malty (like it should have been) with roasted malts, a hint fo milk chocolate, a speck of caramel, and then finsihes up with a gentle hoppy touch. The mouthfeel was light with a alot of carbonation and with a crispy aftertaste of roasted malts and milk chocolate. It was just your run of the mill average German born Lager. Not bad, but not all that good either. Unlike the Weihenstephaner Korbinian, this one can be missed.

AltBock, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of samEBC
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

samEBC, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of SilentSabre
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has long been one of my favourite styles, the Munich Dunkel, and the aroma of this one reminds me why. This wasn't particularly exceptional to look at, with it's crystal clear bronze-red body, spotty clusters of CO2 bubbles clinging to the side of my pint glass and the sand coloured head which dissolved from a finger and a half to little more than a film in no time. Quite average, really. However, the nose on this one was rich brown sugar, maple syrup, and perhaps a little bit of a [hazel?] nutty nuance hiding deep down. The flavour reflected these, as well, though not as assertively as the aroma. Still, sweet malts dominated, for sure. Mouthfeel was rather average, being little more than simply suitable for the style and little more. Drinkability? I could drink a dozen of these in a sitting with absolutely no trouble what-so-ever. Again, one of my favourite styles, and this offering is no exception!

SilentSabre, Nov 19, 2008
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Zötler Korbinian Dunkel from Privat Brauerei Zötler
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.