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Zötler Korbinian Dunkel - Privat Brauerei Zötler

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BA SCORE
86
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.55%
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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 22:24:06 | More by beerthulhu
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loren01

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 02:23:25 | More by loren01
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CheeseTurds

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought that was a pretty solid dark lager. The smell and taste are a little malty. Not too sweet which is nice. The color is a dark clear reddish-brown and it was pretty good with each sip. I could drink quite a few of these in a row, but, unfortunately, I only had one bottle. I got the one bottle for $1.99. I'm not sure if this was a sale price or what, but I think it was a bit of a steal.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 05:27:41 | More by CheeseTurds
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Offa

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty dunkel, very smooth yet quite characterful.

Dark reddish bornw, it has a smallish, dense tan head slowly shrinking and leaving a bit of lace.

The aroma is toasted grain, whole wheat bread crust, hints of rootbeer, caramel, and maple syrup.

The taste is strongly maple syrup and caramel at first with toasted bread crust, hints of bark, pepper and anise. It's very flavourful with a lightly bitter finish and it's not dry. It's a little oily, very smooth, and zesty.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:16:15 | More by Offa
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nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 01:44:18 | More by nocheinsbitte
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown with reddish highlights. Light tan head quickly falls to ring.
S - A lot of toasted dark malts, grainy, maybe some dark fruit, a touch of caramel. Nice
T - The dark malt starts it out with a nice rich sweetness. Really light hops on the back end with a slightly dry finish.
M/F - Between light and Medium in body. Moderately carbonated it is both smooth yet active with the carbonation.
D - This is a good one. Just found it the other day and had never heard of it. I would be pleased to drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 23:10:00 | More by ThirstyBird
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 04:24:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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oldhippie247

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 00:27:25 | More by oldhippie247
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tlinner

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one ain't bad. The head leaves behind some decent lacing, but dissipates quickly. The nose and taste have notes of caramel and roasted malt. It tastes bubbly on the tongue, and finishes smooth. Nothing special here, but all-around, a very good lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 02:50:48 | More by tlinner
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 06:50:21 | More by Gmann
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 23:39:02 | More by SilentSabre
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 23:53:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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william5586

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 20:37:39 | More by william5586
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 00:58:18 | More by drpimento
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 17:45:02 | More by ATPete
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AltBock

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 17:20:49 | More by AltBock
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animal69

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +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...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 00:04:37 | More by animal69
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 02:59:48 | More by emerge077
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 13:29:16 | More by mdagnew
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