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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
83
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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%


Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2009)
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Here we go...My first BA review.

Single purchased from Wegman's in a Mix-A-6 Pack or whatever they call it. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- amber/brownish pour that produced a finger of light tan head and quickly died down. Minimal lacing. Pretty standard from the other Dunkels I have seen.

S- brown sugar, toffee, some dark fruits

T- sweet malts, zero bitterness, dark fruits

M- light bodied, little carbonation, smooth

O- not a style that I have had a lot of, but I expected more roasted malt flavors. Very drinkable, smooth and clean. Definitely could put a few down...if someone else made the purchase. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would go out of my way to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:13:22 | More by Zetcha7x
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau's Spaten Dunkel a couple weeks ago for $2.99 at The Bavarian Inn. My buddy @Mottozappa helped re-spark an interest in Dunkel's and Dark Lager's and since I've never had this one before I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a pretty simple and clean design, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber brown color that took on more of a dark ruby and crimson color when held to the light with two fingers of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotting lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, it looked fairly true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by a the malts being the first to show up and they impart a slightly grainy, brown bread, bread crust, toasted, caramel and toffee like aromas with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some dark fruit aromas with a light doughy yeast aroma with an equally light nutty aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but I wish there was some roasted malt aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they are followed by the dark fruits that show up even more then they did in the aroma and it seem to stick out the most in this beer. Up the finish there's a light nutty flavor followed by pretty much no bitterness and a dark fruit, sweet malt and toasted malt like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I want more roast and less dark fruit flavors in my Dunkel's.

M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, light bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of a Dunkel, but I tend to like my Dunkel to have a more noticeable roasted malt aspects and with this beer it was the dark fruits that seemed to stick out the most and that's not really what I'm looking for in a good Dunkel. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp and not filling at all, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one would be enough for me, but if I wasn't worried about taste I'm sure I could drink more than a few of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was nice and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that it wasn't as true to style as I would like and it didn't seem as balanced as some of the better Dunkels. I wouldn't buy a bottle of this again, but I would for sure try it on tap to see if it's any different and I wouldn't recommend this one as a good Dunkel. All in all I was little let down with this one, I was expecting a pretty good Dunkel, but this one didn't live up to my expectations and so far it's my least favorite Spaten beer, better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:40:27 | More by StoutHunter
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: France 44, Minneapolis, MN
Date: L299216L on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Spaten's Dunkel is a fairly satisfying, slightly kilned malt forward dark lager that has plenty of caramel-like sweetness with bread crust and toasted nut flavors. Easily drinkable, fairly low alcohol, and generally satisfying. Not sure why this isn't more widely availble in the states, considering Spaten's enormous owners. One I'd pick up again if in the mood for these flavors.

Pours a modest 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, which fades in about one minute to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few medium-sized islands of thin foam lingering atop the body. Lacing is good, with an above-average scattering of lines and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange-brown color, with light revealing dark golden orange hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number, high in activity.

Aroma is smooth and without harsh edges, appropriate for a lager. Fairly bold scents of medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, moderately toasted bread, slight toasted almonds, and light yeast.

Flavor is sweet as from syrupy medium-dark caramel, with toasted bread crust and almond notes, and slight roasted malt and woodsy hop characters adding some complexity. Front of palate tastes toasted cracker, medium intensity caramel, light toasted almonds. Mid-palate of syrupy medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, moderately toasted bread cursts and almonds, hints of roasted malt, and slight woodsy hops in the background. Back of palate of dark caramel sweetness, toasted bread crusts, light roast, and faint woodsy hops in the background. Aftertaste of lightly syrupy medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted bread crusts, very light cocoa, and very mild bitterness from dark malt and hop additions.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that has a moderate initial foaminess that gradually fades to a smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with medium-low stickiness clinging to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:54:48 | More by falloutsnow
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Paincane

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany hued brew with tan head that leaves behind nice lace.
S: Roasted malt, cocoa and dark fruit aromas.
T: Chocolate, coffee and nut flavors blend together well in this beautifully malty beer.
M: Smooth brew with a creamy texture.
O: Very good München Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:29:31 | More by Paincane
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Clear dark ruby with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Mild roasty malt

t: Roasted barley malt with slight fruit undertones. Mild Welch's grape juice-like aftertaste.

m: Light to medium.

o: Not as rich or full bodied as I had expected or hoped for, but a very easy drinking, mildly malty and, curiously, slightly fruity brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 05:09:24 | More by scotorum
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kaplunk02

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Completely clear dark amber topped with a large, dense head that dissipated quite quickly leaving no trace on the inside of the glass.

S: Very bready and malty aroma with a caramel sweetness. It wasn't upfront or dominant but I also detected a strong hop presence behind the other elements.

T: Mostly malty and bready as with the smell but with a slight bitter bite which I expect comes out of the roasted malt. I didn't taste as much caramel as I expected but there is a sweetness and a raisin-like flavor.

M: Very light and crisp. Goes down smooth.

O: Not the most complex flavors but totally true to the style. A great beer if you are after something darker in color and flavor but with the smooth, refreshing, simplicity of a lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 21:14:31 | More by kaplunk02
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a mug, a dark ruby color and frothy white head covers the top.

Smell is exceptionally carmely and toffee like. Tons of bready sweetness here.

Flavor is the same. A touch of toffee and hint of roasted character, but mainly dominated by the sweet bready and caramel flavors.

A bit too much carbonation for my liking, but still within the realm for this style.

A decent dunkel, not the most complex beer, but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:35:48 | More by taylor714914
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Hex

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a go to beer for me and I can never speak many flaws about spatens line up.

A- right of the bat the beer is beautiful. Pours a gorgeous deep reddish brown. Almost like a cherry cola. 4 finger head no less, of khaki colored froth. Nice little retention not too much not too little. Lacing just hangs around, with every sip it records the level of beer in the glass! Couldn't ask for more at this point.

S- Very strong malty presence with coffee and oatmeal raisin dreams just emitting from the glass. Not too much beyond that. Leaves a bit of space for the imagination.

T- Malts... endlessly deep malts; very toasty. Currants, concords, and raisin... a little bit of butter cracker, a small aftermath of dark chocolate. All is pronounced and nothing is overpowered. Sheer Perfection.

M- Not the highest carbonation. Some people may describe this beers mouthfeel as "chewy" but I do enjoy those... It happens to have some calories so do not expect the beer to be super refreshing. To me yes, to most... no. Medium bodied beer no doubt.

O- Still and will always be my favorite spaten! the others in the line up compete and though not much separates them, they fail to beat the Dunkel. Year round, its a great beer to enjoy, but perfect for the beginning of spring and mid fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:22:38 | More by Hex
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Brouwerij78

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I drank at Oktoberfest 2010. I also grab a glass or two on the weekend at the local Bavarian resort near my house. This is a smooth, dark, rich and semi-sweet brew that is very easy to drink (almost goes down like water). I am a big fan of Spaten in general, this being my favorite variety they put out. The purity of the ingredients lend to the purity of the flavor balance and smooth quality of this beer. The flavor of the malt and hops is so delicately balanced being a dark beer it makes this one of the more unique German beers that I have found. The smell is very sharp, fresh and potent which matches the full and robust flavor upon first sip. These are easy to drink indeed, but watch out because they pack a whallop of alcohol that can sneak up on you.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 16:51:01 | More by Brouwerij78
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wac9

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

what a wonderful beer its a great tasting beer a dark red beer taste great , but the smell its smells like a green bottle not skunkie just a green bottle smooth tasting dark red smooth going down very nice beer to drink hope to find it again enjoy it

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:33:08 | More by wac9
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RyanTeeter

New York

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: A very pretty beer. Ruby red chocolate in color. Very clear, with limited amount of light allowewd through. Head was a pretty khaki color but left as quickly as it came.

s: Wonderful citrus roasted chocolate flavors! Very delightful. I am getting some vanilla aromas on the end.

t: The flavor is delicious. I really am enjoying it. A very smooth chocolate flavor with an ending flavor of vanilla and grassy malts. Again, very plesant.

m: Nice coverage witin the mouth. Not real heavy but not very light. Light oil texture, but each sip and it's flavors all manage to disappear between gulps.

o: I know I mentioned it earlier but I really enjoyed this beer. Veryy unique flavors - reminds me of some vanilla casket beers, only lighter on the vanilla and heavier on the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:42:19 | More by RyanTeeter
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T100Mark

California

3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 12 ounce bottle (no Euro Weenie bottle here) in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Dark amber color. Great clarity. The head disappeared almost immediately. Zero lacing.

Smell - Nutty. Malty. Nice.

Taste - Malt. Carmel. Herbs. Faint smokey flavor. Slightly sweet. Very smooth. Mild.

Mouth - A little thin. The carbonation is on the fine side.

Overall - Good but not great. I expect a bit more from the Germans.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 03:01:29 | More by T100Mark
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful dark ruby color. Thin white head that fades a little too quickly

Mouthfeel - Could use some more carbonation. other wise, a nice consistency.

Taste - Dark fruit, I taste raisins, a touch of bitterness to help balance the great malty sweetness, nothing overpowering,

Smell - freshly poured, it's amazing, rich, full flavor, dark fruit,

Overall - tastes like a beer that should have more alcohol, I really wish it did. If it had as much alcohol as Spaten's Optimator (7.5%), I'd get a sixer of this regularly. Nonetheless, a great tasting brew with plenty to offer. My first dunkel, and based on it's low ratings, I'm guessing I need to go try some more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 00:36:54 | More by TastyAdventure
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a brown-mahogany color with highlights of red shinning through. Upon pouring there is a small off-white head that fades fast leaving very little lacing on the sides of the glass but a thin film floating atop the brew that lasts for quite some time.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and toffee sweet smell mixed with some notes brown bread and a light amount of cocoa.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor of dark roasted malt with some light chocolate and caramel. The sweeter flavors that were present initially fade quickly as some flavors a more bitter grape/wine come to the tongue. This more bitter wine like flavor as well as a light herbal hop flavor, that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, end up combining with the roasted malt and the light sweetness to leave a odd fruity, roasty, and somewhat of light bitter tannin flavor to be left the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The thickness and creaminess of the beer was very average with a carbonation level that was average as well. The middle road fits this beer rather well as the darker flavors would likely be better with lower carbonation and higher thickness, while the wine like tannin and sweet flavors are likely better with the opposite (thin body and higher carbonation).

Overall – While at first I wasn’t wild about the brew, it grew on me as I drank it more. The mix of the roasted flavors and the more fermented grape flavors create a rather soothing taste. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:11:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark dark brown with red highlights. A nice creamy tan head forms around the top of the beer.

The aroma is of dark malts, caramel, an chocolate. Everything is in wonderful harmony and no off flavors are detectable.

The taste is sweet without being cloying and a mixture of caramel, roasted malt, bread, and chocolate.

The body is medium but very smooth on the pallate.

This is really enjoyable. I don't get to drink enough dunkel an this beer reminds me exactly what I am missing out on.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:24:22 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten München Dunkel has a thick, lively beige head, a clear, bubbly reddish-brown appearance, and lots of splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet brown bread, and the flavor is the same with some slight caramel, wine, and hop notes. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, and Spaten München Dunkel finishes semi-dry, crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 15:26:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear dark brown with a quickly dissipating off-white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles in this beer. There are aromas of toffee and roasted malt. I don't get many hop notes in the nose. The taste follows the nose. There's some mild sweetness and the roasted malt is there. The hops bring some grassy flavors. It's very straightforward and non-offensive. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a crisp finish. It's very drinkable. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 03:27:42 | More by acevenom
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BigBarley

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out nicely, looks thin and fizzy. Carbonation swelled to about half a finger and recedes fairly quickly. Head is an off-white color. Deep amber, brown hue, but visibly thin. Looks about right for a dark lager.

S - Sweet caramel, roasted malt, slight biscuit notes. Virtually no hops detectable except possibly an extremely faint note at the back. Very prominent sweetness, but not much complexity, A good smell, regardless.

T - Initially the taste is very much a roasted taste. Black malt domination, with a roasty bitterness at the end. Negligible hops. Fairly one-dimensional, all you can really discern is a faint caramel touch, wrapped and dipped in black Munich malt. If you like stout but need something lighter, this is a great option.

M - Excellent feel, light enough for a lager, but not so light you forget you're drinking beer. Carbonation is lively and crisp, without being overpowering. There's a thickness that's necessary in dark beers, and this beer just touches that line. Thin enough for a gulp, but nicely filling for a lager.

O - Not what I would call a spectacular, mind-blowing brew, but it's quite delicious if you're in that dark, malty mood. Not entirely complex, but satisfying nonetheless. I'd drink it again, but I can't honestly say this style is anything more than an occasional treat. Highly recommended for early explorers of craft brew

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 11:59:26 | More by BigBarley
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pour that looked like a generic cola, dark brown flimsy beige carbonation head that falters on the side of the glass. Harsh aroma, not pleasant, alcohol and industrial cleaner type of aroma. Can't recall seeing a beer of this color (dark) in a green bottle.

Taste was a little better, the aroma harshness was a little much, not as bitter or alcoholic as I was expecting it to be. Flavor is lighter and easy going, don't let the color fool you. Some licorice like notes got in there though, I don't know if that's the yeast or what. Not really getting the dark roast flavors, just the bitterness, which, while less than I expected after getting hit in the nose with the smell, is still above average for style.

Overall, this is an average dunkel lager, with a far below average aroma. Sheesh. Bring on the nail polish!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 17:29:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a seidel. Transcribed from notes.

A: Dark ruby-brown body with lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Thin off-white head that eventually disappears.

S: Lots of yeast and malt with a faint whiff of dark fruit and caramel.

T: Bready with some chewy caramel malt.

M: Medium bodied, a bit sticky sweet at the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:53:37 | More by RichardMNixon
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a sizeable white head that settles quickly. Color is amber, more reddish held up to light.

Smell: It's a lot like Spaten's Optimator doppelbock -- hearty figs, apples, and brown sugar (and no hops).

Taste: Has some good complexity and breadth, but not necessarily a whole lot of depth. It's got a good mix of the lighter Munich malt and the schwarzbier-like Carafa flavor. I'm less familiar with German hop varieties, but I couldn't really detect much.

Mouthfeel: Modestly filling and medium-bodied, with a clean lager finish. Some lingering sugar in the back.

Overall: Solid beer. Would pair well with marinated steak.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:33:57 | More by fountainofyouth
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten dunkel is like ruby brown in color and is super crystal clear. Really good carbonation, but a smaller head that fades real fast.
Aroma is as expected sweet malts with hints of crusty bread and dark fruits.
Taste is sweet and malty with crusty bread stewed fruits and toffee. It's super smooth and really soft on the palette.
Good drinking, no doubt but is kinda sweet too.
I think this beer woud pair well with Sugaree by Jerry Garcia.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 21:42:42 | More by micromaniac129
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pkalix

California

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

spaten has always had a special place in my heart, especially with the club-weisse years ago, but with the world getting smaller and other, more obscure and nefarious breweries coming to the fore-front, i am realizing their place in the world. spaten has a distinct flavor profile which i cannot pin down but i will always respect them.
A- beautiful dark ruby-esque with minimal head retention and little carbonation.
S- typical spaten. love it, but beginning to realize there's a certain 'commerciality' to it all.
T- same as SMELL above. definitive flavor, which can also be found in the other Spaten brews line up.
M- typical. not as much carbonation as a Beck's or a Heineken, but the covers are starting to be pulled away from the vision and the realization that there is a trademark flavor associated with the brewery.
O- still love 'em. my first love at OLD WORLD in huntington beach. still brings back memories of that under-aged chicken dance with a woman twice my age and the flat tire on the way home during OKTOBERFEST with Steve. like a first romance (which doesnt result in a jail stay), i'll always remember spaten as my first and the great times i had before i found all the other great things brough to my front door due to greater trade abilities in the world. but still a great brew. BRING BACK THE CLUB-WEISSE! also, listed as a 5.2%, not the 5.5% as on the site.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:41:42 | More by pkalix
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear dark brown with vibrant ruby hue, large thick and foamy light tan head that reduces to a solid inch layer on top.

S- Cereal grains, sweet malt, musty, caramel, cacao, toast, slight herbal hop.

T- Sweet and malty, a bit of toffee, Biscuity, hints of cocoa, finishes dry and slightly bitter with an underlying herbal hop.

M- feels a little watery, medium body, low carbonation, just a little too slick for me.

O- a pretty good Dunkel, nothing special but definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:20:13 | More by Treyliff
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with reddish hues in the appearance of this beer. Not opaque, but dark enough to keep you from really checking out what's going on in the glass (the most you'll see is a reddish brown wall with the shadow of your fingers holding the glass). A frothy nougat head sits quietly up top. Carbonation bubbles rising. Appearance: 4/5

Caramel in the nose. Chocolate fudge, raisins, figs, crust of brown bread. An underlying herbal hops aroma rises up as it warms. Aroma: 4/5

Dark and caramel malts send suggestions of cocoa nibs and caramel to the taste buds. Hops come through with a gentle and balancing bitterness. Cold coffee. Dark chocolate bar flavor drys and lingers on the tongue. Taste: 3.5/5

A touch watery at times, but a quaffable dunkel, for certain. Medium to full bodied; I really can't decide. Feel: 3.5/5

Overall I give this brew a 4 out of 5. The fragrance is really enjoyable and appealing as it is malty and robust. The taste is complex, rich, sweet and dry. Though I said it was a touch watery, that characteristic improves its drinkability. 5.2% ABV on the bottle, lower than what I've read elsewhere, and that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:43:55 | More by DerekP
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Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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