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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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83
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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2009)
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Reviews by JMad:
Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a tumbler...

It pours a brown color with a filmy tan head that faded quickly. I could smell some earthy tones along with a hint of toffee and maybe even raisins. The taste is similar with some dark fruit and toffee with some earthy hops coming through in the finish. Feels light with moderate carbonation and it leaves the mouth wet. This is a solid beer, nothing amazing but still good.

JMad, Sep 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium russet color with a a slight amber hue, a sticky off white head atop,aromas of caramel and light roast mainly with a slight tinge of iron.Just well rounded flavors of cocoa with light caramel sweetness,not much hop presence but I didnt expect any.Its easy drinking with some nicer subtle flavors to be had.

oberon, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a very pretty beer. The liquid is dark but not black, more like a darkish brown, but very even with a nice, fluffy off-white head that showed great retention.

Smell - The aroma here really needs to open up as the beer warms, but once it does you get some wonderful sweetish malts just filled with a rich, rich caramel smell.

Taste - The malts here come out nicely and lack that overly bitter bite you find with many cheap efforts at the style. Simplicity reigns here with some big caramel malt flavors and a slight hint of burnt toast.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with some nice, moderate carbonation and a smooth bitterness that is caressed with the gooey sugars into a nice, warm finish.

Drinkability - This is incredibly smooth and quite the rewarding treat. Really this and the Ayinger MDL and maybe the Hofbrauhaus's effort are the only good examples of the style commonly available around the US that I've tried thus far.

RoyalT, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red color with a small, off-white head.

The aroma is clean with sweet malt, caramel candy, and biscuit.

Soft malts on the palate with a touch of earthy hops and a nice, chocolaty fade into a long finish. Mellow carbonation, the mouthfeel is a tad thin, though not watery. Definately a solid beer.

brownbeer, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of generallee
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. There was no noticeable freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: It has a deep reddish amber body that is very dark but also has good clarity. On top there is a thin light tan head that fades quickly down to a ring of lacy foam.

Smell: The aroma has just a simple sweet caramel malty presence with no hint of hops at all.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a candy like sweetness with caramel, light roasted notes and very light floral hops in the background. The palate has a sweet malty finish, soft carbonation and a modest medium body that is very drinkable.

Notes: It reminds me of a lighter bodied, average tasting bock beer. It's simple and sweet but not cloying, so I could see myself drinking a few more of these.

generallee, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of EROCK83
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

EROCK83, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of squeakmeister
3/5  rDev -18.3%

squeakmeister, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured a nice dark, almost brown, but seemed a bit more amber in the light.

S: The smell was very dark, and earthy, with roasted barley smells.

T: The taste was very good overall, it was fairly sweet for the aroma that I was picking up, and it finished with a pumpkin aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel was good, it was smooth and finished smooth, not too much carbonation on this one.

D: I'd rate this higher if it was priced more effectively, and I know, some are going to say, you get what you pay for when you purchase beer, while I agree with that sentiment, I still feel beer of all styles and all greatness should be reasonably priced.

Overall, good beer, I'd recommend it for a fall, or early winter beer. Cheers.

NicholasCasber, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +9%

Milkysunshine, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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!

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

On tap
Dark amber brown with a durable foamy beige head.
Surprisingly rich and nutty aroma. This is followed up by the flavor which is nutty but not rich. The feel is a bit too thin and might benefit from a touch higher carbonation.

chinchill, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +9%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed pack received as a gift.

Pours a clear chestnut color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky dark caramel malts with hints of nuttiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark caramel malt flavors that are lightly toasted kick things off and are followed by a hint of nuttiness that carries through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle without a problem however I'm not sure I'd like another.

Overall this beer didn't have a whole lot going on to make it stand out but I thought it was solid. Worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of testch09
4/5  rDev +9%

testch09, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +9%

LXIXME, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle (scary!!!!) into a pils glass. It looks good despite my initial fear from being in a stinky green bottle. The beer is garnet with dollops of just off white suds. Not a bad start.

The nose is sweet and has a full malt aroma. Slightly toasted in the background but not overly caramelized. Nice and simple.

A fine lager. Clean and crisp with a meaty malt backbone. There is a nice subtle bitterness that works well to just balance the larger grain presence. Again, simple and fantastic.

The mouthfeel is the only thing that slips a little in my book. It tends to be a little tart and not really a full bodied beer as the style should be. The carbonation is also a tad aggressive which sizzles a little much and distracts from the fine malt profile. It is however an easy drinking beer and one I've been happy to wrap my soup coolers around.

jbphoto88, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of RichardMNixon
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.

RichardMNixon, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten- Dunkel

A- Deep creamy brown with a big heavy lacing head.
S- Sweet brown sugar and caramel malt.
T- Thick and sweet caramel malt. Brown bread and bread crust with molasses and caramel make this a nice thick malty beer.
M- Thick and creamy smooth. Moderate sweetness throughout.

Overall- very easy to drink and quite good for 1 of my first Dunkel's of 09'

NJpadreFan, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

MrVonzipper, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of javlin624
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

javlin624, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chocolate colour body with some mocha head. From Half Time. Maltish aroma, a modest roastiness. Average mouthfeel. Very good drinkability, though somewhat sweet. A tad yeasty. Finishes a little drying. Another decent INBEV beer. I would have this again.

Sammy, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of haddon
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at flying saucer in Nashville.

dark mocha color with decent off-white head. little lacing down pint glass. looks like it has potential

notes were a little light on the nose. did catch some malty caramel smells with lightly toasted grains and nuts. was expecting more considering its appearance

sweet malts on the palate. cocoa & caramel with very little hop presence. kept waiting for more to come through as it warmed but didn't happen

light to medium body with light carbonation

this beer was drinkable but borderlines on not much happening. I kept thinking it was going to start slow and take off, but no. not bad and not great. just OK.

haddon, Dec 15, 2010
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Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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