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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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83
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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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 bagpiper2005:
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Pour: Ice tea color with a small ring of head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Extremely weak. Some wheat and bread, but that's about it.

Taste: Sweet caramel and wheat malts. Not much else going on. Lightly bready, but lacking the rich flavors of banana or clove that you've come to expect out of a good German wheat beer. One-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Carbonation somewhat overdone.

Drinkability: It's pretty drinkable, more like drinking sparkled water.

Final Notes: Not impressed. You could do much better than this one. And for God's sake stop with the green bottles!

12-04-2010 00:01:52 | More by bagpiper2005
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

10-29-2009 22:42:58 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

12-09-2009 02:28:56 | More by RoyalT
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

02-23-2010 03:00:54 | More by brownbeer
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generallee

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

08-25-2009 22:06:47 | More by generallee
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EROCK83


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-21-2012 20:32:21 | More by EROCK83
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squeakmeister

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-29-2012 23:52:18 | More by squeakmeister
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

12-17-2009 20:36:13 | More by NicholasCasber
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-17-2012 22:21:37 | More by NilocRellim
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-12-2012 01:06:40 | More by wattoclone
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Milkysunshine

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

01-22-2012 21:19:40 | More by Milkysunshine
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-15-2013 03:44:48 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%

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!

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

South Carolina

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.

08-23-2014 23:10:08 | More by chinchill
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

12-13-2011 17:28:47 | More by valkyre65
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glid02

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

12-29-2009 03:57:26 | More by glid02
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testch09

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

02-26-2012 14:25:25 | More by testch09
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +9%

03-31-2014 21:15:53 | More by LXIXME
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

01-23-2010 22:00:36 | More by jbphoto88
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

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'

04-14-2009 22:27:12 | More by NJpadreFan
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MrVonzipper

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-18-2012 07:41:52 | More by MrVonzipper
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javlin624

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-30-2014 02:01:57 | More by javlin624
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

08-29-2010 04:40:02 | More by Sammy
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haddon

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

12-15-2010 04:52:08 | More by haddon
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Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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