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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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1/5  rDev -72.8%

02-09-2012 06:32:01 | More by bmcduff2
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

03-17-2012 01:28:22 | More by MortarPestle
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

03-23-2014 04:11:47 | More by kraticus41
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

10-31-2012 03:35:43 | More by SavvyStudent
Photo of mcoh1030


2.17/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another reviewer noted the term "boring". I'd echo his sentiments. I'm not familiar with Dunkels so I'm not in a position to compare this brewer with others.

However, if you like dark beer don't expect this one to give you the German dark beer experience. It just falls short. Sure it's got flavor and a nose but all in all I can't think of a moment in time where I would choose this style over others.

If your going for an imported dark, stick with Spaten's Optimator.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 13:25:24 | More by mcoh1030
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

03-08-2012 22:40:09 | More by jk3
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2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, well, standard European lager like smells. In the taste, a small roast inside of a standard European lager. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lager like grain in the aftertaste. Basically, a standard European lager with a note of like caramel like roast.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 19:15:53 | More by OWSLEY069
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2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With the dark color I was expecting a heaver body and deeper taste but was disappointed and feel that this is just a pilsner with food coloring and cinnamon. It has that sourness of the original Spaten but toned down with a bit more focus on malts, but not much more. It burns a bit going down and I wasn't too motivated to finish the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 02:02:34 | More by DesMoinesMike
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2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant reddish-mahogany and smells bready and faintly malty with delicate touches of cereal and apricot. The nose is a little weak considering the color and that weakness continues on the palate which feels a little watered down. A slight oily maltiness and a balancing, but equally nonstriking, hoppiness lead to a crisp and very short finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:55:43 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

05-30-2012 01:24:23 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

12-09-2011 01:43:01 | More by jophish17
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2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this Dunkel with no real preconceived notion of what I would end up with.

Appearance: Pours with very little head that dissipated quickly, as is the case with other Spaten beers I have tried. No lacing at all. A dark amber colored beer.

Smell: Dark fruit, perhaps raisin, or berry apricot, some yeast smell carrying a heavy expectation of a full taste.

Taste: Surprisingly light, slight yeast taste but still with a little dark fruit. Average flavor for a dark German beer. Expected something a bit more robust.

Mouthfeel: Flat with little carbonation for a bottle beer. Enjoying this glass seems like a draft from an under carbonated draught.

Drinkability: Good flavor for a session beer

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:50:24 | More by jnezda
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12-21-2012 19:44:14 | More by sendbeer
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not my favorite here. pours dark brown and flat like the left over morning coffee down the drain with the dinner dishes. smells malty and astringent. taste is really funny, german malts yes, but in weird proportion. the dark roast thing doesnt seem to work here, and the mouthfeel is rough with so little carbonation and a full body. not sure if i got a bad bottle, i know a lot of these green glass imports can be mishandled, but i really didnt care for this brew and i am a lover of dunkels

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:28:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Cola brown with very little head, even with an aggressive pour.

S - Wheat, mixed with a very distinct light-struck funk. Some Caramel malts in the background, but are hard to discern through the off funkiness.

T - A bit better than the smell, but still pretty disappointing. Lots of malt, mostly of the sweet variety. Pretty one dimensional but not bad.

M - A bit watery, even for the style, without much carbonation. Feels quite limp and thin.

D - The thin feel of this mixed with its slightly off nose makes it a tough one to enjoy. It is an easy drinking Lager, but far from interesting. Overall just an average beer that I doubt I will buy again. (if anything, I may pick up another bottle in the future just to make sure it wasnt a bad bottle due to improper storage. the lightstruck hint in the nose has me a bit concerned that this bottle was not truly representative of this brew)

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 01:54:08 | More by Bobby12many
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2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of all places, I had this at an Irish pub in Canada. It was in a tall, thin. pint glass. This has a somewhat dirty, golden color. It has a very bitter taste, yet has a very smooth finish. Very bitter for a lager. A very light feeling in the mouth complements the bitterness nicely.


Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 00:25:01 | More by smithza9
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2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at the Gingerman in Houston. Poured in a pint glass. Appears dark brown color with a tan head that dissiptes quite rapidly. Very earthy in the aroma with some grain. Some light chocolate and caramel in the taste but no depth. Quick, dry finish. I expected more from this beer. Was a little let down. The first Spaten beer that I didn't care for too much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 01:27:22 | More by atpben
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt, barley, some yeast and grassy notes with some hops bitterness. Palate is a light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, barley, yeast with some bitter hops ending for balance. Nothing really outstanding, but overall a pretty good easy drinking dunkel, an average brew

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 18:32:12 | More by Samp01
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-12-2013 08:03:43 | More by richwalpole
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-06-2012 23:46:24 | More by Pasatron
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-07-2014 06:15:26 | More by kerry4porters
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-30-2013 06:11:11 | More by Cvescalante
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-01-2014 17:18:53 | More by pisano
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Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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