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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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83
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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +9%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

BrewHawkeye, Dec 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

barnzy78, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of jifigz
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

A: The beer pours a nice dark yet transparent brown. The head disappeared quickly and the head died and disappeared extremely fast.

S: The beer smells of sweet malts. The aroma reminds me of molasses and a very slight spicy hint.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma almost exact. It is extremely sweet and just a little spicy on the tongue. The sugary smell is very much like molasses.

MF: The MF is very clean and leaves your mouth dry. The carbonation is very effervescent.

O: This is a tasty beer. It is a rich and clean tasting dunkel and very sweet and palatable. I drink a lot more ales than lagers and a good lager every now and then really hits the spot.

jifigz, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

weaselchew, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Funny how you can realize you never reviewed what is a fairly common beer. Straight down the middle on the German dark lager style here. Roasted malt flavor is forefront, with a bit of astringency thinning toward the end. Finish is firm, with a parting hops note. I can't imagine we ever get this beer anything approaching fresh, and, particularly for a lager style, it would be interesting to try this in its prime.

Brent, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +36.2%

captainbearcat, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Gotta love free bottles, right? Thanks, Mike! I'm always down for samples. This one pours a clear sunset ruby topped by a a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises flaky biscuits, light hot cinnamon, light caramel, and maybe a blade of grass or two. The taste holds notes of caramel, light biscuit, and what seems like a pinch of nutmeg. It's all pretty straightforward and ends up pretty tasty. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, a nice dark lager, very drinkable, if a bit on the dull side.

TMoney2591, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

iguana1010, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

JSkone09, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

jrutigs, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of OutFox
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Found it left over in a fride from an Oktoberfest sort of party I atteneded.

A - Good dark sort of brown color. Poured into a regular pint glass. Thin sort of head.

S - Caramel malt in the nose. And a lot of it. Underlying sweetness. Smells pleasant.

T - Woah. Raisins. I mean for some reason they are so dominate in the flavor profile and I really like it. Caramel and roasted malty flavor/sweetness is there as well but the raisin flavor for me dominates and is so good.

M - Its sort of heavy but not overly so. Good dunkel mouth feel.

O - Good dunkel from Spaten Haus. I liked it. Really got a lot of raisin, but that might just be me. Enjoyed it.

OutFox, Oct 18, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Mug.

Burnt Umber Amber with a thin offwhite head.

Aroma of toasted malt and a whiff of fragrant floral hops.

mouthfeel: solid, decent.

taste: toasted caramel malt with a light gentle sting of Noble Hops.

Notes: pretty simple stuff. Easy to drink but lacking in complexity. The taste feels a little hollow in the middle. A little more toasted caramel than Spaten's Oktoberfest but seemingly not as well made. Will continue to look for a better Dunkel.

fx20736, Oct 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - deep brown, clear with a one finger tan head that disappears after a couple minutes with just a hint of lacing.

S - big caramel malty nose on this one; mixed in with a bit of bread as well

T - initial hops bitterness is subdued and quickly overtaken by the big caramel malt profile. This never quite gets sweet like a Maibock and instead finishes with a combination of mild bitterness and caramel malt. Some spiciness at the end as well.

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation; definitely heavier than a lager

D - goes down very easy

Hard to pick a final review on this one: it's got some flashes of brilliance, but in the end may be just a touch too subdued to be exceptional. I certainly don't regret drinking it as it was solid, but it wasn't truly outstanding.

DoktorZee, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Callaghan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Czech Pilsner glass. I couldn't find a freshness date or anything on the bottle, but on the inside bottom of the six pack carton was a stamped code of 13 01 02. Maybe this is an exp. code?

A: A thick off-white head quickly died down to nothing in the glass, not even a thin ring. Virtually no lacing. Beautiful mahogany color beer.

S: Malty and hops/floral hints. Toasted something too, but not sure what it is. Simple and nice.

T: Sweet malts dominate. Hops on the back end provide a little bite. Again, simple and nice.

M: After taking a sip, I feel a nice, heavy carbonation. Smooth is the word here, and it slips over the tongue with ease, enticing the taste buds as it moves over the palette. It does not linger too long, but long enough for a nice aftertaste.

O: This beer adds up to more than the sum of its' parts. If you break it down and pick it apart, there are flaws. If you sit back and enjoy this, it's pretty good.

Callaghan, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear deep-mahogany brown body beneath a frothy head of light tan. The head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Interestingly malty like a bock. Hops (which are nice, and quite often missing from the style), caramel, and a bit of toasty malt.

Taste: Caramel, scorched brown sugar, floral hops, gently bready malt. A touch spicy, and moderately bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Once warmed a bit, it's smooth and almost creamy across the palate. Prior to that it offers a standard crispness from a median carbonation level.

Overall: Very nicely done. It's rich, but not overdone; and it's maltiness is superbly balanced by the spicy hops and moderate bitterness.

NeroFiddled, Sep 07, 2011
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
Photo of DavidST
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a brownish color with a slightly off white head. The smell is kind of sweet, a little earthy smells and perhaps some toffee. Feel is light. The taste is a little sweet but also sort of light, there is a little bit of bitterness at the end. Overall not bad.

DavidST, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown amber appearance, fine head that does not last long, raisiny/grapy kind of malt taste just balanced by hops, not heavily carbonated.

This was drunk whilst eating Sauerbraten und spatezel and the whole meal finished with anisette, I don't think that affects my judgement of the brew!

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- light brown with very little head and very low carbonation

Smell- nice biscuity and malty smells, slight raisins and brown sugar,

Taste- has a pretty nice flavor profile, its on the sweeter side but there is a little bit of hops on the finish that kind of keeps things in check, brown sugar and malty notes from nose are there

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with low carbonation right for style

Drinkability/overall- i wound up overall enjoying this six pack from spaten, one thats not most complex but make very nice session beer, though slightly sweet the balance is just right to keep you coming back for more, another respectable showing from a pretty good brewery

Stunner97, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of vonghost
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to tasting this beer because in general I like Spaten beers.

It is a Carmel/brown color that is cloudy and a diminishing head.

I first got a sweet aroma with some earthy and biscuity hints.

Sweet taste and the more I kept drinking the more I started to get some grain or grassy flavors.

Mouth was smooth, light with a short finish. I really enjoyed this beer.

vonghost, Aug 16, 2011
Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.