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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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rkinsella

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimple mug, cola colored, clear, off white head, average retention and lacing.

The smell of toasted raisin bread, perhaps a bit of plum and a very slight whiff of alcohol.

Taste is bread like and toasty...brown sugar note trailing to a minimal hop finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability is high

Very good Dunkel overall. Exactly what it should be, a bit more complex and toasty than a Helles, with the same drinkability. I really want to try this on tap with some German food.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:42:18 | More by rkinsella
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smithza9

Michigan

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 00:25:01 | More by smithza9
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured a clear, dark amber with a small light tannish head.

S: Nose is bready with caramel, perhaps of syrup as well

T: Tastes of caramel and bread, wheat amd syrup

M: Sordove syrupy and coating

D: Ok Dunkel but not one pf the best or one I would recommend

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:02:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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PintOHops

California

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

Glass - Mug

A - A nice mahogany color with a 2-3 finger head, it's slightly off white & dissipated rather quick. A bit of Co2 can be seen but not much, it left a spot here & there with a nice ring of foam that held atop the beer for most of the consumption.

S - Grassy & floral hops with an underlying nutty & biscuit malt. It's also got some caramel that's mild-moderately sweet smelling, soft husk in there as well.

T - Herbal grassy hop flavors hit you upfront & unfold into smooth, soft malt flavors. I get husk, nuts, caramel. It finishes a bit dry with some grassy hop flavor, mild bitterness, and no lingering flavors.

M - It's lite-moderately crisp with a nice smooth medium body.

D - Highly quaff-able, I'd love to sit back and drink a sixer of this brew. I loved it's mild nutty flavor profile that demands you to take sip after sip. Mouthfeel is very good as well, smooth with just the right amount of Co2. I really recommend this beer, I'd definitely like to pick this one up sometime. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 21:57:47 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

glass: mug

A: Beautiful mahogany color with a 2-finger head, great looking in a mug. Very clear. No lacing left though, just a few splotches here and there.

s: When i opened the bottle it almost smelled slightly skunked. It is in a green bottle. Once in the mug, i don't get that smell anymore. forward on the malt, lots of caramel, toast bread, just a hint of fruit followed by grassy hops. Semi-dry.

t: It seems that the grassy hops are forward in the taste. Followed by a light date fruit flavor, caramel, cracker, toast and finishing with a little hop bitterness and a nice fresh dough flavor.

m: Light feel, moderate carbonation

d: Highly drinkable, light and refreshing. I prefer a different hop flavor and i almost want to say it's slightly skunked but can't be sure. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 21:56:59 | More by JosiahS
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WeezyBoPeep

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from the bottle, call me lazy.

A: Awesome bottle design, Munich skyline in the background. The glass is green, uh oh...

S: Smells great. Malt and dark fruit up front; raisins, figs, dates and prunes with a significant yeasty presence on the nose.

T: Same as the smell pretty much but a little watered down. I'd love to try this on tap in a bar in Munich.

D: I could pound these all night. Though I can't claim to be an expert on this style, this seems highly drinkable for a dark beer. It'd be a good dark beer to give to someone who claims not to like dark beers. In fact, I did just that and the guy liked it. Go figure.

Value: $6.99 for a sixer??? Cannot complain.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:53:19 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Thrilled to see this one back on the shelf. Thrilled enough to go out and get a sixer of it! The nice
dark caramel pour just lifts your feelings right away as the subtle head of light tan just really
pulls it all together for me.

Aroma is nutty, roasted nuts, hints of caramel, brown sugar, touches of light coffee and nice herbal,
grassy notes. Each sip was like caramel and bready heaven. Really nicely done here as it had a
tremendous depth of flavor while maintaining a light and well balanced feel to it. Smooth, rich,
creamy, the perfect late afternoon session ale.

Overall just amazing quality as always. Hard to really find much fault with just about anything they
do. I could have this one again in a heart beat.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:26:56 | More by mikesgroove
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer that made me love Spaten! I would get it by the case!

A - Darkish black tone with inch of fluffy head. Looks perfect in the Spaten Mug

S - Smells of light fruits like raisins, slight caramel and toffee, and mild bread.

T - Wow what a lager! Chock full of fruit caramel sweetness (not too overbearing) and bready finish. Love this stuff.

M - For a dark beer it drinks like an everyday lager. For months I thought it was around 6-7 percent.

D - Yes more please. In fact it's been a while so I will need another pour. Glad its now available in the variety case.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:22:12 | More by DrDemento456
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just started seeing this one around recently, thought I'd try it..so, here we go...
poured a dark amber (the color of iced down coca-cola) not much of a head, quickly diminished to thin bubbly collar.
smell of baked bread.
flavor starts with a taste of raisins, and finishing with what tastes a bit to me like rye bread.
mouthfeel was slightly creamy and slick.
drinkability is fine..I could easily drink 5 or 6 of these...no problem! very decent and interesting beer. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 18:10:59 | More by steinlifter
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 6/4/10 notes.Had on tap at Saloon in DC.

a - Pours a dark amber color with a few inches of off white head.

s - Smells of caramel and bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose, mostly caramel malts. Also some bread and grain.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent lager. Some nice caramel malts in the smell and taste. Would try again but probably not seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 23:55:58 | More by mdfb79
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Walken

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spaten: Munchen Dunkel (Obscure bottling date) (Tasted 05/15/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Pours out a nice tan color, looks to be a bit more dark, chestnut brown in the glass with a slow to form head of thick meringue, off-white with a mocha tint. Head leaves some soapy bubbles on the glass and fades into a millimeter crown, thicker around the edges.
Odor: Suggestions of ripe red fruit, hints of toasty, nondescript bread in the background, no sign of hops.
Consistency: Full malty palate, medium, pushing high end of medium bodied. Carbonation is very subtle, there's an almost syrupy aspect to this beer.
Taste: Very sweet from the get-go with hints of chocolate and burnt sugar, slight roasted edge to the chocolate flavors that doesn't offer much in the way of balance. Restrained hints of fruit that lend either acidity or sends my taste buds screaming false positive. Finishes a tad dryer, not by much.

Middle of the road dunkel that loses a bit of steam in my book for being overly sweet for style, especially in the finish. A little bit more carbonation might make this beer a bit crisper, more drinkable, who knows?

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 18:19:16 | More by Walken
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crossovert

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle. Ditch the green, Spaten.

Pours a dark ruby brown with an off-white head and no lacing.

Skunked dunkel. This one is skunked but below it you get the amazing munich dark malts. It is fruity and carmally and wonderful. I'm docking it points though for the use of the green bottle.

Taste wise this is one of the less sweeter versions of the style though it sticks on your tongue a hit heavier than others. It is just an abundance of dark syrupy malt flavors that excite the palate but this one is one of the lesser Munich Dunkels.

Hofbrau dunkel also comes in the green bottle but I've always gotten it fresh, now that is how you do Dunkel, this one is sorta like, meh, but good.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 20:16:39 | More by crossovert
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maleman

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating noted. Dark, almost stout-colored pour. Thin head that receded quickly into nothing. Slight, oily lacing.

S - toasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, is predominate.

T - very biscuity taste that followed the nose. the grain is quite evident.

M - medium-bodied with an aftertaste that tends toward bitter in the back of the mouth. medium carbonation.

D - not a bad quaff. can sit around with friends and have several of these. not a Chimay, but not bad, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 20:59:14 | More by maleman
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colts9016

Idaho

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

Poured into a pokal glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger light tan head that is foamy and creamy with some retention. The color of the beer is dark brown color with some dark garnet highlights. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque.

Nose: A slight funky/skunky aroma. The malt is sweet, toasty, bready, yeasty notes: There is also a phenols, toffee, nutty, and a slight fragrant floral aroma.

Taste: The flavors, sweet, toasty, caramel, yeasty, toffee, nutty, and a slight phenol notes. The funky /skunky aroma doesn't carry through.

The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, carbonate, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is light. This is good dunkel, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:37:19 | More by colts9016
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep bourbon amber with little to no lacing and an off-white head.

smell is a deep sweet roasted toasty sour dark dried fruit marinated in molasses. something like that which translates more subtly in the flavor...mouthfeel is a bit thin, but crisp enough. dry, but finish lingers a bit. carbonation actually a bit over the top is a good thing here. the flavor could be so more rich if the mouthfeel was thicker, but it works in a refreshing way as it is. 'good'...which makes this pretty much a delicious though not as complex as i'd like brew. sure it would work with food, but pleasant enough to enjoy a few rounds. not a go to. but at its price, quite tasty when compared to almost every american macrobrew. there's something admirable here. and somewhat disappointing.

edit: revisited this today on this second record breaking day of east coast heat....5:30pm and it's still 100 degrees! so, this being a very cold brew hits the spot...and some of the above 'criticisms' work to be highlights now...GLAD it isn't thick and overbearing and subtle...very refreshing...actually, the flavor profile is much more pronounced than the day i tried it first in april...my tongue seems to change with the seasons. so, i bumped up a few points to balance these two samplings.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:03:29 | More by mempath
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NA1NSXR

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear caramelly color with some quickly disappating head. Very little carbonation in the look.

Smell - Lightly roasted aroma of medium to medium-weak strength.

Taste - Sweet-ish and light roasted. No bitterness and finishes quite cleanly.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and light bodied while offering some of the flavors that usually only come with a heavier beer.

Drinkability - This beer offers some the flavors of heavier beers in a lighter bodied package that is not gimmicky, 'lite', or watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 05:15:15 | More by NA1NSXR
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cgmees

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a reddish brown color with a small head that quickly disappeared.

S - Aoma is sweet, malty and a little citrus.

T - Balanced which makes it hard to really standout. Sweet with a lit bitter note and as another review indicated, tastes like a toned down weak Optimator.

M - Smooth and a slight fizz of carbonation, slightly slick on the mouth with a pleasant lingering.

D - Drinkable, I still like other brews by Spaten and will likely not buy again simply because I can find other brews that I like better.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:42:41 | More by cgmees
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Split a pitcher at J. Ryan's in Syracuse. The pitcher made this beer look like a porter, but in a smaller glass is became clear brown. I have to say, this brew reminds me a lot of Spaten's Optimator. I guess I wouldn't be surprised if they shared the same yeast and similar grains. Anyways, that meant this dunkel had a big, dark breadcrust flavor with mild licorice around the edges. There wasn't a lot of flavor upfront, but Spaten is a more corporate-tasting (read simple) brand. Not a bad dunkel for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 02:31:57 | More by tempest
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beerfairy

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice head with a reddish brown body. However the head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing in the glass.

S - Prunish, malty and bready smells but not overpowering.

T - Taste of raisin bread and malt

M - Smooth and very little carbonation, close to being flat but still decent. Gives a bit of a slickness to the mouth. Might work well with smoked foods.

D - It's drinkable, not my favorite Spaten product but certainly not horrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 20:46:08 | More by beerfairy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with amber highlights. It had a small, white head of soapy foam that left sudsy trails on the glass.

S - It smelled of malt and some sulfur-like aromas. Not so appealing.

T - Good malty flavor with caramel and toffee. There is a very mild hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager that is fairly dry.

D - This is an okay Munich Dunkel. The aroma was disappointing but the flavor was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 16:31:16 | More by zeff80
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Tone

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, pale malt, and sulfur. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, sulfur, and a hint of pale hops. Overall, the sulfur is dominate, but other flavors account for a decent Munich.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 21:15:00 | More by Tone
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klaybie

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is becoming one of my favorite beers.

Spaten Dunkel pours a dark brown, mahogony I'd say. Good carbonation as well.

Smells malty, rich, and sweet.

There is a good malty sweetness to this one that I happen to like very much. It is somewhat roasted malt and caramel flavored.

The carbonation in this beer is near perfect in my opinion it is quite satisfying to drink.

Overall this beer will always have a place in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 17:57:54 | More by klaybie
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whynot44

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with a modest tan head that disipates quickly to just a ring, but manages a bit of lacing. Looks a lot like coke once the head dies, but less carbonated.

The aroma is toasted malt, bread and caramel with some light earthy, grassy notes.

The taste is also malt, pumpernickle, caramel, toasted nuts and raisins or plums. Finishes with a bit of burnt toast bitterness and grassy hops.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 04:29:57 | More by whynot44
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Pours cola/pekoe tea brown. Some off white head leaves fast. Ring remains. Some lace, but also leaves fast.

S - Nice toasted malt. A little peppery and some spice like coriander.

T - Straight malt. A little thin for me. Some bitter finish.

M - As I said, a little thin and a little undercarbed for me.

D - SUPER easy to drink, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 03:29:52 | More by srandycarter
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KrisPaulk77

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a deep garnet color, with a minimal cream colored head. The head faded after a minute into a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Bits of lacing seen as the beer was consumed.
The aroma was a clean, bread and caramel affair. A slight toasted malt was noticed.
The taste followed suit, clean and simple. Sweet malts, caramel, and a balancing bitterness. A tasty dark lager.
The beer had a decent carbonation and feel.
A decent beer overall. Fairly easy to drink. I'd probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 04:12:11 | More by KrisPaulk77
Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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