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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2009)
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Photo of jovy1097


4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into nonic pint.

Appearance: Translucent brown with sparkling carbonation and a huge 1 1/2" head that diminishes to a nice film.

Smell: Bready, malty, caramel. Wonderful!

Taste: Delicious, nutty brown bread with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Malty profile with very little hops presence. Toasty and sweet without being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, noticeable carbonation with a medium feel.

Drinkability: Definitely a keeper. I love bready, malty, slightly sweet beers and this one fits the bill perfectly. I haven't had many dunkel lagers, but this really scored above expectations for me.

02-18-2010 04:28:02 | More by jovy1097
Photo of jbphoto88


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
Photo of charlzm


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

Consumed direct from bottle, 2009/01/20.

Cannot comment on appearance as beer was not visible inside bottle.

Aroma has a bit of sour cherry and some caramel malt, though these aromas were bashful.

Flavor is similar to other Spaten beers - melanoidin. Traces of the tart cherry (infected?) and toasted malt peek through. Flavor comes on sharply and leaves fast. Unremarkable, at best.

Well-carbonated and lively in the mouth, though not amazingly so.

One's my limit on this middle-of-the-road brew. I want something more flavorful.

01-22-2010 01:28:32 | More by charlzm
Photo of aristeros


4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

I've had Spaten before and found them to be middle-of-the-road. Part of a sixer; poured into a mug. Pours a light cola brown with half a finger of creamy head. Good lacing. Smells of biscuit caramel, and some nuts, with a bit of floral hops.

Sweet, but not the sweetest dunkel I've had. Toasted malts, biscuit, some nuts, with a surprisingly crisp hop finish. Medium-bodied, with a lighter, brown-ale-like mouthfeel. Good drinkability due to a decent amount of character and a low ABV. I could finish the six-pack, and would, if this weren't the last one!

01-18-2010 03:07:09 | More by aristeros
Photo of beerguru15


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

I tried the Spaten Munchen Dunkel not to long ago. When pouring the beer it appeared to be a Dark Amber color, with little smell to it. The head was small, but depreciated fast

The Dunkel has a smooth taste, but I didn't think it was as strong as the typical German dunkel.

Overall this beer wasn't bad, and had a nice taste to it, I'd buy again but it wouldn't be my top priority.

01-13-2010 02:55:34 | More by beerguru15
Photo of kpoole25


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz green bottle to glass. Dark brown, with some red at the edges, tan head faded quickly. Smelled sweet and grainy, some roast, maybe a little funk (but no skunky smells despite the green glass). Nice malty flavor, some caramel and roasted coffee (or nuts?). Didn't detect hops much. Good carbonation (more creamy than prickly), overall not too heavy, easy to drink.

01-03-2010 22:58:20 | More by kpoole25
Photo of animal69


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

A- pours a clear deep reddish-brown color w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates immediately leaving little lace in my pilsner glass

S- not a strong smell, mostly a darker baking bread aroma with hints of nuts and toffee

T- a sweet, strong whole grain bready malt taste from the onset, a light initial bitter hop keeps it in check tho, some roasted nuts and dark fruits come in at a certain point, a fairly clean, crisp finish leaving nothing but maltieness behind

M- a surprisingly light body with plenty of co2

D- a highly drinkable beer, one of the best dunkels around IMO

12-31-2009 22:19:47 | More by animal69
Photo of glid02


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
Photo of jeranbrews


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Small head almost need a magnifying glass (-pts). Beer color is that of light viscosity motor oil. No carbonation, however great lacing. (+pts)

S - Strong rich powerful hops that invade and annex your nostrils. But after a few min the smell turns to a more simple pacified malt.

T - A few of the aforementioned hops. A bit simple but not bad. Some acidic sourness. Pretty strong flavor, a bit simple but not bad at all. There was an aftertaste of burnt toast and burnt caramel. Even a bit of sweetness after the blitz-hop.

M - Sadly too watery. Needs life. A bit acidic. Like flat Alka-Seltzer.

D - Balance is too far off. And way too flat, otherwise very enjoyable.

12-26-2009 05:45:17 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of NicholasCasber


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
Photo of Mistofminn


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

Tried this at my girlfriends parents house. It was the only beer they had that I hadn't tried before.

Pours a dark brown reddish color with a tan off-white head with great retention. It leaves a little bit of lacing but nothing spectacular. Good looking beer.

The nose really evolves as the beer warms, starting off kind of bland and boring and gaining fruity and caramel like aromas as it rises in temperature. I get sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel and toffee.

Just like the nose, this gains complexity as it warms. Sweet malts, sweet fruits, caramel and toffee with a light toasty character. Pretty good, but nothing too great.

Mouthfeel is light in body with a low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but sort of watery. Drinkability is ok.

I'm not very familiar with the style, so I can't really say if this is true to style or not, so I'm just going to assume it is. I guess I'm just not the biggest fan of the style.

12-12-2009 20:23:31 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of RoyalT


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
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

I got this from Cost Plus.

Appearance- auburn color, little head

Smell- sweet malt, banana

Taste- sweet malt, banana

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- really good, I will definitely drink it again. Spaten has always done a great job with their beers. I'm a big fan.

12-08-2009 02:31:20 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of taxguyjase

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This dunkel beer was a opaque dark auburn color with minimal head. The beer was a bit sweeter than I expected, with some sweet malt, banana, hints of fruit scents and flavors. There was a nice woody/earthy taste at the end, which finished off the beer pretty well. The medium body was nice, smooth and not overly heavy or robust. It's a very fitting representation of a dunkel style beer and I would definitely pick it up again. This is very easy to drink, good ABV (5.50%) and flavorful. So, if you're in the market for a good German beer, give this one a try.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 -dark auburn color, opaque but not cloudy, minimal head
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - sweet malt, banana, some fruit, very fitting for dunkel beer
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - malty, some banana flavor, medium body, solid malty aftertaste, woody taste at end
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - smooth, not overly robust, some aftertaste but flavorful
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - ach ja, baby. Definitely

11-06-2009 21:31:31 | More by taxguyjase
Photo of MisterTiat


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

Served in a Mass Krug

A: Nice amber when held to light, almost black when on the table. Off cream color head, ok retention

S: Roasty

T: Light roasted coffee flavor, but not so strong as to keep me from slamming! Maltiness well balanced by nice hop presence, I think detect some Hallertau

M: Good mouthfeel, beer feels thick and rolls around pleasantly in the mouth

Drinkability: Surprisingly easy to slam! Actually almost dangerously drinkable. It does get a little bit more difficult in a Mass Krug, 2 1/2 liters may be better

11-06-2009 01:52:24 | More by MisterTiat
Photo of 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
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours medium brown with a ruby hue. Thin head. Not much retention and no lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits,bready malts, and hints of grassy hops. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is of raisin bread and butter. Earthy hops in the mix as well. Complex. A decent version of this style.

10-26-2009 23:41:40 | More by riversider76
Photo of Anthony1


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

Smells of malt and dark bread with fainter chocolate and raisin scents. Mild herbal hop mostly it just adds a grassy note. There is a fruity aroma here but it can only be described as raisin.

Starts out sweet and malty with a solid bitterness, more bitter than I would have expected judged by beer type. Strong dark bread flavor like serious Russian black bread flavor deep and rich, nothing at all like the light stuff.

10-06-2009 13:37:38 | More by Anthony1
Photo of BeerManDan


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

It started out with a nice reddish amber color with a medium amount of white foam and a little lace retention. The smell of roasted malts and mild hops were very evident. But, the taste was also of roasted malts and hops, but, a little to weak to carry over a pleasant flavor of the combination of both. A little to bitter on the finish also. Just an OK Dunkel, nothing to get excited about.

09-14-2009 23:40:08 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

The chilled 12-ounce pours clear and ruby-tinted amber in color with a short topping of fast-fading off-white foam. Tiny wisps of filmy lacing mark the passing of the drink onto the sides of my shaker pint glass.

The aroma is mild and malty with a hint of crushed cola nuts and a hefty tracing of dark-toasted bread.

The taste is mild and on the malty-sweet side of things with just a sprinkle of spice. Diluted caramel and more darkened toast are accented by a twinge of drying earthiness.

The drink is light-medium in body with fine-bubbled carbonation. Very drinkable, but pretty unexciting.

09-11-2009 23:02:57 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of MTNboy


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer has a great true to the name dark brown body with a thick foamy. The lace follows the body as you drink all the way to the bottom, in tight clusters. It has roasted malty aroma. The flavor is a little bit metallic but not enough to really care about. The taste of this beer is all about roasty caramel like malt. The mouthfeel is a little more watery than I thought it would be but it is still a medium bodied beer.

09-05-2009 03:42:41 | More by MTNboy
Photo of jnezda


2.55/5  rDev -30.5%

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

09-02-2009 02:50:24 | More by jnezda
Photo of william5586


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

A- Appears light brown at first but takes on a reddish hue when held to the light. Very clear with a small fizzy off white head.

S- Sweet caramel malt.

T- Lightly toasted sweet caramel malt. A little grainy with some nutty flavors. Ample carbonation gives the beer some bite. Light body and maybe a touch watery, but it doesn't really hurt the beer to much. A slight sweetness lingers through the dry finish.

D- A great session beer that I could drink all night.

09-02-2009 02:14:04 | More by william5586
Photo of Overlord


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

A bit underrated, if you ask me.

Pours a dark, softly hued brown with some dark amber. Maybe an inch of off-white foam.

Smells faintly of dark fruits, raisins, and bread-y yeast. Yum. Taste basically delivers on the smell. Bread, yeast, raisins, more dark fruit sweetness than expected. Pretty good. Solid, quaffable. Mouthfeel a bit watery, but decent.

Very drinkable brew.

08-29-2009 07:32:42 | More by Overlord
Photo of tavernjef


4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

Gorgeous firey dark root beer highlighted amber that looks much like an O-fest. A small, dense cap of sandy tanned foam emerges for a bit then escapes without much staying behind other then a slivered collar ring and sparce amount of spotty lace.

Nice nose of gooey dark bready malt with favorably clean cut amounts of dark caramel, molasses, vanilla, and pale dates.

Taste is nice and chewy with a good portion of dark softening breadyness flowing in with a creamy balance of caramel, vanilla, molasses, and tender dark fruity gooeyness hinted at the mid range. Light airy finish of creamy malts sticking it up with a firm coating that is Doppelbock-ish and quite nice to behold.

The body is incredibly smooth and creamy with a malt laden fullness that really clean cuts itself into your palate and makes a for a tender, chewy, candyious treat. Its like a Dobbelbock with a bit of a lighter side to it thickness and ABV.

Yummy stuff and insanely drinkable by many quickly emptying glasses.

08-26-2009 23:26:48 | More by tavernjef
Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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