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Spaten Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 193
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2009)
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falloutsnow

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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: France 44, Minneapolis, MN
Date: L299216L on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Spaten's Dunkel is a fairly satisfying, slightly kilned malt forward dark lager that has plenty of caramel-like sweetness with bread crust and toasted nut flavors. Easily drinkable, fairly low alcohol, and generally satisfying. Not sure why this isn't more widely availble in the states, considering Spaten's enormous owners. One I'd pick up again if in the mood for these flavors.

Pours a modest 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, which fades in about one minute to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few medium-sized islands of thin foam lingering atop the body. Lacing is good, with an above-average scattering of lines and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange-brown color, with light revealing dark golden orange hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, moderate in number, high in activity.

Aroma is smooth and without harsh edges, appropriate for a lager. Fairly bold scents of medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, moderately toasted bread, slight toasted almonds, and light yeast.

Flavor is sweet as from syrupy medium-dark caramel, with toasted bread crust and almond notes, and slight roasted malt and woodsy hop characters adding some complexity. Front of palate tastes toasted cracker, medium intensity caramel, light toasted almonds. Mid-palate of syrupy medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, moderately toasted bread cursts and almonds, hints of roasted malt, and slight woodsy hops in the background. Back of palate of dark caramel sweetness, toasted bread crusts, light roast, and faint woodsy hops in the background. Aftertaste of lightly syrupy medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted bread crusts, very light cocoa, and very mild bitterness from dark malt and hop additions.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that has a moderate initial foaminess that gradually fades to a smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with medium-low stickiness clinging to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:54:48 | More by falloutsnow
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New York

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9%

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany hued brew with tan head that leaves behind nice lace.
S: Roasted malt, cocoa and dark fruit aromas.
T: Chocolate, coffee and nut flavors blend together well in this beautifully malty beer.
M: Smooth brew with a creamy texture.
O: Very good München Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Clear dark ruby with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and a little spotty lacing.

s: Mild roasty malt

t: Roasted barley malt with slight fruit undertones. Mild Welch's grape juice-like aftertaste.

m: Light to medium.

o: Not as rich or full bodied as I had expected or hoped for, but a very easy drinking, mildly malty and, curiously, slightly fruity brew.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

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Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
83 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.