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Dunkel Lager - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

77 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AnalogReigns on 12-19-2009)
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3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

willardt09, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Kurmaraja, Apr 09, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

22oz Bomber

Yet another beer sent my way by the likes of Wilson. Who does he think he is? Olde Meck's Dunkel is mahogany hued with glowing ruby highlights in each facet of the mug. The clarity and glow are exceptional. A dusty beige head, bubbly and crackling, rises to a finger in height, peaks, then falls to a skim coat. Odds and ends of foam decorate the glass.

The nose is chock full of clean, mouthwatering maltiness. Brown bread, still warm, along with a sprinkling of spicy hops are the first components to emerge. Toasty grains and caramel maltiness, as clean as can be, runs middle to finish. While the hops seem spicy upfront they become herbal toward the back.

Flavor runs along the same vein as the nose. Malt and hop in perfect balance. Brown bread kicks things off, a little spicy with the hop character. Doughy sweetness and toasty grains rise mid palate with herbal notes stepping forward. Undercurrents of caramel add depth. Each individual flavor is bright and crisp. Very well put together.

The body feels like it has a moderate weight but with the perfectly dialed in carbonation it pushes through with ease, creating weightlessness. The herbal happiness is mild but lingers long after the swallow with balancing doughy sweetness. Drinkability is off the charts.

I've had a few of Olde Meck's offerings and I'll be damned if they're not one of the best, most authentic brewers of German style lagers in the States. Their dunker is malty and clean with just enough bitterness to create a balance that's infinitely quaffable. Thanks again, Wil, a new favorite!

joe1510, Mar 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

FarmerTed, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

KevinGordon, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

meehandennis, Feb 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

RochefortChris, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ThirstyHrothgar, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Skelton, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ejohnson654, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

dvmin98, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

clemson14, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

brauseboof, Dec 08, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -22.4%

No head, a bit of lacing

No odor.

Deep amber you can just barely see through

Not as good as the Warsteiner, but grows on you. Maltiness that rolls gently down the throat. Very little carbonation.

A back-up utility infielder of beers.

The first one we've struggled to get 250 characters on.

Bernoulli, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mc4z, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Kmlund, Oct 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a somewhat modest head; still, it leaves some splashy lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Toasted brown bread with earthy and slightly herbal hop tones

Taste: Toasted brown bread and earthy hop flavors on the front end; a bit of herbal lager twang builds in the middle and controls the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not many craft brewers try the German styles and the dunkel, in particular; this is a pretty good example of the style

brentk56, Jul 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

braican, Jun 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

hockeyfighter19, Jun 02, 2013
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Dunkel Lager from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.