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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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Reviews by swh1972:
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swh1972

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-22-2013 01:44:39 | More by swh1972
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep chesnut brown with garnet hue,a reat looking fluffy tan coloread atop.Some bready notes,iron/metallic and light chocolate linger in the nose,lighter but true to form.A little sharp in the mouth with dryer lightly toasted bread flavors along with some light nuttiness and mild caramel-like sweetness.It's a more subtle dunkel and it's good for easy drinking and pairing with food like Iam doing tonight.

12-28-2012 22:22:03 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Daydreaming of beer halls in Munich, and this beer appears in front of us. Chestnut darkness lures us in; tight head on top is not big enough to give us beer mustaches ... we move on. Massive onslaught of a pleasing breadiness in the nose, with hints of herbal hop. Firm, malty palate; semidry. Dark bread, faint sweet edge up front, quite toasty middle to end. Hops for balance, and a great balance there is with undertones of wild herbs and mint. This lager brings us further into that daydream of us drinking liters of Dunkel, which makes us crave fresh Bavarian brezel. Amazing.

04-07-2011 00:13:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2013 17:57:26 | More by Jason
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Draft pour at Sammy's (Belmont, NC) into an OMB pint glass (nice touch, helps to advertise the local boys).

A: Light amber, minimal head and some thick creamy lacing.

S: Big whiff of toasted bread and nuts.

T: Thin up front prior to revealing an interesting complexity of notes, lots of nuts - the bitter husks around pecans especially, some vanilla. Nicely done.

M: Initial effervescence on the tongue evolves into dry bitter goodness.

O: Nice representation of the syle. Easy drinking brew with loads character.

02-17-2012 18:31:41 | More by Mantooth
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

02-22-2013 00:59:16 | More by LXIXME
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-27-2011 01:13:02 | More by whitekiboko
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dirtylou

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

74oz growler, split/consumed on christmas eve

cell phone notes

appearance: poured into a standard pint, dark mahogany body with garnet hues, light tan foam head

smell: nutty, toasted grain, caramel malt

taste: dry and nutty - nice toasted malts, caramel, earthy. a nice dunkel lager - 2nd most impressive beer so far from old meck behind the yule bock

mouthfeel: light and dry

drinkability: good

12-27-2009 17:34:14 | More by dirtylou
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Liter swing-top growler into my OMB stange. Thanks go to my buddy Barscream for hooking me up with latest offering from the brewery. Thanks Greg!

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber, with 2-3 fingers of rich off-white foamy head. The retention on this stays very frothy, leaving thick swathes of patchy lace all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with toasted bread and green citric notes up front. Floral and spicy hops mix in to add some deep zesty tang to the nose. Man, the more this warms up, the more roasty smelling it is getting. I'm digging it.

The taste has that same deep roastiness to it but not quite as sharp as the aroma was. There is a terrific feeling silky undercurrent of toffee sweetness also at work here, while that earthy bitterness and spice of the Noble hops gives the profile some lively balance but doesn't overstay it's welcome, instead just gently fading away with this spice and dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with a crisp yet still smooth and creamy nature to the carbonation that just seems to skate across the palate at times. Just a great drinkibility on this, as I killed this growler in no time.

Wow, just another well crafted German style here and these guys are definitely impressing me more and more with each offering that I have from here. This is a great seasonal that I would be drinking a ton of if it was local to me.

02-11-2010 14:46:01 | More by Kegatron
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-28-2014 16:15:08 | More by beerFool28607
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-26-2013 21:24:34 | More by mc4z
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-02-2013 15:57:41 | More by Kmlund
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Illmaticzx

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-22-2012 04:46:38 | More by Illmaticzx
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Bung

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Shaker pint, from notes. A brownish orange pour. Thin layer of white head. Minimal retention or lacing.

Nice toasted malt and caramel aroma. Some straw/grass.

Taste has much more and a lot for a low abv brew. Malt, caramel and large chocolate tones. Finsihes with some nut shel and dry cocoa.

Lighter bodied, drinkability is a no brainer. Only problem for me was the chocolate became a little odd with not much backing it up.

02-25-2011 01:33:58 | More by Bung
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-01-2013 02:42:34 | More by trevorpost
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-22-2013 05:00:27 | More by dvmin98
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-09-2014 20:07:14 | More by KevinGordon
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n2185

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Pours a clear copper with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Sweet crystal malt aromas with candy sugar-like notes, biscuits, sweet breads, and some apricot-like notes.

T: Crystal malts here as well with sweet and hearty bread flavors dominating. There are some caramelized sugar flavors as well and a slightly bitter finish.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is crisp and refreshing.

O: A drinkable and refreshingly clean beer. I wish the flavor had the complexity of the aroma, but it's still tasty, smells nice, and is quite enjoyable.

02-18-2013 17:02:34 | More by n2185
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jegross2

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%

Reviewing the Dunkel Lager from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB).
Score: 78

20 oz pour served in weizen glass at the Carolina Beer Company bar in Terminal D at the Charlotte airport during a two hour layover on 02/11/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The beer is a transparent, chestnut brown or caramel syrup color. Average lacing. Served with a thin layer of off-white frothy head. 3.5/5

Smell: Caramel, dark licorice, roasted barley and toasty grain. 3.5/5

Taste: Toasted grain malt and non-sweet caramel. A little roastiness is counterbalanced by a super mellow hop character. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Malty finish. 3/5

Overall: For an airport beer, this one is pretty good. Full and fair disclosure -- I do not like lagers. This one was certainly in a class above most lagers that I have had the opportunity to sample, but overall this one did not do it for me.

Recommendation: If you like lagers, this one is certainly a beer worth trying. Casual beer drinkers will probably enjoy this brew as a major step up from the American adjunct lager.

Pairings: Rye or pumpernickle crackers.

Cost: $5.99 for a 14 oz pint or $7.49 for a 20 oz pour in a weizen glass (airport prices). If you buy the 20 oz pour at the Carolina Beer Company bar in Terminal D, you get the option of purchasing a shot of any liquor for $3.

02-15-2012 18:04:01 | More by jegross2
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 16:26:03 | More by CBlack85
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from tap into pint glass at clt airport.
Pours a syrup looking amber brown.
Smell is of typical dunkel malts; slightly sweet. Taste is very similar. Ssweet malt and a slight chocolate note. Really smooth and full of flavor. This is a very nice dunkel. Not quite exceptional caliber but still very good.

03-16-2012 21:01:18 | More by DrinkSlurm
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jorrx003

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-13-2013 22:05:31 | More by jorrx003
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-28-2013 19:08:39 | More by LooseMoose1978
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Lantern


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-28-2012 21:33:22 | More by Lantern
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-09-2014 05:17:30 | More by Kurmaraja
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Dunkel Lager from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.