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Dunkel Lager - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Dunkel LagerDunkel Lager

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72 Ratings

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%

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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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 21:54:36 | More by brentk56
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:22:03 | More by oberon
Photo of Kegatron


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2010 14:46:01 | More by Kegatron
Photo of dirtylou


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: growler

12-27-2009 17:34:14 | More by dirtylou
Photo of kylehay2004


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery. Single finger frothy head, slightly off white with good retention. Clear and amber. Aroma is strong and mostly consists if sweet caramel malts. More caramel malt in the taste with a spicy and slightly bitter hip finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall I think this is the first of these I have reviewed so new to the genre. Overall I really liked this beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 17:45:56 | More by kylehay2004
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

04-07-2011 00:13:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Charlotte served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark copper with a decent khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild dark malts, not much else. The taste is a nice amount of smooth dark malts with a nice caramel finish. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable lager for a winter afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 17:55:38 | More by atsprings
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 01:33:58 | More by Bung
Photo of crossovert


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Bottled on 11.10.11.

It pours a nice deep brownish copper with a fluffy off-white head.

The smell is hop-forward. Not what I was expecting but interesting. It is really flowery with some sweet dough in the background and a hint of cocoa.

The flavor leans towards both the hops and the sweetness. This brewery seems to like a decent amount of sweetness. It is pretty tried and true though, a solid dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:40:03 | More by crossovert
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:55:28 | More by joe1510
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 21:01:18 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Cylinsier


3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at the brewery

Pours a clear brown with a white lacing.

Aroma of coppery bready malt with some caramel.

Tastes of light bready malts with a light hop bitterness.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really good dunkel, great flavor and highly sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 22:40:39 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 17:02:34 | More by n2185
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler filled from the brewery, shared with friends a few days later. Always share your beer when possible; it tastes better that way.

A. Clear pecan brown. Long lasting, low head. No lace.

S. Dry and roasty, a tad short, noticeable German malts, reminiscent of hearty brown bread, clean.

T. By Jove, clean again! Rather similar to the (delicious) Copper Alt, but drier, nutty-er, and a bit darker. I still prefer the Alt. This is not bad.

M. Say what you will about the flavor, I find it very difficult to fault any of Olde Meck's offerings on mouthfeel. It's just so... perfect. Crisp, well carbonated, has that indescribable quality that makes you want to drink more, and yet more.

D. But, naturally.

This is a good work-in-progress Dunkel, I feel like. Could use a little more character as it seems to have not yet hit its stride, a la the Alt. I look forward to trying it again.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2010 00:36:45 | More by kkipple
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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-07-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 11-19-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte

Appearance is a clear, reddish-brown beer with a huge tan head. Retention is excellent and lacing is very good.

Aromas are clean, of dark malts and brown bread, plus some caramel sweetness and earthy hops.

Taste is rich and consists of toasted malt flavors, but is not in the realm of burnt or bitter roast. Hop bitterness is light and has a woody character. The malt sweetness is light as well, for a good balance. It doesn't taste as sweet as the aromas led me to expect.

The mouthfeel is of medium carbonation and a body that is between light and moderate. The finish is somewhat dry and has a light bitterness of the hops.

Overall, this isn't a flashy beer, but is a well-made and tasty dark lager. Old Mecklenburg does a great job on German styles and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:06:01 | More by sommersb
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3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 18:04:01 | More by jegross2
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying one of these at the brewery last weekend and decided to pick up a growler. Poured into a Stiegl stange...

A: Pours a crystal clear, old-penny copper. A nice, two-finger, light beige head forms, supported by a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Great retention and lacing top things off pretty well in the appearance department.

S: Bready, toasty malts... smells very clean. Definitely nothing complex or in your face - just straight and simple dunkel goodness.

T: Dark, sweet breadiness, with some hints of toast / bread crust evolves into a somewhat nutty flavor toward the finish. Light, earthy hops provide just a touch of bitter balance. Very smooth.

M: Medium-bodied, which is a bit more than I was expecting, and high carbonation... a little prickly, but oh-so-smooth and quaffable.

O: The drinkability on this beer is through the roof! Its very clean, smooth, tasty and enjoyable. What else could you ask for?! Hopefully I’ll be able pick up more of this before they’re on to the next seasonal. Great brew, OMB!

Serving type: growler

12-03-2011 00:28:31 | More by jpro
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another in trade with Herr Burgess.

Already a little concerned as the label proclaims, "Smooth with a roasted malt finish courtesy of Carafa malt..." Characteristically, Dunkel should not have any roasted flavors or aromas. Let's see.

22 ouncer bottled on 12/30/11.

A -- Deep, clear chestnut brown with amber highlights and a persistent, off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S -- Dark bread crust aroma with some mild sweetness, lightest of roasted character, but nothing that would be confused with Stout or Porter.

T -- An initial hit of the dark bread crust character, mildly sweet, but the finish has the bitterness of roasted malt that is more associated with Schwarzbier than Dunkel.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly sticky with a medium to medium-full body.

O -- I have yet to find a good Dunkel brewed in the US, let alone one that holds up well in the bottle with export." It seems that US brewers just love that roasty character, but a good Dunkel can be so delicious when you let Munich and Pils malt do their thing. That said, this beer is certainly well-made and delicious -- just expect more of a Schwarzbier in character.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 22:19:48 | More by steveh
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with chestnut highlights. Light tan head. Smell of bread.

Very balanced. Bread with a touch of roasted caramel. Mouthfeel is lush; rich but not heavy. Good carbonation and medium-bodied. Smooth, slightly spicy hop presence in the finish. So easy to drink, and so fresh!

Just simple, straight-forward drinking. Give me meat and bread.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2011 22:19:33 | More by Zraly
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a thick whitish head and a good amount of residual lacing. Smells of roasted malts, a little pecan, and maybe toffee. Tastes of roasted malts, pecan, walnut, caramel, and again maybe toffee. Mouthfeel is nice with just the right amount of carbonation. Fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 03:35:05 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bitterness in this reminded me a winter warmer. It poured a little darker than OMB Copper. It smells warm and sweet. The taste is similar, but more bitter. I like OMB beer because it is always filtered to be crystal clear and drinkable. I enjoyed alternating between this and copper.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 21:45:58 | More by beerdown77
Photo of AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Old Meck is bringing an authentic tasting German beer to American palates. This dunkel is tasty...unlike many of the big name German (overpastuerized, overfiltered, dumbed-down, emasculated) brands, which really only make their big name beers darker...and call them "dunkel." This is a very drinkable, easy to take, yet, flavor-full beer, very representative of the style, AS ONE FINDS IT IN GERMANY.

Smooth, nicely aromatic of noble hops and malt, with a clean finish--a terrific dark lager.

John Marrino really knows what he's doing in authentic-tasting German-style beer. At the pub, typically one can find at least a table of German nationals lauding his efforts--high praise indeed!

I'd encourage all those in the greater Charlotte, NC area to pay a visit. In less than a year OMB is on tap at over 80 locations....for good reason too.

"Good people drink good beer!" (Hunter Thompson) Old Meck brewpub is FULL of good people...

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2009 02:37:54 | More by AnalogReigns
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Vintner Wine Market (Charlotte) poured into a tulip glass.

Notes that I made on the cell phone. Short review.

A- Poured dark, pecan brown with a khaki head.

S- Nutty, roasted malt and caramel malt.

T- Roasted malts, nutty and caramel malt in the back end. Solid tasting beer.

M- Light, smooth and good carbonation for the style.

D- Quite filling.

First beer I have had from OMB, which is weird considering I live about 15 minutes from the brewery. I am impressed so far and will start trying to find a little bit more from this local brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 22:18:30 | More by GehenHerzog
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 18:31:41 | More by Mantooth
Photo of bdupree

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Glowing brown without a great deal of foam. Looks a great deal like the OMB Copper.

S: Aroma definitely better than color. Earthy with a woody smell, hints of roasted malt.

T: Very nice and smooth. The flavor of this beer far surpassed what I expected from the appearance. The more you have, the more you pick up in the taste. Very true to traditional German Dunkel Lagers. Caramel, a hint of molasses, not much from hops.

M: Not heavy at all, all the ingredients blend together quite well.

D: Extremely drinkable brew. Hope to see this around in Charlotte for some time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 16:47:58 | More by bdupree
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