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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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
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.

DrinkSlurm, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
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.

Mantooth, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jegross2
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.

jegross2, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Joeybland
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Joeybland, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of StateMech
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

StateMech, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of steveh
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

steveh, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of warelphant
4/5  rDev -1.7%

warelphant, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

herrburgess, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of whitekiboko
3.5/5  rDev -14%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Zraly, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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

kylehay2004, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

crossovert, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

jpro, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of andersen8185
4/5  rDev -1.7%

andersen8185, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of CBlack85
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

CBlack85, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Bung
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.

Bung, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of SouthernBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Tonight we finished three growlers form OMB ! First the Mecklenburger, then the Copper, then the Dunkel !

Color pours dark bourbon with a small nutty foam. Coffee tones can be found from the roasted barley. Dark caramel is upfront without being overbearing.

One of the best dark beers available right now !

SouthernBeerGuy, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

beerdown77, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of GehenHerzog
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

GehenHerzog, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

atsprings, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

TheKingofWichita, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

kkipple, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of bdupree
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

bdupree, Feb 07, 2010
Dunkel Lager from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.