Dunkel - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.43/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle from the Rivertown Variety "Crate." Poured into a tall pilsner glass.
This European-style lager pours a cola-colored brown and reveals hues of garnet and crimson when held to light. Atop the body sits a short-lived head of off-white soapy film, which later fades to a cap of foam. A spatter of lacy rings are left on the glass through drinking. A vigorous pour resulted in little carbonation springing up from the bottom of the glass.
The nose of the Rivertown Dunkel, though faint, boasts notes of caramel, some toffee, and toasted grains and is dominated by malt. As the beer warms, nutty notes emerge. This sweetness from the malt is balanced by a barely-there scent of some floral-scented hops. While not necessarily groundbreaking for this style, I wasn't expecting it to floor me. The smell is mild, as expected for this style. I do have the advantage of being only 40 minutes away from the brewery, so this is likely a very fresh batch. (Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing how fresh.)
As the Dunkel is an easy-drinking style, the notes from the aroma carry over to the taste. While not disagreeable in any way, don't expect to get knocked away by this beer. This beer is almost overwhelmingly sweet with all the flavors of caramel, roasted grains, and some residual nutty sweetness (think hazelnuts). There's just enough floral spice and earthy bitterness to balance the malt. Make no mistake - this is a classic Dunkel through and through. As far as style goes, I think this is very accurate. It's balanced and easily quaffable; the taste of the lager yeast gives it a crisp finish. Very mellow and smooth with a clean finish.
The beer is smooth-drinking with a slightly overactive bite in the mouth. Though not over-carbonated, it does have a little too much fizz to match the flavor profile. With a medium-thin body, it isn't so heavy that you couldn't drink several or even pair it with some heavy dinner fare. It has a dry and sweet finish, which contributes to the refreshment factor.
This is my first experience with Rivertown Brewery. I'm down the river from their residence, and if this is any indication of the rest of what they can do as a brewery, I'm eager to see what else they can do. While the brewers are self-professed "style Nazis," (as stated in an interview) I think they've given a fresh perspective on what a Dunkel can do and taste like. While a "safe" style, this is not bad and is a good fall-back style.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2012 00:58:50 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Purchased at Jungle Jims Fairfield. 12oz poured into pint glass.
Appearance- reddish brown with light tan head that goes away quickly. 3.5
Aroma-light Carmel,not a lot going on, some malt. 3
Taste-sweet, Carmel color, malty enough, a little toffee but not much. 3.5
Feel- carbonation, grainy, coats mouth and stays for a bit but still a very light and easy drinker. 3.75
Overall- total session beer for me, average for the style, a good gateway beer for people too afraid to jump into deeper beer waters. 3.75
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2013 03:48:53 | More by screamking
Dunkel from Rivertown Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.