Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed burnt orange with abundant fine carbonation and a few larger, lazier bubbles leading up to an expansive, orangish beige head. The foam is firmly creamy and displays a wonderfully rumpled, pitted superior surface. It's also sticky enough to lay down large splotches of Swiss cheesy lace. Not a slam dunkel, but a good looking one.

The beer smells like a dark malt version of a Euro Pale Lager; which, in a way, I guess it is. There's a modicum of toasted malt, nothing too dark or roasty, and a roughly equal hop presence that is more musty than I like. It's aromatic enough and pleasing enough to be above average, if only just.

No surprises on the palate; after having smelled it, that is. There's enough (Munich?) malt to pay homage to the style, no more. I also appreciate an unexpected unsweetened black tea flavor that I'm beginning to enjoy as I get used to it. I don't drink beer of this style often enough to know how out of place--or in place--that particular characteristic is.

The hops still have a musty edge to them, though now they're more generous with some of their more noble tendencies. Never very sweet to begin with, the beer dries out as it goes and finishes dry and almost clean. A little nut skin bitterness emerges with warming.

I'd like to see more mouth presence. I know that beer of this style isn't supposed to be full, or even medium-full, but light-medium would be nice. It doesn't escape watery by too awful much and might even get there on the finish. I'm fine with the relative lack of CO2; others may not be.

Flensburger Dunkel is a decent Munich Dunkel Lager, although I won't be cracking its swing-top again. If I buy any of the Flensburger beers in the future, it'll be the Weizen. Give this one a whirl if you're a fan of the style. Otherwise, you won't regret missing it.

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0.33l cute short and stubby brown bottle with a flip-top ceramic lid. Freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Pours a clear and bright, rich amber beer crowned with an off-white head that's sticky, clumpy, frothy and lasting. Most impressive.

Smell: Smooth and pleasant on the nose. Toasted grain, faint herbal background. Big bready character, like that initial bread in the oven aroma.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, light-bodied. Malts hit first with a simple, yet enjoyable, toasty character -- sweetness is balanced. This is followed by a hop flash of citric, rind and salt on the palate and a lively carbonation. Things go a bit coarse at this point and merge with a grainy, bitty, tannin character. Wraps up with a slight roasted character that dries the mouth and leaves a residual bready flavour.

Notes: A very well-done Dunkel, balanced and traditional. It's also easy on the palate and very refeshing.

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl brown reusable swing-top bottle with a drink before date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear brassy hue, patchy yet chunky lacing that leaves random web-like trails as the brew is sipped.

Smell: Fresh and bready aroma, smells of a toasted all grain loaf .. very clean with some fresh malt in there.

Taste: Fluffy crispness, moderate body and quite smooth. Clean malt throughout, modest toasted malt rolls from bread crust to a cracker like flavour. Hops are even with a simple bitterness with a touch of herbal flavour. Finishes slightly dry with lots of clean graininess.

Notes: An easy drinking amber lager, clean with full grain flavours is just what I was looking for in this beer. Typical in a way but good none the less.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fliptop bottle pours a clear coppery body with a large beige head. Plenty of frothy lacing left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, caramel, spicy hops and some apple skins. Medium body and a nice medium carbonation. Taste opens with malty toffee and toasted grain. Hops quickly answer with a nice balance of spicy and earthy noble bitterness. Very solid for style though the color was lighter than expected.

Photo of nem2006
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1/3 liter rubber stopped bottle my sister brought back from Germany.

Poured a clear, medium brownish red with good carbonation and a lightly tanned head.

Smelled earthy with a little residual sweetness. Also caught some hoppy herbal notes.

Not as sweet on the tongue as the smell led me to believe. There was a little caramel to it, but also a alittle toasted and herbal spice to finish off the flavor.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected, but still would consider a medium-bodied brew.

Photo of Dantheman4162
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool bottle with stopper (bought it pretty much just because of the bottle, gimmick worked). Frothy thick dark head, cream colored.
Smooth malty taste, coffee? dark amber color, cloudy. smooth malty but bolder notes, not as creamy as expected.

I would probably get again.

Photo of Ecliptica
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle for $2.65 per single at the local beer store. Surprised I had never seen this before, as these Munich Dunkel Lager's are certainly my favorite type of beer. The ceramic stop-top initially drew me to the bottle, so I was hoping it would taste as fancy as it looked.

Poured the brew from the 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass and was surprised by the color. It poured much lighter than I thought it would, pouring a translucent mahogany color with very little cream head that did not leave any lacing on the glass - just how I like my beer to be.

The initial smell is that of a toasty caramel and malt, very typical of the style and nothing out of the ordinary.

The taste is quite complex - moreso than the appearance leads on. As with the smell, the overwhelming taste of caramel is featured here, but there is also an appearance of wheat, oats, and some diacetyl, along with the roasty malt and slight yeast taste; very interesting and complex.

The finish and mouthfeel are a bit dry, which is a testament to the slight bit of wheat in the beer, though it could very well be due to the malt, I'm not entirely sure. Very little carbonation makes this brew quite easy to drink as a session beer.

This beer is great looking and delicious, one of the better beers in one of my favorite styles. I'll definitely be on the lookout for this one more often. An absolutely fantastic dunkel recommended to anyone who wants to try this style or is looking for something a notch up from the Warsteiner that's typically the most prominent dunkel imported in the United States.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruby to amber color. Smell consists of sweet malt sugars.

Typical lager flavor with added light toast notes and some sugar. Tastes okay, but it isn't drop dead gorgeous mouth erotica, just good.

Mouthfeel isn't all that notable, it is really that average.

As far as the dunkel world goes this beer certainly is on the lager end, so no confusion there. It has that character that is almost always in lagers due to there yeast, and then it has some of the darker malt and sweeter side that the Dunkel truck delivers.

Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml stubby brown bottle dated best-before July 31st 2007.

Pours transparent red-brown with an inch of quickly-disappearing head and sparse lace. The aroma is straightforward, full of sugary caramel malt. The flavor is, luckily, more complex. Grainy toasted malts and hops are predominant, with touches of banana bread on hard mineral water. Finishes with a balanced sweetness and dryness, leaving toasted bread and hop notes. Medium thick (nearly syrupy) in the mouth, with almost still body and spare carbonation. Not particularly outstanding, but a nice beer with lunch.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby flip-top bottle, served in a Konig-Pilsner chalice-style glass at Resi's Bierstube. BBD: 08.05.09 Freshness is key!

Reddish auburn body, mottled tan on the surface of the foam. Visible carbonation, a nice clarity to it. It looks very appealing.

Grain, malted barley, a hint of apple and brown sugar in the nose.

Toasted malt, vague apple with a very light hop essence at the end that dries up on the palate. Light bodied and fresh tasting. Very clean and simple flavors that are essential to the Dunkel style. Not artificially sweet like many other Dunkels i've tried.

Why does it come in a tiny bottle, when it should be served on draft by the liter?

Photo of Jredner
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Low key, sweet malty aroma touches on maple syrup. Dark amber in color with an attractive fluffy two finger thick head that is mostly lasting. Light sweet malt in the fore invokes honey cakes and sweetened grain cereals. Very well made with no off notes and a beautiful appearance, but the flavor is subdued and the body thinnish.

Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz fliptop bottle with a date on the back label. Good head and almost no carb. Had a brownish cooper color and a sweet malty smell with overtones of bread. The taste was really good. This is the first of the style that I've had and I was impressed. Will have to try move Dunkle Lagers and see if it holds. The only thing I didn't like about this beer was that the mouthfeel was pretty watery. Not enough to ruin it but enough to remind you on every drink. Overall, good beer and recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a nice deep copper color, topped off with a thick tan head, very fluffy and stuck around for a bit; there's some great lacing too. The body itself is clear with medium carbonation. Mild hop flavors are the first thing you taste, strong grass flavors come into play and the aroma is pretty much a copy of the flavors, wheat grass, hops, and a mild sweet smell all mixed into one. The taste is slightly bitter overall and its light bodied, plus its goes down pretty smooth.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one in a decorative growler in a recent BIF. Brought it out on Labor Day to share with the family. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses. This one was consumed on 09/07/2009.
 
The pour was off from the start. Still, motionless with only a touch of light carbonation on the top of the glass. I new we were in trouble. Nice honey color to it though with some darker touches around the sides that served it quite well. Aroma was decent, very sweet with lots of caramel and honey notes as well as lots of touches of nuts as well. Warming almost brings out a touch of fruit now. But the flavor really falls off. It seems as though it comes across musky and stale, the fact that it is flat does not help at all. A wash of bready malts, touches of grain and a hint of caramel all seem to miss and this quasi wheat and fruit note comes in, with a wet cardboard flavor. Not working out at all. The flavor was a mess and this really caused it to be semi undrinkable and nearly a drain pour for me.
 
Overall it may have been an old growler, though it hissed when opened and the date on it was three months from now. It just did not work for me. Maybe next time.
 

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Flip-top 33cl bottle in Mommseneck (Haus of 100 Biers) on 17th Jan 2014.

Dark amber to brown body, off white head that produced some impressive lacing.

Malts rule the whole beer: mild, semi-sweet molasses give the brew a pleasant aroma and they also impart flavour into a body that was disappointingly thin. The bodies lack of depth shouldn't come as a surprise though, most German Dunkel beers I've had have been weak in the body texture and almost watery.

This is one of the better Dunkel beers I've had though, so don't be put off by my complaint about the body depth.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby color with a decent 1 finger head that fades to a nice collar and film. Average lacing.

Nutty, tree bark-like nose. Sweet dark malts are prominent. Hints of bakers chocolate, dark bread and cheerio's.

Fizzy and effervescent. This dunkel lacks a bit in the way of depth and body. Semi-sweet maltyness combines with some earthy bittering hops to form a simple, easy drinking brew. Smooth, light bodied and refreshing. This beer is far from bad, but falls short of a really good dunkel. A nice value at under $2 a bottle, I will probably give this one a go again.

Photo of supercolter
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance was very good. Nice lacing and head retention. Brownish copper in color
Smell was pretty good. Lots of dry malt. Kind of metallicy.
Taste was not the best. I haven't had this style before, though so maybe its just me. Some malt taste, metallicy and it just tastes old.
Mouthfeel was good, with a bit of carbonation, and it was medium in feel.

Photo of MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say I was always wondered about the little beers I would see all over but never got around to trying the until recently when a German friend bought me a sample pack. Don’t let the look of these little beers fool you and the fact I usually see it in gas and train stations. It is actually really decent beer. The dunkel was very weak in most characteristic to this style. The flavor and the aroma were very mild in the roasted qualities that I think a dunkel should have. There was some roastiness but just very faint. The feel was a little thin but not bad and it was definitely easy to drink. There was a great malt flavor however even though not roasted and a mild hop flavor.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a clear brownish copper with a wispy white head that quickly settles into a thin lace on the surface of the beer. Very little visible carbonation.

Clean smells of roasted grainy sweetness. Very simple but pleasing.

The taste is reminiscent of toasted crackers. The malt is delicious and slightly sweet. Very faint hallertauer-like hop character. The beer is fairly light-bodied with a gainly mouthfeel. Drinkability is better than average.

Photo of rkinsella
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle and flip top are very cool! Popping the bottle open is so much fun. Great sound too.

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Produced a small head which sank to a film the rest of the glass. Very little lacing.
Color is a maple syrup deep amber.

The smell had notes of bread, carmel and brown sugar.
Taste was very balanced, malt sweetness evened out with gentle hops. A bit of tang on the finish and aftertaste.

Pleasant mouthfeel and very drinkable. Could easily be a session dunkel with the lower ABV. Not a huge standout, but a solid German lager.

This would be great to serve at a party. The flip top makes for a great conversation piece. But at $3 a bottle US...it's a little impractical.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this in Moscow in a stubby half liter bottle painted white with a wintery seasonal painting on the front. Swing top seal and a small label around the neck confirming the applicability of the purity law and providing an "at least good until 11/05" label - this was the last beer I opened in 2004.

Pours clear copper under a 1.5 finger off-white head with some contour and decent retention. A few spots of lace linger on the glass. The nose is mild caramel, with a distinct flowery hops note. The mouth is thin and well carbonated. The taste is very subdued: some mild smooth sweet caramel malt throughout, without much in the way of hops backing. A pleasant enough brew, but nothing exciting.

Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light amber in color, with a small white head, slight carbonation, and scattered broken lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by caramel and nutty accents, with slight herbal hops as well.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt notes, with a subtle sweet and nutty taste, followed by mild herbal hop notes. A mild bitterness lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Overall a pleasant, drinkable example.

Photo of roddwolff
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fourth Flensburger i review, taken on a cold November afternoon.
A: Dark copper color, the head of foam appears white collar for their thinness, excellent retention;
S: Roasted malt with caramel and cinnamon;
T: Good balance of roasted malt and earth hops, clear essences of chocolate, coffee and caramel;
M: Very dry and bitter, full body without being robust, the flavor persists on the palate, almost do not notice carbonation;
D: Excellent Flensburger, in my opiinion deserves the same rating as its sister Flensburger Pilsener.

Photo of Absumaster
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very clear and dark copper coloured, with a small fine head.
Smell: molasses, dark malts and fruits, slightly toasted/burned.
Taste: malt bitter, molasses, bitter and dry.
This beer seems to be a Munich Dunkel lager, and I am not formiliar with the style, it reminded me of a darker Alt beer. So very drinkable and with a nice maltiness

Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep amber brew with an off-white head with some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is all malt, sweet porridge, silage, some nuts and grass as well.

Tasting of sweet bread, porridge, malty, malty, malty.

Medium carbonation, small soft bubbles, rather soft dry finish.

A quite decent malt bomb.

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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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