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Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

Flensburger DunkelFlensburger Dunkel

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BA SCORE
83
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152 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%


Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002)
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theozag

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a crystaline nut brown with amber edges and an eggshell head. The head is very thick but not lasting; it quickly fades to a film over the brew. Smell is strong with bits of cappuchino, caramel, oat, and wheat. Blend it together in one bottle and you've got a concoction that you can detect from a good ten inches away from a freshly poured glass. Starts extra smooth and refreshingly crisp with a creme taste. Settles gently sour with lots of hop bitters. There is a sugary undertone to the full-bodied drink. Finishes sour and bitter, dry and strong. The aftertaste is just as edgy and lasting as the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 02:09:09 | More by theozag
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle brought back from Germany. It must be a special edition bottle because mine is has a screen printed picture of a cartoon woman in a robin hood outfit with the phrase "Frauen lieven einfache Dinge: Manner"

This pours an absolutely beautiful deep copper and burnt orange color with a gorgeous airy white head. Massive lacing and heaving carbonation make for a near perfect appearance. The is soft and floral with big cracker and toast notes. Subtle hoppiness adds depth to this malty lager. The taste is equally impressive with rich caramel and vienna malt characteristics. A nice hop finish cleans up the flavors and dries out nicely. Very slight toffee sweetness comes through in the aftertaste. The sharp carbonation thins out the body and makes this insanely drinkable. The mouth is left slightly gritty and metalic, but in the best way. A biscuit with caramel and hops in liquid form. I feel privileged to sample this fresh and find it to be one of the most enjoyable session brews I have tried. This is truly a style that is not cherished nearly enough in the US.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 00:01:43 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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JArami

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 OZ brown glass bottle with ceramic stopper

So I think I have discovered my session beer here. It's a little pricier than the Bass and Beck's Dark and/or Warsteiner Dunkel I usually drink, but it's 100% worth it.

A: A beautiful beer, dark amber and clear, with a fluffy cream colored head that recedes patiently leaving spotty lacing.

S: Caramel and cream is what comes to mind. The hops don't come through here, but the malts and yeast are wonderful.

T: Malty, as the style dictates, lots of caramel, slight burnt notes. The balance is more biases toward the malt, but the hops are in there providing bitter dryness to balance out the sweetness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, small bubbles that don't push the flavors out of the way.

D: Super drinkable. My new session beer. The Warsteiner lacked some flavor, and Beck's Dark, in my opinion, chose the wrong combination of hops. Bass is good, but is so malt oriented it will get boring after a while. This is wonderful. A little out of the way from the mainstream, but worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 16:40:48 | More by JArami
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jrb1001

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Cyclone Liquors, in Ames, Iowa. For a really cheap beer, it is really good, and worth drinking.

The beer was dark in color and had a really good taste to it. I am not a huge fan of dunkel's, but this one was really good. I drank this beer very cold and I recommend drinking it cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 05:37:17 | More by jrb1001
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bark

Sweden

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is brown-red; the high foam sinks quickly down to a thin off white lid, while leaving some lacing.

The strong smell is very malty with lots of earthy roasted notes and dark rye bread. . Some sweetness, some bitter notes.

The taste is also very malty. Lots of dry roasted notes of malt, some earthy minerals, butter, hints of yeast. The aftertaste is very buttery (diacetyl) with a fruity bitterness and mildly roasted flavours.

The carbonation is medium strong with lots and lots of small bubbles. The liquid is very creamy.

A highly drinkable beer with lots of character. I liked it!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 18:21:25 | More by bark
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malibujohnny

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a more reddish color to me than brown,I was expecting it to be a little darker.Smells of nice light roasted malts and a hint of sweetness.The head in the picture is not even close to what i got in the pour,none the less,this is a fantastic dunkel.When you smell and taste this beer you know it's German.Something about the smell gives them away.I think it's the particular yeast strain.Not too heavy on the palette,the right carbonation lets the sweet malts shine through.This beer is sooo smooth in the mouth and going down.No rotten aftertaste of any kind.Anyone who loves dark lagers...do not deprive yourself of this masterpiece!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 04:48:33 | More by malibujohnny
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crossovert

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce flip top brown bottle best before 01.13.11.

The top blows with a nice POP and it pours a nice dark brown with reddish hues and a foamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. They have the look nailed.

The smell is subtle but clean and proper. It is predominately just generic barley but with a hint of roastiness and a little bit of mineral water.

The taste is for sure a winner, it is nowhere near the top of the sweetness threshold for this style, it has a surprising hop bite. The malts are nice with a hint of caramel and an ever so slight roastiness. It is smooth and refreshing, my favorite beer style of summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:07:23 | More by crossovert
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marksto

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 12 oz flip top bottle - this one is good enough I wish it came in a 6 pack of regular bottles instead of the gimmicky flip top.

Pours copper colored with a thick long lasting head. Light hop and light toasty malt in the nose. The flavor is very nice - dry malt, with a slight hint of dry cocoa in the finish. A very quenching, dry, malty flavor profile.

Reminds me very much of an alt bier. From its location on the map it looks like Flensburg shares the Hanseatic heritage of Dusseldorf - and that heritage shows in this beer. Highly recommend, particuarly if you are an alt afficianado.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 00:58:47 | More by marksto
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allengarvin

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle, poured into a stein glass. Pours dark mahogany color, clear, with an initial tan head perhaps an inch tall, very frothy. Toasted bread aroma, plenty malty. Initial flavor is nutty malt & toasted bread crust, sweet and delicious but never heavy or cloying. Hop presence is low on bitterness, flavor not detectable. Malt follow-through lasts to the end. Light but creamy body.

A very good dunkel from the far north of Germany. It's too bad this style is so under-represented among German imports.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 02:04:19 | More by allengarvin
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beeragent

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer pours a deep amber, forming a creamy tan 1 inch head, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is strong sweet malt, giving it a caramel/nutty smell. The taste is just as good. Sweet malts creating a delicious light nutty flavor. Medium mouthfeel and smooth finish. Low abv. and exceptional full flavor make for a very drinkable brew. Overall, I was very impressed. This is the best dunkel lager I have had to date. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 23:26:41 | More by beeragent
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roddwolff

Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 17:22:21 | More by roddwolff
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear reddish brown color bordering on mahogany. There is an active 1/4" head of off white bubbles that sticks around for only about 30 seconds. After the head falls, there are only a few bubbles rising, but they don't maintain the head all that well. There is very little lacing left on the glass after the beer is removed.

Aroma: At first I get a dark sweet caramel aroma that is rather toasty like a caramunich or some such. It has a bit of Melanoidin in the aroma that gives it a sweet impression, but I don't really get any hops to speak of. As the beer warms, it just comes across as sweeter.

Taste: The flavor is really malty and sweet with a mild melanoidin. There is lots of caramel sweetness in here, but the remainder of the malt is really smooth and well developed. The balance is totally the malt. There may be a tad of hops in here, but only enough to add some balance and not make it cloyingly sweet. The finish is sweet as well, but there is a mild dry edge to it that gives me the impression that it has wheat in it. I don't think that this is the case, and it is most likely due to toasty malts...but there is quite a bit of complexity to the malt in this beer.

Opinion: This is a pretty tasty beer. The sweetness is a good bit more aggressive than most Dunkels, but it is still a nice and easily drinkable beer. I would suspect that this is more of what a historical Dunkel would be like since the attenuation of yeast has gone up over the ages. Perhaps this is more like an original Einbecker. Still this is a good beer and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 01:18:20 | More by SkeeterHawk
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G – Flute. The best option.

A – Rich nutty brown, translucent, with a nice head and sticky lacing. It looks like it smells, and it smells like it tastes.

S – Smells like Grape Nuts cereal, and honeyish, and nutty. That may sound simplistic, but it is hard for me to resist the comparison.

T – Very strong barley and honey flavors, and a slight nuttiness in the pecan range. This beer tastes very good, albeit a bit sweet and decadent for a lager.

M – Smooth and a bit velvety.

D – Oh yeah. Go for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 19:49:47 | More by ktrillionaire
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a stubby swing-top bottle, this poured a clear medium copper, offwhite foamy head with good retention, left web-like lace all the way down.
Smell: Was terrific on this. One of the best smelling beers I've had in awhile, smelled like fresh baked bread, with a whiff of fruity esters.
Taste:tastes quite a bit like rye bread, followed by almost a tea flavor, very smooth, not hoppy at all.
Mouthfeel: was crisp and bubbly, but thin.
Drinkability: This would make a fabulous session brew!..a very good beer, that I must try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 11:22:03 | More by steinlifter
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Ecliptica

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 19:31:23 | More by Ecliptica
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emerge077

Illinois

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?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 04:35:07 | More by emerge077
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cbn

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, reddish-brown body, ample carbonation, wispy head.

Light, sweet malt,fresh bread, earthy hop.

Clean, fresh, distinct flavors follow aroma, bitter hop finish.

Light, smooth body, quenching(apposed to dry).

Light, smooth, easy drinking, thirst quenching, very nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 16:47:24 | More by cbn
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jims1991

Texas

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am no expert but I do appreciate premium lagers...This Dunkel is up there in the outstanding category to me...It does lack a bit in the area of bitterness...and could use more of the burnt flavor...A good beer...and I do like drinking and serving it..

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 12:52:53 | More by jims1991
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Dantheman4162

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 02:40:23 | More by Dantheman4162
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cervezango

Bolivia

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

coolest bottle Ive probably ever seen in person, pours gold then darkens to a nice brownish amber, off white head leaves some lace mostly the bottle is really cool and could probably be re used for a home brew or watever.

smell. chocolate rum raisin and expresso, a little doughy

taste. rosted coffe , also good bitterness

feel. has a lovely lingering after taste of hops

a bit light bodies for a dunkel but dosent make it worse

hits the spot! a serious good beer. satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 20:15:30 | More by cervezango
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TOMHONE

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No complaints here with this brew. One high tech package with the bottle but form a beer drinkers perspective it certainly lives up to a premium beers reputation. Mild yet tasty. Which is why people drink beverages. For the taste and this brew did itself justice in that category.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:40:36 | More by TOMHONE
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firkinhophead

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.49 for a 12-oz swing-top bottle at Tower on Buford Hwy.

Pours a deep, ruddy brown with good clarity and a two-finger khaki head. Not quite like in the picture here. Settles to a thin but solid cap that holds nicely. Found some floaties in there when I got near the bottom. That might explain the flat mouthfeel.

Aroma of burnt caramel, wet horse feed, and hay. Very earthy.

Tastes of dry, toasted malts, brown bread, and herbal tea. A flash of brown sugar sweetness and nuttiness near the end, but finishes dry and grassy. Very lean and clean. Hop bitterness is barely there, but it is adequate to square the dry malts.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Medium-low carbonation could be a bit higher. Leaves a bit of a flat, cardboardy taste (oxidized?).

Pretty sure this is an old bottle, but it is still a terrific German dunkel. You won't find any of the American craft breweries turning out anything like this. I could drink this all day at a sunny sidewalk cafe in Munich.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:54:48 | More by firkinhophead
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First new brew of the New Year. Sampled on 1/2/14. Comes in a pretty 330ml cool bottle with a ceramic stopper. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper/amber in color with a 1-finger off white head. Some sticky lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of a sweet dark bready malt. The taste is about the same with just a slight hoppy finish. Very light though and not bad at all actually. Overall a good dark brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:16:47 | More by BeerWithMike
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleqr auburn. Good sized light tan head. Retention is good as is lacing. Nice nose of chocolate and caramel. Munich malt accents as well. Nice underlying base of chocolate and roast. Breadiness in the middle. A little roast bitterness lingers. Smooth malts. Creamy texture. Medium bodied. Good dunkel.

I'm getting used to these Flensburger brews. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 20:04:34 | More by Bighuge
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown, still clear, with a frothy tan head. Aroma is neutral with just a slight malt element.

Taste is dry malt, very roasty. Hints of chocolate malt flavors, possibly an almost smokey taste, not quite smoked malt but as if it was near a campfire or something. Just a touch of sweetness tries to peek through but doesn't quite make it.

Drinkability is very high. An excellent example of the style, one terribly underrepresented on the market.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 04:07:34 | More by assurbanipaul
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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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