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Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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152 Ratings
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 13:34:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
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.
 

Serving type: growler

09-10-2009 16:29:45 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice head that sticks and leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Brown bread, marshmallow and a hint of caramel

Taste: Brown bread and caramel with just a top of bitterness to balance out the sweet flavors by mid-palate; clean finish, with a touch of lingering sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A decent dunkel, for sure, though it is on the lighter side for the style

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:41:16 | More by brentk56
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warning: this is one rude bottle of beer! I got a little spray in my face as I flipped off the top. Bad bottle!

Clear bronze coloring, nearly auburn, undedr a cream-toned topping of foam, which slowly dissipates, leaving lace.

Cola-like aroma, sweet, nutty, mineral-y. Not bad, but not especially noteworthy.

Bold entry on the palate, malty flavor spills all over the mouth, traces of nuts, maple, some dark fruits before it hollows out. Clings well on the tongue and throat, taste stays with you and lingers in the memory as well.

Bright, tasty malt handily overcoming my initial misgivings based on the aroma. Medium to full in body, nice grainy texture, good drinkability. Overall, a nice dunkel, indeed. I'd take one anytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 23:02:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a flip top bottle into a pilsner glass. Beer is dark brown and clear. Not a lot of carbonation or head to speak of. The little head did not leave lacing on the glass.

Beer smell sweet and a little bit of burnt sugar / caramel in the nose. Not a whole lot else, smells inviting.

Beer is really sweet, a little sweeter than expected. I am picking up some alcohol as well. Body is medium but the beer overall is a little hard to drink. Not feeling this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 21:04:55 | More by drabmuh
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 12:18:13 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber brown with no head basically. Nose is way too sickly sweet malts. Not entirely pleasant. Flavor brings a bit of the same, but with a bit of an earthy tone and a slight leafy thing. Too much malt sweetness though. Feel is slick and sticky. Carbonation nips a bit at the tongue. Eh. This is okay. Like I said, too malty sweet. Pass

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 18:19:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 13:05:11 | More by Jason
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome mist comes off the flip top. Poured a transparent chestnut brown. Small head. Deeper in colour when held to the light. Explosive aroma. Sticky rum like brown sugar. Hard to tell its a weisse at all. Quite flat as far as carbonation goes. Flavour hugely dependent on malt which carries itself a little weak. Little resonance, no mouthfeel. Void of any character. No aftertaste - but no before taste either. Some smokey wood character. Kept me guessing as to what it is exactly. Somethig good is in there, but darn hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 16:30:35 | More by biegaman
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a nice initial head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some light lacing. Smells toasty and grainy, like a gresh baked loaf of whole grain bread. A touch of honeyed malt sweetness on the finish. The taste is similar, but a bit lighter and grainier rather than breadier. Fairly light in body, and dry up front with a sweeter finish. Decent beer, but a little too sweet to really session despite the low abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 00:45:56 | More by Georgiabeer
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale caramel brownish amber. Small fluffy capping of lightly yellowed foam soups up quickly then fades to an always present filmy yop and thin collar. A few spots and strings exist among the lace that sticks.

Aroma is nutty and wheaty with a minor bread tone of sweetness and a partial figgy note with dulled raisin and lemon.

Taste is quick and simple with a lowly sweetened breadyness of nut bread and a very light toasty dryness. Notes to a few fruity things dart through and stick with a malten slickness on the cheeks and palate late. Not much of anything really pops out in this one.

Feel is less then medium, clean, quick, and crispened, if not all together weak and thin, malts help carry it through some of its nature as it finishes. Other then that its bland and boring.

Nearly average in every way. But worthy enough for a glass full of drinkin'. I do like the cool little stubby swing top.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 23:34:50 | More by tavernjef
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 04:01:17 | More by twiggamortis420
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stcules

Italy

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown color. Average light beige head,
In the smell malt caramel burnt. More burnt. A bit sweet, but the burnt notes balance it.
Almost the same in the taste, with again burnt and a back sweetness. The sweetness is more strong, maybe too much, in the aftertaste. Where there are also some honey notes. Sweet.
Quite light in body.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 19:04:10 | More by stcules
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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

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

Nice beer. Got this bottle a couple of weeks ago at Surdyk's in Minneapolis. Opened with a rousing POP and poured with a nice foamy, frothy tan head and some lace. Head mostly settled down soon. Color is clear dark amber - brown with some dark red orange highlights. Aroma was dark malt, cocoa, earth, and a little roastiness. Flavor is about the same and well balanced. Not much sweetness nor too much of anything, really. Body is nice and so is carbonation. Real easy drinking beer. Nice clean finish. Definitely a session.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 00:39:31 | More by drpimento
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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This shows a light copper color with a fair white cover that disappears to a ring quickly with marginal lacing. The aroma says malty licorice and root beer with some earthy pear sweetness. Quite interesting. The flavor offers more earthiness, malt and chocolate licorice with some leafy hop bitterness. There's a tart molasses idea, fine subtle carbonation that makes a reasonably drinkable brew. Full of malt flavors, an interesting light-medium bodied brew with a crisp feel. I like it fine and would revisit any time.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 17:08:51 | More by Durge
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merlin48

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 14:57:37 | More by merlin48
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Boto

Connecticut

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

12oz. swing top bottle: This one pours a rich, clear amber color. There is a small off-white head that goes with it. The aroma is quite nice. Malty, without being overly sweet. Some breadiness there also, as well as some faint chocolate. Somewhat dry, biscuity malt taste. Some mild spicy hoppiness also. This is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 22:18:59 | More by Boto
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StJamesGate

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with fast-fading off-white froth that leaves lacey trails - the pale end of dunkel. Dark toast and red berry, very Munich malt nose.
Rusk biscuit, peanut skin, sour grain with plenty of Noble spice hops to end.
Carob finish and tightening linger. Light, crisp, some chew yet quite dry.

Pretty lean and light for the style - nothing in the way of fruit to ease up the toasted grain. But still pleasant - like most Flensburger beers, it makes up for in drinkability what it lacks in depth and adherence to style.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 17:48:02 | More by StJamesGate
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rarbring

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 18:31:09 | More by rarbring
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear copper with a massive thick and creamy head that slowly sets into fine lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malts together with faint bitter hops. Dark dried fruits, but not overly sweet.

T: Roasted dark malts, only faint sweetness. Bitter hops, rather strong. Some dark dried fruits lure in the back.

M: Long "dark" roasted bitter aftertaste. Body is medium, while carbonation is mild.

O: A nice Dark Lager, with the sweetness held back.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 17:16:43 | More by Sunnanek
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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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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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