Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
07-09-2006 13:34:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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
11-20-2011 23:41:16 | More by brentk56
2.65/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
09-10-2009 16:29:45 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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?
11-06-2008 04:35:07 | More by emerge077
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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
03-09-2009 18:19:55 | More by RblWthACoz
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-09-2002 13:05:11 | More by Jason
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
04-19-2006 23:02:38 | More by feloniousmonk
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-13-2009 21:04:55 | More by drabmuh
United Kingdom (England)
3.19/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
01-27-2014 12:18:13 | More by BlackHaddock
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-30-2008 00:45:56 | More by Georgiabeer
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-30-2006 16:30:35 | More by biegaman
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
04-28-2006 20:04:34 | More by Bighuge
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
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!
08-25-2007 18:21:25 | More by bark
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-17-2012 17:16:43 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
09-27-2008 04:01:17 | More by twiggamortis420
3.25/5 rDev -11%
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.
12-12-2006 23:34:50 | More by tavernjef
Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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