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Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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BA SCORE
83
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170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002)
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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

ktrillionaire, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of runningjoke
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, it showed dark copper with a head that lingered for only a moment. Smells malty and slightly spicy. Taste is a little watery and has a slightly coppery aftertaste.. I was disappointed and it reminds me of every other dark german beer you can find in a well-stocked supermarket. I could still drink this all day long watching football and eating standard bar food. Not great... but better than budweiser.

runningjoke, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

roddwolff, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with large and off-white head, dense patchy lacing. Aroma seemed to be sweetish bready, dark fruit and some caramel.

Taste is clean bready malt, bits of licorice with smokey herbal bitterness setting in towards the dryish finish, long lingering bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I liked it although I had expected a little bit more complexity.

atis, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

drpimento, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
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.
 

mikesgroove, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of vishneda
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Loved the look of this beer. Rich and dark orange-red hue capped with an almond color cap of foam. Head was two fingers off the pour but faded to a thin cover quickly. Scant lacing.

Has a strong toffee and caramel nose with hints of coffee, roasted grains, and aged grasses. There is a slight mustiness in the aroma as well, consistent with the style.

The taste is a blend of the predominant toffee, caramel, and coffee hints. Is a little sweet but more to the bitter side with some balance. Has a long close. Only knock on flavor is that it is a little lighter than the aroma would indicate.

The body is pretty thin, even for the style. Carbonation is good however. Classic German-style high drinkability.

vishneda, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of nem2006
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

nem2006, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

firkinhophead, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a quality dunkel, with some extra roasty flavors that are subdued in some versions of the style. There are some caramel notes in both the taste and the smell as well. Very nice. The pour is my favorite part of this beer, a deep ruddy brown with a rocky tan head. Nice retention and heavy lacing, very pretty.
I recommend this beer to anyone looking for a good dunkel.

grayburn, May 19, 2009
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear dark reddish-brown. minimal off-white head. dark bready, caramelly malt w/some dark dried fruit in the nose. characterful malts dominate the taste as well with a noticeable sweetness, finishing dry and slightly tart. light to medium in body and crisp. quite sessionable. would be great fresh on-tap.

MrMcGibblets, May 06, 2009
Photo of rkinsella
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

rkinsella, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle dated 10/19/08. Purchased at Apex Beverage in Apex, NC.

A - Amber with good clarity and a big beige head. Very inviting.

S - A crisp pilsner like yeast smell with a touch of lemon and hazelnut.

T - Slightly biscuity and nutty. A slight tartness as well. Not dry but not sweet either.

M - Low carbonation (it seems as if it all went into the head) and moderate carbonation. It works though.

D - A nice mild yet interesting beer. I could imagine enjoying a liter or two in a German square on a hot summer day.

GJ40, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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

RblWthACoz, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Dantheman4162
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Dantheman4162, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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?

emerge077, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Pepeton
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice surprise of one of my local watering holes.

Pours a nice reddish-amber, with a tan head that quickly dissapears. A bit of lacing.

Smell is grainy, some roasted malts I guess.

Taste is bread malty, crisp and mildly bitter. Sweetish end.

Mouthfeel has a small residual bitterness. Medium body beer.

Drinkability is only regular for me, because from my first smell of it to the last sip it always reminded me of León, a domestic brew for me. Granted, this German Dunkel has more body. But for the price of one foreign I can have 5 domestic with a matching quality.

¡Salud!

Pepeton, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of justin7742
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick and creamy beige head that clears to a little blotchy on top. Amber, caramel color .

Smells of caramel and cream.

Hint of hopps with a little leafy, grassy earthtones.

Light on the tongue and quite watery.

Litght on the tongue and quite watery as it goes down off the back of the tongue. Very thin a smooth.

Very easy to drink like water with a hint of flavor.

I don't prefer lighter lagers like this because of the lack of flavor, but I wouldn't turn one down if it was free.

justin7742, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from jenny lou's in beijing

clear dark amber color. moderate head soon fades to wisps and thin ring. some patches of lacing here and there.

malty, bready aroma, almost caramel. all a bit subdued though. perhaps a slight earthy and metallic note.

very clean yet caramelized maltiness, with gentle noble hop flavor and bitterness. nothing complex, but nothing distracting. pretty clean finish too.

not too thin or watery, decently smooth. moderate, lively carbonation.

decent drinking, although i probably won't seek it out again, esp due to the premium price here in china.

tai4ji2x, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer poured a golden amber with a good bit of carbonation into a radeberger pilsner glass.

the smell was of bread and pitted fruits as well as banana.

the taste is a bit thin, being far less complex than the smell.

the mouthfeel is thin and carbonated.

this beer is ok to try, but i wouldn't seek it out.

deepsouth, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of cbn
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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!

cbn, Apr 27, 2008
Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
83 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.