Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002)
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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt and nuts with a bit of sweet caramel and fresh grain.

T: Mild taste of sweetness with caramel and bread. Somme bitterness and dry finish.

F: Medium body creamy and quite smooth.

O: Easy drinker, but could us a bit more character. Still a nice Dunkel.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing top bottles are fantastic. The beer is brown with at thin head. The smell is clove alcohol and gingerbread. The taste is more savory than some dunkels with some prune chocolate. Seem like it has more alcohol than 4.8%. Perhaps a bit overpriced. Good, but Spaten is better and less expensive. Buy the hefe if you need the bottles.

Photo of cervezango
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty brown with a big red tint. 2 finger head that dissipates quickly, though it leaves a fine lacing. Filtered.

Light pumpernickel toast in the nose. Also a little fresh mint, not artificial mint, mind you.

Like eating a low-sugar german pastry. A little rye bread in finish, but then a load of sulphur following that. Clean yeast and a balanced hopiness.

Too watery for the flavor. A little more maltose would have done wonders for this brew. Also feels under carbonated.

Good beer. Feels a little flat. SOme more body and carbonation could have made this one a good sessioner, but it goes down TOO fast.

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

Clear brown body with an appropiate slightly crema-colored head.
Nose is smooth roasty licorice.
The taste is an interesting combination of the warm maltiness typical for the Dunkel-Style and the fresh hoppiness of northern German lagers which surprisingly results in a kind of british elegance in the end. Very well balanced and tasty.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with off white head that recedes quickly. Nose is a little toasty but not much else. Palate was surprisingly light, with a rather thin body, some toasty malt flavors that have just a suggestion of roastiness, and a modicum of hop influence thrown in there. Finishes light and easy to drink, but not very appetizing with interesting flavors to crave on the next sip. Boring.

Photo of bueschen
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle recently at a friends house.

Appearance: Poured into a 1/2 mass glass krug. Came out with a nice deep red with a bit of lighter (orangy?) tones. 2 finger head that quickly disappeared with minimal lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a hint of grains. Overall a quite pleasant aroma.

Taste: Light taste with a decent sweetness. The taste seemed to match the smell as it wasn't too sweet and had a decent grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick with perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Good beer... not great, I liked it fine but thought it might have needed a bit more of a roasted taste.

I would not go out of my way to find this but also wouldn't turn one down if offered again.

Photo of crossovert
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 donniecuffs
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sister brought this back from a recent trip to Germany! Poured copper/chestnut with two fingers of white head and great lacing. Very carbonated. Crisp noble hops aroma and some biscuit; not much else. Initially very caramel/malty in the flavor, then a pronounced bitterness midpalate, dissolving to a big dry finish. The mouthfeel was very carbonated, and very thin. Sessionable, but much more bitter than I expected this to be.

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a very thin feeling dunkel with a toastiness and bake apple malt quality. the malt doesn't give it much body though. its a lean feel of a beer with a bitter end of smokiness. palate is not bad and has all the quintessential parts for its style but lack in feel. nice molasses nose. it has room for improvement. although the span of the flavor is quite wide for something this light in body i really respect that. it made it quite drinkable.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz flip-top bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Caramel color with a large off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves lots of lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet caramel and candy aromas with some hints of fruit.

Taste: Begins with a sweet caramel flavor, finishing with a sweet red grape flavor that has a hint of herbal hops

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth body with balanced carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer- certainly worth a shot, but nothing too exciting here.

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haha the most impressive thing was when I opened the bottle. After a loud pop the lid flipped back and spun around like 10 times around the lid's rail its on. Happened within a split second but It was probably the coolest thing Ive seen happen when opening a beer.

3 finger large head that would of spilled over the glass, from the pour, but was sipped down just in time. Its pretty nice looking fluffy creamy head, lots of tight nit bubbles that make up this fairly dense head. The color is hard for me to describe, a medium brownish tea colored red amber. Lots of good lacing, looks pretty nice. It eventually died down to a good looking solid retaining cap. Later on this beer developed a strange head of splotchy, patchy, clumpy head that was very wierd looking and unattractive. Almost like a curdled milk, lumpy patches. I had to take off a half point.. besides that this beer looked really good prior.

Mostly dark malts with bakers chocolate, barely sweet cocoa. A pilsner-like maltiness (really I smelled pilsner for a second)

The taste is similar to the nose but, never having a dunkel before, this beer reminds me of a good bock. There is a small caramel maltiness that wasnt in the nose (at least I think.)

A thin, light but not watery mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This beer is like a darker version of a Pilsner. Maybe crossed with a bock. Lets just say its pretty drinkable. Not my first choice at a store, but this is probably the best you can get for the price. I think it was around $1.30 for a single.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of runningjoke
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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 drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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 vishneda
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of nem2006
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 firkinhophead
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of grayburn
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.