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Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002

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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 111
Photo of JArami
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very clear with a nice amber colour. Large and creamy tan head. Moderate retention with lots of lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, toffee and a hint of red fruits.
Taste: sweet malts balanced with a nice herbal hopiness. Very slightly toasted flavour.
Mouthfeel: creamy with a moderate level of carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: long bitter finish.

Overall: I was expecting a darker colour from a Munich Dunkel. Overall a very appealing and balanced beer. Best Flensburger in the market.

Photo of GreenCard
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: reddish-amber, good clarity, thin layer of tan suds, OK head retention

Aroma: rich malts, grain husks, caramel, whiff of foresty hops

Flavor: mellow malt sweetness with a toasty, biscuity quality; malt syrup, herbal hop flavor; finishes semi-dry with a biscuit aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, prickly carbonation, minerally

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of malibujohnny
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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!!!

Photo of bark
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Photo of Drew966
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flensburger Dunkel poured a brownish red color with a beige head from a brown twelve ounce swing top bottle. The aroma is okay, nothing special though, primarily malt. The flavor is kind of average, a bit estery, and some toasted or maybe slightly roasted malt. Worth a try.

Photo of ttu94
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love these bottles. I will be refilling it soon with my own concoction. Beer looks very pretty after you pour it. A dark clear amber color with a very good off white head and good lacing. Smell is slightly malty. I taste a lot of toasted malts very full, with a slight nuttyness. This beer finishes with a slight sweetness that is pleasant. This style of lager is probably my favorite.

Photo of acrawf6
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear red amber with a tight tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. malts are sweet and slightly biscuity. malts seem to have a rich aroma. There is a small milk chocolate aroma to it as well.

Taste. There is a tart and spiced kick to it. Malts are slightly sweet. A solid and balanced flavor that is full, but nothing dominates.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium/full with a lively amount of carbonation. Nice balance as well.

Overall, a solid beer to enjoy.

Photo of dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml stubby brown bottle dated best-before July 31st 2007.

Pours transparent red-brown with an inch of quickly-disappearing head and sparse lace. The aroma is straightforward, full of sugary caramel malt. The flavor is, luckily, more complex. Grainy toasted malts and hops are predominant, with touches of banana bread on hard mineral water. Finishes with a balanced sweetness and dryness, leaving toasted bread and hop notes. Medium thick (nearly syrupy) in the mouth, with almost still body and spare carbonation. Not particularly outstanding, but a nice beer with lunch.

Photo of roblowther
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl swing-top bottle with a LOT of pop. Minimal head, though, which is surprising. Amber color & rather still looking. The smell is caramel primarily but very muted overall. The taste is roasted, a bit acidic but with a nice malt finish. Hops are nowhere to be seen. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but a bit watery. Drinkability is good, as the crisp finish is refreshing. It's a decent beer but nothing too spectacular. I'd drink it again, I reckon. If I were the reckoning type. Which I am.

Photo of steinlifter
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 2" light tan head. Recedes slowly to a cap. Thick lace. Clear amber-brown dunkel.

S - Very low aroma the whole way through. Just a light bit of roasted malt.

T - Light roasted malt with a touch of caramel.Rye bread. Spicy hops with a woodsy, herbal flavor.

M - Medium in body and carbonation. Sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is high. I need to come back to this.

Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of dfried
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

See through toffee amber in color with a lot of red highlights. Thin just off white head. Aroma is sweet and sugary, of molasses and caramel malt, maybe a bit grainy, some hops there as well, though not pungent, maybe a bit earthy. More of the same in the taste, crisp clean malt, more caramel and dark sugars. Mouthfeel was a little dry, easy to drink.

Verdict: let down at first, I thought I bought a dunkel weizen until I tried it. But it grew on me after a bit, though it's nothing special. I wouldn't turn one away, but wouldn't seek another out either. A simple 'dark' lager.

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

A clear medium brown liquid with a thick slightly off white head that lasts a long time and left a ring of white foam surrounds the glass.

The aroma is sweet and malty. The hops and malt make for a balanced aroma where both shine. A caramel/chocolate smell is enhanced by the noble hops.

The sweet taste is delightful. The caramel taste really shines.

The mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer that is true to its style.

Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light amber in color, with a small white head, slight carbonation, and scattered broken lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by caramel and nutty accents, with slight herbal hops as well.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt notes, with a subtle sweet and nutty taste, followed by mild herbal hop notes. A mild bitterness lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Overall a pleasant, drinkable example.

Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz fliptop bottle with a date on the back label. Good head and almost no carb. Had a brownish cooper color and a sweet malty smell with overtones of bread. The taste was really good. This is the first of the style that I've had and I was impressed. Will have to try move Dunkle Lagers and see if it holds. The only thing I didn't like about this beer was that the mouthfeel was pretty watery. Not enough to ruin it but enough to remind you on every drink. Overall, good beer and recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of supercolter
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance was very good. Nice lacing and head retention. Brownish copper in color
Smell was pretty good. Lots of dry malt. Kind of metallicy.
Taste was not the best. I haven't had this style before, though so maybe its just me. Some malt taste, metallicy and it just tastes old.
Mouthfeel was good, with a bit of carbonation, and it was medium in feel.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of jrb1001
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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