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Flensburger Dunkel - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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114 Reviews

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 206
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of vishneda
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of nem2006
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of grayburn
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of rkinsella
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of Dantheman4162
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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?

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Photo of Pepeton
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.


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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of justin7742
3.29/5  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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of cbn
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of Ecliptica
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle for $2.65 per single at the local beer store. Surprised I had never seen this before, as these Munich Dunkel Lager's are certainly my favorite type of beer. The ceramic stop-top initially drew me to the bottle, so I was hoping it would taste as fancy as it looked.

Poured the brew from the 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass and was surprised by the color. It poured much lighter than I thought it would, pouring a translucent mahogany color with very little cream head that did not leave any lacing on the glass - just how I like my beer to be.

The initial smell is that of a toasty caramel and malt, very typical of the style and nothing out of the ordinary.

The taste is quite complex - moreso than the appearance leads on. As with the smell, the overwhelming taste of caramel is featured here, but there is also an appearance of wheat, oats, and some diacetyl, along with the roasty malt and slight yeast taste; very interesting and complex.

The finish and mouthfeel are a bit dry, which is a testament to the slight bit of wheat in the beer, though it could very well be due to the malt, I'm not entirely sure. Very little carbonation makes this brew quite easy to drink as a session beer.

This beer is great looking and delicious, one of the better beers in one of my favorite styles. I'll definitely be on the lookout for this one more often. An absolutely fantastic dunkel recommended to anyone who wants to try this style or is looking for something a notch up from the Warsteiner that's typically the most prominent dunkel imported in the United States.

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Photo of stcules
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a nice lasting beige head. Some medium roasty sweet malt and nutty smells. Kind of light bodied, but nice nuttiness to the flavor. Nice mild nutty aftertaste and a pretty nice little beer all around. Very sessionable, and I would actually get this again.

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Photo of JArami
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
83 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.