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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier - Prost Brewing Company

Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

25 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%


Brewed by:
Prost Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a dark amber lager made in the world famous brewing area around Bamberg, Germany. They are characterized by their smooth malty flavor. The Franconian version differs from the dark lagers of Bavaria by being slightly stronger and drier. Dunkels have a distinctive malty flavor that comes from a special brewing technique called decoction mashing. We are reviving the Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier from the Hümmer Brauerei in Breitengüßbach, the brewery whose brewhouse now resides in Denver, Colorado at Prost Brewing. (ABV 5.2% 25 IBU'S)

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2012)
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Transparent brown with medium lacing and minimal head. Nut brown look to it.

S- Mild nutty, pretty watered down though for S.

T- Light nuttiness. Very watery. I get some of the Dunkel flavor, but this growler is over a month old, but sealed.

M- Very watery. I am drinking German brews tonight, and this one falls short.

O- Probably way better fresh.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2014 03:17:57 | More by gueuzedreg
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denver10

Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent like maroonish brown with a with a off white head. Aroma is malty offering some breadiness with some pitted fruits, brown sugar, and some other subtle flavors that I can't quite put my fingers on. Flavor was quite similar. A thinner, active mouthfeel with some creaminess to it. Overall, a well put together beer but not quite my style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 03:34:13 | More by denver10
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a new take on a dunkel, or i think its a really old take, but its new to me. pours a raisin brown color, with hints of red and copper. theres a few inches of thick frothy white foam on top, and it lasts, leaving excellent lacing on the cool german mug its served in at the brewery. it smells a little sweet from the dark malts, some brown sugar in the nose, and there is an interesting yeast here. its not spicy, but has a bit of dried fruit to it. sort of a candied raisin is how i would describe the taste. i mean, this is a malt forward beer, but there are all kinds of subtle flavors going on here. i like the organic nature of this beer, it just feels right to me. in the mouth its got good carbonation and a medium body with a shockingly creamy texture. this is an easy beer to drink a million of. bold and unique and delicious. what more do you want?

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 18:17:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic drinkable Dunkel from the new Prost brewery in Denver. I was quite impressed with this one, and I was drinking from a new batch that was tapped just two days earlier. A nice hearty dark brown color with a creamy, long-lasting head. Nose was very bready with some soft roasty notes. More bready and roasty on the palate, with a delicious medly of malty flavors that were pleasing. I'm thinking dark bread, the ones with oat flakes on top. Good body and exceptionally drinkable. Very smooth across the palate and refreshing on a cold Fall evening in Denver. This one is top of my list for future Denver visits.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 00:16:14 | More by yemenmocha
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had too many Dunkel's, but this was one damn tasty beer.

Medium dark and malty. A ton of flavor packed into this beer.

A mild, bready sweetness on the tongue. Arguably my favorite beer made in Denver now.

Happily left Prost with a growler of Dunkel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 00:27:17 | More by ucsbmullet
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Domingo

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of those beer styles that's near and dear to my heart, the south German dunkel. Not sure why, but people always seem to get these confused with dunkelweisses, which are totally different. This is essentially a dark and fairly mild (5 to 5.5%'ish) lager, that isn't too far from the idea of a "dark helles." This one is brewed in the Franconian style, which is a bit drier and stronger than the ones further south in Munich. In particular, this one is using a recipe straight from the Hümmer brewery, where Prost's equipment came from. It's also potentially the only double decoction mashed lager brewed in the US.
Arrives a medium to dark brown color. Resembles a cola color for the uninitiated. The head is extra creamy and looks almost like a nitro based on the thickness. The texture is actually even richer than most dunkels I've had in Germany. I guess that's not quite authentic...but is that a bad thing? I'm not sure.
The nose is mild, but reveals a strong dark malt base and noble hops that are "hiding in plain sight" behind it.
Sweet bready dark malts showcase notes of cocoa, hazelnut, and dark bread. Noble hops offer a tiny herbal character and slight bitterness to the finish, although the malt is the star. I'm not sure what the exact strength, but there's no alcohol heat, no off flavors, and only a mild lingering sweetness.
In fact, it's about as drinkable as beers get. While a bit drier, it reminds me a lot the Löwenbräu dunkel I've enjoyed in Munich. Some Franconian dunkels seem to cross paths with other styles like Schwarzbier or Märzen, but this one falls right in the zone I enjoy.
Pretty much the only thing that doesn't scream "This is German!" about this beer is the head, and it's actually a potential improvement depending on what you like.
Great stuff, and one I'm unbelievably glad to have.
Like German dark beers? You need to try this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 18:17:31 | More by Domingo
Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier from Prost Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.