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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier - Prost Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jason, Jan 08, 2013
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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Rich, dark chestnut with decent, light tan head.

Smell: Cherry and spice mostly, with some light chocolate.

Taste: Very harmonious blend of cherry & other dark fruits, chocolate & other roasted notes, and spicy & floral hops. Perfect balance.

Feel: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Overall: Wow, this is how a Dunkel should taste. Most I have had are a little boring; this is not at all. This beer would work for almost any occasion.

bsp77, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of mkrass
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mkrass, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Snoopybean24, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

qcbrewer, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of stampfler07
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

stampfler07, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kaltkaelir, Jul 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

LeeryLeprechaun, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

ucsbmullet, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tikk, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ygtbsm94, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

carteravebrew, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Climbhigher2
3/5  rDev -27.9%

It's a drinkable beer, but certainly no Augustiner Dunkel. This beer lacks some body. I'd consider it a baby dunkel.

Climbhigher2, Yesterday at 04:01 AM
Photo of famous_mortimur
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

famous_mortimur, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of SamN
3.41/5  rDev -18%

Dark color; clear, but getting close to opaque. Not much head, wispy bits lay across the top of the beer. Aroma is slighty nutty, malty, no real distinct hop aromas beyond a slight oily aroma. Some dark fuits in there, dates or figs maybe. Taste is mellow and smoth, bready, sweeter, maybe some more faint dark fruits? Overall, a nice dunkel taste, but not a preferred style of mine for a reason. Tastes always seems a bit blunted and muddled in dunkels. Slightly bigger lager body, got some weight to it.

Not bad for the style, though not a style I particularly am a fan of. Pretty good.

SamN, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dmart1223, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Mebuzzard, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

C_bill, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Domingo
4.2/5  rDev +1%

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.

Domingo, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

WKrieger, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FarmerTed, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

brett_arneson, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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 chocolate. Flavor was quite similar. A thinner, active mouthfeel with some creaminess to it. Overall, goo stuff.

denver10, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

cdragos, Mar 23, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

benloho, Sep 08, 2014
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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier from Prost Brewing Company
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