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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier - Prost Brewing Company

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34 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 8
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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-08-2013 18:05:55 | More by Jason
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

08-09-2014 02:39:12 | More by bsp77
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mkrass

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-14-2013 22:26:31 | More by mkrass
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Snoopybean24

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-10-2013 21:14:03 | More by Snoopybean24
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

09-26-2013 00:30:24 | More by qcbrewer
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-28-2013 02:04:54 | More by stampfler07
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kaltkaelir

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-13-2014 21:32:30 | More by kaltkaelir
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

02-07-2013 19:01:54 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19%

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.

09-17-2012 00:27:17 | More by ucsbmullet
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

10-21-2013 05:25:50 | More by ygtbsm94
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-18-2012 04:22:13 | More by carteravebrew
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famous_mortimur

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-07-2013 00:06:15 | More by famous_mortimur
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SamN

Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

06-27-2014 01:14:10 | More by SamN
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Dmart1223

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-23-2013 20:01:01 | More by Dmart1223
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

09-16-2012 08:48:04 | More by Mebuzzard
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C_bill

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-12-2014 19:50:46 | More by C_bill
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Domingo

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-29-2012 18:17:31 | More by Domingo
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WKrieger

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-20-2014 03:37:40 | More by WKrieger
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FarmerTed

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-04-2014 00:19:57 | More by FarmerTed
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brett_arneson

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-21-2014 23:10:00 | More by brett_arneson
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denver10

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19%

03-23-2014 02:37:54 | More by cdragos
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-07-2013 00:09:53 | More by Haybeerman
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Rayek

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-09-2013 01:29:43 | More by Rayek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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?

10-20-2012 18:17:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier from Prost Brewing Company
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