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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier - Prost Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

45 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | 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 ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

ucsbmullet, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of cdragos
5/5  rDev +20.5%

cdragos, Mar 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

LeeryLeprechaun, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of RyanStelzner
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

RyanStelzner, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of CannedIce82
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

CannedIce82, Thursday at 09:51 PM
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jason, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of qcbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

qcbrewer, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of kaltkaelir
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kaltkaelir, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Mebuzzard, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

C_bill, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

tylerstravis, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

yemenmocha, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of benloho
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

benloho, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

stampfler07, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tikk, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

carteravebrew, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

famous_mortimur, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

FarmerTed, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

LuckyJohn, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Haybeerman, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Domingo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Domingo, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Label says enjoy by 10/16/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and nutty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, chocolate, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, toasted bread, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle presence of dark fruit with hints of fig and dates. Also some hints of cinnamon spice. Hops are very light. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty, nutty, and dark malt driven taste with notes of caramel and chocolate. Upfront toasted malt with bready notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, caramel, toffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with some light notes of dates and fig. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Light note of cinnamon spice. Not much for hops. A pretty nice malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a German Dunkel. Nice toasty malt flavor with some subtle dark fruit.

MattyG85, Sep 24, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

dads_basement, Oct 05, 2014
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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier from Prost Brewing Company
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