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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier - Prost Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

44 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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 Climbhigher2
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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

Climbhigher2, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

gueuzedreg, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of SamN
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Snoopybean24
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Snoopybean24, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of indy351
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ygtbsm94, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

braican, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of WKrieger
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

WKrieger, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

MarkyMOD, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of k47k
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%

k47k, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of mkrass
4/5  rDev -3.4%

mkrass, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Dmart1223
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Dmart1223, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of brett_arneson
4/5  rDev -3.4%

brett_arneson, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev -3.4%

WDJersey, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Rayek, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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?

StonedTrippin, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of rseidlitz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

rseidlitz, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -3.4%

spoony, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of dads_basement
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

dads_basement, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Domingo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 stampfler07
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

stampfler07, May 28, 2013
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Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier from Prost Brewing Company
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