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Gösser Dark - Brau Union Österreich AG

Gösser DarkGösser Dark

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%

Brewed by:
Brau Union Österreich AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002)
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Reviews by atigerlife:
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small light brown head. Dark brown.
Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is also roasted malts with some burnt sugar sweetness. A nice hazelnut and vanilla background. Very pleasant eventhough not coplex.
The mouthfeel is nice and light. Light carbonation.
Overall, I found this to be a very pleasant lager. Very drinkable. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 19:29:20 | More by atigerlife
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Deep amber color. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet, has a plum flavor finishes smooth and mellow. Nice dark beer. $1.75 for a green 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Brown pour, some red edges to it, not dense at all, thin flimsy cola looking head with large bubbles that became tiny and didn't really create "head" as we typically see with beer. It looks cooler when you hold it up to light than it does when you actually pour it into a glass. Mild grain and cocao powder aroma, some skunkiness, but not as much as I was hoping for (I like my lager's skunky).

Taste had a mildew like coffee and mild roasting to it. Still some of that cocao powder. Everything that was good about the beer was very mild, but the less than positive flavors seemed a little more dominant. Other than the roasty bitterness, there wasn't much to it, which can be a good thing depending on your perspective. Its a fairly simple and clean beer that offers a little more than an adjunct lager, that's for sure.

Ultimately for me, it can't be a repeat purchase as it was a little watery, and the bitterness combined with the lager yeast flavor profile just didn't have enough malt to carry it to a happy place.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 18:07:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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It pours a dark brown with a small off white head of foam and leaves some nice lacing.

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There are nice caramel malt notes in the taste as well. Grain and hints of chocolate follow with an ever so slight bitterness. Nice sweetish finish. All around, a very good Dark Lager.

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A- Chocolatey brown with red highlights. Head is eggshell in color and lasts pretty well. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- Smell is lacking for me. Pretty clean with just a faint cocoa element.
T- The taste is a big improvement. It's initially clean, with some light sweetness. Finish is cocoa and a bit earthy.
M- Medium-full body. Carbonation is initially prickly, but smoothes out. Approaches creamy even. Finishes dry.
O- A case of a beer being better than the sum of it's parts. I would drink these over the course of the night. Tasty and simple.

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T - much like aroma, rich sweet malt with a slightly toasted flavor; clean lager character - no esters or phenols

M - medium-light body, moderately high carbonation

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Aroma is lagerish with a bit of caramel and slight roast. Bit of chocolate.

Taste is similar. Mostly caramel malt with a lager pils taste and slight bit of that porter type chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with lighter carb.

Overall a tasty dunkel. Would have again for sure.

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Pours chestnut brown with a foamy/frothy 2 finger light tan head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing. The head had a ton of tiny bubbles in it.

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A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head.
S: The smell is quite nutty and has aromas of caramel and toasted malts.
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A decent dark Euro lager, well balanced and an easy way to sip away the remainder of Christmas Day 2010...

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12-26-2010 07:22:55 | More by biboergosum
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Gösser Dark from Brau Union Österreich AG
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.