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Dinkelacker Dark - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-06-2002)
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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a modest tan cream-colored head that leaves some lacing amidst acceptable retention

Smell: Slight Euro skunk aroma along with some roasted caramel notes

Taste: Starts with a dark bread flavor that grows richer and slightly bitter, mid-palate, when the roasted caramel flavors come to prominence; after the swallow, the molasses sweetness joins in to overtake the bitterness; the finish is rather sweet and roasty but slightly metallic

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a prominent level of carbonation - what you would expect from a crisp lager

Drinkability: Overall, rather enjoyable even though this is not really my thing

brentk56, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic dark German Lager--It's all about the malts. The beer is subltle, yet rounded; toasty, but sweet; moderate all the way around, and equally as drinkable. Along with these favorable attributes, No fruitiness, low hopping and ultimately malty. Still showed a clean lager crispness and light toasty aftertaste. Simply and pure, one of Germany's gems.

BEERchitect, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of moderately strong tea with copious red-orange highlights; lighter than expected. The head is lightest ecru and is average in size. It deflates to a thin, barely covering film and leaves disappointingly little lace. The nose isn't all that impressive: faint whiffs of caramel malt, some sweet grain and... that's about it. There's nothing about the aroma that impels me to take a drink.

I'm not impressed with the flavor either. It isn't bad exactly, but neither does it make me want to finish the bottle. Again, caramel malt is dominant, but it's much sweeter than I anticipated. Maybe some weak chocolate and just a hint of nuttiness, but not enough of those flavors come through for this to be considered good beer.

There's no real hop flavor to speak of, though I do pick up a slight bitterness at the tail end of the medium-length finish. The body/mouthfeel is thinner than I prefer without being out of line for the style.

I don't know a whole lot about Munich Dunkel Lagers, but I do know what I like. To be fair to the style, maybe this just isn't a very good version. Dinkel Acker Dark is okay, but I won't be buying any more of it.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one on the shelf at the local store when I was mixing a six pack and decided to go for it. Had never heard of it before, but I am a huge fan of Dark German Lagers, so how could I possibly go wrong, right? It poured a deep dark brown with a smallish off white head, that slowly faded to reveal a decent layer of lace left on the top, as well as a good amount left down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation was evident through the chains of bubbles streaming up through the very clear beer. Smell was very unique. It had a nice burnt sort of smell with a definate hint of caramel and coffe, which really suprised me. It was so pronounced, almost like a porter type of hint in there. The taste was very similar, lots of coffee and caramel flavors, mixed in with a nice earthy grain and a slightly bitter hopped back. A touch of chocolate seemed to be in there for good measure. Very smooth feel, almost silky, and a bit heavier then what I was expecting from the style to be honest. Very easy to drink despite such rich flavors. Went down very smoothly and I could easily see this as being an everyday beer. Overall, for a beer I had never heard of beforeI was very suprised and impressed. I will definatly pick this one up again, it was very unique and seemed to defy the style completely.

mikesgroove, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wanted to give this one a try after having the Dinkel Acker Pilsner. This beer is similar to most of the Dunkel beers out there. It's got the muddy brown color with little bit of yellow around the edges. It had the aroma of clove and banana. This beer also has a similar flavor to the pilsner a bit.

Knapp85, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with light head that was gone real quick.There was caramel notes in the aroma,along with perhaps molasses or brown sugar.Pretty thin wich made pretty easy to drink,had a hint of berry towards the end wich came out more after each one I drank.Pretty good German dark.

oberon, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a reddish brown color. A fluffy, white head. Left some nice lacing.

S - Smelled very malty and nutty.

T - It was sweet and nutty. The malt flavor was fairly strong, as well. It had a subtle bitter kick.

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. I like it much better than their CD Pils.

zeff80, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear mahogany robe beneath a short cap of ivory welcomes you to this splendid dark lager. The head retention is good, and it leaves sheets of dripping spotty lace about the glass. Notes of toasty and slightly cocoaish malt reel you in; and the captivating, semi-rich flavor of its Munich and high-kilned malts delivers satisfaction and refreshment. It's not particularly complex, but it doesn't need to be - this beer's all about drinkability. It's perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness, and accented by some mild floral and spicy hops in the finish. It fades smoothly from the palate, leaving behind just a bit of dark malt and bitterness, leaving you ready for another sip. This is a beer you could quite easily finish without even realizing you've emptied your glass. Clean, concise, and clearly well-made, this dunkel is not to be missed.

NeroFiddled, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: A good frothy head effect with some lacing clinging to the glass. The russet brown colour shows the clarity quite well.

Smell: Mild herbal hop, cocoa and bready malt with a touch of steely grain as well.

Taste: Sweet upfront with a bready and slightly caramel profile, hops are there but very modest and seem to only balance in bitterness. Nearly clean finish with some residual sweetness and toasted grain.

Mouthfeel: Good crispness in the mouth, nice creamy back as the carbonation passes.

Drinkability & Notes: Nothing earth shattering and the sweetness would get to me after a couple, but definitely a solid lunch time brew to pair up against a smoked ham sandwich.

Jason, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a nice soft textured tan head leaves nice full lacing around my glass. Aroma: Dark roasts clean fruity finish this smells like a solid dunkel with underlying herbal European hop tones. Taste: Sweet bready mix of dark chocolate and pilsner like flavors this is a decent dunkel that deserves respect on multiple levels quite tasty. Mouthfeel: A bit thin light to medium body high carbonation not much more to say here. Drinkabilty: On draft I think this would be much more drinkable fresher flavors equal better beer more drinkable.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is weak, but dominated by pale lager malts and lager yeast. There is a small malty aroma that is attributed to the use of crystal malts. The taste is decent. It is dry and malty with a refreshing finish. It's not bad, but not the best I've had. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well and is a fine Dunkel.

WesWes, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bit of a dry bite. Along with the roasted malt flavor, it drinks a little like an irish dry stout. Not much aroma to speak of, a little skunk at first (damn those green bottles!) and then a little caramel grain. There's a little more skunk in the flavor - how unfortunate. I wouldnt buy this in the US. Were I in Germany, however, I'd have my stein topped off.

tempest, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting, this beer is brewed by Spaten "under the authority of Dinkelacker, Germany". Comes in a dark bottle...nevermind folks, that's just the beer, the bottle is actually green. Now you know the beer has been poured into a glass, so let's get on to the beer:

Appearance in dark amber with orange hues mixed in, but it looks dull and the head is poor. Doughy and bready malts rise from beer, with some kind of baking spice mixed in. The taste seemed muted on some parts of the palate, but the parts that got something brought senses of more doughy malt and sweet bread. Felt somewhat runny in the mouth with a mild carbonation.

Meh, this was an okay offering. Tastes and feels like it was dumbed down.

DoubleJ, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour reveals a clear brown colored lager with red highlights. Adequate tan head forms and then disappears.

Smell is sweet and bready with a lot of buckwheat and molasses aroma to it. Some how this has a faint grape scent to it?

Taste is sweet and grainy with a buckwheat and dark caramel flavor to it at the beginning. After a while the hop bitterness becomes more prominent in the after taste. Tastes like a Pete's Wicked Ale to me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK drinkable beer but not one that I need ever drink again. Nothing bad about it at all, it is just I have drank many beers that taste similar and have no need to seek them out.

Zorro, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

harpus, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an eye pleasing clear deep ruby red with a pertinent in size head, the lace in fine clinging sheets. The malt, hints of caramel and sweet, pleasant to sniff dominate nose. Start is malt with a touch of sweetness, the top lanky, the finish is moderately carbonated, and the hops adequate for this style, droughty aftertaste, decent enough beer, but not one that “Rings my Chimes”, but still worth a sample nonetheless.

Gusler, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A mix of light ruby and dark amber at the bottom of the glass, that slowly descends into darkness as you go from bottom to top. Nice one finger head after the pour, but recedes to a nice film. Great bubblin too. The aroma is Munich malty bread and no real discernable hops. Watery heavily toasted and lightly roased malts. Ths gives a little hint of bread. Then some very faint lemongrass mint evens out the finish. Very smooth, watery a well as a little herbal note in the finish. Very drinkable, just needs some more flavor to make it a better German session beer.

scruffwhor, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. Has a good but not strong flavor with mild bitterness. Feels a little creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is o.k. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Dark brown color with virtually no head. Very little flavor, just a little malt with a pinch of hops. Unimpressive.

Dogbrick, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown in color with a beautiful, bountiful head with large air pockets that rose up mightily and showed good retention. It also left some pretty cool lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Very dark malts permeate the nose of this Dunkles. There’s a noticeable molasses flavor along with some brown sugar and a small amount of maple.

Taste – The molasses comes out huge here. This is like sucking down a jar of Grandma’s with a spoon. The lovely, dark roasted malt comes out nicely as well along with a slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel – Flat and a little less than medium-bodied but very heavy on the sweets. I would have liked to have seen this a little heavier in the mouth, but otherwise it was awesome.

Drinkability – I thought this was an excellent interpretation of the style, although it will probably be too much straight molasses for most.

RoyalT, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DmanGTR, Feb 10, 2013
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Dinkelacker Dark from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
83 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.