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Dinkelacker Dark - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-06-2002)
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Photo of MiScusi
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Red Lion Tavern in Los Angeles, CA.
Served in an ~18oz or so hefeweizen-type glass.
Beer poured a clear but dark brownish maroon. Head was fairly thin. Aroma and taste were of dark bready malt and some muted dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium and not very lively. Not too bad by any means.

MiScusi, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of biggmike
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smelled a bit skunky. Poured dark amber. Little head that it didnt retain. Thin mouthfeel. Didnt like this one very much. I will try this one again based on how others on this site have rated it as mine must have been spoiled. Taste was metallic and bad.

biggmike, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a special for $2 at the Old Toad, Rochester, NY.

Watered down caramel color. Small light tan head with medium sized bubbles. Smooth malty aroma. It tastes similar to a bock but more of a hop presence and less of a thick and sticky mouthfeel. If you're a malt-mouth this is a nice session beer for the price.

Rudgers73, Jul 27, 2007
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 billybob
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium brown color with a beige two finger head that fades to just cover the beer. very faint aromas of coffee and caramel. very subtle tastes of coffee, caramel, a hint of chocolate, slightly sweet and slightly salty very well balanced. mouthfeel is light and carbonation is good. taste good and is nice and smooth good session beer and the price is right.

billybob, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not usually a huge fan of Dunkels, but I really enjoyed this one. I had it on draft at Ratzsch's, and I got the impression that some attention was paid to the beer (clean lines, correct temperature, beer-clean glassware).

The beer was a dark brown with a red tinge and a very consistent and fairly abundant white head. Aroma was rather minimal, with some maltiness. Flavor was very good...not overly sweet malt, but a very pleasant light roasted notes. Mouthfeel was good, but I didn't find this beer extremely drinkable which may have been in anticipation of the large meal that was coming behind that beer.

BeerBelcher, Mar 31, 2007
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 beveritt
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a green 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Label has a code, 16461P, but I am not sure of when this was made. I got it in a 10 pack of Winter Brews and everything else has been fresh, so I have no reason to think this one isn't.

Appearance: Pours with a nice, 1 inch, creamy, off-white head. Settles slowly into a thin layer of foam and some lacing. The beer itself is crystal clear,a nice bright reddish/brown.

Smell: Sweet and malty, almost a deep, bready aroma. The beer has a slight tang to it, almost like you can smell the CO2 bite. Crazy, I know.

Taste: Sweet at first, with a malty middle and a ever so slightly bitter finish. Not as carbonated as I had expected. The sweetness is one of caramel or molasses. A lot of subtle flavors here, a very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is perfect. The body on this beer is incredible, one of the best I have every had. A great thick and substantial feel to it.

Drinkability: I am very pleasantly surprised. As a beer you can usually pick up in the grocery store, I expected much less form this. But it is a great beer. Not sure of ABV, but this may become a beer to stock up on in my house.

beveritt, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is clear brown with good Carbonation. The head is 3 fingers thick, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is I little skunky but mostly sweet lightly toasted malt.

The taste follows, ok, nice light toasty flavor, toffee is in there.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, fresher would be better but it came a long way. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 08, 2006
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 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 Vancer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good cola brown pour with a semi-frothy ivory head.

First whiff is filled with euro skunk, it’s best to let this breath for a couple minutes before sniffin’ and drinkin’

Now subtle hints of caramel and chocolate pop up in the senses, this one is an above average dunkel. Crisp with a dry bite. I’ll have another, but I won’t actively seek these out, just happened on a couple at Lukas Supercenter.

Vancer, Nov 11, 2006
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 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 barefootbrewer
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear brown color with a thick, persistent head. The smell is malty and slightly sour. The taste is malty and a bit sweet – quite flavorful. The mouthfeel is full and bright from carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer that I could see enjoying sitting for an occasional session of drinking.

barefootbrewer, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with some code on the label. It pours a clear rust/brown color with light carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing. It smells of caramel, molasses, and a hint of smoke - pretty inviting but not very aromatic. The flavor follows suit but with a Schlenkerla-esque beechwood smoke character, light tobacco, and green/spicy hops that leave a mild bitterness. It has a medium body and carbonation yet leaves a short finish, but it's a pleasant, quite enjoyable lager that would make a great session beer. Definitely worth a try.

mmmbeer, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear darker brown , with some slight red hues, bit of lacing, and a frothy offwhite head of a quarter inch. Aroma is fairly malty and slighty sweet. Some herbal hop in there as well as slight caramel and bread. Taste is definatly on the sweet side of malty profiles , some breadyness , tinge of nuttyness, bit of balancing hop , clean , quick finish. Mouthfeel is medium/slightly crisp. A pretty drinkable brew , bit sweet/ and slightly thin for me. I do think its a good dunkel though , and definatly worth a try. Goes down quite easily.

Byeast, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of dhilltop2000
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, deep copper rust color. Head is exceptional. If it wasn't for the weak nose of the beer I would be forced to delve into drinking it before the enormous thick ice-cream like head settled. However, once the head did settle it was nearly gone. Several small icebergs of thick foam and a little Belgian lacing is at that remained. Tasted fairly thin with projections of roasted plums and malt. Not bad and quite drinkable. Good beer.

dhilltop2000, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dinkel Acker Dark

A - Dark amber in color, poured a decent sized head - which fell quickly. Fades to a thin lace, and lacks on retention.

S - Earthy malt, with alcohol fumes following closely behind. Bready in a sense.

T - Taste has a nice malt backbone. Sweet, delicate, earthy and bready notes - begging for attention. Crazy wild hops sweep in and create a nice balancing bitter, not overwhealming at all. Blends to a spicy dark unsweetened cocoa flavor - creamy, dry, and lingering aftertaste.

A solid Dunkel, and for the price superb.

HoustonTX, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with masive tannish head. Very impressive lacing noted. Smell is rich and roasty with a strong dark fruity beckground. Taste is roasty and fruity with some hints of cocoa also found. Finishes a bit on the dry side with gives a nice balance to the fruit tastes. Very pleasant beer to drink. Nice and thirst quenching.

tgbljb, Jul 18, 2006
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - 2" beige head that retains at 1/4". No lace. Clear brown / amber beer.

S - Floral hops. Slight roasted malt and a little fruity undertone.

T - Mild roasted malt flavor. Honey sweetness. Nice hop presence in the finish.

M - Thin bodied, good carbonation. Dry finish at first but sweetness seems to increase after a couple..

D - Simple dark lager but very, very drinkable.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack of this to make beer brats with, decided to drink and rate one. This beer was tasted in a mug from the bottle.

This beer pours a translucent brown with a fizzy off white head that dissipates with a little lace. The smell is munich malts and some off smells. The taste is also all dark munich malts. There is an average mouthfeel. Overall average on drinkablility, A decent dark lager.

MSchae1017, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of rokoch27
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin, sweet aroma drifts off of a deep amber brew. Taste notes of caramel and brown sugar with clean, toasted malts. Nice beer to have in the evening after a warm summer day, but I have to admit that I am not going to have this one on a regular basis. I just want more flavor!

rokoch27, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear brownish-ruby color. The head is one-finger in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is more like a doppelbock than a dunkel lager: caramel, malt, chocolate, more caramel. The taste is quite a bit more mellow than the aroma: caramel and malt with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation, perhaps too lively. Overall, this is a pretty good brew. It might not be the best dunkel lager around, but is certainly enjoyable.

KarlHungus, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, tawny red-brown. Translucent with fiery orange highlights. Creamy, ivory-colored head retains pretty well.

Smell: Buttered popcorn and caramel malts overwhelm.

Taste: Brown sugar, apple pie, and caramel malts. It's almost silly how delicious this is with my plate of weisswurst and sauerkraut, but on it's own... I'm afraid it's just too sweet. Hops are incredibly timid, lending a barely detectable bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean yet full. Good for the style, and good for the food, too.

Drinkability: This is just too damn sweet. After a pint, I'm done. But really, everyone should give this a try with sausages. It's amazing.

soulgrowl, Apr 22, 2006
Dinkelacker Dark from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
83 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.