Dinkelacker CD-Pils - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 06-06-2002

Named for Carl Dinkelacker.
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Photo of hero27
1.98/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: For one, the bottle is just plain ugly. Unattractive green bottle with the most generic label I've ever seen. Poured into a tall pilsner and was not too impressed. A straw-yellow color with a moderately small head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: whew... Sorry, but the skunkiness was smelled from the other side of the room as soon as the bottle was opened.

Taste: Just too bitter and hoppy for me. I like flavor with my beer, not the grassy, watered down flavor that this gave me.

Mouthfeel: Light body + High carbonation = Not pleasant.

Drinkability: Don't get me wrong, I love a good, refreshing Pilsner. But this beer is just too bland for me. The skunkiness always turns me off, and I really don't think I could drink more than one or two of these before I would have to switch to something else. (834 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pale straw yellow with a nice foamy head and nice retention. Rings of lace.

S- Skunk ruins it all Underneath are some nice fruity notes and some dark caramels undertones, but skunk overtakes it all.

T- Skunky, metallic, and while nice hops flavors it, it doesn't balance right for the bitterness of this beer.

M- Thin, medium and slight creamy

D- If you like skunky beer, this one is thin and watery and can probably be downed quickly. (442 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A so-so German Pils. Pours out to a light straw color with a big head of bubbly foam. Some lace. Aroma of floral hops and sour malts dominate, with a touch of spice. Taste was not enjoyable; watery malts and hops mixed with abrasive spices. Mouthfeel wasn't offensive, but wasn't noteable either. Drinkability isn't great. I'll look elsewhere for a good imported pilsner. Not recommended. (388 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Gold color with little head. Slight hops aroma. Clean flavor with a slightly dry finish. Kind of boring. (176 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale yellow. It was highly carbonated and had a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S -It smelled of corn and slightly skunky.

T - It tasted mostly of corn and a little malt. It had a funny spicy bite. It is hard to explain, but it was just odd.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is okay, but something about that bite didn't sit well with me. (379 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out like almost any other pilsner, it's yellow, bubbly and clear looking. The head was white and fizzy, just leaves some white clumps on top of the beer. The smell is very grassy and a little skunked. The taste has the same earthy and fresh cut grassy flavor to it. The mouthfeel is light and pretty smooth. Overall not a fan of most pilsners this one falls into the same category. (388 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale yellow with small whitehead that disappears to nothing.
Aroma is grassy hops and earthy funkiness.
Taste is very bitter from the hops, only a little sweetness from the malts with a slightly funky aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full of carbonation making it very crisp, drying and again, a little too bitter. (315 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dinkel Acker Pils pours a stiff white head over a clear, light yellow
brew. The nose is a little skunky- damn you green bottle- with pils
yeast and light barley malt. Carbonation is steady and active. The
flavor is slightly sweet malt up front with a sharp grassy hop finish.
After that bitter finish fades the aftertase is grain. Not a bad pils,
beyond the skunkyness, but I wish there was a little bigger malt
presence to balance that surprisingly strong hop. I think I'll avoid
this one herewith. (507 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bright green bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours golden straw with a bright white bubbley head with reasonable retention. Slightly sticky lacing.

Strong floral hop aromas with minimal malt scents. Some skunky aromas.

Unexpectedly light hop flavor with some hop bite at the end. Some breadlike malt flavors mixed in at the end.

Light-watery body with medium to high carbonation. Unexciting finish.

Somewhat of a weaker pilsner. Decent drinkability, and can be enjoyed. (487 characters)

Photo of illidurit
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light, clear, gold color with a big white head. Aroma is malty with bready notes, caramel, and straw. Flavor is corny and bread doughy with a mild grassiness and a significant metallic note in the finish. Thin bodied, rather sweet, somewhat refreshing. Nothing to see here. (273 characters)

Photo of dgallina
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with small foamy white head which very quickly recedes into a sparse film and slight lace. Smells of light grainy sweetness with a small hop bite. Nearly no malt or other flavors up front; only a developing hop bitterness that borders on a sour finish. Light and quite carbonated in the mouth. Easy drinking, but dull and with little flavor other than the marked bitterness. (394 characters)

Photo of beerphilosopher
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling gold color from the bottle with a pillowy white head. A lot of lacing as the head diminished quickly. Nose is nondescript ... pilsner malt and hop, but malt dominated. Palate is malty and slightly sweet. Not much hop presence at all. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, but leaves a dry, moderately bitter finish. Maybe a bit skunky actually. More flavor than a macro pilsner for sure, but nothing extraordinary here. Just okay. (450 characters)

Photo of matty
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold colored pilsner with a one inch head that fades pretty quickly.Aroma has that damn skunk smell that seems to be a trademark of imports.Taste is a bitter sweetness not great not horrible either.I doubt I will ever shell out more money for this but I would drink it if it was available for free!! (299 characters)

Photo of steveh
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When it was brewed & bottled for export by Spaten Brewing for Dinkelacker, this beer used to be my house-brand. Couldn't beat the price or the great German Pils character. Since InBev, and subsequently AB-InBev, took over Spaten they stopped all brewing and export for Dinkelacker and the Pils hasn't been seen (fresh) in the U.S. for 5 years or so. It's now back direct from Stuttgart and through a new importer. I was lucky enough to get this in trade while I hunt it down locally. I sure hope it's as good as it was.

A -- Clear, straw gold with a very dense white head that sustains and leaves good lacing.

S -- Mild DMS up front with the first pour, mild, light citrus spicy hops back.

T -- Very light, grainy malts with spicy hop bitterness following and holding fast through the finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp -- falling just short of astringent, with a very, very light body and very dry finish.

O -- This is definitely not the beer Spaten was brewing for export years back. Gone is the bready, melanoidin malt character that used to be so delicious. No more noble hop character in the nose or flavor. No smooth, soft mouthfeel that was so thirst quenching before. So sad to not have the beer I used to love so much.

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04-09-2008 review:

4.58/5 rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my all-time favorites in the German style of Pils, don't know why I've never rated it before. Bottle pour from a covered 12 pack (dated 04/08).

A -- Bright, clear golden in perfect Pils color -- good white head that settles a bit fast, but revives nicely.

S -- Good bready malt with an acceptable amount of DMS -- at least the Pils malt is evident! Slight floral hoppiness coming through.

T -- Very nice balance between bready malts and noble hops - with an emphasis on the spicy hops. Great melanoidin to hop kick in the finish.

M -- Light in body with a smooth, soft mouthfeel that crisps up with the dry, hop finish.

D -- Outstanding. Could drink it all night. The hops don't overpower and become too dry to cloy and the malt flavor is perfect to remind you that it's beer -- not macro lager.

Serving type: bottle (2,163 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I forsee bad things from a foreign beer in a green bottle, especially a Pilsner. This one pours a clear yellow color with a small white head that actually sticks around for a while, but doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is of floral hops with just a small bit of skunkiness. Much less than expected from the bottle. The flavor is really clean. Has flavors from the floral hop with a little sweetness and finishes bitter. It's a little lacking in flavor, but it's an ok pils. (489 characters)

Photo of bditty187
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, gold in hue, ordinary looking but not sickly, there is a little animation dancing towards the head. The foam was white in color and at the apex it was two fingers in height. In time the head turned to a bubbly cap. There was subsequent webby lace. The nose is typical of a green bottle lager. I’m sure some of the grassy/huskiness is really just earthy hops. But I can’t tell where one starts and the other ends. The bouquet is not talkative; I can’t find the malt, which is disappointing. There is no invitation to drink. The palate is interesting. There is an odd rawness in the middle, its not harsh or hot just raw like eating fresh grain husks or hay. I do not taste adjuncts, as the label notes the 1516 purity law (marketing crap) but if this beer had a better malt backbone the middle wouldn’t be so naked. The beer starts off rather bland and the finish offers the only sight of the malt in the mix with the hops. Typical lager qualities here, I don’t think this is a good German Pilsner. The hops are slight in bitterness, mostly earthy. The aftertaste offers some sweetness but, for the most part, it is clean and refreshing. This beer is better than say, St. Pauli Girl but what does that really say? Yep, not much. Medium in body, sturdy enough, the carbonation is natural and on the moderate side. The mouthfeel is pleasant. Drinkable? Sure, its just not really my cup of beer, I enjoy good Pilsners not mediocre Pale Lagers. Still, is tolerable. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Omaha for $1.40. I’ll pass on it in the future. (1,554 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a fast start on appearance this beer played out quickly. The nose was weak and undistinquished. The look was yellow with a very nice white head and great lacing. The taste was average, though crisp and clean. Light body and good drinkability if you want the lack of flavor. This is a bland beer, better than macro, but quite light. (337 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought and drank in San Marino. Clear, golden with no head or lacing...medium carbonation with no retention or lacing. "Head" of scum is atop large bubbles. Skunked aroma with distant husky pale malts and faint earthy hops. Lightly fruity in taste, crisp thin body, with a otherwise nicely balanced bitterness and toasty finish. Soft mouthfeel with a bright, light body. Nothing exciting in taste, and a very boring presentation. (429 characters)

Photo of theopholis
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very clear, light golden yellow with a thin head and lpractically no lacing

Aroma- Some malt sweetness with bittering hops in the background. Maybe just the barest hint of corn or green grass. It's so faint, I can't figure out which.

Taste- Mostly bittering hops dominate the flavor with just a hint of malt sweetness in the background. A bit of skunkiness from being light struck. When will these people ever learn, green beer bottles are EVIL!!!

Mouthfeel- Light/medium bodied for a Pils with just the right level of carbonation. carbonation

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable. Despite the light-struckness, it's pretty good. (657 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The same old decent attempt at the same old Classic Beer. Straw...carbonated...grainy sweet...bready...saaz hop flavor...bla, bla, bla. Basically it is unique from other Pils in it's drying effect in the finish. It finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, without the abruptness. Otherwise, it's typical of German Pils. Good, but not a standout. (339 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy clear yellow brew.

Smell is sweet biscuit and a bit grassy with some toasted grain smell.

Taste is mildly sweet with toasted bread and citrus flavor. Hop bitterness is fairly strong.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Fairly drinkable a good palette cleanser excellent for food. (299 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A completely average German Pils.

Light golden color, white fizzy head, full and rapid carbonation, thin body, light herby aroma, and less than full taste. Seems watered down compared to the likeness of Jever or other qualtiy German Pils beers. Not bad, but not good. (270 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dinkel Acker Cd-Pils is an average German pils that is slightly more exciting than Beck's and St. Pauli Girl, but not by much. It is a light and simple pils that is pretty well made (except for the green bottle of course).

This beer pours a nice golden straw color with a billowing white foam "cushion" that retains very well. This beer looks the way a pilsener should look like. As soon as the bottle is opened, a strong sulfuric/skunky scent hits the air, and little else was detected in the aroma. The mouthfeel is thin and spritzy: par for the style. Luckily the skunkified aroma had little bearing on the flavor. The first sip detected some sweet maltiness, and a rather well-rounded hop bitterness came into play, carrying some herbal/medicine-like notes. Quite crisp and refreshing, and while it is bitter it is not overbearing. There is a very slight taste of wet doghair in the brew, but seems to be the only flavor flaw I could detect. A light graininess and the bitterness linger around after the beer is sipped, and as with most pilseners there is no alcoholic warmth within this brew.

I'm not sure what the "cd" designation is in the name (if someone could enlighten me I would be grateful), but this is an average pils that is simple and refreshing. I believe it now belongs to the Interbrew portfolio (they own Spaten, which I think owned this brand). If you don't want to support that conglomerate, Bitburger is another German pilsener that is in the same vein as this one (sans the green bottle and its inherited characteristics). To conclude, this is a decent thirst quencher but somewhat unremarkable.

Addendum (3/17/04) - after some minor research, the "CD" is the initials of the brewery's founder, Carl Dinkelacker. (1,746 characters)

Photo of Chinon01
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical golden-tannish pils. Average head and lacing.

S - Ever so slight baked biscuitiness with some hop aroma. Malt more pronounced as it warms.

T - Hoppiness dominates with sweetness in the middle. Metallic flavor with long hop bite surrounding the back sides of the tongue in the finish.

M - Sharp, crisp, with hop bite.

D - Very drinkable. Weight of the malt balances the sharpness-crispness. (409 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a sunny gold color with a prestigious creamy white head and tons of fine lace to obscure the glass. Dominated by malt and the start a touch sweet, top is skimpy in feel. Finish is sparsely hopped, moderately carbonated and the aftertaste malt dry, can only call it average as it has little to offer to me. (320 characters)

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Dinkelacker CD-Pils from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
80 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.