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Dinkelacker CD-Pils - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named for Carl Dinkelacker.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-06-2002)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

BEERchitect, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%

Shimmering gold with a rowdy white dome issued by jets of carbonation.
Flour-dusted dinner rolls, lemongrass, and bay leave aroma.
Begins with a sandpaper coarse maltiness of rough grain and soup crackers. Drier than licking a newspaper. Clean and brisk through the midsection, with a whitewater sense of rushing rivers. Hops bang home the close, with gripping iron-rich lemon-peels and mint, structured against crunchy dead foliage.
The simple harmony of dry-on-dry is amazing here.
The steady, upped-but-not-abrasive carbonation helps usher this unconsciously down the throat.
A class pilsener, all around. This one is getting slept on, big time.

cokes, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer was purchased in a closed twelve-pack, sealed off to light, and dated 6/2005.

Poured into a straight pilsener glass the beer is a crystal clear pale gold with a fluffy tall snow-white head that just won't quit. A steady stream of bubbles constantly rises from the bottom of the glass. Looks damn fine.

Grassy hops and some sulfur compounds are a strong component of the aroma; they can be smelled a couple of feet away. Upon closer inspection there is grainy malt as well. I also detect a hint of lime deep down in the nose. These all come across as separate elements; I would prefer more of a unified impression from a German Pilsener.

Flavor and mouthfeel are quite nice. Malty sweetness is there although a big graininess makes an appearance at the end. I suspect the use of chit malt, a highly undermodified German malt that some would argue is the moral equivalent of unmalted barley, which is used to increase head retention and mouthfeel in a dry beer, while contributing that grainy quality. Some grassy hops are there also, otherwise this beer is squeaky clean. Bitterness is substantial, probably too substantial- it's omnipresent on the palate almost to the detriment of all else, which is unfortunate.

I like this beer. But I want to love it- and it is soooo close to being there. Yet...I am left with the feeling that I attended a recital by a competent musician who hit all the right notes but did so without much grace, putting accents in the wrong places and executing with a halting manner. Very good, but not great. It's better when it's fresh, but all one can do is review what's in front of them. Keep an eye on those date stamps, get a good one, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

TongoRad, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of surfmeister
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%

Nice, hoppy pils...
Very typical euro pils, very well done, firm,white head, crystal yellow color, spicy, hoppy nose similar to Urquell but not quite as strong, flavor followed suit with firm hop bite, refreshing mouthfull, a good beer that I will purchase again

surfmeister, May 13, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%

Dinkel Acker “CD-PILS” pours a clear bright golden light yellow from a 12oz dark green glass bottle. White foam head goes to well over two fingers and is persistent, with lots and lots of lace. Streamers of carbonation bubbles constantly replenishing the foamy cap.

Nose is a slight yeasty malt with a bit of carbon dioxide. Palate is a well bittered barley malt with lots of carbonation.

Dinkel Acker “CD-PILS” is a fine Pils with all the trimmings and eye candy, its also thirst quenching, and very satisfying.

BeerBob, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.15/5  rDev -10%

Crystal clear bright golden straw hues. Egg shell cap with scant bubbles. Excellent lace to compliment the average pour.

Grainy wheat & rye aroma. Twinge of skunky cabbage in the vein of cabbage & celery.

First swigs: Oh so slightly vinegar & grains. (Saaz hops?) Leafy gentle grassy hops, pilsner-esque with acidic cabage afterbite.

Last swigs: Vegetal pilsner with astringent aftertaste. Picked up as an odd ball bottle to round out a single sixpack. Overall average.

blitheringidiot, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

Minimal head, but it does maintain itself well. Sparkling clear - light golden color. Grassy hop aroma, which is nicely presented. Medium body, with good carbonation. A nice balance between the malt and the hops, but the hops are very present. They jump out at you up front and then maintain themselves well through the beer as the malt is introduced half way through. The grassy aroma leads nicely into the taste and then innocently fades away, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

BobLuvBeer, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of dgallina
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

dgallina, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.13/5  rDev +18%

Bright gold in color, 1/3" creamy white head that lingers for quite a while. Smells malty, with hints of grass and bread. Taste is very powerfull and malty, with enough hops to finish this one off well. Mouthfeel is very sharp with carbonation combining with the grassy malt kick. For $9.99/12 this is a very solid and aforadable german pilsner.

TastyTaste, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%

This is one impressive brew. Arrived as a very clear medium golden hue with a full finger crown. as the crown quickly disapated. a thin island lace and moderate ring and glass cling supplied the additional colour.
Carbonation is very light.
Aroma is very unusual, close to a skunky scent but closer to that of spearmint.
The body is medium.
The taste is nicely balanced to begin but terminates in a nice hoppy explosion and after taste.
Well done...highly recomended.

Shiloh, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of sachsich
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%

a strong pils that doesnt get the credit it deserves. good appearance, the smell is ok, alles ist gut. the taste is very good with a crisp flavor and the strong hops add the final taste. a very good beer that should be given a chance to rival radeberger and pils. urq

sachsich, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

Straw color with little carbonation or lacing . . . at first glance, it looks no difference than an American light lager. Surprisingly hoppy and easy to drink. Good mouthfeel and not a bad after taste. Similar to a Pilsner Urquell. Paid $2.50 for a bottle, first time I've seen it around town. Not a bad choice for this style.

Backer2004, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Opethsprite
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

A friend actually bought this for me by mistake. I figure that it was just a happy accident, though! Getting to try something new is (almost) always good!

Appearance: The color is a barely-there pale yellow, comparable to Bud Light, really. The head was a bit more impressive than the colour--thick with a hint of peach to it. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very strong, sweet graininess present. The sweetness is due to a rather ambiguous fruitiness similar to wine, actually; like dried grapes and cherries.

Taste: From the smell, I was expecting an unfortunate pang of bitterness, but luckily, that never came. The grain came through, though, and with a lovely, complimentary sweetness. Fairly simple, but not dull.

Mouthfeel: There is an acerbic presence, which I first thought was from carbonation, but actually is not.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Not too bitter, and certainly not dull. Good summer choice.

Opethsprite, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

On-tap at East Side in New Britain CT

Half-liter mug. A nice golden color with some solid carbonation in this brew.

Smell consisted of grassy notes, some good hop notes and a little bit of malts which seemed to be on the sweet side.

Taste was pretty good i thought. A good pilsner taste with that hop bitterness that lasted for a good while. It dies down somewhat at the tail end of it. Lingers out a little bit in the aftertaste, but doesn't have that big punch that it did up front.

Went down pretty good I gotta say. A pleasent surprise, I thought this was going to be a bland pils, but had some good grassy and hop notes in this. Pick it up if you see it on-tap.

necoadam, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of clvand0
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

clvand0, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of hero27
2/5  rDev -42.9%

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.

hero27, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of bditty187
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

bditty187, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a very pale straw pils color with a pillowy white head. Smells of pilsener malts and light, fresh hops, very clean. Good graininess up-front and finishes with hops, pretty sharp and drying on the palate. Husky and hoppy make for a sensation that could come across as citrusy. I haven't had this beer in a while and I'm glad I decided on one, it's really refreshing. Carbonation is ample, a little on the lower side for a pils, but still good. A sixer of this on a hot summer afternoon (or night in this case) would be no problem. It's not the best pilsener I've put my lips up to, but it certainly is no sloucher.

crookedhalo, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%

Pour is a clear, pale straw yellow body, with a bubbly, white head that takes its time before fading into patch lace. Looks alluring in the Pils glass.

Aroma is floral/herbal hops. No euroskunk here, in spite of the green bottle. The nose is basically unremarkable.

A good mouthfeel, with a light medium body, with a twang of bite from noble hops.

Taste begins bitter, crisp, and herbal. This Pils warms into floral, honeysuckle hops, with a sweet, pale malt balance. Finishes dry, with a brief, herbal hops aftertaste.

Very nice Pils. The floral hops reined in the malt that was threatening to become chewy, midway through. My personal preference for a Pilsener, remains to be the German version, and this one didn't let me down.

merlin48, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a shiney light golden color with a decent fluffy head with quite a bit of carbonation looks nice in a pilsner glass,aroma was slightly skunked (damn green bottles) but I did pick up some grainy malt with a little sweet dough mixed in.Taste wasnt to effected by the bottle, picked up some sweetness and biscuity malt but a real sharp hop bite comes thru late and in the finish I did get a little skunkiness in there though so I didnt get the whole effect.This beer was a little sharp on the tongue off the bat but seemed to mellow after a few sips,not a bad pils have had better would like to try from the tap though.

oberon, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.43/5  rDev -2%

Pours a bright, medium yellow that is very clear, with a slight hint of carbonation. A white, medium sized head dropped to 1/8" very quickly, where it stayed for a while. The aroma is clean, and grassy with a slight tart fruit (grapefruit?) aroma. Flavor is clean and crsp, not storng- grainy and a slight hops pucker at the end. Drinks very well on a hot day. Mouthfeel moderate, and somewhat creamy. Pretty good stuff- not complex, but enjoyable.

Dukeofearl, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a light gold color with half a finger head. There is just a touch of lacing. Not much carbonation for a pils. Smell is strong on the malty side with some grassiness. The taste is slightly pils skunky, some grassy flavors and a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is fairly light on the tongue, a little watery. The drinkability fairs well though. Just an average pils.

SheepNutz, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean crisp pale malt scent with a slight skunkiness and a dry breadlike finish. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, dry pale malt flavor with German hops and a malty breadlike finish. The goes down easy and has good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine German pilsner. It has good aroma and mouthfeel.

WesWes, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

Zorro, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of usualpulp
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a golden straw color with a nice white head.

Smells of hops and grassy grains are very present, perhaps a slight astringent smell to it as well, but not as bad as some of the pilsners ive had.

The beer tastes very hoppy and slightly malty. Strong grass tones hit the tongue. The whole beer balances well on the pallate.

There is perhaps a little too much carbonation to this beer, it was very bubbly in the mouth, not in a real bad way, I just would have preffered less carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer at all, one of the few pilsners that I have had and enjoyed. This beer would be rather good ice cold on a hot day.

usualpulp, Jun 05, 2004
Dinkelacker CD-Pils from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
80 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.