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Dinkelacker CD-Pils - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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 dgallina


2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 02:42:13 | More by dgallina
Photo of TastyTaste


4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 18:36:53 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 00:43:50 | More by Shiloh
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 03:13:52 | More by sachsich
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 04:13:51 | More by Backer2004
Photo of Opethsprite


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 22:40:14 | More by Opethsprite
Photo of necoadam


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2004 20:45:56 | More by necoadam
Photo of clvand0


2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 16:22:26 | More by clvand0
Photo of hero27


2/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 06:46:59 | More by hero27
Photo of bditty187


2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 12:20:04 | More by bditty187
Photo of crookedhalo


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 05:58:06 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of merlin48


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 03:05:01 | More by merlin48
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 21:16:58 | More by oberon
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 14:41:06 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of SheepNutz


3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 20:57:59 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 21:37:24 | More by WesWes
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 01:36:17 | More by Zorro
Photo of usualpulp


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 19:15:29 | More by usualpulp
Photo of rotsaruch


4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a very golden, straw color with a massive almost white head. The head slowly dissipated, but a collar of lacing remainded until the end. The nose had a noticeable saaz hop aroma combined with a slightly lemony fragrance. There was no sulfry or sunky aroma present. The palate detected a bready, but sweet malty flavor followed by the soft spiceness of the saaz hops. The two are nicely balanced that provides a very refreshing taste. It is not a bitter, over-hopped brew. The moderate degree of carbonation allows for a very crisp, clean mouthfeel. It is a very traditional and well-crafted German Pilsner with a high degree of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 14:30:10 | More by rotsaruch
Photo of granger10


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an extremely light colored yellow, lighter than most American macros and some lights! But there was a good head and lots of bubbles racing to the top. The smell was strong and typical of a good German pilsner. Slightly sweet in a dry fruit way and grassy hop skunkiness as well. Taste brings me the same flavors but there's also a lemony citric quality in this beer and the grains become much more prevalent. The huskiness from the grains becomes overbearing at times and makes me not want to drink more than a couple of these at one sitting. This beer did seem a little filtered down but all in all I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 00:20:43 | More by granger10
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 08:27:23 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this beer I was at a German resturant in Lexington, KY. I was taken by it right from the start. The aroma is just the right blend of skunky and fruity, that's the best way I can describe it. The taste is out of this world, starts with a sharp hop bite but finishes clean and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 04:47:27 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of pezoids


4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I poured this beer and I can smell the pungent grass like hops from 3 feet away. Crystalline clear pale yellow with a huge frothy white head of foam. Without a sip this beer already makes me proud to be a German. Very strong Lemon zesty grassy hop aroma emanates and left an intricate lacing on the glass. The taste is pungent, grainy sweet and finishes with a clean and crisp bitterness. Highly drinkable, simple and clean. A beautifully fragrant Pilsner. This is what all those stupid, dumbed-down American macro swills really wish they could be. Go get some!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 05:51:46 | More by pezoids
Photo of RoyalT


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow in color and full of carbonation. The head was big, white, and fluffy with good retention and some cool lacing.

Smell – Light musty Pils aroma of delicate hops and a smidgen of sugar.

Taste – This one was very good and right-on for the style. The hops were extremely dry without a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel – Light and fluffy with a nice amount of carbonation. This one felt terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – This was a wonderful and very authentic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 07:12:12 | More by RoyalT
Photo of PatandDavid


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Redbones. The pour was crystal clear golden straw. I foudn the aroma to be clean and flowery. I thought this beer was awesomely carbonated. The most obvious feature noticed while drinking was that the malt base was a bit fruity in taste. It ended with a clean finish. Good stuff! pat

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2003 13:24:25 | More by PatandDavid
Dinkelacker CD-Pils from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
80 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.