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Dinkelacker CD-Pils - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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BA SCORE
80
good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a tallboy 0.5L can into a flared pilsner glass. Gentle hand. Base of can is stamped E 2014-07-09, P 2013-07-09.

A: Mostly clear, golden body. 2 fingers of sudsy, white head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malt with notes of biscuit, straw, bread. Vaguely fruity. Traces of noble-type hops.

T: Grain up front with a touch of tartness. Mild hop bitterness develops and leads to a semi-dry finish. No alcohol of note. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste, especially early on. Flavors are a bit washed out.

M: Moderate to low carbonation with a moderate to light body. Feels a little watery.

O: This pilsner falls decidedly on the malty side of things. Drinks well enough, but as far as German pilsners go, this one falls a bit flat for me. Dig the big can, though.

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3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I am sometimes laughed at for scouring coolers like a pig seeking out truffles, but persistence pays off when you are on a CANQuest (TM). This beauty was courtesy of Subs & Six Packs this past Sunday when nothing was stirring and I decided to make the trek out.

From the CAN: "Qualitat aus der Brautradition Privatbrauerei seit 1888[.]"; "Getreu dem deutschen Reinheitsgebot [. undersigned Carl Dinkelacker]" I will translate shortly.

And now, all was in readiness for the Crack! It was a little understated, but the CAN was brimful and so it could be overlooked. Being as it came in a .5 L CAN, I was unable to upend it and CANduct an inverted Glug, but I made do as best as I could. The result was two fingers of dense, bone-white head atop the beer, like meringue atop a lemon pie. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a Noble hoppiness underlain by a bready malt presence as well as a slight metallic odor. Mouthfeel was a little on the watery side, but the taste was very much German Pils. It had a light grassiness overlain by the malt, which always saddens me about the style. I like when it is hops forward, as in the Czech Pils version, but there was nothing intrinsically wrong with this beer. In fact, it would make a great CANdidate for a beach cooler or after mowing the lawn on a hot, humid summer's day. The finish was quite dry and refreshing with the hops again moving back into the forefront.

My original, on-tap review, all 5s, dtd 31 Oct 2007 follows:

This arrived with a beautiful, rocky, bone-white head. There was NE-quality clarity in this gorgeous straw-yellow colored beer. The nose was redolent with Saaz hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a crisp snap of hops on the tongue. The finish was wonderfully dry, making each sip a welcome one. This was a beer to make me proud to be on my current pilsener kick.

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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.

***
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

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Dinkelacker CD-Pils from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
80 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.