König Ludwig Dunkel - Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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Reviews by paulaner:
4.72/5 rDev +26.5%
The appearance is a dark black just like a coca-cola. The smell is a great dark beer smell but not very noticeable unless you are really searching for it. This beer is a very addictive one you drink it get the bitterness the wetness then it dries out and you just want more and keep drinking it I always have to put just one or two in the fridge at a time or else it all disappears. The only downfall is it is only available in my region ounce a year on tap and is like searching for a needle in the haystack to find it bottled. The mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth with the bitterness leaving you addicted to it. For the german dunkel beers I have found few as strong of flavor as this.
10-03-2004 20:18:29 | More by paulaner
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3.3/5 rDev -11.5%
On tap with dinner in Aachen.
A- Came out a DARK brown with a white head that faded into nearly nothing. It didn't appear as thick as I would have assumed.
S- Rich roasted malt flavors: caramel, prunes, a little nutty.
T- A kind of surprising sweetness hits first, a little sweeter than others I had on my trip. Underneath the flavor were some nice stewed dark fruits like prunes/raisins. Caramel and nuts complemented the fruit. If anything, the sweetness kind of covered up the other flavors.
M- Relative to the style, it was pretty light bodied without much carbonation or bite. Overall, I felt the mouthfeel was lacking.
D- The sweetness was a bit much for being so light bodied which made it a little difficult to finish.
Overall, not the best dunkel I had while touring Germany. It was nice to broaden my experience with the style, but I would be unlikely to purchase this again.
06-21-2010 00:02:01 | More by jmhart
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
0.5 l bottle encounter with a dark German lager.
Dark ruby colour, soapy head that hangs in, not much carbonation.
Smell is a bit like a lager, but with roasty notes. It has hops and yeast.
Taste is equal: roasty character is a bit faint. Hops and yeast have to work hard to get through. There's a balanced aftertaste of bitterness and sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is light. I could do with a bit more bubbles.
All in all an ok experience. A dark beer is often good with some food.
Have some bread with cheese or sausage with this.
06-11-2010 14:32:17 | More by RuudJH
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Medium dark clear brown color. Foamy cream colored head. Stays around nicely. Mostly carmel smell matched with some hoppy bitterness. Taste is mild, mostly carmel malt. Sourness, very beerlike. After carmel malt taste, super shot of bitterness on the finish. Bitter finish is almost painful. Coffe undertones. Unexepected thin feel for a dark beer. Almost watery. Still very good, sweet start and bitter finish, not bad for the style. Cheers to my friend Heinz from Munich for bringing it all the way across the pond.
12-15-2002 19:23:18 | More by StevieW
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -19.6%
Brown 0.5 litre bottle best before 15 Jan 2009, drank 30 Aug 2008.
Clear and bright body, a treacle brown colour with an off white head which became a collar and wisp in a very short space of time.
A malty, sweet treacle aroma came from the beer.
The taste was of burnt or toasted coffee beans, toffee and caramel, but not as sweet as the aroma suggested.
A sickly sweetness did arrive in the aftertaste and I also thought it a bit thin/watery. There was some metalic hint towards the end of the drink also, hence the average scores for a beer I had high hopes for.
09-03-2008 18:28:42 | More by BlackHaddock
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
Long neck brown bottle, 330 ml, bought in Germany. Poured into a lager glass at home. ABV 5,1%.
Dark brown colour on the body, with lots of activity in it. Two fingers of off-white, creamy head with good retention.. After a bit most of the foam disappears, becoming a thick film covering the beer's surface.
Very nice aroma of roasted malts, along with some chocolate.
Taste follos the nose. Roasted malts, some caramel too now and the chocolate flavour more obvious on the finish, giving this beer a nice bitter aftertaste.
Thin to medium on the body, light carbonation and a long dry finish.
Overall a good session dunkel.
01-14-2013 17:45:13 | More by Douberd
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Had on draft at a restaurant near Neauschwanstein Castle. Served in a half liter mug cool.
A-dark brown gem body, off white head.
T-cereal, jolly rancher, raisin, just enough floral hop for balance.
M-medium to full
D-very nice beer. Nice with food. Not outstanding but very good. I would drink this beer again.
08-10-2010 16:55:03 | More by jneiswender
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
A clear, dark brown beer with a thin white head.
Smell is very malty and sweet with light roasted caramel notes. Some raisins and wood smells. Pretty complex.
Taste is malty and has some husky notes that smell a bit like cooked vegetables. On top of the malt is sweet caramel with some smokiness and some malt bitterness. Bitterness is quite high, higher than expected. A nice spicy but clean German bitterness. Body is medium to big and mouthfeel is medium sweet.
A beer that is in between a Munich and a Doppelbock, more towards the latter. Good beer!
11-04-2007 08:33:07 | More by Absumaster
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
A clear brown red hinted brew, a tan head with little lacing but some curtains.
Smelling caramel, bread and some soy sauce.
Sweet brown bread, caramel, dried red fruits, honey. Some bitter (rye) bread crust.
Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a small body, a slightly dry finish.
A light rather airy beer, with a short impression.
08-04-2012 19:27:12 | More by rarbring
3/5 rDev -19.6%
The dude that gave me this beer to try told me it tasted like bluet. A little strange, I guess.
Anyhow, this makes about a finger and a half light tan head, with the body being a blackish amber color.
The aroma is slightly smoky, but with a bitter cocoa like finish.
The taste is a bit of chocolate with a hint of smoke.
This is very light in all of its characteristics, with a light to medium body. It's a decent session beer.
04-16-2008 16:22:21 | More by TheSarge
König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
84 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.