König Ludwig Dunkel - Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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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
4.47/5 rDev +19.8%
The beer has a surprising white head for a Dunkles and a red-brown cola-like color with bordeaux-red reflections.
The mouthfeel is exact the right balance between creamy and sparkling.
The smell isn't too obvious, but if you search for it you recognize the smell of chocolate and a very hidden banana-like flavour.
The taste is of solid malt with a medium note of caramel and a slight note of eucalyptus.
Once poured it takes relatively long to get moldy. ( but it is a steady, almost linear progress - so drinking it fresh is always the best option)
It is absolutely drinkable in relative masses, but it has the slight over-average noticeable aftermath which is typical for Dunkel.
All in all, I like it very much - it's my standard afterwork-beer after all!
09-20-2006 19:46:49 | More by ischer
4.28/5 rDev +14.7%
KLD (Konig Ludwig Dunkel is just too much to type...) is typical of dark wheat beer, but certainly better than most in all respects. It's taste hints of caramel, molasses and honey but neither flavor is overpowering, nor do they detract from KLD's surprisingly easy drinkability. I first tried it in the tourist town of Rudisheim on the Rhine river. I was immediately impressed with the beer's taste - far and away the best dunkelweiss I have ever had - but was later even more impressed at how un-filling and light KLD was for a typically heavy style of beer. I'm sure the calorie count doesn't reflect this, however, even if they do go down like a domestic light.
03-01-2011 16:10:47 | More by Theicon44
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
The waitress brought over the dunkel in a nice Kaltenberg glass. Nice thick head adorned the dark copper liquid. The head slowly drifted away to the sides of the glass. Great malt aroma. The taste was wonderful, matching what I have expected in a well made dunkel. No adverse bitterness and a smooth malt aftertaste that lingered softly on the tongue. The alcohol level was perfect. One of the better dunkels I have experienced on tap.
08-13-2003 01:06:59 | More by Gavage
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
500ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk
Poured a deep dark burgundy red... Creamy tan head poured quite thick then faded fairly quickly to very thin layer... A fair amount of carbonation drifts to the surface... no real lacing...
Aroma - Roasted biscuity malts, toffee / brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits (plums, blackcurrents, some figs), faint smokiness, nutty, peppery hops, some bready / malt loaf notes...
Taste - Nice toasted bready notes, biscuity maltiness, quite tart dark fruits (definite plums and blackcurrents, some apples and strawberries), definite nutty sweetness, molasses / treacle notes, spicy / peppery hops just coming through the maltiness...
Feel - Quite smooth then some sharpness comes through... medium bodied... very drinkable - could have a few of these in one sitting...
Overall - An excellent example of a Dunkel and supremely quaffable... recommended...
12-24-2009 13:34:51 | More by mdagnew
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
Dark brown, huge brownish-white creamy head, good retention.
Mix of roasted malts and a sweet nutty, chocolate aroma along with hints of caramel.
Roasted malts and rich nutty flavour with sweet malts & chocolate at the back.
Smooth with a medium body & very refreshing. Good carbonation.
An excellent beer & up there with the best dunkels I have tried thus far. Rich & creamy, real easy to drink.
This is 1 of 1001 beers to try before you die:
06-14-2011 00:18:14 | More by flyingpig
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
This beer has a mohogany color with a thin white head. Carbonation is tight and small. Smells include earthy hops and caramel malts. the taste is complex with toasted malts, chocolate, almonds, and earthy/medicinal hop bite. mouthfeel is balanced for malts and hops, slightly creamy and silky, and tinfling amd slightly drying. Overall this is a very good dunkle.
01-17-2012 11:37:32 | More by bigrzman
4.11/5 rDev +10.2%
Had this in a bottle and is my first Dunkel Lager, so I looked forward to drinking this. It met my expectations as a very solid beer.
A - pours a nice, clear amber similar to what you'd see in a darker ice tea. Formed a nice head that's a little tan. Even after a while, there is a nice residue from the head floating around. Really really beautiful.
S - smells of a bit a citrus and of overly ripe bananas. It's a fairly complex smell but it's a bit hard to differentiate all of them. I'm
T - tastes of that little bit of citrus mentioned earlier but not too much of bananas. There's also a very faint hoppy bitterness to it.
M - a nice full feeling even with tiny sips. Very pleasant.
O - a very good beer that, as my first Dunkel Lager, leaves a strong impression. I would come back to this over and over again as drinking this is a pleasant experience.
09-14-2013 07:40:43 | More by Nikxed58
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
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Solid aroma of cocoa, dough, and raisins. Dense tan head leaves a few strands of lace as it slowly fades. Dark cola colored beer with an amber hue around the edges. Flavors of cocoa and dark roasted malt. Fairly clean mouthfeel with a slight dark malt astringency. A really good dunkel and an all-around solid beer.
04-12-2008 19:35:37 | More by HappyHourHero
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Clear, cola brown appearance, big, booming, beige head.
Aroma: caramel and toffee, sweet malt, but well tempered.
Taste: Smooth and malty, caramel and toffee all over the palate, minimal hops, great texture, tons of tastiness going on.
Medium bodied...supremely drinkable dunkel, not lacking in any way, good texture, great play on the palate. Leaves you asking for more and more.
This will go down in history, not as the best beer I've had, or even the best dunkel, but the beer my friend/customer David brought back for me from Deutschland....after having a stroke!!! Who does that? What, A, man!
06-07-2010 09:09:06 | More by feloniousmonk
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
lovely malty dark lager from the brewery of the ancient bavarian kings ... classy dark brown colour, the head is not too foamy nor firm, the malty smell is matched by the palate which ends in a dark coffee like aftertaste ... the brew is remarkably dry (for a dark lager) and has a light to medium body, which makes is very accesible
10-19-2005 19:13:47 | More by Daredevil
König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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