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König Ludwig Dunkel - Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 172
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2002

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Photo of paulaner
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, coffee, honey. Full and very nicely balanced, not on the sweet side, like Tucher Dunkel. There may be better Dunkels out there, like Weltenburger's, but this one is very good, right beside Budwar's.

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Photo of ischer
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Theicon44
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Grayson
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Novice tongue weighing in.

A: Pours dark brown, with light, sticky, caramel head. No sediment or residue. Looks very appealing.

S: Malty, fruity, a hint of citrus. Hard to distinguish.

T: Tastes sweet, I picked up a bit of banana in the aftertaste.

MF: Very full, rich taste. Lingers on the tongue. Starts a bit like caramel and finishes slightly bitter.

Overall: My first Dunkel and I like it quite a bit!

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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...

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Photo of magpieken
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5 l bottle. 05.08.15. Deep amber / mahogany colour with a creamy light tan head, which lasted well and left some very nice lacing. Sweet, malty aroma with vanilla, sweet chocolate, a touch of roastiness and some caramel. Light / medium sweetness and only a hint of bitterness. Light to medium body; slightly thin but smooth texture and average carbonation. A quietly confident beer. I could happily spend an evening on this one. 8.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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:

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Photo of bigrzman
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Nikxed58
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Daredevil
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Chris_Burton
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this a lot on tap but this review is from the bottle. Can't see any difference between the two.

Pours a dark brown body with hints of red and a large foamy head. Aroma of sweet toffee apples. Taste is similar but with caramel as well, with some balancing bitterness. Mouth feel is perfect, neither too thin nor to heavy.

I'm not all that familiar with Dunkel as a style but I think this beer is great. Plenty of flavour, really drinkable and moreish.

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Photo of petemoss14
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasantly warm mahogany with a fluffy head of tan foam.

Roasty malt aroma. Some dark bread. Faint cocoa and toffee.

A touch thin on the palate. Lots of dark malt with some roastiness. Slight bitterness leads to a medium dry finish. Uncomplicated and quaffable.

Straightforward beer that I wish had a bit more body, but, that said, what it lacks in depth and robustness it makes up for in drinkability.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Malt, malt and more malt, as malty as you like.

Appearance: A very noisy, light mushroom coloured two-finger head which dissipates slowly. Translucent mahogany body, absolutely no bubbles.

Taste: The aroma is misleading. From the first swig I get a complex symphony of roasted malt and honey, and maybe some citrus. A lovely lager. Despite the lack of bubbles it's quite fizzy but probably just right though. It's metallic but not detrimentally so. Okay, just been for a whizz and a most intriguing aroma has developed in my mouth, like a woody sauna aroma, or maybe walnut with a hint of brandy. Complex - nice.

Overall: There's a place for everything and this lager is in its place. I was very put off by its harsh roasted malt nose but that's because I'm a hops man. But a good beer is a good beer, and this is a bloody good beer. I'd have it again, no troubles.

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Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought me this bottle (and others) straight from Germany in his suitcase. Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a clear mug.

A= This beer poured a deep blackish brown with a creamy white 1" head. The eventually head dropped to a skim that left some decent lace on my glass.

S= Aroma was light roast, malty sweetness, dark fruit.

T= Started off sweet and dark-malty with a kiss off roasted malt to take the edge off. Not cloying in any way but certainly balanced toward the sweeter side of things. Light noble hop detectable but faint through the middle. Finished pretty clean and refreshing.

MF= Medium body with a nice spritzy carbonation and prickly feel.

D= As far as I know this was only my third Dunkel beer and I liked it a lot. Very drinkable and pretty refreshing, though I wouldn't want one on a 90 degree day. Would pair exceptionally well with a steak or with smoked meats.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Konig Ludwig Dunkel pours a medium brown, light ruby tones around the corners of the glass. The bier really produces quite a lovely head, light tan rocky, riaing out of the top of my glass, nice lacing.
Aromas of light smoky wood-like notes,brown sugar-maltiness, light figginess, raisin, digging a bit past the initial sweetness, light mineral-like bitterness and a touch of peppery spice. alls finished with a slight bitter hop bite that finishs the beer cleanly, however a bit watery and not quite as full or "musty" as other examples I have recently tried.
Flavor is light, clean and not sweet in the least. Like a very light English mild ale, medium carbonation, smooth malt sweetness, light smoky tobacco like mustiness,slightly sweet caramel, chocolate, toast, and a light nuttiness.
Wheras it sems mot people immediatly write this beer and others of the style based on reading previous reviews, upon a little R&D of the style and why it is a light beer, this beer really fits the tee of a dark colored, yet light bodied and highly drinkable brew.
I find myself liking this more as subsequent sips follow, the light body and slighty sweet nutty character would play really well against a spelt encrusted seared venison loin, with a barley risotto and porcini mushrooms to complement the nutty character of the brew. Well crafted, and I look foward to trying it again.

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Photo of jesseejames
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle an almost red light brown color. Its head is surprisingly large bubbles that dissipate rather quickly. It has a slightly roasting malt aroma. It has a rather nice malty taste with a nice balance of hops. A bit light for a dark beer. Had a light mouth with a slightly hops aftertaste. A nice beer for an afternoon thirst quencher.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow to brown. Almost dirty with lots of sediment. Good head at pour and chunky lacing. Really appealing.

S: Citrus, lemon, fresh.

T: More citrus. Light yet with some malt body. Yeast is definitely present.

M: Good balance of a light summer beer with some heavier malting to give it some body.

O: Really nice.

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Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head and moderate lacing.
S: Dark fruit aroma with malt and caramel, some vanilla.
T: Flavor starts with sweet malt and progresses to plums and dates, slight bitter finish.
M: Slightly on the thin side, consistent with the style.
D: Good example of a dunkel, nice enough, but not outstanding.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a recent trip to Germany.

A- Deep dark brown, light creamy head, thin very minimal lacing.

S- Caramel, mild cocoa bitterness, malt, bourbon vanilla, raisin or dates.

T- Sweet up front, nice malt, clean progression to deep dark fruits, raisin-plum, mild bitterness from the noble hops. Nice deep complexity.

M- Light to Mild Medium body, carbonation delivers, fits style, smooth creaminess, nice light balanced bitterness.

D- Good Bavarian style dunkel, nice balance, clean, fits nicely with the style, rich and nicely aromatic, but lacks in the full flavor, have had better more complex examples.

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Photo of mrjez
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.
L: pours a dark cola with some amber hues, fizzy head that comes and goes with swirls.
S: smells like a porter, with a strong roasted malt, some chocolate, and slight caramel sweetness and vanilla.
T: less like a porter more like a schwarz. Strong malt presence, sweetness balanced with lager hop qualities.
F: plenty of spritz up front, a nice lingering malt, but light bodied and refreshing.
O: great Dunkel, assertive malt flavour, and nice balanced body.

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König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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