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

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BA SCORE
84
good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2002)
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4/5  rDev +7%

ZachRusk, May 16, 2013
Photo of contec
4/5  rDev +7%

contec, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of RussBecker1
4/5  rDev +7%

RussBecker1, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Travlr, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Oakenator
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Oakenator, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of mwagner1018
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

mwagner1018, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jneiswender
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Had on draft at a restaurant near Neauschwanstein Castle. Served in a half liter mug cool.

A-dark brown gem body, off white head.

S-creamy smell.

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.

jneiswender, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Beer is a nice mahogany brown with a good head and light carbonation. The smell is like roasted caramel, sort of sweet. The taste is a bit sweet with a bitterness. It has a balanced flavor with a medium body that is smooth and easy to drink. This is a drinkable brew which seems to go best with food.

soju6, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of sDon
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

This is a solid Dunkel. There is a little foam, not too much carbonation, and a nice taste -- dark chocolate and coffee but not sweet or bitter. No alcohol detected (at least for me) and it is very drinkable.

At the same time, there is not as much going on in this beer in terms of taste as some other Dunkels: cf. Augustiner Dunkles beer, even Hacker Pschorr Dunkles, which has a more refreshing and satisfying flavor. A clear finish, but with not much to make you remember it.

sDon, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of elmocoso
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

A transparent mahogony - soft cola color. Head comes up - head falls down leaving not much behing. Slight collar and decent beading. Nose is caramel - unsweet cola. Not much hops. Very appatising smell.
Taste is all present. Very malty with a roasted caramel aftertaste. Very drinkable with an OK mouthfeel.

elmocoso, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

chinchill, Aug 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Pookie, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

metter98, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of kurgan3
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

kurgan3, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of cambabeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

cambabeer, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Tomais
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Pilsner glass

Huge bubbles, frothy off-white head. Reminded me of sea froth after a storm on the beach.. Recedes fairly quick. Little lacing. Looks a like a dark red-lemonade against the light, otherwise a very clear mohogany brown.

Smells malty alcoholic sweet and bitter. Not burnt, but not far off - well toasted I guess.
A little bit of toffee or caramel hard-roasted on the baking tray.

There's a good balance between the initial fruity malt, with the hops -and some bitterness- in the background. Malty again on swallowing. Nice flush of carbonation with the malt,
Tastes good, but it doesnt quite live up to the more complex smell.

Very drinkable - with snow outside at any rate ;-)
BB 25 06 2013

Tomais, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Served on draught into a Konig Ludwig Dunkel .3L glass in Berlin, Germany.

A: Pours a dark brown colour with a lovely head of moderate cream and fair retention. Appealing.

Sm: Light scent of treated barley, very hoppy but subtle. Maybe some chocolate.

T: Chocolate and cream on open to balanced build of hops with a creamy finish. Rather nice. The cream is balanced on either side of the body yet the chocolate bleeds into the body, a very nice effect in a dunkel.

Mf: Silky but not too dry or wet. Glides along the tongue like a hydroplaning tyre. Quite fantastic. Dry on the open, but not overdone.

Dr: If the open wasn't so dry, I could down pint after pint, but this beer doesn't go for repeated session style drinking; it's meant to be enjoyed. Give it a go, lads.

kojevergas, Mar 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

frosted33, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Duff27, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ronin926, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Bandi, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Brabander
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Bought this beer last week in Germany with many other beers. I didn't know this beer so i tried it. Poured in a dutch beerglas the head is very nice and big with almost no lacing.

The beer itself is darkamber, not brown. I could smell some caramel and coffee. Very little carbonation.

For a dunkel beer the beer is not that dark,nice to drink.

Brabander, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Theshooster
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Theshooster, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

mdfb79, Jun 23, 2014
König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
84 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.