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

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2002)
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -33%

05-13-2014 23:02:36 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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2.53/5  rDev -32.2%

Coca cola - like colour, with dark reflexes. Decent foam, medium in compactness, with low persistence.
The smell is malty, with plums, very very light toasted, maybe a hint of citrus fruit, but in the end, not partularly conspicuous.
The taste is malty, and fruity (black cherry over all). Lightly toasted, and a hint of acidity. Some woody-bitter-astringency notes.
Medium body.
Bitter aftertaste, and malty, not very pleasant. (and with some astringency and citric again).
In the end, it is a bit heavy...

03-15-2004 20:08:25 | More by stcules
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

02-12-2013 22:34:12 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

08-09-2014 17:00:29 | More by PPartlow
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

08-25-2013 20:31:56 | More by pkenkman
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2.98/5  rDev -20.1%

Last of the beers I brought back from Germany, this brew poured into a pint glass has a deep brown color, with an odd similarity to a cola. The carbonation stuck to the sides of the glass and there was a thin tan cap with minimal lacing. The smell is doughy and there is a hint of nuts. The taste is extremely thin and carbonated. There is a hint of roasted malt and a slight bitter after taste. I have to say for being the last beer I have from Germany I am a little disappointed.

05-09-2008 23:54:38 | More by WJVII
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-16-2012 20:19:31 | More by brinch
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-08-2013 04:50:23 | More by RD1163
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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
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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
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Korea (South)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-24-2012 17:18:32 | More by starlight37
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

A-Dark brown with a thin coffee head

S-Malty with some fruitiness

T-Slight malt flavor. Not much of the fruitiness from the smell. Very slight citrus.

MF- Much lighter than most dunkels

Overall- Ok, I was expecting more but it was a bit of a let down

07-05-2014 15:14:39 | More by Brew_42
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

50cl bottle poured into an Erdinger Weizen glass

A- 3 finger creamy head with good retention, nice brussels lacing. Dark mahogany brown body.

S- Slight chocolateyness, nutty, a bit of fresh, a subtle hint of roasted malt? that cant be right.

T- A light chocolate creaminess. There is definitely a light roasted maltiness to it. Otherwise, its pretty clean, , not much finish.

M- Light mouthfeel, touch watery, medium to high carbonation

D- a bit of a sub-par/average Dunkel for me, not enough chocolately notes and a bit thin on the ground. Erdinger dunkel beats this easy!

01-31-2008 23:30:57 | More by seanyfo
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3.15/5  rDev -15.5%

Found this at the Tap Room in Lawrence, KS. Pours a translucent black/brown. Looks a bit glossy. Head is a bit small for this style. yet it does look nice; slightly off brown and soapy.
Aroma of roasted bread (?) and some dried apricot, but not real fruity. slightly carbonated.
Taste is clean. Roasted malt and bread, with touches of lemon zest and corriander. Starts to taste like a Wit, but shuts down at a nice pilsner feel.
Good brew. nice for a hot/hummid night. Wish I drank it colder.

09-05-2007 19:51:07 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-22-2013 16:42:06 | More by Arborescence
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Nice deep brown with a decent off white head that faded quickly with decent lacing. Malty and slightly sweet, nothing in the upfront taste to offend. Mouthfeel was pretty much the same with hints of chocolate, a bit thin. Finish was bitersweet chocolate nothing overpowering, nothing to make it very memorable either. All in all, a decent beer for the type and nothing I would turn down or try again if given the chance.

06-29-2009 08:23:26 | More by jbro434
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-19-2013 21:51:37 | More by Kirian
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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
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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-21-2013 20:48:01 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-08-2013 02:39:18 | More by stampfler07
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-14-2013 15:02:07 | More by patre_tim
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-30-2013 21:35:10 | More by EdelweissDad
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-06-2013 11:25:30 | More by drewface
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König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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