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

König Ludwig DunkelKönig Ludwig Dunkel

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BA SCORE
84
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%


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:
No notes at this time.

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours weird. It has a carmel brown color, but it pours with a thick head and has bubbles that coat the inside of the glass. The smell and aroma is nothing special and is of sweet malts.

The taste is that of a typical dunkel style. It's a good balanced beer. It has nice lacing all the way down to the last sip.

Overall, if you are looking for a decent beer, this is a safe tastey dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:03:23 | More by engisch
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jbro434

Switzerland

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 08:23:26 | More by jbro434
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 18:28:42 | More by BlackHaddock
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WJVII

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:54:38 | More by WJVII
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TheSarge

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 16:22:21 | More by TheSarge
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 19:35:37 | More by HappyHourHero
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 23:30:57 | More by seanyfo
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 08:33:07 | More by Absumaster
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 19:51:07 | More by Mebuzzard
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petemoss14

Germany

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 18:26:58 | More by petemoss14
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ischer

Germany

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 19:46:49 | More by ischer
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Daredevil

Switzerland

4.05/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 19:13:47 | More by Daredevil
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 24.04.2005

The beer pours a classic chocolatey base with a medium white head, solid retention and some nice lacing to follow. One-dimensional smell of toasted malts…

The taste has a bit roasted malt depth than the smell, maybe a light touch of caramel but nothing more. The aftertaste is a bit weird of this one, but other than that it feels great in the mouth and delivery. It’s a nice session dunkel, but I'd prefer Hofbrauhaus brand…

Final Thought: This is a solid dunkel with a little more depth than a Warsteiner's version…

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 15:41:01 | More by mobyfann
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elmocoso

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 20:31:51 | More by elmocoso
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StevieW

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 19:23:18 | More by StevieW
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 21:14:33 | More by Oakenator
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kojevergas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 21:20:37 | More by kojevergas
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 16:55:03 | More by jneiswender
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jmhart

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 00:02:01 | More by jmhart
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 17:03:38 | More by Travlr
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czfreeman

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2009 19:53:09 | More by czfreeman
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Domingo

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found notes on this brew from my winter trip to Germany while cleaning out my bag!
I got this brew in a cafe at the foot of Neuschwanstein castle.
Because of the cold and altitude, mugs of this were a welcome sight, hence why they likely had ads for it on all of the outdoor menus.
Came in a small (10 oz?) mug.
It's a dark brown color, nearly black, but still clear enough to see through. Minimal head on this one, which is rare in Bavaria, even for a dunkel.
Flavors are crisp and husky. A little bit of dark chocolate, but not that strong. Nothing special, but not bad either. Nothing off plus some pleasant (but mild) flavors thrown in can be the best thing in the world depending on the situation. Might make a good session brew.
Mouthfeel is very thin. This might be where the lack of head comes from. Keeps the drinkability high, but it's a little too thin compared to some of the best of the style.
This seems to be a pretty common brew as you head into this area of Bavaira. I see more ads and crates for Kaltenberg along the trainlines near the alps. The Neuschwanstein area is VERY touristy, so don't expect any bargains but this beer would make a good session brew if you picked up a 6'er around town.

(EDIT: On a later trip I found this to be much better. Perhaps the tourist trap I bought this one at just had an old keg)

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2006 17:51:34 | More by Domingo
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paulaner

Germany

4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 20:18:29 | More by paulaner
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stcules

Italy

2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2004 20:08:25 | More by stcules
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I quaffed a 1/2 litre of this while at a restaurant called Deutsche Eiche, in the München suburb of Lochhausen.
The König poured a medium brown color, was clear, and had a lasting, creamy tan head. It left behind very nice lacing, and was an attractive looking Bier altogether. Aroma was semi-malty, with some caramel and roasty notes, yet mild. Body was a bit thinner than medium, though it was still nice on the tongue. Flavor-wise, it was roasty, with light caramel again and dark malt flavors throughout. Finishing, though, with a mild bitterness, it is a decent Bier, yet one I found a bit too mild in most all categories save for appearance. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2003 14:45:50 | More by Bierman9
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König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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