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

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König Ludwig DunkelKönig Ludwig Dunkel

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118 Ratings
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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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Photo of metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-19-2013 01:19:41 | More by metter98
Photo of feloniousmonk


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
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-23-2014 21:07:45 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +34%

12-08-2011 19:49:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of BlackHaddock

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
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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
Photo of kojevergas


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-10-2011 21:20:37 | More by kojevergas
Photo of BillRoth


4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-15-2014 20:45:48 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Mebuzzard


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
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2012 21:34:09 | More by chinchill
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-18-2013 17:17:37 | More by vfgccp
Photo of stcules


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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-14-2013 22:22:02 | More by Duff27
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-28-2014 17:54:01 | More by ZEB89
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-24-2011 08:39:11 | More by jophish17
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

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


10-05-2003 14:45:50 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Ciocanelu


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-21-2013 20:48:01 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of rarbring


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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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2012 05:32:15 | More by schopenhauerale
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-31-2013 04:12:23 | More by CoryR
Photo of mdagnew

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
Photo of Absumaster


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
Photo of soju6


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

04-18-2010 12:08:57 | More by soju6
Photo of Oakenator


3.94/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-05-2014 21:17:07 | More by jrohrbacher
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König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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