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

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König Ludwig DunkelKönig Ludwig Dunkel
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Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Germany | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2002

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Photo of flyingpig
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Absumaster
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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 spointon
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 soju6
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an extremely well place leanness to this dunkel which makes it, in this case, susceptible to aging conflicts. this beer was a bit metalic but not overpoweringly so. malt is toasty perfect with a subtle sour apple. a one dimensional toasty. not sweet. and somewhat appetite inducing.

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Photo of TheSarge
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Domingo
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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)

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Red-tinged brown beer, beige head. Nose is malty, bready, some caramel in there, toasty-burned notes. Flavor is toasty malt, sweetness, some burned bitterness in the dry finish.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Nirwana Indian restaurant in Berlin, Germany. Served in a branded 0.5l glass mug/stein.

Appearance: Clear brown to dark amber. Initial 1/4" thick off white foam died back to a thin skin and plenty of thick strands of lacing.

Smell: Not much of an aroma, even with a swirl. Some occasional hints of toasted malt sweetness.

Taste: Nicely malty - full of malt flavor with sweetness and toasted malt. Some noble hops at the finish, but a beer more on the sweet side of things.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A little bit more sweet than I thought it would be - could have stood a bit more German noble hops to balance out the maltiness. Did go nicely with Indian food though. A half liter was more than enough of this beer. Good, but not great.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 drmeto
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a big beige head
-high carbonation visible
S:
Plums,raisins,caramel,breadysyrup
T:
-Follows the nose
F:
medium-high carbonation,light-medium body
O:
One of the more roasty Dunkel.
Good Beer

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Photo of jneiswender
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of StevieW
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
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!

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 magpieken
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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 RuudJH
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 l bottle encounter with a dark German lager.

Dark ruby colour, soapy head that hangs in, not much carbonation.

Smell is a bit like a lager, but with roasty notes. It has hops and yeast.
Taste is equal: roasty character is a bit faint. Hops and yeast have to work hard to get through. There's a balanced aftertaste of bitterness and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is light. I could do with a bit more bubbles.
All in all an ok experience. A dark beer is often good with some food.
Have some bread with cheese or sausage with this.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Chestnut body; medium head; long lasting

Aroma: roasted malt, dried fruit (figs), notes of coffee

Taste: Hoppy and slightly bitter; finishes slightly bitter

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of EMV
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in Berlin, poured into a tall weiss glass.

L: Pours a cloudy dark amber/brown with a thick off-white head. Ample lacing.

S: Bread and toasted malts. Mild spices.

T/F: Tastes like a dunkel. Nice balance of the sweet toasted malts and mild hop bitterness. Caramel tones and good carbonation.

O: Very tasty dunkel and great example of the style. Nicely done.

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Photo of WJVII
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Douberd
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 captaincoffee
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the beer garden below Ludwig's castle (Neuschwanstein).
Dark, check. Smells like beer, check. Malt forward, easy drinking, check. Decent but forgettable, check.

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