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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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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-19-2012 13:49:31 | More by jandadeboer
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

06-15-2013 15:18:33 | More by IchLiebeBier
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-01-2013 21:21:31 | More by bsopko
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-01-2014 22:25:57 | More by Vinylboy20
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-18-2013 17:17:37 | More by vfgccp
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-28-2013 20:15:22 | More by ssgunbond
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Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-27-2013 02:35:54 | More by NightINgale
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-04-2012 22:03:51 | More by samEBC
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-11-2013 17:09:44 | More by Poupae
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-29-2014 06:08:46 | More by Michael-Poppe
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-02-2014 18:19:58 | More by Wessel
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-17-2014 00:41:40 | More by mmmbeerNY
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3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

08-23-2014 16:52:28 | More by Jrizzo275
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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…

07-08-2005 15:41:01 | More by mobyfann
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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
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3.58/5  rDev -4%

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.

12-15-2002 19:23:18 | More by StevieW
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

A: color is dark reddish, head is not so big so retention is almost not present. Carbonation is also low bit a small layer keeps on top of the beer.

S: not very intense, some toasted malts are present after smelling a lot, not much is clearly noticed.

T: flavor is good,toasted malts are present again but this time flavor is intense not as faint as aroma.

M: refresh and balanced, more a neutral beer than a changing sensation all the time has little sweetness and little bitterness.

A beer just a little above average.

10-08-2012 03:34:33 | More by karait95
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

06-11-2010 14:32:17 | More by RuudJH
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

02-26-2011 23:57:08 | More by rtepiak
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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)

03-29-2006 17:51:34 | More by Domingo
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a fluffy 2-finger tan head which receeds to a thick ring. Good lacing throughout.

S: Roasted barley malt, bread, dark chocolate, faint hint of almonds.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with decent carbonation.

T: Very malty, caramel. Earthy hops are quite reserved, with just enough spice to make their presence known. Lemon zest at the end, finishes clean with a lingering nutty aftertaste.

D: Certainly goes down quickly and without any fuss. Not the best Dunkel out there, but this would certainly make a good session beer.

04-16-2010 14:53:37 | More by sunrisesolara
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2012 21:34:09 | More by chinchill
König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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