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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel - Neumarkter Lammsbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neumarkter Lammsbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-25-2006)
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Reviews by Todd:
Photo of Todd
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5l brown bottle that was flown in fresh from Bavaria for the German Beer Fest! Bio/organic beer.

Pours a rich, dark brown colored beer with copper hues and a two-finger thick beige head that retains very well. Very pleasing malty nose that suggests sweet malts, with toasty breads, chicory, biscuits and honey. Mouthfeel is smooth, even, with a well-rounded consistency. Medium-bodied. Creamy carbonation, with a slight tonic-like crispness on the back-end. More toasty characters, with brown breads, hints of caramel and chocolate, fermented out honey, and some dextrin. Granola-like. Very light semi-citric smacking of hops and herbal note beneath. Fairly wet in the finish with plenty of toasty malts in the linger, eventually getting a bit dry with some biscuity/grain and hay-like tannins.

Neumarkter Lammsbräu is aiming to come into the US market in 2008. I really hope they export this beer as not only is this a great Dunkel, but it's a fantastic organic beer.

Todd, Dec 28, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal a chesnut brown with a nice tight looking off white head that hung around for quite awhile.Aromas of mineral,toast,and cookie douogh,not very sweet wich is good.Tastes of German malts with that hint of iron with more cookie dough and breadiness in the finish.A tad thinner than what I like but it's a damn fine weekend outdoor grilling quaffer with nice flavors.

oberon, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Ruddy orange-brown color; the thin layer of sediment is left behind in the bottle to make sure it pours out perfectly clear. Decent head retention with ample stickage on the glass. Smells of sweet brown bread, light caramel and an ever-so-faint fig note. Slick medium body with a sufficient level of crispness to keep the beer lively. Clean and pleasant toasted bread character from start to finish really has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops come in a little prickly as the bitterness slowly moves over the palate; quick herbal flavor leads to more of a mellow spicy note. Dry finish with a flash of toasted biscuit flavors and slight lemony hop.

For a beer style that has less wiggle room than others, this one is not only a benchmark beer for the style, but a stellar example as well. So clean and flavorful, each sip makes you want another.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of joemacpherson
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a rich, burnt umber appearance with a thin but creamy head, which lingers on as long as you drink. If you put your nose in the beer, it is imbued with sweet and fruity and bready notes, complemented by a 99% coco touch around the periphery. The fruity hints come off as black cherry or raisin. The flavor is so well balanced it's hard to draw any comparison. It tastes rich and full of dark land-bread toasted grains. When it mellows, the layers peak out with toasty biscuits and bitter coffee/chocolate tones. It has a round, filled-out body that can't be beat. It has a rustic mouthfeel - But I'm not sure if that is the Bio beer appeal Im getting. Medium to light carb. I could drink only a few of these since they seem pretty well filling. Highly, Highly recommended!

Drink this with a big pig's knuckle and a side of fried potatoes.
:)

joemacpherson, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label dons the "Bio" symbol which means it is organic under German law. The sample size is a .5L bottle that is poured into a plain beer mug. Sudsy tan head drops quick but the retention of the lacing is just fine, reddish brown hue flaunts a perfect clarity. Bready maltiness to start, mild grape skin, kiss of caramel and toasted malt in the aroma which come pleasant to the nose. The smoothness of this beer is out of this world, the medium body and moderate carbonation level make you want to take a sip quicker and quicker. Heavy handed with bready tones, toasted and mildly grainy with a faint hay-like flavor. Ample sweetness is balanced by a reserved hop bitterness. Faint grape skin flavor from the malt middle to end, solid dry maltiness in the finish. At 4.8% the alcohol stays in place, the palate is clean from start to finish with only a ghost faintness of cooked veggies (DMS).

I wish every German import would taste this fresh or at least close to it, a superb Dunkel that is extremely drinkable and packed with flavor. A beer Neumarkter Lammsbräu Dunkel is a real reason to visit Germany, not just the yearly fest in Munich.

Jason, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml green bottle. Pours a clear chestnut body with a two finger almond hued head. Nice retention with plenty of patchy lacing.

Very aromatic. Toffee, toasted caramel, fresh brown bread, spicy hops, and freshly spaded forest earth.

Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with crisp carbonation and a pleasant earthy mineral note.

Taste has a toffee and toasted caramel maltiness with a brown bread note. Spicy and earthy hop bitterness has a hint of florals and balances nicely. Earthy yet exceedingly clean.

Exceptional drinkability. Light enough in abv and body to session while offering excellent taste. Clean and well balanced. I can't imagine how you coud improve on a Dunkel.

merlin48, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of fdrich29
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to pour this beer at the Beer Advocate German Beer Fest's speaker panel. This was just one of many beers that made the wait for the Bro's to feature German beer at one of their fests so very worth it. I was even luckier to be able to bring one of the extra bottles home after the fest.

I've been a lover of all things malt for the last few years and this beer was one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Deep ruby color, rich malty smell and a fantastic malty/bready taste. Very easy to drink. If you have the chance to get a hold of this beer don't make sure you take advantage of it, you'll be glad you did.

fdrich29, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear amber brown with a weak head.
Aroma had more sweet caramel malt than medium roasted malt, but this is reversed in tasting. The lightly sweet flavor suggests dark bread baked with some brown sugar.
Medium body with spot on carbonation.
O: very good exemplar of style.

chinchill, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In the glass and settled, this beer is a thick (not viscous) brown with plum highlights and lots of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. The head is a tan one, starting almost a finger high and receding quickly to a thick layer with heavy edges that makes for solid lacing.
The wheat forms a dry base under dark fruits, fig and prune specifically, and a hint of banana notes with a mineral tone to it under plenty of caramel.
Something like clove is stronger in the flavor, breads heavy in the malts with caramel secondary. The mineral note still runs strong, but in a complementary way, while toast and dark fruits make up a good part of the bulk of the flavor. Herbal and floral hops notes hit the middle and lead right into the finish, where a bit of banana peel as well as a zesty lemon flavor come in.
It's pretty light in the body but leading medium, still deep and well textured. The crispness isn't too biting but remains firm the whole way through, while its cleanness is notable. It's smooth, too, and the light dryness balances the feel.

Brenden, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Cloudy, rusty raw umber liquid is topped by a thin yet dense, persistent beige head. Delicate pasty lacing. Excellent retention.

Rich malty aromatics suggestive of wheat toast, pecans/walnuts, and a gentle anise-like sweetness.

Distinctive tart/sweet intensely malty lager flavors. Nutty with a very low biterness throughout. Bready finish with lots of wheat.

Medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, and refreshing.

Clean (as one would expect from a brewery priding itself on purity and organic products), well crafted example of the style. Delicious yet light.

augustgarage, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This organic dark lager from Neumarkt, Germany is a brilliant example of the dunkel style. It pours a crystal-clear dark chestnut body at around 22 SRM, and offers up a frothy head of tan foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves large spots of lace about the glass.

The aroma suggests toasty, almost roasted malts. It's sweetish, bready, and a bit caramelish. Floral and softly grassy hops round out the nose.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a starting gravity of 12.5 P, and just delicately tingly on the tongue with a very-fine bubbled moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and subtly creamy.

The dark malts give a quick hint of sweetness up front, caramelish and doughy, before it dries across the middle as the bitterness rises. It then becomes toasty, and it even has a suggestion of roasty smokiness. Floral, grassy, herbal, and even a bit spicy, the hop flavors appear just before the swallow and then fade in a short lived finish that leaves only a thin coating of bittered malt sticking to the tongue and teeth. Remarkably well-balanced and rounded.

Complex enough to keep it interesting beyond one serving, it's also quite easy to drink as it's not overdone with flavor, and its smooth carbonation and body don't fill you up. Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
4.8% ABV

A- Pours a dark copper/brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet bready malt and a hint of caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark bread, toasted malt and a touch of caramel. There is a good amount of sweetness and a moderate hop presence in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid Dunkel that is worth a try.

cjgator3, Apr 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

barongearmu, May 02, 2012
Photo of Gamemako
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sitting here drinking it right now. ,5L bottle into a mug. Pours a dark amber colour. It has a fairly large and frothy tan head, drops a bit but the remainder has the staying power of a house. By far the lightest of the darks I've had. Draws unusual webs as it goes down the mug, but that could just be the mug's fault.

I absolutely adore the nose of this one. It's aromatherapy. Wonderful toasted malts and nuts with sweet notes of caramel and bread. It's delicious. It's enticing. It's everything I could ask for from the aroma of a beer. Toasty and tasty.

Not quite perfect, but pretty damn close. Start with the nose. It has a malty, bready taste. On top, add sweet nut and wood syrup (not like maple syrup, but not like caramel, either -- not something I'm too great at explaining). Some roasted-coffee-like flavours. The sweetness gives way to a bit of roasted, smoked hops flavour (I wonder what that recipe would actually taste like, though -- probably not nearly as tasty as this beer). Almost no bitterness on the finish. Extremely well-balanced. Never beats you to death with anything and certainly doesn't hurt in terms of bitterness.

It feels smooth and substantial in the mouth. It actually appears significantly more carbonated than it feels. Slight tingle and otherwise creamy. Definitely no slouch here. Finish is somewhat dry. I thought about drinkability briefly before I noticed where my beer was. It begs you to drink more. You look at the lacing, the sudsy foam and the distinct dark amber colour and you just want more. I could (but won't) get plastered off this one without even noticing it. It's good stuff, every last bit of it. Not bitter by any means. You just want more as you go. Bottoms up, boys!

Gamemako, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. US bottle marked 11:04...B26. Sampled on April 19, 2012. It pours a deep, dark amber brown with a huge, foamy beige head that slowly diminishes. The aroma on this beer is outrageously sweet and malty and has this German nutty characteristic. The body is right around medium. I was hoping for something bolder. The taste is vibrant with malty sweetness and a mellow bitterness to balance things out. It reminds me a bit of Newcastle Brown Ale with a slightly more bitter note. It is a likable beer and one that I could drink often.

puboflyons, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of macesq
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

macesq, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Bluegrass49
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bluegrass49, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pelicanrocks, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey pilsner glass. Uh oh, green bottle.

A real nice hued deep chestnut and mahogany brown body color. Light tan head a bit foamy but with a nice growing pinhead sized bubbles in the formation. Settles to a creamy tan puck. Not much rising carbonation. Pretty solid.

Wow this smells like a doppelbock. Big clove notes, and cinnamon brown hot spices. Nutmeg and clove are all over this thing. A clean hop aroma of matching spice as well. NO SKUNKING luckily, we have dodged the skunk monster.

Very clean palate. Light crisp and with a nice caramel malt backbone, hints at light anise and licorice quality, with minimal toffee sweetness. Clean hop popping finish, and grain light airy quality. Good mix of light crispness and malt density as well for easy drinking.

A real solid dunkel lager, luckily feel even better dodging the green bottle of death (it appeared brown should have looked at the bottle cap neck closely I would have known better.

smakawhat, May 29, 2014
Photo of d_brommer_nh
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

d_brommer_nh, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Chugs13, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured murky brown in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving just a few bubbles floating on the surface. There is a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of toasted dark malts (similar to brown bread) with notes of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is very malty with a mild amount of sweetness and has flavors of brown bread, caramel and raisins. No traces of bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very smooth and a bit thin. Not much carbonation is present.
D: There's nothing to hold you back from downing this beer very quickly.

metter98, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

civicm87, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Caesar024
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received as a gift from my boss in a mixed six-pack of various beers (he knows I'm a sucker for pretty well anything German). Label reads as "Lammsbräu Organic Dunkel - Premium Bavarian Dark Lager." After a brief investigation, all Neumarkter beers are organic and are now marketed as such in the USA.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard US pint glass. Pours a light brown with a huge eggshell white head that dissipated quickly leaving no perceptible lacing.

Smell is bready with an underlying sweetness, notes of toffee.

Flavor is similar to nose with a slight toastiness balanced by the malt's sweetness and a slight hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with standard carbonation to be expected from a lager of this style. Remaining sweetness/bitterness on the palate demands that one continues drinking this lager.

Truly exceptional. I wonder what a keg of this costs and if my customer base at work would be willing to pay for it by the pint?

Caesar024, May 25, 2009
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