Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel - Neumarkter Lammsbräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-25-2006

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Photo of Gamemako
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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! (1,730 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent dunkel, light, highly drinkable, but tasty and engaging.

Red brown, dark but not black, it has a fairly big tan head, slowly shrinking to a thin top and leaving a little bit of lace.

The aroma is very nice and full, wheat bread, bread crust, hay, hint of dry leaves, pine, and chocolate.

The taste is earthy grain, leaves, hitns of coffee chocolate, and licorice. It's dryish, zesty, lightly sweet up front then becoming lightly bitter and drier by the finish. Nice, clean, crisp, light, and smooth, it has lasting flavour, subtle complexity, and is engaging and easy to drink. (601 characters)

Photo of Caesar024
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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? (997 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Brew festival by same gents at the Schwelmer and Germania table. Menzel is the Master Brewer for all of them if I recollect correctly, and this was over 20 samples in mind you folks. Guy said nickname is "oaktree" or Eichbank for the brewer/beer not entirel sure but wrote it down nonetheless.

Appearance of opaque red and brown with respectable fading 1 finger head but consistent lacing.

Smell is sweet with impressive mature dashes of hops in the background.

Taste was a back and forth between the caramel and the earth hops, perhaps roasted a dash.

Mouthfeel was medium but not thick by any stretch.
Drinkability is a no brainer, this makes Munich proud and I'm glad to know about Menzel and his talents!!! (762 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown color with a nice two finger tan head that falls slowly with nice decent lace.

Aroma is nice light toasted malts, light cooked caramel and some light toffee. Light fruit notes with some earthy hops. Smells wonderful.

Taste is malty toasted bread caramel notes smooth and clean very favorable. Finish is more malt light fruitiness nice herbal/earthy hops that add some bitterness. Wonderful that a light abv brew can have so much flavor.

Mouthfeel is light perfect carbonation light pep but smooth at the same time.

Overall it is excellent very well done very session-able, would be wonderful to have a keg of this for everyday drinking. ant to thank merlin48 for this one, he said it was good and he wasn't lying. (742 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a cola like color. About a 1 inch head that had a nice creamy look. Left almost no tracing.

S - Nice subtle chocolate smell immediately hits the nose. Some very sweet aromas. Perhaps a bit of toffee.

T - Well for me this tastes like a nice square little caramel at first that you get when your a kid. Impressive. Not too sweet but the taste is there. I got some nice chocolate flavor as well.

M - Nice and easy on the palate. Creamy feel with no aftertaste. Very clean.

D - Very drinkable. This is an excellent beer well worth your time. (599 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (1,287 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a thick, shaving cream like head that sits on top for a very long time. 2.5 inch head settles half way in about 3 minutes, a light tan tint to the head and very rich consistent lacing down the glass during the slow settle. The color is that of a very strong southern iced tea. Very tannic in color with red hues when held to the light.

The nose is very rich as well with bready yeast being the dominant note along with vanilla and caramel, more specifically like caramelized sugar. The hops are very subtle and hardly notable to the nose.

The first impression of this beer is very classic and clean German artisan brewing. The beer is dry with great malt flavors and very subtle hops. This is not a beer for hop heads since you will not like it. However, if you are a fan of European brews and traditional German beers then this is a fantastic example of that tradition. I really like this one. I can feel the warmth of the alcohol in my stomach implying the higher ABV but it is completely masked by the flavors. This could be a dangerous beer because it is so good and drinkable you could become extremely hammered rather quickly. The mouth feel is light and smooth with lively carbonation that falls away to a slight bitter hopping that is superbly well balanced.

The flavors are rich. I let it warm a bit to really let the flavors come out. Initially sweet malt with very subtle Smokey undertones, hints of black pepper, bread, caramel, bitter herbs, and fresh mountain spring water are all there in a wonderfully balanced beer.

Overall this is an extremely good beer and I really would love to drink some more at any time. (1,652 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Strong smell of malt, caramel, bread.

T: Very malty, dark bread, molasses. Hops are a minor note, but a good balance with the malt. Straight up dark lager here, full flavoured.

M: Mild carbonation, smooth, creamy, fully lagered.

D: A very nice dunkel beer, the Bros recommended it in their last issue, and I concur, very well done. (428 characters)

Photo of lstokes
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is dark chestnut with lots of bubbles and impressive head retention. The smell is a little cloyingly sweet, but the taste is a nice balance of burnt malts, a note hay-like hops, some sweet grape and honey like taste, all backed up by a nice roasty background. It's a very dry finish and a solid body.

Neumarkter Lammsbräu continues to restore my faith in German beer. I will be drinking again. (401 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with a foamy beige head. No lacing, good clarity. Nice color.

Sweet caramel notes, with sweet bready elements and maybe even a honey-like aroma.

Smooth brew. Brown bread, light toasty malt, caramel, honeyed roasted grain, then drying carbonation, very very light bitterness going to clean flavors. Maybe I really wanted a beer today -- I dunno -- but this is just friggin great.

Surprising carbonation in this one. You don't see bubbles in the glass, but it cuts the sweetness perfectly. I wanted a bit more body in this, a little light here. Not watery at all -- just light.

Drinkability? Oh hell yes. This was a 4 pack, and I bought a single. I would have killed all 4 had I made the jump. Good stuff. (728 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt with a touch of caramel sweetness and toasted grain.

The taste was complex with elements of burnt grain, caramel sweetness and hop earthiness. Good doughy finish. Very clean.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a very tasty dunkel. Welcome to the United States. (420 characters)

Photo of Renzan0
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle at Mellow Mushroom, in Fayetteville, NC.
This beer poured a cloudy brown. Low head retention.
Slight maltiness, crisp, can taste the caramel but it's not very sweet. Low carbonation.
4.8% ABV, yet alcohol is more noticeable here, than with other <5% beers. $0.62/oz
Good Dunkel. (310 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Walken
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neumarkter Lammesbrau: Organic Dunkel (No Date) (Tasted 04/12/10)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Dark amber, just a few steps shy of brown. Head is unimpressive in size, but long on stamina, leaving some solid lace around the edges and a two millimiter cap of foam that last and lasts.
Odor: Soft, malty aromas all around. Toasted dark bread and fresh milled grain with hints of molasses.
Consistency: Soft carbonation,
Flavor: An explosion of brown bread flavors ranging from fresh-baked to toasted to candied. Instead of trying to cleverly re-phrase somebody elses words, how about we just steal them "fermented honey" (thanks Todd). Finish is on the drier side, malt doesn't die, stays really strong showing a slight chocolate tinge.

Dug it. This is an exemplary session beer, dunkel lager and definitely something that I would love to have around often. (885 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/ nut brown appearance with a cream colored head. Delicious aroma of toffee, nuts, and lightly toasted pumpernickel. The flavor is a very dry, nutty toffee-like affair with a marked smoothness. The hops serve to balance the malts and go a little step further to dry it out on the finish, making this beer very drinkable. You get deep rich malt flavor in a medium bodied package that does not cloy. In an era of beers that cater to palettes that were raised on soft drinks, this dunkel is a glorious reminder of the heyday of Germany's beer reputation. (561 characters)

Photo of joemacpherson
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.
:) (848 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the privilege of tasting this several times in 2 oz samples at the German Beer Fest last weekend. Reddish brown in color with an off white head. Some caramel and roasted oats. What really comes through is the grains. I can smell the mash in the nose and taste it as well. For any of you who homebrew, the smell that comes from your mash tun I can smell and taste in this beer. No doubt this beer is a decoction mashed.
This is a remarkable brew! I can't say that I've had anything quite like this before.

I got the impression that they may be trying to export this soon. I hope they do, because I'd love to taste this again.

Update 8/25/09
I had the opportunity to try this one again as I found it in a local store. I know the ones that I got to try at the German Beer Fest were super fresh, and I believe the ones that I found in the store were not.
Pours a dark brown with beautiful reddish hues and a bubbly off white head dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, plums come to mind. Slight grain in the nose. Taste is sweet, caramel and dark fruits, slight bready grain, lingering burnt sugar in the finish, no hops at all. Creamy smooth mouth, medium level of carbonation, thick body. Not a bad beer, but I'm just not blown away like I was before. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish-red color with a thin head into my glass. Not too dark but I still think it's too light for a dunkel.

Nuts, dates and malt that borders too much on cloying. It's also light-struck to a degree thanks to the green glass.

Caramel, nut and only a dash of raisin/date upfront. Not bad. Chewy. Clean.

Lingering nuttiness dominates the back of the throat. Finishes very clean.

It wasn't what I thought at first but regardless, I like this organic example of the style! (483 characters)

Photo of toddicus13
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into hefeweizen glass.

A- 23-30, a beautiful dark orange-brown. Quickly dissipating, one-finger beige head with a nice, thin retention & webby lacing.

S- Sweet, plump, honey-wheat bread aroma. I wanna toast it and put turkey & mustard on it!

T- Toasty, medium-bodied malt, & slick. A perfect touch of subtle sweetness followed by a drier, subtle hoppy finish.

M & O- Moderate carb bite. Very well balanced. I'm happy this was my first Dunkel! (453 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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. (981 characters)

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