Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel - Neumarkter Lammsbräu

Not Rated.
Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) DunkelNeumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

59 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 59
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neumarkter Lammsbräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-25-2006

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel Alström Bros
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 59 | Hads: 126
Photo of DoktorZee
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before or brewing date.

A - Red brown brew showing some light carbonation in the glass. A light head that doesn't stay around long, nor does it leave any lacing.

S - Moderate nose on it - some caramel and apple, as well as a hint of copper/iron.

T - Quite light with a nice toasted malt and caramel aftertaste (doesn't last too long).

M - Very light with some moderate carbonation - less of an impact than I would expect.

D - Decent drinkability, though the perceived lightness seems to take away from its thirst-quenching power.

Overall a decent beer - somewhat of a novelty being a certified organic German dunkel. I think I want to try this again (would love to try it on tap).

 743 characters

Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 552 characters

Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz odd-shaped green bottle. Organic beer.

Pours into my dimpled mug a nice cloudy w/apple juice with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves spots of lacing.

This one smells uttelry Americanized. It has htick hops, a wallop of caramel and a sort of toned-down black ipa scent overall, truly bizzare for the style. There is also a lot of cocoa.

The taste is good, not too sweet, flavor on par with the style with a good hop kick. It isn't bitter hops rather a mouthful of hop flavor.

A good easy drinker for a hot summer day.

 538 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish amber, nearly cherry-colored beer with a huge cap of foamy off-white head that settles down slowly. Clear enough to read the paper through. Nice creamy lacing.

Aroma of toasty, bready malt, grassy hops, and a light caramel sweetness. Bitterness is apparent in the nose but is actually quite tame in the tasting. Certainly very malt-forward; it's a simple, tasty, easy-drinking beer that's quite sessionable at 4.8% ABV. Grassy European hop profile, low bitterness, again, moderate to low sweetness with hints of caramel. The organic dark malt dominates both the flavor and the aroma.

Light-bodied but not watery; medium-low carbonation; just a touch of creaminess, extremely drinkable. There's something distinctly different about the malt in this beer that's giving me fits as I try to describe it. Nevertheless, I would recommend this one readily as a sessionable, non-bloating lighter beer that has the added attraction (to some) of being organically produced.

 976 characters

Photo of micmillon18
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No born on date. The bottle they distribute in is has to be one of the oddest (though very cool) looking, with a long skinny neck and fat, round body.

A - Pours a deep amber color and it looks magnificent when you hold it up to a light, as the orange and red hues intensify. The initial head is light and bubbly but dissipates quickly leaving a thin lace on top of the beer.

S - Bready scents, darker maltiness. Bittersweet chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate, pumpernickel bread. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

M - Very crisp and smooth though the carbonation is slightly over the top. Light to medium body.

D - Probably one of the better dunkels I've had. Has the drinkability of your typical pilsner with tasty darker maltiness, displaying near perfect balance. Pretty good overall.

 834 characters

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 620 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

 900 characters

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

 1,055 characters

Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle, trade with joss in Germany). Organic! Reddish brown colour, very good head. Roasted malts, toast, caramel, oak and pine wood in the aroma, some smokiness. Flavour is all malts + a slight smokiness, nice bitterness, well balanced. This is a very good dunkel!

 266 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +6.5%
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 joemacpherson
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 dedrinker
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +8.6%
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 Renzan0
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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 plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 lstokes
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Todd
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Jason
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +14.4%
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

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel from Neumarkter Lammsbräu
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.