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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel - Neumarkter Lammsbräu

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 129
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a very modest head that fritters away without leaving any residue

Smell: Brown bread and malted milk

Taste: Brown bread with malted milk, up front, with a slightly fruity flavor developing by mid-palate; malted milk finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Far too malty without any hop balance; under-attenuated

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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark mahogany-hued body with a bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Mild nose woefully reduced to no more than a few weak notes of dark bready, nutty malts and little else.

Taste: Maltiness displays some mild dark breadiness and nutty tones with just a touch of sweetness. Ultra light herbal hop character with almost no bitterness to be found. Drying finish. Pretty lacking overall, I must say. It's quite an impressive feat to make St. Pauli Girl Dark seem bold!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Skip it. For me, this one just comes across as entirely too thin in all of its attributes. Next time I'm in the mood for a Dunkel, I'll do myself a favor and have an Ayinger Altbairisch, thanks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that is nearly clear. Nose is thick and sweet cloying malts. Flavor is malty sweet as well. Cloying, yes. Smooth, fairly. Some fruit tones, but mostly what I notice is an odd burn on the flavor profile. Seems almost alcoholic, but isn't really. Feel is smooth on liquid and lower on carbonation. This is okay I suppose. Too cloying though, and I wouldn't go for it again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for this one. Served in a flute.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that leaves behind nice sheets of lace as it settles to a thin cap. The body is a slightly hazed golden orange color. Somewhat light for a dunkel?

S - Lots of fresh bread, light caramel, some dried fruits.

T - The taste is heavy with bread and rum cake, as well as some faint dark fruit and nuttiness in the periphery.

M - Chewy body that implies a slightly bigger beer than 4.8%. Spritzy carbonation, and a slightly dry toasted finish.

D - It's a pretty solid, but ultimately unremarkable Munich Dunkel. It's pretty easy to drink, and I'd have it again if I were at a German beer garden or restaurant.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with a fat bottom and a pencil-thin neck, on to the beer:

Autumn muddy orange in color, the head is bubbly with only decent head retention, dissipates into nothing in a few minutes. A hint of cardboard in the nose, but that soon takes a back seat to the overwhelming raisin aroma. The taste...dark bread makes its appearance on the palate with a pinch of sweetness. Just when you think something is about to build, it dries up. There's a hint of yams, but for the most part this is a dry bodied beer that doesn't soak your palate with flavor. Also there is a touch of dark fudge and tea-like hops found amid this medium-carbonated, light/medium bodied beer.

This is a very dry version of a dunkel lager. I prefer my beers to drench my tongue in flavor, but I can adjust to some extent to dry, balanced, non-offensive, low-flavored beer.

As for being "...dedicated to environmental responibility, sustainable agriculutre..." why the hell would you go organic? You need significently more land to produce the same yields. At least it's produced for "your enjoyment", and that's what matters the most for the consumer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown/red. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. There is also suspended sediment present. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, grain, pale malt, slight oatmeal sweetness, and yeast. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, hint of grain, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of hops. Overall, a light and refreshing brew. There is a strong sweetness, but not of a cloying nature.

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Photo of corby112
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden amber/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin off-white foam head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of caramel, nut, chocolate and slightly earthy hops. Pretty bland really.

Lighter end of medium body with a crisp, clean mouthfeel, soft carbonation, roasted maltiness and bitter hops. Hints of caramel malt, chocolate, nut, toffee and earthy bitter hops. Dry finish.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear ruby-brown color with less than 1/4 inch of light tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was pretty good, lightly sweet malts and a nice earthy grain base. The flavor was also pretty typical, the grains were slightly overpowered by the sweetness of the malts. There was just the lightest hop presence.

The body was medium, for the style, not as heavy as some, was clean, and had, considering the sweetness, a relatively dry finish. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone fairly quickly, and I'd have another. Overall, a decent example of the style, not special or notable, but if you're in the mood, you could do worse.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared with the benevolent Masterski.

A - An amber colored beer with a nice two finger head that had good retention.

S - Hops, malts, little bit grassy and farmy.

T - Tastes like an organic beer. A bit woody and lagery, with a somewhat watered down taste. There's a bit of ginseng and grassy taste to this as well. Little bit of caramel malts.

M - Light, watery, lower-end carbonation.

D - It's okay, low drinkability for the ABV. I'm not a huge fan of this, honestly.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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