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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel - Neumarkter Lammsbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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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 dasenebler
2.13/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

33cl, green long-neck, best before 6/8/11.

Pours a clear, brilliant medium amber. Meringue-like beige head retains wonderfully at two fingers, with textbook lacing.

The aroma is a little off. Too metallic, possibly oxidized.

The flavor also has a metallic character that accumulates on the palate: borderline undrinkable. There is a bit of toasted bread and nuttiness, but overall this is a watery and metallic Dunkel. Touch of bitterness and a drying finish. The mouthfeel has fine, medium carbonation.

Drain pour. First bad beer I've had from this brewery.

dasenebler, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of micmillon18
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

micmillon18, Mar 01, 2011
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 MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

AgentZero, Dec 22, 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 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 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 GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

GallowsThief, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Tone, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From an odd shaped 11.2oz bottle, long skinny neck.

Pours an amber color with a large off-white head, fades fast at first but slows down and leaves a long lasting cap, some patchy lacing.

Smell is primarily malt with a light caramel presence.

Taste is crisp yet has a very soft carbonation to it (plenty of it, just very soft), all caramel malt and slightly earthy, sadly it has a very thin mouthfeel that borders of water-like that ruins it.

Got it for my birthday from my parents, surprisingly they got a few things I've never tried and this is one of them.

deltatauhobbit, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of DoktorZee
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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).

DoktorZee, May 31, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

crossovert, May 26, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

corby112, May 14, 2010
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
Photo of Walken
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Walken, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of lstokes
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

lstokes, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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

brentk56, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/10/2009- from notes.

Green 11.2oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Kind of a murky deep copper color with a tightly bubbled, off white, two finger head that quickly settled to a thin cap for the remainder. Ok lacing.

S- I expected more, sweet dark bread was about all I got.

T- Dark bread again, an almost caramelish sweetness for a bit, dark fruit hints, and a little hoppy at the end.

M- Medium bodied, smooth. The carbination wasnt very evident.

D- Pretty easy to drink and I think a decent example of the style but I probably wont pick it up again.

tatoodkelt, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of endovelico
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,33 L. Served cold. Poured into Cut glass stein. Reviewed on 19-9-2009 under normal natural light. Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours muddy/semi hazy Mahogany/Amber-ish colored brew with unperceived effervescent and a sizeable tan head. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Aroma: Condition OK. Intense aroma of sweet chocolate with some molasses and vanilla on the back. Has some faint herbal quality to it aswell that fades as the beer warms giving in to the chocolate aroma.

Taste: Subtle/mild intensity. Condition OK. Sweet chocolate on the front, slight vanilla and caramel with some roastiness on the back.

Palate: Low bitterness. Coating with medium low body. Finishes sweet and 'heavy'. Medium low carbonation.

Drinkability: PQR ratio is very decent, but i cant help but think this should be a lighter drink. The chocolate and sweetness makes it cloying and the low carbonation doesn't help aswell. Could use more roastiness and other types of dark flavors to balance the chocolate taste, give it more depth and make it less heavy.

endovelico, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 11, 2009
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
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 10, 2009
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