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Frankenmuth Brown Hound Dunkel - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2004

Formerly Munich Style Dunkel Lager
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 37
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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a becker a deep walnut brown with a thinner light beige head atop that leaves a few spots of lace as it settles.Syrupy in the nose with light nut shell,the sweetness is the main thing here.To be expected it's quite malty and maybe a little sweet for the style with caramel and brown sugar flavors really standing out,just a light drying breadiness in the finish.Not a great example of the style but I love going to the brewery/restaurant on the Cass river close to where I grew up.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

The second-oldest brewery in the US is brewing again. Dark chestnut-hued brew, bordering on black. Lacing dresses the glass very well. Fresh-toasted dark bread flaunts the malt aroma; very clean. Strong malt presence here—even with it teetering on the dry side, there are a lot of complex layers that peel away, sip after sip. Heavy toasted taste eventually calms down with an even malt flavor. Mild hopping is just enough to keep the malt in check. Very good drinking—spot-on for style, and on par with its authentic German counterparts.

Photo of pat61
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut under a clingy 1” dirty white foam collar.
S: Dark malts, spice not roast.
T: Dark malt flavors, no roast or harsh flavors, no fruity esters.
F: medium to medium full bodied, medium to a little above on the carbonation.
O: A well balanced malt forward Munich Dunkel.

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While there are some orange-brown hues that come in when this beer is held up to the light, it's a very dark brown that's completely opaque. The head is a tan one that achieves half a finger's height and retains itself well while putting moderate lacing onto the walls of the glass.
I immediately get notes of toffee out of this one, with a distinctive nuttiness following. There's also lots of toast. There's just enough of a very light earthy hops to balance it while letting malts rule. Some yeasty esters slide in while the flavor shows a gentle peppery sort of character to it. It's very nice, adequately strong, balanced, and deep with a creamy smoothness that's never too high. The finish gives way to the earthier notes and something herbal as well as taking off just a hint of that creaminess when dryness comes in.
The body is medium, crisp from beginning to end and smooth as well with a rolling carbonation. A sort of spiciness or peppery bite translates to the feel at the end of every sip.

Photo of gotweid
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Frankenmuth Brewery. Wasn't able to watch them pour it, but it arrived with a small, one finger head. Dark brown/mahogany and somewhat cloudy in appearance. Had a malty, cooked grain aroma. Somewhat sweet tasting with a rich maltiness and light on hops. Smooth and full bodied but not heavy. Refreshing Dunkel.

Photo of Bung
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. From notes back in September.
Amber/brown pour, solid finger of white bubbles.

Aroma, Leathery, malty. Fainter chocolate, caramel, a little mustiness?

Taste, started tart, tea and leather. Cherry, some sour, hmmm.

Lighter bodied. Quite over carbonated as well. Chalking this one up to a bad bottle.

Photo of redmosquito
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a sampler at the brewery. This is another beer I remember from before the big storm. Clear reddish brown with a thin off white head. Very little aroma at all, mild malt and faint yeast. The flavor is a little lackluster, slightly malty, not really roasted, and then a yeasty aftertaste. The body is okay. This was a bit of a disappointment, but it still is a nice beer to drink.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Hamilton street pub, was suprised when i was told they had a dunkel on tap from the frankenmuth brewery, so i had to try it.

A- This one poured straight black with a fingers worth of off white head, nice lacing.

S- Lots of robust roasted malts with a some hops in the back.

T- Similar to the smell but the hops has bigger presence that i wasn't expecting but enjoyed it due to such a great balance between the two flavors.

M- Smooth and creamy, just right for the style. Good carbonation.

D- I found this beer to be highly drinkable, after one pitcher my two friends that were with me insisted we close the bar down with one more pitcher.

Overall i thought this was a very good dunkle and i hope the pub keeps it on tap so i can keep enjoying it, also cool of the bartender for letting us sample it before we ordered a pitcher. Even though i live close to the frankenmuth brewery i have very little experience with their beer but this dunkel may have sparked some interest for this brewery.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually bought a Growler of this style (draft) when I was in Frankenmuth. Finished off very quickly, so I wanted to taste it bottled. Pours very dark amber with minimal head and lacing. Tastes of almost fruitiness along with some dark lager. Very easy to drink not heavy at all. Finished whole 6 pack with easy

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good dunkle that if get again

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very clear ruby with a finger and a half of white head. Left no lacing.

S - Sweet cherry and slightly toasted malt. Caramel malt slightly comes through as well.

T - Sweet cherry and caramel malt up front, followed by lightly toasted malt and grape.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, it was alright. A bit lacking in my opinion.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jakers90 for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear brown color with a hint of a reddish hue. Single-finger off-white head with good retention and a bit of visible carbonation. The nose has some faint caramel malt with a slight toffee presence. The flavor is similar with some added sweetness and a short burst of earthy hops toward the finish. Body is medium and a bit syrupy, at least for the style. Pretty good, but a bit too sweet.

Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a transparent brown with an orange hue. There is a thin layer of head, but that s all. The nose is distinctly bready. Malt and rye bread are the flavor focus and this offering finishes nicely bitter. All-in-all, a nice dunkel, but a bit thin for my taste.

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep brown coloring with a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a nice veil of lace across the top that sticks around on the side all the way down.

S: Some nice toasted malts with a hint of bread that lead into a very nice sweetness, with some dark fruit flavors coming thru. Very enjoyable.

T: Interesting combination of flavors. Some light sweetness coming thru and those dark fruit flavors are there but not overly sweet. Leads way to toasted malt flavors, burnt sugar and some very mild spicing at the end that became a bit more pronounced as the brew warmed.

M: Light carbonation works well with the fruit flavors (and lack of excess sweetness).

O: Nice combination of flavors that work well, especially with the lack of sweetness with the fruit. They balance well with the toasted malt flavors and spicyness at the end. Would def try this again.

Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to my sister for sending me out a mixed six of Frankenmuth beers. I hope they're all this good.

This pours dark amber with a pretty eggshell head rising and leaving good lace on the way down. On the nose there is toasted malt, some fruit esters, mostly apple, and a faint floral character. In the mouth the toasted malts lay all over the tongue with the other flavors hanging out on top, some light fruitiness but mostly refined bready notes. The finish is long and very pleasant with the toasted malt hanging around longest.

Overall, this is a nice beer in a style with which I have no familiarity. It seems very refined and would be easy to drink many of these.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: The color was a somewhat deep brown color, but there seemed to be some light amber hues; this was unexpected. It had a small head, but still looked appetizing.

Smell: The smell reminded me of a typical Adjunct Lager. It had some mild hints of malt and hops, but it seemed watered down. Somewhat bland.

Taste: The hops are a bit more noticeable when the beer is tasted, but it still seemed like it was cut with something. It was smooth, but plain.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. I was expecting a little more here.

Drinkability: As the pint wore on, it seemed to get worse and worse. Having one is okay, but I don't think I would get it again.

Photo of GRPunk
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pokal.

A- A liberal pour created a 1-1/2 to 2-finger, light brown head that quickly settles to about 1/2-finger and later a fully covering film. Lots of good stick left on the glass. Rich, chestnut body with medium-light carbonation.

S- Very roasty at first. A little chocolate and a touch of smoke. There's a breadiness that reminds me of a dark German loaf. Hops are lighter and provide maybe a spicy aroma.

T- True to the aroma. Very roasty. Good deal of chocolate. Lighter smoke. There's that dark bread quality too. Lightly spicy/peppery hopping.

M- Very smooth. It's on the verge of thin at first. Light-moderate carbonation provides a bit of a prick on the tongue. The second bottle was more carbonated than the first.

O- This begs to be paired with a plate full of suasage on this summer-like day. Definitely an easy drinker. I would buy it again.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/5/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, light roast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and moderate hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice dunkel lager style. Well balanced dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors with good robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of david131
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy deep ruby/ mahogany liquid with an almost nonexistent off-white head.

S- Robust toasted grains and some earth. Simple and to the point.

T- Toasted grain, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Clean and simple.

M- Just enough carbonation to lighten things up. A very clean finish.

D- Not particularly interesting, but drinks fine enough.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good dark cloudy semi-transparent amber tone like a dark stain glass lamp over a pool table. A mocha cream foam head and not a trace of lace. A thin ring of sediment around the bottom of the bottle, that pulls up quite easily adding a darker cloudy tint. Overall could be cloudier. Smells like a good European lager malty. The taste is a good lager, slightly metallic and missing some wheat flavor for me. Not overly bitter or strong, a pretty smooth taste with a bite. Drinkable for sure but not quite a session beer for my taste buds.
Cheers!

Photo of Lillenk
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a hazy medium brown color with a really nice white head.

Smell was sort of confusing to me. Lots of different smells all sort of covering up the other.

Taste was pretty average. Some hops and quite a bit of malt but almost had a watered down taste to it.

Mouthfeel was nice and light and you could easily drink quite a few if you really enjoyed the flavor.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Dark brownish amber in color with one finger of tan foam that has decent retention time but absolutely no lacing whatsoever for reasons unknown.

S. Mostly toasted bread with a side order of floral hopping aroma.

T. Same as the nose, toasted bread and florals, but also has some faint spice and fruity pear-like flavor garnishes that appear as it warms up somewhat.

M. Body *is* somewhat thin for the style but I am not finding the carbonation levels to be as over-the-top as everybody else seems to be experiencing.

Photo of ARoman
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from old notes - 06/2014*
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is a toasted cinnamon raisin bread with light caramel nuts and a touch of cola. It pours a hazy caramel color with a tan, fuzzy, spotty head that retains a medium - light ring, but it leaves a clean glass. The taste is a medium sweetness, with a touch of bitterness.The beer is somewhere between thin and oily, smooth, with a light grainy texture with a medium body and a light fuzzy carbonation. A sweet caramel cola note comes on strong at first with supporting raisin and spice flavors at the finish. The aftertaste is dry and toasty bread with some raisin. The aftertaste is medium in strength, but relatively short.

Photo of DannyDan
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark mahogany with a 2 finger foamy tan head that leaves good retention, and some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was hard to pick up, but did get a little bread and some sweet malts. The taste starts out with some hops followed by some chocolate malts, raisins, and coffee with a roasted and smoked flavor throughout. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and overall a very good tasting beer. First time I have tried this style and hope others I try will be as good as this one.

Photo of wiscokid920
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into pint glass

A- Dark and translucent. One finger foamy tan head with excellent retention.

S- Faint caramel and dark bread malt aromas with some toffee notes.

T- Follows the nose nicely. Very complex…starts out toasty, dives into a sweet malty flavor, and rounds out with a nice mild hoppy bitter.

M- Very smooth and malty with light carbonation.

O- Very nice dunkel. I love the complexity of this offering. Everything balances out nicely. Will get again!

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