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Frankenmuth Brown Hound Dunkel - Frankenmuth Brewery

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38 Reviews

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 30.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 137
Photo of pat61
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am new to the Dunkel variety (from what I have read, this is a Munich style), as well as to Frankenmuth. A friend brought this to my Super Bowl party, which annoyed me because he usually brings me a nice new IPA or APA I have never tried before.

The brew looks great, a nice brown color. The smell is great as well, not too strong or too weak. The same can be said of the taste, it does not over or underwhelm you.

If I can find more Dunkels like this, I will definitely move this style into my top 5.

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Photo of GiantMidget
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a variety pack at Wegmans in Collegeville PA.

Poured into a beer mug. Minimal head, maybe 2 inches off white, small lacing.

Scents of breadiness and molasses, maybe slight cherry.

Great balanced Dunkel, I am highly impressed with the flavor variety, caramel, toasted breads, herbs and little dryness to balance the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and no evident alcohol taste.

As the first of the variety pack I've had, I am liking this, it's something I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of AmitC
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very decent munich style dunkel lager. Like the aroma and the taste.

Pours very clear, translucent, ruby brown colored with at least one finger thick head. The head dissipates rather quickly. Just enough carbonation.

Smells a lot of caramel, toffee and roasted malt. A bit on the lines of porter. Very strong and likable.

Taste is very much the nose. More of roasted malts upfront that end with some noble hops which are not very discernible. Not at all sweet, neither bitter. Good mix and complexity. Taste and smell very much stay with you for a while. This is a quality i like to have in a beer.

Mouth feel is medium bodied.

Overall very drinkable beer. As they say liquid bread. It very much fits the bill.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of gotweid
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Frankenmuth brewery in shaker
Aroma weak, malty
Head removed by bartender, what remains is two mm ring and a layer of off white creamy foam
Lacing fair – broken curtains of tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, cloudy
Flavor of malt and chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of BeerFink
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inviting hue of deep amber/garnet, topped by a pale khaki head. Nice patchy lacing was noticed clinging to the sides of the glass as the head diminished. Malty nose with some roasted coffee notes - interesting. Adding to the complexity of the nose was a hint of toffee and caramel, which became more prenounced as the beer warmed. Smooth, clean flavor imparts a little nuttiness off the bat. Flavor moves into a surprising roasted flavor, indicative of chocolate malt. Welcome, yet unexpected. Here enters the coffee and toffee noted in the nose, with slight bitter chocolate. Very enjoyable turn for this easy drinking lager. Mouthfeel is typical of the style, crisp and refreshing, despite the roasty flavors floating around. The interaction of the bottom fermenting yeast and roasted malts make this a good brew with more complexity than you would expect.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pils glass. Rich brown in color, foamy three finger head from an aggressive pour than weedles down to nothing. Aroma and taste of subtle, sweet caramel and chocolate malt, no bitterness. Easy down.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice head, but it fizzles away pretty quickly. There's no lacing.

Smell: About what you'd expect from the smell of a malt-forward beer... extremely malty, with some slight spice. A generic kind of comment, but that's really what it smells like.

Taste: It's pleasant, but I wasn't expecting it to be so much like a lager. Being a lager, it's extremely drinkable, but it' has a somewhat watery consistency, and it's lacking big, bold flavor. It's a tasty beer, and a dunkel that could actually be very refreshing on a hot summer day, if you're craving a dark beer that isn't too heavy. In that instance, this would be an excellent beer. For its style, it's actually very quite good. As a whole though, it's nothing too special. It is probably the most drinkable dark lager beer that I've ever had though, so that counts for something.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coke black slightly translucent. Small brown head. Wet lacing.

S: Raisin, toast, earthy hops

T: Spice, raisins, a bit of cocoa but not overwhelming. Mild for such a heavy looking beer.

M: Dry, nice bubbles, full bodied, lots of tingle.

O: A nice pleasant light dunkel.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice brown color, not overly deep in color, still able to see through it. The head was a light brown color. The smell of the beer was lightly roasted with some nice wheat and clove notes. The taste of the beer brings the roasted malts up and finishes with a lightly spiced finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and still pretty light for the style. Overall it's not too bad.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of rings
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a chance to sit down with a full pint of Munich Dunkel, the lager style that "made Munich famous."

Dark in color, it looks like any other porter or stout but with a cleaner aroma and mouth feel and a little less body that one would expect to find in a typical ale. It has a nice soft chocolate nose and drinks rather easy. There's a light Hallertau hop presence to clean up the maltiness. Stylistically, its actually a little thicker than a typical dunkel would be, but this may be due to a bump in the chocolate malt to compensate for North American six row grains.

For me, this is actually a very nice session beer and my bias would rate this a little higher personally than I would for a review, because this is one of my favorite styles. That said, while very good, it's not a perfect effort and probably not as good as the original Atwater Dunkel, back when they were importing grains in 1997-98 under their original brewmaster.

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