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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 civilizedpsycho
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of Bung
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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Photo of Jparker37
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Nice cap of light tan head. Dark brown with great clarity when held to light. No lacing.

S - Nice malty profile. I get caramel, honey and nutty tones. Nothing over the top like roasted or dark chocolate smells. Has a little bit of a cider-like aroma in there too.

T - Malty with gentle caramel again. It has a little bit of some green apple character. Has a little bit of bitterness that balances out the little bit of sweetness it has.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, Semi-sweet.

O - Smelled like a solid dunkel with its malt emphasis without exceeding extreme dark grains but had a little twang underneath it all. The taste had an even bigger apple-like quality and also a more boring malt take. Good feel and good appearance.

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Photo of The_Blodge
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Detroit Tigers Old English "D" mug from a bottle.

A: Very dark amber. Beer is very clear with frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malted grain. Bread and toast with traces of alcohol. Almost a gingerbread cookie smell underneath it all.

T: Bitterness comes quickly before the malt sweetness really gets to the tongue. Pleasant malty finish, just bitter. Straw and grassy.

M: Thinner bodied than I was expecting. Clean beer with mild carbonation leaving a creamy texture on the tongue.

O: A good beer, just not what I was expecting. I was hoping for a bit more malt character to shine through. More bitterness and less body than I would have liked. Not a bad beer, just not a great one.

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Photo of redmosquito
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness date to be found.

a - pours a deep mahogany and forms a finger of tan head that dissipates quick. for the remainder i get a thin film and a few spots of lacing.

s - toasted pumpernickel, raisin and notes of spice.

t - my first thought is that this tastes kind of flat. not carbonation wise, more like there is no depth to the flavor profile. i get some toasted bread with a slight bitterness and a dry finish.

m - thin for the style with too much carbonation.

o - not a bad beer, but seems to be missing a few key style elements. mainly the depth of flavor, body and smoothness. i hope the other frankenmuth beers have more to offer than this.

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Photo of david131
3.07/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to n8dietz for the Michigan brew hook-up.

Toaste ruby and caramel in color and a nice medium khaki head and foam. Good lacing after each sip and great foam retention. Nice bubbling too.

Tart toasted malt with a little roast in the aroma. Crisp tart fruity nose as well. Not doing it for me style wise.

Taste is equally tart as the aroma. Ripe green apple yeast mixed with toasted and very litle roasted malt. Apple start, faint biscuit middle with just a touch of roasted bread crust. The tartness is the dominating flavor and feel throughout the whole beer. Not bad, but not a dunkel I will buy again.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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