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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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