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Frankenmuth Brown Hound Dunkel - Frankenmuth Brewery

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107 Ratings

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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:
Formerly Munich Style Dunkel Lager

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-15-2004)
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Extrajoker00, May 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

sparx1100, May 14, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Thorpe429, Apr 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

iemailjack, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

robo90124, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bluHatter
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

bluHatter, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Pillowburn, Mar 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

WastingFreetime, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

Knapp85, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of rlbthree
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

rlbthree, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

beerhunter13, Feb 14, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

Shibbykaiyai, Feb 08, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.4%

bootsdomino, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

EricCioe, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Bung
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

Bung, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

AlMarzo, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

MacStinson, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

rsitarski, Nov 20, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +3%

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.

DannyDan, Sep 16, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

divineaudio, Aug 07, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

scruffwhor, Jul 25, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

JordanEllwanger, Jul 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

GRPunk, May 22, 2011
Frankenmuth Brown Hound Dunkel from Frankenmuth Brewery
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