Kneitinger Dunkel Export - Brauerei Johann Kneitinger
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4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Finally getting around to reviewing Kneitinger's Dunkel. I started with 6 bottles, now down to my last one, and damn they were great. Got fresh, 2 months old, I'm hoping, shipped almost directly from the brewery to me in Frankfurt.
I think I've had their entire lineup now, so here's to them!
Appearance: A vanilla, almost tan head of fine bubbles under a beer that's dark chestnut with some maroon, a hint of red and brown, not black - after all this is a Dunkel, not a Schwarzbier. Just looking at it, I imagine I'm viewing a liquid chocolate cake with white icing on top.
Aroma: Lots and lots of roasted malts, licorice, dark candy sugar, some hint of sugared plums... altogether, wow.
Flavor: Basically, similar to the aroma, but not as complex in the first sip.
But on further intimate inspection, it reveals itself to be incredibly complex. In the front, you get a little tartness and faint bitterness but more a burnt flavor, yet not unpleasant; rather, it's more like the umami of blackened Cajun chicken with some sweet caramel thrown in.
In the middle, here's the bitterness, finally, but again, not much. It's got that umami thing again, but less on the sides. The middle is the first tastes of a dab of licorice, and wow...roasted malts! It tastes like their main ingredients were geröstes Malz (roasted malt), Caramünchen III and/or Carafa III from Weyermann, and Chocolate malt, but I'm guessing that was a small percentage compared to the geröstes or the Cara malts.
In the back, basically the same flavors, but here it's utterly dominated by the geröstes and Cara malts. It's also got lost of caramel from a München malt, but only about half compared to a Märzen or other highly caramelized beers from Bayern. In the back, I get more, very strong burnt flavors, again in line with blackened chicken notes, very earthy but this gives the beer a bitter-sweet mix unlike a hoppy beer; rather, again, it gives it a complexity of roasted meat, without the meat flavors, and nothing at all like rauchmalz. I'm not sure any of you can imagine what I'm talking about, can you? Again, in the back, you get a hint of tartness, almost sour but not quite, so you get bittersweet and sweet and sour together.
Aftertaste is all roasted and caramel malts,..lovely.
Mouthfeel: thick, warm, typical Bayern feeling in beer. Wonderful and gemütlich.
Overall: A WOW beer. It's not only got the roasted and caramel malts of other beers, its both bittersweet and sweet-and-sour, tart actually, not sour, all mixed together. The sweet, roasted malt are the core and predominate with a small surface of caramel. Yet they don't overwhelm due to the bitterness of the roasted and umami/burnt flavors weaving within them, giving them a structure to hang on. The bold flavors draw you to it, and make you sit up and notice this beer. The individual complexity is, however, what brings you back and back to see what else is inside, allowing this beer to keep it's interest over the full part of the mouth, and depending on where you guide the beer in on your tongue, you can experience different beers and at least aspects of it. Simply, a WOW beer. One the best in the land.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 16:36:55 | More by boddhitree
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Had this on-tap at the source some years ago, lovely bar and beer garden: this review however is of a 500ml bottle which is out of date by 6 days.
Poured into my 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard. I've seen lighter 'Schwarzbier', this really is a dark brown coloured beer, a red tint shows when held to a light: the head was full and of tightly massed tan coloured bubbles.
The nose is of malty, treacle molasses and plenty of them, nothing else could get through, so heavy was the molasses aroma.
The taste is also majoring on malts and sweet ones at that. There are hints of liquorice once you get passed the massed ranks of maltiness, the liquorice also appears in the nose as the beer warms in the glass. The beer has a distinct bitterness towards the end of each sip, not sure if it's hop based or from the dry liquorice feel.
I can remember the Currywurst I had with the on-tap beers at the brewhouse, it complimented the beer very well: today I'm having good quality Salami with it, again goes well.
A very nice beer indeed, well carbonated and easy to drink: especially if you prefer the sweeter type of brew like me.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2012 12:50:21 | More by BlackHaddock
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sampled a couple of 0.5l glasses (2.70EU) of this Dunkel while chowing down some Currywurst mit Pommes at the Gäststätte on 28Sep07.
Poured a clear mahogany, topped by a frothy, creamy, tan head, sitting at about 1/2". Foam lasts well, with A-1 lacing. An attractive brew to start. Nose is mild, though some malt roastiness is detected. A low key aroma. Body is a bit less than medium, unfortunately, though it still has a smooth feel on the palate.
Flavor kicks off with light sweetness, a touch of caramel and toffee highlighting the start. Some roasty, bitter qualities are also evident, adding positively to the mix. Finish is dry, with light hopping making a cameo. Malt lingers a bit, taking over from whatever hops may have appeared. Fairly good, all in all.
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4
Serving type: on-tap
10-07-2007 15:27:57 | More by Bierman9
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the Kneitinger tap on Arnulfsplatz in Regensburg.
Solid appearance. Deep chestnut brown with sturdy white, foamy head. Clean aroma of dark malt with hints of crusty dark bread. Very smooth on the palate. On the milder side with notes of toffee. Nice, sessionable dunkel.
Serving type: on-tap
02-05-2007 22:33:59 | More by petemoss14
3.08/5 rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Dark mahogany color, brownish head, not very beautiful.
The smell is roasted malt, liquorice, plum. And caramel.
The taste starts with a dusty impression, then some bitterness (liquorice), and caramel. A full taste, that fills the mouth with roasted notes.
Aftertaste with a comeback of bitterness and roasted. Roasted malts, and a notes of cocoa, with average duration. Quite well balanced.
Good beer, in the style, but not exceptional.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2005 18:15:08 | More by stcules
Kneitinger Dunkel Export from Brauerei Johann Kneitinger
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