Augustiner Bräu Dunkel - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 04-28-2003

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Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid .99EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 06.07.2005

The beer pours a clear brown base with a perfect medium-high caramel colored head, great retention and good lacing throughout. The smell is of wonderful roasted malts.

The taste is a little smokey and the malt flavor is nice and bold. It is very nice in the mouth, a little harsh at times, but it's smooth so it counters that. Wow, a classic dunkel that deems the label as a true session beer. Straight 4.0 beers usually get a little less credability but I personally love dunkels.

Final Thought: A great session beer and another classic from the master brewery now in dunkel form via Munich.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L flask on tap at Augustiner Keller in Munich.

Clear dark brown with orange and red highlights, and visible carbonation. Tan head is moderately thick and quite durable. Patchy lacing left on glass.

Aroma: simple and light aroma of medium malt with some faint floral hops.

T: Nicely malty and flavorful; very good sweet/bitter balance.

M: smooth; medium body; medium carbonation.

O: excellent example of style.

Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doughy, toffee, chocolate and caramel. Smooth, soft mouthfeel, with some nice burnt toast on the finish. Slight sweetness from the malts at the start, finishing dry and crisp. A very nice dunkel in the end, nice full, yet layed back mouthfeel, mouthfeel is nice and round aswell (Tap-GBBF 03')

Photo of Metalmonk
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brown/caramel color with a faint ruby shade underneath a modest, bubbly head. Decent carbonation, but I didn't notice much lace as I enjoyed the beer.

Smells malty, rich and sweet, with a slight roastiness.

Put to the lips, the flavor was sweet, with lots of malt character, also some ripe dark fruits and a slighty chocolate-candy sweetness. I detected a very faint trace of hops only. Hangs quite well in the mouth, rich, robust and somewhat creamy.

A fine example of that catch-call "dark German beer", but certainly nothing mindblowing.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Augustiner Bräu Dunkel
vom fass @ Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, DE
,5L for €3,90 at noon on Christmas day 2013

Dark nut-brown body beneath a vanilla-white head. Clear. Very good head retention and lacing. Burnt, roasty, and nutty in the nose with a hint of fruit and coffee beans. Roasty and toasty in the mouth with a small amount of dark chocolate, more nuts than the nose suggests, and a bit of fruit (mainly raisin). Medium bodied. Smooth, gently crisp carbonation.

Photo of Beertracker
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner Bräu Dunkel is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (50-55F). This Dunkles pours up rich & creamy into a house Willibecker (0.5L). A thick, cream colored head generously tops the deep reddish-chestnut brown body, but collapses gently leaving a halo of lace. The aroma is enticingly rich with lots of rich melanoidins & toasted grains that's reminiscent of freshly baked raisin bread with a slight nuttiness e.g. roasted almonds. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. carmelized raisins, fresh figs & plum pudding) interplay nicely against the cocoa & chocolate background. The flavor starts off just as rich with lots of grainy goodness along with some cloying (molasses) sweetness which gives into just a touch of underlying spiciness from the Noble hops that finally catch up to add some balance to this caramel/chocolate malt monster. There's just a touch of warmth in the slightly nutty-raisiny sweet finish. The body is medium-full to full bodied with just a perfect amount of carbonation. This would have to rate as one of the best damn Dunkels that I've had to date!

This is a wonderful, classic Dunkel from Munich's oldest brewery. Try pairing this one with hearty game like cherry-glazed venison steak or if you're in the mood for something more traditional then try a healthy plate of cold-cut Bierschinken (ham sausage with pistachios) served with soda bread, Butterkase cheese, thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish) along with a cherry-ginger chutney. Here's to the dark side!

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of matador677
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was in Munich Germany with my wife on our honeymoon and was at the Augustiner Keller one night and had the Augustiner Dunkel all night long:

Appearance - Dark Copper with large head and nice lacing around the edges of the glass

Smell - The hops character was easily distinguishable overall but the malt character was weak at first but finished almost like German style rye bread.

Taste - Has the great Munich Augustiner taste with a touch of walnut, roasted malt and cocoa powder

Mouthfeel- very crisp considering it was a darker beer not a hint of dry aftertaste.

Drinkability - Definitely a session beer. Maybe it was the atmosphere, maybe it was the people but I had 8 of these throughout the night and never thought twice about it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark brown, rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle: BBD Mar/14. Opened at the second ever Shrewsbury Bottle Share on 24th Feb 2014. Four of us partook in drinking this, an offering from my good self.

I've complained before about weak and watery Dunkel brews from Germany and beyond: no such worries with this lovely beer, it's far from weak or watery in nature.

Good looking brew too: very dark amber leaning towards brown with a mini red hue, on top a full and lasting head.

Sweet malty molasses rule the nose and taste, something my sweet tooth tends to like. Nothing complicated or special about this, but it is one of the better Dunkel beers I've come across so far.

It's not rich or creamy body wise but it carried the flavours nicely and is well worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of foles
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Augustiner brewery in Munich. It was served perfectly and had all the qualities of a good dunkel, along with that brewery fresh feeling. What I found unique about this dunkel was the slightly muddy/slippery/buttery mouthfeel which I thought was fantastic. It added to its drinkability although I could only have a couple of Dunkels in one sitting anyway.

This is an all-round classic and my favourite from the Brewery.

Photo of MTNboy
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The toasty malt aroma gets you right off the bat. There is a slightly metallic tone in both the flavor and the smell. It has a dark brown body with some little tan bubbles forming the tan head and lace. It has roasted malt taste but that is average for this style. It is a good beer. Do not get me wrong but it is average or less for this area. There is barely any hops bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color, verging on black, with a modest amount of sediment. Small but thick and sturdy cream-colored head and excellent glass-coating lace, with faint carbonation.

Aroma: Pronounced aromas of coffee, molasses, earthy notes, sweet alcohol, and lesser toasted malt.

Taste: Begins with slight carbonation that gently flows along the tongue, followed by caramel, molasses, and quite distinct, warming alcohol. Finishes a bit dry with mild lingering hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and velvety, quite excellent.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent beer, it whispers quality with every taste. Due to its rich character, it seems an ideal candidate for a dessert beer. It would also be quite pleasing on a dark and cold winter's day. A beer to be sipped and savored.

Photo of henkmudi
2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Smell like sour pickles, roasted beef or rotten potatoes. Head caramel color and short lasting. Sweetness and metallic taste prevail,with hint of orange and wood. too sweet, yet strong, hard, and not refreshing, i didn't like it, maybe worst German beer i tried so far. Disappointing.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Augustiner beer hall at the Karltsplatz in Munich.

Pours a ruby reddish brown with a big two finger tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Nose is malt and sweet caramel

Taste is heavy toasty malts, a little sweetness and a light hop bitterness on the finish.

Decent carbonation, not too much, make for a medium mouthfeel.

This is a nice drinkable dunkel, however the heavy malty body prevents this one from being a true session beer.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Augustiner beer hall on the Marienplatz, Munich

A - Dark, chocolately brown that is clear and fizzy. Slightly offwhite head that is fluffy and leaves great lacing.

S - Very malty with a touch of sweetness and grassy hops. Milk chocolate powder and wheat toast.

T&M - Great toasty malt with just a touch of sweetness to help balance this out. Hops add a hint of grassiness, but not quite as much as the Helles or Edelstoff. Moderate carbonation makes this a little dry.

D - Another sessionable beer and also goes great with German food. Lord knows German food is best seasoned with beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A dark brown beer with an enormous head.

The smell is very malty with notes of dark bread crust and a grainy smell. There is an 'green' edge to the beer that is a bit sharp.

The taste is malty with the specialty malts like munich giving the beer a deep taste. The maltiness is not as deep as I expected. The beer is sweet but not cloying, mouthfeel lacks a bit in depth. Bitterness is low.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a local pub

A- Dark brown, tends to shine with golden hints if seen through light. Head is not big but nicely creamy, and has a decent retention

S- Sweet malts and some caramel. Some smoke hints bring balance, otherwise it would be way too sweet

T- The malt, very sweet but delicate, is again dominat, despite the low ABV. Then hints of berries and herbal notes. After some shock you realize that you were not wrong, this beer has a honey taste: strange but again delicate, and well balanced by other flavours. Good, though the aftertaste is a bit metallic

M- This has a pretty strong and round body for the style, let's say that it is almost a bock. Still it has the typical smoothness of a Hell. Carbonation is perfect

D- Extremelity drinkable and still decently complex. That slight metallic aftertaste takes half a point away though

Nothing that is worth high praises, but sure a fine beer

Photo of Sigmund
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful chestnut colour, very good head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, oak and roasted malts, initially weak but improves as the beer warms up. Roasted malts and some caramel in the flavour, still a bit thin mouthfeel. Relatively short aftertaste without much bite. A decent Munich dunkel, but I did like the Neumarkter Lammsbräu better!

Photo of iLovehops23
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this one in Munchen, Bavaria on a perfect sunny summer day at the Augustiner brau hall. nice head retention over a clear mahogany/burnt amber body. the aroma is of a bready nature, though i could justify it being nutty as well. the flavor is bready too, but not rich enough to be nutty—clean, spritzy (once when i was a beer rookie i described a dunkel with the word "velvety") this beer is not velvety, nor should it be. the bitterness is minimal but hop flavor is good sweet and toatly german.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0.5l bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a decent, creamy off-white head, fair lacing. Aroma is nutty, caramel, bread, and a hint of wood. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, a hint of roasted malts, some dark fruits, and a hint of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated, dry, and crisp. Good dunkel, balanced and tasty.

Photo of TOMHONE
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of Munich's best beers which is saying much. This beer is for the true daily beer lovers. I wouldn't say it's as smooth as many a Belgium beers but the Dunkel version is something to look forward to. A great tasting full body beer and can be drank in large amounts as I can attest to. I was a recipient of generosity by the Augustiner brew master for we bought direct a 50L keg and brought it back to the states. To say the American beer drinkers were in ahhh of this brew is an understatement.

Photo of crnipeter
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle just slightly past the declared BB date (06. 2012). Dark coppery-brown body with garnet tint and good clarity gets overlain by rather thin light-tan head that dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, bread crust and nutty notes transfers to the flavor. The beer that lacks any inappropriate intense roasted flavors starts malty but never gets cloying and finishes dry with hop-bitterness and mild nutty aftertaste.
Creamy with sufficient carbonation teasing the palate. Very good.

Photo of atis
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark copper with reddish tint and tan head, leaves patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish malty with some caramel.

Taste is nice light roasted and bittery malty, hints of nuts, breadish and slightly sweet bittery aftertaste with some lemon. Very, very light mouthfeel, I did not like that and expected something better.

Overall, I really enjoyed the beer.

Photo of djura
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby oak color. Very dead in the glass,no foam and no bubbles. Maybe it is because it is expired in a month..
B - Very strong coffee aroma. Strongest i ever smell it. Also some caramel.
T/M - Roasted malt,very tasty,refreshing. A bit sweeter from caramel. Medium carbonation and bitterness. Also some strong alcohol aroma. I was expected more creaminess.

O - Very aromatic,but not the best taste.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this 500ml bottle on 16,12.2007, best by 01.08. Purchased in Munich a week before.
The appearence, when poured was the best bit; dark mahogony clear body with a full light tan head. Ruby tinge when held against the light.
The smell was very subdued, some maltiness just about evident.
The taste was a bit of a let-down (for me). Fairly bland really.
Not offensive, but not great either. Not quite the brew I had experienced on tap in Munich.
Better on tap.

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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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