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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 139
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 23.38%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of matador677
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not sure why I'd never had this before, but I've VERY glad I did.
Had this at the Augustiner Am Dom in 05/09. Arrives in a 1/2L glass with the requisite 2" head. It's a pretty deep dark brown color with tiny amber highlights. Not much light is making it through this one, though.
Smells really malty and chocolatey, but clean.
The flavors up-front are chocolate, cola, a dash of hops, and the finish has a distinct molasses taste that I love in a dunkel. I love this stuff for sure.
Arguably the best example of the style and at least on par with the Ayinger and Andechs examples.
Goes down too easy and because there's no booziness to it, that flavor never really gets drowned out or muted.
If you're in Munich - you can get this at many of the Augustiner restaurants although it was nowhere to be found at the biergartens I visited.
Get it - you'll be glad you did!

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Photo of kbub6f
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small, fizzy, tan head dies fast leaving naked the clear, dark brown, ruby highlighted beer. Minimal lacing. A super malty, nutty, sweet, rich, awesome nose. Ya! Sweet plums and grapes in front with a chocolate, caramel, fruity, alcoholic, buttery middle. A finish that's nutty, nicely bitter with a touch of tart grapes. A very nice, rich, fruity, nutty, caramel malt monster. Even better warm, when it starts to develop some cream.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had at the Biergarten in Munich. Augustiner was the host brewery. Many having a dunkel in the bottom, and being a follower I had one as well. Poured a dark Carmely color but the head maintained a consistent level - continued lacing which people feel seems to matter.

Anyways, I will pretend I got a lot of caramel and chocolate....I think I did. Overall this beer was so smooth and just consistently good. There are not many dunkels I go for in the U.S....will need to keep my sights on this

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Photo of iLovehops23
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 01-06. Minimal head due to low carbonisation but a beautifull redbrown beercolor and totaly clear beer. Good nose showing lots of maltiness and good and sweet as one like this should. Very clean yeastpalate and smooth overall.
Great and full taste too as this one just aims for perfection . Great sweet maltyness with litle caramel, tiny bit of roast and a only slightly bitter taste. Strong cause of alcohol and noticeable too but still smooth mouthfeel that is enhanced by the low carbonisation. Yes this is a great exaqmple of the beerstyle and very enjoyable to me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of mobyfann
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Augustiner Grossgastatte in Munich.

A- Poured into a 1 liter mug, is very dark brown, with a very thick tan head.

S- Somewhat sweet and fruity, no noticeable hops though.

T- very malty but balanced, the beer finishes dry without any real bitterness.

M- very smooth, the beer coats our mouth, but isn't cloying, medium body.

D- Very drinkable, we had two liters and could have stayed for more if there weren't more beer halls in Munich to explore.

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Photo of foles
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Augustiner am Platzl, on to the beer:

Augustiner Dunkel features a ruby brown/chestnut color with reddish hues as it sits inside the mug. The head on top is fluffy, retains well, and gives off several waves of lacing. The nose is a sign of good things to come, with raisin, unsweetened chocoalte, and a touch of cocoa. Despite the sweet flavors, they're contained well and don't spoil the palate. Similar is the taste, which is a lovely taste of chocolate covered raisin and a note of dark chocolate as an extra layer, again well balanced. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very pleasant dunkel lager. This is a classic and worthy drink in the Munich tradition.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml serving in standard augustiner glass, vom fass, at the Augustiner Großgaststätte im Marienplatz

A - Agressive pour produces a deep copper chestnut body with a creamy think 3 finger head, lacing is very good.

S - lots of roasted rich malts, some bitter chocolate, breadiness..

T - Very bold in malt and bitterness, which softens in the aftertaste, to produce a slight toffee/chocolate flavouring, a good balance, maybe a little extreme on the roasted malt bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation

D - Good dunkle, but my opinion may be askew, as i had already had the edelstoff, and weissbier before this, and was full of schnitzel! Therefore, maybe the bitterness and high carbonation, made me feel a little uncomfortable!
Oh well, just need to go back to Munich for another sample :D

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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, not should it be. the bitterness is minimal but hop flavor is good


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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on tap in Munich.
This dark lager is a nice brown color, when held up to the light it shows deep amber notes. Malty flovors definitely dominate this brew, but they are accompanied by a bit of a burnt aroma and a hint of chocolate. Quite a dry beer over all. I also detect a hint of smokiness in the finish.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark copper body, some hints of very dark amber. Fairly thick lasting tan head

Smell, malty, some hint of musky, dry. Old blankets. Little caramel sweetness

Taste, quite sweet. Roasted malt, golden syrup. Estery

A tasty dunkel lager

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Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into my Augustiner beer glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big three finger medium-thick fluffy off-white head that slowly pops and recedes to a decent film cap. Head retains well. Color is a mahogany or rust brown, is perfectly clear, and has medium carbonation in the form of very small bubbles. A decent film remains and leaves some lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Sweet caramel malt and a good dose of toffee. A touch of toasted malt and bread in the background, but the sweet caramel and toffee are dominant. Decent strength as well.

TASTE: Lots of sweet caramel malt and toffee up front; everywhere really. A bit of rye bread through the middle and end as balance, but it's all about the sweeter malts here, without being overpowering. Aftertaste has some toffee, rye bread and a touch of tartness and chocolaty bitterness at the end. Well done.

PALATE: Full bodied and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. No bite at all. Definitely measures up to their vollbier hier. Great feel.

OVERALL: A great dunkles lagerbier for sure. Full bodied and enjoyable. The bolder flavors might make it tough to drink too many of these, but the one I had was a real treat. I also sampled this one on tap in Munich and it was a gem there as well. Recommended.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (500ml) in Munich -

A dark mahogany brown colour with hints of a dark amber throughout. The beer is clear and forms a large, off-white slightly brownish head that settles & slowly forms a thick lacing of a head.

Roasted malts mainly with toffee and some general sweetness with hints of chocolate making this a strong, pleasant smelling beer.

An excellent tasting roasted malt & nutty chocolate flavour and mild aftertaste that is almost bitter free. Hints of toffee throughout make for a well balanced beer.

This smooth dunkel is medium bodied & very well balanced making it very easy to drink and quite crisp for a dark beer.

A really nice dunkel & a welcome change from my usually preference of lighter beers. This one was easy to drink & would make a great tasting session beer.

1001 Beer you must try:

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark bronze; clear; big, cream-colored head

Aroma: Roasted malt; sweet; dried fruit

Taste: Good toasted malt with balanced sweetness; not complex, but well-balanced and refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of crnipeter
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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