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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of henkmudi
2.21/5  rDev -43%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of djura
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (265 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of TOMHONE
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color forming a medium white to yellow head. Good retention but only few lacings formed and left

S: Sweet caramel and toffee in the nose. Notes of roasted malts, Lager bready yeasts and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet toffee , caramel and roasted malts. Biscuity. Bready Lager yeasts and slightly hoppy bitter end

M: Light to medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Caramel malts aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great beer. Augustiner quality (529 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of skypup
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the Augustiner-Brau Beer Hall, Munich.

A - CLear, deep brown. Suprisingly small amount oh head, with little retention and some lacing.

S - Toasted malty, cereal grains, chocolate and hops.

T- Sweet, toasted malt balanced with bitter hops and hints of chocolate and toasted nuts.

M- medium bodied and medium carbonation.

D - Delicious beer. Worth having next time I'm in Munich. (399 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 (795 characters)

Photo of iLovehops23
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (909 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cherry amber with a nice carpet of taupe head that fades fast with no real lace. Nose is sour rye bread and cherry Blowpop. Red berries and brown bread plus a bit of smoke with grassy hops to finish and a bit of flint. Dry finish and tingly spice linger. Light, crisp, some chew.

Not a huge amount of experience, so tough to say if this is insubstantial or just to style. Drinks quick either way, but I've had better and worse. (435 characters)

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerShirts
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a Dark golden brown, looks to have a mild carbonation from the growth of head and bubbles rising in it,

S- Strong Malt, Toffee, sweetness in the end

T- Strong on the Malt with a nice balance between the sweetness and a light smoke taste

M- Thick body with a Medium Carbonation

D- Good Beer that goes great with a meaty meal (333 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,398 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
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! (870 characters)

Photo of atis
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (363 characters)

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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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