Augustiner Bräu Dunkel - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 13
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 stcules
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Winy-like red, mahogany reflexes. Decent foam, with medium compactness, but a little scarce.
The smell is malty, honey, chestnut wood, toffe, light caramel, dried plums, vanilla.
After some while, a smell of corn flavour is perceptible.
Taste of malt and honey, with hints of fruitness (berry fruits and apricot). Delicate taste, not so net how you can expect by the smell.
Medium-medium-low body, with an aftertaste fruity (citrus fruit, orange, strawberry, apricot). (468 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 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 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 JohnfromDublin
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (463 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 rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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') (293 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time try on this Bier....sampled during a post-Fest session with BierManVA and his friend Mark....

Has a luscious chestnut/mahogany hue... clear throughout... topped by a frothy, tan head which lasts well and laces nicely. Verrry mild nose, with some light malt...hard to discern subtleties here. Medium body, and medium tongue, though with a slight touch of roughness which does not diminish the overall feel. Nice caramel malt flavor...smooth, too. A smidge of chocolate, but real light. Finish is smooth as well, with mild hops balancing the caramel sweetness. Only slightly bittering. A decent Dunkles, enjoyed in the company of good friends!

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

755 (761 characters)

Photo of haz77
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep reddish-chestnut with an inch of tan head. This drops to a thin layer rapidly. Looks to have moderate carbonation.

S - Rich malt dominates, toastiness, caramel, a little ripe dark fruit.

T - Bold malt flavour at first that turns to caramel in the middle. This lingers and is joined by some fruitiness.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - A decent dunkel. (384 characters)

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 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 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 Metalmonk
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Initially poured a pretty cloudy reddish brown color with a 1/4" head of small tan bubbles at first. The head disappeared within a minute or so to leave just a small thin ring across the top of the beer. No bubbles rising to report.

Aroma: The aroma smells like this beer may have some age on it. It has a super rich Munich malt character that is the dominating force. There is also a very dominant Melanoidin profile that is unmistakable. There is a bit of caramelly sweetness here, but once you get down to this point, there is some papery and vinous aromatics that hint at the beers age.

Taste: The flavor is also super rich and dominated by the Munich malt and Melanoidins. The flavor is really earthy, and the oxidative aromas are not quite so huge. There is a plum favor along with some other dried ripe fruit flavors here. There are no hops to speak of at all, and they must just knock down some of the sweetness. The balance is malt driven the whole time. The finish has a bit of dryness that is most likely imposed by the richness of the malts and Melanoidins. The age also gives it a bit drier impression.

Opinion: This is a great beer, but this particular example has some age on it. This is a pretty light style, so it doesn’t age too well. I really like this beer, and think that it is a shame that there is no expiration/manufacture date to go by. I will drink it again, and just keep my fingers crossed that it is fresh. (1,457 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 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 dasenebler
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown with red highlights. Frothy head with large bubbles. Dissipates to a ring. Aroma is of darker malts and tartness.

Taste is nice with some good chocolates and subtle coffee flavors coming from the malts. The slightest touch of dark fruit. Low bitterness, but there is a tartness from the hops, I would assume. This beer is a little too fizzy for me-- too much like a soda. But overall, the mouthfeel was desirable and very drinkable. Tasty and worthwhile. (475 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)

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 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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (784 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)

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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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