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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 04-28-2003)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +16%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.1%

weeare138, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

DoubleJ, May 11, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

chinchill, Aug 16, 2012
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).

stcules, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +3.1%

tbeckett, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Bierman9, Sep 30, 2004
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.

StJamesGate, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Metalmonk, May 08, 2006
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.

Jeffo, Jul 14, 2009
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')

rastaman, Oct 02, 2003
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.

Pegasus, May 03, 2003
Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

CoryR, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +3.1%

animal69, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

Absumaster, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Danny1217, May 17, 2013
Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

brandon911, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

FLBeerGuy, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of paterlodie
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

paterlodie, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jrohrbacher, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +16%

AnitaBrewski, Dec 24, 2012
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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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