Augustiner Bräu Dunkel - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
01-12-2011 22:03:06 | More by StJamesGate
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
10-11-2010 01:01:47 | More by FLBeerGuy
3.3/5 rDev -15.6%
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
07-02-2010 17:00:34 | More by BeerShirts
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
04-09-2010 00:13:38 | More by mtstatebeer
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-22-2009 19:46:06 | More by MrIncognito
3.15/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
09-05-2009 04:29:32 | More by MTNboy
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-14-2009 13:33:22 | More by Jeffo
4.58/5 rDev +17.1%
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!
05-24-2009 13:16:46 | More by Domingo
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
02-10-2009 13:56:50 | More by atis
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-05-2008 21:13:31 | More by dasenebler
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
02-19-2008 15:52:59 | More by cichief
3.3/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
12-17-2007 10:31:57 | More by JohnfromDublin
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-06-2007 13:38:14 | More by foles
4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
10-14-2007 04:35:30 | More by matador677
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
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
08-04-2007 11:09:40 | More by seanyfo
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
07-17-2006 13:43:08 | More by haz77
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
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 nuttyclean, 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
07-04-2006 03:38:38 | More by bruachan
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
05-08-2006 13:18:46 | More by Metalmonk
3.83/5 rDev -2%
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 doesnt 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.
04-14-2006 00:19:04 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
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!
10-24-2005 05:07:41 | More by Beertracker
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
10-12-2005 20:07:48 | More by paterlodie
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
07-08-2005 17:11:14 | More by mobyfann
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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
06-05-2005 18:01:33 | More by cypressbob
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
10-07-2004 22:18:53 | More by kbub6f
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
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!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5
09-30-2004 19:30:44 | More by Bierman9
Augustiner Bräu Dunkel from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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