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Löwenbräu Premium Dark - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 22
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served at the Spatenhof, already poured into a 500 ml mug by the staff. On to the beer:

The beer arrived with two fingers of head, a light chestnut color with amber hues, and leaving a few strings of lace around the mug. The aroma is pleasant, not too sweet. Mild toast and raisins comes to mind....hmmm, raisin toast? Having previously tasted a Lowenbrau Original in the state years ago, I had a dampened impression of the brand, only to be pleasantly surprised how this tasted. It has a deep taste; toasted with some raisin, light grassiness, chocolate covered raisins, yet never goes too sweet. It also feel nearly full bodied and very smooth.

A very good surprise indeed. I wouldn't mind to see this variety imported into the states.

Photo of kvnstfrd
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. mug.
This beer pours a gorgeous dark amber to brown, but crystal clear with an off-white head that lingers a while. Not a strong aroma, but what is there is dominated by sweet, grainy malts. The flavor is dominated by roasted malty sweetness with a nice light hop finish, just enough to balance the malts. The body is medium with enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of Dentist666
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Russia by InBev, 4.5% ABV.
Pours dark brown beer with two-finger bubbly beige head. Good caramel aroma and a taste is caramel too, slightly roasted. Well-balanced bitterness, light body, moderate carbonation. A water of the brew seems not very well to me. That's probably a difference between original german beer and local licensed. Anyway, it's a good one.

Photo of flyingpig
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark mahogany colour with hint of ruby, bordering on black with a thin cap after the huge, brownish-white head fades away.

Clean smelling. A mix of roasted malts & caramel with not much else that is noticeable. It could have done wilth be a little more complex.

Not the most complex dunkel but it's not a bad beer. Roasted malts & barely account for most of the flavour with a little sweetness in the background with some caramel, then a semi-bitter finish.

Smooth with a light fizz in a beer that is on the light side of medium bodied. It goes down well, but not overly.

A pretty average dunkel here in most respects, it is pleasant enough but it is also pretty straightforward & lacking in complexity.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/09/2010- from notes.

Green 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights topped off with a one finger khaki colored head. Pretty good retention and decent lacing.

S- Muted caramel malt.

T- Malts are much more evident as well as a caramelish sweetness and a little something else that I cant put my finger on.

M- Medium bodied, not much carbination. A little sticky but not in a bad way.

D- One of the best Dunkel's I've had, definitely wish I'd picked up more than one.

Photo of engisch
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I was in Munich this was one of a few bottles that I stashed in my back pack when I was heading out on the train. As the dunkel style was the hardest to come by (even in Munich), I figured I'd get a few "darker" beers on my way out.

This beer pours a light amber brown that nearly looks like perfection in a beer. It is darker, but not excessively. It doesn't have much in the aroma, but what is there is dominated by sweet and grainy malts.

The body is nice with a light carbonation, and the flavor is dominated by sweetness. It is malty and sweet with a good light hop balance. It is quite typical of any Munich beer to be light on the hops, but have just enough to balance the malts.

This is one of the better Dunkels that I have had, and if I am to see this again, I will definitely pick more up!

Prost!

Photo of germanbeerluvr
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer in the resturant at the top of the Zugspitze (highest mountain in Germany). I did not even know this beer had a dunkel version, but I was suprised how good it was. I am partial to darker beers so this will make a nice addition. Rich smooth taste, nice laceing and foamy head. If you can find a beer dist. who can get it for you, I would definately recommend trying it.

Photo of Rayek
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany color with a fizzy tan head. OK head retention. Leaves a bit of lace.

S: Mostly dark roasted malt scents. Maybe a touch of grass.

T: Simple and straightforward. Dark malts dominate with a roasted flavor that sits on top of more subdued pale malts. Bitterness is just high enough to balance, but doesn't add a ton of flavor. Finishes with a lingering bready flavor.

M: Medium-light body has a bit too much fizz.

D: not spectacular, but still pretty decent. I wouldn't turn this down if it were offered to me.

Photo of kinger
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty standard fare here, used to be a dirt cheap sixer back in the day. Seems harder to come across now. Weak aroma very grainy, nice dark pour moderate head. Very quenching and drinkable. Flavor has some bite to it, good maltiness and very little hop presence. Average dunkel but decent for the buck.

Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I miss this beer so, can't find it anywhere and had to stretch the case I had until the brink of it going bad. 12oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Dark Amber, but clear. Had nice off white head that built and remained, giving great lacing.

A: Malt and hops, your basic needs, if you are looking you might find some caramel and chocolate.

T: Malt, nuts, light chocolate, and light bitter hops.

M: Has good carbonation that keeps this beer from being too heavy. Crisp and refreshing.

D: It very easy to loose six of these at a time. Very tasty but still light. I miss the hell out of this brew.

Photo of BeerBeing
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green glass longneck generic bottle, white/gold/blue on black label

Appearance: clear reddish brown color, large tan head, sticky lacing

Smell: caramel, malt, hops, minor herbs

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, roasted malt on sweet side, nicely balanced hoppy bitterness

Notes: very solid brew, refreshing and very drinkable

Photo of Scoats
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A prime example of the Munich Dunkel style of beer. This is probably the best dunkel in Munich. This style sadly isn't too easily gotten anymore, even in Munich. Very flavorful in a extremely balanced way. This is the very essence of beer, no extremes - no crazy ABV, no mega-hopping, just a wonderful, drinkable brew.

Photo of rastaman
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mine was under the the name "Dunkel" not dark. Served ice cold on tap, had to let it warm up a touch before i could taste anything at all. Pretty simple stuff, light caramelly, with a kinda short finish, sweetish, with minimal bitterness. Uncomplex and pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Dmann
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another Oktoberfest offering, I had this one with a bratwurst and it went great. The beer was a dark amber color with a small off white head. The smell was very light and was mostly of malt. The taste was smoothe with a definantly dominate malt character and not much hop at all. No aftertaste to speak of. This is a very clean tasing beer that you could drink alot of if you wanted to, but it is not very exciting in the end.

Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, medium head. Nice malted, slightly roasted malts, some malt sweetness. Good hop balance. Nice flavor, perhaps a little mild? . Mouthfeel is full. The "original Munich formula". A change from the Lowenbrau of a few years ago? Very nice. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer for a mass-produced dark lager. This is one that I will buy again and again. Low tight off-white head that faded to a thin foamy ring that stuck around for good. Sweetish fresh malt aroma with hints of caramel/chocolate/toffee--nice! The flavor makes good on the aroma's promise. It's taste is on the sweet side with low hoppiness and prominent malty flavors that suggest caramel malt and maybe Munich malts. Nice toasty finish that lingers on the tongue--good. Mouthfeel not exceptional but not bad either. Very quaffable if you don't mind the sweetness.

Photo of budgood1
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a deep and dark auburn colour, reddish highlights appear when held up to a light. thin fizzy head. little head and little lace. smells of fruity malts; choco/toffee notes undeniable. taste pretty much the same....medium to light body produces flavors of roasted malts....fuit cake hints...floral hoppiness. it all makes for an enjoyable dark munich-style lager. finishes a bit dry, but yet thirst quenching. easily drinkable and rather satisfying.

Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer from a sample pack of "beers of the world"...

Dark brown chestnut color with a pale tan head of about a 1/4 of an inch. Head is fairly much gone in 25 seconds. Slight bits of milk chocolate to the aroma. Flavors are toasty and bread-like, some caramel, and leavened by considerable medium-bodied carbonation. Hops are a little difficult to pick out. While this beer seemed a little too much on the malty side for my tastes, the mouthfeel makes a decent and creamy drinkable counter argument. Pretty good brew.

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oddly, this bier was called "Ludwig Thoma Dunkel" on a few menus I saw, yet the bottle shown me at the Zieglerkeller in Dachau was Lowenbrau Dunkel. Go figure... Had a medium-dark brown color, with a little garnet thrown in for good measure. Its tan head thins quickly, with a minimum of glass-lacing. Great color; poor head. Nose gave off some mild malt and caramel notes. Body was mid-range, but it was verry smooth on the tongue....a nice little caress as it goes down. The Dunkel has a super combo of malt, a little roastiness and good caramel. Despite a hint of bitterness near the end, it finishes very smoothly. Prosit!!

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

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would classify this as a Schwarzbier or a Munich Dunkel, although it is definitely not up to par with most of either variety. This is a very unobtrusive brew, but it needs more of a kick to be anything special. Mild malty flavor, very dark with a minimal head and lacing.

Photo of jdhilt
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good - nice and dark, tastes good - some maltiness with some hops, not overpowering, but hardly any nose. This one was brewed by Löwenbräu in Toronto and is much better than when Miller had the license to brew it in Milwaukee.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz green twist ... "Original Munich Formula" is stated on the label. No freshness date seen.

Appearance: Deep rich brown colour with a frothy tan lace ... looks appetizing.

Smell: Clean ... faded caramel, light creamed coffee and a hint of herbal hop.

Taste: Medium bodied with a little chewiness in the beginning. Crisp mouth feel ... dark malt characteristics kick in a little giving a light twang to the palate. Small kiss of hop help to balance the sweetness and go hand and hand with a carob roasted malt flavour. The finish gets even better with a dark bready taste that lingers with a mild residual sweetness.

Notes: Yummy! Great when paired up with a ruben on dark rye ... nice mellow dark malt character, a decent drink for sure.

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Löwenbräu Premium Dark from Löwenbräu AG
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