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Löwenbräu Premium Dark - Löwenbräu AG

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of Jason


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

05-23-2002 10:02:47 | More by Jason
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

07-19-2002 15:31:31 | More by jdhilt
Photo of DoubleJ


3.99/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

05-10-2013 16:08:54 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Dogbrick


2.9/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

09-23-2002 08:22:21 | More by Dogbrick

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2013 02:53:42 | More by WOLFGANG
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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


10-27-2002 09:56:05 | More by Bierman9
Photo of beerguy101


2.9/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

08-31-2003 02:49:49 | More by beerguy101
Photo of ADR


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

01-02-2003 09:21:44 | More by ADR
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.58/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

10-16-2003 13:49:22 | More by rastaman
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-07-2014 22:51:42 | More by Durandal_777
Photo of Rayek


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

11-21-2008 17:30:48 | More by Rayek
Photo of animal69


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-16-2012 03:48:33 | More by animal69
Photo of budgood1


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

03-22-2003 18:50:30 | More by budgood1
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-09-2012 17:17:37 | More by Damian74Shensky
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-17-2011 05:55:30 | More by codynevels
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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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06-05-2011 13:31:24 | More by flyingpig
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 06:01:39 | More by DOCRW
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-11-2012 16:47:49 | More by NightINgale
Photo of EagleTalon


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

04-19-2003 16:44:22 | More by EagleTalon
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-21-2013 01:45:44 | More by johntfox
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-13-2014 16:06:41 | More by innominat
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-03-2014 13:37:11 | More by Knoxrb12
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-06-2014 14:12:22 | More by speedvagen
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-04-2013 17:17:07 | More by MarkJBurch
Photo of everetends


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

05-13-2008 00:32:11 | More by everetends
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