Angel City Dunkel | Angel City Brewery & Beer Garden

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Angel City DunkelAngel City Dunkel

Brewed by:
Angel City Brewery & Beer Garden
California, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BrewMaster on 11-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by BrewMaster:
Photo of BrewMaster
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was also a special treat released early from the brewery to a friend of mine. The brew is very dark with just a bit of dark red light coming through. The tan head on top is very creamy but dissipates quickly to a light layer of bubbles. The aroma is seet and fruity. It reminds me of tangy berries or currants. The flavor is sweet and roasty with more of the tangy berries. Very well flavored beer. The texture is a bit thin though.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Angel City's newest beer in their portfolio, they use six different malts and a decoction mash.

Towering pillowy light tan head, with retention at a maximum as it clings to the glass all the way down. The head rolls up the glass, which shows off some of the body. "Dunkel" is right: This is the deepest, darkest brown we have ever seen--just a few shades lighter than black. Big malty aroma, sweet with toasted grain, hint of toffee and faint chocolate. Rich, malty, medium body with more than enough crispness to go around. A huge mouthful of toasted malt with a ghost-like roasted flavor that never peaks. Clean in the mouth. Hops are mild in comparison to the malt, but still drawn in an acceptable amount of bitterness and flavor. Long strolling maltiness that finishes semi-sweet and toasty.

Extremely drinkable, even for a dark beer with a bit of girth. Sometimes complexity and drinkability can clash, but with this Dunkel there is a marriage between the two--even when the toasted character is in your face. A grilled NY sirloin with mashed red potatoes and mustard greens did the trick for a pairing.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Angel City Dunkel pours from the bottle a deep dark brown with a 1/2" of bubbly light tan head on top. Deep garnet when held up to the light. This brew looks nice. Aromas of dark roasted malts dusted with cocoa and a big fruity aroma. A touch of caramel moves in as well as notes of cherry and strawberry. Hint of butterscotch lurking in the back.

First sip brings a roasty, toasty maltiness with swirls of caramel and some powdered cocoa accents. A bit nutty along with red fruit flavors. The brew finishes clean with a light bitterness and a dash of smokiness. Pretty good stuff overall, definetly an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is malty, smooth and a touch creamy...albiet a bit on the thinner side. Overall this was a tasty lager that I wouldn't mind drinking again, the best of the Angel City brews I've sampled so far. Worth a shot if you're looking for something different.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Never have been impressed with this brewer, but was able to get a bottle for $1.99, so what the hell. Pours clear brown with a medium tan head. Weak grainy aroma with a tiny bit of nuts and baker's chocolate. Taste is equally weak. Cocoa, caramel, smoked almonds and grain, but in such quantities you would think this is a light beer. Skip it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't know.
I live and work in Los Angeles and really want to like this beer but of the 3 different ones I've tried, I just can't stomach Angel City beers.
Poured a dark amber with red tones and a modest head that disappeared to a very thin ring of lacing quickly.
Aroma was sweet malt and vinegar...and this is a fresh bottle.
Taste is sort of like the aroma. Sweet malts that turn sour with a vinegar taste on the end.
Mouthfeel is bubbly...way too much carbonation in the mouth that should have been in the head.
Aftertaste of sour and salt mostly.
Not again.

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz.brown bomber with a single large, colorful label with no freshness date. It pours a slightly hazed dark mahogany brown with a smokey beige dense head of a finger. The heads settles eventually and leaves some sticky lace clinging.

Slightly sweet grainy malt that grows big and roasty in the nose. Grainy, bready dark malt with a touch of alcohol and hops that lend a smokiness to the finish.

I tastes just like it smells with a nutty roast and toasty toast that is well balanced and finishes clean. Medium full body with spot-on carbonation and the alcohol well hidden.

A very easy drinker and a good interpretation of this style...bottoms up!

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Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Bixby Knolls Long Beach. Pours a cloudy brownish-blackish with a finger of tan head with some good retention and fair lacing to it. Aromas of banana, fig, chocolate, esters, light phenols and wheat. Tastes of roasted malts, banana esters, some tart fruitiness and a roasty chocolate finish. Moderate to full bodied with a silky feel. This is quite good, pleasant surprise, I happily drank this pint and would do it again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown clear beer. After I drank some and made room in my Paulaner Weissbier glass I went back for any yeast that might be on the bottom. The addition of the yeast clouded it up considerably and formed a beautiful thick brown head.

Smell is strongly of strawberries, sweet and fruity smelling with a faint odor of chocolate and rum. Lesser scents of tart fruit and figs. The expected scents of cloves and banana are missing completely. After this warms up a bit the scent of leaf tobacco appears. Later on still a sherry like scent of walnuts appears.

Taste is thick and malty with a sharp sourness and strong strawberry flavor. More of a Dunkel fruit beer. The fruit flavor is so strong I am sure there is a flavoring extract added to this. Chocolate and milky flavors makes this taste much like strawberry yogurt. Mild roasted malt flavors slight coffee in the after taste. Nuts appear after your taste buds adapt to the tart twang.

Mouthfeel is damn thick milkshake like.

Drinkability is hard to decide on this one. This is only the second review of this beer and I do think it is misclassified. What we have here is a very dark wheat beer with a substantial strawberry flavor; it really needs to be classified as a fruit beer or a milk/sweet stout. As a Dunkel Weizen this is a flop as it is deficient in having almost none of the characteristics. On the basis of fit to style I serious considered holding this beer to it's claimed style and trashing it. But this is not a bad beer just a weird and unique one. Honestly this was a good experience that I can recommend.

The fruit and sweet and sour nature of this beer makes a very good choice for pairing with a salad, Dessert, or Chocolate.

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Photo of jjh19
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A medium brown color, varying bubble size in the head
Smell: A touch of hops in the nose, not a ton of aroma
Taste: I got a good deal of smokiness in my initial taste, along with some burnt maltiness
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth
Drinkability: Not bad. An extremely neutral recommendation.
Odds and Ends: Overall, not impressed by the visual vibe of Angel City - gradients and Miami Vice color scheme. The bottle label does not inspire confidence in the beer that's inside.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving a trace of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Woody nose. Starts sweet/sour, fizzy cherry flavor, sour fruit finish. Different dunkel, all I was expecting was a dark lager. $2.99 for a 22oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with some hints of ruby. Light brown head that settles to a light cap pretty quickly.

S: Way more going on here than I was expecting. A little freshly baked bread, banana, roasted malt, brown sugar and a bit of maple syrup.

T: Smooth and slightly nutty malts upfront, banana, bready malts and a touch of coffee on the finish. Pretty solid take on the style. The mouthfeel is much thicker than I expected and really enhances the flavors.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber. Poured into a tall pils glass. The head was slow to build and faded rather quickly. Ruby red to brown body.

Nicely toasted malts that are rich and have some nice depth added to the body of this brew. A touch of bitterness towards the end helps this stay balanced. Hints of bakers chocolate lay in the underbelly. Very smooth and delicate mouthfeel. I really cant find anything glaringly wrong with this offering. The appearance is much to look at but where the rubber hits the road this is a success.

Notes: I think this is my favorite brew from Angel City and I have noticed the quality of this brewer getting better. Although most of their offerings are in the safe range it works out perfect for this style. Not alot of thinking here just sit back and enjoy this traditional beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut in the glass with some modest lacing. Fairly coarse carbonation but enough for pleasant mouthfeel. Rich and winey flavors ending with an appropriate touch of hoppy bitterness. They claim six malts in this, and it does have a range of roasted flavors that seem to work well together. Touch of licorice and a little charred sugar. Fairly sharp, more so than typical big malt beers, so it's not too sweet.

By far my favorite beer from Angel City. Interesting because Dunkels and other sweet malty beers are really susceptible to bacteria moving in. Some of their other brews have not lasted so well and this is probably not a recent brew since it was an orphan on the bottom shelf at the beer store.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber with a standard brass colored crown cap and a colorful 1930’s art-deco style label with the words Angel City Brewing. Gold lettering has the beer listed as “Angel City Dunkel – is a rich dark lager, decoction brewed to bring out the seamless blend of six different malts and Germans hops“. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Deep dark brown body with a light tan head that fills two-thirds of my HB München Litre Glass with little effort even with a careful pour. Good overall presentation.

Nose: Mmm, reminded me initially of that fine powdered Cocoa chocolate sprinkled on cakes and desserts. Roasted malts with a dark chocolate background. Dark fruits too.

Taste: Roasted malts with a dark caramel and a woody nuttiness in the back third. The malts have a smoked feel with some bitterness that stays around long into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels a tad thin but this makes it easy to drink, yet it can overwhelm the experience with the flavors a bit, the carbonation and smooth body helps to balance this out.

Drinkability: Very quaffable with a lovely mix of flavor and light mouthfeel to make easy work of the whole Bomber, even late on a night.

Overall: Cost $2.99 during a recent raid at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa. I’m not usually that big on Dark Lagers but this is an enjoyable Dunkel that is a nice change of pace. A recommended try given the price.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with ruby highlights; one of the most attractive heads I have ever seen on a lager - rich and foamy with plenty of lace

Smell: Hints of German black bread and chocolate; not strong, but you wouldn't expect that from the style

Taste: Opens with a toasty black bread flavor, that is complemented by mid-palate with hints of chocolate and coffee and, surprise, some bitter hops; after the swallow, the hops continue to make a spicy appearance and make a nice complement to the bready flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, almost creamy; with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A Munich Dunkel with which to reckon; one of the best I have had in the style; a little of the West Coast attitude but that marries well with the basic style of the beer

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Photo of supermanjace
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see that we have a local brewer in LA attempting to really bring a wide array of styles to the local market. San Diego really seems to have taken the cake lately with Alesmith's Yule and just about ever goddamn thing Stone puts out (even their '07 Vertical EPIC is good again).

I have yet to try any of the other brews from Angel City, but this Dunkel was a nice intro.

It pours very evenly. Almost no head and no lacing. It is a caramel brown top to bottom.

The smell is nice though not particularly complex. Overall, this is my problem with this beer. It is typified in the aroma. Nothing stands out. They fear to fail and while they never do, because they fear it so greatly they never quite excel either.

THE taste is unmistakably Belgian. Though the more I taste of the Trappist style brews, the more I learn, I must confess this just doesn't have the same hoppy complexity that I appreciate in more local craft brews. However, having just had an Trappist Roquefort 8 and 10 this weekend, I think I know the genre well. For a local edition to the style, I must say this is an excellent effort, without the tradition to fall back on.

The mouthfeel I dig. Smooth in what I consider a potentially mealy brew, this is nice in it's consistency. I cannot say it is the best I have had, but I like that they have produced an even handed , if ultimately under distinguished batch.

Again, while it does not challenge you, it is absolutely drinkable, maybe because of that fact. You can drink a pint or two of this and enjoy the first drink as much as the last.

Again, this isn't perfect, but for a fella who doesn't typically dig Belgian's I find this a very nice intro to the market, and a particularly nice accomplishment for a local LA upstart.

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Photo of cwok1980
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this beer with lunch, darkish brown color, has a slight ale like aftertaste but is refreshing and does not fill you up fast, don't know the alcohol content but probably higher than most beers. Very good dark lager, has some of the roasted malt characteristics that I love in stouts. I'm a big fan of this beer and brewery, especially since they are a local product.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz. bottle poured to a gargantuan glass mug ( that my brother-in-law/ host insisted be used). My first taste of an Angel City brew; picked up yesterday at BevMo - La Mesa for just $3.29.

A: Head is colossal, at least 4 fingers of glittering pearl-ivory that drops slowly over several minutes. It reduces finally to a half inch of creamy froth and leaves scattered patches of lace behind. Liquid is very dark brown and shows ruby/mahogany highlights, good clarity and evenly-spaced carbonation in the sunlight.

S: Malty barley/cereal aroma and a spicy chocolate. I think that's hops (Saaz?) I smell, but honestly it seems closer to mild chile pepper! This lager yeast has an odd aroma that goes beyond the familiar metallic/tinny twang. From sniff to sniff it goes from being heavy and rather unappealing to being enticing. Hard to score it, but I'll rate a little above 'average' because it's interesting.

T: Surprising upfront hop bite, a spicy, lightly piney mix that casts a blanket over the maltiness I expected from this. It's and interesting mix of German hops and multiple malts - they do offer a nice nuttiness and some caramel. The lingering spiced sweet flavor reminds me somewhat of gingerbread, heavy on the ginger...

M: Pretty crisp and clean, medium body. Fairly strong carbonation dies after a few minutes. A little starchiness on the lips, some pastiness on the tongue.

D: Overall a decent enough lager, one which I had no trouble finishing 22 oz. of. Flavorful, albeit an unusually hoppy harshness for the style.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish mahogany, bordering on opaque, but you can see it is clear if you hold it up to light. It has a full, foamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

In the nose, there is roasted malt, chocolate, and grassy hops. There is also a light nuttiness.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and grassy hops. There is a light lingering hop bitterness.

This brew is medium-bodied, slightly creamy, and well carbonated.

Overall, it has good drinkability. It's an enjoyable session brew perfect to sip on all night.

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Angel City Dunkel from Angel City Brewery & Beer Garden
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 20 ratings