Christian Moerlein Select Dunkel | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Select DunkelChristian Moerlein Select Dunkel
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Christian Moerlein Select DunkelChristian Moerlein Select Dunkel

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by orbitalr0x on 03-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Puddleglum:
Photo of Puddleglum
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another nice selection by Christian Moerlein. Although the head dissipated quickly the color was beautiful. The smell was very malty and sweet smelling without the buttery diacetyl note mentioned in an earlier review. The taste was not as sticky as I expected and was well structured with wonderful Munich malt, slight hops and a smooth finish. The carbonation was a little low as I believe it should be with a dunkel and the drinkability was better than I would have liked because I still wanted another long after the last one had been drunk.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Dunkles was crystal clear light brown in color with a smallish, dissipating head that is typical of the style.

Smell – The light, sticky malts where a bit bready. They were complimented with some molasses notes and some light grain.

Taste – The grain here is toasted bread with some sticky sugars. It is a plain, very basic flavor profile of malts and light sugars.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied MDL had just a touch of bitterness to the finish.

Drinkability – This is an uninspiring but easy-drinking offering from Hudepohl.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a nice clear brown with hints of red and gold coming through. A khaki head appears on top and then fades to a ring around the glass. Aromas of caramel, a hint of chocolate, some berries and some graininess. Not bad...but a little subdued..nothing jumps out at me.

First sip brings a nice roasty dark malt that has notes of caramel and chocolate. Fairly creamy on the way down with some herbal, spicy hops in the background. I get some hints of light fruit and berries as well as a bit of toffee and burnt grains. A nice dunkel.

Mouthfeel has a good medium body with solid bubbly carbonation that rolls over the palate nicely. Drinkability is good...I could see this being a nice session beer..I like the roasty cocoa and caramel notes. I'm not a huge lager fan..but I enjoyed this one. Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 and Christian Moerlein for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't pass up a new 6'r for $6 so I bought this tonight at BevMo.
Pours a deep dark amber brown with a decent half finger tan head that melts slowly to a nice lacing.
Aromas are sort of light toasty malt that seems very clean and not lingering.
Taste is only a mild sweetness followed by a light hop bite and then finishing with almost a smokey malt.
Aftertaste is lightly sweet and definately smokey.
Malts do seem more smokey to me than toasted and not as sweet as I am used to in a Dunkel, \
Still....this is very nice....decent body and nice bit of drying on the end to lead you to the next sip. While thinner than most, I enjoyed is possibly more drinkable because of the different mouthfeel.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a beautiful dark reddish-brown with a cream-colored head that subsides rather slowly.

The smell is of chocolate and prunes.

The taste is pretty distinctive, being very similar to caramel or toffee.

However, the beer is rather thin and goes down a bit strange, which is weird because it looks like it is thick and carbonated when I first poured it.

Drinkability is above average, a bit lighter in taste than I imagined it would be, but not too bad.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice pale brown color with a one finger head and very little lacing. Okay smell to it. Some yeast and a little grain. I don't smell too much else in this one. Smooth taste of some yeast and slightly roasted grain. I occasionally picked up a hint of caramelly malt. The finish left something to be desired. It was a bit dingy and too bitter. Easy to drink. I might try another if I can find one on tap.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark malts, honey, caramel, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and malty with flavors of caramel and honey. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, most of the beers that I have had in this style have been pretty ordinary, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is a good beer that is worth drinking a few of, especially if you want a darker but less heavy beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bought from Grocery Outlet,Salem,OR. Dark brown beer, with a lovelly looking ,thick,light tan head. Ok malty aromas, sweet malts, a little boozy? Nice semi-sweet malty flavours, bittersweet chocolate flavours in the end., slightly toasty. Pretty darned good on the palate, light but still tasteful.Not a bad dunkel, drinkable

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Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium amber brown color. The color sort of reminds me of Coke or Pepsi, but maybe a little lighter. Has an initially very large thick and foamy white head that pretty much totally disappears about a minute after being poured and leaves almost zero lacing. It has a sweet smell with some malt and yeast present. Not much else as far as the smell is concerned. A sweet malty taste with hints of bread, nut, and a hint of maple syrup or something similar. Also has a sort of mildly spicy cinnamon like flavor to it. It has a nice clean smooth mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Also a bit watery in the mouth. Not exactly a full bodied mouthfeel. This beer is higly drinkable and goes down easy. A good solid beer here, but nothing too special either. Definitely worth the price I paid for it though, $1.29 for one bottle before taxes at Warehouse Beverage.


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Photo of mobyfann
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 6'er...

The beer pours a clear not-so-dark brown base with a medium-low caramel colored head, retention for about 20 minutes and lacing grew when the beer became warmer. The smell is a classic dunkel but not overpowering; clear notes of roasted malts and a small touch of sweetness but very pleasent.

The taste is very crisp and clean. Roasted malt is noticeable but never heavy. A little sweeter than a typical dunkel but doesn't affect the overall quality. Very gentle on the palette, nice mouthfeel. A classic session, reminds me of Munich which means big ups to this one.

Final Thought: Wow, not what I expected from Christian Moerlein, but this is a fine dunkel.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Major props to Greg and crew at Christian Moerlein for providing a sample of this brand new offering to the attendees of the BA gathering in New Albany this past weekend. Not yet on store shelves, we are fortunate to get a peak freshness early taste.

Appearance - beatiful dark amber and brown hue. Light tan head is thin and recedes quickly to a thin cap and crown. Rich looking.

Aroma - roasted malts are moderate in their intensity but very pleasant.

Taste - mirrors the aroma with its clean roasted malt flavor. Some hops sneak in at the swallow, this one ends on a sweet note of caramel and roasted malts. Still has some moderation to the flavor intensity, I think it's tastier from the tap, as it should be.

Mouthfeel - heavier than average, right where it oughtta be. Carbonation is peppy but not so much as to interfere with the flavor.

Drinkability - the dunkel and the doppelbock varieties are the 2 newest in the CM lineup. I tend to prefer this style and drinkability is one reason why. Given above average marks across the board, this is a tasty one I can drink all night. With these new style entries, their new Octoberfest, and a hefeweizen due out in April, CM should take the necessary steps to secure their own beer tent at this year's Octoberfest Zinzinnati, and then you all should come visit and stay at my place. All 23,000+ of you, lol.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to other Morleins, this one is quite good. A typicl German bready, yeasty, noble hopped, nutty flavored beer. Medium brown color with a dainty head retention. Smells tamely of nuts and toast. Moderately creamy to the mouth with a light residual sweetness and graininess. Finish is a mild lingering toastiness. The beer has a light waxy or plastic flavor and feel, thought it never deters, it's noticable enough to say that there is something artificial about it. Pretty good though.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dark copper with visible clarity. Easily managed tan head that retains a cover throughout w/ no lacing.

Toasted wheat bread is the dominant theme here. astringent bitter/sour from the charred malts are bothersome, unrefined finish is annoying and very thin for the style. Nothing really of note to hang your hat on.

I picked up the entire line of Moerlein beers that were available and this was the most dissapointing of the bunch.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this free at the IN/KY BA gathering at Rich O's along with a doppelbock. Nice!

Great looking beer. Very appropriate carbonation for the style...not too much but definately substantial. Rich, deep dark red color. Almost purple maybe?? Nice head. Quite persistant.

Nose is a little rough. Not so smooth. Little bit of fermentation character still present...diacetyl?? Definately kind of buttery. They should employ a diacetyl rest. I want nothing but smooth rich munich malts in the nose of a dunkel.

Taste is a bit of a let down too. There is definately some munich character, but it tastes cheap. Not crisp and smooth. It's pretty good though. It's definately nice and clean, just a bit of this fermentation character, don't know how else to describe it. Just not crisp and rich munich notes...maybe it's the diacetyl too??

Good mouthfeel. Right on for the style.

Pretty drinkable beer, but gets a little old. I want something that's just more of that crisp munich character.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-copper color with abundant creamy tannish head. The head looked very similiar to that found on a nitro beer. Smell is a light dark fruitiness. Taste is excellent with strong notes of plums and raisind, and a nice bready maltiness. Finishes rich and creamy . Excellent drinkability. Good session beer. On sale for $14.99 a case. Great buy.

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Photo of jkaufman
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Very dark ruby, clear, thick off-white head that thins out after a while, leaving a little lace behind.

S: Mild fruit aromas, caramel, malty.

T and M: Slightly malty-sweet, some hops, goes down smooth but very thin. Leaves a slightly disagreeable sharp alcohol aftertaste in the back of my throat.

D: Aside from the aftertaste, pretty drinkable.

I'd drink another if someone gave me one for free.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This lager poured a nice looking medium dark brown with some tan foam. The smell of sweet roasted malts and a hint of spice was evident. That was the high, the low was that it tasted weak, with a sour finish. The flavor of roasted malts was very weak and the taste was very sour. I tried two bottle's and they were the same. This was a lousy lager. Maybe the beer was over dated. It was just one big mess for a lager.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the folks at Christian Moerlein for giving us this gift for our BA gathering! 12oz. bottle poured into a tall half liter German mug. It pours a deep reddish brown color with three fingers of head. There's a good deal of lacing. The smell is a little bit light, but has some nice toasted caramel malt character. A little sweet, a little roasted. The taste is also a little on the light side. It has that same caramel maltiness up front and just the slightest bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a dunkel. The drinkability is great. A decent Cincinnati brew!

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Photo of woemad
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 6-pk purchased at a local Grocery Outlet for $4.99. Yet another brewery that uses the traditional method of contract brewing. Also, yet another Grocery Outlet beer that is contract brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Makes me wonder if a bunch of PNW beers are available at cut-rate grocery stores in eastern Pennsylvania.

Pours a dark cola color that takes on a more mahogany hue when held up to the light. About an inch or so of off-white foam. Streaks and spots of occaisional lace.

The nose is of a mild, chocolaty sweetness and coffee-ish bitterness. Seems about right for the style.

The taste starts out with a toffee-ish sweetness that is just balanced by a mild, coffee-ish roastiness. The coffee notes keep the sweetness from being too cloying, but I wouldn't mind if they were amped up just a bit more for a better balance. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A decent session beer, not particularly demanding to the palate or the stomach, I could a couple of these at a sitting, but I think it's sweetness would get to be a problem after that.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift received at the IN/KY gathering. Thanks brewdlyhooked13 for finding some goodies to share with us.

Ths beer poures a very clean slightly rubied brown color with a 2 finger head that falls to right over the liquid. I would like to see just a slight darker color. The nose is nutty and slightly roasted. Smells pretty nice. The flavor is just okay. The nutty tones are not as strong as they are int he nose. Its is too much like a regular lager wtih just a slight more roasty character. I'd like to see stronger flavor from the dark malts. The feel is a light moderate with a very active carbonation. Overall, I could sit down and drnk a few of these very easily. There is nothing greatly flawed with it, just things that don't meet my expectations. I like the flavor, but want more of it. My first brew from this company. I'll have to grab their mixed party pack next time I am at the store. I'll definately give them a look.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hadn't ever had this style. This was the first. Other than the description on the bottle, I had very little warning, but because this is a non-adjunct beer, what the hell.

Appearence was dark, deep brown, it was not dark enough to be a stout and darker than most porters. For a lager, I'd say very good. Little head, light carb and it beaded on the top when poured. Smell was better than average, not much to say except it was sans-cheap. Maybe a little honey brown in there. Mouth was very good. A little thicker, good foaming, it reminded me of Anchor Steam. Taste was good. I like the darker roasted malts that made this lean towards a stout. The lighter lager wasn't even an issue like a Black and Tan. The slight wine notes to it definately puts in in the good category.

So, besides the price which is reasonable, I really liked this style but it's almost , if I want a good lager, or a good porter/stout, or HB, I usually get one of those. Therefore, average for drinkability, but as a change up beer, it's different enough to be good.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit on the thin side in a number of ways - it's a medium brown in color and more than a bit undercarbonated. Only the thinnest of white heads that instantly collapses into a small collar.

Pretty nice nose with roasted grains, honey and caramel. Nothing really hoppy other than a light peat note.

Flavor is enjoyable with a broad palette of malt components. Caramel, molasses, toast and brown sugar are all evident (but thankfully it's not overly sweet) Only a bit of herbal and woody hop notes to add balance and finish but that's enough. A light nutty flavor is quite pleasant.

Body is a bit disappointing but I think it's because of the carbonation. It's light to medium bodied but not oily or cloying. Not quite enough carbonation to clear the palate after each sip, no bitterness from hops or roasted grains to give the beer a bit of zip.

A good tasting brew and not a bad choice by any means, but nothing earth shaking either. One or two might be interesting but after a while the shortcomings would be distracting.

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Photo of chilidog
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An OK Dunkel to be had. It pours a nice dark brown, tan head with plenty of carbonation on top that dose fade to film and lace just alittle.

The aroma is of dark roasted malt and cold coffee.

The taste carries that dark roasted malt base with hints of bakers chocolate sweetness counterbalanced by roasted coffee bean bitterness.

The body seemed alittle lighter than expected, almost watered.

The drinkability is there, for the mouthfeel aids the ease of drink and the lighter side to the brew aids not getting overpowered by any one aspect of the taste.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Considering what this is supposed to be, I thought its appearance was a bit poor. I have had quite a few Munich Dunkel Lagers, and I can assure you, they aren't this light. Smell was very malty and quite sweet. Stuck to the style, I think. Good. Almost has a bit of a maple / brown sugar note to it. Taste is where it should be, but seems watered down. It seems as though this ended up tasting the way it should for the style, but someone dumped about 4 or 5 shot glasses of water into my glass. Mouthfeel is very thin, both for the style, and in general, as well. Overall, this was only a little bit more than average. Not bad. Thanks to Ding for allowing me to try this.

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Photo of Natural510
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby-red color with a brown hue. Not much head, but does retain a ring of lacing on the side.
Smells strongly of dark roasted malts, toffee & coffee.
Smokey malt flavor, caramel & just a hint of coffee. Woodiness along with the smoke creates a campfire feel to the brew.
A bit flat, could be due to age of the (undated) bottle.
Overall a flavorful dark lager. It's a bit thin (perhaps to go down easier), but tasty nonetheless.

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Christian Moerlein Select Dunkel from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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