Paulaner Original Münchner Dunkel | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Original Münchner DunkelPaulaner Original Münchner Dunkel
Paulaner Original Münchner DunkelPaulaner Original Münchner Dunkel

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 90
Photo of Aglassdarkley
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A smooth dunkel bier. Had it while over in Germany. The color and smell are great, but the taste is better. My second favorite dunkel beer behind Weltenburger Barock Dunkel. It's not an easy beer to find, even in Germany.

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Photo of daydesiang
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tapped. Reddish brown color with 1 finger bread. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried dark fruits. Taste sweet and quite some alcohol goodnes. Quite dry. Medium carbonation. A pleasant dunkel.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent beer

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Paulaner im Tal, on to the beer:

This dunkel lager is chestnut colored with red hues, topped with a creamy inch of head with acceptable retention. Its aroma bring a note of caramel bread, nuts, some husk. Tasting brings a powdery dark malt flavor, which is complemented with pumpernickel and a hint of cocoa. A bit on the sweeter side. It's medium bodied and with a smooth body. It isn't quite at the high level set by other Munich breweries, though it still remains as a an acceptable dunkel.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half-litre in Maximilian's, Berlin on 22 Feb 2013.

Really enjoyed this: reddy-brown colouring with a good full head of off-white foam which tried to hang around for a while.

Malty nose: woody, nutty, with caramel notes, earthy too.

The taste was also malty: bready and biscuity, not overly sweet compared to some Dunkel brews. Body depth seemed deeper than most also. Coffee and chocolate hints arrive as the beer warms a little, not that I allowed the beer to warm much, I was drinking it too fast!

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Photo of djura
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got it on tap on Belgrade beer fest.

A-Dark ruby color,low carbonation,nice white foam,lasting till the end.

S-Some caramel malt,average for the style.

T/M-The caramel really comes out here. Not too complicated and nicely balanced.Lightly carbonated,smooth for drinking.

O-This is average dunkel,must admit that hefe dunkel is much better.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 500ml bottle into a German pint glass.
Note: Drunk right after the Helles lager.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thinner looking, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Clear maroon brownish/red with lots of active carbonation. Head quickly fades to a thin, bubby wisp. A few bubbles remain until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Looks relatively flat by the end.

SMELL: Milder nose for the style. Some grainy malt, dark bread and sweet caramel. A decent dose of raisins in there as well, with touches of toffee. It’s quite nice actually, but simply too mild for the style.

TASTE: Same watery problem as the helles bier. Some grainy dark bread as well as caramel and toffee notes, but simply too watery through the middle into the finish. A mild yet lingering aftertaste with notes of sweet caramel and some bitter, floral hops, but just too water and not flavorful enough.

PALATE: Medium body with soft, medium carbonation. Creamy enough, though not quite as creamy as the helles, goes down smooth with a slightly dry finish. Probably the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: This is just not a good brew. I generally like this style, but this one was simply a watery, flavorless dark lager that was pretty ugly to boot. A worse Dunkel than their Helles is a Helles. There are quite a few good dark lagers in Munich, but this is not one of them. Pass.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Poured a clear, reddish-brown with a finger of foamy, off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles behind. Toasted malt aroma, nutty, with hints of grains and dried fruit. Toasty malts in the taste, bready, nutty, with a hop bitterness coming through just a bit, giving a pretty dry finish. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of crossovert
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle best before March '12.

It pours a nice looking dunkel reddish brown but the head is sudsy and dissipates immediately with no lacing.

The smell is mostly grainy with some caramel and a hint of raisin.

The taste is sweeter and surprisingly more bitter than most dunkels. It isn't the perfect balance though. It is hinged upon more cloying-like sweetness and more flavorless bitterness instead of that sweet but subtle sweetness and balancing hop flavor that a good dunkel should exhibit. Nevertheless it isn't bad, but it certainly could be more refined.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L, best before March 2012 (that's what brewing solely with hop extract will afford you, a long shelf-life).

Pours a rich, clear chestnut with a small beige head. Lacing and retention are below-average.

Aroma has notes of sweet coffee and nutty malts, some hops.

The flavor is malty, with crusty and toasted bread flavors. Touch of chocolate. It's a very plain beer, but it's very clean. Some hop tang on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light, with soda-like carbonation.

As a Dunkel this stuff is not that impressive, but drinkable. Much better examples of the style to be had.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

The color is clear ruby brown with big off-white frothy, creamy and fizzy head. It has very good retention and leaves some lacing patches when receded.

The smell is mingled by bready malt, caramel and cocoa cereal with backing by coffee and somewhat creamy note.

Well balance between dark malt, somewhat roasted, caramelized sweetness, cocoa and subtle hop bitterness, finish is slight bready with lingering bitterness from roasted trait and hop.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel from mild carbonation that crisp enough to carry well the palate, dry finish.

Overall, very good drinkable, there is rich malty quality along with all round balance character.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner's hard-to find Dunkel pours out a very nice deep mahagony-brown color, light ruby tint around the edges of the glass. This brew is capped by a tan head that billows up, thick and creamy at first, but quickly settles into a thin line of lace on top.
Smells of dark bread, roasted malt, sweet caramel, molasses, honey, oak, vanilla, finishes with a slightly spicy finish not unlike brown rum. Musty sweet oak cellar filled with sweet roasted malt comes to mind.
On the palate-spiced dark bread, raisins, rum, toffee, fig, vanilla, brown sugar, walnut, finishing with a nice amount of carbonation and a bit of peppery spice from the yeast that cuts quite nicely through the sweet flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation and spice adds great balance to the brew. I really like this style as it has a completely differnent flavor profile than it's Helles sibling, yet the finish is also light, spiced,and refreshing. In the case of the roasted malts, this beer is actually drier than some of the Helles Ive drank lately. This is probably one of the best Dunkles Iv'e had,ranking with Andechs, as I found the Augustiner version too sweet,
Good, solid well made beer, suprising that it is so hard to find outside of the Munich area.
Pairing would be great with game meat or a pumpernickel encrusted scallop or seafood dish. Happy holidays

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Photo of TommyW
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with reddish tints. Beautiful off-white, fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing.

S- Sweet, slightly roasted malts and some caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Sweetness followed by a roasted malt and a little caramel. Not overly complex, but certainly good.

M- Medium leaning to light with good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. It's not overly complex, so it doesn't kill the palate after just one; you could probably drink a few easily.

Overall, i highly recommend trying this if you can. It's flavors are simple, but great.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a brewery that specializes mostly in wheat beers, I was shocked when I tried this one on-tap at the Paulaner Haus in Muenchen. It has a dark brown body, close to black and provides a chocolate, mocha smell and taste. This is hard beer to find though outside of the brewery, because it is mostly overshadowed by the Original and Hefe-Weizen.

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Photo of stcules
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color, with red edges. Dirty white foam, decent, two fingers.
In the smell malt anc dark caramel, pleasant, with a hint of lightly burnt.
Same notes in the taste, with a trong liquorice in the end.
Very pleasant.
Light in body, very drinkable.
Liquorice and caramel in the aftertaste.
Pleasant beer.

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Photo of TKempe
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark, reddish brown with a beige head on it fills up the glass. Very fine carbonation visible.

The smell -- which reminds me of a bock -- is mainly that of dark malt (chocolate-like, slightly roasted and caramelesque) and dark fruit. Yeast is strinkingly apparant. Just a little hops.

All that marks the aroma can be found in the taste; however in a softened fashion. Malt and a sugary sweetness dominate, while hops peak through in the finish. Especially the bitter-dry and gently toated after-taste is enjoyable.

Body is a little thin, bordering on medium, with the carbonation tuned to a soft level.

Kind of a modest, easy-drinking, yet slightly cloying beer. Nice one!

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Photo of Suds
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received the wonderful gift of ½ case of this brew from a good friend who lives in Munich. The beer pours with a dark brown color, shady and murky, with a chocolate complexion. Its head is tall and tan, packed with mostly dense bubbles. It's soapy, with a decent lace. The aroma is good...lots of chocolate, a little sugary malt, roasted grain, a little yeast, and some caramel. Very nice smell indeed. The taste is sweet and bread-like. Lots of munich malt flavor, with considerable sugars from the front through the mid-taste. It's smooth, with a little hops in the finish. No doubt, though, this is a very malt-centric beer here. Medium body and quite smooth, the beer is very satisfying. Not exception, but consistent and very drinkable. I never saw this one in the 'States.

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Photo of reddomino
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This lager poured a deep, clear red with a decent head that left a nice amount of lacing clinging to the glass. The aroma was overpoweringly malty. On tasting the beer, the first thing that hits is the malt flavor, sweet and strong. There is no hop to balance out the malt and no other discernable flavors whatsoever. The body was moderately heavy with a good amount of carbonation.

In summation, I found this beer a little malty for my taste. I enjoy a sweet beer, but this was over the top.

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Photo of Domingo
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a small Paulaner beer bar (Paulaner Am Tal) that's across the street from the Weisses Brauhaus.
Since we can get the weiss, pils, and helles here in the US I figured I'd go with a dunkel instead.
Arrives a murky brown cola-color with a decent size 1/2 inch head on it.
Smell is of chocolate, lager yeast, and a little bit of grainy huskiness.
Taste is of sweet chocolate, caramel, and even some dates. After one sip, you just keep wanting more. While some dunkels remind me of a sweet helles with food coloring, this one is a totally different animal. I'm a big fan of the Ayinger and Andechs dunkels, and this is up there with both of them.
This is a real winner that I wish we'd see make it to the US. For some reason every Munich brewer has a dunkel lager, but they're seemingly neglected.
One of the best beers I stumbled upon in Germany, as it seems to be a beer people forget is even being made.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of my German flatmate who brought this beer from home. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BBE 10/2007, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: elegant, dark chestnut brown in colour; the beige beer head comes huge at first, slowly settling down to a thin cap on top of gentle and constant fizziness.
S: slightly metallic upfront, wrapped by the unique tinge of sourness and liquidy sweetness of caramel and melted brown sugar. Pleasant as well as conventional.
T: brown sugar, toasted wholemeal bread, steamed lotus-roots fill the palate upfront--not particularly sweet or malty--while the bitter-sweet edge of toasted dark malts gradually blends with the much milder but clean edge of sour lager malts... well-balanced brown bread and moderate hop bitterness linger towards the very end.
M&D: soothing mouthfeel with fine carbonation, medium-bodied, an overall well-balanced but slightly boring dunkel.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Paulaner Brauhaus in Cape Town, South Africa.

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet, slightly purple actually. Exceptional head retention, off-white head, good lacing.

Smell: Sweet, toasty, but uncomplicated.

Taste: bitter at the front, then toast (good so far) but then finishes with a malt sweetness. Not what I like to go out on, personally. I think the bitterness might be a touch harsh, as well...

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good. Body is medium.

Drinkability is pretty good, certainly a refreshing change from the lighter stuff available at the Brauhaus. Solid beer, but not extraordinary.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Paulaner am Dom in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

This dunkel lager poured a clear, very dark coppery red-brown color with creamy, light brown foam that settled. The smell was a very nice, malty aroma with hints of chocolate and Munich malt. The taste was pleasantly malty with a touch of chocolate and Munich malt, and a lightly hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium-full body and moderate carbonation (the carbonation was sharp up-front). The finish was lightly malty. This was a very good and nice dunkel.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the "Beerhouse" in Moscow, which claims to have an exclusive. Certainly I've never seen it elsewhere. The waitress brought it in a Paulaner Weizenglas - sigh - but it looked mighty fine nonetheless. Dark caramel under a 1.5 finger beige-tan head with some good staying power and nice lacing. A mild caramel scent with hints of rye bread greets the nose. The mouth is very prickly and a tad too light for this style. The taste is mild (maybe also a bit too mild) but good caramel malt, with a nice soft hoppy bite that leaves a crisp dry feel in the jowels. This is a good session beer, although a Dunkles is allowed to be a touch bolder.

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Paulaner Original Münchner Dunkel from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 90 ratings