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

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Paulaner Original Münchner DunkelPaulaner Original Münchner Dunkel

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2003

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Domingo
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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 czfreeman
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 UncleJimbo
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Sixpoint
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TommyW
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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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4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TKempe
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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