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Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Munich and various roasted malts give it a very malty, rich flavor with a hint of burnt flavor. 100% imported Hallertau hops, moderate bitterness and aroma.

Added by SheepNutz on 08-27-2001

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Ratings: 490 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a slightly tanned head. Little bit of lace along the glassware. Nice roasted grain and malt aroma that is a little bread-like with a slight hop character in the tail end of the nose. Taste is lightly roasted grain and slightly nutty malt character. Light bodied, moderately carb level and a crisp finish. This is really one drinkable beer. 4% labels it as a good sessionable candidate but I could picture myself drinking quite a few too quickly.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say that in the past, I have boughten a whole case of this stuff and believe me that case was worth it. Each one of those beers were fully enjoyed by all, so now it's time to return to this old favorite and break it down. Appears a very dark nearly opaque with hints of ruby piercing through around the edges when held up to the light. Paired with a tan moccha head, which is binding to the rim of the forming even annular rings of lace as the glass empties. The aroma has some semi-faint fruit tones wrapped in a mild milk chocolate bringing creamy malt to the forefront. Also some of the darker roasted malts are also doing their part allowing a toasted nut scent to dance in the air. The taste leaves me with that creamy milk chocolate sweetness around my lips, along with the trickled chocolate and mild coffee tones comes a crisp smooth lager-like characteristic making this one amazingly smooth. The mouthfeel is full of those creamy sensations down the palate of this fairly heavy bodied beer. Drinkability I would love to find this on tap just to see if it gets any frothier than it already is, and I would like to experiment with mixing this with some Lindemann's Framboise.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from my parents.
This was poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown with closed bookend amber hues along the side. Finger and a half's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Touch of lace.
The aroma had a blend of light cocoa powder to dark bready/slight toffee tones. Slight earthiness amplified the nose.
The flavor was moderately clean sweet to earthy spiced to bready/lager-like smoothness. Keen cocoa powder to earthy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under for me. Carbonation was fine, non-distracting and clean. ABV felt fine, seemed to be as projected by the brewer.
Overall, I looked at this as a Munich Dunkel Lager and expected nothing more, in turn this came out very well.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of SadMachine
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, some sort of feshness dating, but just having the first letters of the months along one side of the label doesnt do much for me.( bottled on? best before?, what year are we talking about???, c'mon brewers out there we can give better info w/o that much trouble) Alright my ranting is done, this one pours dark honey amber, a tad murky, with an off white/tan head and it leaves nice fine and well scattered lacing. Nose is toffee and brown sugar. this is a tasty sweet malty brew. Notes of vanilla, toffee, some nuttyness and sweet malts. Clean finish, free of esters and phenolics, minimal hop notes detected. I'm not really a huge lager drinker, but this clearly is a quality product and a worthwhile sessioner

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a somewhat dark black, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, caramel and toasted bread.

This is simple but tasty. Roast caramel and bready malt in unison.

This is a bit thin and light bodied, with a great drink ability.

Good stuff here.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark brown. Much ruby showing through when held to light. Nose is mild with slight caramel attributes to it, but overall not much really going on here that blows me away. Flavor brings a nice and deep, yet smooth, ride. Thick malts that stay consistent. Slight roasted aspect. Minor nutty tone going on here. Feel is very good with carbonation and the liquid has a smooth and thicker bodied thing going on. Another very good beer by PBC.

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Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium to dark brown with a thin tan head that fizzles down to a lasting patch.

The smell is of dark roasted malt with a hint of floral Hallertau hops.

The taste is of lightly roasted sweet malt with some balancing, floral bitterness. Slightly nutty. Crisp, sweetish finish.

Light-bodied, even a touch watery, it is clean and crisp.

Well-enough balanced and inoffensive, it's an easy-drinking dunkel lager.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Alkey for the brew.

Pours a clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tannish head which quickly dissappears, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet slightly roasted malts, slight hops, toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty dunkel lager, glad to have a chance to try it out.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, bready. Taste is toasted malts, bready, just a touch of sweetness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: lovely reddish brown in color with a 1" head.

Smell: malt sweetness is the lone aroma pulled from the glass.

Taste: nice malt profile with a light red ripe fruit sweetness, mild bitterness, and barely a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Short aftertaste leaves the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: simple but tasty lager. Easy to quaff and a pure sessionable beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ooh, definitely the hoppiest dunkel lager I've ever had. The malt could stand up a little more, but there's still a nice subtle caramel and cocoa taste with a burnt toast edge. The hops, along with a lot of the flavor, fade as the beer warms. They were grassy and funky before, now they've become lame as I finish the beer. Frankly this beer is still a bit bland. Nice and plenty tasty at times, but a little light on flavor.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dusty dark brown hue with a 1/4 inche tan lacey head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront sweet caramel with a decent toasted grain element.

The taste began mildly sweet but soon morphed into a toasted grain and coffee flavor. A nice multigrain bread finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit on th thin side and dry.

Overall a very drinkable dark lager. From the nose, I was expecting a sticky sweet mess, but instead was pleasantly suprised by the toasted dryness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown with a head that pours a couple of fingers high and then sticks around as a swirly cap. Richly malty, but dry with aromas of bitter chocolate, baked bread, and a little minerality. Taste is quite pleasant, but a little light. More of that bitter chocolate, but it is slight and way in the background. Slightly spicy grain, restrained earthy hops, and some more baked bread flavors round it out. Smooth, relatively light and an anjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap twice in the past week at two seperate parties.

A. Poured into a plastic cup from a 1/4 keg. Dark brown lager with a slight khaki head and a nice exhibition of lacing.

S. Slight roasted malt and malted milk balls.

T. A very flavorful lager. Once again a sweet malty taste with some Hallertau hops there to add a earthy bitter note.

M. Full bodied lager here, a bit creamy and smooth.

D. Very good as well. Possibly my favorite micro lager.

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Penn Dark from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 490 ratings
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