Zötler Korbinian Dunkel
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Munich Dunkel Lager
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3.89 | pDev: 8.23%
Privat Brauerei Zötler
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Zötler Korbinian DunkelZötler Korbinian Dunkel
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Photo of EMV
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in Fussen, Germany. Poured into a tall pint glass.

L: Pours a dark cloudy mahogany color with three fingers of off-white head.

S: Freshly baked dark bread. Toasted malts/grains and faint hops.

T/F: Semi-sweet toasted malts and breads. Earthy and clean. Mild hops at the finish with no aftertaste. Moderately carbonated.

O: Great tasting beer and one of my favorite dunkels so far in Germany. Great balance and excellent session beer. More please!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dunkel dark as expected, with very little head to speak of. A quick swirl whitens the surface a little.

S - Dark, sweet roasted malts are the majority of the aroma. Almost bordering on licorice or black-strap molasses. I've seen brown bread mentioned in a few other reviews and that isn't wrong, I get it.

T - Mirror experience from the aroma, molasses and licorice, dark brown sugar and dark fruits.

M&D&O - a thin version of a dunkel, leaves a little to be desired. Nice flavors, no complexity.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5l Zotler Bier glass at Hotel Alte Post, Mindelheim Germany 4/11/12.

A: Served a deep & rich brown. Stunning clarity underneath two full fingers of pillowy white foam. Retention was excellent.

S: Toasty carmel malt with hints of brown bread, mild citrus, and chocolate.

T: See above.

M: Relativly smooth and full with the slightest prickly hint at the end.

O: A nice example of the style. Traditional and refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, honey, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and honey followed by bready flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Privat Brauerei Zötler has over 550 years of real history that spans over 20 generations of brewing. Yeah, you don't hear that too often.

Dull mahogany color, great clarity. The head retention is sufficient enough as it lasts through the session and leaves a ring or two on the glass. Smells of fresh-baked dark bread, lots of complex dry malt character in the nose with a hint of herbal hop. Unwavering medium body holds a popping crispness and smooth mouthfeel. The depth of the malt backbone starts to unravel with the first sip--dark bread, toasted grain and a little grassy. The malt sweetness is at a perfect level and is balanced very well by a subtle hop that pulls more flavor than bitterness. Finishes semisweet with a long trail of toasty malt flavor.

Every once in a while we come across a beer that is epic within taste and spot-on to style. It's hard to pinpoint perfection, but Korbinian Dunkel comes pretty close to it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml. capped bottle into a pils glass and a first visit to the style that's actually from Germany and not Mexico. Pours a clear brown in color, ruby red in the light, and shows half an inch of off white foam. Typical retention and lacing.

Smells cold of raw uncooked whole grains fresh from the field and a bit of chocolate malt. Develops swiftly with warming to yield some earthy hops and a bit of sweet berry and cocoa. Wow, very fast turnaround.

Flavor returns to a bready grainy start and segues again to flavors of cherry and chocolate with a bit of a roasted grain background to even things out. A bit light in body but not atypical for the style overall and with a limiting sweetness as the carbonation outgasses. Touch of caramel in the end. Interesting but might be a bit past its prime. Otherwise needs some time/agitation to 'wake up' I would say.

Note: Date code of 18 01 0 on bottle is indeterminate to me, yet this bottle was purchased from an establishment now know to me to often have some beers with questionable age and storage conditions behind them.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Passable dunkel, overwhelmed by mollasses like tootsie roll flavour, from the chocolate malts. It pours very dark, with some decent head. Medium mouthfeel. its on the sweetish side. Drinkable, but only if I am in the mood, not tonight. A tad coffee roast.

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Photo of kkipple
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In short-form here. This is a pretty decent dunkel, at least for what we can get in the good ole USA.

Appears pretty - clear walnut. Little head with low retention. Smells of attenuated, dry toasty malt and black bread with some dry cocoa. Not sweet in itself, but reminds you of sweet things. Crisp, dry and easy drinking, some good malt notes here - toasty/roasty, earthy, bready. Just enough hop bitterness to keep things interesting. Good carbonation levels, but may be a bit high - rather spritzy instead of soft 'round the edges, which hurts drinkability. Finishes dry and working-class. Probably would go well in a bigger mug and with German food. Perhaps a bit thin and not super-deep, but still good beer.

If you can find Korbinian-Zotler cheap (and I have) go for it!

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely clear mahogany with a thick, beige head that sticks a lot of lace

Smell: Crusty wheat bread with undertones of cocoa powder and caramel

Taste: Opens with a cocoa powder dusted caramel flavor that is joined by the wheat bread crust at mid-palate; while it verges on sweetness, the grainy flavors hold it in check after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Just a superb dunkel

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep chestnut brown with a non-developing tan skim coating. Visible carbonation was hard to distinguish. Other then the deep rich coloring there really wasn't much else to go on here.

S: deep burnt caramelized grains with ripe fruit (raisins). Smokey peat moss adds a beautiful earthy scent. Rich and sweet malt wise with smoky highlights.

T: The flavor was a bit thin at the start, not as robust as hoped for considering the aroma. The initial flavor had a light earthy bitterness of smoky peat, dark fruit and a light thin caramelized malting. There is a nice burnt grain sweetness on the finish as well a touch of lightly scorched wood and ripe prunes.

M: light in body with a slick, oily texture. There is a dry burnt grain sweetness that coats the tongue nicely along with a touch of smoky peat.

D: Decent drinkability with better then average regards per style. Worth a try by a single purchase but couldn't go and recommend a six pack here.

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Photo of loren01
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, beer looks fizzy...lots of bubbles down the glass. Very little carbonation and no lacing
S: Smell is of mollasses, slight metallic scent as well
T: Sweet up front with a slight smokey finish.
M: Fairly light and thin mouthfeel could use a bit more carbonation
D: Not bad but for sure not the best German lager i've had...easy enough to drink though

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Photo of CheeseTurds
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought that was a pretty solid dark lager. The smell and taste are a little malty. Not too sweet which is nice. The color is a dark clear reddish-brown and it was pretty good with each sip. I could drink quite a few of these in a row, but, unfortunately, I only had one bottle. I got the one bottle for $1.99. I'm not sure if this was a sale price or what, but I think it was a bit of a steal.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty dunkel, very smooth yet quite characterful.

Dark reddish bornw, it has a smallish, dense tan head slowly shrinking and leaving a bit of lace.

The aroma is toasted grain, whole wheat bread crust, hints of rootbeer, caramel, and maple syrup.

The taste is strongly maple syrup and caramel at first with toasted bread crust, hints of bark, pepper and anise. It's very flavourful with a lightly bitter finish and it's not dry. It's a little oily, very smooth, and zesty.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice brown, coffee-like color. Decent head, stays around for a few minutes.
S: Malty smell, a "clear" smell, no pungent undertones.
T: Very smooth, malty taste. Chocolate and coffee undertones, but it is not overpowering. No after taste at all, just very smooth.
M: No problems here.
D: Could drink this all day long! Very smooth dark bier that is pleasing to all the senses.

I strongly recommend this bier. Prosit!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown with reddish highlights. Light tan head quickly falls to ring.
S - A lot of toasted dark malts, grainy, maybe some dark fruit, a touch of caramel. Nice
T - The dark malt starts it out with a nice rich sweetness. Really light hops on the back end with a slightly dry finish.
M/F - Between light and Medium in body. Moderately carbonated it is both smooth yet active with the carbonation.
D - This is a good one. Just found it the other day and had never heard of it. I would be pleased to drink a few of these.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a thin crème head. Slightly sweet malty nose. Flavor is a pretty nice and hearty earthy thing on a firmly, but not overdone, sweet tone. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid. Carbonation is lower and working well. I like this beer. Easy to drink, smooth, and tasty.

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Photo of oldhippie247
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a decent white head. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

Nose features lightly toasted malts with a slightly sweet overtone. Aromas are fairly muted, though those that do come through are pleasantly sweet and mild.

Sweet malt with very light coffee, tobacco, and chocolate nuances outline the flavor profile. Very easy drinker with lots of positive attributes.

Overall a very good beer. Easy to drink and much better than any of the Big 3.

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Photo of tlinner
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one ain't bad. The head leaves behind some decent lacing, but dissipates quickly. The nose and taste have notes of caramel and roasted malt. It tastes bubbly on the tongue, and finishes smooth. Nothing special here, but all-around, a very good lager.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown color, clear, with a small yet tight head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of dough munich malt, molasses, and a smokey malt. The smokey malt translates into the taste, with some mild honey undertones. Some tobacco notes are also detected. A nice munich malt sweetness that runs throughout gives the brew a nice drinkability. The feel is well bodied, semi-soft carbonation; finishes with a malty sweetness. A real solid munchen dunkel, very good actually. The munich malt retains its overall flavor yet the roasted flavors come out.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has long been one of my favourite styles, the Munich Dunkel, and the aroma of this one reminds me why. This wasn't particularly exceptional to look at, with it's crystal clear bronze-red body, spotty clusters of CO2 bubbles clinging to the side of my pint glass and the sand coloured head which dissolved from a finger and a half to little more than a film in no time. Quite average, really. However, the nose on this one was rich brown sugar, maple syrup, and perhaps a little bit of a [hazel?] nutty nuance hiding deep down. The flavour reflected these, as well, though not as assertively as the aroma. Still, sweet malts dominated, for sure. Mouthfeel was rather average, being little more than simply suitable for the style and little more. Drinkability? I could drink a dozen of these in a sitting with absolutely no trouble what-so-ever. Again, one of my favourite styles, and this offering is no exception!

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A direct pour of Zotler Bier Korbinian Dunkel delivers a generous rise of frothy tan foam that settles shortly into a compact, creamy lid. The head retention is very good, and it leaves thin rings of lace about the glass.

The beer itself is clearly brown in color, even while the glass is full, but it is fairly dark - just not black, or appearing to be black - and dark mahogany highlights appear at the base of the glass. When held to the light it reveals orange highlights and a brilliant clarity.

The aroma is cocoa-ish, and subtly floral with hops.

It has a moderate carbonation level that leaves it creamy-smooth in the mouth.

The flavor expresses very dark caramel dusted with cocoa, backed by minor notes of grassy, floral, and spicy hops. It's bready, and mildly grainy. The malt is a touch sweet, but there's also a quick notes of bitterness that punches through it and brings you to a dry finish with just a sparkle of spicy and grassy hops left behind. It's not boldly flavored, but it's certainly full... there's enough flavor and character to warrant a second glass, and beyond that it's delicate and smooth enough to warrant another! Very drinkable.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A: Rich brown color, small head with only a little lace.

S: Faint hint of roasted coffee but mostly a sweet smell of toffee and chocolate.

T: slight roasted coffee taste, a little bitterness comes though but overall a sweet toffee and chocolate taste.

M: somewhere in between light and medium. very smooth with good carbonation.

D: very very drinkable. could put back a few of these at a time. if you are not a big fan of sweeter beers this may not be for you but i enjoyed it.

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Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent brew. Served with a nice head and good lace. Has a nice dark malty and dark fruity nose. Flavor is similar, Soft palate. Smooth at first going to a light tingle. Finsih is dark malt and a little sweetness. Color is a dark amber brown. Session beer for sure. Would like to try this on draft as well as make beer bread with it.

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Photo of ATPete
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a bright reddish brown color, with bright and vibrant highlights and a small off white head that leaves some soapy stick-age. Toasty caramel malt in the nose, subtle chocolate malt and creamy coffee notes as well. Well balanced, with a detectable, slightly spicy, hop note. The brew sports a "bigger" light body and a slightly grainy, but bready yeast feel to the tongue. Just chewy enough, great drinkability, it got my girlfriends seal of approval, as well as mine.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Zötler came in a small 330ml/11.2 fl oz. bottle. On the bottle was an oval orange and white checker board patteren label with a drawing of a brown eagle at the top and a small very old picture of a German man wearing traditional German clothes pointing at something. The back label has all the mandatory US information and a Best Before date of 18/01/09.

When poured into a Dead Reckoning pint glass, this Korbinian beer was a dark mahogany brown with quite a few crimson red highlights along the sides. On top of this beer (if you could see it) was a small thin lightly tan colored head of foam. This thin head of foam had bad retention that left behind a tiny amount of tan rings and about 3 small spots of lace. It had a faint malty aroma of dark roasted malts, a splash of sweet caramel, and a subtle whiff of milk chocolate at the end. as you can tell, there wasn't much going on in the aroma department. Like in the aroma, there wasn't much in here either. The taste was malty (like it should have been) with roasted malts, a hint fo milk chocolate, a speck of caramel, and then finsihes up with a gentle hoppy touch. The mouthfeel was light with a alot of carbonation and with a crispy aftertaste of roasted malts and milk chocolate. It was just your run of the mill average German born Lager. Not bad, but not all that good either. Unlike the Weihenstephaner Korbinian, this one can be missed.

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Zötler Korbinian Dunkel from Privat Brauerei Zötler
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 32 ratings