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Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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

Nut brown that goes chestnut in light with a creamy taupe head that leaves a few trailers. Cinnamon and hazelnut cake nose.
Almond skin, brown bread, apples with spicy hops to end. Sweetness in the malts come out as it warms.
Cocoa powder end and toasty linger. Medium, some chew, crisp, soft, oily.

Lots of tart dark malts, but also has creamy body. Some real depth, too. Superior dunkel.

2nd tasting brought dark toast and treacly syrup notes, verging on cloying. Needs more bitterness to balance. Good but not great.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50c bottle

one finger head, pours a deep dark brown, head dissipates with little lacing

malty sweetness, perhaps some light fruits and spices, but not too much else

bready malts, some sweetness of toffee/caramel, but the mouthfeel is a bit watery for me. not all that complex, but enjoyable

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brown color with a one inch head. Moderate lace sticks to the glass during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness and some soft earthy tones are easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: nice malt profile with some hints of brown sugar, mild earthiness, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: superbly easy to drink dunkel. If you are looking for a nice malty dunkel, this one hits the spot.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is dark brown. Two fingers of slightly tanned head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Sweet and dark at the same time. Sweet candy caramel, slightly toasted caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, plum, prunes, raisins, and nuts (though do not ask me what kind). Very complex aroma.

Taste: Basically it mirrors the smell, though there area few elements from the smell that are missing. Sweet candy caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, prunes, raisins, and nuts.

Drinkability: This is very good brew. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and it also offers a ton of complexity.

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

Pours a dark reddish-brown colour with clear body. Head is beige, nicely dense with decent level of lace. Pretty nice.

Smells sweet, with lots of brown sugar and leather. Cinnamon with poached pear, vanilla and a raw bread dough yeastiness at the back. The latter strikes a slight over-sweet duff note but otherwise decent.

Taste is fairly subdued. Sweet malt with caramelised pearl barley, puffed rice and milk chocolate upfront, some carob with mild sweetness in the mid, hints of mint towards the back with some banana and some clove. Fairly pleasant, just a bit too sweet without much edge.

Fairly smooth but thin. Goes down nicely for a lager.

Really drinkable, but a bit too sweet.

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Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Rich breadiness, very German, hint of raisins, hint of cinnamon toast.

L: Clear dark brown, light tan carbonated head that dissipates slightly.

T: Rich bready malt with some dark fruit undertones, raisins mostly. Medium low spicy bitterness, semi-dry, fairly clean finish.

M: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.

Great Dunkel, great flavors for 4.7% and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, deep reddish brown with a fat dirty white foamy head. Nice.

S - Chocolate and coffee with fruity malts conjuring prunes and sultanas.

T - An enjoyable earthy roasted maltiness at the forefront. Hint of bitter coffee.

M - Somewhat thinner than I had hoped, but a nice level of carbonation.

O - A good lightish, easy to drink dunkel.

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Photo of KrautAficionado
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark chocolate brown with a tan fine tan head that lasts quite a while leaving some good lacing. Aroma is predominantly chocolate malts, roast malts and a hint of coffee. Flavour is very good with the aromas coming in to the flavour mix along with some toffee sweetness and some slight graininess of the roasted malts coming through. What impresses me most is that the body is rich and full for a 4.% ABV beer, normally there would be a hole in the palate range but this is spot on, no wateriness or thinness at all. Finally the finish is quite long a pleasant, mainly coffee with a touch of prune in there.

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

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: Pours a dark brown color with a two finger head.

S: Plenty of nutty, toffee, and bread forward malts. A bit of chocolate, dark fruits, and a light lager yeast aroma. Nicely malty and substantial.

T: Toasted bread, toffee, and a hint of caramel. A little bit of nuttiness and cocoa powder. Light lager yeast and a very subtle hop flavor. Just a hint of bitterness to keep the sweetness in check.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A very nice Dunkel that was very easy to drink.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown, almost black, with a full tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Very sweet and malty, with caramel and slight chocolate tones and some roasted tones

Taste: Sweet and malty, caramely, a little chocolatey, roasted, dark toasted bread, and some mild hop character to keep the malt in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation, smooth texture

Overall: Pretty good, bears some resemblance to a porter, but not quite. It also gets better as it warms.

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

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
Code: 12580736

Appearance: A frothy head the color of sand dies down to form a 3 mm cap over a mainly clear, deep ruby accented dark mahogany brown body. With each sip a wall of lace forms as you tilt the glass back, breaks apart, and then leaves behind a ring of craggy lace as you set the glass back down.

Smell: A gently roasted malt expresses notes of dark baked bread crust, chocolate, cocoa, and wood. Only some minor grassy hops are found.

Taste: The nose indicates the flavor spot on. It starts with dark chocolate and warms to display some of the sweet cocoa and toasty breadiness. The grassy hop notes appear every now and again; and it's supported by a firm bitterness. Some smokey, roasted notes linger in the finish along with a bit more of the bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and remarkably smooth with a moderate, very-fine bubbled carbonation that gently caresses the palate.

Overall: An interesting, if not particularly complex, well polished and rounded lager. Charming to say the least!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a healthly looking brown color with a tan colored head on it. The aroma on this beer is pleasent, it had a real nice roasted malt smell and some lager yeast in there too. The taste of the beer is probably one of the better Dark Lagers out there. The mouthfeel is thicker then I expected, I really liked how it almost felt creamy. Overall this beer had a great feel to it and it was nicely flavored. Really worth trying, hell I want to try it again sometime.

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

A: Glossy black in the glass is really a deep burgundy when backlighted. A frothy, dirty bone white head sits atop for a fair amount of time before dissipation. Lacing was lame while the effervesce was near silent.

S: some dry chocolate notes, along with a bit of dried molasses sweetness. Lingering about were notes of ripe fresh dark fruit (plumes) and a dark malt sweetness.

T: The flavor, much like the nose, had indications of chocolate along with some molasses and sweet dark fruit. There where hints of some brown ale nuttiness and brownies and a dark malt sweetness upon the swallow. Slightly dry, sweet malt base and bready with a very low, if any, hop presence. Definitely a malt forward beer where the hops take a back seat to flavor.

M: a light to medium body, oily slick texture with some dark fruit twang. Surprisingly I thought I detected some alcohol from this subtle 4.7% offering. Carbonation was quiet.

D/O: Low abv of 4.7% but somehow feels like it drank bigger in alcohol and flavor. For those that think low abv beers don’t pack a punch or flavor should be referred to this beer. Smooth drinkability with a light dry sweetness from the malt and an overall flavor character suited well per style.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: caramel, toasty malts.

taste: danm good dark lager.

mouthfeel: a little light, good carbonation, not over done

drinkability: I love the dark lagers of germany and czech rep. this is a great examaple.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark amber colour with a one fingered head that retains well.

S - Aromas of biscuit malt and a little earthy

T - Plenty of yeasty malt up front with ma little cocoa. The finish is bitter and lingering

M - Nice medium body and carbonation.

O - Probably the best dunkel I have tried to date

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

I've had some good luck in the past with this brand, a Dunkel sounded good.

No best by or brewed-on dates, poured from a brown, .5l bottle into my HB Willi Becker-style.

A -- Clear, dark reddish chestnut brown with a dense, thick, tan head. Some of the other reviews report thin, short lasting heads -- they've either gotten old bottles, or are using dirty glassware -- the head on my example lasted at one inch thick through the duration of the consumption and left good lacing.

S -- Sweet malts with a bread crust character -- even a touch of molasses with some earthiness back.

T -- Sweet, bready malts intermingle with some mild milk chocolate character. Bread crust and mildly earthy characters makes up the backbone with some underlying spicy hops, but very light. Finish is almost creamy in character with big bready flavor. Finishes dry and mildly bitter with the sweet chocolate character lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Soft to creamy mouthfeel with a medium body.

O -- Probably the best imported Dunkel I've had, though transport - and probably Pasteurization - take their toll on German imports, and this one is no exception when you compare to the fresh beers in Bavaria. Nonetheless, this one is worth seeking out locally if you are a Dunkel fan.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : amber red/ruby colour, with tan foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark malts and fruits, with hints of chocolate, slightly smoky finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Munich dunkel lager.

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

Beer is ruby / brown and clear with almost no head, low carbonation and no lacing. Served on draft at a local beer bar.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly, it is 100% malty.

Beer is medium and creamy in the mouth. Lead off is sweet and the finish is a little dry and bitter. Interesting. Its like a doppelbock but thinner and weaker overall. I like it overall, not sure I would order it again.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown, showing deep red and slightly cloudy when held up to light. Pours with a finger and a half of head that recedes rather quickly to a thin layer on top.

The nose I am picking up is a bit weak, with some dusty malts and light aromas of noble hops showing through, but without their characteristic spiciness. Later on as I drink this it opens up (or my senses do) and the nose gets much richer, with nuts, toffee and whole grain bread being present and very appealing.

The hops that are present and rather floral and grassy, and very low in bitterness. The malts are most certainly German, with some nice biscuit, toasted bread, light caramel, pecan, toffee and malty notes showing throughout the flavor profile. This beer is drier than it is sweet, which requires less bitterness to counteract the sweetness that I would have guessed. The result is a mellow and complex beer that is lighter in flavor but still very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light and rather creamy, with lower carbonation than many lagers, which I find nice. One might be tempted to see the dark color and think bock, and then be disappointed by the lighter mouthfeel and body. That would be a mistake as this beer isn't intended to be a malt bomb.

Drinkability is good, and if this was a style you loved it would be very good.

Conclusion: This is the first higher quality example of this style that I have tasted, and I find it enjoyable. I can imagine this pairing well with some lightly spiced schnitzel or stuffed cabbage.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have no more cold space to store beer, and what does largadeer do when he sees me? He gives me a bunch of beer, so now I have to drink it. Thanks Chris!


A: Snifter. Dark brown with good clarity and a ruby tinge, accompanied by a mountainous frothy head. Great retention and ferocious lacing.

S: This has quite the expressive malt aroma! Rich caramel, toasted bread crust, and a touch of toffee. A distinct nut character adds depth to the melanoidins, a faint noble hop bouquet shoots an envious glare at the luscious malt profile from behind a curtain. Excellent.

T: The taste is equally as pleasing as the aroma, with notes of nuts, bread crust, and some caramel. The beer displays a restrained lower moderate sweetness, with a low level of bitterness and no hop flavor to speak of. There's a whisper of chocolate in there, and a suggestion of roast. Diacetyl is absent, as are alcohol flavor and fruity esters. The finish is clean.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and dextrinous.

Overall: What an excellent beer. An outstanding example of an excellent style that I drink far too infrequently.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Blue Max in MN on my way north.

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with a small tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing when the head receded.

S - Rich malty nose with some floral notes. Not a lot going on here.

T - Good malty sweet lager with nice caramel and toffee flavors. It has a grassy hop bite for balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied dunkel lager.

D - This was pretty good. I had never had anything from Weltenburger and I picked this up on a whim. Pretty nice.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L, Germany, best by 5/11.

Pours a deep, dark reddish amber with a tight and creamy beige head. Retention and lacing are above-average.

Aroma has some light roast, buttery caramel, and molasses. Nice.

The flavor of this beer is outstanding. You know it's a good Dunkel when it's only 4.7% ABV but reminds you of a Doppelbock. There's an uncanny amount of toffee, chocolate and coffee for such a light (ABV) beer, and it's not sweet at all. Clean and smooth on the finish, with just enough hops to bitter and balance. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with relatively persistent, effervescent carbonation. This beer exhibits an amazing balance between rich flavor and clean drinkability.

Don't be fooled by its BA overall score: this is an awesome beer, especially when you get a relatively fresh bottle as I have. I didn't expect to rate this so highly, but apparently Weltenburger Barock Dunkel is just what Herr Doktor ordered.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500ml bottle with a yellow white head that lasted the entire drink lacing the glass. The beer is a red brown with tiny bubble, carbonation is limited. The smell is absolutely delicious with caramel malts upfront and a grassy herbal hop back finishing with a roasted smell.

The very bready with hints of banana and apricot. Hops are the herbal grassy tettnanger type. Finishes off with a roasted malt finish. Balance is more malty than hoppy but almost balanced like aMunich dunkel should be.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin with minimal carbonation to the tongue. Some hop drying by a wet beer overall. This lends to mass consumption by the liter! Very drinkable.

Overall this beer is excellent. One of the best in it's style!

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

Picked this up at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, always a solid selection. Poured a deep brown , somewhat chunky head. Big malts on the nose, ton of sweet caramel as well. Taste was very smooth, complex as it warms, but very drinkable with a strong malt finish, good stuff.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - deep chestnut brown with a tan/beige head that lingers

smell - this is really faint, but what I do pick up on is whole grain wheat, caramel, peanuts

taste - caramel, molasses, whole grain wheat, green tea

mouthfeel - well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sweet aftertaste

drinkability - straightforward beer that isn't all that interesting, but drinks smoothly, I enjoyed this one

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