Spaten Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Spaten DunkelSpaten Dunkel
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Spaten DunkelSpaten Dunkel

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Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2009

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3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a mug, a dark ruby color and frothy white head covers the top.

Smell is exceptionally carmely and toffee like. Tons of bready sweetness here.

Flavor is the same. A touch of toffee and hint of roasted character, but mainly dominated by the sweet bready and caramel flavors.

A bit too much carbonation for my liking, but still within the realm for this style.

A decent dunkel, not the most complex beer, but easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a go to beer for me and I can never speak many flaws about spatens line up.

A- right of the bat the beer is beautiful. Pours a gorgeous deep reddish brown. Almost like a cherry cola. 4 finger head no less, of khaki colored froth. Nice little retention not too much not too little. Lacing just hangs around, with every sip it records the level of beer in the glass! Couldn't ask for more at this point.

S- Very strong malty presence with coffee and oatmeal raisin dreams just emitting from the glass. Not too much beyond that. Leaves a bit of space for the imagination.

T- Malts... endlessly deep malts; very toasty. Currants, concords, and raisin... a little bit of butter cracker, a small aftermath of dark chocolate. All is pronounced and nothing is overpowered. Sheer Perfection.

M- Not the highest carbonation. Some people may describe this beers mouthfeel as "chewy" but I do enjoy those... It happens to have some calories so do not expect the beer to be super refreshing. To me yes, to most... no. Medium bodied beer no doubt.

O- Still and will always be my favorite spaten! the others in the line up compete and though not much separates them, they fail to beat the Dunkel. Year round, its a great beer to enjoy, but perfect for the beginning of spring and mid fall.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I drank at Oktoberfest 2010. I also grab a glass or two on the weekend at the local Bavarian resort near my house. This is a smooth, dark, rich and semi-sweet brew that is very easy to drink (almost goes down like water). I am a big fan of Spaten in general, this being my favorite variety they put out. The purity of the ingredients lend to the purity of the flavor balance and smooth quality of this beer. The flavor of the malt and hops is so delicately balanced being a dark beer it makes this one of the more unique German beers that I have found. The smell is very sharp, fresh and potent which matches the full and robust flavor upon first sip. These are easy to drink indeed, but watch out because they pack a whallop of alcohol that can sneak up on you.

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Spaten Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 590 ratings
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