Spaten Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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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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Photo of DerekP
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with reddish hues in the appearance of this beer. Not opaque, but dark enough to keep you from really checking out what's going on in the glass (the most you'll see is a reddish brown wall with the shadow of your fingers holding the glass). A frothy nougat head sits quietly up top. Carbonation bubbles rising. Appearance: 4/5

Caramel in the nose. Chocolate fudge, raisins, figs, crust of brown bread. An underlying herbal hops aroma rises up as it warms. Aroma: 4/5

Dark and caramel malts send suggestions of cocoa nibs and caramel to the taste buds. Hops come through with a gentle and balancing bitterness. Cold coffee. Dark chocolate bar flavor drys and lingers on the tongue. Taste: 3.5/5

A touch watery at times, but a quaffable dunkel, for certain. Medium to full bodied; I really can't decide. Feel: 3.5/5

Overall I give this brew a 4 out of 5. The fragrance is really enjoyable and appealing as it is malty and robust. The taste is complex, rich, sweet and dry. Though I said it was a touch watery, that characteristic improves its drinkability. 5.2% ABV on the bottle, lower than what I've read elsewhere, and that's a good thing.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Louski
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TFMyriad
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Big_White_Bear
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hanlonrn
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GWC
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of 2lynnes
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - ruby amber with a thick half inch of thick, fizzy, brownish, off white head that has decent retention

S - must, grains, caramel

T - caramel, very faint chocolate, plum, raisin, figs

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent dunkel. It has decent flavor and solid drinkability. It's a bit sweet and fruity but overall pretty good.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a deep ruby brown color. An off white head dissipates quickly to a thin film. Little or no lacing is present. The beer smells slightly bready, malty, and with faint caramel notes. The taste mimics the aroma. A nice sweet malt note up front. There's breadiness in here somewhat. The mouthfeel is fairly light to medium bodied.

Overall, a pretty average dunkel, but not bad at all. Very sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.46/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, well, standard European lager like smells. In the taste, a small roast inside of a standard European lager. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lager like grain in the aftertaste. Basically, a standard European lager with a note of like caramel like roast.

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