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

Surprisingly, being from a very German Catholic region of Indiana, my first Dunkel.

A- Pours a medium brown, semi-translucent hue. About a quarter inch frothy head that doesn't hang around long. Acceptable lacing.

S- Smells familiarly like a Czech or German pilsener. Mainly grassy notes with light malts mixed it. Slight skunky aroma. Maybe a hint of underlying caramel malt.

T- Essentially what I would call a dark Czech or German pilsener. Very light up front with lots of grassy-grain notes. Little to no bitterness from hops, but underlying sweetness. A little malty towards the end, but not much at all.

M- Also drinks like a pils. Very carbonated, but very drinkable. Weight on the palate is slightly heavier than your standard full-body pilsener.

Overall, not a great, but not a terrible experience for my first time with a dunkel. An interesting mix of malt and light bodied drinkability that makes it obvious why this is a favorite of Fruedenfest every July near my hometown in Oldenburg, Indiana.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Small, half finger head with a good retention. Minimal lacing. Chocolate brown in color.

Smell: Nice smell with some hops and grains. Aroma has a nice balance.

Taste: Well balanced taste. Nice blend of grains and some hops with hints of coffee. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very nice amount of carbonation. Good body.

Overall: An enjoyable beer but not spectacular.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not my favorite here. pours dark brown and flat like the left over morning coffee down the drain with the dinner dishes. smells malty and astringent. taste is really funny, german malts yes, but in weird proportion. the dark roast thing doesnt seem to work here, and the mouthfeel is rough with so little carbonation and a full body. not sure if i got a bad bottle, i know a lot of these green glass imports can be mishandled, but i really didnt care for this brew and i am a lover of dunkels

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