Gordon Biersch Dunkels
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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #116
Ranked #37,190
3.65 | pDev: 13.15%
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
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Reviews by Dmann:
Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was expecting better things from this one, but it turned out just average. The glass I recieved was very dark in color with a small thick pillow of foam at the top. The smell was very sweet and malty. The taste closly followed the smell and was quite malty and good, but it just needed that extra kick to be something better. This one goes down very eaisly though so try this one if you are ever at the resturaunt.

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in San Francisco....The best of their offerings, IMO. Nice dark amber to brown color. Nice malty sweet, toffee, amber smell. Good balanced taste and feel. Malty taste throughout, crisp finish. Nice thickness to it, that you expect in a dark beer. Sweet malty flavor, makes it a winner.

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Photo of aracauna
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was a completely unimpressive beer. It has an ok flavor, but it's very thin. The sweet opening a little cloying with a little lemony citrous middle, and the finish a little bitter. Gordon Biersch seems to worry more about making pretty beers than tasty beers.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful hazy brown with a nice head. After a long day at the conference with little to eat, this was the perfect beer. Aroma was hard to identify in the restaurant with all the other smells but a cloveyness was percieved. Sweet and malty with a light bitterness. Nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Wildman
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out medium dark amber color. It formed a nice light tan head that left a nice lace as it subsided a little. Retained the head pretty well though. Not much aroma to it, maybe some hint of malt. The taste of it had carmel, malt and toffee. A good beer, although price in this chain in a pricey part of town.

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

While visiting the Gordon Biersch Brewery in Honolulu I had a glass of his Dunkles. The color was a medium dark brown with little foam and no lace. The smell of hops and malt was evident in this beer. The taste of hops and malts would have been great, but, it was just a little to flat. Not enough bitterness in the finish!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yet light-bodied, and I had no problems driking a huge mug of this. Had a nice aftertaste that didn't wear thin. Surprisingly smooth considering there is no filtration involved.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Las Vegas brewpub.

This lager poured a clear (though unfiltered),dark, brown-amber color with tan foam that settled. The smell was malty with a bit of caramel. The taste was malty with some caramel and a very light sweetness. Other flavors included some yeast and a low hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was clean, and very smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. This was an enjoyable dunkel.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one sweet malt brew. I like it alot. Handed too me with a large, fluffy head that left decent lace on the glass. A dark brown coloured appearance that showed hints of red when near a light. Very sweet smell. Caramel malts are the dominant ingredient. Sweet tasting. Not too sweet, just sweet enough. More caramel malts, some bready taste and a bit of yeast. Slight, bitter aftertaste is the only evidence of hops. I feel like a sellout admitting this, but this beer is good, despite the low hops. Excellent mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy and slick. Great drinkability. I must go back and try the others in a pint, and not a sampler.

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

The Dunkel was a dark coco with a small off-white head. No real lacing.

The nose was of slightly roasted malt and an aroma that reminded me a a whole grain bagel.

The taste was much like the smell. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming. Some slightly smoked malt vibe and and a bit of sweetness.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin and I thought the beer was a bit under carbonated. It could not stand-up to spicy food. In spite of its flaws, this was an easy drinker.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The GB Dunkel is a dark amber brew with a white head that is fairly well developed but diminishes in a short time. It leaves some lacing behind from the residual head. The body is medium and the feel is quite smooth. The taste comes mainly from malt and there is a fair amount of caramel in the malt. Basically fairly sweet, the beer is not particularly well balanced, but does drink well. The nose is light and gives off a caramel malt aroma as its primary trait.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
2.19/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Sampled at the GB in Burbank, CA)

This beer is one of those examples of something that looks like a winner and tastes and smells completely different.

The beer pours out a dark brownish copper with nice clarity and a loose white head.

Aroma is the place where this beer really loses points as the nose on this particular half liter was covered with diacetyl from the start to the finish. Peeking out around the edges of the butter was a nice crystal malt aroma.

The flavor once again emphasized the diacetyl in a strong butterscotch fashion. Lying behind that flavor was a sweet malt beer with a strong caramel flavor that quickly drops into a finish.

The body of this sample actually received a boost in perceived character from the diacetyl with the beer having a rounder profile from the oily diacetyl.

It's a shame really, I've had this beer before and noted that it was a flavorful caramel lager that's a good baseball beer.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out of the tap a deep, heavy brown, not opaque like a stout but a very rich brown ale. Head lingers forever.

Velvety sweet cola aroma that does not translate in the taste. Dark, roasty, rich, dry, mildly hopped, unfiltered. This is a perfectly balanced beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brownish red in color with a 1" tan head. No lacing developed. The aroma was mild, as only some grass and caramel were detectable. The flavor was of caramel with a hint of chocolate and a subtle nuttiness. Little bitterness.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The finish was rather clean, only a slight hint of caramel lasted briefly. Overall the flavors are tame and this reduces the drinkability down a notch as this was slightly dull.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Gordon Biersch Columbus location. The color was a dark amber, with a decent head. The smell was sweet. The taste was fairly sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, not bad at all.

I prefer the drier dunkel lagers (ie, Penn Dark), but that doesn't take away from this beer. A quality beer, and certainly one I'd have again, if the chance presented itself.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this dark lager while at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Pasadena. Being unfiltered, it had a murky brown color and a modestly sized off-white head and left small clumps of lace.
Try as hard as I could, I was unable to get any kind of aromas from the nose of this beer. Baffled, I tried repeatedly, only to be rebuffed each time. It was like sticking my nose up to a glass of water. A beer without any nose? This can't bode well for anything else.
At least there was some flavor to this beer. Unfortunately, it wasn't very impressive. Just a bit of caramel and light diacytel flavor up front before an astringent, slightly metallic and sour finish. The feel was medium/light, thin and a bit watery.
Well, up to this point the GB brew I liked the least was their marzen. Now, I've found one to like even less. Lifeless, boring and just not very tasty, I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured an orangish brown in color and gave off a nice head.

Smell – The singular aroma was darkly-toasted grain.

Taste – The dark, bitter grain dominated this Dunkles.

Mouthfeel – There was some sharp carbonation here that I thought was a little out of place, but otherwise this light to medium-bodied lager fell good in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down reasonably well. It is proven to be a difficult style to produce in the US, and Gordon Biersch did a decent job here.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.24/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on tap at the brewery in San Jose.
This beer is unfiltered, so it is quite cloudy. It is a reddish brown color, and has a thin tan head. Quite fruity smelling. It is lightly astringent in the finish and has quite a bit of diacetyl as well as a malty backbone, which is nice. Ultimately the diacetyl in the background distracts from this beer.

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Photo of BrerRabbit
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clean, malty German dunkel. The malt flavor is up front, bitterness is light and appropriate, no hop aroma. It's not quite up to a real German dunkel if you can enjoy it in Munich, but for those of us state side it's pretty damn close. This beer is my standard choice at Gordon Biersch, unless their winter seasonal is on tap.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The most interesting in their Fall lineup- richer. Dark with lace. Liquor and licorish aroma. Unfiltered and light on alcohol. Medium chewy roast flavour. Less aggressive carbonation used. Apple, lemony and lots of malt. Sour finish which I liked but may not be for everybody.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany-cherry wood in color. Opaque due to darkness, I presume.

The aroma is very disappointing: there is a very strong soapy smell. Behind that, I detect some roasted nuts and a touch maple. The flavor is predominately chocolate. There is also some soft hop that prevents an overly strong sweetness. Still, this is a sweet-ish dunkle.

The aftertaste quickly disipates. This much thinner than expected with a high carbonation. I believe this is the weakest beer at Gordon Biersch. While it is not bad, I suggest trying the exceptional Kolsch first.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Washington DC location and very impressed. The pour was of a medium brown with ruby highlights and and pinkish head on top of medium carbonation.. The flavor is malt dominated as it should be and the nose eludes to that fact. The finish is nice and sweet and the aftertaste leaves a lasting impression that makes you want more.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Gordon Biersch in the Brewery District.

Appearance: Served in a slender pint glass. Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head.

Smell: A sweet malty aroma. Carmel notes here and there.

Taste: Initial malt sweetness that quickly followed by a wheat punch and a bittering finish. The sweetness alternates between a maltier sweetness to a carmel sweetness. The wheat finish is definitely along biting into some fresh wheat bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Very well done. I kind of wished the malt would have asserted itself a little more but it's spot on for the style. Paired famously with the chicken and rice pilaf. A very well crafted beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dunkles is dark brown with a good-sized, creamy head. The aroma is of bready malts with just a hint of spices. The taste consists of a bready body with an underlying light spicy character. This beer is full-flavored, yet has a light enough body to be a great crossover beer to convert friends to better beer. For me this is an excellent choice for a session beer.

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