Dunkel | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1.015 BG, 5.25%, 24 IBU, 17 SRM

Added by RedDiamond on 10-12-2008

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by anarchia:
Photo of anarchia
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark/muddy amber with a thinnish white head--was expecting a little more in the latter department, nice lacing though. Aroma is caramel, leather, cherries, smoke. Flavor is something of a letdown given my high expectations, not as complex (mostly bready) as the aroma with a crisp ,bitter finish. On the thin side but with nice carbonation in the mouth. Very nice beer but I think I prefer dunkels that are ales.

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Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber at Bailey's Taproom. I have to say this beer tastes like it's straight out of Germany, but of course its fresher than anything we get importd. It just had a lovely, smooth bready malt character with a hint of caramel and spicy hops to create a balanced beer that is full-flavored, and that you can drink for hours.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip. I served this up with some Mexican food and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The pour yielded a thick luscious cappuccino like foam that dissipated to the typical wisp ring. The body itself was a brilliant garnet. Some thin lacing showed itself on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is toasted walnuts and lightly roasted coffee.

Taste is lightly metallic nuts and thin malt.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, light, and thin. This goes very well with my spicy Mexican food.

Drinkability is through the roof on this one! I keep going back for another refreshing sip. This is worthy of the ultimate score. I think this just became a solid go to Mexican food beer for me.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark mahogany brown amber. Thin light tan head dissipated quickly, no lacing. Aroma of sweet and roasted malt, cocoa and dark fruit. Flavor follows with toasty malt and cocoa dominating, finishing with toasted malt and a light hop kick. Light to medium bodied. Pleasant. Reminiscent of a mild English style porter, but lighter bodied.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich and earthy dark cherry wood hue in the glass with some impressive clarity. A rich caramel color one-finger head bubbles up but quickly fades, leaving an almost non-existent collar and unfortunately minimal dots of lacing. Looks a bit slick.

complex aroma is earthy, nutty, and malty. rich munich malts, hazelnuts. A bit of sweet fruit comes across as well - asian pears, dried apples, and maybe a hint of cherries.

taste is equally complex, but in a different direction. Malts with a hint of sweetness but a good bit of earthy bittering... more walnuts, hazelnuts, and some dark fruit. cherries, currants and asian pear. Crisp, clean, and earthy with just enough of a bitter profile to keep me interested to the last drop.

Mouthfeel is solid. smooth and fairly well carbonated. a touch light? maybe a hint watery... but it goes down smooth and works to nicely accentuate the bitter notes and subdue some of the caramel sweetness.

Impressive on the whole. I neither see nor cosnsume too many Dunkels and this one makes me wonder why. Seems like an interesting brew to explore, especially with regional American flair, which Heater Allen does exceptionally well. Not earth shattering, but this one is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of aanakinskywalker
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Ghenna
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another of the wife's gift haul from the Northwest

Poured a deep ruddy brown into a Sam Smith curved pint glass. Pretty but quickly receding khaki colored head with little retention.

Smells of yeast and what I can only describe as light spice. Malts too, coco as it warms up a smidge

Flavors of roast malt and coco. Not too complex- makes for easy drinking, as does its texture. Carbonation level seems low, though as an earlier commenter noted, it is actually just very fine. All told a very drinkable brew, though not exceptional.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roth's Sunnyside Market in S.Salem. $4.29 Nice deep chesnut brown beer witha lovelly frothy tan coloured head. Good deep malt driven aromas caramel,,slight coffee, toasted whole wheat bread Taste has a deep dark coffee/roast,bitterness a touch of hop in the end eben drys out the finish. Quite an enjoyable mouthfeel, i liked the carbonation level. Overall a nice beer, happy to see a PNW attempt at this style.

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Photo of vkv822
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark red, with burnt-orange hues. A thick, foamy light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin bubbly foam across the top of the beer.

The aroma is all malts, nuttiness upfront with some light roast notes as well.

The taste is of more nuts, light roast, bread, and a faint mineral characteristic as well.

A nice medium body, with lightly prickly carbonation.

A very easy drinking, well made lager. I'm looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of NWHopinator
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from New Seasons in Orenco. My last review for 2012.

Pouring a very dark reddish brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, beige head with good retention and decent lacing. The nose is excellent. Roasted grain is most prominent, but there's an undercurrent of brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit, mild hop character (earthy) and a mild acidity, both from grain and carbonation. The palate opens with a blend of roasted malt flavors. Mildly acidic this is dry, clean, mildly mineral-y, the roasted malt palate is followed by a delicate but complex blend of toffee, dark fruit and mild hop flavor. Ridiculously clean (but this is HA, so it's not that big a surprise), this beer has no off-flavors. Medium-light in body with full but creamy carbonation, this beer is a treat on the palate. The long, drying finish with a blend of fruity esters, heavily toasted bread and a softening sweetness is particularly exquisite. Highly recommended.

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Photo of envinoveri
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured a clear dark brown with off-white soapy head that left webbed lacing.

S- Big fresh roasted coffee and roasted malt, malty sweetness, juicy apple, toffee, and caramel notes.

T- Lots of malty sweetness and juicy apple notes that are actually reminiscent of a red ale, big toffee and caramel notes, roasted malt, bready notes with a nice clean finish.

M- Prickly carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish, and pretty smooth.

O- Another top notch lager from Heater Allen with high drinkability and complexity.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a bit of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy light-tan foam. The color seems a little bit more red than other Munich dunkels I can remember, but that doesn't really detract from the experience. I feel like the head could be a lot more majestic, however.

Smell: lightly sweet, and the first thing that hits me is a combination of chocolate and biscuit. Usually I'm not a big fan of biscuity malt flavors and aromas, but in this context, with the chocolate, I get this interesting biscotti vibe that I'm really digging on. Toward the end is a bit of a vegetal hop aroma which isn't the best but doesn't surprise me in a beer with roasted malts. But I do like that biscotti combo.

Taste: the biscotti flows through to the flavor, but the biscuit quality is just a little bit too much for me. The chocolate falls away and the vegetal hops reassert themselves. I'm sure there are plenty of people who like this beer, but the prominence of biscuit flavor here just doesn't work for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. No big faults here.

Overall: an interesting beer, especially the aroma, but in general not to my taste. Worth a try if you don't mind a little biscuit, though.

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

Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TaborTime
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Genghis22
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light brown. Looks like iced tea. Nice creamy off white head.

S - Malty. No hops in the nose. Slightly sweet. Nice, but not overly impressive.

T - Sweet caramel malt goodness. Notes of toffee, and sweet yeast. Sort of hard to describe. The flavors are very subtle. There are hops in there, as they balance out the sweetness on the aftertaste, but they are not in the initial taste.

M - Medium body, with low carbonation. The carbonation is extremely fine, smaller than champagne, almost to the point that you don't notice it, unless you hold the beer in your mouth. Finish is very crisp and dry.

D - Extremely drinkable. This is a good tasting, flavorful beer. The abv is low, making this a very nice session beer. It is tasty, but not "extreme" making it a nice beer to relax with.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Heater Allen's Dunkel is a dark chestnut with a light khaki head that leases decent lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, nice floral, minty Bavarian hops, some dusty cocoa, and that sharp acidity you get from dark malts.

Taste is nice, a fruity toffee grain flavor that isn't overly sweet or rich, rather clean. There is also a pretty bright noble hop flavor that gives it a refreshing crispness. This is a style I've rarely drank, but this really blows away the Beck's and St. Pauli darks I've had.

Mouthfeel is has a dry dustiness to it, but the crispness is smoothed by the malt. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty damn good. I'm really happy a local craft brewer got me to revisit this style. Even more so that I enjoyed the hell out of it and got it for a great price, a 22 oz bottle that almost cost as much per oz. as it would in a 6 pack, which for some stupid reason has become a rare thing.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cark, chesnut brown with a thick dark khaki head. Head is about two fingers thick and leaves moderate lacing behind. Head slowly fades to a 1/" cap. Deep ruby highlights when help up to light. Very clear and clean.

S - Strong aroma of dark malts. Hints of dark fruit, fig especially prominant. Light touch of cocoa powder. Roasted malts come through as the beer warms. Earthy hoppiness.

T - Dark malts dominate. Hints of roasted grains. Dark fruits come through bringing the yeast to the forefront. Light mintiness when the beer is still very cool. As it warms the roastiness takes over more and more. Very earthy hoppiness.

M/D - Light creamy feel, very easy drinking. Somewhat dry finish. An often overlooked style in American craft brewing, but this is a tasty one.

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Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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