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Wolnzacher Altfrankisches Dunkel | Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG

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Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 07-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by daledeee:
Photo of daledeee
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking medium brown German dunkel. Little light on the head, not much lace either. Pretty clear.
Nose has malt and grain. Taste is a little sweet with lots of caramel and malt. Some carbonation and velvetty. A little like Alka-Seltzer. Keeps fizzing after you drink it.

Didn't seem all that complex. Good beer when you don't want something real strong. Good session beer

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Photo of Todd
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 0.5l brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered hazy dark copper/brown beer with a creamy tan lace -- moderate retention.

Smell: A bit musty, metallic with faint yeast. Touch of roasted malts, carob, herbal notes. Slight esters emerge as the beer warms.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy, but it breaks up quickly with a bitty feel on the palate and notes of grain. Mineral / hard water feel and flavour. Touch of roasted malt combines with a quick sharp hop bitterness with an astringent edge. Faint chocolate, raisin and toasty malts towards the finish, which is dry with husky grain. As the beer warms the hop character becomes more subdued and herbal-like while the malts a tad more flavourful as they smooth things out a bit.

Notes: There's certainly better dunkels than this. I wasn't all that impressed with this brew, as it seemed to lack depth and it fell bland on the palate. Fairly average in comparison to other German dunkels, but still drinkable and worth the exploration.

I highly recommend that you let this beer warm before drinking.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz slender Euro style brown bottle with no freshness date. Some sediment on the bottom of the bottle, make sure you carefully decant as to no get yeast in the glass.

Dull hazy copper colour with a thin bubbly lace that gives a fight to hold on.

Carob powder, stale caramel, toasted bread crust and a touch of earthy yeast in the aroma.

Slick mouth feel with a drawn back carbonation, the medium body is spread over the palate. Toasty and bready malt flavour with some husk in the back. Twang from the hops are more of a faint flavour than bitterness, though it still balances just fine. Mild sweetness from the malt. Finishes a touch sweet.

The malt seemed a bit one-way, not bland just not expressive or fresh. Decent drinking but not something I’d go out of my way for.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewer Nikolaus Starkmeth's namesake lager. From the importers web site - "Altfrankisches Dunkel is a traditional beer style of Franken, in northeastern Bavaria. This was the brewery's first seasonal beer released in December of 2000. According to Nikolaus, the problem with most dark beers is that they have too much malt bitterness coming from the roasted grains. Therefore, with an addition of hops they can become unbalanced. The Altfankisches Dunkel beer does not use any black or brown malt which tend to be very low in sugar. Therefore, plenty of sweetness and body are extracted without the malt bitterness of many dark beers. Bitterness and spicyness are all covered by the use of Hersbrucker Spaet Hallertau hops". Original gravity13.75P/1.055sg
A rough pour delivers a cloudy reddish-auburn robe topped by a short and foamy tan cap that dissipates shortly but leaves a nice creamy collar throughout most of the glass. The nose displays a distinct caramel malt, some mild fruit, and a faint herbal note. A medium body combines with a restrained but fine, tiny bubbled carbonation to at first tickle the tongue, and then become lightly creamy as it warms in the mouth. It glides smoothly across the tongue. The flavor is richly malty with a distinct caramel character that also expresses some light toastiness, and at times, a mild chocolate or even roasty edge. The bitterness is gently supportive. Some fruitiness becomes apparent towards the swallow, and a distinct raisin note appears in the dry finish along with a light touch of spiciness on the tongue. Well balanced. Overall a very nice lager that's much more rich and malty (and even appears to have more alcohol) than would be expected of a 5.5% abv beer. It makes a great night cap. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of aracauna
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice dark brown brown with a distinct reddness with a touch of haziness. This isn't as carbonated as the Roggenbier and the Hell, but it's still lively and the head forms easily, but fades quickly. The flavor is a bit bready or cakey and the middle reminds me a little of wood. Lightly sweet, but sweet isn't the first impression. Even though the flavor doesn't really wow me, I keep reaching back for more. This is a good dunkel and that's all there is to it. The mouthfeel is lively with a good sting of carbonation on the tongue.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves hardly lace. Cloudy amber color. I agree with Todd - the nose is musty and metallic - unusual for any beer. Light - medium carbonation. Starts sweet but thin bodied, finishes smooth. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a lager yeast aroma. It is extremely dry and peppery. The taste is good. It has a very fruity flavor that goes down easy and finishes tart and malty. It has a solid malt bill that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It is smooth and very flavorful. It has a dry element to it, but the fruity character dominates the palate. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has a malty base, but it impresses with a yeast fruitiness that is outstanding.

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Photo of yen157
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear deep amber color. Streamers of bubbles feed the thin but coarse, sticky, and beige crown. Very nice sweet and sticky dunkel aroma. The taste was a little bit lighter in the malt than the aroma would have you believe. Pretty simple (but delicious) caramel malt flavor with some milk chocolate and raw grain flavors thrown into the mix. The only attribute of the beer working against it was a minerally taste that was either from hard water or carbonic acid. The carbonation was full yet fine giving the beer a feel in the mouth that was nearly creamy.

I didn't say anything about the hops. The hops don't really have character on their own, only support for the malt. Well done.

This would be a wonderful beer to find on tap somewhere. Like other dunkels, it screams session beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice dark lager. The beer poured a very dark, deep amber with a dark tan head that lasted throughout, was creamy and rich, and laced down the glass. The smell was very much of sweet maltiness that was reminiscent of strawberry or raspberry juice aroma. The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and smooth. This beer was quite sweet with no bitter balance, yet it was not unpleasant in the initial taste nor in the aftertaste.

The packaging is quite unique; a plain gold cap, vertical neck label, and a body label with red to pink fading that gives the sense of having sat in the sun and become faded. Tall, dark amber bottle. All in all, a pleasant beverage.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew, but what is with all of the diacetyl? If you added some hop flavor to this I would swear it was some kind of english brown ale. Looks nice, clear and brownish with sticky head. Smells like diacetyl and some roasted malts. Interesting flavors of buttered nuts with a little bit of chocolate covering. Body is great for a session-style brew. I could have a few for sure.

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Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent ruby with a thin but persistant head. Aroma of toasted and carmel malts and a bit of spicy hops. Flavor begins with a toasted bread-like quility, and becomes ever-so-slightly carmel sweet, followed by a little spiciness from the hallertauer hops. Crisp, with a light to medium body and low to medium carbonation. This is a very solid dunkel, with excellent balance. Very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had at Redbones. Pour was dark reddish copper. Aroma was all malt, like dark bread that just rose. I was a bit disapointed in the mouthfeel/taste....it tasted like malt extract diluted with water. Very syrupy and sweet. I think I need to try the bottle version, but this one could have been better. pat

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's another tasty offering from our friends at Anam Cara in Brookline. It pours an almost root beer color with a thin beige head and fast sliding lace. A light chocolate, doughy bread and mild hop aroma has some staying power. The full and rich body is milk chocolaty sweet. Hints of crème brulee, mild citrus and faint camphor taste round out the flavor department. Almost oily in texture and very gulpable.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this dunkel on tap at Bukowski's in Cambridge, MA.

This dunkel lager poured a dark brown (coffee) color with creamy, tan foam. The smell was very slight (perhaps some malt). The taste was sweet and malty with some caramel flavor. No strong roasted flavors. There was a moderate hop presence in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and mellow. The body was medium with low-medium carbonation. This was a nicely drinkable and enjoyable lager.

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Photo of budgood1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy and deep dark amber colour...huge frothy head and sticky rings of lace. aroma is pure brown sugar. some euro hop aroma to balance the nose. yummy sweet malt taste. definitely sweet malt profile. chocolate, caramel and other fruity goodness is detected, a sure sign of heavy yeast and malt. this is an attempt to create a bigger and badder german style dunkel, and a brave attempt at that. a somewhat thin, but extremely smooth mouthfeel; maybe too drinkable. enough character to keep ones interest. pretty yeasty for a lager, but enjoyable and drinkable. i'd drink this every day if i could. damn tasty despite some flaws i can enthusiastically overlook. recommended.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a musty, dark amber (slightly reddened) with a thin off-white head, and this stuff smells really sweet. It tastes much different, however--tart, almost like ketchup with a touch of roses--it's like no brew I've ever had. I don't dislike it; I'm just not sure about it. The taste lingers nicely, with increased maltiness as it moves towards a solid finish. A reasonable, rare, brew.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Redbones. Poured solid brown in color with a small head that didn't seem to last. Not much of a smell at all but the taste made up for that. Plum, raisins, caramel and bannanas are what I picked up. Sweet and malty with some complexity. Not as much carbonation as I expected.

The finish was strong and stayed with me for awhile. Very nice and I would have it again.

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer. Pours out to a cloudy amber in the glass resembling a glass of strong, freshly poured apple cider. The head quickly leaves and in its place is a fresh aroma of malt and yeast. The taste is very, very good. There is a malt explosion that isn't overwhelming, but inviting. I was waiting for a sweet finish due to the malt taste, but it was only light with a slight hop taste as well. A very drinkable beer. This brewery may only have been in existence since 1999, but they brew beer like they've beer around a long time.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprized to find this newly in stock at my local store.... A hard-pour created a tan, frothy head on top of a semi-cloudy, chestnut colored bier. The head, though, disappeared much, much too quickly, with no evidence of any lacing to be found. I found whiffs of some roasty malt in the nose, as well as caramel. Body was on the medium side, and it passed fairly smoothly over the tongue. Good malt was evident in the flavor-profile, with some mildly roasty chocolate and caramel touches. This bier finishes nicely and not at all bitter, with some mild hops making a cameo. A fairly decent brew....

overall: 3.9
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of rajendra82
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color at medium orange amber seemed a bit too light for a dunkel. The pour indicated a medium carbonation level that formed a one-finger thick short lived fizzy head. The smell was bready sweet malt and earthy yeast with some light hop aroma. The smell reminded me a lot of the English Ales I had been drinking lately. The taste indicated a main flavor reminiscent of sourdough bread and some fruitiness in the form of apples and pears. The hop bitterness was quite restrained. There was also a bit of a tangy citric sourness. The beer was very easy to drink, as there were no funky flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was nice and dense with a feeling of satisfaction after the 500 ml. bottle was drained. A solid simple hearty lager, that had nice session appeal.

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Wolnzacher Altfrankisches Dunkel from Wolnzacher Bürgerbraü AG
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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