Dunkel Lager | Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

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Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Washington, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Briken on 07-18-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 27
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

even almost a year old in the bottle, this is one of the best american made dunkel types i have ever had, so rich and complex, but dry and crushable, really amazing stuff here. its mostly clear, but quite dense, with a nut brown body and lots of bubbles amassing into a creamy tan head over an inch high and relatively permanent. it smells like old german lager yeast, andesch quality stuff, with a slightly caramelized malt base, but still more earthy than sweet and quite layered with notes of dried date and prune, almond, brown sugar, and even high starch wild rice, its got a whole lot going on for an old world style. big creamy body, i like that the most, but the malt flavors and this vibrant lager yeast really interweave well, and its sort of a mosaic of classic flavors, robust and mellow at the same time, roasty and elegant, warming but dry, soft but hearty, a lot of juxtaposition but it all seems to make perfect sense. this is my first beer from these guys, and it has me positively inspired to seek out more. world class dunkel here, somehow takes the style to the next level. brilliant beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a narrow pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: dark brown with a finger of frothy ivory foam atop with good retention.

Smell: lightly sweet and malty with a bit of a toasty and caramel character. I dig it.

Taste: nutty and toasty malt with a bit of a sweetness. Simple, but good.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is a simple and straightforward beer, but it is well made and highly drinkable. Good stuff!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Beertunes!
This is a very solid dunkel. Soft aroma with clear malt, no hops and a non-sweet toffee.
Classic look. Rich tan head. Very clear. Light colored garnet. A very attractive color.
Nice non-rich, rich malt flavor with some drying on the finish that has a dark chocolate quality. Again not sweet but still toffee like.
Great smooth lager with a heftier feel.
Well, well done.

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Photo of Moose90
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Becher On-Tap from the source

A – Pours a really deep amber, very dark brown. Big creamy tan head, lots of great lacing.

S – Richly roasted malt notes, slight sweetness and some noble hop dryness.

T – Smooth amber and dark malt notes, very well balanced with dry hop notes.

M – Medium bodied, long and lingering finish.

O – Very nice representation of the style, another fantastic lager from Chuckanut.

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Photo of woemad
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle included in the box of awesomeness from Whatcom County sent me by beertunes. Another beer from C-Nut that is of an overlooked style in America. In fact the only American Dunkel I can think of is the old Northern Lights Dunkel, which was really just a simperingly sweet brown ale brewed with chocolate.

Poured into a Selkirk Abbey nonic pint glass, this was a dark mahogany color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head that took it’s time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides of the aforementioned glass.

Mildly sweet dark malt aroma, with a little bit of grassy hop notes. Some mineral notes as well.

Mild roasted malt and quietly herbal hop flavor at the start. A more chocolaty dark malt flavor kicks in just after, but stays in the background and primarily gives the beer a little bit of depth.

The body is somewhere between light and medium, with a clean finish.

I’d love to see this as an alternative to the various brown ales I see on tap locally. I could pound the crap out of it, and would love the chance to do so.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the Dunkel to be the traditional very dark amber in color. The smell was a lovely Dunkel fragrance I sorely needed at the time (was doing a bit of a brewery tour) that did not disappoint when taking the first sip. Had a sort of semi sweet taste to it which is the style. It finished with a good clean, smooth, and roasted feel/taste to it that I quite enjoyed really.

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a translucent dark mahogany color with over a half-inch of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly soft, smooth grains (with perhaps just a hint of roast in the background), and some very light, gentle hops. The flavors also were mostly grainy, with a light roast and subtle chocolate notes as well. There were just enough hops for a bit of contrast.

The body was just a bit fuller than medium, nicely smooth, and had a very lightly sticky finish. Drinkability was good, you could easily drink several of these at a session, or have one every day without getting bored by it. Overall, another nice brew from this brewery. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

Not a bad dunkel. Poured clear reddish-brown with a light whitish head. Sweet maltiness in the nose. Tasted malty and sweet, a bit nutty. Light-medium mouthfeel with a bit of a stale aftertaste. Pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of Briken
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown withsome red highlights and no head or lacing by the time it got to me. Just a sweet aroma, nothing in particular. Molasses with a light bitter balance and roasted, bready flavors mixed in. Even mouthfeel.

Good balance in flavors, an easy drinking darker beer for anyone to get behind. Offer it to someone at the table interested in something a little darker.

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Dunkel Lager from Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
3.86 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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