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Dunkel | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by AnalogReigns on 12-19-2009

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Photo of kkipple
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler filled from the brewery, shared with friends a few days later. Always share your beer when possible; it tastes better that way.

A. Clear pecan brown. Long lasting, low head. No lace.

S. Dry and roasty, a tad short, noticeable German malts, reminiscent of hearty brown bread, clean.

T. By Jove, clean again! Rather similar to the (delicious) Copper Alt, but drier, nutty-er, and a bit darker. I still prefer the Alt. This is not bad.

M. Say what you will about the flavor, I find it very difficult to fault any of Olde Meck's offerings on mouthfeel. It's just so... perfect. Crisp, well carbonated, has that indescribable quality that makes you want to drink more, and yet more.

D. But, naturally.

This is a good work-in-progress Dunkel, I feel like. Could use a little more character as it seems to have not yet hit its stride, a la the Alt. I look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liter swing-top growler into my OMB stange. Thanks go to my buddy Barscream for hooking me up with latest offering from the brewery. Thanks Greg!

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber, with 2-3 fingers of rich off-white foamy head. The retention on this stays very frothy, leaving thick swathes of patchy lace all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with toasted bread and green citric notes up front. Floral and spicy hops mix in to add some deep zesty tang to the nose. Man, the more this warms up, the more roasty smelling it is getting. I'm digging it.

The taste has that same deep roastiness to it but not quite as sharp as the aroma was. There is a terrific feeling silky undercurrent of toffee sweetness also at work here, while that earthy bitterness and spice of the Noble hops gives the profile some lively balance but doesn't overstay it's welcome, instead just gently fading away with this spice and dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with a crisp yet still smooth and creamy nature to the carbonation that just seems to skate across the palate at times. Just a great drinkibility on this, as I killed this growler in no time.

Wow, just another well crafted German style here and these guys are definitely impressing me more and more with each offering that I have from here. This is a great seasonal that I would be drinking a ton of if it was local to me.

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

A: Glowing brown without a great deal of foam. Looks a great deal like the OMB Copper.

S: Aroma definitely better than color. Earthy with a woody smell, hints of roasted malt.

T: Very nice and smooth. The flavor of this beer far surpassed what I expected from the appearance. The more you have, the more you pick up in the taste. Very true to traditional German Dunkel Lagers. Caramel, a hint of molasses, not much from hops.

M: Not heavy at all, all the ingredients blend together quite well.

D: Extremely drinkable brew. Hope to see this around in Charlotte for some time.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

74oz growler, split/consumed on christmas eve

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appearance: poured into a standard pint, dark mahogany body with garnet hues, light tan foam head

smell: nutty, toasted grain, caramel malt

taste: dry and nutty - nice toasted malts, caramel, earthy. a nice dunkel lager - 2nd most impressive beer so far from old meck behind the yule bock

mouthfeel: light and dry

drinkability: good

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Old Meck is bringing an authentic tasting German beer to American palates. This dunkel is tasty...unlike many of the big name German (overpastuerized, overfiltered, dumbed-down, emasculated) brands, which really only make their big name beers darker...and call them "dunkel." This is a very drinkable, easy to take, yet, flavor-full beer, very representative of the style, AS ONE FINDS IT IN GERMANY.

Smooth, nicely aromatic of noble hops and malt, with a clean finish--a terrific dark lager.

John Marrino really knows what he's doing in authentic-tasting German-style beer. At the pub, typically one can find at least a table of German nationals lauding his efforts--high praise indeed!

I'd encourage all those in the greater Charlotte, NC area to pay a visit. In less than a year OMB is on tap at over 80 locations....for good reason too.

"Good people drink good beer!" (Hunter Thompson) Old Meck brewpub is FULL of good people...

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