Kuhnhenn Dunkel | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dark brown German lager is dominated by Munich malt, with a bready and malty nose. With mild caramel and chocolate notes this beer is robust while being drinkable like a lager. It leaves the palate malty with a medium-dry finish.

Added by MasterSki on 02-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 10
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Kuhnhenn's brewpub. Kuhnhenn Dunkel pours one of the deepest ruby and dark brown colors I've seen, while still never quite reaching "black" territory. Good clarity for such a dark brew, topped off with a foamy, dark-ish beige head that sits atop the beer for at least a few minutes while leaving some clearly defined rings of lacing behind.

The aroma is a little underpowered, although that may partially be due to the cold serving temperature. Good amounts of heavily toasted, sweet bread, caramel, some blotches of cocoa powder, and a somewhat nutty aroma in the finish. Though warmth doesn't necessarily evoke new aromas or nuances, it does help to beef-up the aromas that are currently there. There's no doubt this one is malty to the core (as a dunkel should be) and the heavy Munich malt makes sure you're aware of that.

Though this beer was a bit thinner than I would have liked, the medium-heavy carbonation helped to liven up the mouth feel a bit, as well as aid the flavors in stretching out my palate. There's a nice, chocolate and cocoa powder essence up front, immediately followed by a brigade of other malty flavors; toasted bread, caramel, light toffee, and lighter amounts of sweet molasses. The heavy bread-like characteristics only strengthen as time goes on.

There's a solid graininess that becomes apparent about halfway through and comes hand-in-hand with a slightly dry, woody flavor. There was another flavor that I was having a harder time identifying, and after much careful speculation, I have likened it to something similar to cookie dough. Very nutty finish, only lightly sweet and still bready as hell. Despite seeming a touch watered down at times, this dunkel maintains a solid flavor profile all the way through that grows in robustness as it approaches room temp.

Even though it's relatively low in alcohol anyway (6% ABV at the time of review), it went virtually unnoticed from start to finish. This is a very solid, highly drinkable lager that would be easy to consume in mass quantities. Much better than the slightly gimmicky "Cookie Crisp Dunkel" released on their St. Patrick's Day Party. I'd gladly order this again - that is, if Kuhnhenn didn't have so damn many other things that sound delicious, too.

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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kuhnhenn. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Transparent dark amber body.

S - Molasses, dates, caramel, cocoa, dark breads, and a hint of nuts.

T - Similar mix of cocoa, caramel, roasted nuts, and bread.. There's also a vague cola nut and sarsaparilla note I associate with something like Dr. Pepper.

M - Zesty carbonation, toasty medium body, with a dry, crisp lager finish. No perceptible alcohol, and this was the highest ABV offering in my flight.

D - A solid, well-made dunkel. Nothing to get super excited about, but appeals to lager lovers like myself. Could see myself drinking this in a beer garden on a summer's eve.

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Kuhnhenn Dunkel from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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