Aufsesser Dunkel | Brauereigasthof Rothenbach Sonnenhof

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Brauereigasthof Rothenbach Sonnenhof

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by hoegaardenhero:
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of my mom brought this back from Germany for her to try. She is not much of a beer drinker so I lucked out.

A: nothing in terms of head but a light white ring around the top and some light wisps of foam floating; body is a very red amber

S: super grainy; like rubbing toasted wheat in your nose; also some very strong sweet fruity overtones with a light salty sourness in the back; light blood scent

T: a little unexpected; darker roasted flavors are first followed by the strong grainy scent; light toffee; chocolate and coffee also light

M: high carb; light body with very mild syrupiness

d: a decent drinkable brew with great grainy tastes but ultimately a little thin in terms of flavor

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Photo of imbibehour
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the swingtop into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Really nice copper red like body, faint almost ultrafine rising carbonation from the bottom and traveling very fast. Creamy off white head, sort of khaki to light tan in color, with a little bit of top staying power. Settles simply to a nice collar and ringed puck, with a slight bevel. Very nice looking brew, really beautiful body color, nearly matches the label color too.

Nice refreshing light malts on the nose. Clean, almost toasty but goes for even lighter grain quality. Faint hints of milk chocolate like powder sensations. Very solid.

Palate is just really nice. Light bodied but with forgiving crispness in favor of rich malt flavor. Full on caramel and milk chocolate mid palate, nearly chewy with a dense quality. Aftertaste finishes with subtle phenols of clove, mixing nutty hazelnut quality and chocolate milk on the swallow. Real excellent mix of flavors, each taking a turn and providing some fun complexity.

Real well made beer going on here, delicious stuff.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flip-top half-litre bottle BBD 4th July 2013: poured into two 'Hannan Alt' tumblers at home on 7th June 2013.

Good looking beer: toffee apple red/brown with an off-white head that tried to hang around.

Semi-sweet maltiness in the aroma and taste: caramel and toffee notes coming through from the very start of the tasting. I like the sweeter brews so this was fine by me.

Easy to drink and fairly well balanced: mini bitterness towards the end, but still one of the sweetest Dunkels I've had so far.

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Photo of drmeto
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear copper-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-faint chocolate,nutty,raisins
-plums,raisins,chocolate,nutty,faint coffee,toasty finish
-medium carbonation
-light body
Nose is flat.Taste is what you want from a Dunkel,

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Photo of fcrichter
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the back label: "Best before 17.02.17 13:48" Pours a clear amber color with a medium size light tan head from a 16.9 oz bottle with a ceramic stopper into a Pilsner glass. Aroma is nutty, malty with a little caramel sweetness. Taste is more of the same. Mostly a malty beer, with a bit of sweetness and light, subtle hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light (this is a lager!!!) but crisp and with just the right amount of hops for a light malty beer. Low abv., makes this an excellent candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-rated 01-01-2013
Aufsesser dunkel didn't impress me when tasted first a year ago but has grown on me since then.
An old fashioned swing-top bottle gives a coppery clear pour topped by two fingers of creamy
off-white to beige head with good stickage creating sheets and patches of lace on the sides. Sweet malt nose is dominated by appetizing bread crust and nut aroma. Similarly, the delicate sweet flavor gets characterized by slightly acidic heavily baked, nearly burnt bread crust and nuts. I'm unable to pinpoint at any hops although their presence is revealed through the bitterness keeping the initial malt sweetness in check.Body is medium with a bit too soft carbonation. In short, a well balanced Dunkel with bold bread crust-like character unlike to find in any other, a genuine local product with a personal touch (500 ml into pint, BB 05-07_2013).

Pours orangeish-coppery body with good clarity capped by thin light tan head that completely dies out.
Nose is Munich malt sweetness with strong, well-baked bread crust qualities, evident burnt notes and dark chocolate.
Taste follows the aroma with pronounced bread crust being the dominant flavor. Obvious are inappropriate burnt, slightly acidic flavors revealing the usage of roasted malts. The hop-bitterness and malt are nicely balanced, the finish is medium-dry with roastiness lingering into the aftertaste. Almost medium bodied and a bit flat with too soft carbonation. Overall, a Munich Dunkel with too noticeable roasted malt edge, making it more Schwarzbier rather then Munich Dunkel alike. (500 ml, without BB indication, into tulip.) 2.5, 3, 2.5, 2, 2.5 = 2.55

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "Best before 17.02.17 13:48"

Appearance: The transparent body is a very nice orange-brown color with dark bronze and gold hues as the light strikes it. The head is an eggshell-white color with a creamy consistency. Decent head retention.

Aroma: It has a nice soft caramel aroma with a touch of herbal noble hops.

Taste: It has a very nice combination of toast, sweet caramel, and a bit of a plum flavor.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit thin on the palate but otherwise it has good carbonation and just a touch of a bitter bite right at the end. It is a very easy beer to just sit back and drink.

Overall: I thought the beer was very good and for such a light (low ABV) beer it doesn't sacrifice any flavor. The body felt a little bit too thin but the flavor makes up for it. All things considered I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerman_60
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As the previous reviewer notes, a dark amber to light-copper colored beer which looks excellent in the glass (from tap it had a nice, medium-dense head). However, with a syrupy and almost smokey burnt caramel/butterscotch undertone, which (unfortunately, in my opinion) strongly dominates every other characteristic of the beer, it's difficult for me to rate this beer too highly. I drank this beer at the brewery in September 2012.

It could well be that in this region, known as the Frankische-Schweiz that there are so many different local styles of beer that we are just not used to, when we meet the unusual it affects our judgements as we have no reference point for the style.

However, having seen the excellent brewery operation and experienced the hospitality at Brewery Gasthof Rothenbach, you can be sure that this beer is well-made and crafted for the clientele.

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Photo of stevoj
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A dark amber bodied beer which looks good, small, but lasting head. Slight smokey taste, but also favors the sweetness of the malts More sweet than roasty. Decent dunkel.

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Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of contec
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Aufsesser Dunkel from Brauereigasthof Rothenbach Sonnenhof
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 14 ratings