Dunkel | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 56
Photo of screamking
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Jungle Jims Fairfield. 12oz poured into pint glass.

Appearance- reddish brown with light tan head that goes away quickly. 3.5

Aroma-light Carmel,not a lot going on, some malt. 3

Taste-sweet, Carmel color, malty enough, a little toffee but not much. 3.5

Feel- carbonation, grainy, coats mouth and stays for a bit but still a very light and easy drinker. 3.75

Overall- total session beer for me, average for the style, a good gateway beer for people too afraid to jump into deeper beer waters. 3.75

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Photo of Groomsy
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Rivertown Variety "Crate." Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

This European-style lager pours a cola-colored brown and reveals hues of garnet and crimson when held to light. Atop the body sits a short-lived head of off-white soapy film, which later fades to a cap of foam. A spatter of lacy rings are left on the glass through drinking. A vigorous pour resulted in little carbonation springing up from the bottom of the glass.

The nose of the Rivertown Dunkel, though faint, boasts notes of caramel, some toffee, and toasted grains and is dominated by malt. As the beer warms, nutty notes emerge. This sweetness from the malt is balanced by a barely-there scent of some floral-scented hops. While not necessarily groundbreaking for this style, I wasn't expecting it to floor me. The smell is mild, as expected for this style. I do have the advantage of being only 40 minutes away from the brewery, so this is likely a very fresh batch. (Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing how fresh.)

As the Dunkel is an easy-drinking style, the notes from the aroma carry over to the taste. While not disagreeable in any way, don't expect to get knocked away by this beer. This beer is almost overwhelmingly sweet with all the flavors of caramel, roasted grains, and some residual nutty sweetness (think hazelnuts). There's just enough floral spice and earthy bitterness to balance the malt. Make no mistake - this is a classic Dunkel through and through. As far as style goes, I think this is very accurate. It's balanced and easily quaffable; the taste of the lager yeast gives it a crisp finish. Very mellow and smooth with a clean finish.

The beer is smooth-drinking with a slightly overactive bite in the mouth. Though not over-carbonated, it does have a little too much fizz to match the flavor profile. With a medium-thin body, it isn't so heavy that you couldn't drink several or even pair it with some heavy dinner fare. It has a dry and sweet finish, which contributes to the refreshment factor.

This is my first experience with Rivertown Brewery. I'm down the river from their residence, and if this is any indication of the rest of what they can do as a brewery, I'm eager to see what else they can do. While the brewers are self-professed "style Nazis," (as stated in an interview) I think they've given a fresh perspective on what a Dunkel can do and taste like. While a "safe" style, this is not bad and is a good fall-back style.

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Photo of raznug
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear light brown color and is topped with a solid 2” of off white colored head.
Smell: The aroma of this dunkel is wheat malt and a small amount of grassy hops.
Taste: Its flavor is rather thin and watery not much malt flavor, it is rather blah.
Mouthfeel: This is a thin bodied beer which makes it easy to drink but I think a good dunkel should be at least medium bodied to let the flavor hang around better. Not the best beer from Rivertown.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, clear and softly reddish with light behind it. One finger of yellowish head, gone before I looked back at the glass. Little lacing.

Smell is warm and grainy, with a nice nutty sweetness. Hazelnuts, grain, and a touch of molasses, with a light background of lager yeast. I like it.

Taste is also pleasantly malty, with a lager twist. Best way I can describe it is warm and full. Like well-soaked grains. Sweetness is low, bitterness is non-existent, but all these soft, subtle flavors make for a very tasty package.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-light body, enough carbonation, fairly dry tingly finish.

I like this beer. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy, even though the ABV is under 6%. It has a soft grainy richness that I'm just really enjoying right now. No big flavors, just subtle tasty goodness.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.88/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 2/1/12

Light, faded brown. It settles up in the glass the color of half watered down cola. The less-than-a-finger head is gone in short order, also much like cola. Thin film of retention. No lace.

Aromas of pond water, wood, stale nuts, tangy grains and some dark bread. It has a soapy presence all over the place, too. Heck, it even smells like watered-down cola.

Wow, this tastes... not so good. Tree bark, bitters, burnt grains. Aspirin. There are tangy fruit notions that are mixed up in a general sense of the weird. As it warms, a more proper toasted bread snippet begrudgingly emerges. What is going on here?

The body is thin and riddled with overactive carbonation. Very thin. Not surprisingly so, as the bottle indicates. Putting it on the label doesn't make it much of a surprise does it, Rivertown?

I keep trying Rivertown beers and I keep saying no thanks. At least this is the last one in the fridge for a while. The sad thing is, I can tell there is an alright beer hidden in here just begging to be brewed and bottled well.

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Photo of Beejay
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear coca cola colored beer, with a nice light tan head.

S: There is definitely a grainy smell to this that I like, but there is also a sweetness there that smells like pancakes that have been soaked through with maple syrup. There is something else in there that I can't quite seem to figure out.

T: Roasted malt, a good caramelized flavor. Mellow and smooth, although there is something in the finish that I am not in love with. Still, pretty decent.

M: Medium in body, with a nice strong carbonation.

O: Overall pretty nice. Easy drinking with a good roasted flavor.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Poured a reddish brown color with a one finger head that dissipated rapidly. Left no lace

S- Lots of toasted caramel malt, biscuit, and a little bit of a medicinal aroma

T- Lots of toasted caramel malt, some biscuit notes, a little bit of banana like fruitiness, and none of the medicinal notes I got in the aroma

M- Real smooth, nice body, coats the mouth pretty well, with some nice tongue tickling carbonation

O- A very drinkable beer that reminded me a lot of a Marzen. This just seems like a really good everyday beer

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear dark brown body, no real head at any point, but there is a very thin film and ring of white foam.

S - nutty, dark fruits, roasted wheaty malty smells. Actually pretty nice.

T - roasted malts, dark fruits, a hint of caramel. Quite good. Light, and small, but very nice.

M - smooth and dry. Light, not too thin. A good feel.

O - the best beer I've had from rivertown as of yet. I think this is pretty good.

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Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a light bodied nice hazelnut brown with light amber highlights and a one finger white head that quickly dissipated into nothing. It looks flat after the head dissolves. It smells of flat caramel malts, light sweetness, very grainy, and I detect some light rubber, as in fresh tires rubber. That's strange, and not fair because I love that aroma, but it's weird in a beer. The flavors are of grainy malt with a light malt sweetness with a light bitter finish. It's nothing unique or special. It drinks really light in body but I wouldn't want more than a glass of this. I'd much rather go for Ayinger.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of the older-style Rivertown screw cap bottle, this dunkel is a clear mahogany with a half inch off-white head that quickly recedes to spotting and a ring around the top. The smell is of faint creamed corn with a hint of chocolate in the background but neither is very strong. Also a hint metallic but improves as it warms. Sampled at around the suggested 38F I don't pick up on any dominant flavors. A bit corny tasting but I'm not real sure what it is I detect. The mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I would like and prickles my tongue. Overall I find this a moderately bland beer. Probably a good gateway for non-craft drinkers and, while not bad by any means, I can't find anything in it that would compel me to buy more.

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown in color with a large thin bodied head of tan fading around the circumference leaving a heap in the middle. Some sticky lace.

Nice aromas of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, and a light nutty quality. Some earthy hops in there.

Delicious Dunkel really hitting the spot. Caramel riddled with a creamy middle and finish. Light toffee flavors mingle with brown sugar and walnut on the finish. Moderate carbonation and light acidity throughout. Very well rounded and quaffable. Good job by Rivertown.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium brown color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Toasted grains and caramel with a touch of honey.

T- Smooth rich caramel malt flavor with a nice bitterness in the finish. I would guess the ABV to be fairly low maybe around 5% or so. Some hazlenut and toffee.

M- Fairly light bodied with decent carbonation.

O- A very solid beer that is easy to drink and has enough flavor to keep me interested.

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Photo of Landfill21
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, Pours into an amber color and has a head that disappears. Has a malty smell and has caramel hints as well. Has a very smooth taste and has a full mouthfeel. This beer has great drinkability and 6 go down so smoothly. Rivertown is a great brewery. Hope they start selling their octobefest, it is yum.


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Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received in trade with mymrnngjkt- thanks!

A: Pour a deep amber/brown with clarity, little head to speak of- a thin layer of white bubbles is all

S: the nose feature a nice malty profile with notes of toffee, nuts, bread and some fruity notes on the end, pretty subdued but nice and balanced

T: again, nice malty profile, lots of caramel and bread, everything is mild, but this is well balanced and quite refreshing. Nice clean after taste.

MF: light bodied, medium carbonation

D: the beer excels in drinkability...nice amount of flavor, perfectly balanced, very refreshing

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours an iced-tea caramel brown. A brief light tan head, recedes to little more than a thin collar after a minute.

Aroma - good roasty malts with a touch of sweetness.

Taste - much like the sniff, a good malty sweetness paired with a very nice roasted grain.

Mouthfeel - an even smoothness, medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability - another excellent beer from Rivertown. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark coppery color. The head was a short lived off white coloration.

Smell: Toasted grain and caramel undertones rise up to greet my nose.

Taste: The flavor of the beer has some toasted grain flavors. Caramel and a faint banana notes peak out. Cant really place any hops in this beer. Borders on being a bit to sweet but even still is very nice.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is slightly more than medium. The carbonation is light but I think it works out well. The beer is definitely a beer I could drink several of in an evening.

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Photo of bamadog
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle of this with beerman207 tonight. Picked up this offering at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY for $1.70, so I can't complain about the price, that's for sure. Review is from notes taken on 3/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown cola color and starts with really no head whatsoever, just a thin ring around the surface that eventually disappears too; body shows solid clarity as well and fairly strong carbonation bubbling throughout; no lacing is left behind at all.

Smell: Fairly solid wet and toasted tall cereal graininess and a light and smooth banana-like sweet maltiness.

Taste: The tall and roastted graininess is really the predominant flavor, but it's accompanied by that really sweet and banana-esque maltiness that's far too sweet for me and it even comes across as a little medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation, while present to the eye, is very soft and nearly flat in the mouth; finish is pretty clean and moist, really no effect at all.

Drinkability: Meh. I prefer the bock from Rivertown to this offering. I'll definitely continue to try what they produce though since they're local and I hope they do well. Overall, it's too dang sweet for me and medicinal, and the mouthfeel really lacks.

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Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6er picked up at Vonderhaar's in Reading. Poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rusty copper brown with great clarity. Small head on the pour with a little retention and some lacing.

S: Lots of caramel and toffee notes and a bit nutty. Some cereal grains, crisp and clean.

T/M: More of the caramel and toffee notes with a touch of something darker and richer. A light sweetness in the back. Malts are crisp and finish very clean. Not detecting any hops. Body is medium light with carbonation that might be slightly lower than expected.

D: ABV seems very reasonable and this drinks nicely.

(Please sell your Strawberry Lambic)

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Dunkel from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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