Kaiserdom Alt-Bamberger Dunkel | Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei Bamberg

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Kaiserdom Alt-Bamberger DunkelKaiserdom Alt-Bamberger Dunkel

Brewed by:
Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei Bamberg

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mwrseeley on 11-18-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by germanbeer1:
Photo of germanbeer1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kaiserdom is one of the most overlooked breweries in Bamberg, outside of Ambraeusianum, but does have some good beers. This particular lager isn't very dark in color and it doesn't have the same striking taste as many of the other dark beers in the region. It's conservative nature gives it some chocolate taste and it has a noticeable body. This is definitely one of the better beers from Kaiserdom.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle poured into a Veltins Pilsner glass and a Forbidden Fruit chalice.

The beer looked good in both glasses each showing off its good deep dark brown colour and lovely cream coloured head.

The aroma and taste was of roasted/toasted malts, almost burnt in the taste, with dark chocolate and rich coffee flavours trying to get past the burnt hints.

Fairly full in body and flavour, tastey, I am begining to warm towards this style more and more.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Gapwines, Belfast...

Poured almost black with dark brown around the edges... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded fairly quickly to nice thin layer... light carbonation... no real lacing...

Aroma - Light dark fruits (raisins and prunes), light toffee sweetness, some light toasted biscuity malts, roast coffee, faint smokiness...

Taste - Light biscuity malts with some toastiness, spicy fruits (raisins and prunes), some nuttiness, chocolate, metallic notes, light toffee sweetness, vanilla hints, light peppery hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.... Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable....

Overall - An OK beer... nothing mind blowing but certainly worth a try...

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Photo of dbalsock
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured dark brown with a tan head, big and laced. The body is a tada dark for me and I prefer more reddish hues in my dunkel. I appreciate the best before date on the bottle.

Smell: Roasty with an initial hint of smoke and noble hops. After a little warmiing all that is left is roast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Along with the intense roastiness that is much like a stout, it has a slight biscuit/cracker after taste and some noticeable noble hops to round out the flavor. There's a lack of the standard sweetness that I recognize from good german dunkels and the roasted character overpowers the crispness I expect as well. It's a tad too dry for me and the bitterness is more intense, but keeps things interesting.

This brew is still fairly drinkable, but compared to most quaffable dunkels it doesn't match up.

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is more than just dark beer, its got the blackest body I've ever seen. On top of that is a pale brown head that leaves some nice spidery lacing as you drink. The smell is of licorice and malt, with some notes of yeast and grass. Taste is overwhelmingly of malt, and an aftertaste that I can best liken to vegemite - a fermented yeast paste that Aussies like to fool other folk into eating. Carbonation is low and the yeastiness yeilds a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, I've had better dunkels, and this is nothing outstanding to me, but still a decent beer.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mwrseeley
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kaiserdom Alt-Bamberger Dunkel, from the Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei Brewery in Bamberg (1718), poured a promising opaque black body. On top was a small beige head and good amount of sticky lace; the former receded slighty while the latter held its ground. Wafting upwards from the glass came the pleasant roasted aroma of dark chocolate and tucked away in the background was the presence of something bitter. The taste was hoppy and more acrid than I was expecting from a dunkel. A little thin on the palate and the chocolatey notes found in the aroma and in the flavour were overpowered by a dry bitterness.

Something seems amiss. The only date listed on the bottle passed by seven months ago and it is preceded by Korean characters. Hold on. Gotta be fair to the beer. I asked my wife about this and she informed me that the date in question is the 'birthday' of the beer. Nice to get that settled.

Strange brew...

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: almost opaque due to the light black colour. The head is beige to light brown, substantial and creamy. Good retention with lots of lacings. Very appealing appearance.
Aroma: molasses, sweet malts, dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
Taste: roasted sweet malts and coffee balanced with herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel: creamy with a moderate level of carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: lingering roasted bitter finish.

Overall: very nice beer. Well-balanced, rich and firm. Very good example of what a Dunkel should be.

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Photo of herrburgess
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of cnozzy
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color with a big creamy tan head. Nice lacings.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate are the most significant aroma.

Taste: Chocolate taste at first, then slight malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Drink: Medium bodied, smooth to drink. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found this in beijing, in the same store that carries some of the other german brews i've been able to get here as well.

330ml, clear bottle with twist-off cap. best by date of march 2009

dark coffee color with amber tint under the light. moderate light tan head, but only obtained through vigorous agitation. lingers for a little, but eventually fades to wispy layer and ring. minimal lacing.

faintly roasted aroma, almost approaching irish stout. hints of coffee and earthy tones. sweetness at the back. whiffs of grassy hop that are surprisingly free of skunk despite the clear bottle and the horrendous warehousing and storage practices of china.

flavor continues with reminiscences of coffee and interesting parallels to stout roastiness. faint coffee/stout acidity too. gentle hop and charred malt bitterness, with caramelized and charred maltiness underneath, carrying into finish.

not too thin. smooth, with some faintly astringent texture. gentle to moderate carbonation.

does the beer being dark protect the hops from light damage too? maybe i'll give this another shot after all.

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Photo of BILF
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown and opaque. Tan head with very little lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, mollasses, roast coffee and charcoal smoke.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee, subdued malt flavours with slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied bordering on thin. Minimal carbonation. Dry, abrupt finish.

D - I appreciated the subtlety for the style but felt that this beer could benefit from a fuller body and more robust malt flavours. No off putting tastes just not that enticing.

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Photo of Dzu
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kaiserdom Alt-Bamberger Dunkel from Kaiserdom Privatbrauerei Bamberg
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 15 ratings