Dunkel Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Dunkel LagerDunkel Lager

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our darkest year round beer however, looks can be deceiving. Dunkel features notes of chocolate with a full malt back bone. Contrary to its dark color, this beer finishes crisp and clean with a round hop flavor.

IBU 22

Added by thekevlarkid on 07-18-2010

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appealing deep reddish amber color with a finely textured head. Mild aroma, mostly malt. Excellent flavor, malty but not too sweet with a hint of hops to keep things interesting. A fine, very enjoyable well crafted beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Craig! You finally get me...

Light brown with perfectly clarity flaunting amber and and garnet highlights. von Trapp's interpretation of the Dunkel is capped by a light cream colored foam, dense and creamy with exceptional stubbornness and layered rings of lace.

The aroma is a wonderfully robust combination of roasted grains and bakers chocolate. A sweet and rich brown bread lays down the base with a
toasted hazelnut background.

The flavor takes on a much more bready flavor than expected. Reminds me of some classic Roggenbröt. Light chocolate, coffee, and toffee before a slight grassy and peppery hop finish and a delicious yeasty undertone from start to finish.

A perfect feel for the style really. On the medium side with a soft carbonation and a balance derived from the toastiness, while still managing to be dry enough for accelerated consumption.

Well, shit. This right here is one of the best Dunkel Lagers I've had. If possible, this would be in my fridge year round to answer the call not only of a dunkel craving, but a brown and possibly even light porter as well.


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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of O-Meg
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barleycorn
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpaethJam
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMantooth
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle

It is a chestnut brown color with hints of ruby. Slightly transparent. The decent sized tan head settled quickly into a fine film.

Some bready yeast with a touch of chocolate in the aroma on top of a pumpernickel like browned bread. It almost smells like a toasted pretzel with a chocolate dipping sauce.

Initial sweetness of a rich dark rye to pumpernickel bread with the yeast flavor followed by a touch of semi bitter chocolate, and an earthy,
slightly nutty flavor that is reminiscent of an English Brown Ale. There is a bit of a spicy, citrusy Hallertau hops note at the end with a lingering chocolate bordering on coffee grounds like char and bitterness.

It is a lush medium body that still drinks like a 5% beer. Crisp, and somewhat dry finish.

Ayinger is the king of Dunkels from what I have had, but this is probably the best one I have tried otherwise. A really nice malty, somewhat robust, but easy drinking lager that balances out the richness with just the right amount of bitterness. Would love to have access to this one all the time.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark copper / brown with a medium foam head and some glass lacing
Smell - Very aromatic blend of coffee and chocolate. It strangely seems to be more coffee than chocolate.
Taste - much more chocolate in the flavor, very malty and has a slight hop tang at the end. A dark roasted beer that has medium low carbonation. Some faint tobacco and figs flavor. Fairly drinkable but not a light beer by any means.

Overall i was astounded by this beer, first time trying from this brewery, they knocked this out of the park. It's better than Newcastle Brown in my opinion. Grade is an A

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Photo of AD17
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madtrixter787
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spiceepicklez
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great rich dark color, wonderful taste, crisp clean and rich. Amazing crisp and clean beer for how much sweetness and flavor is in it. Great session lager. Enjoyed it a lot

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color with an off-white head. The aroma is gentle, but offers a few different facets. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee are expected - it's the subtle hop profile that helps to separate this from the pack. It tastes a bit lighter than what the nose suggested (light in terms of malt notes, not light in terms of actual flavor). Initial flavors of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar are ballasted by a surprising mid-taste of cherry. The finish is lightly hoppy, balancing the sweetness without offering overt harshness. This is one of those brews where it's hard to explain why it works so well, but damn does it work so well. It's not too thick or too thin in texture, either. A light lingering sweetness helps to give it some presence, while the firm carbonation cleanses said presence. This is close to being the idea Munich dunkel lager in my mind. It's sharply balanced, full of flavor, and moderately complex - the hype for von Trapp's lagers seems to be well warranted so far...

3.94/5: One of the finer dark lagers I've sampled in a while

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a moderately brown color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, but not great, aroma malt, hops, bread, and spice.

T: Tasted of a some of the bready quality (subtly present throughout), a whole lot of malt (the dominant element), a surprising amount of hops (especially in the finish), light caramel, and some spice. A pretty straightforward flavor, with the bread and malt jockeying for top dog. It's not bad, but it feels like it could've been more dynamic. Still, a light, likable taste.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, but it has its good qualities. Worth a look.

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Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no date found:
Pours a medium brown with unsurprising clarity. A fairly aggressive initial pour drove the beige head to about three fingers of medium-sized bubbles, with a more careful completion of getting 12oz into the glass, the head settled into about a finger and a half. As I spent a few minutes typing up this intro, the more creamy remnants still capped the mahogany body. Lacing was in curtains initially, but faded to less and less as I downed the beer, as did the initially thick collar.

A dark toast was the immediate smell - maybe even better described as a darkly browned soft pretzel. I wouldn't go so far as pumpernickel - but something similar to that bread style was present. There was not much sweetness to the nose, so I presumed a more neutral hop or one that plays into the darker malts well, maybe earthen to wooden to reedy - but it wasn't distinct.

In my initial tastes, I got mostly a pumpernickel bread note - at least as the main/base flavor for this beer. The flavor was closer to the bread than it was in the nose. There was also a little bit of caramel malt sweetness coming out early. The bitterness was also more discernible in the taste. When I try to focus on the bitter flavors, the hops (which I presume are noble German hops) might be somewhat grassy. But in the beer, they came across as somewhat piney (wood, not needle or resinous), perhaps from the combination with the nutty highly toasted malts and the hops themselves.

Body would probably be considered lighter than it "felt" due to the decent boldness of the malt flavors. I would go with an overall impression of medium. Carbonation was light, but sufficient, and there was a little lingering tingle... like a spice-induced note that could be considered a lingering flavor, perhaps.

I seem to be in the minority of people who like a fair amount of brown ales, and the malt profile of this beer reminded me a little of the brown ales I do enjoy. The lagering might actually be the key here, as this Dunkel doesn't have the somewhat tart to tangy note that I sometimes don't enjoy in some browns. The beer is somewhat dry, which adds to the quality that I learned from a few people on this site: süffig.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Translucent dark brown with amber highlights. A small white head. Good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Pumpernickel bread, toasted nuts, toffee, milk chocolate, hay, and light spice.

T: Warm toasted bread character, with toasted pecans, walnuts, and milk chocolate. Some caramel and toffee. Hay and a hint of pine and fall spice on the finish, yet crisp, clean, and lightly dry by the aftertaste.

F: Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, smooth and almost lightly creamy.

O: A beautiful and delicious darker lager with a rich and complex malt profile. Superb.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear reddish brown color with a nice tan head. Roasted malts in the nose. The mouth gets a nice taste of caramel and roasted malts. Very slight aftertaste.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaymus
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dunkel Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 273 ratings