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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #5
Ranked #9,422
3.96 | pDev: 8.33%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Dark Lager. Creamy, toffee aromas balance the bitterness of Munich malts in our roasted brown lager. Although dark in color, Dunkel is medium in body and finishes dry and clean, resulting in a rich lager that can be enjoyed throughout the year. IBU 22
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Reviews by FBarber:
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Clear when held to the light. Thick frothy off-white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of bubbly foam along the top of the beer. Lots of lacing left behind.

Smell is a nutty aroma with some dark malts, pumpernickel bread and roasted nuts.

Taste follows the nose with dark roasted malts, bread, pumpernickel, roasted nuts, and a spicy herbal hop finish. some hints of cocoa are there, but not super noticeable. Very simple yet well done flavors here,

Feel is light and easy drinking. Smooth. Medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a really nice dunkel lager. Quite well done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasty, Bready, Clean, Authentic

The hills are alive ... with some really tasty lagers. The brewer’s intention here is to go right after the Munich Dunkel style, and this beer is a liquified loaf of rustic dark bread from start to finish. Some balancing hops show up along the way, and more fresh grain isn’t far behind. Give me a liter with a meat and cheese board and we are talking pure bliss. Von Trapp’s take easily matches its German counterparts.

Look 3.50 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.00 | Overall 4.00

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #107 (DEC 2015)

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its come to the point where if I'm looking for an authentic German style beer I just pick up a 6er of any Von Trapp beer. This one features a medium body with an aroma and taste that just oozes of cocoa nibs. On the dry side and extremely drinkable. Perfect for this chilly windy day.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 WesMantooth
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 HorseheadsHophead
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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 20holmbrew
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent representation of the style. awesome maltiness with a smooth finish. Glad I picked up some von trapps during a trip to Vermont to go along with some of the hop bombs the state is famous for.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown body with a two finger beige head that dissipates to a wispy head with a solid, clingy ring around the glass. Moderate clingy lacing as well.
The aroma is roasted malts that present themselves as lightly roasted coffee. Also roasted, buttery nuts.
Roasted malts, dark bread, coffee and hints of Baker's chocolate in the taste. Herbal, floral hops towards the end.
Medium body with a crisp carbonation. Full flavored with a dry spicy finish.

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Photo of horshack7
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a very dark copper to mahogany brew with a two finger head that leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Caramelized sugar, molasses, chocolate malts, light floral hop in the back.

Taste: Molasses, chocolate malts, roasted hops with a good floral bite and a faint citrus note. Dark fruits, raisins with a few notes of dates.

Notes: What a great example of a Dunkel Lager dam tasty all around. Cheers.

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Photo of Amendm
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a 16-oz. mug, needed a strong pour to get a finger sized coffee milk colored head that dropped to a cap quickly with spotty lacing.
Dark walnut semi-opaque color, dark mohogany when held up to light.
Subtle smell of toasted grain, bready malt and spice.
Taste has added bitter and semi-sweet flavors at first, the roasted and un-roasted malts blend in the middle with the help of the lively carbonation. The roasted malt and carfully added hops finishes the taste, a very clean semi-dry finish.
The way the malts blend and compliment each other is excellent. Adding a light amount of hops keeps the bitterness moderate. Easy and smooth to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Certainly looks like a proper dunkel.

Aroma is sweet and full of grainy malt. Simple and yet still elegant at the same time.

Sweet, chewy grains greet the tongue. Delicious and iteffectively quenches my thirst.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering chewy malt and swwetness.

Very, very good example of this style. They know their way around German styles.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Trapp Family Lodge 12/7
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a hazy deep amber, almost chestnut brown color with a one finger of creamy off white head. Head retains nicely leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet caramel, chocolate notes and a hint of nuttiness.

T: Taste light and sweet caramel malts at the forefront. A surprising undercurrent of light chocolate finds its way in. A touch of grain and bread mingled with the chocolate. Finish has a touch of hop bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean but a touch of a sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, very nice represnetation of style. I could certainly have several pints of this beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 12oz bottle poured into a deep tulip glass with a dark brown body and a frothy tan cap. The fairly thick head ascends to a finger high before descending slowly to a thick ring and blanket atop the brew. Sheets of lace are plentiful.

S- As the color suggests the malts deliver a spectrum of aroma between grainy and somewhat roasty with nutty, bready, heavy caramel and chocolate notes. Beside those figs, raisin, and yeast bread come to mind. Spicy hops an afterthought.

T- Malts up front as they should be with strong notes of toffee, nuts, caramel and chocolate opening up for hints of toast, charred barley, raw grains and even coffee. Clean fermentation for the most part but slight spiciness and dark fruits like raisin and dates come out in the finish.

MF- Puffy, foamy and slightly creamy texture in a medium body; perhaps even a bit lighter than it should be. Carbonation is on the high side and appropriate for the style keeping it crisp and smooth.

I really do admire breweries that keep up with traditional styles and especially ones that set out to brew styles from other countries. Von Trapp has a great all around lineup of German brews and clearly knows how to use the yeast correctly; something other American brewers often fall short on. Here we have a fairly rich Dunkel with malt complexity that still drinks very smoothly.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the deli above the brewery.

Nice deep brown color with an ample tan head.

The aroma was that of lightly roasted grains.

The taste was toasty and full bodied, perfect for the style. I could taste the malts, but their sweetness was not forward at all which in my book made this an outstanding beer.

This beer was extremely drinkable, there was no alcohol present in the aroma or taste.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vdub191
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Colby8938
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +1%

On tap at Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, VT.

I was told by the bartender that I had been pronouncing the style wrong all along- it's pronounced d-oon-kel. Oops!

Pours a light to medium strength brown, clear, with no haze, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like toasted bread, roasted bread, roasted malt, caramel, and toffee.

Absolutely delicious malt flavor, most likely because it is decoction mashed. Light on the tongue, but rich in flavor. Caramel, toffee, a little bit of chocolate, roasted malt, and toasty bread. So good.

This one has a lighter body, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

Another great one from Trapp, it's good to get authentic German styles fresh in the US.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the final day of The Dive Bar being open.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice crystal clear chestnut hue with a one finger off white head that fades to leave light lacing and thin blanket. Great layered lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet biscuits, toffee, good biscuit forward brown ale. Decent roast and grains, fair caramel and roast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice slightly hoppy bitterness. Floral hops, great grassy notes, nice biscuits, toffee, caramel, light cereal grains. Good subtle roast.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, no lingering bitterness.

O - Overall this was a very solid Dunkel. Great base, nice floral hops, good faint sweetness. A damn well executed Dunkel for sure!

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of Chuck13
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sheppard
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black. Off white/light tan head. A roasty, smokey aroma. A little bit of chocolate, mostly roast, and a little hearty smoke on the finish. It's a good dunkel, but the light smoke that I am getting is a little off putting. Another awesome lager from von Trapp though.

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