Fearless Youth | Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
Colorado, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 92
Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is clear red-brown with a short-lived foam in the snifter. The carbonation appears to start out fine, but leave the glass standing a few minutes and it's gone. Not much aroma except for a slight beery breath.

Some nicely-roasted dark malt with a pleasant tang to it. Some slight sweetness along with a tea-like bitter edge. Faint nutty flavor and a hint of pomegranate.. There is really not much to this, and it's quite handicapped by the carbonation anemia. Now take the Germans, they know how to put a good spritz on a bier, ja! From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A- Pours a deep and fairly dark, transparent amber color, topped with a surprisingly creamy, off-white, 1.5 finger head. Retention is average, though it pretty appealing.

S - Caramel, toasted and pale malts, bread, and light spice. It's mild, and a little boring.

T - Some fruit esters that weren't evident in the nose come through. It's a little nutty, and the toasted malt foundation, cream and sweet candy are counted by light hopping. It's simple, but very well balanced. I like it quite a bit.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and oddly, a bit creamy. It works pretty well with the flavors, though.

D - My first brew from Grimm Brother, and I'm impressed. It's nothing special, but I'll try more, especially on tap.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is an amber-copper coloring, with a filmy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of roasted caramel nut sweetness, with subtle smoky highlights. Flavors are rich and sugary sweet, with tangy caramel and roasted toffee dominating the palate. Very sweet. The aftertaste is cloying, sugary, roasted caramel. Slick, sweet, cloying finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tobacco brown; 2 finger off white head; 80% opacity.

Wet, musty malts; some dry barley grain and caramel syrup; light straw. Quiet bouquet.

Taste is like the nose but more pronounced; mostly roasted barley, nuts & toffee, a bit of root or sarsaparilla; and a Euro grassiness thrown in at the end.

Feel is the best part. Rich and creamy, a durable and chewy texture; has a semi-dry nip at the end.

Overall impressions : It's not something I'd race towards to try again, but it's not a bad Munich Dunkel. In line with the German top dawgs? No, not really. There's less caramel and more straw and a weak nose overall. Yet, it's still not a bad brew to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this one falls into the crowd a little bit, especially this time of year, but a good brew nevertheless. murky medium amber color like maple syrup, tons of bubbles but they don't accumulate into any real head to speak of. mild but decidedly autumnal nose, a touch of honey sweet, and a touch of fall spice, almost in the pumpkin beer family really. grain forward to the max, no hops at all, but plenty of toasty harvest essences to contemplate as I let it warm up, where it really expands. floral yeast that I wouldn't immediately place as a lager, but it works as a whole package. needs more bubbles, and is a little filling, but it should be in this cold. I am curious to try the farmers daughter and see how it differs.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, dark copper body; lots of carbonation and a decent head. Deep, caramel and roasted grain aroma; burnt brown sugar. Warm, toasted grain flavor; light toffee; trace of hop bitterness deep into the finish. Medium bodied; crisp, clean, and dry finish.

A nice, easy drinking dark lager. Subtle depth and complexity emerges that adds to the overall appeal.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit and caramel malt, brown bread, mild dark dried stone fruit. Flavor is biscuit and bready malt with a hint of caramel, brown and dark rye bread, hints of dates, figs and dark fruit. Starts semi-sweet, finishes dry and malty with slight noble hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice malty dunkel lager with some understated, but good fruit and bread flavors. Finish is a little stark with a hint of tartness, but it tastes like rye, which fits well with the rest of the malt bill. A satisfactory domestic dunkel.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned offering, pours a tea colored with 2 fingers of sany colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Pears & appples, toastyness

T: A little brown bread/toastyness, a little appleskin, some leafy hops as well up front. Brown bread & appleskins as this warms, toastyness as well. Finishes fruitty, toasty & dry

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Pretty drinkable & true to the style for the most part, a bit drier & toastier than any I had in Bavaria

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Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle into a pokal.

A-A normal pour produces a slim finger of tan head. Retention is less than a minute and there is no lacing. The beer is deep amber with brassy highlights and a few bubbles to be seen in there.

S-I smell some cocoa at first, along with sweet plum and other dark fruits, some grain, a bit of nutty flavor, and a lot of malty grain. Hops are pretty much absent, but there is just a hint of zesty, fruity citrus.

T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell. Lots of sweetness, plum fruit, nuttiness, malted grain, and a bit of milky cocoa powder. I detect a faint suggestion of hops on the back of my palate, but they come through as just a whiff of bitterness.

M-The feel is a bit wet and heavy. Carbonation is mild to average in volume and slightly chunky.

O-Strangely enough, it is spring and I am drinking malty dunkels. Weird. Anyway, this is a pretty good example of the style. It possesses decent complexity and nice malt flavors. There is a healthy dose of sweetness, but the beer never becomes cloying or syrupy, like I think some dunkels can be. The mouthfeel is a bit underwhelming, but not terrible. All in all, a nice beer.

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Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended by the manager of Southern Hospitality while my buddy and I were on a baseball trip in Denver this year (just now getting around the putting in my review...I know...). This was on tap into a pint glass and really hit the spot with the barbecue that I was indulging in. This beer is a clear, dark amber in color with a thin white head that dissipates fairly slowly to a thin lacing. The carbonation is low in concentration and readily visible. 4/5 The aroma is very enticing with notes of caramel, brown sugar, buttered & toasted wheat bread, and herbal hops. The sweet aromas are the strongest with the toast playing the role of "painter's canvas" to work off of. 3.75/5 The flavor starts off with a nice bit of light caramel and quickly moves to toasted & buttered wheat bread which really comes out strongly. Surprisingly, a bit of dark fruitiness comes out right behind the bread with dates and raisins making an appearance. The herbal hops come in at the very end, simply to even things out a bit. There is no noticeable bitterness to this beer. 4/5 This beer comes across as medium bodied, although it is on the lighter end of medium. Wet & coating, but not viscous. The carbonation comes across as a light tickle with no burn and there is no dryness to the mouthfeel. 4/5 This is a very good and enjoyable dunkel lager that features a hint of fruitiness that I don't normally get with this style. Easily a sessionable beer that drinks easy while providing a layered experience. It is a bit sweeter and less bready than I am used to with dunkels, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. 4/5

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber, brown with a small tan head that lingers.

Smells of sweet malt with just a touch of lager yeast and floral hop. The caramel malt flavor really dominates.

Taste is slightly roasty, caramel up front that goes into a bready, sweet middle before ending on a smooth and pleasant caramel malt flavor. A hint of diacetyl lingers. Really smooth.

Lighter to medium body with medium to low carbonation. No alcohol notes.

This is a nice Dunkel that is sweet with notes of caramel. I will get this one again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly sweet. The taste is malty, sweet, slightly bitter. Medium body, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to my brother-in-law for bringing me this back in September of 2012; it's been forgotten in my cellar since.

A: Clear garnet body under two fingers of chunky tan head that settles into a ring. Light lace. Quite attractive.

S: Sweet maltiness dominates, with caramel, walnut, prune, and grape standing out. Nice mix of grain, fruit, and sugar. Enjoyable.

T: Fruity up front, with lots of grape, cherry, and plum leading in to caramel and butterscotch sweetness midway through. A bit drier toward the finish, with some minerality and herbal hops lending at least a hint of balance to a generally quite sweet beer. Very good, but not quite as well integrated as the aroma.

M: Smooth, creamy, well-carbonated medium body. Silky. Excellent.

O: This was an extremely tasty beer, period, and an especially impressive one for being close to two years old and a style not typically thought suitable for aging. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery; good American lagers are always a treat.


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Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing since i am now more familiar with the style and the beer, having had it a million times since intiailly reviewing.

Pours caramel brown with a khaki head. Aroma is bready, hazelnuts, a touch of some chocolate. Great. Flavor crisp and clean with some bread, nuts, and a touch of earthiness. Just the faintest of hops hiding out in the backhand. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with some activity. Overall, think this beer is great. One of my favorites from Grimm. Wish these guys would start offering their stuff in 6 packs (heck, I'd settle for 4 packs!).

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Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this a couple times here at there at festivals, but this is my first go-round with a bottle on a clear palate.
It's probably worth mentioning that dunkel is one of my favorite styles and I'm judging this based upon that for better or worse.
Pours a deep mahogany brown. Head isn't too heavy, but isn't going anywhere either.
Bready and malty on the nose, with just a little bit of chocolate and hops bitterness in the end.
Sweet up-front followed by dark breads, hazelnut and cocoa. A kiss of maraschino cherry and brandy in the finish. Honestly, quite good! One of the better American versions I've had...maybe even the best?
Reminds me a lot of the version from Ayinger, which is quite the compliment. I want more already as this bomber very easily could've just been just for me (I split it).
A phenomenal take that really has no major issues at all, sans maybe a kiss of heat in the finish. Top notch by any standard.

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Photo of bunnyman
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a superb Munich dunkel. The color is light mahogany color with light carbonation. The aroma is lightly sweet with hints of dark caramel.. Medium full mouthfeel. The flavor is richly caramel and a light nuttiness. Very well balanced and sessionable. Possibly my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, love the artwork on these bottles. Let's see what the insides have for me...

Pours a dark chestnut brown, but not bordering on dark brown or black. You can tell it's brown. Nice off white head, some soapiness but nice looking beer.

Sweet aroma of caramel and malt. Perhaps hints of dark cherry and baked, non-glazed donut. Hints of spice and hops

A blend of roasted malt and sweet caramel on the flavor. Take that donut and dunk it into a brown tea. Has some tannin, but still bready and sweet. Not as rich or sweet as some German dunkels, but the flavor is quite nice. A quick zip of Noble hops on end rounds this beer nicely

One of the better dunkels around the Denver region

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Photo of adnielsen
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Old Chicago Old Town Foco. Dark orange-brown appearance with an off white head. Quite toasty, caramel malty, mild nutty, light mild hoppy nose. Really a delicious toasty, caramel flavor with some of the nutty, bitter elements more on the finish. Well balanced and the beer is very malty, yet not too sweet. Very drinkable, delicious beer.

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Photo of Osprey77
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is chocolate and bready notes, pours a dark crystal clear. Tastes much smoother and lighter than you would expect. Very clean and crisp. Great dark lager. finish is very pleasant and a great gateway beer to those wanting to experiment with darker beers that don't have to be chewed.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz Bottle into a Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep copper with very minimal head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Sweet malt and caramel dominant with toasted and nutty notes in the back. Some nice hops are evident as well

T: Very sweet and smooth. Caramel, sweet malt, nuttiness...everything that was present on the nose comes through nicely here

M: Lower carbonation makes this one an easy drinker. Almost silky smooth

O: If this came in 6-packs it would be in my fridge constantly. Here is to hoping that every Grimm Bros beer is as good as my firs couple!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Sampled last night on 11/19/14. Comes in a single 22 ounce bottle for $6.99 at Hy-Vee. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 1L German handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a very dark brown that is slightly hazy with ruby-red highlights. Just a thin off-white cap is seen and not much lacing is seen either. The aroma is very pleasant and is of dark fruits, cocoa, grains and a hint of black licorice. Even more going on with the flavor as there are some nutty caramel in the mix also. Very smooth and goes down really easy. No bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. A great brew!

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