Brunhilda | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AndyAvalanche on 02-04-2014

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by morebeergood:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of trevorpost
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, lager yeast, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice and strong chocolate flavor for the style. Then some hearty breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a moderate head. The nose has earthy, peppery hops and a huge caramel malt presence.
The malts really shine through as I start to sip on this. Sweet, sticky caramel malt, brown sugar, biscuit are evident. the hops lend some straw and grass like notes. The body is moderate and the carbonation is low.
Overall, another excellent German style lager from idle hands. I had high standards for these guys after Klara, and Brun does not disappoint. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour still only yields a smaller 1/4 finger tan head that is mostly big bubbles from my aggressive pour and fades fairly quickly, does leave a decent lacing, over a clear chestnut mahogany colored beer.

Nose brings some Munich malt, toasty reddish malt but with caramel candy at the same time, a little syrupy like candy note, touches of biscuit and toffee, with a little grassy hop note. It starts to get a faint coffee note in there as it warms.

Taste brings the sweet candy like malts, toasty reddish Munich malt with plenty of caramel and a little syrupy sweetness, some toffee and biscuit notes, with a little grainy malt. Fair toasty malt note, faint faint hint of lager softness and fruity esters, with some grassy hops in the background, that turn to an herbal bitterness later. Finish is a little dry but sticky, little more herbal bitterness and some biscuit malts and toffee caramel syrupy lingering.

Mouth is light bod, a touch of lager softness but not much, decent carb, little sticky.

Overall it's an OK beer but leaves a lot to be desired. Mostly just caramel toffee syrupy sweetness without a lot of lager notes, bod was too light to really get a good soft lager, hops don't blend as well as they kinda just go myeh, and the lack of real Munich like flavors is a bit lackluster as well. Their other beers seem to be better I think.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Medium brown in color with flashes of red; translucent. Pours with a huge 3+ finger off-white head the dies down fast without a trace.

Smell: Mild aromas of coffee, chocolate, malt and a slight bit of hops.

Taste: Similar to smell, only richer. Coffee, mild chocolate, sweet malt with an extremely mild hoppy finish. Nice flavor, though nothing earth-shattering about it.

Feel: On the lighter side. Thin, slightly syrupy with a mild dry finish.

Overall: A nice, mild flavored dark lager. Think of a very light version of a good stout and this would be it. Would be a great choice on a hot day when you want a lighter-bodied beer yet crave that dark beer flavor. Decent.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh growler picked up at the brewery. Poured this portion into a footed pilsner glass. Liquid comes out a dark cola brown, gets much darker ask it rises in the glass. When held up to the light it's the deepest/darkest red/brown it can possibly be while still being able to see through it. Plenty of dark red/amber highlights. It glows just enough that you can see through it, showing some nice clarity to it. A little darker than I expected, but I'm totally digging it, I tend to really like darker beers. Off white colored head with mostly small bubbles and little bit of lacing to it.

Smell is really good, huge malt backbone. Smells like a nice buttery home made brown biscuit crust. Nice hearty grains come through with a subtle fresh, earthy, grassy, straw hop aroma in the background. Really nice and smells fresh.

Taste is on par with the smell, I actually think I like it a little better. Same big malt bill thats rich and sweet. Not 100% sure, but guess a combination Munich, pale, caramel malts. Together they produce a nice bready biscuit crust toppled with a honey butter glaze. Hops are present, but produce more buttering than actual flavor; which is extremely appropriate for the style, Germans aren't big on hoppy beers in my experience.

Mouthfeel is on point. Nice lighter end of medium body with a slight lingering flavor. Moderate carbonation with an overall crisp and freeness to it. Very well balanced beer that starts out smooth and has a nice spicy and earthy/dry bitter finish. Really drinkable, almost got a 1/2 growler of this and I'm really glad I didn't, that would've gone way too quickly. Overall a really nice beer. I wouldn't mind seeing Idle Hands brew this beer again. Nice to see Idle Hands stretch their legs and try a new style, really showing their diversity an potential. I would say their first lager was a success and I hope to see them experiment a little more.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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Brunhilda from Idle Hands Craft Ales
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 22 ratings