Munich Dunkel | The Civil Life Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Civil Life Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Guess where the Munich Dunkel is from?! Yep. Pittsburgh. I joke I joke. Munich Dunkel was developed in the city of Munich as a response to their moderately carbonate water. Its a really simple beer with stunning results (I'm speaking stylistically, though ours is pretty darn good). Primarily Munich Malt (a slightly darker than Pale type) does the heavy lifting and Hallertau hops give a very soft Hop lift to the brew. Aromas of Cereals, Breads, Malt (well, thats obvious but true) and lighter notes of chocolates, nuts, and caramels can be present. Melanoidins flavors are apparent and show up most in versions that are decoction mashed. Melanoidins are formed when sugars and amino acids combine through heat and water and give a very rich and emphatic Malt aroma.

Added by DCon on 03-07-2012

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 6
Photo of Tone
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, strong sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Dunkelweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, the body is too sweet, and the complexity is lacking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bridge Taphouse, on to the beer:

This dark brown beer serves its namesake right. A short head on top leaves thin webbed lacing around the glass. This dunkel lager also serves its namesake well with taste. I tasted something like kilned malt, with light cocoa and a kiss of grass. However, this beer is vastly undercarbonated, which takes a hit on an otherwise delectable dunkel.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ 33 Wine & Tap House in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $5 (2-for one special though). Tapped from the Black (non-labeled) tap handle into a Stange/Pint Glass. 2nd Beer from Civil Life.

Aroma- Has a nice, sweet malt crisp aroma. Very light but caramel and light toastiness do come around. Wish it was more rich.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that is frothy and has good retention. Dark brown color body with good clarity. Leaves nice, dark lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a malt dominant taste with caramel and sweetness hanging out the entire drink. Almost no bitterness but a light hop flavor is present.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a nice slick mouthfeel.

Overall Impression- For a Dunkel, very appropriate for the style and light enough bodied that I could drink two back to back. Would definitely recommend if you are in St. Louis or better yet, trade me for a Growler of it!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a delicious take on this style too, these guys have the english and german stuff so well dialed in, its downright impressive. this is a little lighter than many of these, but i like it being so drinkable and easy on the alcohol, something you could very easily and happily make an afternoon out of. clear and lighter in color too, but with a tall and lacy head on top. slight banana element to the nose, but this is a more mild strain of yeast, or perhaps fermented a bit cooler, not the high fruit and spice complexion we can sometimes see, instead its all about the malts, nutty and sweet at the same time, with notes of brown sugar and maple in here, even dried cherry for a moment, root beer, and german lager yeast. they have done a great job with this, i like it being on the lighter side, and like most all of the beers we had in here, the quality and attention to detail in the brew house is through the roof. these guys are really on it with these old world styles, some of the best i have had from the united states, across the board!

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Munich Dunkel from The Civil Life Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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