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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #103
Ranked #39,700
3.69 | pDev: 12.74%
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Brown/reddish/copper with a thick white head

Aroma: Biscuit, nuts

Flavor: Bready, nutty, caramel, very mild grassy hops

Body/Overall: medium body, pretty decent, not top notch in my opinion

Jan 09, 2021
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber/pale brown producing 2+ fingers of foamy, beige, shortlived head that leaves only a little splotchy lacing as it recedes. Aroma is bready roasted malt with hints of toast, caramel, toffee, thin coffee and dried apples. Taste is biscuit, toast, caramel and grass with a dominating bitterness developing in the finish, it crescendos in a malty, mineral aftertaste. The taste lacks the fruitiness promised by the nose. Beautifully balanced and dry. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation; smooth with a faintly prickly finish. Crisp and drinkable.

Dec 05, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml swingtop bottle served in a tulip. Date on the back is 02.19.21.

Pours a rich brownish amber with a big pillowy head and moderate to high carbonation. Smell is lager yeast, grain, cut grass. Maybe a hint of something metallic.

Taste is toffee, nutty, nice, except for the metallic flavor that's coming through here.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, almost dry. Overall, it's not bad, but it would be really good without that metallic aroma/flavor peeking through.

Nov 01, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

L: Clear, but a bit lighter in color than expected.
S: Malty aroma, clean.
T: Flavor is all bitter, not appropriate or expected.
F: Big, viscous mouthfeel
O: Bitter flavor dominates in a way that is not at all inviting.

Oct 04, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/19/21

Sometimes you just gotta go for an import to get something interesting. I hope this one works out

Pours a clear light amber/copper with 3 fingers of off white head that slowly reduces to a cap and leaves rings of lacing

A very sweet aroma, I’m picking up caramel malt, wheat, honey, a touch of pepper, and some grassy hops. Simple but effective aroma

Surprisingly this has more of a bitter bite than I expected, but nothing out of control. A doughy start with floral notes is balanced out by citrus hops. On the finish, this trends sweeter but balanced, with notes of toffee and brown sugar

This has a medium body and mild carbonation, leading me to actually believe the abv was greater than it actually is. It is still incredibly crisp and refreshing and finishes just short of completely dry

This is exactly what I want in a lager. It is very well balanced and super refreshing. Enjoying this mid heat wave on the east coast, feeling extremely comfortable with my decision to call out of work. Cheers BA!

Jul 18, 2020
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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an excellent. I was a bit surprised, actually. Poured out of an 11.2 oz flip top bottle.
Pours a deep mahogany color with some tracing down the glass with a small tight head. Scents of caramel, plum, and bitter-sweet chocolate on the nose. Similar taste with a caramel sweetness and a nice balancing of hallertau hops. Light to medium body. A bit tangy with a little too much sweetness on the back. Maybe could use a little more hopping is its only drawback but a nice quaffable session beer.

Feb 11, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle with best by date of 05/07/20 poured into a mug shows a crystal clear reddish leaning brown with active rising bubbles. A 1/8in head of off-white tiny bubbles falls to a whispy cap leaving random spotted lacing.

Bready malt aroma dominates with a flowery hint and the flavors match. A slight suggestion of smoke cuts the sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel is clean and wet.

Overall an easy drinking elixir.

Feb 02, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought the beer because it came in a tiny flip top bottle. Sad, I know, but hey why else buy a small flip top bottle. I thought I had a pokal glass, but alas it is missing. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a pokal/kinda glass, small at the bottom and large at the top. The pour of the beer produced a one finger light tan head with fair retention. The head has left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 14 a dark brown with garnet hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant.

The aromas in the beer are bread, toffee, caramel, earthy, dark roasted malts, a subtle hint of Maillard, smoke, and herbal.

The flavors in the beer are bread, toffee, caramel, earthy, biscuit, dark roasted malts, Maillard, smoke, floral, herbal, nuttiness, and a touch of chocolate.

The mouthfeel of the beer are soft and a touch of dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is a bit older and it does show. However, the beer has great characteristics making it a solid dunkel. I could drink several dunkels and not get tired, I like they are not as robust as a bock. A good beer, would like to try this beer fresh and see what the differences are.

Feb 02, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a one finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready and biscuit malt, brown bread, hints of nuts and caramel. Flavor starts with biscuit malt, nuts, brown bread then develops some grassy hops and finishes a bit thin and astringently hoppy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The base flavor is classic dunkel lager, but the hop balance and dissipation of the flavors is not that inviting. I'm wondering if age could be a factor here, but there is not dating on the bottle. Might try this one again if I found it on draft or a known fresh bottle.

Dec 11, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml flip top bottle. Dated 04.05.20 which must be a best by date

Pours medium brown colored, white head that fades. Clear. Mild bready malt aroma. Taste is similar, grainy, mildly sweet. Could be a bit more complex. Thin to medium bodied.

Nov 24, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 8A Munich Dunkel. Best before 4/05/19

Pours a medium foamy bubbly head medium tan color with fair retention, not much lacing, but very clear auburn copper-brown color

NOse big deep malt, complex toasted malts, huge bread crust like, toasted bread crust, some caramel toffee notes, touch nutty, hint of mineral in the background maybe sulfate, as well as mild herbal floral hops

Taste more dark complex malts, tons of bread crust again, toasted grainy almost sweet like malt, then into more caramel, a little toffee, faint toasted coffee, hints at sweetness as well as a little nutty notes, hops kick in with mild bitterness right on expected level, and some herbal tea and mild floral flavors, mostly clean fermentation, hops getting a bit more bitter on the medium-dry finish and a little spicy, but more long lingering malty flavors

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, soft but complex rich malt softness feel, medium carb

Overall right on with style, very enjoyable and tasty, another style I'm really starting to like. Not sure why the ratings are so low

Feb 26, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 33cl bottle. Caramel color with off-white head. Strong yeast smell when opening the bottle, now more of a grainy smell in the glass. Light feel. Crisp, malty taste with some spicy hops. Light and drinkable, good example of the style.

Jan 27, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, pale malt, corn, wheat, hint of caramel malt, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong Euro yeast, pale malt, corn, wheat, hint of caramel malt, and slight oatmeal. Overall, decent in all aspects.

Nov 13, 2018
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Bombelsky from Poland

4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bready notes in aroma medium level. Low level of

Medium-high sweetness bread flavor bread crust bit of dryness some caramel flavors appears. Too watery

Jul 07, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 6/10/2018. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Great spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of nuttiness, roast, pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, roast, pepper, and herbal/grassy/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a delicious Munich dunkel lager. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich Munich malt complexity, with solid noble hop presence and balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Mar 17, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit lacking in feel and flavor - I think I have been spoiled by a local dunkel. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear brown color, light head but decent lacing. Nice slightly roasted malt smell. Taste was a bit Smokey, otherwise a bit nondescript.

Feb 18, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a snifter to a deep amber topped by a dense two finger off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of toasted malts and spicy noble hops. Very traditional lager smells
T: Taste is nice and toasty malts and bready notes with some slight ester notes and spicy noble hops. Swallow is more spicy noble hops with some more toasty malts and bready notes with some slight fruitiness.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of things with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is good and just below prickly while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty nice lager. Fairly middle of the road and I could see this being a solid workhorse if you're into the style. Nothing too big or bold but very nice balance.

Feb 05, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep amber, coloration with a large, dense head. Smells of watered down malt with a hint of caramel. Taste follows the nose, with a watery, caramel malt taste and a certain, very faint, grassy, grainy hoppy note, some spice and very slight bitterness. There's also a faint mineral note there. This is my first experience with this style, but if this is considered a good example of it then I can do without revisiting it, to be honest. Tastes very much like malt-flavored water with a very, very faint hoppyness to me. I dunno, it's a Dark LAGER after all, but it's not for me, thank you very much.

Dec 30, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, chestnut brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, toast, and toasted malt. Medium bodied and carbonation, sweet. Exceptional dunkel lager..>Could drink this one all day.

Nov 25, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a big head. Smell is malty burnt toast. Taste is malty burnt toast, but has a slight apple and nutmeg aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall first beer of this style, and I liked it.

Oct 12, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a white head. Smells of malts and caramel. Tastes of malt, German yeast, and cloves. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall it's a decent dunkel lager.

Jul 05, 2017
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RandyCongdon from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this as part of a bundle at Total Wine and More.

Look- Dark-honey brown. Translucent. Thin white head.

Smell- Spice, mainly clove and nutmeg. Just a little fruit (apple) and malt.

Taste- Quite mild. Very malty, with just a whisper of the spice.

Mouthfeel- Extremely smooth. Light to medium body. There is just a touch of astringency. Aftertaste is faintly bitter.

Overall- First, I loved the bottle and the look of the beer. Second, it is VERY easy to drink. The smell and taste were pleasant enough, just subdued. I prefer stronger beers, personally. It certainly won't offend anyone's palate. I put it in the "safe" category, meaning that if you serve it to a group, no one would object. If I bought it again, I would look to pair it with the right accompaniment.

Jun 25, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 330 ml. ceramic swing-top bottle; BB date stamp of 6 June 2017.

Pours with a copper colored body that has excellent clarity. The head is semi-durable and leaves thin lacing.

Aroma: caramelized grain, brown bread and mild spicy hops.

Flavor: toasted grains and caramel with spicy hops gaining strength in the finish.

Feel: very smooth with a medium body.

Overall: an enjoyable, very easy-drinking, exemplary example of the German dunkel lager. Recommended.

May 09, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear copper/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bready, malty nose and flavor is a singular grainy malt, boring. Light hoppy aftertaste. $2.70 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Apr 19, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark clear copper brown color in a Pilsner glass. 3F head which resolves in a few minutes.

Very dark malt aroma. No other flavors.

Taste: a bit of fruit, malt.

Palate: bitterness coupled with an malty aftertaste.

I've tasted a number of Dunkels. Drinkable. Lacks robust character.
I was looking , and

I was looking for a smoother more malt forward MF.

Feb 05, 2017
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