Flensburger Dunkel
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Style:
Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #86
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,132
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 13.01%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
279
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Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
 
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Photo of jlindros
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

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Photo of detgfrsh
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.

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
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
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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of beerguy04
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.

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Photo of andrewh995
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.

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Photo of RandyCongdon
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.

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
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.

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Photo of brureview
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lot of Flensburger mention in the Germany forum, but I can't recall ever trying it in the past. Spent the majority of my time in Germany in the south and Flensburg is practically in Denmark. So when I spied this one, I was quick to check the dates on the flip-top 4-pack bottles (best by 07/15/17) and take a chance.

Not sure this can really be considered a "Munich" Dunkel from so far north of Bavaria, but let's try it out. Poured into my short Becher glass.

L -- Clear, dark copper color with a dense and firm, cream-colored head that holds up very well.

S -- Rich breadiness up front with some mild caramel and milk chocolate. Light floral hop character with warming.

T -- Grainy and lightly roasted malts up front with mild, dark chocolate character mid-palate. There's a spicy, herbal hop bitterness in the finish that lingers through the aftertaste. There's also an herbal character running through the duration of the drink that reminds me of Paulaner and H-P Amber Märzens -- same or similar yeast?*

F -- Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with a light-medium body.

O -- Yes, it says "Dunkel" right on the label, but there is so much crossover with German style designation that it's difficult to peg a beer by it's label alone. To my palate, this beer is closer to a Schwarzbier than a Munich Dunkel because of its roasted malt flavor, hop character and pronounced dry finish. That said, it's difficult to rate this beer because it's in the wrong category, but it's a very nice drinker. Well made, great flavors, highly drinkable at 4.8, it's a great *Northern* German dark beer -- that is, it's a great Schwarzbier.

*I just read BuckeyeNation refer to this character as unsweetened black tea -- while I've never had black tea, I have had tea and I can see this comparison and will keep it in mind for future tastings.

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

L: gives a clear red brown color when I pour. Small top of head that disolves quickly . decent lacings on the side of the glass.

S: bread, caramel,tofee. Some hints of dark fruits there as well.

T&F: follows the nose, malty with some fruit notes and some hops in the finish. Start of with bread and caramel with some dark fruits. Bitterness with some spices in the finish. Decent and long aftertaste in this beer. Creamy and smooth feel.

O: a easy drinking and fairly good dark lager. Nothing very exiting with it, but was good enough.

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Photo of emincems
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

light and soft for even a dunkel lager. head doesn't stay long. taste is overly sweet with some caramel and toasty malts. weak body, high carbonation. easy to drink, but there is no complexity.

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Photo of JColin
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz. best by 7/15/17
Duvel Tulip

A - Ruby brown. Bubbly with little to no head

S - Malt and dark bread. Smell is full

T - Similar to smell with an added smokiness. A bitterness in the middle that falls off on finish.

F - Light body with lots of carbonation. Finish is earthy/mineral

O - Easy drinking. Will look to try more in the style.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty amber. Smell malts. Malts tweak my buds. Mouth has a bit more carbonation but a bit less body for the style. Interestingly, it finishes drier than I expected. Overall, a nice dunkel that I will have again.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" rated it lower, giving it 2 of 4 stars, saying it has a "flowery hop aroma" (apparently MJ had a more sensitive nose than me) and goes on to describe this Dunkel as having "firm body; lively, nutty, barely-sugar middle; and almost cocoa-like dryness in the finish." (I'm guessing they use less malt now than in the 20th Century.)

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Photo of fscottkey
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Reddish brown colored beer. Looks like Dr. Pepper in the glass. It has a 1/4 finger of off white head that is gone pronto! The bottle lists the ABV (4.8%) and there is a best by date of (06/09/2016).

S: [4.00] Brown bread with caramel and toffee. Really pleasant and inviting.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose almost exactly. It is sweet with the malts coming across as caramel and toffee. There a less sweet malt elements that have a brown bread flavor. I also get a bit of apple flavor at the end.

M: [3.00] A little thin but not bad at 4.8%. A little more body would be nice. Carbonation is a little light too which further reduces the mouthfeel. There is a mild lingering caramel at the end.

O: [3.75] I like the combination of malts in this beer. The flavor profile (and scent) are both really nice. Visually it was a little lacking and the mouthfeel was my biggest ding. Overall a decent and repeatable beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Swingtop bottle.Poured a semi-opaque, brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, toffee and floral notes. Sweet caramel and toffee taste with a subtle earthy bitterness

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I may be in the minority here; I'm going to give this beer a high review. Comments in last paragraph. I was not expecting much out of this beer and was pleasantly surprised.

I was not able to get a great presentation out of this beer. Perhaps I did not pour with enough vigor but was not able to get much of a head or a great lacing out of this beer. It did have a very nice dark brown/ruby red color.

The aroma of this beer is very malty. Think pumpernickel bread. I also got maple syrup, cherry and leather.

This beer was surprisingly complex. For a lager it wasn't extremely attenuated, i.e. dry. It had a very sweet mouth feel but also somewhat dry in the finish. A very malty beer. Very bready, very sweet, a bit of maple syrup, cola, and dark cherry. A very clean yet complex beer that plays with the complexities of malt. Not quite what you would think initially of a lager. My only gripe is as the beer warmed some alcohol was present in the flavor at 4.8% I feel that this could have been hidden.

No ones really rated this beer that high. I happen to think this a great beer and rating and for the style it is excellent. It's not extreme, but it's surprisingly complex, subtle, sweet and goes great with hearty cuisine. It's definitely sessionable and a great representation of style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. swing-top bottle - Freshness date of 02/07/17 (The beer manager at store I bought it from said it just came in, so I assume they give it a year for freshness) - part of 4-pack:

Pours reddish light brown. A thin white lasting head leaves thin lacing.

The smell is of caramelized grain, medium-to-dark bread and a restrained spicy hop touch. Clean.

The taste is of toasted grain/bread with a touch of lemongrass in the crisp finish.

It'smooth with a lighter side of medium body.

Overall, an enjoyable, easy-drinking, classic example of a dunkel lager.

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Photo of BigLebrewski
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What can I say? I really like this brew. I mean, I really like this. It looks, smells, tastes and feels fan-friggin-tastic. It's brewed old-school style. The Germans know what they're doing. You're not dealing with Nihilists here, okay man? The Dude abides.

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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 279 ratings