Flensburger Dunkel
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Style:
Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #86
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #36,151
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 13.01%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
279
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Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
 
Germany
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Reviews by MaxBrews:
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 BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed burnt orange with abundant fine carbonation and a few larger, lazier bubbles leading up to an expansive, orangish beige head. The foam is firmly creamy and displays a wonderfully rumpled, pitted superior surface. It's also sticky enough to lay down large splotches of Swiss cheesy lace. Not a slam dunkel, but a good looking one.

The beer smells like a dark malt version of a Euro Pale Lager; which, in a way, I guess it is. There's a modicum of toasted malt, nothing too dark or roasty, and a roughly equal hop presence that is more musty than I like. It's aromatic enough and pleasing enough to be above average, if only just.

No surprises on the palate; after having smelled it, that is. There's enough (Munich?) malt to pay homage to the style, no more. I also appreciate an unexpected unsweetened black tea flavor that I'm beginning to enjoy as I get used to it. I don't drink beer of this style often enough to know how out of place--or in place--that particular characteristic is.

The hops still have a musty edge to them, though now they're more generous with some of their more noble tendencies. Never very sweet to begin with, the beer dries out as it goes and finishes dry and almost clean. A little nut skin bitterness emerges with warming.

I'd like to see more mouth presence. I know that beer of this style isn't supposed to be full, or even medium-full, but light-medium would be nice. It doesn't escape watery by too awful much and might even get there on the finish. I'm fine with the relative lack of CO2; others may not be.

Flensburger Dunkel is a decent Munich Dunkel Lager, although I won't be cracking its swing-top again. If I buy any of the Flensburger beers in the future, it'll be the Weizen. Give this one a whirl if you're a fan of the style. Otherwise, you won't regret missing it.

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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 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 Globetrotter
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this in Moscow in a stubby half liter bottle painted white with a wintery seasonal painting on the front. Swing top seal and a small label around the neck confirming the applicability of the purity law and providing an "at least good until 11/05" label - this was the last beer I opened in 2004.

Pours clear copper under a 1.5 finger off-white head with some contour and decent retention. A few spots of lace linger on the glass. The nose is mild caramel, with a distinct flowery hops note. The mouth is thin and well carbonated. The taste is very subdued: some mild smooth sweet caramel malt throughout, without much in the way of hops backing. A pleasant enough brew, but nothing exciting.

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

12oz. swing top bottle: This one pours a rich, clear amber color. There is a small off-white head that goes with it. The aroma is quite nice. Malty, without being overly sweet. Some breadiness there also, as well as some faint chocolate. Somewhat dry, biscuity malt taste. Some mild spicy hoppiness also. This is quite good.

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Photo of theozag
4.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a crystaline nut brown with amber edges and an eggshell head. The head is very thick but not lasting; it quickly fades to a film over the brew. Smell is strong with bits of cappuchino, caramel, oat, and wheat. Blend it together in one bottle and you've got a concoction that you can detect from a good ten inches away from a freshly poured glass. Starts extra smooth and refreshingly crisp with a creme taste. Settles gently sour with lots of hop bitters. There is a sugary undertone to the full-bodied drink. Finishes sour and bitter, dry and strong. The aftertaste is just as edgy and lasting as the rest of the beer.

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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 merlin48
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fliptop bottle pours a clear coppery body with a large beige head. Plenty of frothy lacing left on the glass. Aroma is toffee, caramel, spicy hops and some apple skins. Medium body and a nice medium carbonation. Taste opens with malty toffee and toasted grain. Hops quickly answer with a nice balance of spicy and earthy noble bitterness. Very solid for style though the color was lighter than expected.

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Photo of frazbri
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flensburger Dunkel poured crystal clear copper/amber topped by a monumental white head. Aroma had notes of grass, herbs and apricots with bready notes emerging as it warmed. Sweet and bready with a bit of copper and a slight fruit taste. Medium body and carbonation.

This looks like a perfect octoberfest... too bad it's a dunkel. The malt flavors emerge as it warms. The last taste was better than the first.

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

Half liter bottle brought back from Germany. It must be a special edition bottle because mine is has a screen printed picture of a cartoon woman in a robin hood outfit with the phrase "Frauen lieven einfache Dinge: Manner"

This pours an absolutely beautiful deep copper and burnt orange color with a gorgeous airy white head. Massive lacing and heaving carbonation make for a near perfect appearance. The is soft and floral with big cracker and toast notes. Subtle hoppiness adds depth to this malty lager. The taste is equally impressive with rich caramel and vienna malt characteristics. A nice hop finish cleans up the flavors and dries out nicely. Very slight toffee sweetness comes through in the aftertaste. The sharp carbonation thins out the body and makes this insanely drinkable. The mouth is left slightly gritty and metalic, but in the best way. A biscuit with caramel and hops in liquid form. I feel privileged to sample this fresh and find it to be one of the most enjoyable session brews I have tried. This is truly a style that is not cherished nearly enough in the US.

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Photo of horshack7
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a dark mahogany with copper hues and an off white head about one finger thick that leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma: Molasses is front and center with light notes of caramelized sugar. Dark fruits, raisins, faint prune, grape skin, toffee. Bready caramel malts blanket the outer layer.

Taste: Brown bread, a wave of molasses with a sticky toffee texture on the palate. Caramelized sugar, raisins, light banana notes, dark fruits. Bready caramel malts roam all through it with notes of toffee rounding it out.

Notes: Dunkel lagers are few and far between and what a find this one is. Amazing maltiness so dam tasty and will definitely pick this one up again. Prost.

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Photo of bark
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is brown-red; the high foam sinks quickly down to a thin off white lid, while leaving some lacing.

The strong smell is very malty with lots of earthy roasted notes and dark rye bread. . Some sweetness, some bitter notes.

The taste is also very malty. Lots of dry roasted notes of malt, some earthy minerals, butter, hints of yeast. The aftertaste is very buttery (diacetyl) with a fruity bitterness and mildly roasted flavours.

The carbonation is medium strong with lots and lots of small bubbles. The liquid is very creamy.

A highly drinkable beer with lots of character. I liked it!

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Photo of Pepeton
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice surprise of one of my local watering holes.

Pours a nice reddish-amber, with a tan head that quickly dissapears. A bit of lacing.

Smell is grainy, some roasted malts I guess.

Taste is bread malty, crisp and mildly bitter. Sweetish end.

Mouthfeel has a small residual bitterness. Medium body beer.

Drinkability is only regular for me, because from my first smell of it to the last sip it always reminded me of León, a domestic brew for me. Granted, this German Dunkel has more body. But for the price of one foreign I can have 5 domestic with a matching quality.

¡Salud!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a flip top bottle into a pilsner glass. Beer is dark brown and clear. Not a lot of carbonation or head to speak of. The little head did not leave lacing on the glass.

Beer smell sweet and a little bit of burnt sugar / caramel in the nose. Not a whole lot else, smells inviting.

Beer is really sweet, a little sweeter than expected. I am picking up some alcohol as well. Body is medium but the beer overall is a little hard to drink. Not feeling this one.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a stubby swing-top bottle, this poured a clear medium copper, offwhite foamy head with good retention, left web-like lace all the way down.
Smell: Was terrific on this. One of the best smelling beers I've had in awhile, smelled like fresh baked bread, with a whiff of fruity esters.
Taste:tastes quite a bit like rye bread, followed by almost a tea flavor, very smooth, not hoppy at all.
Mouthfeel: was crisp and bubbly, but thin.
Drinkability: This would make a fabulous session brew!..a very good beer, that I must try again.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice head that sticks and leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Brown bread, marshmallow and a hint of caramel

Taste: Brown bread and caramel with just a top of bitterness to balance out the sweet flavors by mid-palate; clean finish, with a touch of lingering sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A decent dunkel, for sure, though it is on the lighter side for the style

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Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Got this bottle a couple of weeks ago at Surdyk's in Minneapolis. Opened with a rousing POP and poured with a nice foamy, frothy tan head and some lace. Head mostly settled down soon. Color is clear dark amber - brown with some dark red orange highlights. Aroma was dark malt, cocoa, earth, and a little roastiness. Flavor is about the same and well balanced. Not much sweetness nor too much of anything, really. Body is nice and so is carbonation. Real easy drinking beer. Nice clean finish. Definitely a session.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle, poured into a stein glass. Pours dark mahogany color, clear, with an initial tan head perhaps an inch tall, very frothy. Toasted bread aroma, plenty malty. Initial flavor is nutty malt & toasted bread crust, sweet and delicious but never heavy or cloying. Hop presence is low on bitterness, flavor not detectable. Malt follow-through lasts to the end. Light but creamy body.

A very good dunkel from the far north of Germany. It's too bad this style is so under-represented among German imports.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear red amber with a tight tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. malts are sweet and slightly biscuity. malts seem to have a rich aroma. There is a small milk chocolate aroma to it as well.

Taste. There is a tart and spiced kick to it. Malts are slightly sweet. A solid and balanced flavor that is full, but nothing dominates.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium/full with a lively amount of carbonation. Nice balance as well.

Overall, a solid beer to enjoy.

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Photo of deg
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 dgallina
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml stubby brown bottle dated best-before July 31st 2007.

Pours transparent red-brown with an inch of quickly-disappearing head and sparse lace. The aroma is straightforward, full of sugary caramel malt. The flavor is, luckily, more complex. Grainy toasted malts and hops are predominant, with touches of banana bread on hard mineral water. Finishes with a balanced sweetness and dryness, leaving toasted bread and hop notes. Medium thick (nearly syrupy) in the mouth, with almost still body and spare carbonation. Not particularly outstanding, but a nice beer with lunch.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 2" light tan head. Recedes slowly to a cap. Thick lace. Clear amber-brown dunkel.

S - Very low aroma the whole way through. Just a light bit of roasted malt.

T - Light roasted malt with a touch of caramel.Rye bread. Spicy hops with a woodsy, herbal flavor.

M - Medium in body and carbonation. Sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is high. I need to come back to this.
Back on 7-13-18 -- raising my rating on this one. Finish is less sweet than 11 years ago....drinkability remains high.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby flip-top bottle, served in a Konig-Pilsner chalice-style glass at Resi's Bierstube. BBD: 08.05.09 Freshness is key!

Reddish auburn body, mottled tan on the surface of the foam. Visible carbonation, a nice clarity to it. It looks very appealing.

Grain, malted barley, a hint of apple and brown sugar in the nose.

Toasted malt, vague apple with a very light hop essence at the end that dries up on the palate. Light bodied and fresh tasting. Very clean and simple flavors that are essential to the Dunkel style. Not artificially sweet like many other Dunkels i've tried.

Why does it come in a tiny bottle, when it should be served on draft by the liter?

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