Flensburger Dunkel | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

BA SCORE
83
good
243 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Flensburger DunkelFlensburger Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Germany
flens.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
10
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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 AustinRT
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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 rossemo
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +11.4%
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 OompaMentor
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JColin
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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 deg
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of monk2021
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corywalston
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TyrionBeernister
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Kiro
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGallo
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adolfotcar
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Savaseri
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.94/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MaxBrews
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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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3.68 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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