Flensburger Dunkel | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002

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pDev:
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Photo of KensWorld
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KingTen144
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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%
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 +2.5%
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 BennyProfane
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
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 MacStinson
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 pkalix
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 artemfl
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +3.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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 +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brureview
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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 +12%
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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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%
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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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 259 ratings