Flensburger Dunkel | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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Flensburger DunkelFlensburger Dunkel

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Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +25.8%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Bottle. Sample pour at a small festival. Pours a clear brown color. Aroma is of a decent Dunkel. A little fruity and bready and yeasty. The flavor was off in my opinion. Tangy and almost sour. Not sure what was going on with this one. Would not go back to this one.

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Photo of SCproUA
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Average dark beer in a classical German-style, nice intoxicating smell, beautiful color saturation, the taste is not surprised! A solid middle peasants!

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A great dunkel, and generally a great beer. As all dunkels, it has a slightly bitter, and rich and complex taste with hints of chocolate, that leaves a somewhat bitter-sweet after-taste, and a beautiful dark amber colour. The bottle itself is so nice, that I kept it.

Highly recommended for people who like dunkels, and a good introduction to dunkels for people who haven't tried it

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Photo of horshack7
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
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 biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml, swing-top bottle, the physically shortest of the new offerings from this brewery now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some layered streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, sweet nuts, brown sugar syrup, a bit of heady yeast, and spicy, earthy, and grassy noble hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel and wheat malt, a still prominent nuttiness, some middling dark orchard fruit, subtle yeast notes, and a decent leafy, weedy, and moderately floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its plain and ineffectual frothiness, the body just on the low side of yer typical middleweight, and smooth enough, I suppose, nothing really existing here to mess things up. It finishes still trending sweet, but pulling back a bit, and letting the various indistinct bittering agents step it up.

Another easy-going, yet hardly world-challenging brew from this extremely northern German outfit. Mostly too sweet in terms of its drawbacks, which is hardly a cardinal sin, but it does get a bit old and tired seeming by the end of only this wee serving size, nein?

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Photo of drmeto
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours a clear amber with a small,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-medium to high carbonation (overcarbonated)
-light body
Slightly above avergae Dunkel

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Photo of NCMatt
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a made in Germany Dunkel Lager. I might have set my expectations for this beer too high. I poured from the bottle into the appropriate glasswear and noticed it was a little lighter than I was expecting. Not an issue though. The smell is weak, but the notes you'd expect are more or less present. Taste wise, it was seriously lacking. Just like the smell, the flavor was also mute. Mouthfeel was watery at best. Very drinkable though. I found myself downing the bottle in about half the time I would normally drink a glass of a similar style. If it was at a cheaper price point (my bottle set me back $3), this would make a killer party / session beer. Unfortunately, with price taken into consideration, I feel this beer relies heavily on the coolness of the bottle and not the merit of the liquid inside.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle dated 11.21.15 at 45 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of roasted malt
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – few islands of medium bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins and ends with slightly sweet roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 4

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Photo of TheMissingDrink
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Smooth and malty, but a little metallic. Not quite there flavour wise. Hops are almost non existent, and there’s an earthy yeast note on top of the metal. I don’t think I’d have it again.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 9/23/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Dark brown in color with ruby colored notes from the Munich malts. The head is light in color and short lived.
Aroma: The aroma is malt sweet smelling of rich bready flavors and some sugars. Some hop aroma it's earthy and even a little grassy.
Taste: The flavor is strong of the Munich malting coming in bready with lots of malt sugars. The hopping adds little bitterness but a more prevalent grassy flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A sweetness from the malts leaves my mouth watering a touch as some of the hops add a touch of dryness to the beer in the finish.

Notes: Dated 4/1/15

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Photo of djura
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Bottle 0,33 l.
A - Amber color. Creamy brown foam, leaving thin head. Medium carbonation.
S - Some dark fruits and roasted malt. Nothing to special.
T/M - Bitter finish, lots of dark fruits, caramel and roast malt. Some chocolate in the back. Carbonated.

O - Average.

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Photo of Roser
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- clear, copper, amber. Small to medium bone white head that lasted a good bit. Light lacing.

S- not much of a nose. Malty and bready. Clean. Light roast.

T- like the nose, malty and bready. Raisiny sweet.

M- thin, light.

O- just ok. Nothing special. Won't be purchasing again.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown, clear, rising bubbles, fair head and lace, Ii'll work on appearance.

Malty as hell, almost octoberfrest material but a bit heavier, caramel malts big time, biscuit and bread, hops presence only balances but doesn't stand out.

Thick and chewy, yet lagery. An interesting break from the various IPAs and PAs I've had in the last few weeks. Love varying the style, this one ain't a bad example either.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Flip-top 33cl bottle in Mommseneck (Haus of 100 Biers) on 17th Jan 2014.

Dark amber to brown body, off white head that produced some impressive lacing.

Malts rule the whole beer: mild, semi-sweet molasses give the brew a pleasant aroma and they also impart flavour into a body that was disappointingly thin. The bodies lack of depth shouldn't come as a surprise though, most German Dunkel beers I've had have been weak in the body texture and almost watery.

This is one of the better Dunkel beers I've had though, so don't be put off by my complaint about the body depth.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First new brew of the New Year. Sampled on 1/2/14. Comes in a pretty 330ml cool bottle with a ceramic stopper. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper/amber in color with a 1-finger off white head. Some sticky lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of a sweet dark bready malt. The taste is about the same with just a slight hoppy finish. Very light though and not bad at all actually. Overall a good dark brew.

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