Flensburger Dunkel | Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG

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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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002

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Reviews:
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pDev:
13.11%
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3.72
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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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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 zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Jason
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl brown reusable swing-top bottle with a drink before date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear brassy hue, patchy yet chunky lacing that leaves random web-like trails as the brew is sipped.

Smell: Fresh and bready aroma, smells of a toasted all grain loaf .. very clean with some fresh malt in there.

Taste: Fluffy crispness, moderate body and quite smooth. Clean malt throughout, modest toasted malt rolls from bread crust to a cracker like flavour. Hops are even with a simple bitterness with a touch of herbal flavour. Finishes slightly dry with lots of clean graininess.

Notes: An easy drinking amber lager, clean with full grain flavours is just what I was looking for in this beer. Typical in a way but good none the less.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one in a decorative growler in a recent BIF. Brought it out on Labor Day to share with the family. Served cold and poured into a couple pint glasses. This one was consumed on 09/07/2009.
 
The pour was off from the start. Still, motionless with only a touch of light carbonation on the top of the glass. I new we were in trouble. Nice honey color to it though with some darker touches around the sides that served it quite well. Aroma was decent, very sweet with lots of caramel and honey notes as well as lots of touches of nuts as well. Warming almost brings out a touch of fruit now. But the flavor really falls off. It seems as though it comes across musky and stale, the fact that it is flat does not help at all. A wash of bready malts, touches of grain and a hint of caramel all seem to miss and this quasi wheat and fruit note comes in, with a wet cardboard flavor. Not working out at all. The flavor was a mess and this really caused it to be semi undrinkable and nearly a drain pour for me.
 
Overall it may have been an old growler, though it hissed when opened and the date on it was three months from now. It just did not work for me. Maybe next time.
 

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Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber brown with no head basically. Nose is way too sickly sweet malts. Not entirely pleasant. Flavor brings a bit of the same, but with a bit of an earthy tone and a slight leafy thing. Too much malt sweetness though. Feel is slick and sticky. Carbonation nips a bit at the tongue. Eh. This is okay. Like I said, too malty sweet. Pass

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warning: this is one rude bottle of beer! I got a little spray in my face as I flipped off the top. Bad bottle!

Clear bronze coloring, nearly auburn, undedr a cream-toned topping of foam, which slowly dissipates, leaving lace.

Cola-like aroma, sweet, nutty, mineral-y. Not bad, but not especially noteworthy.

Bold entry on the palate, malty flavor spills all over the mouth, traces of nuts, maple, some dark fruits before it hollows out. Clings well on the tongue and throat, taste stays with you and lingers in the memory as well.

Bright, tasty malt handily overcoming my initial misgivings based on the aroma. Medium to full in body, nice grainy texture, good drinkability. Overall, a nice dunkel, indeed. I'd take one anytime.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 259 ratings