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 dfried
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

See through toffee amber in color with a lot of red highlights. Thin just off white head. Aroma is sweet and sugary, of molasses and caramel malt, maybe a bit grainy, some hops there as well, though not pungent, maybe a bit earthy. More of the same in the taste, crisp clean malt, more caramel and dark sugars. Mouthfeel was a little dry, easy to drink.

Verdict: let down at first, I thought I bought a dunkel weizen until I tried it. But it grew on me after a bit, though it's nothing special. I wouldn't turn one away, but wouldn't seek another out either. A simple 'dark' lager.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear medium brown liquid with a thick slightly off white head that lasts a long time and left a ring of white foam surrounds the glass.

The aroma is sweet and malty. The hops and malt make for a balanced aroma where both shine. A caramel/chocolate smell is enhanced by the noble hops.

The sweet taste is delightful. The caramel taste really shines.

The mouthfeel is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation.

A very drinkable beer that is true to its style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light amber in color, with a small white head, slight carbonation, and scattered broken lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by caramel and nutty accents, with slight herbal hops as well.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt notes, with a subtle sweet and nutty taste, followed by mild herbal hop notes. A mild bitterness lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: Overall a pleasant, drinkable example.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz fliptop bottle with a date on the back label. Good head and almost no carb. Had a brownish cooper color and a sweet malty smell with overtones of bread. The taste was really good. This is the first of the style that I've had and I was impressed. Will have to try move Dunkle Lagers and see if it holds. The only thing I didn't like about this beer was that the mouthfeel was pretty watery. Not enough to ruin it but enough to remind you on every drink. Overall, good beer and recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome mist comes off the flip top. Poured a transparent chestnut brown. Small head. Deeper in colour when held to the light. Explosive aroma. Sticky rum like brown sugar. Hard to tell its a weisse at all. Quite flat as far as carbonation goes. Flavour hugely dependent on malt which carries itself a little weak. Little resonance, no mouthfeel. Void of any character. No aftertaste - but no before taste either. Some smokey wood character. Kept me guessing as to what it is exactly. Somethig good is in there, but darn hard to find.

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Photo of supercolter
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance was very good. Nice lacing and head retention. Brownish copper in color
Smell was pretty good. Lots of dry malt. Kind of metallicy.
Taste was not the best. I haven't had this style before, though so maybe its just me. Some malt taste, metallicy and it just tastes old.
Mouthfeel was good, with a bit of carbonation, and it was medium in feel.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear reddish brown color bordering on mahogany. There is an active 1/4" head of off white bubbles that sticks around for only about 30 seconds. After the head falls, there are only a few bubbles rising, but they don't maintain the head all that well. There is very little lacing left on the glass after the beer is removed.

Aroma: At first I get a dark sweet caramel aroma that is rather toasty like a caramunich or some such. It has a bit of Melanoidin in the aroma that gives it a sweet impression, but I don't really get any hops to speak of. As the beer warms, it just comes across as sweeter.

Taste: The flavor is really malty and sweet with a mild melanoidin. There is lots of caramel sweetness in here, but the remainder of the malt is really smooth and well developed. The balance is totally the malt. There may be a tad of hops in here, but only enough to add some balance and not make it cloyingly sweet. The finish is sweet as well, but there is a mild dry edge to it that gives me the impression that it has wheat in it. I don't think that this is the case, and it is most likely due to toasty malts...but there is quite a bit of complexity to the malt in this beer.

Opinion: This is a pretty tasty beer. The sweetness is a good bit more aggressive than most Dunkels, but it is still a nice and easily drinkable beer. I would suspect that this is more of what a historical Dunkel would be like since the attenuation of yeast has gone up over the ages. Perhaps this is more like an original Einbecker. Still this is a good beer and worth a shot.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown, still clear, with a frothy tan head. Aroma is neutral with just a slight malt element.

Taste is dry malt, very roasty. Hints of chocolate malt flavors, possibly an almost smokey taste, not quite smoked malt but as if it was near a campfire or something. Just a touch of sweetness tries to peek through but doesn't quite make it.

Drinkability is very high. An excellent example of the style, one terribly underrepresented on the market.

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Photo of jrb1001
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Cyclone Liquors, in Ames, Iowa. For a really cheap beer, it is really good, and worth drinking.

The beer was dark in color and had a really good taste to it. I am not a huge fan of dunkel's, but this one was really good. I drank this beer very cold and I recommend drinking it cold.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again more beer samples...this one has been better than most that I have received...and I it was the first of its style that I have tried, I would like to try more....it seems to be more of a fall beer for me though.
A- Dark amber or light brown color with a 1/2 inch creamy head and a wall of sticky lace...cute little pop top bottle.]
S- Sweet malts...mostly toffee, but some caramel present....light butter and maybe some biscuit.
T- Surprisingly there was a decent amount of hops hidden by the overall sweet scent of the beer. Hops were the first thing I noticed bringing a crispness and bitterness that was a nice surprise from a beer with such a malty taste. Right toffee and light butter in the body, and also a balanced but slightly bitter finish.
M/D- high carbonation, med-heavy body, and very filling.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 allengarvin
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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 frazbri
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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 marksto
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 12 oz flip top bottle - this one is good enough I wish it came in a 6 pack of regular bottles instead of the gimmicky flip top.

Pours copper colored with a thick long lasting head. Light hop and light toasty malt in the nose. The flavor is very nice - dry malt, with a slight hint of dry cocoa in the finish. A very quenching, dry, malty flavor profile.

Reminds me very much of an alt bier. From its location on the map it looks like Flensburg shares the Hanseatic heritage of Dusseldorf - and that heritage shows in this beer. Highly recommend, particuarly if you are an alt afficianado.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleqr auburn. Good sized light tan head. Retention is good as is lacing. Nice nose of chocolate and caramel. Munich malt accents as well. Nice underlying base of chocolate and roast. Breadiness in the middle. A little roast bitterness lingers. Smooth malts. Creamy texture. Medium bodied. Good dunkel.

I'm getting used to these Flensburger brews. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new arrival at my local store so I thought I would give it a try. 12oz flip top bottle, dated 07.10.06, poured into a pint glass, Opened with a brisk “pop”.

A—pours clear mahogany, reddish, orange amber (how’s that for a color description? Terrible, I know) with a ¾ inch off white fluffy head that produces full sheets of lacing, head slowly filters down

S—spicy cinnamon and cloves, caramel is dominate, buttery, sweet and pleasant

T—chocolate, buttery caramel, and toffee all mixed together very well, sweet and tasty, just a touch of bitterness at the end

M—smooth, light/medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—easy drinking. I only bought one to try and will return for a few more. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Jredner
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Low key, sweet malty aroma touches on maple syrup. Dark amber in color with an attractive fluffy two finger thick head that is mostly lasting. Light sweet malt in the fore invokes honey cakes and sweetened grain cereals. Very well made with no off notes and a beautiful appearance, but the flavor is subdued and the body thinnish.

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Photo of theozag
4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
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 nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer was a very pleasing amber coloration. The head was thick and fluffy honey colored. The head resolved into thick foamy rings.

Smell: The beer has a very good biscuity smell. There is a nice floral nutty clove smell flowing through the beer.

Taste: The beer has a pleasing caramel biscuity smell. There is plenty of sweetness to go around here. The hops break up the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a light to medium bodied beer. The beer is very nicely balanced. This is a dam fine sessionable beer.

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

12 oz swing top bottle pours a clear dark amber with a huge creamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, bready, fruity aromas. Nutty caramel, chocolate flavors, medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish, a great lager.

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Photo of chilidog
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im happy to say our craft beer store brought thisone plus three others of these cool little flip-top bottles from Flensburger for 1.99 each. My first flip-top.
The beer pours a dark chestnut amber with a nice, big bubbled, tan head. The medium carbonation maintains the head well and lace has mild stick.
The aroma is toasted grain and bread-like malts. The taste is toasted bread, citric style hop and as I find with alot of German beers, a metallic background, though thisone has a hint of salty water. It doesn't hurt drinkability for its a nice little Dunkel with a cool little bottle.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very clear and dark copper coloured, with a small fine head.
Smell: molasses, dark malts and fruits, slightly toasted/burned.
Taste: malt bitter, molasses, bitter and dry.
This beer seems to be a Munich Dunkel lager, and I am not formiliar with the style, it reminded me of a darker Alt beer. So very drinkable and with a nice maltiness

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Todd
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0.33l cute short and stubby brown bottle with a flip-top ceramic lid. Freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Pours a clear and bright, rich amber beer crowned with an off-white head that's sticky, clumpy, frothy and lasting. Most impressive.

Smell: Smooth and pleasant on the nose. Toasted grain, faint herbal background. Big bready character, like that initial bread in the oven aroma.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, light-bodied. Malts hit first with a simple, yet enjoyable, toasty character -- sweetness is balanced. This is followed by a hop flash of citric, rind and salt on the palate and a lively carbonation. Things go a bit coarse at this point and merge with a grainy, bitty, tannin character. Wraps up with a slight roasted character that dries the mouth and leaves a residual bready flavour.

Notes: A very well-done Dunkel, balanced and traditional. It's also easy on the palate and very refeshing.

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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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