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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-09-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
239
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
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10
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 239
Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a flip-top ceramic capped bottle into a pint glass. A clear amber color, off white head with a bot of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and bready malts. Taste is similar to smell. A nice light malty beer with a bit of bitterness in the finish to counter the mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice balance between the more dominant maltiness and the slight bitterness in the finish. Would b e a very good session beer.

Overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of jims1991
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am no expert but I do appreciate premium lagers...This Dunkel is up there in the outstanding category to me...It does lack a bit in the area of bitterness...and could use more of the burnt flavor...A good beer...and I do like drinking and serving it..

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

This was my after tour sample at the brewery in Flensburg (home of the "PLOP"). It is a wonderful dark beer with a wonderful nutty aroma and nice dark malt taste. It has a nice creamy head and goes well with the bread, meat, fish and cheese they served with it. I was impressed with this beer as it did not seem to have the bitterness of most dark beers that pour almost black. A nice balance of malt to hops. All in all a really nice beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33 cl bottle, into a pilsner.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly leaving dry residue behind. Lots of beer ring lacing.

S: Tea leaves, molasses, and light roasted malt grain.

T: Bitter pecan shells, a little light roasted malt grain, and tea leaf.

M: Hearty yet crisp. Slightly bitter finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, giant head and plenty of lacing. Nose is a really solid combination of sweet components on a roasted malt bed. Flavor is light roasted malt with a little bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No complaints here with this brew. One high tech package with the bottle but form a beer drinkers perspective it certainly lives up to a premium beers reputation. Mild yet tasty. Which is why people drink beverages. For the taste and this brew did itself justice in that category.

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Photo of John_Henry
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. Good colour and clarity for style with fair head retention.

S. Little smell, but nothing unpleasant.

T. Tastes good, but really a little thin, and not as full of flavour as I was expecting.

M. Not as smooth as I would have liked but pretty good to be fair.

O. I had quite high hopes for this, but it was really quite disappointing. Very easy to drink, and if it were on tap I could quite happily session it, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of FLima
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy dark copper, with few floating particles. Made 2 fingers of fluffy head with medium retention and leaving marks in the glass.
Malty and grainy aroma.
Similarly flavor of toasted malts, toffee and grains, hints of earthy and herbal hops. Mildly bitter with an almost absent aftertaste that has its lingering taste.
Light body and low carbonation.
Didn’t like much the taste of raw malt on it, but has its own character.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a nice deep copper color, topped off with a thick tan head, very fluffy and stuck around for a bit; there's some great lacing too. The body itself is clear with medium carbonation. Mild hop flavors are the first thing you taste, strong grass flavors come into play and the aroma is pretty much a copy of the flavors, wheat grass, hops, and a mild sweet smell all mixed into one. The taste is slightly bitter overall and its light bodied, plus its goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of Larry18
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

disappointing. tasted watery and insipid. It lacked that "wow" factor that I was expecting from a fancy beer in an attractive bottle. It wasn't offensive, just rather boring and uninspired.

Mouth feel, aroma and appearance were fine. It was just lacking in taste, quite frankly.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear copper with a massive thick and creamy head that slowly sets into fine lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malts together with faint bitter hops. Dark dried fruits, but not overly sweet.

T: Roasted dark malts, only faint sweetness. Bitter hops, rather strong. Some dark dried fruits lure in the back.

M: Long "dark" roasted bitter aftertaste. Body is medium, while carbonation is mild.

O: A nice Dark Lager, with the sweetness held back.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say I was always wondered about the little beers I would see all over but never got around to trying the until recently when a German friend bought me a sample pack. Don’t let the look of these little beers fool you and the fact I usually see it in gas and train stations. It is actually really decent beer. The dunkel was very weak in most characteristic to this style. The flavor and the aroma were very mild in the roasted qualities that I think a dunkel should have. There was some roastiness but just very faint. The feel was a little thin but not bad and it was definitely easy to drink. There was a great malt flavor however even though not roasted and a mild hop flavor.

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Photo of Hex92
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought it because of the cool bottle, but I definitely wasn't impressed with the beer. It tastes like a watered down heineken dark. Skunky flavor, little mouthfeel. No malt, no hops, just blah. Maybe this one sat on the shelf too long, but I won't buy this again.

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

Clear amber with fast-fading off-white froth that leaves lacey trails - the pale end of dunkel. Dark toast and red berry, very Munich malt nose.
Rusk biscuit, peanut skin, sour grain with plenty of Noble spice hops to end.
Carob finish and tightening linger. Light, crisp, some chew yet quite dry.

Pretty lean and light for the style - nothing in the way of fruit to ease up the toasted grain. But still pleasant - like most Flensburger beers, it makes up for in drinkability what it lacks in depth and adherence to style.

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Photo of Mellonius
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, this is such a good looking little bottle. Makes you want to try it right away.

Pours brownish, dark ruby with a thin off-white head. Looks beautiful.

Smells sweet malt with a hint of caramel. Very faint fruitiness on the nose.

The mouthfeel is that of a lager. Not very full-bodied. I guess it is what you would expect from the genre. Quite carbonated, with a lively feel.

Tastes sweet, with notes of caramel, toffee and some roasted flavors. Bitterness is not overpowering and adds good balance to the brew.

A very nice Munchen Lager. Sessionable. Very interesting when paired with yellow cheese. I would buy it again for sure.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruby to amber color. Smell consists of sweet malt sugars.

Typical lager flavor with added light toast notes and some sugar. Tastes okay, but it isn't drop dead gorgeous mouth erotica, just good.

Mouthfeel isn't all that notable, it is really that average.

As far as the dunkel world goes this beer certainly is on the lager end, so no confusion there. It has that character that is almost always in lagers due to there yeast, and then it has some of the darker malt and sweeter side that the Dunkel truck delivers.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep amber brew with an off-white head with some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is all malt, sweet porridge, silage, some nuts and grass as well.

Tasting of sweet bread, porridge, malty, malty, malty.

Medium carbonation, small soft bubbles, rather soft dry finish.

A quite decent malt bomb.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt and nuts with a bit of sweet caramel and fresh grain.

T: Mild taste of sweetness with caramel and bread. Somme bitterness and dry finish.

F: Medium body creamy and quite smooth.

O: Easy drinker, but could us a bit more character. Still a nice Dunkel.

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

Swing top bottles are fantastic. The beer is brown with at thin head. The smell is clove alcohol and gingerbread. The taste is more savory than some dunkels with some prune chocolate. Seem like it has more alcohol than 4.8%. Perhaps a bit overpriced. Good, but Spaten is better and less expensive. Buy the hefe if you need the bottles.

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Photo of cervezango
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

coolest bottle Ive probably ever seen in person, pours gold then darkens to a nice brownish amber, off white head leaves some lace mostly the bottle is really cool and could probably be re used for a home brew or watever.

smell. chocolate rum raisin and expresso, a little doughy

taste. rosted coffe , also good bitterness

feel. has a lovely lingering after taste of hops

a bit light bodies for a dunkel but dosent make it worse

hits the spot! a serious good beer. satisfying.

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Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty brown with a big red tint. 2 finger head that dissipates quickly, though it leaves a fine lacing. Filtered.

Light pumpernickel toast in the nose. Also a little fresh mint, not artificial mint, mind you.

Like eating a low-sugar german pastry. A little rye bread in finish, but then a load of sulphur following that. Clean yeast and a balanced hopiness.

Too watery for the flavor. A little more maltose would have done wonders for this brew. Also feels under carbonated.

Good beer. Feels a little flat. SOme more body and carbonation could have made this one a good sessioner, but it goes down TOO fast.

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Photo of stoepsel
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown body with an appropiate slightly crema-colored head.
Nose is smooth roasty licorice.
The taste is an interesting combination of the warm maltiness typical for the Dunkel-Style and the fresh hoppiness of northern German lagers which surprisingly results in a kind of british elegance in the end. Very well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with off white head that recedes quickly. Nose is a little toasty but not much else. Palate was surprisingly light, with a rather thin body, some toasty malt flavors that have just a suggestion of roastiness, and a modicum of hop influence thrown in there. Finishes light and easy to drink, but not very appetizing with interesting flavors to crave on the next sip. Boring.

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

Had a bottle recently at a friends house.

Appearance: Poured into a 1/2 mass glass krug. Came out with a nice deep red with a bit of lighter (orangy?) tones. 2 finger head that quickly disappeared with minimal lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a hint of grains. Overall a quite pleasant aroma.

Taste: Light taste with a decent sweetness. The taste seemed to match the smell as it wasn't too sweet and had a decent grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick with perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Good beer... not great, I liked it fine but thought it might have needed a bit more of a roasted taste.

I would not go out of my way to find this but also wouldn't turn one down if offered again.

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Photo of crossovert
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce flip top brown bottle best before 01.13.11.

The top blows with a nice POP and it pours a nice dark brown with reddish hues and a foamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. They have the look nailed.

The smell is subtle but clean and proper. It is predominately just generic barley but with a hint of roastiness and a little bit of mineral water.

The taste is for sure a winner, it is nowhere near the top of the sweetness threshold for this style, it has a surprising hop bite. The malts are nice with a hint of caramel and an ever so slight roastiness. It is smooth and refreshing, my favorite beer style of summer.

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Flensburger Dunkel from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
3.68 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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