Lobo Negro | Pedernales Brewing Company

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Lobo NegroLobo Negro

Brewed by:
Pedernales Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A nice medium brown to dark light absourbing goodness, excelent for the beer

Smell - Not much here besides mild hops maybe noble style. I wish there was a bit more to get.

Taste - Initial flavor is too complex and not pleasant but within a second a coffee and nut taste hits. It sticks around as well.

Mouthfeel - That aftertaste with carbonation is a great match and enjoyable for a evening drink.

Overall - A good beer just wish the smell and inital flavor were improved. I will have it again though

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tastes a lot like the typical homebrew from the eighties..."Let's see, I have some caramel malt and Munich malt..and here's some chocolate malt.." Nothing at all wrong with this beer, just not what I expected when I read "Munich Dunkel" 'cause it sure as hell ain't that. None of those toasted grain flavors are appropriate in a Munich Dunkel. Easy to drink though with a creamy texture and huge khaki head. Roasted grain dominates with no serious off-flavors. Call it a light Porter and it's a world-beater!

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Photo of colts9016
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A creamy one finger head with poor retention. The head has withered downed to a light tan ring around the glass. The beer is dark brown and has some reddish hues. The beer is opaque.

N: Caramel, toasted malt, a slight burnt character, subtle molasses note, and bready.

T: Caramel, toasted/roasted malt, a slight burnt character, a honey like sweetness, bready, and yeasty.

M: medium carbonation, creamy, medium full body with a long finish.

O: Personally I am disappointed with this beer, the burnt character is not supposed to be in the beer. It is ok, not the best example of dunkel.

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Photo of rcasiano
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

I like this beer because it is smooth in taste and is not highly carbonated. What kept me from rating it higher is that it's very...safe. It's a solid beer that tastes great, but there's nothing that makes it standout: texture, taste, etc.

Definitely worth drinking. I'll pick up again when I'm in San Antonio, but not worth seeking out here in the North.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint/tulip glass. This pours a dark brown almost black with a smaller tan head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of caramel, toffee and nuts. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, a little bitter roasted malts, some toffee, not bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel with some lightly toasted malt and cocoa notes. A very nice smelling beer. The flavor is made up of a lot of roasted malt and cocoa. I also get some toffee, grass and earth notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 43 degrees into snifter
Aroma of lightly roasted malt, chocolate (?), lasts the entire glass
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with a few rocks, diminishing to irregular two to five mm ring and partial layer which lasts
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor weak, some dark maltiness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

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

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Photo of beerman58
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good solid beer, not as malty, and roast character is not as subtle, as a Munich Dunkel, but roast is not as overdone as many American breweries attempting the style, but still one of the better attempts I've tasted from an American brewery. Darker than what the style calls for I believe. I'd definitely drink it again, but would seek out a true German Dunkel when wanting to satisfy my Dunkel craving.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a creamy cap of tan head. Decent retention and some nice connecting sheets of lace.

Nose is nutty and chocolaty, a bit like Nutella actually. Fairly sweet and lacks roast or coffee, pretty nice smelling brew here.

Nice flavor profile too...sweetness is tangible but not overboard and the chocolate flavors are really nice. There is still a bit of nutty, caramel character too. The mouthfeel is a treat; rich and creamy for a lager and the carbonation is really fine-bubbled. Fits the style profile fairly well, but also has a bit of a milk stout aspect to it as well. After a bad introduction to Pedernales (the IPA), the Texas Lager and Negro Lobo have impressed me enough to pick up a sixer next time I see it around.

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Photo of ranger7
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Review from notes: January 31st, 2014.

A: Dark brown, off-white head.

S: Toasted malt and chocolate.

T: Chocolate and creamy.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a good one. I've had Pedernales at a local tasting and remembered this one. Now that I've had a full bottle, I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good Dunkel.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not much aroma, but a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Dark brown with a golden glint in the globe glass. Decent head that foams up nicely with each small pour. Long nose of nuts and burnt grain.

Some malty flavors along with a fair amount of body. A hint of cream and filberts. Quite darkly roasted that made me think of a Schwartzbier at first. The maltier, fruitier flavor is, I guess, the difference in the categories. I would look for this on tap next time I'm in that part of Texas.

A surprisingly good beer that seems to be more in the German vein than than the usual haphazard styling. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Texas Wine in Fredericksburg.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Max's Wine Dive - Fairview (Houston, TX). Very dark brown with a modest head of tan foam. Roasted grains, burnt caramel, molasses form a solid malt body with some toasty, savory leaning notes balancing out the sweetness. Medium body and carbonation with a creamy feel. Very drinkable roasty brew - malt forward without any overt sweetness.

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Photo of blatherbeard
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type bottle

Bought a sixxer of this knowing by the name of the brewing co that it was a tx brewer so i had to give it a shot.

Mouthfeel was a bit lighter than expected but not bad, carbonation was a bit higher than expected as well. But also came across a bit flat, so kind of a weird dichotomy.

Smell was absolutely unexpected. Toffee and huge nut smell, thought it was a nut brown at first smell.

Taste was DEFINITELY a nut browny taste, not really a black lager imo.

Overall was a decent beer for sure, some of the qualities better than others, some, although not of style, were fantastic.

Id buy again for sure.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with see thru ruby pour; dark beige head; thick lace to start. Lightly roasted malt nose. Lite malt start but a little syrupy on the finish. Light mouthfeel. Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a nice light tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, toffee, coffee, hint of dark chocolate

T-dark malt, coffee, sweet toffee, chocolate, slightly nutty, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-pretty nice dark lager beer, easy drinking and enjoyable

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Jet black with an off-white head with low retention, leaves foam just around the edge of the glass.
S- Toasted malts, chocolate bar, sweet cocoa.
T- Toasted grains, coffee, brown sugar. Fades a bit towards the end.
F- Medium, a bit light.
O- Very nice brew, lovely dark lager.

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Photo of donspublic
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into 16 oz tulip. Aggressive pour yielded a nice 2 finger tan head. Puppy disappeared pretty quickly leaving a little ring around the edges. Very dark beer, little to no light passes thru it, color is more darkish brown. Smells of roasted malt, hint of chocolate and coffee. More of a malt driven beer, and it isn't bad for that. Getting some caramel, toffee to the taste, some chocolate on the back end. I like this beer, have passed it up for a while, but won't do that again. My favorite of this style is negra modelo, and this one is that with a little personality.

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

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, pear, apple, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, nuttiness, light roast, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt notes with light yeast fruitiness. Taste of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, pear, apple, light roast, floral, and earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light fruits, light nuttiness, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt flavors with light-moderate fruitiness; with good complexity and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an damn nice dunkel lager! Great balance and robustness of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one; one of the better examples in the style I have had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pedernales Brewing Company "Lobo Negro"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$4 @ Auslander Restaurant, Fredericksburg, TX

Interesting beer. It doesn't actually say what style it is on the label, and I don't know that I would call it a Munich dunkel. It's quite chocolatey in the nose with a slight coffee-like roasted edge, and that carries over into the flavor along with some caramel and light nuttiness. It's more malty, and I guess chocolatey, than I'd expect of a dunkel but that doesn't change the fact that it's a great beer. If there's a flaw to it, and I don't really think there is, it's that it's pretty much the same straight through. Of course that rich, chocolatey-coffee character isn't bad, and it's not sweet but it kind of suggests that in its maltiness. Nicely done. A satiating dark and malty beer that's quite drinkable.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-dark brown with a redish tint when held up to a light
S-roasted or toasted bread like aroma
T-roasted flavor with a smooth, yet roast aftertaste that stays with you til the finish
F-light to medium body and medium carbonation
O-this was a great beer I love the taste all around

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Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark nutty brown with a solid head. Smells of clean yeast, dark malts, and roasted/toasted malts. Tastes like mocha, caramel, and toffee with a clean yeast. Foamy carbonation with a medium-light body. This is a tasty dark lager.

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Photo of swellcat
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expecting something like Amberbock, Ziegenbock, or Lone Star Bock, I was pleasantly surprised: (not that those above are necessarily bad, but) this is a substantial beer. It feels concentrated and dense and very much brings chocolate to mind . . . (yes, even before reading that descriptor used by the company.) Absent is cloying sweetness or any medicinal quality.

A German-style beer with a Spanish name seems pretty appropriate for Texas, doesn't it.

This is a beefy brew that commands attention . . . in a good way. I look forward to drinking more of it, trying some food-pairings, and maybe braising a dark-breasted game bird in Lobo Negro.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep dark brown with nice clarity when you hold it up to the light. Mahogany hues around the edges. A one finger slightly tan head rises to the rim of the glass.

S: immediately notice the presence of molasses, roasted malts, and chocolate.

T: Pumpernickel bread crust, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, and hints of roasted malts in the taste. There's even something reminiscent of root beer. Balanced and drinkable. Comes

F: Not too bitter, deliciously creamy. Medium body with medium carbonation.

O: This beer is great, and I wish more American brewers would try their hand at Munich Dunkel Lagers because there's a lot of room to play with these flavors and experiment. Until then, seek out Lobo Negro when you are in Texas.

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Photo of txjesterjw
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never been a huge negro fan. But I really like this one, it has the right combo of coffee and caramel for me. Sounds crazy but if you have not tried it, make a float with it. A scoop of Blue Bell original vanilla and pour some Lobo Negro over it. Yum!

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Photo of Texan816
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer while on our anniversary trip to Fredericksburg Tx. Immediately feel in love with this dark rich double bock? beer. Tried to find it in San Antonio, but no luck.... Smells great smooth taste with a wonderful hint of chocolate caramel flavors. Must try if you can find.

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Lobo Negro from Pedernales Brewing Company
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