Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier | Prost Brewing Company

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Altfränkisches Dunkel BierAltfränkisches Dunkel Bier
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Altfränkisches Dunkel BierAltfränkisches Dunkel Bier

Brewed by:
Prost Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a dark amber lager made in the world famous brewing area around Bamberg, Germany. They are characterized by their smooth malty flavor. The Franconian version differs from the dark lagers of Bavaria by being slightly stronger and drier. Dunkels have a distinctive malty flavor that comes from a special brewing technique called decoction mashing. We are reviving the Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier from the Hümmer Brauerei in Breitengüßbach, the brewery whose brewhouse now resides in Denver, Colorado at Prost Brewing. (ABV 5.2% 25 IBU'S)

Added by Jason on 08-28-2012

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Pacioli1445
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Joe for a great beer.

Rich coffee like body in both color and clarity. Minimal beige head leaves a thin ring with one spot of lace. Just one.
The aroma is deep and muted. Pumpernickel, molasses, hints of rye, hints of coffee.
It gets better and better with the taste. Complex and robust flavors of roasted grains, dark bread, molasses, a mustiness from the hops and a weak coffee and peppery finish.
Soft and silky mouth feel. Very delicate. Medium-ish body, lower in carbonation.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another huge thanks to my friend Joe for this guy.

A very deep mahogany beer. Crimson and chestnut highlights along with beautiful clarity make this beer pleasant to look at. Despite a vigorous poor, not much to say for the head. A thin khaki ring hugs the end with a swirl of islands hanging on to the surface with desperation in hopes of not being sunk. At the end of it all, a handful of little foam dots are sprinkled to the sides of the glass. (3.75)

Brown bread with a medium toast is abundantly clear. A little dark fruit like fig lies underneath along with very lightly roasted coffee beans. There is an earthy and meatiness to it as well, but hard for me to pinpoint with an appropriate description. (4.0)

I can't help but take a big first sip. This is very robust. Much more than I was expecting. Squaw bread comes to mind, with some added brown sugar and a thin slather of stone fruit jam. Roasted grain and again a very light coffee influence give a well rounded experience. A minimal floral and spicy finish complete the picture. (4.25)

It's a little lacking in carbonation, but it's silky body might actually benefit from this. Its medium weight and nice balance make it easy to drink, but also give an opportunity to savor between sips thanks to a fuller finish. The little bit of spice on the end compliment the bready sweetness wonderfully. (4.25)

A delicious dunkel. A style that rarely is seen except for in its hefe-inspired bretheren. A dunkel lager is a true gem of a style. I'd like to even point out that one of my all time favorite beers happens to be in this category by the name of Bayreuther-Aktien Landbier (Frankisch Dunkel). This is a damn fine representation of the style, and reminded me of this favorite of mine quite well. (4.25)

Thanks again, Joe. Prost!

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Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Keyport Liquors - Superior, WI

Prost's dunkel is a good looking beverage. The body is chestnut brown with numerous ruby highlights when directly backlit and copper highlights when not. The clarity is excellent. A dirty white head of two fingers forms on the pour, eventually settling to a thin, silky crown that leaves behind spotty lacing.

The nose is right on. Brown bread maltiness leads the way. There's a sturdy caramel presence as well that's washed aside by a spicy hop profile. The maltiness brings about a whisper of smoke, roasty grains without the bitterness. A flash of coffee also pushes through. This is a complex, malty masterpiece.

Luckily, the flavor follows the nose. The maltiness is robust. Big brown bread notes kick it off while being met with that deeply toasted graininess and soft caramel. The hops pop up mid-palate with a spicy, earthy quality. Mild coffee and a soft nuttiness wrap it all up. This beer has layer after layer of nuance and flavor. Excellent.

The body sits right in the middle of the spectrum, weight-wise. Carbonation is active but soft creating a fairly quick moving beverage. This beer dries up in a hurry and that's what makes the drinkability sky high. There's a soft lingering bitterness on the finish. This beer last a very short time in my glass.

Prost's dunkel is one of the best I have ever had. It's a little bigger than the average with a remarkably dry and softly bitter finish. It's nicely layered, complex, and flat out delicious. I wish these were available in the Chicagoland area.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: After a bubble show, the tea colored liquid is brilliant and clear; the ecru head persists and leaves strands of lacing

Smell: Crusty brown bread and brown sugar, with hints of raisin and chocolate

Taste: Crusty brown bread forward, with subtle tones of brown sugar, raisin and chocolate developing; rich and malty, through the finish, with some dryness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It has been a long time since I have had a dunkel, a style that years ago was one of my favorites; this is a terrific example

Thanks, Jonesy1981, for the opportunity

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Photo of Jessica1029
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottle into pint glass
Pours a thin beige head that disappears rapidly with no lacing. Color is dark amber with little to no streaming carbonation. Aroma of roasty malts and bread dough rising. Mouthfeel is light to medium and finish is somewhat damp. Flavors of char, dark toast, dark chocolate, some sort of ripe fruit and bittering hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice toasted caramel color with a mossy head on top.

Aromas of nuts and dark breads, lots of malt character, slight saaz.

Flavors of caramel, hops, nuts, dark breads, crusts, and slight toffee.

Feel is slightly chalky, but has a good carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, it's okay, nothing I'd revisit again.

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Photo of Karenremom
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnlowe
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LukeB
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gemery554
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joeyv09
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cbcrunch
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keng1343
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KLHBB
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Pours darkest brown, minimal head. Smells of malt and nuts, warm bready sweetness in the taste. Prost has never let me down. I've begun buying six-packs without tasting first. Light carbonation, overall quite lovely.

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Photo of TexasATM3
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of erk0607
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcscientist
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one a lot - you would expect Prost to do good German-style beers, and this one definitely qualifies. I like maltier beers in general, so this was one I wanted to try. Pretty smooth, not too strong (even though this variant is apparently supposed to be a bit more so than traditional Bavarian lagers), and flavorful. This one is a staple of their lineup.

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Photo of Muellerbier
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good first dunkle I trie

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