Prost Brewing Co. - Denver

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #2
Ranked #5,928
4.08 | pDev: 11.27%
Prost Brewing Co. - Denver
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier

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)
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Photo of Trentontiger
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really liked this, great example of a dunkel. Only criticism - its a little thin, could use a bit more of a backbone, but overall this is a really solid beer and well worth giving it a try.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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%
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 +3.4%
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 +3.2%
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 Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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 -6.6%
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 KLHBB
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 dcscientist
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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 BeerWithMike
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 11/9/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .33L tulip glass.

Brew pours a deep mahogany-almost black with ruby highlights in color with a thin beige cap. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of nuts. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some caramel and dark fruits also. Very smooth and goes down easy. Really nice with no bitterness noted for the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with a thin head that fades away after a few sips. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of medium-dark grain with nuts. Clean.

The taste is of medium-dark grain, some nuts with balancing bread and light noble hop touch in the semi-dry finish. Clean, crisp and very smooth.

An excellent example of a Franconian dunkel. Basic, a bit drier than the classic Bavarian style - very drinkable and enjoyable. They really nailed the style. I could drink this "all day long" and be very satisfied!

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.4/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was hoping for more with this one. Beer has a nice medium brown color, but an extremely thin head. The aroma smells like something that reminds me of rotten tomatoes... With a slight pilsner yeast smell. The flavor is good considering the rest of the core characteristics. I would really like to try this one again fresh. Just realized the freshness date on the bottle, expired 10-15 of 2014. The carbonation should be less though considering it's out of date and for me the carbonation was a bit too high.

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Photo of ZAP
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very enjoyable dunkel. Very clean drinking with a pronounced sweetish maltiness. Big Bready flavor with lighter, more subtle notes of nuts, caramel, and raisins. Delicious. Big bready aroma...this is really impressive. First glass went down way too quick. I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-visited 10-12-2017

The body appears the same but the head just fizzled and faded to a few small globs of suds. Decent, malty, nutty aroma. The flavor is much like the aroma with the addition of cocoa and hints of dark, sweet chocolate; nice low-key bitterness to round things out. Richer, smoother mouthfeel.

Well, the appearance certainly took a turn for the worse yet the smell, taste, and mouthfeel certainly seem better, more balanced and fitting for a dark lager. There was no indication of sourness in the taste. It is always nice to come back to some beers and get a better appreciation of what they can be.

Original ratings: 4.0 3.5 3.75 3.75 3.75 (3.71 overall)

Bottle label data: ENJOY BY: 12/05/14

The pour produced a dark copper hued body with a thick, creamy head. Warm, malty aroma. The taste starts with a mild sourness and fruitiness and then builds with a more roasted malt character; nice hop bitterness develops midway and lingers at the finish; some quiet chocolate flavors at the finish, too. Medium body; smooth; mostly dry finish.

A respectable dark lager. The flavors span the spectrum from mild, fruit-like esters to a decent nutty malt character and all wrapped up with a well-balanced hop bitterness. Not quite as robust as some other German dark lagers, but quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Label says enjoy by 10/16/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and nutty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, chocolate, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, toasted bread, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle presence of dark fruit with hints of fig and dates. Also some hints of cinnamon spice. Hops are very light. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty, nutty, and dark malt driven taste with notes of caramel and chocolate. Upfront toasted malt with bready notes of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, caramel, toffee, nuts, grains, and yeast. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with some light notes of dates and fig. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Light note of cinnamon spice. Not much for hops. A pretty nice malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a German Dunkel. Nice toasty malt flavor with some subtle dark fruit.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Rich, dark chestnut with decent, light tan head.

Smell: Cherry and spice mostly, with some light chocolate.

Taste: Very harmonious blend of cherry & other dark fruits, chocolate & other roasted notes, and spicy & floral hops. Perfect balance.

Feel: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Overall: Wow, this is how a Dunkel should taste. Most I have had are a little boring; this is not at all. This beer would work for almost any occasion.

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Photo of SamN
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark color; clear, but getting close to opaque. Not much head, wispy bits lay across the top of the beer. Aroma is slighty nutty, malty, no real distinct hop aromas beyond a slight oily aroma. Some dark fuits in there, dates or figs maybe. Taste is mellow and smoth, bready, sweeter, maybe some more faint dark fruits? Overall, a nice dunkel taste, but not a preferred style of mine for a reason. Tastes always seems a bit blunted and muddled in dunkels. Slightly bigger lager body, got some weight to it.

Not bad for the style, though not a style I particularly am a fan of. Pretty good.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Transparent brown with medium lacing and minimal head. Nut brown look to it.

S- Mild nutty, pretty watered down though for S.

T- Light nuttiness. Very watery. I get some of the Dunkel flavor, but this growler is over a month old, but sealed.

M- Very watery. I am drinking German brews tonight, and this one falls short.

O- Probably way better fresh.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent like maroonish brown with a with a off white head. Aroma is malty offering some breadiness with some pitted fruits, brown sugar, and some chocolate. Flavor was quite similar. A thinner, active mouthfeel with some creaminess to it. Overall, goo stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a new take on a dunkel, or i think its a really old take, but its new to me. pours a raisin brown color, with hints of red and copper. theres a few inches of thick frothy white foam on top, and it lasts, leaving excellent lacing on the cool german mug its served in at the brewery. it smells a little sweet from the dark malts, some brown sugar in the nose, and there is an interesting yeast here. its not spicy, but has a bit of dried fruit to it. sort of a candied raisin is how i would describe the taste. i mean, this is a malt forward beer, but there are all kinds of subtle flavors going on here. i like the organic nature of this beer, it just feels right to me. in the mouth its got good carbonation and a medium body with a shockingly creamy texture. this is an easy beer to drink a million of. bold and unique and delicious. what more do you want?

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic drinkable Dunkel from the new Prost brewery in Denver. I was quite impressed with this one, and I was drinking from a new batch that was tapped just two days earlier. A nice hearty dark brown color with a creamy, long-lasting head. Nose was very bready with some soft roasty notes. More bready and roasty on the palate, with a delicious medly of malty flavors that were pleasing. I'm thinking dark bread, the ones with oat flakes on top. Good body and exceptionally drinkable. Very smooth across the palate and refreshing on a cold Fall evening in Denver. This one is top of my list for future Denver visits.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had too many Dunkel's, but this was one damn tasty beer.

Medium dark and malty. A ton of flavor packed into this beer.

A mild, bready sweetness on the tongue. Arguably my favorite beer made in Denver now.

Happily left Prost with a growler of Dunkel.

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Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of those beer styles that's near and dear to my heart, the south German dunkel. Not sure why, but people always seem to get these confused with dunkelweisses, which are totally different. This is essentially a dark and fairly mild (5 to 5.5%'ish) lager, that isn't too far from the idea of a "dark helles." This one is brewed in the Franconian style, which is a bit drier and stronger than the ones further south in Munich. In particular, this one is using a recipe straight from the Hümmer brewery, where Prost's equipment came from. It's also potentially the only double decoction mashed lager brewed in the US.
Arrives a medium to dark brown color. Resembles a cola color for the uninitiated. The head is extra creamy and looks almost like a nitro based on the thickness. The texture is actually even richer than most dunkels I've had in Germany. I guess that's not quite authentic...but is that a bad thing? I'm not sure.
The nose is mild, but reveals a strong dark malt base and noble hops that are "hiding in plain sight" behind it.
Sweet bready dark malts showcase notes of cocoa, hazelnut, and dark bread. Noble hops offer a tiny herbal character and slight bitterness to the finish, although the malt is the star. I'm not sure what the exact strength, but there's no alcohol heat, no off flavors, and only a mild lingering sweetness.
In fact, it's about as drinkable as beers get. While a bit drier, it reminds me a lot the Löwenbräu dunkel I've enjoyed in Munich. Some Franconian dunkels seem to cross paths with other styles like Schwarzbier or Märzen, but this one falls right in the zone I enjoy.
Pretty much the only thing that doesn't scream "This is German!" about this beer is the head, and it's actually a potential improvement depending on what you like.
Great stuff, and one I'm unbelievably glad to have.
Like German dark beers? You need to try this.

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Dunkel from Prost Brewing Co. - Denver
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 102 ratings