Gösser Dark | Brau Union Österreich AG

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Brau Union Österreich AG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by ctdfalconer:
Photo of ctdfalconer
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a simple, clean, no-nonsense hearty dark lager. I found it to be a just tad roasty-toasty, with a malty-rich mouth-filling fullness that was quite enjoyable. It comes off like a good bock with that kind of grain profile, but just a little drier and toastier. I have not seen it in very many places, either stores or restaurants, shich is a bit of a shame. Also, it can be a little on the pricey side. It's worth a try anyway...I'd like to try it in Austria.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a decent size rather creamy had that leaves a light amount of lace,aromas of roasted malt and a little brown suger-like sweetness.A well rounded flavor of light sweetness and some bread dough with a light touch of pepper in the finish.A pretty easy drinker not as sweet as some others of the style.I had this beer awhile back and thought for sure I had reviewed it but did not,this brew is alot better than their pale lager.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Brown pour, some red edges to it, not dense at all, thin flimsy cola looking head with large bubbles that became tiny and didn't really create "head" as we typically see with beer. It looks cooler when you hold it up to light than it does when you actually pour it into a glass. Mild grain and cocao powder aroma, some skunkiness, but not as much as I was hoping for (I like my lager's skunky).

Taste had a mildew like coffee and mild roasting to it. Still some of that cocao powder. Everything that was good about the beer was very mild, but the less than positive flavors seemed a little more dominant. Other than the roasty bitterness, there wasn't much to it, which can be a good thing depending on your perspective. Its a fairly simple and clean beer that offers a little more than an adjunct lager, that's for sure.

Ultimately for me, it can't be a repeat purchase as it was a little watery, and the bitterness combined with the lager yeast flavor profile just didn't have enough malt to carry it to a happy place.

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Photo of ADR
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearish brown with chill haze. Head settles out to 1/4 of an inch, finer bubbles with bigger ones in the middle. A little burnt toast to the smell. Light body, flavor is "front-loaded" and in the hazelnut range in taste. Finishes light with a honey impression. Certainly not a lot of hops going on. Flavor is nice but this beer is a little sweet and fleeting in impression for me.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams Lager Glass.

The color starts brown at the bottom and gets progressively darker as one's eye travels up the glass. To give an example, it is brown like a horse's coat.

The smell is not very strong, malts dominate with a hint of nuts.

The taste is quite nice, smooth and malty with a slight burnt taste that lingers at the back of the throat. It fills the mouth without weighing it down.

Gosser has plenty of drinkability. It has a creamy mouth feel that still manages to be light. There is a finish, however, it is not long, rather, it lingers. More than one of this beer can be consumed in one sitting (with pleasure). It would be an excellent fall beer, but, can be enjoyed at any time.

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Photo of rastaman
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Its OK and drinkable, but whenever i've had it, it tends to be a bit syruppy or something, and seems to have a marmalade sort of flavour, nice otherwise.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. German front label ("Good, better, Gosser" - ha!), and an Italian back label, shipped to western Canada. Those wacky Europeans!

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish brown colour, with two fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves a broken wall of lace around the glass upon its demise. It smells of light roasted malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is toasty caramel malt, a bit of crisp biscuit, some mild oily nuttiness, and floral, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the soft roasted grain and mild floral hops lingering.

A decent dark Euro lager, well balanced and an easy way to sip away the remainder of Christmas Day 2010...

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany under cream.
Nose of caramel, fruited breads, clay, and prune.
Begins full of caramel, sweet and bright, conjoined with equally sweet prune and raisin hues. It then turns a bit earther, leaning towards suede, smoked almonds, and granite. Wavering mirages of something sweet- like grape jelly- appear just prior to the steely, peppered hops.
Light bodied and sparkling in the mouth similar to a pils. Though, at times, this seems a bit washed-out and dilute, flavor-wise. This isn't particularly memorable, but it is quaffable en masse.

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Photo of Sammy
2.34/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amber, significant carbonation at Ludwig's in Philly. Dry with a touch of lime sourness.Burnt roast malts, some chocolate but also syrupy sweetness, medium mouthfeel from nuts, cigar tabacco, not smooth mix. Didn't work, maybe at some else's pub, or maybe fresh at the brewery..

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gøsser Dark offers a worty and caramelish side to its flavor that's quite charming!

It pours a clear deep-mahogany robe beneath a finger's worth of creamy tan foam that holds really well and leaves superb lace about the glass.

The nose is clean and bright with dark sugar, sweet dark caramel, and cocoa.

In the mouth it's smooth and creamy with a dextrinous medium body and moderate carbonation.

The flavor shows a delicate toastiness to its maltiness before it delivers the promised caramel, cocoa, and milk chocolate. That's followed across the middle by a quick spritz of mild herbal hops, and then a sweet, ebbing finish. Surprisingly, however, it leaves the palate rather quickly, without lingering, and at that point a thread of residual spicy hops can be noted as some welcome buttiness arises.

Quaffable. A bit sweetish, but still balanced. Satiating without ever becoming cloying. Wel done!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown color topped by a half-finger of creamy tan head. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, with notes of mocha and maybe some hazelnut. Palate is mainly smooth, sweet roasted malt, with a touch of fruitiness added by the hops. Body is nice and velvety smooth. Surprisingly tasty. I should check out more examples of this style.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very malty with some chocolate and brown sugar. Very nice aroma.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, with sweet caramel malt and brown sugar. This is a very tasty beer with a nice malty backbone.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Gosser Dark is a very tasty beer that is very drinkable.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a deep deep garnet red. When held up to the light. Slight black tones to it. Thin light tan head. Slight lacing.

Aroma is lagerish with a bit of caramel and slight roast. Bit of chocolate.

Taste is similar. Mostly caramel malt with a lager pils taste and slight bit of that porter type chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with lighter carb.

Overall a tasty dunkel. Would have again for sure.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This stuff is cheap in Italy if you can find it! 1.50 euro for a 20oz bottle.

Beautiful color, like dark stained mahogany with ruby. Not much head to speak of, but a bit of lacing. Smell: smoke, malt, a bit of pumpkin or sweet potato? Not very heavy taste. Kind of dull, which I find often typical of the style. Lazy malt, no hops except for a slight bittering, some sweatsock flavor, not much character really. Disappointing mouthfeel too - sharp, small bubble that quickly foams in your mouth, robbing you of the beer's flavor. Drinkability is ok if you enjoy the taste, which is tolerable.

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Photo of Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Beers of the World pack. Pours dark brown with a modest head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is caramel malts. Taste is sweet dark malts and just enough hops for the style. A slight taste of chocolate to go with the caramel. Light bodied, and quite sessionable. Would be a very good dessert beer without being very filling.

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Photo of aswaller
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Kulrak
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clear amber brown color with light tan creamy head that takes a while to fade. Smells of roasted malt, a little chocolatey. You can taste the roast malt with some coffee and chocolate in there. A tiny bit of hop flavor on the back end. Mouthfeel is heavy and a little creamy, with a little fizz at the end. It actually finishes fairly dry. All in all, a very drinkable beer. I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head.
S: The smell is quite nutty and has aromas of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a mild amount of sweetness, which isn't cloying because it is balanced by the underlying hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and its low alcohol content makes it quite sessionable. I could drink these all night long.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small light brown head. Dark brown.
Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is also roasted malts with some burnt sugar sweetness. A nice hazelnut and vanilla background. Very pleasant eventhough not coplex.
The mouthfeel is nice and light. Light carbonation.
Overall, I found this to be a very pleasant lager. Very drinkable. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap as well (Black Forest Inn), and I can say it's even better.

I initially made the mistake of thinking this was a Euro Dark lager, which made me drop a couple scores a notch, because I hold Germany to a higher standard than the rest of Europe -- but that doesn't take away from this being a delicious dark beer that really isn't too heavy.

A: A solidly dark earthen color with crimson highlights. A creme colored head actually manages some decent retention and a few scraps of lace.

S/T: toasty, bready, sweet. Roasted and caramel malts blend perfectly together with enough of a hop undertone to provide a bit of balance.

M/D: Gösser is substantial enough to give a nice mouthfeel to it, but doesn't come off as thick or especially heavy. Makes for an easily sessionable beer, especially with the 4.5% ABV.

Definitely a winner in my book, I'll continue to look for it.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in two different bars in the western Ural city of Perm, in the heart of Russia. It came out a deep clear ruby red under a two finger beig head wiht nice retention and excellent lace. The nose was pleasantly strong, full of malt and caramel. The mouth was prickly and medium-bodied, with caramel sweetness. The taste is mild and mainly caramel, wiht a touch of hops in the finish. The aftertaste is sweet. This was a good dunkel, utterly quaffable.

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Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a foamy/frothy 2 finger light tan head that faded slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing. The head had a ton of tiny bubbles in it.

Smells of roasted malt, toasted grains, cocoa powder, coffee, toffee, roasted nuts, caramel or syrup, wet bread, and earthy notes like grass, hay and possibly some light floral hops. There might even be some yeast in the mix, but the roasted aroma dominates and doesn’t allow much else through.

Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, toffee, toasted grains, cocoa powder, roasted nuts, caramel, syrup like Coke, wet bread, brown sugar, yeast, grass, hay and some light floral hops that help this trail off bitter, like a Starbuck’s coffee. The roasted flavor is sweet and still almost burnt, and this is a very malt heavy beer that lacks balance but still tastes good and fits the Munich Dunkel Lager description.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick and bordering on watery, with light carbonation, a light body and an overall lightness that’s just a tad bit too bitter to consider crisp. This is a gem for any malty beer fans out there, and even though it went down easy it would not be a session beer for me. A good beer overall, and true to its style, just not the type of beer I would have all night.

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Gösser Dark from Brau Union Österreich AG
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 78 ratings