Dinkelacker Dark | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 06-06-2002

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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 123
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely crystal-clear deep amber color with a large off-white cloudtop head, faint carbonation, superb lace. Malty aroma with toffee and molasses notes. Tasting yields a hint of carbonation and mild malt flavors which linger to the end of the taste, whereupon a little hop bitterness appears; finish is clean. The taste is much more restrained than the appearance would suggest, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery, although the excellent head adds some creaminess. Not a bad beer certainly, but it does not live up to its stellar appearance.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with light head that was gone real quick.There was caramel notes in the aroma,along with perhaps molasses or brown sugar.Pretty thin wich made pretty easy to drink,had a hint of berry towards the end wich came out more after each one I drank.Pretty good German dark.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown in color with a beautiful, bountiful head with large air pockets that rose up mightily and showed good retention. It also left some pretty cool lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Very dark malts permeate the nose of this Dunkles. There’s a noticeable molasses flavor along with some brown sugar and a small amount of maple.

Taste – The molasses comes out huge here. This is like sucking down a jar of Grandma’s with a spoon. The lovely, dark roasted malt comes out nicely as well along with a slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel – Flat and a little less than medium-bodied but very heavy on the sweets. I would have liked to have seen this a little heavier in the mouth, but otherwise it was awesome.

Drinkability – I thought this was an excellent interpretation of the style, although it will probably be too much straight molasses for most.

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: A good frothy head effect with some lacing clinging to the glass. The russet brown colour shows the clarity quite well.

Smell: Mild herbal hop, cocoa and bready malt with a touch of steely grain as well.

Taste: Sweet upfront with a bready and slightly caramel profile, hops are there but very modest and seem to only balance in bitterness. Nearly clean finish with some residual sweetness and toasted grain.

Mouthfeel: Good crispness in the mouth, nice creamy back as the carbonation passes.

Drinkability & Notes: Nothing earth shattering and the sweetness would get to me after a couple, but definitely a solid lunch time brew to pair up against a smoked ham sandwich.

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Photo of ThePostmaster
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An O.K. German dark beer. The smell is somewhat weak, with a little chocolate. It pours with very little head. At first you get a "Cocoa" taste, which goes down smooth. High carbonation with a burnt chocolate twang. The finish is sweet, but with very little "bite". I prefer this to Beck's Dark, but just barely. Overall, not bad for the class. I love Dinkel Acker Pilsner, and buy this occasionally with reservations. Still, worth a try

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark chestnut body with a small tan head that lasts a few minutes, drops to a film, and leaves a wee bit of patchy lace. Aroma is subdued, with floral hops and some notes of Munich malts which suggest some roasty chocolate flavored coffee. Mouthfeel is fully carbonated, but surprisingly light bodied. Taste is decent. Good roasted maltiness with some burnt coffee notes and a hint of toffee, along with mild floral hops bittering. Finish is crisply hoppy, with a burnt coffee aftertaste. A very enjoyable Dunkel Lager, with no flaws and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Byeast
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear darker brown , with some slight red hues, bit of lacing, and a frothy offwhite head of a quarter inch. Aroma is fairly malty and slighty sweet. Some herbal hop in there as well as slight caramel and bread. Taste is definatly on the sweet side of malty profiles , some breadyness , tinge of nuttyness, bit of balancing hop , clean , quick finish. Mouthfeel is medium/slightly crisp. A pretty drinkable brew , bit sweet/ and slightly thin for me. I do think its a good dunkel though , and definatly worth a try. Goes down quite easily.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sammy44
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brown color with a small, white, dense head that laced on the way down. Smell was a little weak but there was a detectable caramelized molasses aroma. Reminded me of the aroma of my homemade BBQ sauce that I make with molasses. Taste was of burnt sugar taste and a little bit astringent and medicinal. Not something I really cared for. Had a heavy mouthfeel and left the mouth a little dry with a small amount of hop bitterness at the end.

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Photo of ADR
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and clear, reserved head that's a skim after 30 seconds or so. Pleasant caramel and toffee aromas, almost like a cross between a "Heath" bar and a "Twix." Malt starts big and deep, not quite as constricted as some Dunkels, plenty of caramelized sugar, some sweet chocolate, and just a touch of molasses. Taste flattens mid mouth (similar to other Dunkels, to my taste). Hops are apparent enough to lend an ending statement and prevent cloying, but have no particular individual characters. Milk chocolate tones in the aftertaste. Pretty drinkable to me, a little on the sweet side overall. Again, thanks to Dave Szy for the bottles...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a nice soft textured tan head leaves nice full lacing around my glass. Aroma: Dark roasts clean fruity finish this smells like a solid dunkel with underlying herbal European hop tones. Taste: Sweet bready mix of dark chocolate and pilsner like flavors this is a decent dunkel that deserves respect on multiple levels quite tasty. Mouthfeel: A bit thin light to medium body high carbonation not much more to say here. Drinkabilty: On draft I think this would be much more drinkable fresher flavors equal better beer more drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery rust with a trim heading of yellowed tan.
Scented of tobacco, toffee, golden raisins, and caramel, spined with dead florals, and deader leaves.
It begins with a malt focus that centers on toasted caramel, and never leaves. All nougaty and sweetish. Traces of dark bread provide structure. What's here is fairly tasty, but depth and nuance are largely thrown to the breeze, as caramelized sugar gradually evaporates and it ventures drier. The hop bitterness is slaking but not particularly defined, flavorwise. It finishes clean and parched with a vague rendition of brown maple leaves.
It enters thickish, but pales and thins as it traverses the mouth. All in all, a decent textbook dunkel that teeters on something more profound, then falls back, lacking guns and flavors to progress to the next tier.
Great for beer brats, but merely okay on its own.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A beige one finger head sits atop a rootbeer colored brew that shows some crimson highlights, and can look almost purple at times. The head fades relatively quickly, and only a little bit of spotty lace is left on the glass. Swirling brings a little bit of head back up, but it's short-lived.

S - Rootbeer and caramel are the major players here, accompanied by some black licorice and sugar cane. Some gentle grapey notes are there too. This is mild, fresh, and sweet to my nose.

T - Sweet brown sugar and caramel dominate this brew. Gentle, mild, fresh, and slightly fruity. There is a low-level of buttered toast diacetyls that I really like, and there is a big similarity to cola.

M - Light bodied, gently carbonated, and slightly sweet at the finish. Sort of like flat Pepsi.

D - Not a bad beer. Too sweet and cola-like IMO, but could be a good choice for a summer session when a dark beer is called for.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear mahogany robe beneath a short cap of ivory welcomes you to this splendid dark lager. The head retention is good, and it leaves sheets of dripping spotty lace about the glass. Notes of toasty and slightly cocoaish malt reel you in; and the captivating, semi-rich flavor of its Munich and high-kilned malts delivers satisfaction and refreshment. It's not particularly complex, but it doesn't need to be - this beer's all about drinkability. It's perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness, and accented by some mild floral and spicy hops in the finish. It fades smoothly from the palate, leaving behind just a bit of dark malt and bitterness, leaving you ready for another sip. This is a beer you could quite easily finish without even realizing you've emptied your glass. Clean, concise, and clearly well-made, this dunkel is not to be missed.

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Photo of prototypic
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a clear, dark amber color. Head is creamy, off white, and about two fingers deep. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: It's got a light chocolate malty aroma up front. Slight hints of dark fruit. It does have a yeasty-breadlike aroma to it. Hops are noticeable, but on the light side.

Taste: A little on the bland side. Decent malty flavor. Slight mix of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts thrown in. Not very hoppy. More on the sweet, malty side.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, very well carbonated, and goes down smooth. Drinkability is okay. If I liked the taste more, I'd be more inclined to drink a few more. Overall, it's alright. Worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bit of a dry bite. Along with the roasted malt flavor, it drinks a little like an irish dry stout. Not much aroma to speak of, a little skunk at first (damn those green bottles!) and then a little caramel grain. There's a little more skunk in the flavor - how unfortunate. I wouldnt buy this in the US. Were I in Germany, however, I'd have my stein topped off.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a stealthy light tan head settling over clear reddish/brown liquid. Lots of sweet malty and bready notes in the nose, with little to no hop to speak of. The taste reminds me of a watered down dopplebock...which isn't a bad thing, sweet maltiness and very light notes of chocolate are tasted. Finishes light on the palate yet flavorful, a nice nice dark lager here.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looked and acted like I supposed it would; it was meant to be a hearty winter session beer. It did not let down; teh mouthfeel and carbonation were terrific; teh taste, really nice for a dark; tno bitterness, consistent through the warming process in the glass, and extremely drinkable;

one edit to note the water here does have a mineral quality to it, Somewhat goes along with an herbal quality to it.

I would caution all those who say thatfor a beer to be outstanding it can't be subtle. This beer is subtle, and extremely smooth, sessionable and unassuming; for that, it ranks high to me...(and I drink alot of dark german lagers)

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Photo of MiScusi
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Red Lion Tavern in Los Angeles, CA.
Served in an ~18oz or so hefeweizen-type glass.
Beer poured a clear but dark brownish maroon. Head was fairly thin. Aroma and taste were of dark bready malt and some muted dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium and not very lively. Not too bad by any means.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UncleFlip
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

OK, no cool story about how this bottle came into my possession, and no shout out to a BA for atrade. Someone left it in my refrigerator. :)

Not as dark as I like when I hear 'dark'... :( Healthy off white head, mostly smallish bubbles. Liquid is crystal clear deep copper colour.

Smell is rather spicy and a bit malty. Nothing really distinctive here, but it's solid.

Nice roasty flavour with a hint of smoke black licorice, and a spicy orange quality on the end. Not bad.

Carbonation is just a bit higher than I like....and the liquid is a bit think to be really pleasing. A bit more body would be a good thing.

Overall, rather drinkable. I generally like something a bit heartier, but this isn't bad at all.

Be well

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Photo of beveritt
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a green 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Label has a code, 16461P, but I am not sure of when this was made. I got it in a 10 pack of Winter Brews and everything else has been fresh, so I have no reason to think this one isn't.

Appearance: Pours with a nice, 1 inch, creamy, off-white head. Settles slowly into a thin layer of foam and some lacing. The beer itself is crystal clear,a nice bright reddish/brown.

Smell: Sweet and malty, almost a deep, bready aroma. The beer has a slight tang to it, almost like you can smell the CO2 bite. Crazy, I know.

Taste: Sweet at first, with a malty middle and a ever so slightly bitter finish. Not as carbonated as I had expected. The sweetness is one of caramel or molasses. A lot of subtle flavors here, a very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is perfect. The body on this beer is incredible, one of the best I have every had. A great thick and substantial feel to it.

Drinkability: I am very pleasantly surprised. As a beer you can usually pick up in the grocery store, I expected much less form this. But it is a great beer. Not sure of ABV, but this may become a beer to stock up on in my house.

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Photo of psyco1
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head that laces a little.

It smells like malty molassas, sweetness abounds.

It's pretty sweet with the molassas and malt taking over, I didn't notice any hops.

This is a good beer to drink with food or get a budmillercoors drinker over to the dark side. As for me, I could down quite a few of them once in a while.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is clear brown with good Carbonation. The head is 3 fingers thick, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is I little skunky but mostly sweet lightly toasted malt.

The taste follows, ok, nice light toasty flavor, toffee is in there.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, fresher would be better but it came a long way. MK

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. Has a good but not strong flavor with mild bitterness. Feels a little creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is o.k. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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