Dinkelacker Dark | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Dinkelacker DarkDinkelacker Dark

Brewed by:
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 06-06-2002

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Photo of Kwak
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dinkel Acker Dark
Head: Helthy thick foam with a lot of flavor.
Body: Dark molasses almost copper tint ,nice and dark.
Taste:A deep dar toasted malt flavor.
Aftertaste: A little heavy kind of toasty, just a littel bitter.
Very good dunkel!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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 OatherS
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label is redish purple with a horse drawn carriage filled with beer barrells.

Appearance: Nice 1.5 finger head that fades slowly. Pours amber in color.

Smell: Caramel with a sweet odor present.

Taste: This is one great tasting beer. Chocolate/raisin/coffee flavor is perfectly blended.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very great example of a style I have MUCH experience with.

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

Had this on tap at Vreny's Beirgarten

A - Came to the table with in a mug. Amber/copper color with a nice fluffy white head that fell slowly and left a nice lace down the glass

S - The smell was very bready and nutty along with a hint of caramel

T/M - Very much like the smell but bigger..had a very bready taste with hints of a nutty taste and then just a bit of floral hops on the end to give it some spice. The mouthfeel was slick and well carbonated without being too carbonated

D - I had close to 48 oz of this brew tonight before, during and after dinner and it really never hit me so I'm not sure exactly what the ABV is but I don't think it's above 5.5 or 5.9 tops. Overall it is a very drinkable brew in my opinion and I enjoyed it very much..I would consider this one of the better beers I've had an opportunity to taste

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

A -- Clear, dark mahogany color with a thick, off-white head that settles to a persistent, finely bubbled cap.

S -- Toasty malt nose with very slight spicy hops back. No skunkiness, thanks to the sealed 12 pack -- xare needs to seek these out.

T -- Same toasty malts, starting sweet and finishing dry (as a good decoction mash will yield). Some faint bittering hops in the finish.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light-medium body.

D -- Wonderful drinkability -- a dark beer without the perceived stereotypes (as it should be). I'd been dying for a nice Munich style Dunkel and I'm happy I opted for the D-A again.

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Photo of crossovert
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz green bottle, I'm hoping for no skunkage.

It pours a dark brown with a hint of reddich/orange/gold. The head is fizzy and off-white.

The smell is classic, no skunk here. It has caramel, cocoa, and dark bread. Along with this is some honey and some light husky grain. I'm not really smelling any hops.

The flavor is excellent, everything you want in a dunkel. It is smooth and caramally with some cocoa, raisin, and munich malts. The hops are present in the flavor and add a little zest to it.

It is extremely drinkable. A winner.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It poured very flat. There was no carbonation. It was a nice dark amber with a clear body.

It smelled very sweet and malty. It had characteristics of a cider.

A very robust malt flavor was present on the front of the pallet. It slowly gave way to a nice crisp and dry hop finish. A perfect transition from one aspect to the other. It had a solid medium body that was not too hearty but slightly filling.

A very drinkable beer. They taste and mouthfeel really make up for the middle of the road appearance.

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Photo of billybob
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium brown color with a beige two finger head that fades to just cover the beer. very faint aromas of coffee and caramel. very subtle tastes of coffee, caramel, a hint of chocolate, slightly sweet and slightly salty very well balanced. mouthfeel is light and carbonation is good. taste good and is nice and smooth good session beer and the price is right.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, with a tan and fizzy two finger head that will soon diminish to very poor lacing. Aroma is full of noble hops, with toasted vienna malt and....rye???(maybe the dinkel/spelt that the name suggests?) The toasted vienna become apparent in the sweet, slightly dextrinous flavor. This is followed by crisp and earthy german hops like hallertau and tettanger. The Carbonation is medium and smooth, and the body is nearly full with a great texture. Finishes mostly clean. This beer has rich flavor and a high drinkability with great mouthfeel- too bad it's a rare commodity in my neighborhood!

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear dark brown color. Decent sized big creamy light brown head. Lots of sweet spicy smells. Chocolate, roasted malt. Taste was smooth and sweet, nice malted chocolate, maybe a touch of cinnamon. Certain subtle spicy, yet sweetness to it. Maybe a bit light for such as complex beer. Not sure of the abv, but easy to drink a couple of these. I can't believe this is only the 2 review. The Germans could do a better job with the label. Non-descript block letters. Be assured the beer is very good, that's what really matters.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a big 1.5" khaki head that gradually and somewhat slowly recedes. Moderate lacing is left behind. The beer is a medium chestnut brown in color.

smell: Sweet, dark banana bread, a light toastiness, and light hop aroma. Also some hints of vanilla sugar cookies and spice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the low end of the high range, and the body around the high end of the low range...maybe pushing into medium.

taste: Overripe red banana, banana bread, moderately sweet, light and somewhat nutty toasted character, a light bitterness lingers into the finish with a roasted like flavor.

drinkability: Drinkability would be higher if not for the high carbonation, which is quite filling.

The last beer of a "German Beer Hall Tour" mixed pack I received for Christmas. The code L 06651 is printed on the front label.

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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 inebrius
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A powerful nose of ripe fruit and mown grass. Deep russet liquid underneath a thin ring of foam. Malt announces its roasty, toasty ego only to be matched by a bitter hop id and finally succumb to an unexpected mild tart superego that lightly lingers between swallows of this quaffable beer. A step above your typical imported German Dunkels.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this off tap last Wednesday. The beer poured a rubied brown color with 3 fingers of head that fall quickly. The nose was sweet caramel, wtih a bit of roasted malt as well. The roasted tones come through much more prevalent as it warms. The flavor was nice. A slight chocolate and caramel backed up a nice roasted flavor. The feel was moderate to thick, and very easy drinking. Overall, this was good beer in a style that usually doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of Bigjay1584
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine had this stein with Dinkel Acker sprawled out on it that I used to use all the time and I had never gotten a chance to try the real thing until now, so here goes...
This is a pretty decent brew.. It has a clean copper color with a thin head that lingers a while.
It smells very good actually. slightly spicy but not too crazy.
As far as taste, its a little too simple and thin for me (especially because it's supposed to be a "dark"), but its clean and satisfying nonetheless. I bet it would go wonderfully with spicy food.
Very drinkable. I could drink a lot of this if it came down to it.

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Photo of animal69
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i haven't had one of these for a while ; pours a med-dark copper brown w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates almost immediatly leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; a nutty, metallic smell, a bit of fig or some darker fruit as well ; a crisp, malty flavor from the onset, mostly an all grain bread w/ some more dark fruit undertones, a decent, slightly sweet finish w/ a bit of metal in it as well ; a light, dry brew w/ a good amount of co2 letting the flavor linger a while ; a very drinkable one, i've always thought this an excellent dunkel...

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Photo of karst
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light tasting dunkel that poured dark with very brief lasting head but some lace hanging around for a few swallows. I was most interested by its unique aroma (could not pick out a dominate odor but it was totally pleasing )that mirrored its sweet molasses, bready and dark roasted malty taste with maybe a hint of maple, hops not very noticable. Finishes clean with a little sweet toasted grain aftertaste, but not cloying. Taste flattens mid mouth, smooth but left me wanting more mouthfeel (as most styles do).

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a Dinkel Acker Wally Becher style glass. It pours a deep reddish brown color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing. The smell is a little light at first, but gets stronger as it warms. Sweet chocolately maltiness dominates the smell. The taste is sweet and malty, with more chocolate and some caramel as well. There is a decent bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is good as well. A nice solid dark lager.

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Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This dunkel is quite tasty, easy to drink with some complexity.

It's somewhat dark brown with a somewhat small off-white head that steadily shrinks to a wispy top.

The aroma is mostly sweet brown bread, toast, and leaves with hay and a hint of pine.

The taste is a little on the dry side and has toasty bread crust, leaves, hints of root beer and cola. It's clean snd very pleasant, even somewhat zesty and very easy to drink, yet but a bit bland.

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Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew...
Coffee colored to ruby, crystal clear, muscular buff head with fortitude, toasted malt nose, but not sickly sweet, nice hop counterpoint, tasted like it looked, very malty, toasty and bready, not heavy in the slightest!, moderate body, a good mouthfull, a perfect balance between light and heavy fare, a dark beer that I felt I could drink many of. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Greggy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A very nice ruby brown color pours a 2 finger head that recedes to a nice thin head.

Smell- At first sniff, I gather notes, bready, banana, but I also gather a very fresh flour smell.

Taste- Sweet dark candies come through with a light amount of sweet pinnaple and dark malts. It's a very interesting sweet malt. Also, the fresh flour is evident in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated which works nicely with the style.

Drinkability- This is a pretty interesting dunkel lager and unlike any other I have tried. I may revisit it in the future.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic dark German Lager--It's all about the malts. The beer is subltle, yet rounded; toasty, but sweet; moderate all the way around, and equally as drinkable. Along with these favorable attributes, No fruitiness, low hopping and ultimately malty. Still showed a clean lager crispness and light toasty aftertaste. Simply and pure, one of Germany's gems.

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Dinkelacker Dark from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
3.64 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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