Dinkelacker Dark | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Dinkelacker DarkDinkelacker Dark

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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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Photo of biggmike
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smelled a bit skunky. Poured dark amber. Little head that it didnt retain. Thin mouthfeel. Didnt like this one very much. I will try this one again based on how others on this site have rated it as mine must have been spoiled. Taste was metallic and bad.

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Photo of xare
2.31/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours as a dark mahogany with about 1/8" of tan foam that laces somewhat decently. Average in appearance.

Smell was of musky wet malts, hops, and skunk. While not totally offputting, somewhat strange.

Taste was almost like an Oktoberfest brew but somewhat lighter and skunkier. Overall, not impressed with the flavor.

Mouthfeel was somewhat bland and I can't really find the words to describe it - it has a bit of carbonation that goes away rather fast and not much else's left.

Drinkability wasn't going to score high. I wouldn't search this beer out and probably wouldn't drink it if offered for free.

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Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wanted to give this one a try after having the Dinkel Acker Pilsner. This beer is similar to most of the Dunkel beers out there. It's got the muddy brown color with little bit of yellow around the edges. It had the aroma of clove and banana. This beer also has a similar flavor to the pilsner a bit.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Dark brown color with virtually no head. Very little flavor, just a little malt with a pinch of hops. Unimpressive.

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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 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 herrburgess
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting, this beer is brewed by Spaten "under the authority of Dinkelacker, Germany". Comes in a dark bottle...nevermind folks, that's just the beer, the bottle is actually green. Now you know the beer has been poured into a glass, so let's get on to the beer:

Appearance in dark amber with orange hues mixed in, but it looks dull and the head is poor. Doughy and bready malts rise from beer, with some kind of baking spice mixed in. The taste seemed muted on some parts of the palate, but the parts that got something brought senses of more doughy malt and sweet bread. Felt somewhat runny in the mouth with a mild carbonation.

Meh, this was an okay offering. Tastes and feels like it was dumbed down.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had this in years, so it will be interesting if it is the way I remember it, here goes, poured a carmel color, lots of bubbles surging to the top,initial head was nice, then quickly dissipated into nothing, smell was malt, and faint hops, taste is mostly malt, hint of hops, a bit sweet, chocolate notes. mouthfeel,was light, a bit of creaminess on the tongue, drinkability: I'd say good, there are others in this genre that might be better, but it definitely beat Becks, and St. Paulie, in my book, not bad at all, but not great either, and I remembered thinking it was really potent at one time,Bah Hah! I've come a long way baby!

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle no freshness date.
Pours a dark brown with reddish hues around the edges.
Small tannish head disapates quickly.
Dark bready aroma dominates, with a little caramel sweetness.
Body is thin
flavor is roasted malt, with some nutty sweetness.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, dark amber-brown with a great deal of tan foam. Aroma is nearly non-existant, faintly malty with a wisp of hop. Taste is bland but innofensive, just enough malt to register and enough hop to keep the sweetness in check.There are better, more drinkable beers out there.

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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 MisterStout
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't really have anything special to say about this one. I felt it was far too thin, didn't have enough hop character, and was too sweet compared to the other Dunkels I've had. It sure is pretty in a pint glass, though. Great amber color.

Not terrible. I definitely wouldn't turn it down if offered at a party.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of moderately strong tea with copious red-orange highlights; lighter than expected. The head is lightest ecru and is average in size. It deflates to a thin, barely covering film and leaves disappointingly little lace. The nose isn't all that impressive: faint whiffs of caramel malt, some sweet grain and... that's about it. There's nothing about the aroma that impels me to take a drink.

I'm not impressed with the flavor either. It isn't bad exactly, but neither does it make me want to finish the bottle. Again, caramel malt is dominant, but it's much sweeter than I anticipated. Maybe some weak chocolate and just a hint of nuttiness, but not enough of those flavors come through for this to be considered good beer.

There's no real hop flavor to speak of, though I do pick up a slight bitterness at the tail end of the medium-length finish. The body/mouthfeel is thinner than I prefer without being out of line for the style.

I don't know a whole lot about Munich Dunkel Lagers, but I do know what I like. To be fair to the style, maybe this just isn't a very good version. Dinkel Acker Dark is okay, but I won't be buying any more of it.

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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 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 EvilFlyingCow
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich amber color with a mild head.
Very light smell, not very strong at all.
Somewhat dry and malty at first with hops at the finish.
The mouthfeel is sort of crispy and hoppy with a taste that doesn't really linger a whole lot.
The drinkability is a bit above average.

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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 danielharper
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served at Ol' Heidelberg, Huntsville, AL.

Served to me in a weizen glass with a dark body and a small white head which dissipates quickly. Very clear appearance, although as dark as this beer is it's not one that is easily called "transparent".

This one had a malty, aromatic nose with nice roasted notes, with hints of cherry deep in the background. A pleasant scent, although fairly muted.

Taste was nice, malty and moderately-hopped, with a roasted flavor that sat on the tongue quite nicely. The only negative was an astringent flavor that made itself well-known as the beer warmed as dinner progressed. Has a bitter finish.

Overall mouthfeel is okay, moderate-thickness and a medium carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, although I really had trouble finishing the whole twenty ounces or so in my "tall" glass. A beer that I'll drink occasionally, but will probably never buy a sixer of.

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Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an eye pleasing clear deep ruby red with a pertinent in size head, the lace in fine clinging sheets. The malt, hints of caramel and sweet, pleasant to sniff dominate nose. Start is malt with a touch of sweetness, the top lanky, the finish is moderately carbonated, and the hops adequate for this style, droughty aftertaste, decent enough beer, but not one that “Rings my Chimes”, but still worth a sample nonetheless.

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Photo of rokoch27
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin, sweet aroma drifts off of a deep amber brew. Taste notes of caramel and brown sugar with clean, toasted malts. Nice beer to have in the evening after a warm summer day, but I have to admit that I am not going to have this one on a regular basis. I just want more flavor!

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewMaster
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Clear with a thin tan head that is revived for a moment with swirling.

Smell: All malty in the nose with a touch of fruit (cherry?) and sourness.

Taste: Malty and roasty with that same light cherry flavor. Some caramel up front but it makes the cherry flavor taste kind of fake.. Clean and slightly tart near the end. Aftertaste is is very mild with maltiness and watery flavors. The flavor on this beer is good but very short loved. It doesn't have much of an opening and once hte flavor opens up it fades quickly.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and kind of syrupy sticky.

Drinkability: Good but not great. Nice malty base but something about the fruity caramel flavor tastes fake or sweetened.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A mix of light ruby and dark amber at the bottom of the glass, that slowly descends into darkness as you go from bottom to top. Nice one finger head after the pour, but recedes to a nice film. Great bubblin too. The aroma is Munich malty bread and no real discernable hops. Watery heavily toasted and lightly roased malts. Ths gives a little hint of bread. Then some very faint lemongrass mint evens out the finish. Very smooth, watery a well as a little herbal note in the finish. Very drinkable, just needs some more flavor to make it a better German session beer.

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