Dinkelacker Dark | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

Dinkelacker DarkDinkelacker Dark
147 Ratings
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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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 123
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 beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is bready, malty and sweet. A medium bodied Dunkel. Malts are mild, nutty and sweet. Hops are mild. Slightly spicy. A light tasting dunkel, a touch thin and watery perhaps, but nicely drinkable. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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

A medium dark beer from Dinkel Acker that is colorful and a bit aromatic. The look is of a clear, or perhaps, slightly hazed dark amber with a smallish off-white head and light lacing. The nose is big on caramel malt and little else. The flavor carries this through adding in a bit of butter. The feel is medium and quite smooth, lingering a bit in the back with adding a crispness. The overall drinkability is good as this beer is much more full bodied than the pils without being too heavy or strong.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, off-white, dense head. Dark ruby beer. Sticky lacing. The front is faintly sweetish: malty, nutty, tangy. Toffee, chocolate and a tangy nuttiness in the front hold through the slightly watery middle. Dry, bitter chocolate finishes the beer nicely. This is not bad at all. It's tangy and dark tasting, but refreshing.

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Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good dunkel. It poured a dark brown color with a moderate head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly malty. I couldn’t detect much more. This is a good tasting beer. Really enjoyed it. The flavor was malty with a bread-like taste. This beer really didn't have much of an aftertaste either. Good beer.

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

Pours a deep chestnut brown color, topped by a cream colored head of moderate size. The head shows good retention as well, with a thin layer of foam sustained for half the glass. The aroma has a good dose of grassy, herbal hops to compliment the caramel and grain notes. Not spectacular, but intriguing none the less. The taste has a very pronounced roasted caramel malt taste, approaching a good vienna lager in it's sweetness and flavor profile, but a touch more restrained. A lingering roastiness is present in the aftertaste, which appears as soon as the light bitteress on the finish fades. The mouthfeel leans towards the smooth side, but the strength of the carbonation prevents it from truly enveloping the tongue. A touch of harsh grainiess appears mid bottle, and brings a grainy taste with it. This is not a great beer, but it also not a bad experience either. Just a shade better than average. Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of dark lagers.

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Photo of stoutman
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (dark bread). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Rather boring aroma (liquid bread indeed), but excellent flavor balance. OK brew.

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Photo of TXHops
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty variable. I’ve had it on a couple of occasions in the past and I’ve discovered that freshness and good maintenance REALLY matter. The beer is the color of an American Marzen—very brown, but very clear and transparent at the same time. The head is quite nice for the style—tannish and with a nice secondary head emerging later, forming uneven, attractive clumps. The aroma is where the variability starts. In the past, I’ve noticed an appetizing toastiness. My current six pack just kinda smells indistinctly beery, with a hint of warm marshmallow. The flavor exhibited the same dichotomy: in the past I’ve noticed a wonderful, toasty, sweet nut flavor. This 6er tastes like a Helles with some caramel color—like if Pete’s brewed a Dunkle.

I recently served this beer at a cross-style tasting and it was the hit of the night—everyone wanted more of this beer. It was on its game that night. Tonight, it’s barely distinguishable from Beck’s dark. I’ll grant this beer a score in the middle of those two experiences with a hop of re-reviewing it later.

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Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a frothy light tan colored head that fades into a creamy lace. Nose is bready malts and fresh grains with some chocolaty undertones. Moderate in body with a creamy texture. Taste is dominated by sweet malts with additional notes of caramel and cocoa followed by a faint touch of bitter hops and chocolate liqueur. An enjoyable dark lager, but nothing really special.

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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 kelticblood
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red complexion.Moderate thick head that dissolved fast with decent retention.Aroma of prunes,cranberries,and molasses.
Its looks thick but goes down quite the opposite.An awesome mouthfeel thats very crisp and smooth.A medium body with a slight bitter finish.The aroma presented more than the taste.The taste seemed weak with not a single distinct flavor.A touch of prunes and molasses on the taste.Leaves a very dry finish in the mouth that lasts for awhile.Great carbonation thats almost fizzy like seltzer water.Could be where the dry mouthfeel comes from.No real alcohol taste detected,but I'm sure its there.An overall good beer

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Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malty sweet-tart in the nose, with a hint of herbs. Roasty malt and a touch of smoke. The alcohol is a little raw, and drifts about in the flavor. The finish touches on toffee. Not at all a bad beer, but a little pedestrian.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer, Pours a dark clear brown color, the head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is almost medium, with the mouth feel having a water texture, and there is nice carbonation. On the nose the aroma has moderate malt notes suggesting dark bread. Flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter, tiny hint of chocolate in there, and nice roastiness. Overall a nice flavor balance, and very quaffable Dunkel IMO.

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