Dinkelacker Dark | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
Germany | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 06-06-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
146
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
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Photo of jenbys2001
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered a mug of this beer at Schnitzelhaus, a local German restaurant, here in Tampa. The beer was very dark in the glass, and actually looked similar to root beer with a small frothy head. It had a nice spicy caramel smell, with hints of apple. It was a medium bodied beer with a hoppy finish. However the hoppy taste was not overbearing, so overall it was very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed it and felt it was a good representation of beers I drank while in Germany.

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Photo of stephendr
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of translucent brown , with a quickly dissipating thick light tan head - nose of sweet malts, hint of bananas, black pepper, and some metallic– taste of sweet malts, hint of bananas, and mocha- body is thin, but slightly oily, and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of sweet malts, hint of mocha

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a minimal amount of head even with an aggressive pour. No lacing at all. The color is what is most impressive.

S: The aroma is dominated by a chocolate smell. The smell reminded me of Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

T: The taste is smooth and full bodied. The dominate flavor seems to be the chocolaty aftertaste. I would have given this higher marks, but the after taste wasn't as pleasing to me.

M: Very thin and no carbonation at all. I would hope for a little more texture in the mouth than this.

D: The smoothness of this one makes it relatively high from a drinkability perspective.

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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 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 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 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 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 Rudgers73
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a special for $2 at the Old Toad, Rochester, NY.

Watered down caramel color. Small light tan head with medium sized bubbles. Smooth malty aroma. It tastes similar to a bock but more of a hop presence and less of a thick and sticky mouthfeel. If you're a malt-mouth this is a nice session beer for the price.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one on the shelf at the local store when I was mixing a six pack and decided to go for it. Had never heard of it before, but I am a huge fan of Dark German Lagers, so how could I possibly go wrong, right? It poured a deep dark brown with a smallish off white head, that slowly faded to reveal a decent layer of lace left on the top, as well as a good amount left down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation was evident through the chains of bubbles streaming up through the very clear beer. Smell was very unique. It had a nice burnt sort of smell with a definate hint of caramel and coffe, which really suprised me. It was so pronounced, almost like a porter type of hint in there. The taste was very similar, lots of coffee and caramel flavors, mixed in with a nice earthy grain and a slightly bitter hopped back. A touch of chocolate seemed to be in there for good measure. Very smooth feel, almost silky, and a bit heavier then what I was expecting from the style to be honest. Very easy to drink despite such rich flavors. Went down very smoothly and I could easily see this as being an everyday beer. Overall, for a beer I had never heard of beforeI was very suprised and impressed. I will definatly pick this one up again, it was very unique and seemed to defy the style completely.

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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 BeerBelcher
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not usually a huge fan of Dunkels, but I really enjoyed this one. I had it on draft at Ratzsch's, and I got the impression that some attention was paid to the beer (clean lines, correct temperature, beer-clean glassware).

The beer was a dark brown with a red tinge and a very consistent and fairly abundant white head. Aroma was rather minimal, with some maltiness. Flavor was very good...not overly sweet malt, but a very pleasant light roasted notes. Mouthfeel was good, but I didn't find this beer extremely drinkable which may have been in anticipation of the large meal that was coming behind that beer.

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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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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 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 brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a modest tan cream-colored head that leaves some lacing amidst acceptable retention

Smell: Slight Euro skunk aroma along with some roasted caramel notes

Taste: Starts with a dark bread flavor that grows richer and slightly bitter, mid-palate, when the roasted caramel flavors come to prominence; after the swallow, the molasses sweetness joins in to overtake the bitterness; the finish is rather sweet and roasty but slightly metallic

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a prominent level of carbonation - what you would expect from a crisp lager

Drinkability: Overall, rather enjoyable even though this is not really my thing

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a reddish brown color. A fluffy, white head. Left some nice lacing.

S - Smelled very malty and nutty.

T - It was sweet and nutty. The malt flavor was fairly strong, as well. It had a subtle bitter kick.

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. I like it much better than their CD Pils.

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

Good cola brown pour with a semi-frothy ivory head.

First whiff is filled with euro skunk, it’s best to let this breath for a couple minutes before sniffin’ and drinkin’

Now subtle hints of caramel and chocolate pop up in the senses, this one is an above average dunkel. Crisp with a dry bite. I’ll have another, but I won’t actively seek these out, just happened on a couple at Lukas Supercenter.

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

The pour reveals a clear brown colored lager with red highlights. Adequate tan head forms and then disappears.

Smell is sweet and bready with a lot of buckwheat and molasses aroma to it. Some how this has a faint grape scent to it?

Taste is sweet and grainy with a buckwheat and dark caramel flavor to it at the beginning. After a while the hop bitterness becomes more prominent in the after taste. Tastes like a Pete's Wicked Ale to me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK drinkable beer but not one that I need ever drink again. Nothing bad about it at all, it is just I have drank many beers that taste similar and have no need to seek them out.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear brown color with a thick, persistent head. The smell is malty and slightly sour. The taste is malty and a bit sweet – quite flavorful. The mouthfeel is full and bright from carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer that I could see enjoying sitting for an occasional session of drinking.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with some code on the label. It pours a clear rust/brown color with light carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing. It smells of caramel, molasses, and a hint of smoke - pretty inviting but not very aromatic. The flavor follows suit but with a Schlenkerla-esque beechwood smoke character, light tobacco, and green/spicy hops that leave a mild bitterness. It has a medium body and carbonation yet leaves a short finish, but it's a pleasant, quite enjoyable lager that would make a great session beer. Definitely worth a try.

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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 dhilltop2000
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, deep copper rust color. Head is exceptional. If it wasn't for the weak nose of the beer I would be forced to delve into drinking it before the enormous thick ice-cream like head settled. However, once the head did settle it was nearly gone. Several small icebergs of thick foam and a little Belgian lacing is at that remained. Tasted fairly thin with projections of roasted plums and malt. Not bad and quite drinkable. Good beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dinkel Acker Dark

A - Dark amber in color, poured a decent sized head - which fell quickly. Fades to a thin lace, and lacks on retention.

S - Earthy malt, with alcohol fumes following closely behind. Bready in a sense.

T - Taste has a nice malt backbone. Sweet, delicate, earthy and bready notes - begging for attention. Crazy wild hops sweep in and create a nice balancing bitter, not overwhealming at all. Blends to a spicy dark unsweetened cocoa flavor - creamy, dry, and lingering aftertaste.

A solid Dunkel, and for the price superb.

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Dinkelacker Dark from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.
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