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Dinkelacker Dark | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
Germany
dinkelacker.de

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
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2
For Trade:
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Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with masive tannish head. Very impressive lacing noted. Smell is rich and roasty with a strong dark fruity beckground. Taste is roasty and fruity with some hints of cocoa also found. Finishes a bit on the dry side with gives a nice balance to the fruit tastes. Very pleasant beer to drink. Nice and thirst quenching.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - 2" beige head that retains at 1/4". No lace. Clear brown / amber beer.

S - Floral hops. Slight roasted malt and a little fruity undertone.

T - Mild roasted malt flavor. Honey sweetness. Nice hop presence in the finish.

M - Thin bodied, good carbonation. Dry finish at first but sweetness seems to increase after a couple..

D - Simple dark lager but very, very drinkable.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack of this to make beer brats with, decided to drink and rate one. This beer was tasted in a mug from the bottle.

This beer pours a translucent brown with a fizzy off white head that dissipates with a little lace. The smell is munich malts and some off smells. The taste is also all dark munich malts. There is an average mouthfeel. Overall average on drinkablility, A decent dark lager.

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

This brew pours a clear brownish-ruby color. The head is one-finger in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is more like a doppelbock than a dunkel lager: caramel, malt, chocolate, more caramel. The taste is quite a bit more mellow than the aroma: caramel and malt with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very lively carbonation, perhaps too lively. Overall, this is a pretty good brew. It might not be the best dunkel lager around, but is certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, tawny red-brown. Translucent with fiery orange highlights. Creamy, ivory-colored head retains pretty well.

Smell: Buttered popcorn and caramel malts overwhelm.

Taste: Brown sugar, apple pie, and caramel malts. It's almost silly how delicious this is with my plate of weisswurst and sauerkraut, but on it's own... I'm afraid it's just too sweet. Hops are incredibly timid, lending a barely detectable bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean yet full. Good for the style, and good for the food, too.

Drinkability: This is just too damn sweet. After a pint, I'm done. But really, everyone should give this a try with sausages. It's amazing.

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

12 ounce green bottle- 'L15441U' on bottom of front label, No Date

Pours a clear deep, rich, ruby amber with a thin camel colored head. Head quickly retreats, lacing is minimal.

Smells of sweet, dark fruits, hops, alcohol and a slightly skunky note (damned green bottles).

Taste is of unsweetened cocoa with traces of coffee. Malty through and through.

Medium to medium-light bodied. I found the carbonation to be just right for this beer. Pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkable, I'm going to take some of this on my next road trip.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color and a great head, as good as a nice porter and stayed for a bit. Looks great. Smell however, was as average as it gets, smelling like a generic macro poured from a can, just a hint of burnt malts came out when the head subsided. Mouth was creamy, almost like a porter, with a bittnerness and hop profile that seemed like a porter. Very nice.

As for the flavor, very stong malt , very good balance with the hops, a hint of chocolate, and a subdued alcohol flavor. It's as if this is a step from being a porter, which makes this highly drinkable becaus it goes down like a lager.

All's I have to say, this was a refresing, not too heavy beverage. It's on my get again list. Good stuff.

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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 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 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 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
-UF

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

Deep ruby-russet with light mocha tone, the beer has an appreciable off-white head with judicious carbonation and good lacing. Quite nice.

Smells of good cocoa tones almost turning into coffee, and a few caramel notes and slight earthiness, too.

Fine but not round or full malt core with good toasty backbone. Not much more evident, though a good drinker. Little in the finish besides herbal hops and fading, formerly crisp notion of toast and cocoa. Mouthfeel falls toward thinner but the carbonation is right on.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz green glass euro generic bottle, red/gold/brown on sliver/cream label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: clear brown color, large off-white head, average lacing

Smell: malt, hops, herbs

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, sweet malt, some bitter hops, nicely balanced

Notes: good all around brew, very drinkable

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very pleasant surprise. I had gone to Vulcan with the specific intent of picking up a few beers that are new to the Alabama market, and when he was out of stock on one of those (Hobgoblin) i opted for this, which i've never tried even though it's been available in AL forever.

I've had Warsteiner Dunkel and i anticipated that this would be the same, perhaps even more bland. Ho ho! Not so! This one has a beautifully malty sweet forward flavor which really reminds me of some dopplebocks i've had. Obviously not as strong, but definitely in the same ballpark. Color is a very deep dark ruby amber.

Man. I really enjoyed this single. I shall definitely have to pick up a sixer sometime.

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

Bottle Inspection: Green 12 oz bottle, German Purity law statement, nothing else.

Aroma: Rich dark malt, yeast, floral hop spike. Smells clean and fresh with a hint of roasting smoke

Appearance: Creamy tan head tops a dark ruby red glass with nice clarity. Laced well

Flavor: Stale black bread crust. Over-roasted to the point of burnt grains, seared smoke middle, yummy malty finish. Very odd.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, smooth texture and a lingering finish.

Overall Impression: Very interesting beer. The over toasted aspects were a bit much for me, but I did enjoy the overall flavor. Worth a try!

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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.
ehhh.

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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 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 fizzyfred
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 3 -12 oz bottles into my liter mug for the authentic feel. Pours a nice head the dissipates slowly leaving a nice lace. I love the deep auburn color of dark munich and crystal. The smell is clean and malty. The taste is also very clean, as expected, and sweet. It also has a bready crystal malt flavor, not as dry as I expected. Little aftertaste caused by the residual sweetness. This is a delicious munich dunkel, I could drink liters of it.

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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 Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown with a ruby glow when viewed against a light source. Head is light brown and of an ample size. The aroma is of dark, toasted malts with just a hint of grain smell. The taste is bready and full. Hops provide a nice balance and just enough bitterness. Finish is the sweetest part of the sip, but doesn't leave much on the palate. Drinkability is great, this is easily sessionable. Fortunately, Dinkel Acker Dark is better than the average German dunkle on American shelves and seems to be about a buck cheaper. Recommended.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear medium brown with a dense lingering slightly tan head. Saturated color- lovely to look at.

Clean aroma of toasty/creamy malt and spicy/grassy hops. Very nice- it could be stronger- but very nice anyway.

Flavor is, again, very nice, though a bit washed out. Hops are perhaps too strong for this level. A bigger malt presence would really help.

This beer is obviously well crafted but (strategically, it seems) toned down a notch. A shame. I do like it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those just getting into more serious beers. I think these guys could do better, though.

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Dinkelacker Dark from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
3.64 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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