Dinkelacker CD-Pils
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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German Pilsner
Ranked #525
Ranked #44,423
3.53 | pDev: 13.03%
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
Dinkelacker CD-PilsDinkelacker CD-Pils
Notes: Named for Carl Dinkelacker.
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Photo of mikeinportc
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/25/19 BB date 10/24/20

Clear light gold, with a slight amber tint. Substantial, long-lasting white head, that leaves 2 fingers of heavy lacing.

Smell is slightly sweet, fresh white bread, and a faint touch of vague fruitiness.

Taste is bread crust, lightly sweet golden bread, with some fleeting light woody and floral notes.Some very light bitterness. As others have mentioned, this is less bitter than is usual.

Feel is light, occasionally seeming watery, with some very very fine carbonation tingle.

Overall enjoyable. Not my favorite pils by any means, but I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of gvickery
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great, medium gold with a super creamy white head that lasts and lasts.
Smell is typical Pilsner/lager, some light sulphur and grassiness.
Taste is more malt forward than most German pils. More bitterness than a Helles but not by much, there’s also a slight cereal flavor I detect. The mouthfeel is also a little fuller than I’m used to. Overall it’s very good, the differences make it more interesting than anything else.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Heidelberg, NYC.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a moderate and well retaining frothy head.

Aroma is mostly clean with notes of grainy malt. Later, there are touches of fruity and floral hops aromas, perhaps a touch of yeast, with notes of apple and orchard fruit.

Light bodied and crisp. Although there is a dry cracker malt backbone, with a light touch of sweetness, the hops bitterness is at the forefront throughout. Earthy, grassy and spicy hops add quite the prickliness to both the flavor and mouthfeel. The finish is dry and bitter.

Authentic German Pilsner hits most of the right notes of the style. It is a bit on the bitter side, crisp and filling despite its lightness. Nothing earth shattering, however, it is refreshing.

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Photo of KS_Augsburg
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CD Pils from Dinkelacker is an interesting one, because the flavor profile puts it closer to a Bavarian Helles than a typical German Pilsner. The hops are very laid back, there are no bitter notes in the flavor or aroma profile. There are very pleasent floral notes, a light and very pleasing sweetness, and a quite noticeable amount of malt. I like Helles from Bavaria very much, and therefore this CD Pils is to my taste. Others may be disappointed by it because it is not your typical German Pilsner.
Dinkelacker Schwabenbräu to me are special because they escaped the grip of big beer, and went independent after InBev initially had purchased them before the Dinkelacker family bought them back. They went to hell and back, so to speak. Support your independent breweries!

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Photo of Nass
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour is a little bit darker than straw yellow. In addition to, the beer pours a moderate flow of carbonation in the pilsner glass. All these German Pilsners from Germany pour a big & frothy white head of foam btw. There is a some type of date on the back on the bottle label, but it's hard for me to figure out exactly what these numbers mean. The taste is slight caramel, some biscuit, (which was previously mentioned on this page), grassy, faint white pepper note, along with faint green bell pepper note & a dry finish. Cheers! B-

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Photo of MUTINY
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick review.

Pours a nice light gold with minimal head that recedes quickly, leaves OK lacing. Smell is thin slightly malty very little going on. Tastes solid, faintly sweet with good malt presence throughout, feel is about adequate not too heavy. Overall pretty solid, seems like it's lacking something that I can't quite pinpoint.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL can, no apparent freshness date. Clear golden body is capped with a tall white head that slowly fades leavung some lacing on the glass. Grassy, earthy, spicy noble hops fill the nose along with some biscuity pilsner malt. Lighter flavors that are a mix of well balanced biscuity pilsner malt, nutty grain, and spicy & grassy hops. Body is lighter as well, moderate carbonation, balanced finish. Good German Pilsner here, but doubtful I'd get it again.

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Photo of FBarber
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, bright straw color. Thick pillowy velvety head collapses slowly leaving lots of sticky white lacing and a ring of white foam along the outside of the glass. Somewhat effervescent at first although that settles down as the beer settles.

Aroma has notes of cracker malts, light bready notes, a slight hint of sweetness, but not much.

Taste has notes of cracker malts with a light bready touch. Hints of honey like sweetness with a grassy earthy hop note on the back end through to the finish. Would benefit from a breadier backbone, but its quite nice still.

Feel is light bodied, crisp with some lightly prickly carbonation. Smooth neutral finish.

Overall a nice pilsner - would fit it in the second tier - not outstanding, but would happily drink this on the regular. Hope we keep seeing these cans as I vastly prefer them to the bottles.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a sharpness to it suggestive alcohol spice; has something shellacky about the bittering feel, which was not what I expected... Mild fruits take the backseat to chewy grains and crisp hops... Finishable but forgettable... This and the Bitburger are making me really appreciate that Ayinger Bavarian Pils...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a delicious pils, i love finding this sort of thing on tap, refreshing, flavorful, bold for its light abv, and just real tasty, especially with some hearty and spicy foods. there is a high degree of authenticity to this one that i really like, a timeless yeast character that defines the beer more than the grain does for me, doughy, simple, earthy, mature, well conditioned beer overall here. im sure there is some variance in the bottles, like they dont always end up fresh by the time they reach the drinker perhaps, especially in the states, but fresh on tap this is as good as any german pils really. its off of fully clear, hugely heady, and full of life. lightly spicy grassy hops are perceptible in the finish, and its dry and with good bitterness there at the end. some minerality to it, a tidy clean fermentation, and just a simple pils malt base that seems fresher here to me than most of the imports. very alive, not watery in body even though its light, and honestly flavorful enough to handle things like tamales and spicy tacos. cool beer, glad to have found it on draft! way better than its ratings i think...

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Photo of aatazebeats
2.47/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16oz. can. Like a better, cleaner Miller Lite with less corn and without the dirty sweat flavor. Can't say that I'm a huge fan, but it's not too bad for a Pilsner.
2.47 - C-
Alright, nothing special.

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Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 5D German pils. Canned 2/21/18, best before 2/21/19

Thick creamy dense foamy head, great retention, nice lacing, very clear light gold almost straw color

Nose med lighter grainy sweet pils malt, getting a little more complex as it warms, hint of honey and toasted cracker, hops are very light, hint floral, no DMS or sulfur, but very light and boring

Taste medium to lighter hop bitterness, little floral herbal hop character turning mild spicy late, malts are mild grainy sweet and little doughy cracker, again boring and not very complex, hops getting a touch spicy and crisp bitterness on the dry finish with a hint of sulfate, but not very crisp lager finish, medium-dry, softer finish though

Mouth is med bod, medium-light carb, mild soft lager feel

Overall I think the age def shows, lack of hops, malts lost their complexity, not a bad beer just boring unfortunately

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Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold with three fingers of white head. Rings of lace form s head drops.
Bready herbal smell.
Taste is bread dough herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Finish is dry and balanced.
Overall a light and pleasing Euro Pils.
Canned on 3/28/2018. Good for one full year.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I suppose a classic German pils, just hard for me to find this distinct from the others.
Dinkelacker's Pils Looks pretty good with the low winter sun hitting and shooting off some blond rays.
Smells are mostly malt and some hops. Tastes are really the same with the hops keeping their clutch to the end. More bubbles than my mouth likes; but that is the style. And this did pair reasonably well with a lunch of left-overs of a variety of foods. Since if one beer can make mediocre meals into a good experience, then that pils has more than done its job.

I went on Dinkelacker's website and thought it was an interesting story of how this 200 year old family breweries remade itself to compete in the craft revolution era by absorbing other family brewers and their styles and repackaging the oft-used "freshness, high quality ingredients" sell points. All that said, CD Pils was a traditional lager.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 3/3/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Slight lingering hop astringency, but not overwhelming. Nicely clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice German pilsener. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the ABV. Clean and nicely rich pils malt showcase, with nice noble hop presence/balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can with a 01/31/2018 expiration date. Tasted on January 28, 2018.

It pours straw yellow with a tremendous white foamy head and a little murkiness. Relatively good clarity but there is something foggy it up.

The aroma is a delight of toasted bread, grain, barley malt, and grass, and I would expect little less from a German Pilsener.

The body is smooth and almost in the medium range. It has a little depth to it.

The taste is bread and biscuit, sweet, a touch of lemon zing and a mild dry bitter finish. PIlseners are meant to be this way and this is a good example of the style. 30+ years ago I had a friend who drank this all the time so I was pleased to find it in a store recently.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of wheat, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of rice, and a hint of Euro yeast. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of hint of citrus hops, hint of wheat, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight rice, and a hint of Euro yeast. Overall, good appearance, rice dryness unpleasant, but otherwise a good German Pils.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5 L can poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear pale straw color with a white bright head, good amount of carbonation, good amount of lacing, looks crisp and clean. Subtle aromas of pale malts, lemon, hay, honey, light spice as well, not very aromatic. Not much flavor, light notes of wet hay, honey, spice, finish is dry with lingering notes of lemon and grass. Mouthfeel is light with an easy drinkability and crisp clean finish. An easy drinking beer not as much flavor as other German pilsners I've tasted but I could have a few of these without complaint.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE: December 26, 2016... OCCASION: Watching The Avengers with the family after a great Christmas weekend... GLASSWARE: Jever pokal... pours a clear, solid golden body with reasonable, streaming effervescence... a soapy, filmy, yet substantial white head occupies its crest... the aroma is metallic Saaz ping, lightly floral, bready, and mild--what could be expected of a European pilsner... a clean, nondescript lagerish consistency, easily drinkable... besides the aforementioned Saaz, light pepper, lemon grass, biscuit, light earthiness, oats and some apple... beefy and malty at its finish--not the aftertaste that wants to be left behind... not the kind of beer that will have me seeking it out again--in fact, the reason I sought this out at all was the fact that I had it over a decade ago and hoped to rate it... now that I have, I leave for others the suggestion to find something brighter, punchier, spicier, cleaner, or another comparative that specifies better... about halfway there...

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Photo of drmeto
2.21/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

-pours a clear golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-metallic,spicy,honey ,lots of apple,grainy,vanilla
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light,watery body
Can't even reach the level of most Industrial Macro Pilseners.
If you want a czech-inspired German-brewed Pils, go with Radeberger instead.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice little snappy German pilsener style beer here. Not bad for what it is by any means.

Pours a clear golden, slightly higher SRM/darker color than most "fizzy yellow beer" and with a decently-retentive eggshell-white head.

Smell is sulfur-y at first, a bit of sweet grassiness and light grainy notes. Mild honeyed malt and bright, bready notes also coming out slightly.

Taste is well-balanced with a surprising hoppy, floral note jumping out in the mid-palate and carrying through in the finish. Light and sweet malt here and there. Simple and effective. Pretty damn flavorful.

Feel is a little on the lighter side but pretty round and works well with the medium-effervescent carbonation. Somewhat long-lasting hoppy, tea-like and floral/herbal finish and linger.

Good stuff. Seems like it's going to be a bit boring from the nose but turns out to be crushable and somewhat more well-rounded than I initially had assumed. Grab some!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That light straw yellow AAL BMC vibe, white head, 1/4". Aroma hit up some good skunk notes.

Taste was bitter, skunky, think Pilsner Urquell meets Heineken here. Adequate noble hops. High carbonation.

There's quite a few Euro lagers that are just like this. Good summer pool and golf stuff if you ask me.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 1/8/16. Comes in 500ml (16.9 ounces) can ($2.99) from the local Hy-Vee in West Omaha. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .3L "DINKEL ARCKER" das boot glass.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with close to a 2-finger foamy/creamy white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of grains and sweet malts for the most part. Taste is close to the nose with some yeast also. Lots of flavor with no harsh or bitterness. A really good tasty German brew that is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a really good brew! PROST!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a dash of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam that leaves a good lace on the glass as it dissipates. Quite attractive.

Smell: malt is definitely on the sweet side but there's a dash of grain and perhaps a hint of noble hops here. Not bad for the style -- especially if you like sweeter Pilsners.

Taste: a bit on the grainier side than the aroma with a pretty full-flavored malt component. Hops are quite light but are present; in general a pretty good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. I'd say it's a bit fuller-bodied than other German Pilsners I've had.

Overall: a fine Pilsner and a very drinkable beer. I dig it.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant gold under a persistent, clingy 1” white foam collar.
S: Light grain, spice, faint sulfur.
T: Rich malt, biscuit, light bread, spicy hops. Medium to medium high malt, medium hops. Dries on the finish.
F: Creamy, clean, smooth, refreshing, medium tio medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: Very refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Dinkelacker CD-Pils from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 325 ratings