Dinkelacker CD-Pils | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named for Carl Dinkelacker.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
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 -36.9%
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 +9.1%
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 -1.1%
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 +17.1%
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 +7.7%
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 +14.3%
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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Photo of horshack7
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and very golden with two fingers worth of frothy head but it leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma: Biscuity, grainy, buttery, floral hop with lemon zest and twinge of orange zest.

Taste: Very crisp in the front. Lemon zest, floral hop, biscuity, with a good dry finish.

Notes: A very good German Pilsner top to bottom and a good one to pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Dinkelacker's CD-Pils last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new Pilsener to try and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice clean look to it, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Pilsener, no complaints here.

S- The aroma starts of with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some grainy, pale malts, sweet malts and doughy aromas with the sweet and pale malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some clean lager yeast that goes into the hops which are pretty light and only impart a light earthy and spicy hops aroma. The aroma was ok, but I was expecting the hops to show up just a little more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects with the sweet and pale malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the clean lager yeast that goes right into the hops which show up just a little more than they did in the aroma, but they still impart those same earthy and spicy hop aspects that are still a little on the lighter side. This was decent tasting beer, but it felt a little bland for the style.

M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, light bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but i wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, it wasn't bad, but it didn't really stick out as a good example of the style and I wanted a little more from it. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp, not filling at all and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me since I would start to get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, this was a pretty nice looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, they weren't bad, but they could both use a little work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't I would recommend it. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, I've hard worse, but I've also had many that were a lot better. This is one of my least favorite Dinkelacker beers and It falls right in the middle when it comes to the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use just a little work.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a tallboy 0.5L can into a flared pilsner glass. Gentle hand. Base of can is stamped E 2014-07-09, P 2013-07-09.

A: Mostly clear, golden body. 2 fingers of sudsy, white head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malt with notes of biscuit, straw, bread. Vaguely fruity. Traces of noble-type hops.

T: Grain up front with a touch of tartness. Mild hop bitterness develops and leads to a semi-dry finish. No alcohol of note. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste, especially early on. Flavors are a bit washed out.

M: Moderate to low carbonation with a moderate to light body. Feels a little watery.

O: This pilsner falls decidedly on the malty side of things. Drinks well enough, but as far as German pilsners go, this one falls a bit flat for me. Dig the big can, though.


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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I am sometimes laughed at for scouring coolers like a pig seeking out truffles, but persistence pays off when you are on a CANQuest (TM). This beauty was courtesy of Subs & Six Packs this past Sunday when nothing was stirring and I decided to make the trek out.

From the CAN: "Qualitat aus der Brautradition Privatbrauerei seit 1888[.]"; "Getreu dem deutschen Reinheitsgebot [. undersigned Carl Dinkelacker]" I will translate shortly.

And now, all was in readiness for the Crack! It was a little understated, but the CAN was brimful and so it could be overlooked. Being as it came in a .5 L CAN, I was unable to upend it and CANduct an inverted Glug, but I made do as best as I could. The result was two fingers of dense, bone-white head atop the beer, like meringue atop a lemon pie. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a Noble hoppiness underlain by a bready malt presence as well as a slight metallic odor. Mouthfeel was a little on the watery side, but the taste was very much German Pils. It had a light grassiness overlain by the malt, which always saddens me about the style. I like when it is hops forward, as in the Czech Pils version, but there was nothing intrinsically wrong with this beer. In fact, it would make a great CANdidate for a beach cooler or after mowing the lawn on a hot, humid summer's day. The finish was quite dry and refreshing with the hops again moving back into the forefront.

My original, on-tap review, all 5s, dtd 31 Oct 2007 follows:

This arrived with a beautiful, rocky, bone-white head. There was NE-quality clarity in this gorgeous straw-yellow colored beer. The nose was redolent with Saaz hops. The mouthfeel was medium with a crisp snap of hops on the tongue. The finish was wonderfully dry, making each sip a welcome one. This was a beer to make me proud to be on my current pilsener kick.

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Photo of steveh
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When it was brewed & bottled for export by Spaten Brewing for Dinkelacker, this beer used to be my house-brand. Couldn't beat the price or the great German Pils character. Since InBev, and subsequently AB-InBev, took over Spaten they stopped all brewing and export for Dinkelacker and the Pils hasn't been seen (fresh) in the U.S. for 5 years or so. It's now back direct from Stuttgart and through a new importer. I was lucky enough to get this in trade while I hunt it down locally. I sure hope it's as good as it was.

A -- Clear, straw gold with a very dense white head that sustains and leaves good lacing.

S -- Mild DMS up front with the first pour, mild, light citrus spicy hops back.

T -- Very light, grainy malts with spicy hop bitterness following and holding fast through the finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp -- falling just short of astringent, with a very, very light body and very dry finish.

O -- This is definitely not the beer Spaten was brewing for export years back. Gone is the bready, melanoidin malt character that used to be so delicious. No more noble hop character in the nose or flavor. No smooth, soft mouthfeel that was so thirst quenching before. So sad to not have the beer I used to love so much.

04-09-2008 review:

4.58/5 rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my all-time favorites in the German style of Pils, don't know why I've never rated it before. Bottle pour from a covered 12 pack (dated 04/08).

A -- Bright, clear golden in perfect Pils color -- good white head that settles a bit fast, but revives nicely.

S -- Good bready malt with an acceptable amount of DMS -- at least the Pils malt is evident! Slight floral hoppiness coming through.

T -- Very nice balance between bready malts and noble hops - with an emphasis on the spicy hops. Great melanoidin to hop kick in the finish.

M -- Light in body with a smooth, soft mouthfeel that crisps up with the dry, hop finish.

D -- Outstanding. Could drink it all night. The hops don't overpower and become too dry to cloy and the malt flavor is perfect to remind you that it's beer -- not macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Billy2222
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this beer with German food. It was a nice Pilsner I drank from the bottle. The nose was slightly sweet and bitter notes show through. I saw this beer poured into a glass and it had a three finger head that grew! I think this is an outstanding / refreshing German Pilsner that captures the taste and flavors I like and expect.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lederhosen, New York, NY

A: Ther beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready (and somewhat sweet) are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts with slight bits of sweetness and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice flavors of bready malts and feels a little thick fr the style, but seems like it could use a slighter higher amount of bitterness.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow, white head, lots of little bubbles. Aroma was slightly skunky, and in a good way, I like some skunk to a europils.

A dallop of bittterness and skunky still going on. Minor hopping, but sturdy enough for the light malt base in a pils.

Handles itself well, this is a solid pils in every department except its appearance, really wasn't anything to distinguish it from say, a Keystone Light.

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Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear and golden, a white rather firm head that settles slowly leaviing some lacing.

Smelling of some white bread, slightly citric and green apples.

Bread, hard wheat bread, lemon peel and grass in a rather alkaloid bitterness.

Medium carbonation, rather small intense bubbles, freash and foamy, a dry finish.

A straight clean pilsener.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out like almost any other pilsner, it's yellow, bubbly and clear looking. The head was white and fizzy, just leaves some white clumps on top of the beer. The smell is very grassy and a little skunked. The taste has the same earthy and fresh cut grassy flavor to it. The mouthfeel is light and pretty smooth. Overall not a fan of most pilsners this one falls into the same category.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pale straw yellow with a nice foamy head and nice retention. Rings of lace.

S- Skunk ruins it all Underneath are some nice fruity notes and some dark caramels undertones, but skunk overtakes it all.

T- Skunky, metallic, and while nice hops flavors it, it doesn't balance right for the bitterness of this beer.

M- Thin, medium and slight creamy

D- If you like skunky beer, this one is thin and watery and can probably be downed quickly.

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Photo of BeerConnoiseur
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Gold color, clear
S - Smell of hops... a clean crisp pilsner.
T - Excellent tasting...reminds me of the beers my grandfather used to drink in the early 1970's.
M - Thin, waterery, not syrupy at all.
D - Very drinkable, you can drink these all night and enjoy them without a hangover in the morning.

Overall: I love this beer...Similar to Beck's...clean, crisp, light hops, and refreshing. It's my go to beer for everyday refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NinkasiGR
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nice original CD-Pils glass, with a nice 3 finger thick snow white foam. Golden color, you could see its sparkly freshnes by the bubbles rising from the round bottom to the thiner top end of the glass. It has a nice beer bitter taste wich is very refreshing at first and leaves a nice bitter taste. Nice aromatic hop smell.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle poured into Stella glass. Full 2 finger head with hard pour. Clear and golden in color. Smells of mild hops and a bit of husked grains. Taste is of sweet malts with a mildly bitter hop bite. Notes of honey and white bread from the malts hit the palate and bitter grassy hops give a clean finish. Nice fluid mouthfeel with a good crisp carbonation. Very drinkable pils that really toes the line between a german pils and euro pale lager. Nice pale lager for the summer months.

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Photo of Morey
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle with no "bottled on" or freshness date to be found.

Poured a light golden color with good clarity. One finger fluffy white head which settled to a thin lace rather quickly. Seems to be sticking to the glass rather well.

Aroma is dominated by malty and bready smells common for the style.

Taste is crisp, cold, and actually pretty refreshing. There is however, a slight skunky aftertaste which brings the taste score down a bit. Not sure how old this beer is, but it still taste decent. A fresh sample would be even more refreshing I'm sure.

Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation.

I could drink this for the day if I was at a party, but I probably wouldn'tbe the one to buy it.

Morey's Bottom Line: Nothing I would go out of my way for. I purchased a single bottle at a new six pack shop in my area because I didn't want to go in without buying anything, and they didn't have their shelves completely stocked yet.

A decent pils if you're in the mood for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a large handled mug. Pours a clear light golden in color and offers a half inch of white head. Retention and lacing are good, leaving some rings on the glass before surrendering to a surface ring.

An enticing blend of hops and malts on the nose. Richer than many of the style yet offers a clean malt nose. Taste follows and has a unique sweetness which lingers into the finish. Not overwhelming but seems to have some corn syrup or something similar added to the mix. Not bready or frothy in any way, and with a clean crisp, if slightly odd, finish. Quite drinkable if you enjoy the unique flavor but may overwhelm after a while otherwise.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this before in a bottle, then the legendary woodychandler came through with a can. Poured from a 16,9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains. Taste is crisp, malts, some sweetness, just a bit mild. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of illidurit
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light, clear, gold color with a big white head. Aroma is malty with bready notes, caramel, and straw. Flavor is corny and bread doughy with a mild grassiness and a significant metallic note in the finish. Thin bodied, rather sweet, somewhat refreshing. Nothing to see here.

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