Longshot A Dark Night In Munich
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Style:
Munich Dunkel Lager
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 9.73%
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
268
From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, reddish-brown color with over one finger of light beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bread and caramel stand out. Lesser chocolate is fleeting. Generally medium-dark, but with too much fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with malt that is refined and cola-like. Acidity is mild into the middle where flavors become drierand more roasty, peppery. Finish continues the drying trend; husky with a trace coffee edge.

M: Medium viscosity, oily suggesting lifelessness, with low carbonation.

D/O: Dunkels can sometimes hover indistinguishably near to their ale equivalents, but here the difference is not very difficult to detect. While its individual qualities are not particularly inspiring, they add up to a beer that is interesting, if not compelling. It seems to overshoot the intention of smoothness, ending up with a texture that is slippery yet tiresome.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark shade of brown with a puffy, two finger slightly offwhite head, but the beer is actually transparent despite it's darkness....impressive.

S- very spicy aroma...feels like I'm getting some holiday spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, etc? Interesting

T- it's....interesting, I guess you could say. Getting some of that spicy flavor, and not much else...eh

M- body is very thin IMO....almost like water

O- not my cup of tea. Not a bad beer, I just don't like it...it is what it is.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of chefhatt
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer and it has a dark brownish color body(almost like ice tea) with no head to it. The smell has a roasty choc malt aroma to it. The taste is malty with a little choc and a bread, doughnut flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall pretty tasty.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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

Pours a clear deep brown color with amber highlights and a dense one inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Aroma consists of melanoidin qualities, with caramelized sugar, toffee, and toasted malt leading the profile. There's a hint of herbal hops at the finish.

Flavor reveals sweet, nutty malt, with more toffee and toasted bread notes. It's fairly cloying, but there's a bit of a tangy note that provides relief. Chocolate and a touch of acrid roast malt round out the sip.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Overall, a very malt forward brew, per the style. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side, and not sure what causes the tangy flavor, but it's a touch overpowering.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from old notes.
12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Brown in color with caramel shades. Tight beige head, great retention. Plenty of foamy lacing coating the glass in sheets.

S: Brown sugar, brown cocoa, caramel, crust. Rich and inviting. Hints of floral hopping and dried herbs.

T: Brown molasses up front. Brown cocoa and nutty flavors. Bread crust. Dried grass and tame herbal hops in the background. Hint of vague fruit and perhaps just the slightest suggestion of alcohol. Finishes with lingering caramel, molasses, and cocoa.

M: Medium bodied. Full-ish. Rounded and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Well executed, an all-around good brew.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Corey has been working on his Munich-style Dunkel for some time and the result is this amber, medium-bodied brew. With a nice malty backbone, this lager has roasty, slightly spicy notes and a traditional doughy character from the yeast. It is well worth the time he took to perfect it." Brewed in the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager, available exclusively as part in the Longshot Variety 6 packs, a one time release best-of-competition lager. Although I purchased this in November, the date on the bottle is ticked at Mid-August 2012. First of three reviews from the series.

Poured from a 12 oz. glass to a pilsner glass. Served north of 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin crispy foam head that recedes slightly below average, color is a nutty cream white, lacing is thin and droopy. Body color is a deep amber red with some pale coloration at thin spots, carbonation presentation is medium. Light creamy surface cover. Pretty nice appearance- I like the body color and depth but the head and lacing could be of better quality. 3.5

(Smell) Malt presence is mildly spicy and earthy, deep caramelized malts in aroma, very toasty munich. Generally clean but also bready lager yeast aroma, a slight puff of grainy bitterness is also notable. Some mild bitter hop presence is notable, mostly earthy blends. More malt forward but not overly sweet; it's rather complex. I much like the aroma- whether it is common for the style or not, the malt complexity makes for an intriguing anticipation. 4

(Taste) Doughy, sweet yet rasp malt character with a little earthy and nutty bitterness and alcohol puff on the back end. A bit doughy sweet malt forward but falls short on bitter qualities as well as complementary body- thin mouthfeel doesn't pair ideally with the complex malt profile of this beer. It needs something thicker and/or creamier. Flavor-wise, it's quite drinkable despite having some huskiness to the malt bill, but doesn't have the ideal balance that I think it should. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium+ body for the style, medium overall. Very shallow carbonation presence, not quite creamy in texture, it's just a touch fluffy. Alcohol presence is medium. Carbonation is in general a bit lacking throughout- this one could have a touch more froth or cream to better compliment the malt bill and accentuate the flavor. 3

(Overall) Pretty nice Dunkel Lager, it's a bit cloying at times due to the elevated sweetness and the carbonation presence is shallow. I could envision this being fine tuned to a far superior beer but due to my recent introduction to the style, I'm just glad to have tried something new and can't find any major flaws that would keep me from enjoying another of these. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot 2012: A Dark Night In Munich
3.55/5.00

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, it's clear and had good visibility through the glass. The smell of the beer is a mixture of malts and lager yeast aromas, there are some subtle hop notes as well. The taste of the beer gives off a nice dry Dunkel like flavor from the roasted malts and earthy notes from the yeast. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied, not heavy at all but not light either. The carbonation was was sharp but still drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of siege06nd
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Such a great idea that I'm surprised more brewers have not picked up on rewarding excellent home brewers by bottling and distributing their creations. Poured into a standard pint...

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown, much like the other Longshot beer I had the other night, Derf's Secret Alt. These beers look nearly identical. Dark and slightly cloudy tobacco sunburst tones. Two fingers of light cream head sift down to a half finger. Really nice, finely beaded lacing down the sides of the glass. Very pretty beer here.

S: Hints of banana, clove, and apple. Lots of grainy notes and touches of bready malt.

T: Lots of roasted biscuit, traces of cherry and grape, some banana. Malt and grains take most of center stage here.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but there's this slightly cloying, sweet astringency that comes out in the mid and kinda quashes the finish.

O: This is pretty good, my first experience with this particular style. Very strong malt and grain presence when compared to its cousin, the Dunkelweizen. The roasted and bready notes blend pretty well with the spice and fruit flavors I typically associate with dunkels.

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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a transparent brownish color. Dark but light does shine through. Mild head leaves mild lacing.

S-Very faint dark wheatiness. Also has an off coppery aroma like the other beer I had from the sixpack (Derf's). Dark fruits and some banana bread.

T-Tastes like banana pudding with brown sugar. Sweet and wheaty. Light metallic twang but it isn't that intense. A mild but subtly tasty beer.

M-Medium bodied with a creamy feel and soft carbonation.

O/D-Pretty decent little beer I got here. Not intense or even very memorable but it will go down smoothly for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/12

A- One inch fizzy head gives way to just a cap and collar. Deep, deep translucent burgundy color of body.

S- Caramel, cola notes. Some toffee.

T- More of the caramel goodness. Slighty roasty. Similar to an Irish Red I feel. This is a lager than you wouldn't mind if it warmed a bit to open up the on the tongue.

M- Thicker mouthfeel than you'd expect, even the carbonation is different than most Sam Adams beers (a tad lower).

D/O- This is something that you'd want to sit at a bar and drink all afternoon...plenty of flavor without a huge alcohol presence. Well done fellow homebrewer dude!

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2012.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some bread dough. Taste is of toasted malt and some nice caramel flavors on the finish. There is a slight hop presence on the finish but brings no real bitterness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor doesn't match up to the dough aromas I am getting and was looking forward to tasting.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of A Dark Night In Munich in the Samuel Adams Longshot six pack for $10.99 at The Lager Mill a couple days ago. It got a little cooler today and a nice Dunkel sounds good, so lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of august 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label isn't that interesting, just a picture of the person who developed this beer. It poured a pretty clear darker brown color that took on a real dark copper color when held to the light. It had four fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a good amount of spotty lacing. This is a good and proper looking Munich Dunkel Lager.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and clean, it starts out with a large amount of lightly toasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart some grainy, lightly toasted malts, and sweet toffee aromas along with a pretty noticeable bready aroma. Towards the end I get a little bit of banana and cloves that caught me off guard and added some nice complexity to the aroma. The aroma was nice, no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be just as simple and clean as the aroma, which isn't a bad thing. It starts out with loads of lightly toasted malts that impart lots of biscuit, white bread, brown bread, and sweet toffee flavors that are followed by some a light fruity flavor with banana being the only specific fruit I can pick up. I couldn't taste any hops in this brew it was all about the malts. It had a low amount of bitterness on the finish and a lightly toasted malt aftertaste. This wasn't the most flavorful Dunkel, but I thought that the simple and clean flavors worked well with this beer and I liked it.

M- Smooth, slightly chewy, a little creamy, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. I got no complaints, the mouthfeel was good.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought that it was a good Munich Dunkel Lager. It wasn't that flavorful but what it lacked in flavor it made up for in clean simple flavors that helped showcase the nice drinkability that this style should have. It had good drinkability it went down very smooth and the flavors don't ware on me, I would be happy drinking three or four of these in a night. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the drinkability, they were both really nice. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of roasted flavors, if it had a little more I would know for sure this was a drunkel if I drank it blind. I would buy this again when looking for a very drinkable Dunkel, and I recommend it to anyone that likes this style. This brew proved to be one solid dunkel that went down way faster then I was expecting and it had just enough flavor to hold my attention. This was my first time trying the Longshot series and I got to say that I really like the concept, it was a good call for Samuel Adams to hold this competition and I can't wait to try the other two winners. Good job Corey, this is a worthy dunkel that emphasized what this style is all about.

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Longshot A Dark Night In Munich from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 268 ratings