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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AmericanGothic on 03-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
267
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with thick off-white head.
S: It smelled like sourdough bread with some copper hops and wild honey and creamy yeast.
T: It tasted like copper hops and sourdough bread, with some wild honey and creamy yeast. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Quite full body.
D: This had a scent and taste that were just right for the style. Nice big body and smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. Not a bold complex brew, but a solid version of a traditional lager.

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Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served into pint glass:

a: very dark brown, cola like color with a thick white head that settles into a thin lacing that doesn't really dissipate.

s: sweet malty aroma with notes of roasted malt. not much else to speak of.

t: nice malty flavor. notes of caramel, chocolate and light roasted malt notes. very subtle grassy hop flavor that balances everything nicely. alcohol is non-existent. great finish. very drinkable and similar to an authentic dunkel.

m: pretty thin mouthfeel, but munich dunkels should never be thick.

fantastic dunkel! well made and true to style. i'm always a sucker for a good lager....this is a style i'd love to see more of.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in oversize glass

A: dark black, very lively beads of carb; six-finger head (!)
S: caramel, malt, toasted grains; promising, inviting
T: gentle, smooth flavor; heavy on malts; savory spices add some complexity; low on hops (as would be expected); goes down like water

Not bad--very subtle version of the genre

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy beige head. Retention isn't too great, but a solid ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Light supple roast, lots of caramel, and a light chocolate. Part grainy, part biscuity maltiness.

4.0 T: Clean, roasty, caramel, chocolate. Grainy.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth.

4.0 D: Solid dunkel with a good flavor and clean crispness.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper color with 1/2 finger of pale tan head. Some retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, bit of tea, some light hay.

T: Leads with sweet tea and spice, then sweetness fades in the middle and caramel malt on the finish. Dark fruits emerge as the beer warms.

M: Medium body with a healthy dose of oil.

O: Very drinkable with nice complexity. I wouldn't mind seeing this one come back again.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped for best by AUG

A= Pours produces a dark brown color with a small off white head on it that holds little retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is fun. A nice mix of sort of "poopy" malt as well as some of the darker roasted malts. Little hop character and it really smells like a loaf of bread with a dark twang.

T= The taste is again some of the wheaty "poopy" malt character which despite the name is actually enjoyable. The roast character is lost in the delicious wheat character. Again little hopping but a solid drinkable wheaty flavor.

M= The mouth is lighter than the color would tell. Lagers are always a trick on the tongue.

O= Loving this. Another solid brew from longshot brews. Tasty flavors with a loager drinkablity. Worth trying again and so far I'm impressed with this mix pack.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a dark caramel, iced tea hue, a finger of smooth even mocha foam. Some lacing down the sides for a nice touch.

Aroma - notes of dough, yeast, chocolate, a bit of cola.

Taste - lightly roasted malts with a definite sweet edge. Cola, a note of anise. Ends sweetly with a tickle of hops.

Mouthfeel - weighty, smooth, fluffy carbonation is medium but almost feels less so.

Overall - would buy a sixer of these. Good stuff.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far the best Longshot this year.

Copper with a sandy tan head. Fair retention and lace.

Nutty aroma with a little earthy hop and wet stick. Some toffee as it warms.

Bread crust malt with light toffee sweetness and mild hop spice for balance. Clean and earthy.

Nice.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely foam on the ruby brown brew. The creamy carbonation renews with each pour; it would do a German brewery proud.

Biscuits and toffee, with an acidic touch. Reminds me of the fruity English beers with a some minerals in the water. Some raisin flavors along with the sweet malt. Roasted dark malt and some slight bitterness from the hops. Thoroughly drinkable; this would be an excellent quaff and a nice alternative to the often anemic German Dunkels.

Another well-crafted beer from Boston Brewing. These guys just know how to make decent beer in a multitude of styles, especially the ones that seem to benefit from a top-notch industrial process. From the 2012 six pack at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of beergoot
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby red body, excellent chunky, light tan head.

Faint roasted malt in the aroma. Hint of dark bread. Ever so slight bit of light cocoa.

Soft and smooth mouthfeel, clean and dry.

Pretty good overall taste. Rich and roasty with a soft cocoa and chocolate taste underlying it all. Slightly sweet. Faint bitterness closes the finish.

A very good, smooth drinking dark lager. Excellent dark beer complexity wrapped inside a lager smoothness.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty aroma has an overtone that seems to be molasses in one whiff and caramel in the next. Pours a clear, dark, slightly ruddy brown with a thick, fluffy, beige head that sticks around and also leaves some generous lacing. Malty flavor has some roasted character, as well as nutty, caramel and earthy hints and just a touch of cloves. Firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of tingle. Corey Martin, you have a career in brewing in your future!

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Photo of imasloth
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown with creamy tan head. Little lacing. Beer is clear red when held to light.

S- Sweet, roasty malt. Light hop bitterness.

T- Roasted dark malts, sweet (perhaps a light molasses flavor), light bitterness.

M- Light to medium-bodied, dryness in finish.

O- Very good. Wish I'd made it ...

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tawny dark copper color, transparent when held to a bright light. Some creamy tan foam rises and settles, though it lacks staying power. Spotty lace flecks the sides of the glass.

Molasses and toast, light yeast and mild malt sweetness in the nose. Light aroma, but pleasant.

More molasses, light bitter walnut, nutty and a little bit toasty. Aftertaste lingers nicely, it's light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation levels. Finishes clean and slightly dry. Fairly easygoing, with an expressive flavor. A perfect beer for a cool Spring thaw...

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of nut. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of chocolate, slight roasted malt, hint of nut, and slight nut. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark mahoghany colour with a thick light tan head with good retention and lace. doughy malt aroma...bits and pieces of cocoa, toffee, caramel and molasses...reminds me of a x-mas type of beer. the flavour profile has more of the holiday cookie/breadiness character i noticed in the aroma. it seems a bit spicy and somewhat yeasty...definitely a flavourful dunkel if you like the added layers of maltiness. i detect a note of alcohol and there is a touch of hop bitterness that adds a hint of restraint, reigning in the sweetness and providing a nice pairing with the overall dryness. it's medium bodied, with a relative smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. drinakability is nice, this would be a winter time quaffer for sure due to the festive flavour profile. the fact that i'm sampling this at the height of summer detracts just a little bit from the overall enjoyment, but that is a subjective observation on my part.

overall, if i was a homebrewer and could have this readily on hand, especially in the colder parts of the year, i'd drink the hell out of it. pretty tasty stuff here, just wish i was sampling this in december rather than july!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium copper with a soft white head, nice lace.

S: Sweet malt, toffee, hint of toast.

T: Nice sweet malty flavour, hint of molasses, toffee, and caramel, but well balanced with the hops and a very mild acidity.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, smooth, easy to drink.

O: Quite a good Dunkel Lager, a style you don't see very often, but one I love from Germany. Hops Sam Adams makes this a regular.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, dark tea/cola color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Subtle roastiness, toasted malt, faintly spicy. Nice flavor, very drinkable. Sessionable at 5.9ABV. A nice match for a burger or bowl of chili.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, with a quarter inch off white head, some lines of lacing. Smell is fig, bread, carmel, and some hops. Taste is really well balanced, not as sweet as the nose would have you expect dark fruits and carmel start, with a surprise subtle hit of citrus hops in the finish. The body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, a touch dry, and very drinkable. Not a style I drink often, but this is very pleasant.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #36 on the "Top Beers - Munich Dunkel Lager" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is brown, dark, clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate and steady carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little weak, a little malty, yeasty, mild munich malt.

Beer is nice, light in body, good malt character on the palate, a decent finish, a little too dry for me but overall a decent beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dark Night in Munich pours a dark burgundy color. Plenty of light cuts through, revealing some dark red highlights. Looks good. A tan head covers the top and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes somewhat quickly. Lacing was on the light, spotty side. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a tad weak and would benefit from more strength. It smells a little sweet up front. Caramel malt is front and center. It has a rather strong yeasty scent through. It’s interesting…and doughy. It smells fruity and a bit spicy. Apple, plum, and pepper scents are all present. It’s an interesting mix that works pretty well. Alcohol is blended very well and is hardly noticeable.

The flavor is a notch better. Good stuff. It’s definitely malty and sweet. Caramel and toffee flavors anchor things down nicely. There’s a bit toasted malt in the mix, as well. It’s a little fruitier than I anticipated. Apple and pear flavors are relatively strong. There is a hint of plum, but it’s secondary. Yeast is definitely noticeable. It is doughy and seems to add a peppery spice flavor. A touch of grassy noble hops is noted on the tail. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any in flavor. Finishes fruity and yeasty.

A Dark Night in Munich has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. Feels very night and smooth. It goes down incredibly easy. I could honestly handle a couple of these easily.

A Dark Night in Munich is a pretty good addition to the Longshot series. It’s rather straight forward and simple. Overall, it’s a pretty nice representation of the style. It hits all the bells and whistles without making any missteps. I’m enjoying it. If you’re looking for a reason to pick up this year’s Longshot release…well…this is a pretty good one.

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Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours very dark brown with a half finger of foam. Aroma is very sweet, crystal malts, some plum, and a hint of fruity esters.

First sip is quite malty, a touch of fruitiness, and finishes very sweet, but clean. This is a very pleasant pseudo-malt bomb. No real hops to speak of, but there is a bit of tropical fruit contribution from the yeast. Not the best head retention or lacing.

This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Perfect for those who don't enjoy hops or spicy yeast flavors... this is very approachable.

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