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

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

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.

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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of Mick-e-d
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear ruby-copper with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts and dark fruit with some nuttiness, brown sugar, breadiness, and a touch of spice.

T - Starts off with a mix of come dark caramel and bready malts. Through the middle, some light dark fruit sweetness comes through with some nuttiness and a bit of brown sugar. The finish is mix of caramelized malts with a bit of bready malts, dark fruit, and a bit of spice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sessionable lager. The dark malt flavors are nice and provide some rich malty flavor with weighing down the beer too much.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put a k in front of night and we could have a Batman title.

Crystal mahagony color, great clarity, topped by four fingers of light tan micro-bubble foam.

Bread and biscuit aroma. Earthiness too.

Sweet but not too sweet caramelly beginning. Really good depth. Noble hop bite at the swallow. Clean finish.

Smooth light-plus mouthfeel.

A well done dunkel.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.3%
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 +7.1%
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.


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Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +6.3%
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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Longshot A Dark Night In Munich from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 268 ratings
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