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König Ludwig Dunkel | Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

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3.74/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Germany
koenig-ludwig-brauerei.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,501
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
218
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
43
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of KooVee
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

50cl bottle, 6m old.

Reddish brown, decent foam. Regular looking for a dunkel.

Nose is quite timid. A bit of sweet dark bread is all there is.

Taste is quite light, like a regular helles with some roasted aftertaste and a bit of sweetness in the middle. Very standard dunkel for these days. Carbonation is a tad too pronounced, but that is obviously to provide a bit of acidity to enhance similar notes from the roasted malts to enliven things by all means possible.

Overall, I am a bit puzzled.. I remembered this beer to be better from decades ago. I double checked Michael Jackson's old article from 1998 and he describes there a mostly Munich malt beer with a bit of Belgian aromatic malt and carafa, going on to describe that it is dry hopped as well. Now, that sounds tasty and traditional. I cannot believe this current version has any dry hopping, and the base malt cannot be munich by any means.. I would guess at least half is pilsner malt, there is probably caramunich for the sweetness and then carafa for colour. A disappointment wrt expectations, but of course a good example of modern dunkel, which will disappear eventually if it's just coloured helles with a bit of caramel. I think they have also tried to boost the thinnish body with an overuse of chloride, there is that aftertaste that gets stronger once I started wondering about the water profile. This beer masquerades quite skillfully, but it is not what a dunkel could be.

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Photo of Jayamefu
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Baviera
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shivtim
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Huge pillowy head fades slowly, messy lacing, dark clear auburn chestnut color

Nose sweet toffee and toasted brown malts, history and a little nutty, faint coffee brown and mild syrupy candy

Taste sweet candy malts, tons of toffee, a bit nutty and caramel, sweet reddish malt and candy syrup, mild biscuity creamy wheat, hint bitter hops, sweet sticky finish, lingering sweet toffee and wheat

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, a bit syrupy

Overall way too much sweet syrupy candy like, but otherwise nice

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qrazvan
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrp2323
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Hipercor. In Bavaria hefe glass. Watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Typical profile of a dunkel very well executed. Ultradrinkable, with pleasant roastyness and well adjusted bitterness that leaves great end

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Photo of tux_alin
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gr0g
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aleigator
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a huge, very stable beige head.

Smells of toffee, light roast, raisins and bakers chocolate, all in all quite timid on the nose.

Has a medium carbonation with a light body, revealing a soft mouthfeel.

Tastes of bakers chocolate, a hint of licorice, a note of roast and a light creaminess. Turns a little more chocolaty and even creamier during mid palate, while finishing clean, with a well pronounced toffee appearance.

Light and creamy, with a soft toasty note among prominent malts.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown color and clear. Modest head which leaves some streaks on the glass.

Sweetish nose with a deeper toasting of the malt.

Starts sweet but there is a modest hop kick at the end. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. This has elements of a dunkelbock beer.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Houborg1
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustCamIt
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had 0.3L on draft at a hotel bar in Berlin. Arrived with a thick head atop a dark coffee colored body in a branded stein. Taste of roasted malt and faint cocoa. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Zach136
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dwildusaf
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my go to bier while stationed in Germany. I drank way too much of this while there, had a hard time passing my annual PT tests, haha

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König Ludwig Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 218 ratings