König Ludwig Dunkel
König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg

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König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Munich Dunkel
Ranked #75
Ranked #23,458
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Dec 17, 2022
Dec 15, 2002
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Rated: 3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a dark brown/reddish with light head. Nose is bread, biscuits, toffee, toffee, malts, and an earthy/dirt note. The taste is great. Super smooth and malty. Toffee, raisins, toast, chocolate, honey, slight hops, and a roasty note - almost a used pipe smell. Very drinkable, with a malty aftertaste. Would definitely recommend trying.
Oct 22, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500 ml bottle, from Rewe Getränkemarkt, Erding. ABV is 5.1%. Deep copper brown colour, big to moderate off-white head. Aroma of bakery (brown bread and pastry) and caramel malts, also some moderate fruity notes. The flavour is malty with caramel, but not too sweet, some lightly burnt notes and moderate hops in the finish. Well balanced and pleasant to drink. According to Roger Protz, this is one of the 300 beers you need to sample before you die. I would not limit myself to 300 beers, but König Ludwig Dunkel is definitely worth sampling (and having again the day after), as a fine example of Bavarian dunkels - a style that does not get the love it deserves on beer rating websites.
Jun 15, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Smooth and rich with a nice biting palate. Pours dark brown with thick beige head, lots of lacing as the head receds. Chocolately aroma with a hint of wood. Taste is burnt toast, choclate and coffee. This is an excellent dunkel. I could make this my regular....
Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 3.42 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by rashjay from Michigan

Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottle, served at home in a weiss glass. Amber color, huge off white head with great retention, compact lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, yeast, grains.
Medium body, rough texture, very good carbonation. Sweet finish.
Taste of cocoa, roasted malts, dried fruits, clove, pepper.
Oct 03, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
L- A deep rich chestnut brown colour, clear, pours with 3mm pale tan head holds up pretty well.
S- Amazingly malty, the maltiest beer I'd smelled for a long while. Difficult to divine anything else.
T- Very malty tasty on the fore, into some toasty notes and a hoppy dry lick into the finish.
F- I like it in that it has somewhat of a pungent flavour (well, as much as an ABV of 5.1% can allow for) and yet it's got plenty sufficient of hoppy zing on the palate to be refreshing.
O- I'm not much into dark beers that are lower ABV%, as they can be pungently flavoured but with insufficient body/ABV% to provide balance. This is one of the lower ABV% ones I've had that works really pretty well.
Bought from BeersofEurope/UK for home delivery. 500ml bottle, £2.33 BB: 26/12/20
Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Nov 17, 2019
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
On tap in Berlin. Off white head. Dark brown with a caramel hue.

Flavors seems off for a Munich Dunkel. Has a slightly sour twang to it. Think cherry. Maybe they don’t clean their lines. Caramel, cocoa. Not a fan of this. Will edit review when I revisit.
Oct 01, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 3.76 by rale from France

Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by alexsergio from New York

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by KooVee from Finland

2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
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.
Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Jayamefu from Netherlands

Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Baviera from Belarus

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by shivtim from Georgia

Jul 11, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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
Jul 09, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

May 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by IRONRakkasan from California

May 24, 2018
Rated: 3.63 by qrazvan from Romania

May 02, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by mrp2323 from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by OompaMentor from Georgia

Jan 05, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Dec 12, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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
Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by tux_alin from Romania

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 3.56 by gr0g from New Jersey

Oct 21, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4.67 by Frankgabriel2383 from Dominican Republic

Aug 23, 2017
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
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.
Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by mishi_d from Romania

Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by crob3888 from California

Jun 02, 2017
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.
Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

May 29, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by Houborg1 from Denmark

May 17, 2017
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Reviewed by JustCamIt from Virginia

3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
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.
Apr 30, 2017
König Ludwig Dunkel from König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
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