König Ludwig Dunkel
König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg

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König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #70
Ranked #23,121
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Oct 16, 2021
Dec 15, 2002
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

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
3.68 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 09, 2021
3.94 by rashjay from Michigan on Jan 02, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by janubio from Spain

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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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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
4 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2020
3.87 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Nov 17, 2019
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2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by mothman from Minnesota

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
3.75 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Sep 26, 2019
3.76 by rale from France on Aug 17, 2019
3.6 by alexsergio from New York on Jul 22, 2019
3.5 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 02, 2019
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2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by KooVee from Finland

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
4.5 by Jayamefu from Netherlands on Oct 16, 2018
3.85 by Baviera from Belarus on Aug 03, 2018
3.59 by shivtim from Georgia on Jul 11, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on May 25, 2018
4 by IRONRakkasan from California on May 24, 2018
3.63 by qrazvan from Romania on May 02, 2018
4.45 by mrp2323 from Pennsylvania on Mar 02, 2018
4.5 by OompaMentor from Georgia on Jan 05, 2018
3.94 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Dec 12, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by josanguapo from Spain

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
3.69 by tux_alin from Romania on Oct 28, 2017
3.56 by gr0g from New Jersey on Oct 21, 2017
3.53 by prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma on Oct 13, 2017
4.67 by Frankgabriel2383 from Dominican Republic on Aug 23, 2017
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3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by aleigator from Germany

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
3.75 by mishi_d from Romania on Jun 09, 2017
4 by crob3888 from California on Jun 02, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

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
3.69 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on May 29, 2017
3.66 by Houborg1 from Denmark on May 17, 2017
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3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by JustCamIt from Virginia

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
3.9 by Zach136 from Georgia on Apr 21, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by dwildusaf from Georgia

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

Jan 29, 2017
3 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jan 28, 2017
4.05 by crissxhou_96 from Italy on Nov 23, 2016
König Ludwig Dunkel from König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
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