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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of paulaner
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is a dark black just like a coca-cola. The smell is a great dark beer smell but not very noticeable unless you are really searching for it. This beer is a very addictive one you drink it get the bitterness the wetness then it dries out and you just want more and keep drinking it I always have to put just one or two in the fridge at a time or else it all disappears. The only downfall is it is only available in my region ounce a year on tap and is like searching for a needle in the haystack to find it bottled. The mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth with the bitterness leaving you addicted to it. For the german dunkel beers I have found few as strong of flavor as this.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, coffee, honey. Full and very nicely balanced, not on the sweet side, like Tucher Dunkel. There may be better Dunkels out there, like Weltenburger's, but this one is very good, right beside Budwar's.

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Photo of herrburgess
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ischer
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer has a surprising white head for a Dunkles and a red-brown cola-like color with bordeaux-red reflections.
The mouthfeel is exact the right balance between creamy and sparkling.
The smell isn't too obvious, but if you search for it you recognize the smell of chocolate and a very hidden banana-like flavour.
The taste is of solid malt with a medium note of caramel and a slight note of eucalyptus.
Once poured it takes relatively long to get moldy. ( but it is a steady, almost linear progress - so drinking it fresh is always the best option)
It is absolutely drinkable in relative masses, but it has the slight over-average noticeable aftermath which is typical for Dunkel.

All in all, I like it very much - it's my standard afterwork-beer after all!

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Photo of np_wizard
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwildusaf
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of zaraspook
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this one. Very smooth dunkel.

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Photo of esad919
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of clarknova
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Theicon44
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

KLD (Konig Ludwig Dunkel is just too much to type...) is typical of dark wheat beer, but certainly better than most in all respects. It's taste hints of caramel, molasses and honey but neither flavor is overpowering, nor do they detract from KLD's surprisingly easy drinkability. I first tried it in the tourist town of Rudisheim on the Rhine river. I was immediately impressed with the beer's taste - far and away the best dunkelweiss I have ever had - but was later even more impressed at how un-filling and light KLD was for a typically heavy style of beer. I'm sure the calorie count doesn't reflect this, however, even if they do go down like a domestic light.

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Photo of Grayson
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Novice tongue weighing in.

A: Pours dark brown, with light, sticky, caramel head. No sediment or residue. Looks very appealing.

S: Malty, fruity, a hint of citrus. Hard to distinguish.

T: Tastes sweet, I picked up a bit of banana in the aftertaste.

MF: Very full, rich taste. Lingers on the tongue. Starts a bit like caramel and finishes slightly bitter.

Overall: My first Dunkel and I like it quite a bit!

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The waitress brought over the dunkel in a nice Kaltenberg glass. Nice thick head adorned the dark copper liquid. The head slowly drifted away to the sides of the glass. Great malt aroma. The taste was wonderful, matching what I have expected in a well made dunkel. No adverse bitterness and a smooth malt aftertaste that lingered softly on the tongue. The alcohol level was perfect. One of the better dunkels I have experienced on tap.

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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a deep dark burgundy red... Creamy tan head poured quite thick then faded fairly quickly to very thin layer... A fair amount of carbonation drifts to the surface... no real lacing...

Aroma - Roasted biscuity malts, toffee / brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits (plums, blackcurrents, some figs), faint smokiness, nutty, peppery hops, some bready / malt loaf notes...

Taste - Nice toasted bready notes, biscuity maltiness, quite tart dark fruits (definite plums and blackcurrents, some apples and strawberries), definite nutty sweetness, molasses / treacle notes, spicy / peppery hops just coming through the maltiness...

Feel - Quite smooth then some sharpness comes through... medium bodied... very drinkable - could have a few of these in one sitting...

Overall - An excellent example of a Dunkel and supremely quaffable... recommended...

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark sludgy honey, nice head that lingers, decent lacing
S: Rich banana and bubblegum smell, sweet, malts are caramel and light, bready and fresh
T: Very nice flavor, i get a peach malty sweet flavor mixed with the banana, much different than other Dunkelweizen's I've had but very nice. Not as malty as others. Flavor is very pleasant
F: Normal solid feel, finishes a little heavier but nice
O: A very enjoyable Dunkelweizen that is worth a try.

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Photo of magpieken
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5 l bottle. 05.08.15. Deep amber / mahogany colour with a creamy light tan head, which lasted well and left some very nice lacing. Sweet, malty aroma with vanilla, sweet chocolate, a touch of roastiness and some caramel. Light / medium sweetness and only a hint of bitterness. Light to medium body; slightly thin but smooth texture and average carbonation. A quietly confident beer. I could happily spend an evening on this one. 8.

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