Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel | Neumarkter Lammsbräu

Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) DunkelNeumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel
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3.83/5
144 Ratings
Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) DunkelNeumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Neumarkter Lammsbräu
Germany
lammsbraeu.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sigmund on 02-25-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,792
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
144
pDev:
15.14%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 67
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of KriekKrazzed
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've only had 2 Dunkels before this little bottle came my way.
The first was an amazing black walnut dunkel, then a more commercial offering of a Dunkel that was awful. This one was much like the first. Nutty, a little weak coffee like but a nice over all balancing act of hops and maltiness.
Nice Lager taste under a dark flavor like that?,..... , I'm going back for another!

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Photo of Gamemako
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sitting here drinking it right now. ,5L bottle into a mug. Pours a dark amber colour. It has a fairly large and frothy tan head, drops a bit but the remainder has the staying power of a house. By far the lightest of the darks I've had. Draws unusual webs as it goes down the mug, but that could just be the mug's fault.

I absolutely adore the nose of this one. It's aromatherapy. Wonderful toasted malts and nuts with sweet notes of caramel and bread. It's delicious. It's enticing. It's everything I could ask for from the aroma of a beer. Toasty and tasty.

Not quite perfect, but pretty damn close. Start with the nose. It has a malty, bready taste. On top, add sweet nut and wood syrup (not like maple syrup, but not like caramel, either -- not something I'm too great at explaining). Some roasted-coffee-like flavours. The sweetness gives way to a bit of roasted, smoked hops flavour (I wonder what that recipe would actually taste like, though -- probably not nearly as tasty as this beer). Almost no bitterness on the finish. Extremely well-balanced. Never beats you to death with anything and certainly doesn't hurt in terms of bitterness.

It feels smooth and substantial in the mouth. It actually appears significantly more carbonated than it feels. Slight tingle and otherwise creamy. Definitely no slouch here. Finish is somewhat dry. I thought about drinkability briefly before I noticed where my beer was. It begs you to drink more. You look at the lacing, the sudsy foam and the distinct dark amber colour and you just want more. I could (but won't) get plastered off this one without even noticing it. It's good stuff, every last bit of it. Not bitter by any means. You just want more as you go. Bottoms up, boys!

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent dunkel, light, highly drinkable, but tasty and engaging.

Red brown, dark but not black, it has a fairly big tan head, slowly shrinking to a thin top and leaving a little bit of lace.

The aroma is very nice and full, wheat bread, bread crust, hay, hint of dry leaves, pine, and chocolate.

The taste is earthy grain, leaves, hitns of coffee chocolate, and licorice. It's dryish, zesty, lightly sweet up front then becoming lightly bitter and drier by the finish. Nice, clean, crisp, light, and smooth, it has lasting flavour, subtle complexity, and is engaging and easy to drink.

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Photo of Caesar024
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received as a gift from my boss in a mixed six-pack of various beers (he knows I'm a sucker for pretty well anything German). Label reads as "Lammsbräu Organic Dunkel - Premium Bavarian Dark Lager." After a brief investigation, all Neumarkter beers are organic and are now marketed as such in the USA.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard US pint glass. Pours a light brown with a huge eggshell white head that dissipated quickly leaving no perceptible lacing.

Smell is bready with an underlying sweetness, notes of toffee.

Flavor is similar to nose with a slight toastiness balanced by the malt's sweetness and a slight hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with standard carbonation to be expected from a lager of this style. Remaining sweetness/bitterness on the palate demands that one continues drinking this lager.

Truly exceptional. I wonder what a keg of this costs and if my customer base at work would be willing to pay for it by the pint?

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Photo of fdrich29
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to pour this beer at the Beer Advocate German Beer Fest's speaker panel. This was just one of many beers that made the wait for the Bro's to feature German beer at one of their fests so very worth it. I was even luckier to be able to bring one of the extra bottles home after the fest.

I've been a lover of all things malt for the last few years and this beer was one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Deep ruby color, rich malty smell and a fantastic malty/bready taste. Very easy to drink. If you have the chance to get a hold of this beer don't make sure you take advantage of it, you'll be glad you did.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Brew festival by same gents at the Schwelmer and Germania table. Menzel is the Master Brewer for all of them if I recollect correctly, and this was over 20 samples in mind you folks. Guy said nickname is "oaktree" or Eichbank for the brewer/beer not entirel sure but wrote it down nonetheless.

Appearance of opaque red and brown with respectable fading 1 finger head but consistent lacing.

Smell is sweet with impressive mature dashes of hops in the background.

Taste was a back and forth between the caramel and the earth hops, perhaps roasted a dash.

Mouthfeel was medium but not thick by any stretch.
Drinkability is a no brainer, this makes Munich proud and I'm glad to know about Menzel and his talents!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown color with a nice two finger tan head that falls slowly with nice decent lace.

Aroma is nice light toasted malts, light cooked caramel and some light toffee. Light fruit notes with some earthy hops. Smells wonderful.

Taste is malty toasted bread caramel notes smooth and clean very favorable. Finish is more malt light fruitiness nice herbal/earthy hops that add some bitterness. Wonderful that a light abv brew can have so much flavor.

Mouthfeel is light perfect carbonation light pep but smooth at the same time.

Overall it is excellent very well done very session-able, would be wonderful to have a keg of this for everyday drinking. ant to thank merlin48 for this one, he said it was good and he wasn't lying.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a cola like color. About a 1 inch head that had a nice creamy look. Left almost no tracing.

S - Nice subtle chocolate smell immediately hits the nose. Some very sweet aromas. Perhaps a bit of toffee.

T - Well for me this tastes like a nice square little caramel at first that you get when your a kid. Impressive. Not too sweet but the taste is there. I got some nice chocolate flavor as well.

M - Nice and easy on the palate. Creamy feel with no aftertaste. Very clean.

D - Very drinkable. This is an excellent beer well worth your time.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This organic dark lager from Neumarkt, Germany is a brilliant example of the dunkel style. It pours a crystal-clear dark chestnut body at around 22 SRM, and offers up a frothy head of tan foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves large spots of lace about the glass.

The aroma suggests toasty, almost roasted malts. It's sweetish, bready, and a bit caramelish. Floral and softly grassy hops round out the nose.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a starting gravity of 12.5 P, and just delicately tingly on the tongue with a very-fine bubbled moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and subtly creamy.

The dark malts give a quick hint of sweetness up front, caramelish and doughy, before it dries across the middle as the bitterness rises. It then becomes toasty, and it even has a suggestion of roasty smokiness. Floral, grassy, herbal, and even a bit spicy, the hop flavors appear just before the swallow and then fade in a short lived finish that leaves only a thin coating of bittered malt sticking to the tongue and teeth. Remarkably well-balanced and rounded.

Complex enough to keep it interesting beyond one serving, it's also quite easy to drink as it's not overdone with flavor, and its smooth carbonation and body don't fill you up. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label dons the "Bio" symbol which means it is organic under German law. The sample size is a .5L bottle that is poured into a plain beer mug. Sudsy tan head drops quick but the retention of the lacing is just fine, reddish brown hue flaunts a perfect clarity. Bready maltiness to start, mild grape skin, kiss of caramel and toasted malt in the aroma which come pleasant to the nose. The smoothness of this beer is out of this world, the medium body and moderate carbonation level make you want to take a sip quicker and quicker. Heavy handed with bready tones, toasted and mildly grainy with a faint hay-like flavor. Ample sweetness is balanced by a reserved hop bitterness. Faint grape skin flavor from the malt middle to end, solid dry maltiness in the finish. At 4.8% the alcohol stays in place, the palate is clean from start to finish with only a ghost faintness of cooked veggies (DMS).

I wish every German import would taste this fresh or at least close to it, a superb Dunkel that is extremely drinkable and packed with flavor. A beer Neumarkter Lammsbräu Dunkel is a real reason to visit Germany, not just the yearly fest in Munich.

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Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml green bottle. Pours a clear chestnut body with a two finger almond hued head. Nice retention with plenty of patchy lacing.

Very aromatic. Toffee, toasted caramel, fresh brown bread, spicy hops, and freshly spaded forest earth.

Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with crisp carbonation and a pleasant earthy mineral note.

Taste has a toffee and toasted caramel maltiness with a brown bread note. Spicy and earthy hop bitterness has a hint of florals and balances nicely. Earthy yet exceedingly clean.

Exceptional drinkability. Light enough in abv and body to session while offering excellent taste. Clean and well balanced. I can't imagine how you coud improve on a Dunkel.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a thick, shaving cream like head that sits on top for a very long time. 2.5 inch head settles half way in about 3 minutes, a light tan tint to the head and very rich consistent lacing down the glass during the slow settle. The color is that of a very strong southern iced tea. Very tannic in color with red hues when held to the light.

The nose is very rich as well with bready yeast being the dominant note along with vanilla and caramel, more specifically like caramelized sugar. The hops are very subtle and hardly notable to the nose.

The first impression of this beer is very classic and clean German artisan brewing. The beer is dry with great malt flavors and very subtle hops. This is not a beer for hop heads since you will not like it. However, if you are a fan of European brews and traditional German beers then this is a fantastic example of that tradition. I really like this one. I can feel the warmth of the alcohol in my stomach implying the higher ABV but it is completely masked by the flavors. This could be a dangerous beer because it is so good and drinkable you could become extremely hammered rather quickly. The mouth feel is light and smooth with lively carbonation that falls away to a slight bitter hopping that is superbly well balanced.

The flavors are rich. I let it warm a bit to really let the flavors come out. Initially sweet malt with very subtle Smokey undertones, hints of black pepper, bread, caramel, bitter herbs, and fresh mountain spring water are all there in a wonderfully balanced beer.

Overall this is an extremely good beer and I really would love to drink some more at any time.

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Photo of Italiano86
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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