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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) DunkelNeumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel
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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

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64
Ratings:
136
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
22.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 136
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Ruddy orange-brown color; the thin layer of sediment is left behind in the bottle to make sure it pours out perfectly clear. Decent head retention with ample stickage on the glass. Smells of sweet brown bread, light caramel and an ever-so-faint fig note. Slick medium body with a sufficient level of crispness to keep the beer lively. Clean and pleasant toasted bread character from start to finish really has a firm grip on the taste buds. Hops come in a little prickly as the bitterness slowly moves over the palate; quick herbal flavor leads to more of a mellow spicy note. Dry finish with a flash of toasted biscuit flavors and slight lemony hop.

For a beer style that has less wiggle room than others, this one is not only a benchmark beer for the style, but a stellar example as well. So clean and flavorful, each sip makes you want another.

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Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Todd
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5l brown bottle that was flown in fresh from Bavaria for the German Beer Fest! Bio/organic beer.

Pours a rich, dark brown colored beer with copper hues and a two-finger thick beige head that retains very well. Very pleasing malty nose that suggests sweet malts, with toasty breads, chicory, biscuits and honey. Mouthfeel is smooth, even, with a well-rounded consistency. Medium-bodied. Creamy carbonation, with a slight tonic-like crispness on the back-end. More toasty characters, with brown breads, hints of caramel and chocolate, fermented out honey, and some dextrin. Granola-like. Very light semi-citric smacking of hops and herbal note beneath. Fairly wet in the finish with plenty of toasty malts in the linger, eventually getting a bit dry with some biscuity/grain and hay-like tannins.

Neumarkter Lammsbräu is aiming to come into the US market in 2008. I really hope they export this beer as not only is this a great Dunkel, but it's a fantastic organic beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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 ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Brown in color with orange hues. Rocky off-white head retains very well. Foamy clumps of lacing adhere to the glass.

S: Grainy and husky. Bready, toffee, crust. Hint of brown cocoa powder. Caramel. Grassy hops. Subtle grape leaf. Clean.

T: Toast, caramel, cola, brown cocoa powder, brown bread. Husky grain. Hay. Grassy hops. Sweet. Clean. Whisper of alcohol. Caramel, cocoa, and husk on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy on the palate. Some syrupy residual sugars. Low carbonation amplifies the syrupy feel. Husky grain brings a mild astringency.

O: Just as in the pilsner, the husky grain gets to me. It would be a more enjoyable beer if not for that. Could use a little more carbonation too.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with a foamy beige head. No lacing, good clarity. Nice color.

Sweet caramel notes, with sweet bready elements and maybe even a honey-like aroma.

Smooth brew. Brown bread, light toasty malt, caramel, honeyed roasted grain, then drying carbonation, very very light bitterness going to clean flavors. Maybe I really wanted a beer today -- I dunno -- but this is just friggin great.

Surprising carbonation in this one. You don't see bubbles in the glass, but it cuts the sweetness perfectly. I wanted a bit more body in this, a little light here. Not watery at all -- just light.

Drinkability? Oh hell yes. This was a 4 pack, and I bought a single. I would have killed all 4 had I made the jump. Good stuff.

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Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz odd-shaped green bottle. Organic beer.

Pours into my dimpled mug a nice cloudy w/apple juice with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves spots of lacing.

This one smells uttelry Americanized. It has htick hops, a wallop of caramel and a sort of toned-down black ipa scent overall, truly bizzare for the style. There is also a lot of cocoa.

The taste is good, not too sweet, flavor on par with the style with a good hop kick. It isn't bitter hops rather a mouthful of hop flavor.

A good easy drinker for a hot summer day.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From an odd shaped 11.2oz bottle, long skinny neck.

Pours an amber color with a large off-white head, fades fast at first but slows down and leaves a long lasting cap, some patchy lacing.

Smell is primarily malt with a light caramel presence.

Taste is crisp yet has a very soft carbonation to it (plenty of it, just very soft), all caramel malt and slightly earthy, sadly it has a very thin mouthfeel that borders of water-like that ruins it.

Got it for my birthday from my parents, surprisingly they got a few things I've never tried and this is one of them.

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Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stunning in-house dark malt steals the show. Robust sour breast malt, dark wheat, slightly sweet. Amazing fresh and clean feel. Very classic Dunkle all around. Easy to drink and very refreshing even as a dark malt. Light and soft feel makes the 4.8% and easy.
Review taken from notes on 6/10/2015.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Cloudy, rusty raw umber liquid is topped by a thin yet dense, persistent beige head. Delicate pasty lacing. Excellent retention.

Rich malty aromatics suggestive of wheat toast, pecans/walnuts, and a gentle anise-like sweetness.

Distinctive tart/sweet intensely malty lager flavors. Nutty with a very low biterness throughout. Bready finish with lots of wheat.

Medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, and refreshing.

Clean (as one would expect from a brewery priding itself on purity and organic products), well crafted example of the style. Delicious yet light.

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Photo of Spikester
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark brown with two fingers of off white head.
Smell is brown bread, plums, and some molasses.
Taste is similar to the smell but less so.
Mouthfeel is low carbonation very soft on the tongue. Finish is slightly sweet. Light body.
Overall a tasty sipper without much zing. I think it might be old. The code on the back label is: 11:14..C13.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.15/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

33cl, green long-neck, best before 6/8/11.

Pours a clear, brilliant medium amber. Meringue-like beige head retains wonderfully at two fingers, with textbook lacing.

The aroma is a little off. Too metallic, possibly oxidized.

The flavor also has a metallic character that accumulates on the palate: borderline undrinkable. There is a bit of toasted bread and nuttiness, but overall this is a watery and metallic Dunkel. Touch of bitterness and a drying finish. The mouthfeel has fine, medium carbonation.

Drain pour. First bad beer I've had from this brewery.

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

(Bottle, trade with joss in Germany). Organic! Reddish brown colour, very good head. Roasted malts, toast, caramel, oak and pine wood in the aroma, some smokiness. Flavour is all malts + a slight smokiness, nice bitterness, well balanced. This is a very good dunkel!

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.52/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is usually one of my favourite styles. That said, I have had quite a few Munich Dunkel Lagers in my lifetime. This one does not resemble any of them. The colour is a bit lighter than it should be, IMO. The head was about a half inch tall and vanished into nothing in less time than it took to type this sentence. Smell was malty and marginally close to what other Munich Darks smell like, but really wasn't very impressive. Taste was average at *best*, but again, there are many examples of this style that much better represent the Munich Dark. I'm just not feeling the Lammsbrau version of one of my all time favourite styles. Mouthfeel is noticeably too thin, and of course, given all these negatives, this is simply not very drinkable to me. Not an awful beer, but in the way of Munich Darks, there are many offerings out there much, much better IMO.

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Photo of Strix
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown, head dissipates quickly.

Smells bready and malty, a bit sweet.

Taste is bready, with molasses, raisins and earthy flavors, very malty and very sweet.

Mouthfeel was a bit flat for me, which sort of detracted.

This one wasn't really my thing. Got too sweet on me after awhile. I guess some people love it, but for me it was nothing special. Tastes were just sort of off and mouthfeel was flat.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - chestnut brown colored body with khaki head

Smell - caramel, toasted nuts, tea

Taste - toasted nuts, caramel, tea

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lighter amount of carbonation, slight caramel/toasted flavor upfront, flavors do not linger for a very long time

Overall - I feel like the flavors of this one are a bit muted and the mouthfeel a bit lacking compared to other versions of the style. Still, overall, a decent beverage that's worth investigating if you are a fan of the style.

Price Point - $1.99/11.2 oz single

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Photo of dedrinker
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/ nut brown appearance with a cream colored head. Delicious aroma of toffee, nuts, and lightly toasted pumpernickel. The flavor is a very dry, nutty toffee-like affair with a marked smoothness. The hops serve to balance the malts and go a little step further to dry it out on the finish, making this beer very drinkable. You get deep rich malt flavor in a medium bodied package that does not cloy. In an era of beers that cater to palettes that were raised on soft drinks, this dunkel is a glorious reminder of the heyday of Germany's beer reputation.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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 tekstr1der
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark copper with thin off-white head. Aroma is so much malt and nuttiness - lovely. Flavor is slightly thin, but does resemble the aroma, just lighter. If this was more full-bodied it would be much better. Still very tasty.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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 lstokes
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is dark chestnut with lots of bubbles and impressive head retention. The smell is a little cloyingly sweet, but the taste is a nice balance of burnt malts, a note hay-like hops, some sweet grape and honey like taste, all backed up by a nice roasty background. It's a very dry finish and a solid body.

Neumarkter Lammsbräu continues to restore my faith in German beer. I will be drinking again.

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Photo of Thads324
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with tons of light tan head. Sticky lacing everywhere. Head doesn't dissipate much at all.
Aroma is a bit skunky. Dark fruits, freshly baked bread. Overall sweet, but not much else.
Starts a bit watery, then has a very nice easy going flavor. Lots of sweet dried cherry flavor blended with bread. Little hop bitterness briefly breaks up the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Very easy to drink.

Overall a pretty good brew, but I think it wasn't as fresh as I'd liked it to be, hence the skunk smell. Great flavor and drinkability though.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Photo of DoktorZee
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before or brewing date.

A - Red brown brew showing some light carbonation in the glass. A light head that doesn't stay around long, nor does it leave any lacing.

S - Moderate nose on it - some caramel and apple, as well as a hint of copper/iron.

T - Quite light with a nice toasted malt and caramel aftertaste (doesn't last too long).

M - Very light with some moderate carbonation - less of an impact than I would expect.

D - Decent drinkability, though the perceived lightness seems to take away from its thirst-quenching power.

Overall a decent beer - somewhat of a novelty being a certified organic German dunkel. I think I want to try this again (would love to try it on tap).

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