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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) DunkelNeumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel
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Brewed by:
Neumarkter Lammsbräu
Germany | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sigmund on 02-25-2006

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64
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136
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
22.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 136
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 brentk56
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a very modest head that fritters away without leaving any residue

Smell: Brown bread and malted milk

Taste: Brown bread with malted milk, up front, with a slightly fruity flavor developing by mid-palate; malted milk finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Far too malty without any hop balance; under-attenuated

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/10/2009- from notes.

Green 11.2oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Kind of a murky deep copper color with a tightly bubbled, off white, two finger head that quickly settled to a thin cap for the remainder. Ok lacing.

S- I expected more, sweet dark bread was about all I got.

T- Dark bread again, an almost caramelish sweetness for a bit, dark fruit hints, and a little hoppy at the end.

M- Medium bodied, smooth. The carbination wasnt very evident.

D- Pretty easy to drink and I think a decent example of the style but I probably wont pick it up again.

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Photo of endovelico
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,33 L. Served cold. Poured into Cut glass stein. Reviewed on 19-9-2009 under normal natural light. Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours muddy/semi hazy Mahogany/Amber-ish colored brew with unperceived effervescent and a sizeable tan head. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Aroma: Condition OK. Intense aroma of sweet chocolate with some molasses and vanilla on the back. Has some faint herbal quality to it aswell that fades as the beer warms giving in to the chocolate aroma.

Taste: Subtle/mild intensity. Condition OK. Sweet chocolate on the front, slight vanilla and caramel with some roastiness on the back.

Palate: Low bitterness. Coating with medium low body. Finishes sweet and 'heavy'. Medium low carbonation.

Drinkability: PQR ratio is very decent, but i cant help but think this should be a lighter drink. The chocolate and sweetness makes it cloying and the low carbonation doesn't help aswell. Could use more roastiness and other types of dark flavors to balance the chocolate taste, give it more depth and make it less heavy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.49/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark mahogany-hued body with a bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Mild nose woefully reduced to no more than a few weak notes of dark bready, nutty malts and little else.

Taste: Maltiness displays some mild dark breadiness and nutty tones with just a touch of sweetness. Ultra light herbal hop character with almost no bitterness to be found. Drying finish. Pretty lacking overall, I must say. It's quite an impressive feat to make St. Pauli Girl Dark seem bold!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Skip it. For me, this one just comes across as entirely too thin in all of its attributes. Next time I'm in the mood for a Dunkel, I'll do myself a favor and have an Ayinger Altbairisch, thanks.

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Photo of Caesar024
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that is nearly clear. Nose is thick and sweet cloying malts. Flavor is malty sweet as well. Cloying, yes. Smooth, fairly. Some fruit tones, but mostly what I notice is an odd burn on the flavor profile. Seems almost alcoholic, but isn't really. Feel is smooth on liquid and lower on carbonation. This is okay I suppose. Too cloying though, and I wouldn't go for it again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with a fat bottom and a pencil-thin neck, on to the beer:

Autumn muddy orange in color, the head is bubbly with only decent head retention, dissipates into nothing in a few minutes. A hint of cardboard in the nose, but that soon takes a back seat to the overwhelming raisin aroma. The taste...dark bread makes its appearance on the palate with a pinch of sweetness. Just when you think something is about to build, it dries up. There's a hint of yams, but for the most part this is a dry bodied beer that doesn't soak your palate with flavor. Also there is a touch of dark fudge and tea-like hops found amid this medium-carbonated, light/medium bodied beer.

This is a very dry version of a dunkel lager. I prefer my beers to drench my tongue in flavor, but I can adjust to some extent to dry, balanced, non-offensive, low-flavored beer.

As for being "...dedicated to environmental responibility, sustainable agriculutre..." why the hell would you go organic? You need significently more land to produce the same yields. At least it's produced for "your enjoyment", and that's what matters the most for the consumer.

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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 Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Strong smell of malt, caramel, bread.

T: Very malty, dark bread, molasses. Hops are a minor note, but a good balance with the malt. Straight up dark lager here, full flavoured.

M: Mild carbonation, smooth, creamy, fully lagered.

D: A very nice dunkel beer, the Bros recommended it in their last issue, and I concur, very well done.

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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 Psilo707
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very tank, with a quickly dissipating *very* thin head. No lacing present whatsoever. Closer inspection reveals a ruby red color when held up the light.

S: Pretty deep scent. Very piney and solid.

T: Good taste, although not as deep as I was expecting at first. Sits on the taste buds very quickly before vanishing.

M: Fairly good. Thin feeling but solid.

D: Can drink this very quickly or at any pace desired without any noticeable negatives.

Overall: Decent beer! Not what I expected at first but then again that's usually the case with dunkel's for me. Buy it.

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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 Gamemako
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
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 AlexLMS
2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: bright with deep amber colour. The head is light tan, moderate in size and frothy. It may not be long lasting and presents almost no lacing.
Aroma: slightly roasted sweet malt aroma.
Taste: sweet and slightly toasted malts, some herbal hops and a not very nice cooked vegetal flavour.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average level of carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: I really did not appreciated this one and could not see why the fuss about this dunkel. Perhaps it was a bad batch as the bottle was very near its expiration date.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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 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 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 plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt with a touch of caramel sweetness and toasted grain.

The taste was complex with elements of burnt grain, caramel sweetness and hop earthiness. Good doughy finish. Very clean.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a very tasty dunkel. Welcome to the United States.

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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 fdrich29
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the privilege of tasting this several times in 2 oz samples at the German Beer Fest last weekend. Reddish brown in color with an off white head. Some caramel and roasted oats. What really comes through is the grains. I can smell the mash in the nose and taste it as well. For any of you who homebrew, the smell that comes from your mash tun I can smell and taste in this beer. No doubt this beer is a decoction mashed.
This is a remarkable brew! I can't say that I've had anything quite like this before.

I got the impression that they may be trying to export this soon. I hope they do, because I'd love to taste this again.

Update 8/25/09
I had the opportunity to try this one again as I found it in a local store. I know the ones that I got to try at the German Beer Fest were super fresh, and I believe the ones that I found in the store were not.
Pours a dark brown with beautiful reddish hues and a bubbly off white head dissipates quickly. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, plums come to mind. Slight grain in the nose. Taste is sweet, caramel and dark fruits, slight bready grain, lingering burnt sugar in the finish, no hops at all. Creamy smooth mouth, medium level of carbonation, thick body. Not a bad beer, but I'm just not blown away like I was before.

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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 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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