Gösser Dark Beer | Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)

Gösser Dark BeerGösser Dark Beer
59 Ratings
Gösser Dark BeerGösser Dark Beer

Brewed by:
Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hotstuff on 11-04-2003

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Found an old bottle in the back of my beer fridge, it pours so brown that it looks black with a creamy 2 finger light tan head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of syrup, caramel, raisin, rotten dark fruit, grains and some chocolate malt. Pretty simple with a sugary sweetness almost like brown sugar, then almost some char notes like a porter.

Tastes like it smells but with more prominent char and toasted grains balancing the sweetness that comes from the flavors of syrup, caramel, raisin, rotten dark fruit, grains and some chocolate malt. This is an old bottle, but there still seem to be floral hops or something leafy showing up, adding balance.

Mouthfeel is slick and thin with light carbonation, a medium body and a sweet, fruity aftertaste. I recall this being better when I got the beer at least 2 years ago so I'll give it a thumbs up since this is not a style meant for aging which means it would be better fresh.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DaveMiller
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of threedaggers
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of pipinmalikonj
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Matak3
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Booza
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite a nice treat i stumbled upon in ston, croatia. was dying for a dark beer and this one hit the spot. pours chocolate syrup color and texture. its got a velvety brown look to it with a small but lasting almost pure white head. smells like a huge malt bomb with plenty of amber, dark, and chocolate roasty malts. the flavor matches, as its definitely malt heavy, but its not sweet or sticky as i thought itd be.some caramel notes, but mostly just rich earthy malts. mouthfeel is hit and miss. its smooth as can be, tons of body and not at all filling, which is hard to do and appreciated, but its just a bit think. kind of syrupy in the mouth a little too much. overall though this was one i really enjoyed and would suggest it to anyone needing a dark brew in the land of pale euro piss.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tiny, mainly bubbly off-white coloured head that is short lived and as such a bit disappointing.

Dark, quite rich aroma from this one with some roasted malts and a nutty smell too. There is some caramel and light toffee notes along with some burnt sugar, touches of chocolate and darker fruits too.

Sweet to begin with along with lots of sugar and a touch of lighter coffee. I could detect some caramel, toffee and dark fruits such a figs and raisins.

Smooth with a good amount of carbonation, a medium body and plenty of sweetness. It goes down well, with a dry but not overly dry finish.

Very nice to drink and somewhat surprising considering I found this one in a Croatian supermarket in the height of summer. Even in almost 40 degree heat this one went down well with a solid flavour and great taste.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a fluffy light brown head on top. The smell of the beer was a little on the roasted side with some sweet fresh grains in there too. The taste of the beer had a decent roasted flavor with a little bit of caramel in there and a good bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty light and smooth. Overall this beer wasn't bad in my opinion.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. 2 fingers of tight bubbles. Some good lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Crystal malt, hints of cocoa, brown nut bread, roasted grain.

T - Sweet dark malts, brown sugar, hints of cocoa, sugary toffee-like malt, toasted nuttiness, hints of bittering chocolate swirl around the mouth at the end.

M - Light bodied, okay carbonation.

This doesn't stand out but is average for the style. Good aroma.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ml bottle poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a semi-transparent dark-brown with ruby highlights. 1-finger tan head settles into a light coating and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. If this was across the table, I'd throw my entire savings on this being a glass of Coca-Cola.

S: Not much in the nose other than sweet, fruity malts. Smells like brew day! For that, I approve.

T: Tough to really articulate this. Sweet malts are followed up by chocolate/toffee roasted qualities. Little to no hop presence whatsoever. Very clean, and - while sweet - far from being cloying. I like this.

M: Carbonation is medium-light. Creamy, although the finish is rather thin.

O: At 4.2%, this is a very sessionable dark lager. Recommended to me by the fine folks at RSVP in Portland, ME to match up with tomorrow's Easter ham, I'm happy I came about this. Reminds me of Negroni.

Nice dunkel.

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Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear dark brown, a tan head that settles rather quickly and leaves some lacing.

The smell is sweet, dark dried fruits.

Upfront sweet brown sugar, roasted almost burned tones, dark bread, coffee beans, dry fruits, dates, raisins.

Medium high carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Rather refreshing, and more complex taste than expected!

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Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems there are two listings here for the same exact beer, so I'll go with this listing which seems to rate slightly higher than the other.

Discovered at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis, MN this Austrian tap lager shows a nice Coca Cola brown color with a equally nice fuzzy light brown head and good lacing. The aroma brings a subtle but pleasant grassy caramel malt, clean grain close to a pilsner touch. The flavor brings notable brown sugar malt, brown bread with a light citrus hop touch at the tip of your tongue. Even a bit of dryness on the edges. Tingly carbonation with a medium light body and a somewhat peppery crisp feel. There's a little bayberry brightness to balance the malt sweetness. Plenty drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Typical dunkel color with a nice rush of carbonation after the pour. Not much head though.

Smell - Light mix of roasted malts and some brighter aromas that are maybe dark fruit.

Taste - Light roasted malt character throughout with a sweet background. No sourness which is excellent.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, maybe a touch too much so. COnsistency is appropriately light and consistent with the style.

Drinkability - This is pretty decent overall. It doesn't have the bad elements which bad examples of this style have like sourness in the taste or stinging aroma. Its solid.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than expected. Purchased from Koppa's on Milwaukee's East Side. Looks like a brownish red mix.

Taste, mellow, but not thin. Its there, its not demanding, a better mouthfeel than say Newcastle, which isn't an exact, but close comparison. This is definitely a more enjoyable example of this style than I am used to.

Drinkable, not knocking your socks off alcohol, price or complexity, it gets points for that.

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Photo of BILF
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark brown with hues of deep ruby red. Nice creamy beige head.

S - Coffee, malt, golden syrup (sugar cane syrup).

T - Very pronounced flavours. Robust sweet malty taste with a balance of chocolate, roast coffee and wood. Some alcohol taste present. Some sort of creamy taste I can't identify.

M - Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Some creaminess.

D - Enjoyable, easy drinking and honest for its style.

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Gösser Dark Beer from Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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