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Gösser Dark Beer | Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)

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Gösser Dark BeerGösser Dark Beer

Brewed by:
Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)
Austria | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hotstuff on 11-04-2003

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 59
Photo of CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 +2.4%
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 +0.5%
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 StaveHooks
3.17/5  rDev -15%
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 +2.7%
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%
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 +1.3%
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 -5.4%
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 -14.7%
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 +5.9%
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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Photo of Josievan
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick-looking, with a nice frothy head.

Smell: Toasty malts. Subtle and pleasing.

Taste: Abolutely delicious! Slight sweetness balances the beer nicely.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy!

Drinkability: Would make an excellent session beer. Disappointed I only have one 12 oz. bottle.

Wow, I'm suprised how much I love this beer! Hands down the best bottle of a mix-and-match six pack I shared with a friend. The taste lingered on to the next few beers, which was fine by me! It was hard to believe this was a lager, it was so rich and complex. But maybe thats because I haven't had many Munich Dunkel Lagers. I'll definitely try to find more good examples of the style, especially this one.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass.

Deep brown, with a little bit of light coming through at the bottom.

Light roasty aroma paired with a bit of brown sugar. There is also a creamy caramel overtone.

Immediately a smokey quality can be picked up in the flavor, with an almost spicy characteristic. Some almost-burnt malts are in the background. Full bodied.

A rather good Dunkel Lager. Recommended.

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Photo of olmatty
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a frothy off white two finger head with moderate lacing and retention, beer is clear dark brown.

Smell- Leathery, earthy malts

Taste- Roasted malts and toasted caramels sweetness, somewhat resionus, hops are mild and unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel- Moderate and smoothly carbonated. Middling to heavy body.

Drinkability- Surprisingly heavy flavor and feel for low ABV. Looking to knock down a few full flavored German style dunkels. This beer could do it.

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Photo of TeamSeabass
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with reddish tint & has a light brown head.

Smells of malt and a little dried fruit.

Taste is light malts but on the sweet side with some subtle dried fruits coming thru. Pretty mild malty aftertaste. Its good.

Light in body, decent carbonation.

Good session beer.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark reddish-brown, with a decent light tan head with fair retention. Carbonation seems to be on the lively side.

S: Sweet, some hints of fruit and roasted malts. Hints of alcohol. The fruit is somewhat raisin-esque.

T: Sweetish caramel, raisins, perhaps some plum as well. Brown sugar and toffee flavors are present as well. Some faintly tealike notes are available as the beer finishes. Not too much in the hop department, just the faintest puckering dryness at the finish.

M: Medium body, smooth and definitely dry. For some reason not the most inviting mouthfeel, but certainly still decent.

D: It looks pretty nice, smells pretty good, and it's pretty tasty. Nothing wrong with this one. I'd have another.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expectations going in were quite low actually. I expected a dark colored lager with some bad funky flavors due to the green bottle. What I got was a nice rich roasty brew, almost a porter in taste with a good medium mouthfeel.

Dark aroma of steaped tea leaves, and a slight roasty coffee cocoa.

Taste is similar, with a good little twang of noble hops and ample carbonation amid the molassas and roasty flavors. No skunking to speak of.

Hanging around 4.2% makes this a killer session beer. My pint was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Corridor off the "make your own" aisle. Had tried the lager, but not the dunkel. Decent color (like a coke) in the glass, a bit of roasted malt in the nose, nice bubbles though not much of a head. In fact it looked like a coke in the glass. But the flavor was really quite good; dark roasted malt and not much else. Definite euro dunkel taste, but I liked it a lot. Well worth trying.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at the Glockespiel Restaurant in St.Paul. Poured a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a perfect inch of off-white foam. Aroma is faint but I detect bready malts and flowery noble hops. Taste is way more exciting with loads of bready malt again along with flavors of vanilla, molasses, and a hint of smoke. Hop bitterness is restrained but enough to balance the sweetness perfectly. Hop flavors of perfumey flowers mingle nicely with the malty goodness. This is a relatively smooth beer that finishes with a touch of sweetness and is actually thirst-quenching for a darker beer. Gotta love lagers for their smoothness and this one delivers with loads of good flavor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful dark ruby-amber with a thin, ivory capping that soon settled to a sparse layering leaving a faint lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: The nose was sweet and fruity with cherries, plums, caramel and boozy alcohol.

T: sweet caramel with a touch of boozy alcohol (burbon) with raisins and plums. There was some brown sugar, bread, and fresh pears notes as well toffee and honey malt adding to the sweet character of the drink providing a nice flavor and finish.

M: light-medium, very smooth with alcohol and fruit on the fade.

D: A great drinking dunkel by style and definitely worthy of a try. Enjoyable, complex and perfectly fit to style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brea's Yardhouse, on to the beer:

The beer arrived as a dark amber creation with a short creamy head on top with good retention to it. The aroma brings out dark fruits and dark chocoate shavings. There's some note of ice cream cone there too. Sweet describes the beer's taste, but not too cloying. This one is full of dark fruit and dark chocolate, the latter which lingers pleasantly on the palate. Some hints of raisin take note as well.

Who knew? It sure surprised me.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A big three finger dark tan head rises over a rootbeer colored brew that lets quite a bit of light through, and looks slightly amber in the light. The head gets pillowy and fluffy on it's way down to a thick finger. There is practically no lace on the glass, but the head looks nice and soft.

S - Light milk chocolate and rootbeer notes are the two dominate forces here. This really isn't very powerful, and the aromas are delicate and soft, but pleasant.

T - Lots of soft chocolate marshmallow flavors along with rootbeer and some brittle toffee too. Again, these flavors are very soft and understated, but they are very tasty.

M - Light bodied with very little carbonation and an EXTREMELY dry and ashy finish.

D - Not a bad beer by any means, but it definitely won't rock our socks off or anything. I like the dry finish and delicate rootbeer notes, but this isn't really anything to get excited about. Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark is very similar and much cheaper.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours out a deep amber with a lot of nice red highlights,it retains its alamond head rather nicely leaving behind some thin sticky stuff

S-some very mild caramels along with hints of wheats and dry oats

T-caramel malts rule this unassertive Dunkel,I also taste rasins,it has a touch of hops that are noticable in a slight earthy way that kind of reminds me of chewing on paper or hay perhaps?

M-farily light in body,decent carbonation,strange aftertaste that seems more tolerable the more I drink

D-not a bad brew,it just is what it is

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a wonderful little find this was.
The only samll fault was its poor head retention other wise it was an entirely enjoyable beer.
Throughout there were some caramalised banana qualities with touches of golden syrup , but all tempered by the unobtrusive hop bitterness.
There seemed to be many layers to the taste profile throughout the palate giving the beer an impression of complexity .
It finishes with a toasted grain flavour when combined with the slightly thin but well carbonated mouthfeel make this a drink to repeat

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is there two gosser darks? I don't know but this one out of the bottle was better than that i had on tap. This one had a malty aroma and creamy chocolate head. On the thinner side but easy drinking. Chocolate malt, on the sweet side.High carbonation. A hint of sourness in the finish. Average beer.

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