Gösser Dark Beer | Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)

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Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)

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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by Josievan:
Photo of Josievan
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is one I never seen or heard of before so had to get it,pours a deep brown with a light head that leaves a nice lace around the glas.Aroma is a little earthy but I think my green bottle was ust starting to skunk.The flavor of this brew came thru nicely intact though nice and malty,chocolaty and lightly earthy.A nice suprise to find this at the local deli not I wanna try one not partially skunked.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle pours a clear, bright mahogany body with a 2 centimeter beige head that retains for several minutes and deposits some patchy lace on the glass. Malty nose of caramel and toffee, with floral and herbal noble hops notes in the background. No hint of any skunky aromas, but this was a relatively fresh bottle if the "best by" info on the label is correct. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with prickly, moderately high carbonation. Taste begins on the malty side, with toffee, molasses, and brown sugar notes. Some Munich malt chocolate notes are also present. Fig and red apple notes emerge in the middle and add some complexity to the bready maltiness. Balanced by a restrained herbal hoppiness. Finishes clean, with a lasting but neutral aftertaste. A very good Dunkel with potential as a session brew.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 soper2000
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at my local beer bar. Poured a translucent brown with a medium sized whit head. A faint malty aroma was present but very subtle. Taste was intially subdued but gained strength as the beer warmed a little. Hints of some chocolate sweetness were present as was some roastyness. This beer seemed pretty thin to me. Overall it was decent, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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 hotstuff
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable and enjoyable beer to drink and rate as it was easy on the palate and it was not bitter tasting.It poured a small sized tan head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a brown hue.The nose was lightly malty and caramel.The flavor was sweet and had a caramel flavor as well.The mouthfeel was smooth and light bodied.This beer left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.A pretty good beer!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 GrandpaGeorg
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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 peabody
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly reddish hue with just a little suds that yeilds nice lacing.
Smell is caramel and malt and slight fruity hops.
Taste is a little thin but very nice. Dark chocolate and caramel with a slight bitter hop taste.
Mouthfeel is clean but not a lot of carbonation to help it along.
This is a very good session beer that one could drink all night long if there wasn't something better.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown beer with a good tan head.

Smell is dark roasted malts with a fair chocolate and tea aromas. Toasted grains and no real hop odors.

Taste is a little sweet with a fair chocolate flavor. A little coffee flavor exists. A little confusing this is a little more like a Schwarzbier. Still this is not bad, better than the pale version.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Nice and drinkable beer here. Pick this over the regular Gösser.

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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 SurlyDuff
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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 TeamSeabass
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +3.5%
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 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 threedaggers
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Deep amber color. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet, has a plum flavor finishes smooth and mellow. Nice dark beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent bown color with a thick off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is of lager and crystal malts; a good aroma. The taste is clean and malty. It refreshes, but also has good flavor. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great drinking beer, especially if you don't like regular lagers because they lack flavor.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before end of 1/2005. Pours a clear light cola color with a small beige head. Chocolate, toffee and prune in the nose with some biscuity malt qualities. Lots of scorchy, Munich malt flavors on the tongue with each sip. Butterscotchy, light graham cracker and english muffin toasty with a slightly bitter finish. A wonderfully drinkable dunkel, paired up nicely with food or as an apertif/digestif.

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Gösser Dark Beer from Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)
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