Dunkel
Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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From:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram
 
Germany
Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #51
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,525
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 9.76%
Ratings:
59
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 11, 2021
Added:
Mar 20, 2006
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  10
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly "Altbayrisch Dunkel".
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3.79 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Oct 11, 2021
 
3.74 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Sep 17, 2021
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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Dark chestnut brown, pours clear with a thin cap of ultra-fine tan bubbles. [email protected]+10mins, the foam cap holds extremely well.
S- Light grainy malt.
T- Indeed it is notably malty, with a moderately dry hoppy finish.
F- Very good carbonation in the mouth
O- Quite an intriguing beer. It might be one of the maltiest beers never mind lagers I recall having. And it really does taste like malt, vs fermented malt. The somewhat rich aspect might suit it to spring/autumn. It might be a bit richer than I'd usually wish for in a relatively low ABV% beer but I'm sure this brew has it's fans.
Review2006/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the lables to see what I missed! ==> IIn German, 100 year old recipe, brewed to trad German 1516 beer 'purity law' - ie water, hops, malts + yeast only.
500ml bottle BB: 30/09/2021 £ 2.75 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Aug 11, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Disappointing head production and retention. Body is appropriately dark but appears a bit murky.

Dark bread, cola, and prune on the nose, along with a bit of banana bread. Aroma is very good and true to style. A touch of minerality.

Flavor is immediately dominated by the yeast expression, very Belgian-esque in its fruitiness. By mid-sip, the rich bready tones have emerged, along with cocoa and burnt coffee notes. Finish is quite toasty. Rich and full flavored, but also suffering from a few perceived off notes, in particular minerality, cardboard, and even a hint of butterscotch - not quite strong enough to suggest diacetyl (at least not at fridge temp), but strong enough to detract.

Full bodied for the very modest 5% ABV. Very appropriate for the style, as well.

Jul 12, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Reidrover from Oregon

500 ml. brown bottle purchased from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR
$3.99
Handsome beer in the dimpled mug. Chestnut brown ( clear) with a lovely creamy/rocky lighter beige head.
Nice dunkel aromas..getting Swiss semi dark chocolate, hazelnuts, toasted bread and caramel .
Taste similar..more chocolate..maybe even a bit of coffee bean,,tasty.
Good clean, silky smooth mouth feel.
THis is a top class German beer!

May 01, 2021
 
4.02 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon on Mar 26, 2021
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4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DirtyBerty from California

Best dunkel I’ve had (and I’ve tried a few), balanced with perfect feel. Poured deep brown and clear, light reflecting in the glass, inch of foam and then persistent lacing. Subtle smell and taste of lager and faint chocolate, which is all I want in this style. Purchased at William Cross on Polk Street in San Francisco and drank in a Pilsner Urquel .5 liter mug. Given the opportunity I would have ordered this at a beer hall in Austria, in 1870, listening to Blue Danube.

Dec 19, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mactrail from Washington

Handsome clear dark amber brew with fine-grained off-white foam in the Aventinus Weizen glass. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. A bit of the common Euro musty tang. Warm roasted malt flavor with a bit of burnt edges. Darkly fruity with a grainy dry finish.

This tastes more like a German Alt, or even an English Old Ale. Lots of Lots of peculiar fruity, bready, even verging on oxidized flavors. There's a faint bitterness in the aftertaste but nothing that hints at hops. Quite interesting and drinkable, even without a pork hock handy. From the 500 ml bottle. This is also the 13.09.20 batch, purchased at the West Coast beer store.

Oct 21, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

Best by September 13th 2020. It just made the cut.

It pours a clear reddish brown with a nice head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer.

It smells malty, grainy, semisweet, light fruitiness.

Taste is grainy, semisweet malt, some bread but more like toasted.

Has a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Makes me wonder how good it could have been fresh. No regrets buying the bottle though. It's quite tasty.

Sep 09, 2020
 
3.83 by IRONRakkasan from California on Aug 20, 2020
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a dark brown with nice cream head. Nose is toffee, raisins, dark malts. Taste is sweet, with amazing notes of raisins, toffee, malts, spice, wheat. Very flavorful for a 5% beer. Pretty robust mouthfeel as well. Very impressive, and will definitely buy again.

Apr 05, 2020
 
4 by safaricook from Netherlands on Feb 09, 2020
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wasatch from Colorado

16.9 oz. Bottle
Best By: 12.07.19

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice translucent dark amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of toffee, bready. The taste is nice, malty, hoppy, with some toffee, bready. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty beer, a nice thirst quencher.

Jul 21, 2019
 
3.03 by grantbj8 from California on Mar 09, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Staggeringly massive and dense off-white head, fine beaded, with superb persistence. Delicate lacing, resembling ancient writing adorns the glass walls. The body is a crystal-clear reddish amber, with slight streams of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: A complex aroma of dark bread, slathered with caramel and molasses, and topped with nuts is offered.

Taste: Opens with dark bread, and slightly burnt caramel. As the taste progresses, there is a slight nutty character. Alcohol is utterly absent in the taste. The flavor is very clean, with dark bread, caramel, nuts, and molasses, and no off flavors at all. No hops seem to be present. Finishes wit ha lingering note of slightly burnt caramel.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A truly wonderful example of the style, that I would be pleased to have again.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500 ml, 16.9 ounce steel can, served in a standard Pilsener glass. Beer number five (December 5th) from the 2017 Costco Advent Beer Calendar.

Oct 06, 2018
 
3.78 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 25, 2018
 
3.05 by Baviera from Belarus on Aug 03, 2018
 
3.54 by TheCrowsEye from California on May 03, 2018
 
3.75 by GarthDanielson from Virginia on Jan 25, 2018
 
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Dec 19, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Prom the Advent box. Poured into a snifter. A clear chestnut brown color - fairly dark in the snifter. Nice thick and dense tan head. Bread, caramel, stone fruit on the nose. The taste followed fairly closely with a rich malty flavor. Dark bread, toffee, caramel. Minimal bitterness. Soft feel and medium-bodied. Very nice. Favorite from the box thus far.

Dec 09, 2017
 
3.66 by uncleotis from Illinois on Dec 08, 2017
 
3.79 by TheRock7755 from Georgia on Dec 07, 2017
 
3.98 by cb8282 from Michigan on Dec 06, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BenHoppy from Michigan

Poured into a tall wheat glass at 45 degrees:

L: caramelly plum amber with half inch of wicked forestry foam

A: marzen Oktoberfest caramelized malts

F: medium creamy malts that comes out very smooth, no lingering flavor. Fades quickly.

T: caramelly malts with slight alcohol tingle that quickly fades. Sweet and smooth yet not overly sweet. Flavor comes and goes but continuously want another sip. No gulping, sip and savor.

O: 2nd favorite so far from the calendar

Dec 06, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by beer4colin from Massachusetts

I love a dunkel. This is ok but a bit thin on the finish. Should be better but .....

Dec 05, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a dark brown with a finger and a half of khaki foam on top. Head retention is fair, with a few dots of lacing left behind. Aroma is bread, biscuit, and earthy malts layered over herbal and floral hops and wheat. Flavor profile has a dose of chocolate before heading to biscuit, bread, and earth malts. Herbal and floral hops are still present, but light. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a nice, smooth, and slightly-creamy texture. Overall, a straight forward dunkel lager that provides a nice dose of flavor while remaining a quaffable beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

Dec 05, 2017
 
3.5 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina on Dec 03, 2017
 
3.59 by Pugi13 from Illinois on Nov 29, 2017
 
2.75 by teraflx from Arizona on Feb 26, 2017
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information decipherable.
A: Pours a crystal clear, amber color with ruby highlights, a two finger, eggshell white head, strong retention, and copious Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, molasses, and bread rind with walnut notes.
T: Semisweet. Flavors follow the nose, but more toffee. Bitterness in balance with malt.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Near chewy.
O: Delicious and very enjoyable. Solidly made

Feb 12, 2017
 
3.19 by jeschaefer from Texas on Feb 07, 2017
 
4.64 by KensWorld from Florida on Dec 16, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by josephandbrown from Oregon

This Dunkel lager poured a dark, ruby-tinted brown color, around a 20 on the SRM scale. The BJCP mentions the style as having a copper brown color with a red tint; this seems fair to me. It poured with some noticeable head, but it quickly dissipated. Almost no head remained, and there is very little lacing. It is not particularly clear, but I suspect that has more to do with the color.

Up front is an immediate sweetness, almost cloying on the first sip. It is quickly balanced with some light bitterness, but I do not get any specific hop flavor. The malt has a lot going on, including chocolate and toffee notes. There is a breadiness as well, but it's almost in the way Altbayrisch coats the mouth. The carbonation is medium to medium low.

Overall, I quite enjoyed Altbayrisch. It's weather appropriate, as there is snow outside my window. It is well-balanced leaning towards sweet, with a fair amount of nuance in the malt. I'd recommend knocking one back on a cold winter night.

Dec 16, 2016
 
3 by thomda11 from California on Dec 15, 2016
 
3.5 by valkyre65 from Texas on Dec 15, 2016
 
3.77 by DoubleMalt from New York on Dec 05, 2016
 
3.81 by Ctb6582 from Maryland on Nov 18, 2016
 
3.83 by madakassal from Louisiana on Oct 02, 2016
 
3.75 by Irrationalist from California on Jan 05, 2016
Dunkel from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 59 ratings