Leinenkugel's Maple Dunkel
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
3.54 | pDev: 12.99%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Leinenkugel's Maple DunkelLeinenkugel's Maple Dunkel
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I largely have been a defender of Leinie's. BA raters tend to beat up Leinie's, in part, because it has been owned for so long by one of the big Boys (Miller.) As its defender, I often say Leinie's serves an important purpose to show the Big Boys that experimenting is a road into craft brewing. That was my chief defense... until Maple Dunkel came along.

The underlying dunkel may be decent (I don't know as I can't tell) because the flavoring is too much for a traditionalists like me to assimilate. While it Looks and Smells like a decent dunkel, the Taste of the maple is way to strong and, seemingly, artificial. Mouth Feel is equally off and coats the tongue like an unwanted chemical.

It the season for Autumn experiments. But, one Maple Dunkel is enough.

Oct 01, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 12/5/2016. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a small fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big maple syrup, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and light herbal. Okay aromas with solid balance of maple, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Way too much maple in the aromas. Taste of big maple syrup, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of maple syrup, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness, balance, and solid complexity of maple, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly drying from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit stale feeling. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is an okay Munich dunkel lager. All around good robustness, balance, and solid complexity of maple, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors very smooth and easy to drink. This hardly represents a Munich dunkel at all. Too much maple sweetness, and not enough toasty/nutty malts. Munich malt presence is lacking. This was fairly enjoyable.

Aug 19, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of maple syrup. Taste is maple syrup, malts, light sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not something I would drink regularly, but it's a unique beer worth trying.

May 02, 2017
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SteveJeremy from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel has been so hit or miss with their line of darker beers (aka beers that aren't shandies) that finding a really good, palatable one might as well be a diamond in the rough.

Maple Dunkel is so good that it doesn't make sense that they'd mass-produce it after already funnelling tons of marketing and time into their God awful India Pale Lager. Far and beyond better than that beer, their Pale Ale, and even their Heart of Oak, the maple touch here is subtle, even if it is sometimes drowned in a sea of malty richness.

Perfect fall beer and another one they really should take a gamble on.

Nov 26, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have a neighbor (out my back door, through my postage-stamp backyard and across a tiny parking lot) which is a modest bottle shop. I am always scouring to see what he might have put out when this appeared as I was buying beer for Hallowe'en on Monday.

From the bottle: The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867."; "Six Generations of Family Brewing"; "Rich Toasted Malt - Balanced Maple". Depicted: Seven Bridges Trail.

Confounded screw-top bottles deprive me of even the satisfaction of a Pop! A heavy-handed pour raised a brief two fingers of fizzy, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head that quickly fizzed its way down to mere wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was sugary sweet and the maple syrup/sugar smell was obvious. This smelled like it should go on pancakes! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was not as sweet as the nose had led me to expect. Instead, it had a treacle-like almost-sharpness which could have been from either the malts or the hops or both. This actually made it a more pleasant drink than if it had been cloyingly sweet, as the nose suggested. Finish was semi-sweet, lingering with a light smokiness to go along with the earthy flavors of the hops/malt and the sweetness of the maple sugar. It is definitely appropriate for Fall, but one was enough for me.

Nov 02, 2016
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RJLarse from Washington

2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a Fall sampler poured in to a Sam Adams Ultimate Beer Glass.

Pours a walnut brown color, clear with a thin head.

Smell is faint, with a note of a sugar scent.

Taste is long on a sweet (artificial) maple flavor, with a roasted grain flavor along behind and a mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is mildly cloying.

Overall an average brew with some artificial flavors. Not enough bitter flavors to balance the sweetness of the maple. It might better as a darker brew. Maple Porter or something like that.

Oct 24, 2016
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Mooslerfitness from Ohio

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

French toast maple syurp

Warm maple syrup on a thick

Slice of Texas toast good breakfast beer.

Worth a try might be great with some age

Oct 08, 2016
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Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

2.37/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown beer with some reddish highlights and a tan head that quickly faded. Smells like maple syrup, that is all. Tastes like maple syrup and a touch of burnt malt. The mouth feel was thin. Overall not a good beer, its a seasonal grab attempt like Leinie's holiday shandy line, cranberry shandy, pumpkin patch shandy, old fashioned shandy.

Sep 26, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one was in the fall 12 pack. Glad to see Leinies continues to put out some new beers.

Poured into a pint glass the beer is brown with mahogany highlights. It has a quickly collapsing tan head.

Aroma is of maple syrup and dark bread.

The taste leads with maple and a bit of caramel. The maple is not overpowering nor is beer too sweet. It almost reminds me a bit of some maple syrup candy you can get in some older style candy/general stores. The malts push through a bit more mid-glass but the maple is always present.

The mouth is fine, but wouldn’t mind if it was a touch thicker.

This beer is perfect for the fall mixed 12 pack. It is a nice change of pace type beer. Good for a bonfire!

Sep 23, 2016
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matcris from Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber or copper. Ruby bulb up to the light with plenty of bubbles rising and a massive 3 fingers of tan, creamy head. Moderate lacing down the glass. The aroma is of maple pancake syrup, toffee, a little smoke, and a little of an earthy quality. The flavor is nice. Sweet maple up front and slightly sticky. And then, not a bitterness, but a more earthy note. The finish leaves you with a nice subtle maple quality. Overall, the beer is dry, and medium in body with fair carbonation. If you want a beer with some nice maple flavor and a very subtle smoke flavor, you might like this one. Good stuff, Leine's.

Sep 21, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish color with honey edges and a half finger of head. The nose has distinct maple syrup notes. Sweet maple syrup notes can also be found in the flavor but the malt does not present itself as an assertive companion to the maple. The body is also thin for the style.

Sep 20, 2016
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is from the explorer pack which looking at the flavors is most definitely for explorers. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of maple syrup. Pours to a maple syrup color with a big bubble two finger head. On the taste this brew is like a hearty roasted maple syrup up front with slight tart twang in the middle and a sweeter finish. I would rate this a great autumn beer, with a bumped up ABV a winter warmer.

Sep 16, 2016
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" cream head that drops quickly with minute lacing. Color is reddish brown with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: maple, wheat, bread dough, and a bit of citrus
Mouthfeel: light and very frothy, somewhat astringent in the finish.
Flavor: rich roasted malts, some wheat and maple (milder than in the nose) with a bit of citrus bitterness to round it out.
Overall: a very decent deer.

Aug 16, 2016
Leinenkugel's Maple Dunkel from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 35 ratings