Jacobsen Dark Lager | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Jacobsen Dark LagerJacobsen Dark Lager

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bark on 12-21-2005

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by JOaikido:
Photo of JOaikido
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml brown bottle. Best before 2009/05/31.

A- Amber with ruby highlights. Nice off-white head and good effervescence.

S- Sweet caramel malt. Touch of mild hops. Slight vegetable aroma.

T- Very little hops and so very little bitterness. Mild maltiness that is OK but there is a touch of vegetable flavour I don't like. Some alcohol noticeable.

MF- A little watery. Smooth.

D- Thirst quenching, especially because of mouthfeel. Goes down easily. A little too ordinary with a few things a little off. Not bad, but overpriced.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second of the Jacobson line made by Carlsberg that I have tried.This poured into a pilsner style glass a light brown near copper color with a nice large blooming almond colored head a nice bit of carbonation even almost spritzey looking.Milder aromas but pleasant a touch of cocoa and lighlty roasted nut with a hint of herb,well rounded subtle flavors hard toffee really showed out most to me a touch of caramel sweetness but the sweetness level was quite low,a nice creamy feel was lush feeling and really made the beer enjoyable.I had it with prime rib and it held up well the touch of roastiness and sweentess cut thru the fat well,a very fine dark lager subtle but not bland by any means,recommended.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Carlsberg digs deep by brewing this beer from a recipe from the 1800's. They add brewing salts to match the water profile to a blend of Munich malt and English floor-kilned malt.

Hazy dark amber color has no shine. We would have expected this beer to be a bit clearer. A solid two fingers of head stays for the duration and sticks to the glass in patches. Rich caramel malt aroma--on the sweet side--with a spicy herbal hop to balance. Firm smoothness with a fluffy, crisp bite. Medium body shows that this beer has more than just a little substance. Big mouthful of caramel malt is quickly followed by a bready toasted grain and a snap of hop bitterness. Suggestions of taffy and mineral in the middle. Spicy herbal flavors from the hops drag out in the drying finish.

Jacobsen ODL just goes to show that old school Lagers have actual flavor. It makes you wonder why more breweries around the world are not brewing malt bombs like this. Apart from the murky appearance, this is a great beer. Go towards meaty seafood like grilled lobster tail or pan-seared scallops with a side of mushroom risotto.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Darker amber and is almost clear. Nice off white head, but it dissipates quickly.

Smell: Caramel malts, cocoa, yeast, nuts and mild floral hops. Maybe some raisins or other dark fruit?

Taste: Very much in line with the smell. The hops keep everything nice and balanced. The taste does not linger long.

Mouthfeel: Average for the style. Could use some more carbonation to liven the taste buds.

Drinkability: I could drink a couple of these in a sitting, but with the price I probably won't.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

26 oz. bottle. enjoyable to drink but carbonation disappears quickly and goes a little flat. taste gets better as it warms. nice malty sweetness but less pleasant aftertaste. overall it was a good beer but not something I would seek out again given it's price.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut dark brown, neutral aroma. Initial white head. Creamy at first, taste gives way once warming to room temperature to some chocolate and gentle roast. A spot of fruitiness, fig, raisin For a beer with a bit of an OK sourish finish, it's fairly decent medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes in March, finally found the book I stashed'em in

Pours a hazed brown with 4 fingers+ of sand colored head. A hint of lacing & no head retention

S: Sweet musty malt a little licorice

T: Fruitty with hints of chocolate & licorice up front. Some smokeyness, grainyness & a little cardboard as this warms. Finishes bready with a little more chocolate, a little dryness & chalkyness, plus some hops bitterness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drank alright especially for the abv, a little fresher or better this would be a pretty interesting take on the style

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Photo of shbobdb
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly not the best Dunkel I've ever had, but I will say it is robust! The munich malt in this beer is just crazy! Normally the German versions cut the munich with some pils but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Just nice, grainy munich malt kicking off all sorts of great flavors. Prunes, dates, plums, ect all there with a nice kick of grape cough syrup. The beer is quite sweet. Wow. Doppelbocks at least have some alcohol to cut the sugary sweetness but this beer doesn't roll that way.

A good brew. I'd recommend it to a malt lover who just wanted a nice beer without all the alcohol normally found in the maltier styles. It is heavy for a Dunkel, but it is nice and tasty.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, served in a pilsner glass. The beer pours a dark amber color with a half inch off-white head. It smells like sweet malt, caramel, bananas and yeast. It tastes like caramel/toasted malt, raisins, bread/yeast and chocolate. There's a nice lingering sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Drinkability is good as the beer goes down easy and smooth. I was surprised to find this at my local Giant Eagle this morning, but at $6.99 a bottle it's not something I'll be buying too often.

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Photo of oldirtdog
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - caramel in color... slightly lighter in color than expected... I really expected something more like a stout than the brown/red I was greeted with...

S - not overwhelming of alcohol, but definitely a good smell... hard to place, but not something I wouldn't mind smelling again...

T - taste is a bit strange... hit me as a bit skunky at first, but with temperature, it got better... my bottle sat in my fridge for a while, so the sediment may have flavored my first sip... I was pleasently surprised at how easy it was to drink...

M - clean, really, like a lager should be... however, it doesn't coat the mouth at all... crisp

D - VERY drinkable... I like Carlsberg in general, but this one is a bit special...

All in all, this is a good, drinkable beer... neat bottle, will definitely rebottle with a nice homebrew... actually, the bottle is what prompted the purchase... definitely recommended...

Drank this one during the 2 hour Lost finale :)

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Photo of Tolnik
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This Munich styled Dunkel lager pours a dark warmed mud color and presents a frothy head that reduces to a lingering lacing. The beer has earthy flavoring within it of figs, some caramel and a charcol flavor. Overall a better one of the beers the Jacobsen presents so far tried.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark amber, with a pencil thick head that lasts about a minute, shrinking to white line rimming the interior of the glass. Smells very malty caramel. The hops aroma is not very pronounced. Taste sweet caramel and very light on the hops, light carbonation, finishing dry in the mouth giving the hops a chance to be noticed. Overall this is an interesting beer, but a bit too sweet for my tastes. The sweetness actually reminds me of a cheap dark lager I used to find in my area long ago, by Brasserie Fischer (although this Carlsberg tastes like a much more quality product). Purchased from Wine Society in Nashua NH.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head. Drops quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Has a clear brownish copper color.

The nose is pretty much all malt. Hints of caramel, some roaste malt and a shy fruitiness.

Tastes of sweet malts, fruits, and a bit of roasted malt that came through on the nose. Not bad, I can certainly see myself enjoying a couple in on sitting.

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Photo of Lupin
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml purchased at a poorly air-conditioned NYC corner grocery store along with a bottle of the jacobsen saaz. I drank this one to mourn the end of my vacation to Texas.

Smell is a little acrid, actually. Very malty but rather a bit too sour for my tastes.

Poured 350ml or so into a spaten 500ml tall stange, gently at first but with a little bit of aggression towards the end to see how it responded. Roughly an inch of head which retained moderately well until tasting commenced. Thin lacing with a rich amber hue.

This is a rather mellow brew and possibly a little too simple for some people's tastes. A sweet, rounded maltiness abounds, and the initial odors are drowned out by a gentle bready oatiness. A bit creamy. Not too much in the way of hoppiness on the finish. This may be the first time I'd actually prefer a beer to be a little tougher on the tastebuds, but the result is by no means bad and I'm not 100% sure I'd actually enjoy this if it were hoppier; that's probably just curiosity talking. This is most evident in both the finish, which is very straightforward, and the aftertaste is rather pleasant.

This is definitely a refreshing brew but may just not have enough kick for some. I don't think I'm one of those people, though. I will come back to this one after I've explored the style further.

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Photo of Gusler
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer emerges from the 750ml bottle a murky brown, the head middling in size, and off white in color, after decomposing the lace forms a solid sheet upon the glass. Nose has a crisp, clean and fresh front, sweet malt at the back, pleasant enough, start is sweet with a decent grain presence, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish as a nice acidity, the hops apropos to the style, and a touch of bitterness, combined with a lingering sweetness, a drinkable beer, not great but a nice change of pace

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

75cl Bottle: best before 25th May 2012, poured into three pilsner glasses on 10th march 2012.

Three thin white heads sit on top of a reddy/browny amber body which is almost clear and bright, but not quite.

Sweet molasses in the nose; caramel with some fruit and nut chocolate added for good measure.

Easy drinking, maltier and sweeter than most dark lagers.

Not thick not thin: about right for a lager based beer.

Not bad at all, pleasant without being great. Flatters to decieve a bit.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think somebody poured the wrong beer in this bottle.

Appearance - Dark lager? Says who? Medium to dark amber in color. Nice foamy cream cvolored head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Quick to smell the hops. Slightly yeasty.

Taste - Almost felt watered down. Nice flavor though, hops were minimal. Decieved by the false robust smell.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Very light bodied. unexpected for a dark lager.

Drinkability - Goes down well. I liked it, just felt surprised by it's name...with this brew, don't judge a beer by it's bottle.

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed dark amber colored ale with no real head formation.

The smell is very sweet and is pretty close to unfermented malt. Caramel and candy with so sweet iced tea smell. There is a bit of nut aroma here and it does remind me a bit of Bock beer.

The taste starts out very sweet with lots of nut and grassy hop flavor. Hmm this is rather sweet and the effect is a little off putting. Taste really does remind me of Bock beer but it is too sweet in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Too sweet to be real drinkable. I REALLY feel like I am drinking a glass of over sweetened 'Sweet Tea" in Georgia. I like some sweetness but this is too much in the wrong style of beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

very good and smooth beer; it's a malty, smoky beer with a toffee or caramel finish, and a hint of nut in the mix with an overall sweetness to it. Can't pinpoint what fruit adds to the sweetness, but the overall combination of ingredients in this beer make it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty red-tinged brown, with a tight, soft head that raises up frothily. Somewhat weak aroma that never quite gets going, although it does have some nicely soft caramel and doughy aromas. On the palate, there's a nice mixing of sweet and dry elements, with sweetness coming through first and before the mid-palate dries out. Just a touch of raisiny fruits are present. A flash of acidity cleans the palate just before the finish, which is quick and not terribly flavorful -- the character of this beer disappears from the palate in an instant. Mouthfeel is mixed, with good lager smoothness but too little in the way of carbonation; it makes the beer feel a bit too heavy than it should. Overall, this is a decent dunkel, but nothing to shout about.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle:

Pours orangeish amber with a thin bubbly white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, toffee, nougat with slight fruit (lime and date/fig).

The taste is sweet - caramel. There is a tart fruit touch and a floral touch that puts the finish at bittersweeet. Alcohol shows a bit more than expected for 5.80%.

It has a rather syrupy feel, though not thick, and just hitting medium-bodied. For a lager and overall character, it could use another bubble or so to give it some more creaminess. Still, it is adequate, and the flavor does hang on in a long aftertaste.

A nice dark, that is not too dark, but is caramelly, with dark-ish fruitiness and does have a nice balancing hop touch. Glad to have bought it once, but, to be honest, doubt I would get it again for the price.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Woodsy, fruity nose with candy floss and subtle hops. Pours a deep hazy tan with a frothy beige cap. Nice lace. Very sweet burnt malts upfront, caramel and plum with a bit of leafy hops, leading to a sweet, mildly bitter finish. Very creamy and coats the mouth nicely. Perhaps a touch too sweet though.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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