Graf Stolberg Dunkel | Brauerei Westheim GmbH

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Westheim GmbH
Germany
brauerei-westheim.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Specially kilned dark roasted malt gives the Count Stolberg dark a powerful spice and fine malt flavor.

Added by kbub6f on 04-01-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of LennyBound
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, toffee, nuttiness, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, and light earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and of malt and fruity ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, toffee, nuttiness, light roast, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, light pepper, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, nuttiness, light roast, brown bread, floral, light pepper, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance of malt, hop, and ester flavors; with a good amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good dunkel lager. Good robustness and balance of malt and moderate fruity esters; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark amber-brown body which shows a rich ruby hue when held up to the light. Body is haze-free and there's a robust effervescence. Head is one finger of pillowy tan foam with a decent lacing on the glass. Attractive!

Smell: mild malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and a nice graininess. It's a bit muted, but decently composed.

Taste: nice malty flavor with a little dab of chocolate and a nice yeasty character. Hops are earthy/noble in nature and there is a decently balanced bitterness at the end. Not complex, but a decent dunkel.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a surprisingly satisfying creaminess. I dig it!

Overall: this beer is eminently drinkable and a quite-tasty example of the style. Definitely seek this beer out if you like Munich dunkels.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RoyFokker
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joe1510
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml
$2.49
Binny's - Willowbrook

The body first appears black but on closer inspection is in fact chestnut brown. Carbonation streams are visible bursting up the side of the stein and reloading the head. The foam is beige with a strong ability to stick around becoming silky and leaving spotty lace around the mug. Good looking beer.

As soon as my nose reaches the glass it's met by nutty brown bread. There's actually quite a bit of fruit present for a dunkel. Vague dark berries are soft and there's a touch of cream sweetness. The light roast is soft and smooth. There's a hint of metallics swimming around in the back. Inviting.

The brown bread is a little spicy on the palate and I like it. Light roast brings a little sweetness off the bat. Herbal hoppiness hits in the middle and pushes through the finish where it's met by soft florals adding bitterness. The fruitiness is nowhere to be found and I'm OK with that. Solid all around beer.

The body is on the lighter side of moderate while the carbonation is active enough to add a velvety touch. The finish dries up quickly and you're left with lingering bitterness after each drink. I catch myself drinking this beer awfully fast.

Graf Stolberg is an all around solid dunkel lager. Easy drinking, bready, flavorful, and lightly hoppy are the things I usually look for in such a beer. This beer won't blow your mind but there's no doubt I will be picking it up again in the future.

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Photo of brutalist
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as I know, in Texas, Westheimer products are only available at HEB Central Market locations. Graf's color is dark brown with a reddish hue. Head is about average sized and off white. The smell is fairly light with notes of spice and dark malts. The taste is very malty and full. Toasted malts are accented with a mild spice flavor. The finish is sweet and breadier, with another splash of spice at the very end. This is another German beer that I enjoy, I'll have to pick up some other Westheimer products the next time I go to Central Market.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Harriet pilsner glass.

Clear sienna body with rufous highlights and a khaki cap. Decent retention; soapy lacing.

Spicy aromatics suggest nutmeg and cloves in addition to a malty base. Christmas-y.

Malty yet dry on the palate with the suggestion of spice and herbs (a nearly vegetal element, though not perceived as DMS). Hints of caramel, but the distinctive Munich malt flavor dominates. Mild hop presence adds to the "spicy" character - finishes bright and bready.

Creamy, smooth, medium-light bodied mouth-feel.

Difficult for me to rate to style as I rarely drink this variety - but it is a moderately flavored yet light lager with few obvious flaws.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate to heavy amounts of amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet dark malts, slightly reminiscent of brown bread.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly bready dark malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Hints of spicy hops in the finish that lend a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Pretty easy to drink but it just seems slightly too weak in the taste/smell. Alcohol is well hidden, making it sessionable but not really interesting enough for me to want more than one of.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown color with some clarity when held up to light and sight or random bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, roasted, and chocolate malts followed by grassy hops.

Taste: Chewy bready notes, sweetness, chocolate, a little roastiness, and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little watery.

Overall: Never seen this bottle before in Boston, so I grabbed it. Enjoyable and drinkable.

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3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: half-liter bottle in a nonik glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany-brown color, with a solid, long-lasting inch of head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Light toasted bread aroma. Very light, almost not there.

Flavor: Smooth, caramel flavors with toasty, slightly sweet malt. A very slight burnt-malt bitterness, together with quite restrained hops, make for a slightly dry finish.

Body: Medium body, average carbonation.

Slightly above average dark lager (except for the lack of aroma).

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of brandonld23
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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Graf Stolberg Dunkel from Brauerei Westheim GmbH
3.5 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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