Graf Stolberg Dunkel | Brauerei Westheim GmbH

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Brauerei Westheim GmbH

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

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown with a thin head, looks like a standard brown ale. Aroma is almost nonexistant.

Taste is like a rich brown ale (thought it was at the time) with a good malt background and little hops. A little flat on the palate, some slight spiciness comes through after a while. Nothing that would make this offering stand out.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of kbub6f
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crusty, pale tan, two-inch head sits on a clear, dark, red-brown beer. Runny swoops of lacing. Peanutty and dusty in the nose. A little fruit. Nutty and chocolatey in the front. The middle is tangy with some chocolate. A little milky. Medium body. Finish is metallic and dry. It's not bad. It has some flavor, but nothing special.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall bottle, 1PT .9 FL.OZ. lists ingredients (Water, Malt, Hops), guess they filter out the yeast, and a note that it is “easily digestible”. Also noted is that it is imported by Golden Cage out of San Antonio, which explains why all us Texas boys are reviewing it.
Aroma: Slight yeast aroma (ironic) with some mild banana and malt smells. Also some mild grape and dark fruit smells.
Appearance: Clear brown amber glass with a nice cover of small bubbled creamed coffee head that laced like a champ.
Flavor: Smell forecasts the taste fairly well with more of the dark fruit and grape taking the lead. Second taste revealed some oxidation notes which detracted from a very good first taste. No date on the bottle, so the brewer takes the hit.
Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly over carbonated. Fairly creamy in feel
Overall Impression: Too bad the oxidation took away what was otherwise a very solid beer. Overall it’s fairly mild and quite slammable/sessionable, with enough depth to make it interesting. Nothing I’d go to Germany for, but I’d order another with some schnitzel.

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Photo of avalon07
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a two inch, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An underwhelming aroma of roasted malt and a bready quality as well.

T: Tasted of a big amount of roasted malt, brown bread, and a touch of chocolate that seems to quickly go away. A fairly one-dimensional, undynamic flavor that's dominated by the malt. It doesn't give much a chance to the other ingredients.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has some decent characteristics, it doesn't succeed in the flavor department.

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Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml. My bottle says 5.1 abv. Really dark brown pour with a very thin layer of off white.

Aroma, smells bit like German macro, not sure how else to describe, with a faint tartness. A dry roasted malt and some light chocolate.

Taste, toasted malt, cocoa, pretty nice. Tinge if caramel and metallic. Dry finish, about the same as before. Pretty straight forward.

Lighter bodied, carbonation is a tad high washing out some of the flavor to me. Drinks quite easy though. A good middle of the road example.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a two finger off-white head that slowly fades leaving some lace. Deep clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is roasted malt, burnt chocolate. Dry metallic finish. Gift from Maine - 500ml bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rxmk
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark bread. Taste is kind of mild, malts, a bit of breadiness, some earthy notes. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall isn't bad, but kind of disappointing for a German beer.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Duffman79
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Starts out nice with a pour at a good temperature and a nice, medium sized, light tan head that settles after a bit to a light cover and some lace. Color is a clear mahoganey with no bubble trails. Aroma is a pleasing roasty-toasty, malt. Flavor's like nose, though on the shallow side - as well a bit dry up front along with a hint of bitter and a little carbonic tang, then in the finish there's a little sweetness. Body's a bit thin too, carbonation likewise. Finish is as I've said with malt sweet doing a slow taper. Ok beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is nearly black in appearance—when held up to a bright light it is clear but very dark red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of lacing in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of dark malts and cola are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that it is a little stronger and also has some hints of burnt malts and sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use stronger aromas and more in the way of carbonation.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish brown in color with excellent clarity. The head is moderate and off-white in color with excellent retention. The lacing is quite thick, breaking only slightly on the glass walls.

Aroma: Toasty dark malt flavors and caramel dominate the aroma with a slightly spicy note as well.

Taste: Opens with a fairly strong caramel malt note, later in the taste there are hints of spices and a lingering undercurrent of nutty flavors. The finish is very dry with a mild metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Not unpleasant, but does not seem as full as it should be.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, particularly on a cold, rainy afternoon such as this.

Presentation: Packaged in a brown glass half-liter bottle with a pop top crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brandonld23
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allengarvin
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +0.6%

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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Graf Stolberg Dunkel from Brauerei Westheim GmbH
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 42 ratings