Augustiner Bräu Dunkel
Augustiner-Bräu

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Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #15
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,318
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
176
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Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  19
Gots
  26
SCORE
87
Very Good
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shambeano from Australia

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, the only date I can find on it is 05. 20. Poured into a glass stein.
Look: A dark brown, almost reddish, with about 1.5-2 cm off white head, almost has a yellowy sheen. Head quickly subsides to about 0.5cm, but then leaves a film covering the beer for a while.
Smell: Malt, toffee, a little bit of caramel, something faintly herbal.
Taste: Interesting, a little grainy, a touch of something herbal, a little bit of burnt toffee in there.
Feel: mid bodied, really seems to fill the palate without being heavy. Little tingly carbonation at the back of the mouth.
Overall: I liked it, but was a little underwhelmed.

Mar 05, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at Augustiner in Berlin near the Hilton hotel. It poured a dark clear amber with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had sweet malt with faint grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt forward presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Sep 18, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours clear, light chestnut in color with one inch head. Taste is leather, toffee and toasted malt. Medium light bodied, moderate carbonation and sweet. A classic. Good sipper.

Aug 09, 2018
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish brown with a small head that dissipates to mostly nothing. Nose is very subdued with a bit of grainy malt and some cola. Taste is mildly malty, reasonably crisp and clean, and lacking much depth. I honestly can't believe this is the same brewery that makes the excellent helles lager. Overall, a pleasant and easy to drink beer without a lot going on.

May 10, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled
Mid brown body with off white bottle
Smells of brown shugar with a hint of cocoa
Dark fruit touch of vinegar little bitterness
Easy drinking
Quite good

Jul 07, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dunkel pours a reddish brown, opaque, color with a medium, foamy, tan head and a somewhat high amount of carbonation. The smell is malty and of caramel. The flavors are heavily malt inspired with caramel and toasted bread taking the lead and a lighter flavor of dark chocolate in there as well. This is slightly hoppier then most dunkels that I’ve had also with a faint piney bitterness in the aftertaste. It has a medium body, but it’s very easy to drink. I could drink quite a few of these. Like I’ve said for many German beers, there is nothing fancy or revolutionary here, but it’s a really solidly done beer that is really pleasant to drink. It is rated 15th in the Munich Dunkel Lager category, which is about right to me. I like the Weltenburger Kloster offering quite a bit more and I think the Ayinger variety is a little better as well, though this is still quite good.

Jun 07, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Augustine Braustuben for 2.75 euros/.5L.

~5cm wide head. Foamy frothy white colour. Good consistency. Retention is quite good - ~5+ minutes.

Body is a dark clean Amber.

AROMA: Caramel, bready dark malts, cream. Simple but appealing. No off-notes or booze. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. Balanced albeit simple. Pleasant and enjoyable. I think I find some amber malt in the third act. Bready. Toast. Caramelization. Clove.

Some reviewers are noting chocolate; no presence here whatsoever in my opinion.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, overcarbonated. Apt thickness and heft on the palate.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

OVERALL: An enjoyable dunkel with good balance. Drinkable and pleasant, but far from incredible. Worth trying at 2.75 euro a pint, but somewhat unremarkable.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Apr 07, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of coffee/dark chocolate bitterness in this brew. Color is dark reddish brown (like cola), with fast disappearing head. Aroma is smoky, wooden, burnt toast. Taste is mellow bitterness and fairly dry, and very smooth. A great dunkel.

Mar 22, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-plums,raisins,dates,bready,spicy,rosehip,cream
T:
-nutty,spicy,roasty,rosehip,plums,raisins
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Good Dunkel.Nothing more,nothing less

Dec 27, 2015
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lmaduells from Spain

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On a trip to Munich, to enjoy a good beer in a local original is an experience. Beer, good, very aroma. Although it is not my style too much and a good experience.

Oct 15, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear, nut-brown colored beer, with a decent, foamy eggshell head.

Smells of toffee malts and whole grain bread, together with a caramel note and a pleasant earthy whiff.

Drinks very smooth, while offering a medium carbonation, which balances the profound malts with a mineralic quality during the ending.

Tastes of soft, rustic whole grain bread, together with a bakers chocolate earth note, from which sweet molasses evolve. Molasses become more intense and dominating, developing a candied caramel character. Finishes earthier, more balanced than during the middle part, while the beer remains it sweet profile in general.

Quite sweet, while not providing a lot of depth, other from its distinct maltiness.

Oct 10, 2015
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had at the Biergarten in Munich. Augustiner was the host brewery. Many having a dunkel in the bottom, and being a follower I had one as well. Poured a dark Carmely color but the head maintained a consistent level - continued lacing which people feel seems to matter.

Anyways, I will pretend I got a lot of caramel and chocolate....I think I did. Overall this beer was so smooth and just consistently good. There are not many dunkels I go for in the U.S....will need to keep my sights on this

Sep 05, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish color, off-white head. Aroma has toasted malt and light caramel. Taste is well balanced, slightly sweet at first but the finish has a soft earthy hop bitterness. Medium to light body and carbonation. Decent, quite easy drinking and refreshing for a dark beer.

Feb 27, 2015
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henkmudi from Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.21/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Smell like sour pickles, roasted beef or rotten potatoes. Head caramel color and short lasting. Sweetness and metallic taste prevail,with hint of orange and wood. too sweet, yet strong, hard, and not refreshing, i didn't like it, maybe worst German beer i tried so far. Disappointing.

Oct 08, 2014
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djura from Serbia

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby oak color. Very dead in the glass,no foam and no bubbles. Maybe it is because it is expired in a month..
B - Very strong coffee aroma. Strongest i ever smell it. Also some caramel.
T/M - Roasted malt,very tasty,refreshing. A bit sweeter from caramel. Medium carbonation and bitterness. Also some strong alcohol aroma. I was expected more creaminess.

O - Very aromatic,but not the best taste.

Apr 21, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle: BBD Mar/14. Opened at the second ever Shrewsbury Bottle Share on 24th Feb 2014. Four of us partook in drinking this, an offering from my good self.

I've complained before about weak and watery Dunkel brews from Germany and beyond: no such worries with this lovely beer, it's far from weak or watery in nature.

Good looking brew too: very dark amber leaning towards brown with a mini red hue, on top a full and lasting head.

Sweet malty molasses rule the nose and taste, something my sweet tooth tends to like. Nothing complicated or special about this, but it is one of the better Dunkel beers I've come across so far.

It's not rich or creamy body wise but it carried the flavours nicely and is well worth trying if you get the chance.

Feb 26, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Augustiner Bräu Dunkel
vom fass @ Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, DE
,5L for €3,90 at noon on Christmas day 2013

Dark nut-brown body beneath a vanilla-white head. Clear. Very good head retention and lacing. Burnt, roasty, and nutty in the nose with a hint of fruit and coffee beans. Roasty and toasty in the mouth with a small amount of dark chocolate, more nuts than the nose suggests, and a bit of fruit (mainly raisin). Medium bodied. Smooth, gently crisp carbonation.

Jan 18, 2014
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A dark brown beer with an enormous head.

The smell is very malty with notes of dark bread crust and a grainy smell. There is an 'green' edge to the beer that is a bit sharp.

The taste is malty with the specialty malts like munich giving the beer a deep taste. The maltiness is not as deep as I expected. The beer is sweet but not cloying, mouthfeel lacks a bit in depth. Bitterness is low.

Nov 23, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark bronze; clear; big, cream-colored head

Aroma: Roasted malt; sweet; dried fruit

Taste: Good toasted malt with balanced sweetness; not complex, but well-balanced and refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Augustiner am Platzl, on to the beer:

Augustiner Dunkel features a ruby brown/chestnut color with reddish hues as it sits inside the mug. The head on top is fluffy, retains well, and gives off several waves of lacing. The nose is a sign of good things to come, with raisin, unsweetened chocoalte, and a touch of cocoa. Despite the sweet flavors, they're contained well and don't spoil the palate. Similar is the taste, which is a lovely taste of chocolate covered raisin and a note of dark chocolate as an extra layer, again well balanced. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very pleasant dunkel lager. This is a classic and worthy drink in the Munich tradition.

May 11, 2013
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TOMHONE from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of Munich's best beers which is saying much. This beer is for the true daily beer lovers. I wouldn't say it's as smooth as many a Belgium beers but the Dunkel version is something to look forward to. A great tasting full body beer and can be drank in large amounts as I can attest to. I was a recipient of generosity by the Augustiner brew master for we bought direct a 50L keg and brought it back to the states. To say the American beer drinkers were in ahhh of this brew is an understatement.

Mar 12, 2013
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color forming a medium white to yellow head. Good retention but only few lacings formed and left

S: Sweet caramel and toffee in the nose. Notes of roasted malts, Lager bready yeasts and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet toffee , caramel and roasted malts. Biscuity. Bready Lager yeasts and slightly hoppy bitter end

M: Light to medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Caramel malts aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great beer. Augustiner quality

Nov 02, 2012
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L flask on tap at Augustiner Keller in Munich.

Clear dark brown with orange and red highlights, and visible carbonation. Tan head is moderately thick and quite durable. Patchy lacing left on glass.

Aroma: simple and light aroma of medium malt with some faint floral hops.

T: Nicely malty and flavorful; very good sweet/bitter balance.

M: smooth; medium body; medium carbonation.

O: excellent example of style.

Aug 16, 2012
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crnipeter from Slovenia

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle just slightly past the declared BB date (06. 2012). Dark coppery-brown body with garnet tint and good clarity gets overlain by rather thin light-tan head that dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, bread crust and nutty notes transfers to the flavor. The beer that lacks any inappropriate intense roasted flavors starts malty but never gets cloying and finishes dry with hop-bitterness and mild nutty aftertaste.
Creamy with sufficient carbonation teasing the palate. Very good.

Jul 17, 2012
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skypup from Germany

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the Augustiner-Brau Beer Hall, Munich.

A - CLear, deep brown. Suprisingly small amount oh head, with little retention and some lacing.

S - Toasted malty, cereal grains, chocolate and hops.

T- Sweet, toasted malt balanced with bitter hops and hints of chocolate and toasted nuts.

M- medium bodied and medium carbonation.

D - Delicious beer. Worth having next time I'm in Munich.

Oct 30, 2011
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