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Augustiner Bräu Dunkel | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu DunkelAugustiner Bräu Dunkel

Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 04-28-2003

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 154
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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

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Photo of stevoj
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Good Dunkel.Nothing more,nothing less

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Photo of lmaduells
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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

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Photo of henkmudi
2.21/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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Photo of djura
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of skypup
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice dark brown, rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better

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Photo of iLovehops23
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this one in Munchen, Bavaria on a perfect sunny summer day at the Augustiner brau hall. nice head retention over a clear mahogany/burnt amber body. the aroma is of a bready nature, though i could justify it being nutty as well. the flavor is bready too, but not rich enough to be nutty—clean, spritzy (once when i was a beer rookie i described a dunkel with the word "velvety") this beer is not velvety, nor should it be. the bitterness is minimal but hop flavor is good sweet and toatly german.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (500ml) in Munich -

A dark mahogany brown colour with hints of a dark amber throughout. The beer is clear and forms a large, off-white slightly brownish head that settles & slowly forms a thick lacing of a head.

Roasted malts mainly with toffee and some general sweetness with hints of chocolate making this a strong, pleasant smelling beer.

An excellent tasting roasted malt & nutty chocolate flavour and mild aftertaste that is almost bitter free. Hints of toffee throughout make for a well balanced beer.

This smooth dunkel is medium bodied & very well balanced making it very easy to drink and quite crisp for a dark beer.

A really nice dunkel & a welcome change from my usually preference of lighter beers. This one was easy to drink & would make a great tasting session beer.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a local pub

A- Dark brown, tends to shine with golden hints if seen through light. Head is not big but nicely creamy, and has a decent retention

S- Sweet malts and some caramel. Some smoke hints bring balance, otherwise it would be way too sweet

T- The malt, very sweet but delicate, is again dominat, despite the low ABV. Then hints of berries and herbal notes. After some shock you realize that you were not wrong, this beer has a honey taste: strange but again delicate, and well balanced by other flavours. Good, though the aftertaste is a bit metallic

M- This has a pretty strong and round body for the style, let's say that it is almost a bock. Still it has the typical smoothness of a Hell. Carbonation is perfect

D- Extremelity drinkable and still decently complex. That slight metallic aftertaste takes half a point away though

Nothing that is worth high praises, but sure a fine beer

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cherry amber with a nice carpet of taupe head that fades fast with no real lace. Nose is sour rye bread and cherry Blowpop. Red berries and brown bread plus a bit of smoke with grassy hops to finish and a bit of flint. Dry finish and tingly spice linger. Light, crisp, some chew.

Not a huge amount of experience, so tough to say if this is insubstantial or just to style. Drinks quick either way, but I've had better and worse.

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