Löwenbräu Premium Dark | Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu AG

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of johndonor3
5/5  rDev +40.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of engisch
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I was in Munich this was one of a few bottles that I stashed in my back pack when I was heading out on the train. As the dunkel style was the hardest to come by (even in Munich), I figured I'd get a few "darker" beers on my way out.

This beer pours a light amber brown that nearly looks like perfection in a beer. It is darker, but not excessively. It doesn't have much in the aroma, but what is there is dominated by sweet and grainy malts.

The body is nice with a light carbonation, and the flavor is dominated by sweetness. It is malty and sweet with a good light hop balance. It is quite typical of any Munich beer to be light on the hops, but have just enough to balance the malts.

This is one of the better Dunkels that I have had, and if I am to see this again, I will definitely pick more up!


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Photo of Scoats
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A prime example of the Munich Dunkel style of beer. This is probably the best dunkel in Munich. This style sadly isn't too easily gotten anymore, even in Munich. Very flavorful in a extremely balanced way. This is the very essence of beer, no extremes - no crazy ABV, no mega-hopping, just a wonderful, drinkable brew.

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Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I miss this beer so, can't find it anywhere and had to stretch the case I had until the brink of it going bad. 12oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Dark Amber, but clear. Had nice off white head that built and remained, giving great lacing.

A: Malt and hops, your basic needs, if you are looking you might find some caramel and chocolate.

T: Malt, nuts, light chocolate, and light bitter hops.

M: Has good carbonation that keeps this beer from being too heavy. Crisp and refreshing.

D: It very easy to loose six of these at a time. Very tasty but still light. I miss the hell out of this brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Löwenbräu AG "Löwenbräu Dunkel"
,5l brown glass bottle, "Mindestens haltbar bis ende: 06.2018" and sampled on 27.09.2017
4,90€ @ Albrecht Dürer Airport, Nürnberg, DE

Notes: Clear deep mahogany brown beneath a finger thick head of off-white. Average head retention and lacing. Distinctly chocolatey in the nose, like chocolate fudge. That follows in the flavor although the rich, grainy Münchner malt is also clear. There are some herbal hops in the background, but not much. It's sweetish but not sweet. Medium bodied with a soft, moderate carbonation. The finish is mostly dry with some spicy hops showing. Overall really well balanced, and very drinkable. A beautiful example of the Münich dunkle helles style.

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Photo of Shreyas
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmann
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another Oktoberfest offering, I had this one with a bratwurst and it went great. The beer was a dark amber color with a small off white head. The smell was very light and was mostly of malt. The taste was smoothe with a definantly dominate malt character and not much hop at all. No aftertaste to speak of. This is a very clean tasing beer that you could drink alot of if you wanted to, but it is not very exciting in the end.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oddly, this bier was called "Ludwig Thoma Dunkel" on a few menus I saw, yet the bottle shown me at the Zieglerkeller in Dachau was Lowenbrau Dunkel. Go figure... Had a medium-dark brown color, with a little garnet thrown in for good measure. Its tan head thins quickly, with a minimum of glass-lacing. Great color; poor head. Nose gave off some mild malt and caramel notes. Body was mid-range, but it was verry smooth on the tongue....a nice little caress as it goes down. The Dunkel has a super combo of malt, a little roastiness and good caramel. Despite a hint of bitterness near the end, it finishes very smoothly. Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Miha
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served at the Spatenhof, already poured into a 500 ml mug by the staff. On to the beer:

The beer arrived with two fingers of head, a light chestnut color with amber hues, and leaving a few strings of lace around the mug. The aroma is pleasant, not too sweet. Mild toast and raisins comes to mind....hmmm, raisin toast? Having previously tasted a Lowenbrau Original in the state years ago, I had a dampened impression of the brand, only to be pleasantly surprised how this tasted. It has a deep taste; toasted with some raisin, light grassiness, chocolate covered raisins, yet never goes too sweet. It also feel nearly full bodied and very smooth.

A very good surprise indeed. I wouldn't mind to see this variety imported into the states.

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Photo of qcghost
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz green twist ... "Original Munich Formula" is stated on the label. No freshness date seen.

Appearance: Deep rich brown colour with a frothy tan lace ... looks appetizing.

Smell: Clean ... faded caramel, light creamed coffee and a hint of herbal hop.

Taste: Medium bodied with a little chewiness in the beginning. Crisp mouth feel ... dark malt characteristics kick in a little giving a light twang to the palate. Small kiss of hop help to balance the sweetness and go hand and hand with a carob roasted malt flavour. The finish gets even better with a dark bready taste that lingers with a mild residual sweetness.

Notes: Yummy! Great when paired up with a ruben on dark rye ... nice mellow dark malt character, a decent drink for sure.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer for a mass-produced dark lager. This is one that I will buy again and again. Low tight off-white head that faded to a thin foamy ring that stuck around for good. Sweetish fresh malt aroma with hints of caramel/chocolate/toffee--nice! The flavor makes good on the aroma's promise. It's taste is on the sweet side with low hoppiness and prominent malty flavors that suggest caramel malt and maybe Munich malts. Nice toasty finish that lingers on the tongue--good. Mouthfeel not exceptional but not bad either. Very quaffable if you don't mind the sweetness.

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3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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