Black Forest
Crescent City Brewhouse

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #148
Ranked #41,822
3.57 | pDev: 10.64%
Crescent City Brewhouse
Louisiana, United States
Notes: A full-bodied dark mahogany beer, with a rich malty texture. It is sparsely hopped, in the traditional Munich style.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of WanderingRonin
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Color is fairly dark brown with amber highlights to it. Aroma is decent, roasty malts with hints of chocolate, and a faint noble hop note to it. Mildly malty sweetness forward with a nice roasted flavor to it, some faint hints of chocolate and bitterness to it and a mild lager flavor on the back-end with a moderately bitter grassy/ herbal noble hop finish that cuts any lingering sweetness and leave a fairly clean finish. Medium/ light bodied, a bit lighter then I would have expected with an average amount of carbonation to it.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but nothing overly exciting.
Look was dark brown, nice head.
Smell was typical of a lager.
Taste was good, nothing overly distinctive.
Feel was typical of a decent lager.
Overall it was a decent typical lager.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a nearly opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had nice chocolate malt tones. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with good subtle chocolate presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Crescent City Brewhouse, New Orleans, LA

A: The beer is crystal clear dark mahogany amber in color (brown when viewed from afar). It poured with a finger high beige colored head that settled down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts and malt extracts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of malt extracts, although there are just enough noble hops to mask any sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather malty, but isn’t heavy on the palate and isn’t sweet. It’s not bad for a hot day in New Orleans.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well maybe it was the fact that I could drink this while walking around the French Quarter that makes me give it such a good review. In any event, even in a plastic cup, it looked great with a nice head and good lacing. It smelled great, a nice earthy chocolate aroma. Tasted very good, nice and malty with a rich feeling. Anyway, I like it and had a last drinking it along Bourbon Street.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark muddy brown with an ample tan head that lingers.

Mild hop punch, slightly medicinal and herbal. Smells of sour yeast and roasted malt.

Taste is roasted malt - chocolate, coffee - with a slight spicy note of rye, a slightly bitter hop herbal hit. This is a solid beer, but nothing stands out.

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Photo of tigg924
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, dark brown in color, with minimal head. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, and light chocolate. Sweet, roasty with light body. To me this beer just fell flat. Was expecting more body for the roastiness. For me this is a huge pass.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in for a couple of beers on my trip to New Orleans.

A- pours a dark mahogany color with a brownish hue, creamy thick tan head and pretty good lace.

S- cereal grain, cocoa powder, sweet and toasted malts, nearly no trace of hops.

T- bold toasted malt, chocolate, cereal grain and faint hops. Follows the aroma profile spot on.

M- light carbonation, medium body, slightly creamy, finishes a little thin.

O- good malty brew, slightly dry finish with just a trace of hops. Overall a pretty good sampling, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, chalky dark brown, moderate cap of off-white froth, gone quickly. Nice whiffs of dark malts, lightly sweet caramel, roasted grain, hints of cocoa powder, faint hints of dark fruit. Full flavor profile had me questioning the style a bit as Ive had porters with weaker characteristics than this beer presents. Medium bodied, light lingering sweetness. Overall, the best of the bunch from this brew pub.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served very dark brown, almost black with one fingered tan head in tall pilsner glass. Good lacing.

Smell is mildly roasted malt.

Taste is roasted malt. Mild to moderate bitterness with a slight sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Average carbonation.

Overall this was o.k. Just average for me. Food was great though.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass. The best beer I tried from them.

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of amber. Nice head/retention lacing (although this is based on a full pour a friend got, they seemed to have issues with the cleanliness of their taster glasses).

Nose: Malty and almost tart aroma. There's something in there that's kinda wine like too. Cool!

Taste: Rich and malty. A touch spicy (cloves) reminds me of rye bread in a way.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry with a slightly tart edge. Medium bodied.

Overall pretty decent.

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Photo of WJVII
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In NO for a wedding and sat and had a sampler with dinner.
On tap this brew looked to be a little thin for the style (and waitress agreed compared to what she was told to describe beer as) and had no head. The aroma was mild and had coffee and burnt malts present. The taste was light and had a decent balance with a hop finish that was not expected. Of the 5 I tried this was second best and unfortunately that isn't necessarily a good thing.

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. Like all the beers from Crescent a nice two finger beige head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, sweet grain, husky yeast. Caramel, and chocolate is in the nose as well.
T: Follows the nose. A really enjoyable toasted malt flavor. Sweet caramel and light chocolate. A light earthy yeast flavor as well. Really good.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not watery at all. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Really easy to drink. I can drink this all night.

I am not a fan of the style at all. Though this is really good. Maybe the best thing I had at the brewpub. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black Forest (Munich Dunkel)
Had draft sampler at Crescent City Brewhouse, NO on 3/19/09 - afternoon
A 3.5 - Very cool mini wheat type glasses for their 5 brew sampler. Little to no head, a minimal lace collar (could be the pour or sampler glass?). Dark Brown/black in color - color seems appropriate but a bit more "clear" than I expected.
S 3.0 - very mild in smell, some minor malt notes.
T 3.5 - this is one of the better brews I had on the sampler. Malty, little to no bitterness.
MF 3.0 - light to medium in body, medium to high in carbonation.
D 3.0 - drinkable, but not excellent. Okay best for the style.

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Photo of jimbomill
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was lucky enough to try this one on-tap on 2/22. The beer arrived with an adequate (inch) head of foam on it. The look was dark, even touching on black. The aroma was a deep, raisin-like richness.
The taste was malty, which I prefer. The hop presence was minimal, which again for this type of beer I also prefer.
The mouthfeel was so-so, almost watery thin. For a dark beer with the nice aroma, I was surprised. Drinkability, because of the thin mouthfeel was no more than average.
On arriving, the visual on the been boosted hopes, but the beer can use a little more body to be excellent.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Neutral brown in color, some light shines through--seems clear; no lace, no head.

Aroma of a mild porter; coffee and cocoa smells. Attractive

Great chocolate flavor which lasts through the swallow. The body detracts: too watery with low carbonation. Think thin neighbor (and the bartender) declared this their favorite of the bunch. I prefer the Red Stallion.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Update from July 17, 2012: I adjusted the numerical score for the last number (which is now Overall, instead of what it was then Drinkability). I gave it a 3.0 back then, but obviously it should be a 4.0 when scored with the more rational "overall" rating.

Original review May 26, 2006:

This was my favorite of the ones I tried while in N.O. recently (I also would recommend Crescent City's Red Stallion and the offerings of Abita but I didn't take notes on them).

Poured a nice rich black color in a large pilsner glass.

Nice roasted flavor with a moderate amount of hops. This reminds me of a cross between a Porter and Dopplebock if that makes sense.

Velvety on the tongue.

A welcome respite from the macro-beer infestation in the French Quarter and a step up from Abita Turbodog (a good beer, but this is much better)

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was dark yet translucent brown. Served with a skim of head and very nice lacing.

The beer had a slightly smoky smell with a bit of whole wheat bread in the background.

The beer had a decent taste. It was slightly sweet with a bit of roasted/smoked malt. It reminded me a bit of a nice piece of black Bavarian bread. The taste stayed solid as it warmed.

Nice chewy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very easy drinker here. Nice effort!!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite of the three beers I tried at Crescent City. This pours dark brown, almost black, head is good and retains nicely. Aroma is clean, slightly sweet, but smell isn't strong enough. Taste is of roasted malt, flavor is a mixture of light coffee and dark chocolate. The sweetness in the finish was right on. This wasn't quite what I expected, but I found it to be a very good beer. I would love to spend an evening with this beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red in color with a thin 1/2 " head. No lacing develops with this. The aroma is almost no existant except for the malt. The flavor is nicely malty with some caramel tones. Little to no bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and a pretty clean finish, but the malty sweetness lasts a second or so on the tongue. Light-medium bodied and nice carbonation. Not a bad dunkle.

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Photo of far333
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20 ounce pilsner glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights with a high, chunky, light brown head that settles quickly. Aroma is light, and consists of dark malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbed. Flavor is roasted malt, some plum and brown sugar, with a lingering cocoa. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of Boto
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a brown color with hints of red to it. The beer was fairly clear. The nose was pretty much devoid of hops. There was a hint of roastiness, as well as a malt sweetness to the nose. The beer itself was closer to a medium body than a full. Probably a result of the fact that it never gets too cold down in "Nawlins". Some hints of chocolate and roastiness to the taste. Mostly a sweet, malt taste with little or no hops.

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