Dark Munich Lager
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery

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From:
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 13.07%
Ratings:
31
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 16, 2018
Added:
Apr 28, 2009
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  2
SCORE
82
Good
Notes: None
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Ratings by Domingo:
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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Domingo from Colorado

Had this at the DIA location. The Chop House is normally a place I forget about just because there are so many other places close to it. However the DIA location is a GREAT idea.
Arrives a dark brown color with a solid 2" fluffy white head in a variation on a weiss glass.
Smells like sweet dark bready malts, but no fruity overtones or roasted flavors. Spot-on so far.
The flavor holds up as well. Mild dark chocolate, a little nuttiness, hints of toasted grain, and a clean finish with only a hint of noble hops. While a little more hops *could* be used, many examples within the style are using this exact formula. Again, no complaints.
This is really a pretty decent example of the style and there's not really anything wrong with it. I finished my glass pretty quickly and had my flight not been coming up, another would be no issue at all.
I'm honestly tempted to stop into the downtown location just to get some more of this. It's a style that's too rare in the US and while this beer leans in the schwarz direction a tiny bit too much to be a dunkel, I still like it.

Jan 19, 2010
More User Ratings:
 
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Oct 16, 2018
 
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 08, 2017
 
4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri on Sep 24, 2016
 
3.71 by BeerBucks from New York on Aug 20, 2016
 
3.48 by Gagnonsux from Texas on May 28, 2016
 
2.56 by Jugs_McGhee from Texas on Jan 12, 2016
 
3.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on Aug 04, 2015
 
3.72 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jul 22, 2015
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3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

fashioned on the classic dunkels, this is a hard one to critique. i think it looks, smells, and tastes pretty good, and even though it lacks that wow factor, its a fair enough representation of the style. i think all their beers may lack that world class defining element, but they are a steakhouse long before a brewery, and in that context, this is just fine with me. a heck of an early morning beer, and a good accompaniment to eggs and hash browns. clear ruby brown in color with a short and short lived light tan head, with a nose of bready lager yeast and sweet vienna type malt. its as much an amber ale in flavor as it is a dunkel, but with some banana notes and a drier finish than it seems like it should have, i think it fits the part fine. more bubbles would help this a lot, as would a little more yeast character, its almost irrelevant here. that said, i could drink a lot of this, even before 8am, and even on a heavy hangover (you can do that easily at the airport, A terminal i think). good not great, but better than expected. id like to go eat here and try a few other...

May 18, 2015
 
3.55 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Feb 24, 2015
 
3.6 by deac83 from Texas on Nov 21, 2014
 
3.25 by spycow from Illinois on Oct 11, 2014
 
3.5 by Basoos1 from Oklahoma on Oct 01, 2014
 
3.75 by amvrana from Texas on Jul 29, 2014
 
4 by freed from Oregon on Jul 13, 2014
 
3.25 by SocalKicks from California on Apr 15, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by tjsdomer2 from Illinois

Appearance: Solid brown with decent lacing and a bit of foam. Fairly murky.

Smell: Lots of brown candy sugar. Very sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More brown sugar. Very sweet beer overall with heavier malts rather than hops. Goes down smooth but slightly flat.

Overall: Excellent kegs and eggs beer during a long layover at Denver Airport, but I digress. Maybe a bit one note as far as sweetness, but the alcohol packs a punch, especially this early in the morning.

Nov 20, 2013
 
3.25 by YieldToNothing from New York on Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by ArrogantB from Colorado

On tap at the Chop House at Denver International airport. Dark brown color, almost no head. Aroma of muted malts. Flavor was thin malts, mouthfeel was watery, easy to drink but why bother. For $9 a pint I expect a lot more out of a beer, this one was a bummer.

Nov 10, 2013
 
3.5 by DrIPA from Michigan on Oct 16, 2013
 
2.75 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Oct 10, 2013
 
4 by CSFerrier from Kansas on Jun 24, 2013
 
3.25 by Sturmthis from Ohio on May 05, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by jegross2 from Illinois

Reviewing the Dark Munich Lager from the Denver Chop House & Brewery out of Colorado. I had the opportunity to sample this brew during a layover on my trip from Madison to New Orleans.
Score: 76

22 oz tap pour at Denver Chop House in the Denver International Airport served in a weizen glass and enjoyed on 02/09/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Dark brown maple syrup color served with a thin layer of fizzy tan head. Despite darker body color, the beer is transparent. Above average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Toasted chocolate malt, caramel, barley grains. Sweet and sugary creamy soda aroma too. 3.5/5

Taste: Flavor is a lot more subtle than expected given the color. Likely due to the thin body of the beer. Caramel, sweet grain malt and toasted grains. Light amounts of roasted chocolate on the midpalate. Lots of grain flavor upfront with more toasted malt flavor towards finish. Very drinkable. Lingers with a malty, slightly bitter grainy malt flavor. As it layers, some chocolate malt residual makes an appearance in the linger. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Malty finish. Gets sweeter, almost too sweet at points, as it layers. 2.5/5

Overall: Good for the style, but this is not a style I particularly enjoy. A little too much carbonation in this brew accentuated the grain flavors of the beer and subdued the chocolate malt. Certainly refreshing and I do not regret buying/drinking this beer, but it is not one that I would particularly seek out again. One of the BA users below said it perfectly: "This beer has all the right elements, but just not in amounts sufficient to make it anything but barely mediocre."

Recommendation: A decent beer for the airport, but I heard DIA has some of Fat Tire's better offerings on tap at some of the bars/restaurants around the terminals if you do some searching.

Food pairings: Venison.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz glass.

Feb 12, 2012
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4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by brewdenver from Colorado

On tap at the chop house in DIA.

I wasn't sure what to expect at first with this beer. I have had one too many bad local and micro brew lager, pilsners compared to german ones that I am always hesitant. With that said the appearance was right on. Dark mahogany in color pouring a light active head. The fingers and lacing were good around the glass and the bartender knew to wet the glass before the pour. Strong malt and aromas. Leading way to the Bavarian hops and caramel munich used. So far so good. Right off the bat you taste the strong malts on the palette. Caramel stands out with a hint of some darker malts as undertones. This was crisp in the mouth with a good body and very clean on the finish. A wonderful surprise to have at the airport before a trip.

Apr 27, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours a dark brown color with red around the edges. A small beige head forms with light lace.
S: Not much in the nose. Toasted malt and sweet grain.
T: Toasted sweet malt of grain and sweet caramel.
M/D: A light body that is thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but not something I will come back to in the future.

Just bland. Nothing more to say. Not something I would recommend.

Jul 24, 2010
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2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by Seanibus from California

This beer has all the right elements, but just not in amounts sufficient to make it anything but barely mediocre. It is headed in the right direction, but it runs out of energy quickly.

Pours clear brown with slight head but surprising lacing. Smell is slight and malty. Flavor is weak, malty, a little roasted. Mouthfeel is weak. Clean but boring. No hop character at all.

Feb 16, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Mebuzzard from Colorado

I had this at DIA at the Chop House's location in terminal A.
Pours a dark brown, chestnut body with a very small head. Not the beer's fault, bad pour. After a couple swigs and a swirl and nice, soft off white head appears. Look's pretty good.
This beer is a good example of using good malt, but goes light on the hops, even for this style. A semi-rich sweetness and body to it, but the sweetness isn't answered by any hops. A quick dryness in the end gives it a metallic feature.
Light caramel and toast. It's not bad. The bartender said this was the dark beer. Pity. A good lager, though.

Jan 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by PhillyStyle from Georgia

On tap - 12 oz pint glass

The beer appeared a clear dark red with a nice light off white head that slightly above average retention with some nice, but light lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt, light but good.

The taste is mainly sweet malt with a slight hint of hops and caramel. The taste is better than average, but I didn't find that the beer had a lot of depth or richness to it, as one would expect from the style.

The beer feels light with good carbonation. The beer is smooth with above average drinkability. Overall the beer is not outstanding by any stretch, but the beer is good but not so much so that it would make me want to come back and order again.

Jun 24, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HeroJH from Colorado

From the notes on the menu "Styled after the modern Munich style, called Munich Dunkle, this beer is dark amber in color with a predominant malty character and smooth caramel essence. We brew this Lager with European Munich, Crystal and Chocolate malts and use hops sparingly to leave an overall light on-the-pallet flavor."

My review: I really enjoyed this beer. I had another pint after reviewing the first.

A - brown Amber. Good head with nice lacing

S - really nice. Good amount of malt smell and a real sense of smelling the actual ingreedients. It was probably very fresh. You can smell the crystal malt and that lends to a light sweetness in the aroma

T - Very balanced. Love the chocholate malt, just the right amount. Nice toasty finish.

M - clean and great. Light and dry.

D - Great! A lot of complexity with the cleanliness and body of a lager.

** Note: they opened up a restaurant inside Terminal A at Denver International Airport!! And the good thing about DIA is that no matter what terminal you are in, you can travel to other terminals without having to leave and go through security again. So a great place to check out some beer on your layover. I asked the beer on tap there is brewed from the Downtown Denver Chophouse location.

Apr 28, 2009
Dark Munich Lager from Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 31 ratings