Dark Munich Lager | Denver ChopHouse & Brewery

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Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HeroJH on 04-28-2009

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by YieldToNothing:
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jegross2
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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

Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brewdenver
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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