crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one didn’t deliver for me. I love dunkels and spent a few months living in Munich, but this was a step under.
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Original rating, tap, 09.21.2010: 5/3/4/2/8 2.2 Pours medium to dark brown with a smallish beige head that has poor retention. Aroma is toast, chocolate, a touch of roast and cereal grain. Flavor is roast, chocolate, toasted bread and bitter, planty hops. Palate is light bodied, thin and somewhat astringent. Pretty plain and thin dunkel. Updated rating, bottle, 04.04.2013: Aroma is a little nuttier and a has a touch of toffee. Flavor seems much more rounded than my original rating indicates, nice nutty and toffee flavors up front, a hint of chocolate white bread crust, a little toast and cereal and some spicy and playfully fruity floral hops to the finish. Light body with a creamy to slick entry, moderate, somewhat sharp and blanketing carbonation and off dry finish. Pretty solid stuff. Much different than what I remember sampling nearly 3 years ago.
tmoreau (2280) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle labeled Einfach Dunkel, poured to a home 1/2 pint glass, with a brownish amber hue, decent, light tan, creamy foam that hangs around just awhile, but then reduces to a ring and film, leaving some waves and spots of lacing that also doesn’t cling too long. The aroma was mild toastiness, German malt, and hints of toffee, caramel, and cocoa. The flavor was similar but a little less expressive as the nose, with moderate hop bitterness, a touch of roastiness, some dryness, and a little less than medium body, bolstered by some lively carbonation. Not bad at all.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Short’s Burger & Shine. Pours dark amber to light brown. Has a discernable bit of toffee with an average body. The aroma is a mild and slightly chocolate smelling scent. This is not true to style, but much more drinkable than the helles.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Poured a clear mahogany color. The head was thin and off white. medium bodied and slightly sweet. The aroma and flavor were similar. Heavy on almond, caramel, and butter. There was also a dash of brown sugar. A bit too much diacetyl for me, but not an awful beer.
drpimento (2152) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Whoa. This is a study in average. At best. Poured with a fine foamy off white head and no lace. Color is a medium to dark amber. Aroma is very mild with malt and a bare hint of roastiness. Flavor is super mild too. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is ok and forgetable.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at brewpub. Medium copper colored body with a yellow khaki head. The aroma was toffee and biscuits. There was also some black tea. The taste was sweetened black tea with some ginger hints. Caramel was also hiding.
thehammer (9) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2009 does not count
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Very harsh tasting. This was typical of all beers tasted here.
Color nice but poor foam retention. Strange odor.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in McGregor, Iowa. Pours a clear copper amber brew with an average creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma is malty with scents of caramel malt, some toffee, a hint of chocolate and some honey. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonated with flavors of mostly caramel, toffee, some dark bread crust and a hint of chocolate. Finish is smooth, creamy with a short aftertaste of caramel malt.