Formerly brewed at Bürgerbräu Wolnzach
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Wolnzach, Germany


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Altfränkisches Dunkel is a traditional beer style of Franken, in northeastern Bavaria. It is dark in color with full malty flavors and sweetness balanced by spicy Hallertauer hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5548) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy with fine particulate softly carbonated brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was malty and toasted malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt dark malt and oatmeal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5539) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2004
2004 bottle (I presume). I was reading style guidelines and usual characteristics of dunkels before trying this (having not had too many of the style). It surprised me how well this seemed to fit the style; almost exactly. Medium brown color, nice and cloudy from the bottle conditioning. Some light auburns and dull copper tones in there as well. Head was small and mostly fleeting but present: a light beige color. Aroma has toffee, sweet nuttiness and hints of caramel and yeast. Little hops in the aroma. Flavor is wonderful. Starts out with a big caramel malt mixed in with the lager yeast that is lightly pungent, and adds great complexity without getting dominant. Hops surprisingly do make an appearance, probably from the freshness of this beer; they are lightly spicy and a bit astringent. The chocolate characteristics present are more of a rich milky/caramelly chocolate, not much cocoa at all. The body is medium and the palate has a bit of a zip to it (could be a bit more smooth, but that’s a bottle conditioned lager, I guess). Wonderful beer, this brewery is outstanding. It could use a bit less hops though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Deep amber with a taller lasting off white head. Slightly buttery malt aroma. Flavors of sweet malt and light mocha. Some wort like qualities (unfermented sweetness) that distract from the better qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Pours a medium brown and mostly clear with a good head. Aroma is sweet and caramelly with hints of chocolate and some earthy/spicy hops. Flavor is lots of caramel chocolate and backed by some hops. Overall I think there was too much of a caramel sweetness (maybe from too much munich?) but it was pretty good. Ayinger albairisch dunkel was more enjoyable and a better representation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4838) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. Small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, murky, virtually no lacing, minimal carbonation, and a medium brown hue. Nose was malty, caramel, semi-sweet, dark fruits, some bready notes, and brown sugar. Flavor was sweet, malty, caramel, thin, dark fruits, and buttery taste. Mouthfeel was thin and fairly smooth. Light body. Decent Dunkel, very quaffable, and worthy of a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4460) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2004
500 ml bottle, purchased (I think) at Discount in Milwaukee, July 1. Dark, clear maple color, dying off-white fluffy head. Caramel and rye in the aroma, light spiciness and yeast. Much sweetness at the front of the body, very very smooth like the Hell, perhaps some hints of licorice, gin and baked pears. Wants to be drunk quickly, and I’m having to resist. Has almost a thin malted-milk texture, it is so smooth and drinkable. Hops just barely extant. A terrific example of the style, as was the Hell a couple of nights ago. This is a brewery that needs to be better known!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pours a lightly hazy, a touch murky, but with a brightly deep reddish color that almost takes on a purplish-amber hue. The head starts out at about two-fingers thick and is a nicely tannish amber color. The aroma is sweet and malty up front with a lightly toasty note in the finish that almost takes on a hint of smoke. A rich, caramelized bready note is prominent in the middle aromatics as well as some light spicy notes that help to round things out.

The taste is quite a bit drier than 8I was expecting from the aroma, but it fits in perfectly as a hugely malty German beer that is not overly sweet (a product of decoction mashing perhaps). A touch of salty, smoky peat is noticeable as part of the complex malt profile. There is a touch of sweetness here, it is almost fruity with hints at berries and even something like pear. Solid, freshly baked, crusty, caramelized bread notes and a light biscuit character round out the malt notes. A lightly spicy hop note is here in the flavor as well. It almost, in combination with the sweet malt notes, adds something like cinnamon flavor to the beer. Definitely there is a nice spicy hop character that at times is herbal and takes on a light, yet balancing bitterness in the finish. This is definitely a nice beer, I think it might not be as fresh as I could like, but it is still quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle producing a deep garnet/maroon body, opaque, with a creamy head. Looks chewy. But it isn’t really. A little bit like a vintage beer, with some significant caramel, wood, nut (whole toasted almonds) flavors and a little raisin touch. Tingling palate, at first seeming thin but really not that dramatically thin, somewhat lilting. You might claim to find a little metallic touch in the finish, the influence of some German hopping on top of what is otherwise a bold bock with only moderate sweetness despite the obvious malt character. It gets more rewarding with continued drinking. I would love to have German measures of this beer on tap, in Germany, with a plate of wurst, spaetzle, red cabbage, sauerkrat, and gravy. And oompa music. I think under those conditions this might be a 4.0+ beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 5, 2008
clear brown with no head and no lacing. flavor is burnt toffee, coffee, tea. caramel aroma. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3611) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Bottle. Sweet, toffee-like aroma with some chocolate and roasted notes as well. Smells very similar to a nice doppelbock. Large overflowing head out of the bottle. Hazy garnet amber color with an off-white head. Head is just too robust on this. Sweet, toffee-like start, which turns cedar-like with lots of woodsy and earthiness. Turns roasted late without many hops. A bit of smoke is present with a slight mustiness. I get coffee coming through very late.

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