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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Beautiful ruby color with billowing head and lasting lace. Malt has spice, graininess, chocolate, fruitiness. Very complex, with hops in wonderful balance. My favorite dunkel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2003
A very good beer. Pours out to a cloudy amber in the glass resembling a glass of strong, freshly poured apple cider. The head quickly leaves and in its place is a fresh aroma of malt and yeast. The taste is very, very good. There is a malt explosion that isn't overwhelming, but inviting. I was waiting for a sweet finish due to the malt taste, but it was only light with a slight hop taste as well. A very drinkable beer. This brewery may only have been in existence since 1999, but they brew beer like they've beer around a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Wow! I was surprised by this one. There must be some Chimay yeast in there. The aroma was captivating, full of vinous and roasted scents. It poured like a dubbel, thick and with a minimal, but lasting head, and a reddish brown bottle color. The taste is like a caramel sundae, with a huge malt profile, and little hop presence. The sweetness and thickness left a round taste on the tongue. There really is nothing negative I can say. If this were a little more over the top (higher gravity, stronger spices) i don’t think it could retain its charm. I like where it sits, as a great spring/fall substitute for a belgian strong ale. (I know this isn't how it is positioned - therein lies my surprise)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 28, 2005
This one tends to be on the pricey side so I don’t drink it too often, but it never disappoints. I enjoy it only slightly chilled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2002
Clear reddish body, rising carbonation, medium head. I do get the strawberries in the nose. Malty, not particularly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1826) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
This is quickly becoming my favorite style. This brew is a wonderful deep mohagony color with nice frothy head out of the bottle. (Not as dark as the photo there). The aroma is most pleasant and nutty. The flavor is smooth and nutty. Not overly sweet at all. Malts rule here, but the Hallertauers add a nice bite at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2002
Straight ahead well made dunkel. Chill haze. A rare bottle conditioned lager. Very rounded and smooth. A lovely dark lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2002
I’ve had very few dunkles, and have always found them to be a hair too sweet, and I always was left wanting a touch more hops. I found a great one here, sent by urbnhautebourg. Superbly crafted, very slightly caramelly sweet, excellently hopped, goes down as smooth as is possible for a beer -- yet it is in no way unchallenging. My advice is too really sit with this one and not to have it with food. This brewery is excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Caramel colored body with a thin, off-white head. Chewy, malty aroma with light chocolate, toffee, varied bits of citrus fruit and some nuts. A moderate body that is fairly full, but doesn't last long. The nice malt character lasts well into the flavor. Great toasted malts balance the sweetness. Just a touch of hops in the finish adds variety and depth. A really enjoyable and drinkable dunkel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Hazy red color with a big beige head. Aroma is really sweet with caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor of caramel malt and some sour fruit. Dry finish.

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