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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Cool cloudy brown pour with a thin white head. Nose had caramel, chocolate and possibly citrus hops. Quite hoppy. The taste was quite enjoyable but a bit too sweet at the end. There was some white wine which worked well. The palate was very creamy and my favorite part of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2005
Bottled. Clear ruby red colour with a brownish tinge. Slightly off-white medium-sized head. Malty, caramelly and chocolatey aroma with notes of toffee. Tastes somewhat roastmalty , caramelly and chocolatey. Finishes quite dry and with a lasting chocolatey bitterness. Rather full-bodied. A great dunkel. Thanks to joss for this treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Thanks to CaptainCougar for this beer.

Poured a dark effrevescent mahogany with a fizzy off-white head. Rich sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, and nuts. Taste is slightly sweet and heavy on caramel and molasses. The nutty character is there but doesn’t seem quite as prevalent as it is in the aroma. Slick body. An enjoyable dunkel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Pours hazy brownish amber with a thin, mostly receding mocha head. Aroma of alefruits, toffee, caramel, notes of plums, bread dough, and sweet crystal malt. Taste is sweet and pleasant with mild notes of toasted malt, with fruity notes unusual from a lager. Taste is sweet with toasted malt, toffee, with mild vinous fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rich silkiness and a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Hopefully this is the beer I am drinking. Pour is dark brown with red and a nice smooth tan head. Aroma is rich sweet malt. Flavor is also full of that malt. Notes of yeast, cloves, and banana, as well. Some caramel. The occasional prickly feel. Finish offered a bit of chocolate but was muddled. Still, a sweet and rich beer that was so easy to drink. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2003
it's mr. nikolausbier to me, the dunkel supposedly made without dark malts. it's cloudy and chaff-laden as any unfiltered hefe wiezen, a worn pecan golden orange pour with a variable camel colored head. one bottle one night had a vivacious head, the next bottle another night, the head slipped into a coma with a "do not resusitate" order. both concurred on an autumn leaf mulch aroma, though, fruited plains and amber waves of grain, toffee and woody tones. brisk carbonation and rather light bodied; wine sap earthy sweetness tries in an unconvincing way to mimic chocolate. hops whisper from the back row and are missed unless your tongue knows just where to look. so to speak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Bottle. Deep russet color. Nice off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity, malty, toffee. Hints of hops in aroma. Body is medium, smooth mouthfeel. Taste is malty, good carbonation levels. Hops are peppery, not overdone, but present. Very pleasant beer.

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