Brewed by Cassels & Sons Brewing Company
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cassels & Sons Dunkel 5.6%: Dunkel is the German word for ‘dark’ and is usually used to identify Bavaria’s old style of malty dark lagers. Pouring an attractive reddish-brown colour beneath a tan-coloured head, with a sweetish aroma combining caramel, mocha and a suggestion of alcoholic warmth, this example is typical of the style. The palate is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated, with sweet caramel, nutty, toasty and powdery coffeeish flavours leading into a long, dry and roasty finish. Served at 7-10 degrees this beer’s a great match for most roasted or barbecued meats. Otherwise try it with earthy washed rind cheeses, or ginger- and nut-based tarts and pastries. Geoff Griggs – October 2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
[8307-20160520] Tap. Light toasted grains aroma. Slightly hazy, dark mahogany brown red body with a medium-lasting foamy mocha head. Roasted coffee grains and toasted multigrain bread flavour. Medium-full body is fairly bitter. Interesting. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3
(@ Cassels brewpub, Christchurch, NZ)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
2016-05-20. Crisp dark brown body, small tan head. Aroma of dusty caramel malt. Flavour is malt forward, light notes of dark fruits, dusty malt, hint of caramel and a very slight tangy undercurrent. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent. 7/3/6-7/3/14 On tap at The Brewery, Christchurch, NZ.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
Tried on tap at The Brewery. Clear dark brown body with tan head. Caramel and coffee on the nose with more coffee coming through in the taste. Not usually a fan of this style but I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2014
The head is good, body dark brown, almost black. It smells roasty, darkmalty, aromatic, very nice. The taste is malty, darkmalty, aromatic, bit dry-roasty. Quite good. 3.6

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 Another 10th rating! This is an interesting beer, somehow very un-Dunkel, in my view and smell and taste. Dark, squirrel brown, much more dense in appearance than traditional Munich Dunkel. Little to say on the aroma, except for a leather and mushrooms, very earthy, but all very subtle. The flavours are dark chocolate, cofee, hazelnuts, ashes, and none of that Munich malt that can often be just too boring. All flavours very mild too. Perhaps because it was a taster among other beers at the CBD bar, I could detect no bitterness at all. Felt more like a mild ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5339) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
On tap @ Cassels. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. Aroma has some toasty, chocolate malt tones. Almost black coloured beer with an off-white, thin head. The taste is slightly bitter, has the toasty chocolate. Nicely balanced beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21654) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Draft at CBD Bar. Very dark clear maroon color, beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of rich dark cocoa and caffe macchiato. Taste is brownies and Italian coffee soda with soft carbonation. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
horotane (18) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2013
I’m biased because I’m horrified in the prolific use of burnt malt in otherwise a delicious industry. If you want just like a chocolate milkshake but messy then I’d generally take Baileys in the Coco Pops before anything other than the most strangely alluring darks. I taste them to satisfy scientific curiosity and can’t help but rate this Dunkel. Clean and easy, none of the citrus or otherwise acidity that plagues a weaker brew. May my palate grow that I may enjoy it fully.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5065) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
keg @ Cassels CBD bar, Christchurch 12/1/13
Dark ruby brown with light body and medium carbonation. Digestive biscuit malt and a touch of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrowlerAA (6) - - FEB 1, 2012 does not count
Poured on tap at the brewery it’s made, this beer has a deep red colour, minimal if any hop character but a huge malt presence and expected amount of residual sweetness. The initial taste is chocolate and coffee with pleasant bitterness, the finish is sweet and enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. Head retention is good.

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