superspak (1479) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 9/16/2011. Pours fairly crystal clear red amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pear, apricot, caramel, toast, molasses, light chocolate, toffee, dark bread, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength and balance; a bit too fruity, probably because of age. Taste of pear, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, toast, molasses, light chocolate, dark bread, and light herbal. Lingering notes of light fruit, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, toast, light chocolate, molasses, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Solid balance of flavors with a fair amount of robustness; zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice dunkel. A nice amount of flavors with good balance; very smooth to drink. A quite enjoyable dunkel offering.
Alextricity (177) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice head, but it fizzles away pretty quickly. There’s no lacing.
Smell: About what you’d expect from the smell of a malt-forward beer... extremely malty, with some slight spice. A generic kind of comment, but that’s really what it smells like.
Taste: It’s pleasant, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so much like a lager. Being a lager, it’s extremely drinkable, but it’ has a somewhat watery consistency, and it’s lacking big, bold flavor. It’s a tasty beer, and a dunkel that could actually be very refreshing on a hot summer day, if you’re craving a dark beer that isn’t too heavy. In that instance, this would be an excellent beer. For its style, it’s actually very quite good. As a whole though, it’s nothing too special. It is probably the most drinkable dark lager beer that I’ve ever had though, so that counts for something.
shrubber85 (5972) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown sugar and chocolate malt aroma. Dark orange-brown color with large head. Tangy brown sugar malt and lightly bitter herbal hops flavor. Good - different from the average dunkel.
Pailhead (3859) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: This is the first craft "twist off" I’ve had in quite awhile. The aroma is toasty along with some chocolate and nuts. It pours a transparent copper when held to the light with a two finger khaki head that fades fairly quickly to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of light chocolate and caramel. The finish has light toastiness and a touch of nuts. Light bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid Dunkel, but not as good as the times I’ve had it on tap.
Petkus331 (78) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A faintly smoky or charred oak aroma, with a lighter charred oak flavor. The feel was a bit light. I did not even get a hint of hops in this beer. A somewhat light in flavor dark beer, but still enjoyable. The color was a dark translucent caramel. Overall, worth a shot.
dmschefke (560) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a solid mahogany brown with medium off-white head, decent lacing. aroma of toasted malt, cereal, bread, slight caramel, and a little nutty character. Flavor matches well and is extremely solid for the style.
Onslow (927) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Has the color of a cola, except is cloudy. Big head that settles down to a persistent layer of foam. Interesting aroma dominated by roasted malts, some grassy hoppiness and perhaps yeast evident. Taste is quite good - raosted malts and sweet malts at the start offset by a restrained but evident grassy hoppiness that asserts itself in the finish. Not bland or lagerish, though rather light in palate. Some tastes in the swallow remind me of dunkel weisse, but but much less pronounced. Interesting and tasty.
Ughsmash (6670) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured clear light-medium garnet with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up clean, sweet nutty malts, chocolate, and bread, with light, fresh herbal hop accents.. simple, but well done. The flavor found mostly nutty and caramel sweetness at the core, again with fresh herbal accents around.. a pinch of spicy rye toward the back.. clean, sweet finish. Light-bodied and refreshing, with a nice flow to it.. I liked this a lot more than I expected to.
ccex (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I found this, my introduction to Frankenmuth Brewery, on a recent road trip to Detroit. Pours a dark copper/brown with a small off-white head. Smells of roasted malts and almonds. Aroma isn’t too complex: mostly nutty and a bit chalky Taste is on the bitter side without much of a finish. I’m glad to have tried this above average beer, but won’t drive back to Michigan for more.
Tmoney99 (8784) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured dark brown with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate toasted malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Balanced drinkable brew.