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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Steeped in a long history dating back hundreds of years, this "old-fashioned" beer is again in vogue. Lager is the German word meaning "to store," so this beer ages three times longer than our ales do. "Dunkel" means dark in German, but don’t let the color fool you, it is by no means heavy, overbearing, or bitter. In fact, it proves to be a very drinkable session beer.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours a clear dark, amber w/ small off-white head that quickly vanishes to a lasting thin sheet w/ spotty lacing. Fruity, caramel aroma with some pear, toffee, earth and tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, almost creamy. Finish is sweet w/ some bitterness. Flavors are caramel w/ a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. An excellent balance of sweet and bitter on the back end. I really enjoyed this one, and will pick it up whenever I can.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11367) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Poured brown color with an average frothy tan head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium toasted malt & coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. This beer met my expectations.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7692) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2015
12oz bottle, purchased 2/23/15 from Habersham in Savannah, Georgia. Bottled 11/17/14. Great chocolate, and toast malt up front in the aroma. Hint of coffee. Lighter to medium body, with an awesome full, creamy feel. Crisp, light carbonation, mildly tingly. Light slick finish. Hazy red / brown color, thin sort of bubbly off-white head, leaving good ropes of lace. Moderate sweet taste, nice light to moderate bitter. Now, this is a dunkel. One of the better American examples of the style that I’ve ever had. Very satisfying and well-rounded.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Draft. Smooth and medium-light palate. Sessionable. Dry malt, chocolate, and cereal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollinsr (411) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 7, 2015
Pours dark brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma is rich smoked malts with nuts and dried figs and prunes. Flavor is malty but not thick, and with smoky character. The dark fruits are present but not terribly prominent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8262) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread, prunes and earthy hops dwell in a smooth body, constructing a surprisingly agreeable Dunkel-like lager.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam settles atop the mahogany-hued brown.
-Apart from the fruitiness, this is pretty close to being an authentic Dunkel.
-Drinkability is high despite the chewy malts and their sugars.
-The flavor profile is balanced throughout.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (3097) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2014
12oz bottle from Lowes grocery in Hickory, NC. Dark brown-copper pour, medium beige head. Aroma of bread, caramel, nuts. Tastes of bready grain, background chocolate, earthy, lightly bitter, nutty. Thin but creamy palate is nice. Approachable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bork (367) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Light and easily downed dark lager that, although very mild on flavor and aroma, shows off a nice roasted maltiness. Short finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2715) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Pours a deep brown on tap with minimal tan oily head that leaves light lace. Aroma is roasted malt covered by lager yeast and fruity esters. Taste leans away from the today and mite toward sweet fruity esters and malt. Solid for the style, but unimpressive overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzombie (385) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Pours very dark cola brown with a decent tan head that shows some legs. Aroma is bready malts and toasted grains. Perhaps a touch of caramel. Taste is quite rich - roasted caramel and toffee malt with a fine balance of noble hops. Dry finish with mild bitterness. Very good variation of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3174) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Nice nuttiness in the aroma and flavor. Really more like a light-bodied brown ale than a typical dark lager.


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