willisread (2169) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Tokyu in Sapporo. Pours a clear brown with a minimal latte-colored head. Nose is caramel, molasses, biscuit and some light fruit. Light body and easy drinking. Tastes the same as the nose more or less. Not overly sweet or overdone at all. Nice.
biirusaikou (2332) - - JUN 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle version. Rich caramel malt, plum, raisin, dry finish. Decent dunkel, a bit simple but drinkable.
shoulderbroken (3479) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Beer Horn. Dark amber colour, beige coloured creamy head. Aroma is bit caramel, some grassiness too, bit fruity. Taste is good, nice malty sweetness, like this one best and could drink it a lot.
jonno (2441) - JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like what they did here - usually dunkels are rather forgettable. This is more brown lager than traditional dunkel (in my experiences). Not overtly rich, butr VERY drinkable. Soft chocolate with a little roast. Very well rounded.
jonas (6602) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Leibspeise, Sapporo fall 2009. Neutral nose.
Pretty golden cream.
Light fruit entry, a bit honeyish roast.
Chewy body. Sugar sirup, retronasal lebkuchen,
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light brown body, lame, bubbily head. Very little nose, sour earthen hops, smoke in the background, hint of caramel. Taste caught me early with its smokey, slightly sweet, malts and caramels. But it didnt seem yeasty enough, and as it warmed it got a bit metallic. It just seemed all over the place. Palate a bit lifeless.
Seems like others have commented that the bottle sucks, I need to get to the brewery!
KyotoLefty (8922) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery tap in Sapporo. Medium brown or dark amber color. Lighter than usual. Weakish amber malt aroma. Rich malt flavor, but still rather light. Caramel flavor, sweet, but not overly so. Roasted malt, slightly sweet finish. Very drinkable. Not super distinctive, but very good. Not too sweet, and very well balanced. Got more complex as it warmed, with richer malt flavors coming out.
TimE (4836) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
After trying this beer in a bottle in Sapporo the day before, I didn’t have much hope, but from the brewery in Otaru this thing was amazing. Chocolate malts and earth notes really shone through. Mouth is slightly sour with cherries and chocolate malt at the forefront. Lingering chcolately finish. Highly drinkable and clean.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ Otaru Taproom under TV Tower in Sapporo: Dark amber color with a light puffy head. Nose is fresh with a light caramel and toast note. The flavor is clean, some bright fruit and ripe starchy notes to compliment the hint of roast. The finish is light and brief. A decent dunkel, could use more malt mouthfeel.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Cracking roastiness develops within the cherry-like fruitiness of this otherwise, dry, toasty Dunkel. This is not Otaru Beer’s finest recipe, but it’s still better than many beers brewed on Hokkaido.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Creamy foam sits atop the clear russet.
-It is not as well malted as their Pils and Rauchbier, thus not as satisfying.
-This Dunkel is low on the hops, even in the end.
-Carbonation is fine and comfy.
-It is impeccably brewed, and very drinkable like the other Otaru beers, but the recipe is not as satisfying to me.
On tap at the brewery restaurant.