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Otaru Dunkel

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Brewed by Otaru Beer Brewery
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Otaru Dunkel is a brown beer with a dry, creamy, caramel flavor. It is brewed in a very old, traditional, German way, called Double Decoction. At Otaru Beer we use the decoction method because of the superior qualities it imparts to our Dunkles as well as other beers we make. With decoction brewing we are able to form much richer caramel flavors which cannot be duplicated by simply using dark roasted or caramel malts. It also gives a more nutritional extract, which keeps our yeast happy. And as the saying goes, happy yeast makes for a happy brew master, and a happy brew master generally tends to have more happy, contented guests! We use several different malts and only the highest quality aroma hops available from Germany in order to produce this superior quality product. This beer, just like all our others, is unfiltered, so you get all the good nutrition a beer is supposed to give those who drink it!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2062) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2341) - JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5657) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2011
Tap at Leibspeise, Sapporo fall 2009. Neutral nose. Pretty golden cream. Light fruit entry, a bit honeyish roast. Chewy body. Sugar sirup, retronasal lebkuchen,

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2009
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!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2008
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3226) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2008
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBara (1) - USA - MAR 12, 2007 does not count
Bottle. Aroma of dark caramel and creme brulee. Slightly sweet (but not too much)with a medium body and sticky mouth feel. Nice finish, nice beer, from a nice city.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19447) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2006
[Bottled] Lightly hazy dark amber, rich head. Toffee aroma. Fairly sweet with plenty of caramel and odd notes of tiger balm. Medium bodied with clean, rounded mouthfeel. Low bitterness.


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