SNOB (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The pour yields a hefty head, and it looks appealing, although not as dark as I hoped. I don’t detect much aroma at all. It has a dark golden red color, with lively small carbonation bubbles. The lacing is pronounced at first, but then fades to speckled ghost lacing. Solid mouthfeel, but just never really hits any part of my palate from first tongue touch all the way to finish. The malts seem weakly represented, and the hops virtually undetectable. Certainly not a beer I’ll be sending in a beer trade...
BeerdedDave (627) - - JAN 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown color; light caramel malt aroma; medium bodied with a subtle roasted malt flavor and mild caramel notes
Drjohnrock (477) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Twelve ounce bottle from the Beer Of The (Every Other) Month Club. Dark ruby/amber color, roasted malt aroma crossed with a chemical odor, light to moderate sweet malt/chocolate flavor but with a slight artificial character.
weihenweizen (1919) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Clear chestnut brown with small off-white head. Aroma is light nuts, medium/light body, low carbonation, and some little-bubble lacing. Taste is dark malt, some nuts, and hints of chocolate. A little plain, but good.
NikkTwist (1776) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bierstube. Clear medium-dark brown pour with copper highlights. Head was bright white for me (despite most other reviews hint ing it should be darker). Mild dark wheat flavors. Rye bread. Buckwheat honey. Has a slightly artificial ascetic tinge to it. Generally balanced but feels unextraordinary - especially compared to unfiltered darks. Did improve as it warmed.
jtclockwork (9076) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black tan white head. Nose/taste of burnt cocoa, burnt chocolate, pine and bread. Medium body.
Darkmagus82 (1860) - - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-23-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a medium brown color with a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a very light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and roasted brown bread smells with a bit of toast and some cola like aromas. Along with these, is a decent level of nuttiness as well as some cocoa smells.
Taste – The taste begins a little sweet with some caramel and a molasses. Right from the start there is a good level of roasted malt flavor as well as some toast and cocoa, giving the brew a rather roasty flavor right from the start. The sweeter flavors fade more as the taste advances and a coffee and nutty flavor join the profile. The loss of some of the sweet and the arrival of the actually, rather strong coffee flavor really increase the roastiness of the brew toward the end, which in conjunction with a light earthy and herbal hop flavor, leaves a nice roasty and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. While normally for a darker brew I enjoy a thicker body and lower carbonation, which likely would have been nice for this brew too, I actually found the combination of flavors nicely matched with the thinner body and higher carbonation, making this a rather refreshing style darker lager.
Overall – A nice, rather crisp, dark lager with a good level of roast, coffee and nice transitions of sweet to slightly drier flavors. A rather enjoyable brew.
sturmthis (640) - Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Dark brown with red tint and beige head. Sweet malt aroma, slight coffee. Taste is slight coffee, thin but smooth. Solid.
60minuteman (906) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin but lots of flavor. It’s sweet and savory. Like a hearty meal! Aroma is metallic, yeast, malt, bread, toffee. Taste is caramel, malt, nuts and dark fruits. Balanced dunkel.
Frank (3102) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isn’t a bad dunkel but like a lot of US examples might be more of a schwartzbier, not that that ruins my day or anything. It pours a nice, dark brown which is transparent around the edges. Its head is small but long lasting and made of fine bubbles. The nose is nice and malt with a bit of toffee and raisin. The reason I call it more of a schwartzbier is it’s rather roasty, along the lines of maybe a porter, which I think of being more of a characteristic of that style than a dunkel. That is just fine by me as it compliments the light sweetness quite nicely. Carbonation is on the prickly side but this beer still manages a somewhat creamy texture regardless, while remaining drinkable as it should be. This one actually dissapointed me when Ii first tasted it but really grew on me as I drank it. It might not be the best dark lager in the universe but it will certainly scratch the itch for those who are fans of that kind of beer.
fiveacestx (666) - Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - dark pour with khaki head. Nutty malt aroma. Light malt flavor and a thin mouthfeel.