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Sainsbury’s Franconian Style Dark Lager
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Sainsbury’s
Brewed at Meantime

Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
London, England

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Dark lagers were the norm until the late 19th century and they still exist today in Franconia, north of Munich. We have recreated this ancient lager using toasted Munich barley malt, then slow matured it for up to six weeks to develop rich toffee caramel flavours.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 Much better cool than cold. Dark chocolate brown pour with stouty creamy beige head. Nice malty chocolate/liquorice flavours, soft on palate. Still not sure if I like this style as without the stout mouthfeel the flavours feel somehow ’wrong’, but enjoyable anyway, and actually very palatable served cool rather than lager-cold.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6445) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2007
Dark brown with a short-lived tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits. Flavour of caramel and dark chocolate with a sweet finish. A decent attempt, in my view, at replicating a dunkel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2007
Aroma is dougy bready and a hint of roasted barley. Taste is similar chcolate malt does come through, however i dont think im the hottest fan of dunkels.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pretz (3) - ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007 does not count
Different to what I’d expected from a dark lager. The colour is very dark with little carbonation, almost coca-colaish in appearance. Very complex taste, similar to coffee or dark chocolate. Enjoyed this quite a bit, although it is not what I’d expected! Another example of a good beer from this sainsbury’s range, I really liked their wheat beer that they don’t seem to do anymore.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2007
Deep dark clear chestnut with a very thin coffee coloured head.Slight roasty toasty taste and a malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4057) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2007
Brown with no carbonation and pored very flat.Quite smooth with a slightly smokey sharpness.Some maltiness as well. Reasonably complex and quite refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10573) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2007
Bottled, filtered, 330ml. Dark brown with ruby hue, tan head. Initially quite light and thin with a vaguely fruity aroma, but on warming in the mouth there is certainly a light plummy fruitiness with a roasted chocolate / coffee flavour. There is a lingering dryness which finishes into a dark malted biscuit taste. Interesting beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3626) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle, from Sainsburys. Deep chestnut red-brown, thin off white head and moderate condition. Gentle coffee roast and toffee sweetness in the nose, delicate sweet toffee and burnt dry bitterness in the mouth and a lingering chalky dry finish with a low roasted barley note.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8258) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown and red with minimal head. Aromas are weetabix malts with coffee and chocolate. Some light fruitiness. Flavours are mollasses with coffee, fairly earthy with plummy fruitiness. A nice, sweet, malty and fruity beer. Tastes better warmed up a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4274) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle. Reddish black beer with a light head. The aroma is slightly smokey and coffee based, and the flavour is lightly bitter and roasted. Overall a nice smokey and dry beer.


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