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Brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu (InBev)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Munich, Germany

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmarron (5) - EVANSTON, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
From a bottle poured at the correct serving temperature. Aroma: Light malt aroma. Little bread/toffee aroma as expected on more flavorful examples of the style. Medium to low caramel aroma. No hop aroma, which is to style. Appearance: Medium tan head that pours thick and disappears quickly. Very Clean reddish brown color, filtered obviously. Bubble were large, making is look not creamy. Flavor: Moderately sweet with caramel notes as it warms in the mouth. Hop bitterness is present and balancing, but not lingering. Not much of the complex melanoidin (toffee, bread crust) flavors expected in a Dunkel. Definitely no chocolate, but that is optional. Mouthfeel: Medium-light boy. Medium-high carbonation lifts the weight. Crispy finish, very easy drinking. Overall: A descent beer. Not quite what I expect of a flavorful dunkel, but serves well on an example that you’d want to drink several bottles. I am sure it is a whole different story at the source, on tap.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2014
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/27/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of carmel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, pear, apple, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop notes; with a very clean finish with zero cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Munich dunkel style. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (535) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
It has a deep reddish amber body that is very dark but also has good clarity. On top there is a thin light tan head that fades quickly down to a ring of lacy foam. The aroma has just a simple sweet caramel malty presence with no hint of hops at all. The flavor has a candy like sweetness with caramel, light roasted notes and very light floral hops in the background. The palate has a sweet malty finish, soft carbonation and a modest medium body that is very drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (270) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle pour is carbonated coffee color with a slightly-off white head that dissipates quickly. No where near the class of a Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel. Lacks the chocolaty, toasty depth in aroma and palate I expect from a Munich Dunkel. Ayinger has much more body and mouthfeel and finish. Overall, the Spaten is okay if you’re on a budget, but why not spend a little more for the far superior Ayinger.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2014
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, light orange/earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange, light bread, skunk. Light-medium body, light stickiness, effervescence.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arventresca (561) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Nice and dark. Malty as hell. Nice beer. I like it. Have fun drinking.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2014
330 ml bottle poured into large lager glass. Deep caramel color with a couple of fingers worth of foamy off-white head that sticks around for a few minutes before melting into a slick. Aroma is primarily malt with notes of tobacco and some slight skunkiness. Flavor is predominantly caramel roasted malt with some nuttiness. Light mouthfeel and a faint bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jagad5 (65) - - APR 25, 2014
An adequate beer, poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass, forming a thin, short-lasting head. Passable with pepperoni pizza. Much better in München with a bratwurst.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber with very small whitish foamy head, caramel aroma, high carbonation, strong caramel taste, thin body, abrupt finish, slight metallic aftertaste. Not very inspiring.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
bottle. Light brown with small head. Malty and lightly sweet. Caramel and light toffee. A bit below average.

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kalind1313 (11) - - FEB 7, 2014
Good clean beer. Dark color small dense head. Great taste very soft flavor witg a little bitterness at the end


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