The Civil Life Munich Dunkel
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Guess where the Munich Dunkel is from?! Yep. Pittsburgh. I joke I joke. Munich Dunkel was developed in the city of Munich as a response to their moderately carbonate water. Its a really simple beer with stunning results (I’m speaking stylistically, though ours is pretty darn good). Primarily Munich Malt (a slightly darker than Pale type) does the heavy lifting and Hallertau hops give a very soft Hop lift to the brew. Aromas of Cereals, Breads, Malt (well, thats obvious but true) and lighter notes of chocolates, nuts, and caramels can be present. Melanoidins flavors are apparent and show up most in versions that are decoction mashed. Melanoidins are formed when sugars and amino acids combine through heat and water and give a very rich and emphatic malt aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3521) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
Draft at the Bridge. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Nice caramel and slight toffee notes on the nose. Some caramel notes on the tongue. Finishes clean. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4135) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Draught at Bridge. Caramel. Toffee. Sweet. Some bits of candy like flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Draft at Bailey’s Range. Pours a mostly clear amber color with almost no head and barely any visible carbonation. Aroma of sweet and toasty malts, nuts, tea, cereal grains, and a little bit of an earthy note. The flavor is primarily characterized by tea and nuts, with some sweet and toasty malts, earth, and brown sugar. Light-medium bodied, with a smooth, tea-like mouthfeel and low carbonation. Good dunkel, and very sessionable at 4.4%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
I did a side by side shared tasting of the black lager, black ale, and dunkel at the brew pub, each of which were quite similar, but displayed enough distinction to make for a interesting exercise of the palate. I thought I’d post combined comments of all three for each. Visually, the dunkel is a dark brown with a reddish tinge, a bit of a challenge to discern from the black hues of the black lager and ale. The ale and lager can be distinguished only by a half shade of tan in the head. Flavor and aroma-wise, the dunkel carries a traditional chalky, roasted dunkel character, enjoyable enough on a cold afternoon. The black ale and lager are a bit harder to differentiate -- both with a chocolate malt base, and smooth mouthfeel. The lager has that clear "lagery-ness" to it, finishing with a grassy maltiness, whereas the ale ends with a subtle bitterness that even the less seasoned amongst us could call out. In the end, the ale was the favored pick among sturdy small batch brews. (#4497, 2/25/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4080) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Pours clear dark mahogany brown with a light tan head. The aroma is a bit bready and toasty with a bit of graham cracker. Not quite as full and rich as many, but that’s fine with me. Medium body that’s a bit fuller than expected with fairly light soft carbonation. The flavor starts off with toasty bready malt, brown sugar, spice and some nuttiness that seems like walnuts. The finish has a bit more spice and has a bit of minerals. Dunkel is not my favorite style, but this was nice for what it was.

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