Formerly brewed at Bürgerbräu Wolnzach
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Wolnzach, Germany


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Altfränkisches Dunkel is a traditional beer style of Franken, in northeastern Bavaria. It is dark in color with full malty flavors and sweetness balanced by spicy Hallertauer hops.

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jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2006
From a 1pt. 9oz. euro brown bottle with no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a murky ruby hued brown with a creamy pale tannish head that settled into a thin creamy lacing. Had a caramel buttery and nutty nose with whiffs of spicy hops and raisins. A malty crisp, creamy smooth full bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Caramelized buttery and sour dark fruits taste, the fruits have a sour candy-like quality, light on the sweetness, a little hazelnut, a nice spiciness from the hops towards the end and a semi-dry, caramel malty finish. A good Dunkel from Wolnazacher, tasty and balanced, very qauffable.

bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours an amber brown with a thin tan head. Has a thick, belgian-like aroma with lots of dark fruits and yeast. Also has a noticable woody, caramel, nutty aroma. Although it smells like it will be a great beer, ithe flavor is somewhat bland. There is a good malt presence, but that’s about all this beer has going for it. There is some brown sugar, spices, and raisins initially on the palate, but it finishes very thin and watery. I was hoping for a lot more out of this one - weak.

Nuffield (4195) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle producing a deep garnet/maroon body, opaque, with a creamy head. Looks chewy. But it isn’t really. A little bit like a vintage beer, with some significant caramel, wood, nut (whole toasted almonds) flavors and a little raisin touch. Tingling palate, at first seeming thin but really not that dramatically thin, somewhat lilting. You might claim to find a little metallic touch in the finish, the influence of some German hopping on top of what is otherwise a bold bock with only moderate sweetness despite the obvious malt character. It gets more rewarding with continued drinking. I would love to have German measures of this beer on tap, in Germany, with a plate of wurst, spaetzle, red cabbage, sauerkrat, and gravy. And oompa music. I think under those conditions this might be a 4.0+ beer.

jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Appears to be very uncarbonated. Ruddy caramel color. The aroma is nutty with some sweet caramel. Caramel nutty flavor but a bit plain really. Seems that the bottle is a bit old and that somewhere in here there is a better beer. Watery soft body.

madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2006
Bottled: Brown/red coloured. Unclear. Brownish dense head. Sweetness, brown sugar, caramel, spice and fruit in the nose. Heavy malty little buggar. Flavour is much like aroma. Caramel, liqourice, spice, brown sugar and some berries. Medium to full bodied. Smooth and pleasant. Is a bit roasted in the end. Excellent brew. Thanks to Joss for this.

GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2006
[bottle at LCRBM] Aroma is roasted and sweet, caramel. medium bodied, bitter finish.

shrubber85 (11615) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle. Syrupy sweet malt aroma. Cloudy red-brown color with small head. Maple syrup sweetness primarily with a stale barley flavor as well. Not quite cloying but still way too sweet for the style - however this tasted a bit old so that may account for the off-flavor.

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Lots of sweet chocolate and molasses maltiness. Rich earthy brown color with a dainty mocha head. Packed with brown sugar flavored malts in the fore followed by chocolate and molasses. It tends to get a little clyong after a while, but still a very drinkable beer.

IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Thanks to CaptainCougar for this beer.

Poured a dark effrevescent mahogany with a fizzy off-white head. Rich sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, and nuts. Taste is slightly sweet and heavy on caramel and molasses. The nutty character is there but doesn’t seem quite as prevalent as it is in the aroma. Slick body. An enjoyable dunkel.

altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 28, 2005
This one tends to be on the pricey side so I don’t drink it too often, but it never disappoints. I enjoy it only slightly chilled.

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