CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a clear copper bronze with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Sweet, lightly caramel malty aroma has some toasty grainy notes and lager yeast. Body starts fairly full and slightly caramely sweet with some earthy pale malty notes and lager yeasty presence. True to style, but pretty bland. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   For a Dunkel, it sure has a dark Amber color, reddish hints, very carbonated, moderate to light frothy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Pale cereal aroma, minor breadiness.   Just doesn’t come across as a
Dunkel, but more of a bright Amber.   Quite cerealy on the tongue, very mealy.   Tiz pretty clean tho.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Tiz smooth, clean on the exit, with lingering cereal like malts.   Its okay,
certainly easy to put back, but very forgettable.   The biggest thing it has going for it is the fact that its fairly clean on the finish.   Seems well made, just not what I was thinking it was going to be.   Meh... ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bonus bottle from DA, drunk on 4/25/07Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2007
A whiff of apples hits immediately as I open the bottle but seems fully passing. Despite a vigorous pour, the one-finger beige head didn’t stick around very long, nor was there any significant lace. An olivine-tinted mahogany body with milk chocolate hues as well, shows a medium-high to high clarity.
The Dunkel. I’ve never understood this style, perhaps never having had a truly great example. So it’s a dark, pale lager. I get that, it’s meant to be an easy-drinking session beer, low in abv and hop rates. Can’t say I’ve ever found one that didnt fit that description, but I guess what always confounds me is the supposed sessionable nature of a dark beer. Because no matter how low the hopping, alcohol and malt rates, it’s still a dark beer.....with dark flavors. Brown sugar, light roast, caramel, chocolate and/or toffee. Do these things sound quenching to you? Because they don’t sound it, nor taste like it, to me. Granted, the dunkel should be very well attenuated, with a crisp lager yeast presence on the end to help solve the problem that sweet just isnt refreshing. But even granting that, those flavors just dont do it for me, attenuated or not. So maybe I’ll never enjoy/fully appreciate a dunkel. Don’t know.
This one has about as good a flavor/aroma as I’ve seen, though the palate is a bit fizzy and thin, and the aroma somewhat weak in its strength. Prunes and anise seem deeply integrated in to the flavor and aroma, and dare I say it borders on being a touch phenolic. Mostly caramel and chocolate come through from the malt. Well attenuated, though with a slight stickiness to it. Crisp yeast is a bit lacking, though is stronger while still cold (obviously). Interesting. I don’t know, it’s a dunkel alright.
Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing this one. Seems fairly straight forward and tasty - Nicely grainy with a hint of rye. I could see this being a tasty session ale obguthr (6344) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Weak, yet complex aroma of tea, caramel, and sweet malt. Reddish copper, clear, no head. Tea flavor on the front, horehound with much higher intensity at midpalate, finishing with smoke and bark. Very interesting beer
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2008
Pours a copper/amber color. Light aroma of caramel malt and floral earthy hops. The flavor was the same light sweetness with a nice moderate bitter finish. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Deep ruby tinted strong golden/amber coloured body with a short tan head. Aroma of malt, a bit of hops, metal, funk and some cardboard - not very pleasant. Light-bodied; Sharp metallic tastes with a strong malt backbone and very minimal other tastes coming through. Aftertaste shows some raisins and pit fruits in the taste, but nothing too terribly pleasant - but still better than the normal taste! Overall, a pretty bad offering, all things considered. I couldn’t tell this was supposed to be a dunkel, it just didn’t taste good. I’m happy to try this, but I wasn’t happy with the quality of this one. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Goebel Liquor in Wichita, Kansas on 03-May-2008. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2007
An aroma of brown sugar and malt. A deep copper brown pour. A sweet malt flavor and a sourish bitter finish. Good carbonation and decent mouthfeel. A good beer that the flavor follows the dark color quite well. TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Ruby highlights. Short white head. Aroma is caramel, grains, spicy hops and light earthy notes. Taste is big caramel, grains, spicy hops, earthy hops, light herbal notes and dried fruit. Body is medium with a soft but prickly carbonation. Ends with more caramel notes, toasted malt, dried fruit, spicy hops and earthy notes. Very tasty! dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Thought I had rated this a long time ago. An okay beer, with not the expected amount of sweetness found in most dunkels. Carbonated but just okay.