5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 doesnít 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...
BuckeyeBoy (6544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz Bottle, Pours out a goldish amber topped with a white head. Aroma of malt and not much else to write about this one. The whole limited edition LAGER had me fooled it is really a Dunkel???
riversideAK (6229) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Suttree (6191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
TheBeerGod (6104) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
ClarkVV (6083) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bonus bottle from DA, drunk on 4/25/07
A whiff of apples hits immediately as I open the bottle but seems fully passing. Despite a vigorous pour, the one-finger beige head didnít 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. Iíve never understood this style, perhaps never having had a truly great example. So itís a dark, pale lager. I get that, itís meant to be an easy-drinking session beer, low in abv and hop rates. Canít say Iíve 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, itís 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 donít 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 Iíll never enjoy/fully appreciate a dunkel. Donít know.
This one has about as good a flavor/aroma as Iíve 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 donít know, itís a dunkel alright.
decaturstevo (5946) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Darker than most lagers. This one has some body and flavor. Some hop flavor and a grainy character. Good palate and goes down very well. Alcohol is a little high for a dunkel.
obguthr (5918) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
jgb9348 (5911) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2008
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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 couldnít tell this was supposed to be a dunkel, it just didnít taste good. Iím happy to try this, but I wasnít happy with the quality of this one. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Goebel Liquor in Wichita, Kansas on 03-May-2008.