Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2010
Bottle 355 mlClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
Aroma sweet sugary nose with good malt profile , finishing with hint of honey.
Appearance light brown with crystal clarity. Mid neatly contrasting bone shaded top. Ring of lace. 4-
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied , mid with good malt character. Slight hint of unfermented sugars and cocoa powder. Quiet clean attempt from Full Sail.
Bonus bottle from DA, drunk on 4/25/075000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
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.
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... obguthr (6829) - 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 jgb9348 (6586) - 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.
Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2007
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 dwyerpg (6496) - 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. decaturstevo (6343) - 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. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2007
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. Cybercat (6340) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Strong, inviting aroma has a mouth-watering overtone of roast corn. It pours a clear coppery amber with a nice thick off-white head that sticks around a while. Flavor is rich and malty with hints of cloves and cinnamon, caramel, and corn, as well as a hint of hops and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is fizzy and smooth, rather pleasing. Satisfying overall.