ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
500ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown body with some amberish tones present.
Smell: A smell of toasted hearty dark bread, incredibly faint roast flecks, apple skin, and old, dried herbs.
Taste: Soundly toasty malts, a little hint of dark caramel, though not particularly sweet hiding what seems to be some grainy pils underneath. Even a touch of roast in there. Faint, faint touch of apple skin. Dried herbal tone from the hops with enough bitterness to balance things out.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: A decent dark lager.
Bought on Biershop-Bayern’s Website: Fürst Wallerstein’s Landsknecht-Bier, which they call a Dunkles Kellerbier. Previously, I had their Winterböckle, and loved it. Thus, my expectations are really high.
On the back, it says, "Bayern in year 1598. The Fürstbrauhaus [Prince’s brew house] Oettingen-Wallerstein exercises for the first time his rights of brewing. That was the birth hour of a princely beer-enjoyment."
Notice the best buy date is Dec. 10, 2013, 10:34 am. (Today is Dec. 27, 2012)
The color is dark amber, brown with hints of red but still a very bright beer. The aroma is pure malt, heady Müchner and Melanoiden, bready malt aromas as if it the malts were being boiled in the glass! No hints of hops at all in the aroma. I could stop now and the strength of this aroma might be enough to satisfy, but my mouth is beginning to anticipate it’s time for enjoyment, and let’s go.
mmmm... kinda disappointment all over the tongue. It’s a flat, thin taste, though don’t get me wrong, the beer is well carbonated and still has a mini white head after 5 minutes after the pour. The taste doesn’t deliver on the same malt flavor that was promised in the aroma. No München malt taste, though it’s still malty, it’s got a slight acidic flavor. Now, I’ve had a homebrew that was skunked with a lactobacillus (lactic acid) infection, and this is not at all similar, but still, it’s like a roasted bitterness, as if they used black malts that were not de-bittered. There’s some noble hops bitterness involved, too, but overall, it’s not in a good way.
The aftertaste has light licorice to it, and I can’t really decide if it’s a beer that works better with sweet or salty food. Hold on, while I rummage through the kitchen to figure this conundrum out. With Leberkäs: yuck. With leftover Christmas cookies that looked similar to this, yum!
I still can’t decide if I like this beer or not. The aroma is out-of-this-world wonderful, but the flavor neither matches nor has other things going for it. Overall, it’s a thin, slightly sour and bitter flavor with highly roasted malts in the forefront of the taste. Maybe it would taste better on a warm day, sweat pouring and the beer colder than I drink it, which is about 60 - 65F. I would also not label this beer süffig (quaffable/easy-drinker). BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Swing top bottle at home. Pours clear brown with a medium, creamy beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy hops, dates and figs with toast, cookie and caramel malt. Flavor is sweet malt, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation. Ritzn (1380) - GERMANY - DEC 22, 2016
Dark brown with big light brown head. Aroma is butter cream, marones, nuts, slight coffee beans. Taste is roast bitterness, buttery smoothness and some not fitting sourness. Medium body, very smooth, some crispyness. Alright. dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2004
Roast- and caramalty nose. Same in the taste plus plums and a hoppy finish. Reminded somehow of a dark bock. Very nice.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
Bottled. Brown coloured. Malt and caramel aroma. Sweet malty rye bread flavour with notes of caramel and coffee. Soft mouthfeel. shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Swing-top bottle. Milk chocolate malt aroma. Medium brown with large tan head. Strong rye malt flavor with hint of chocolate. More grain flavor than the average dunkel - a tasty beer. Quack-Duck (9484) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2008
bottle. Hazy brown colour, large and very creamy beige head. Malty nose. Full-bodied, lovely hints of caramel, roasted malts and chocolate. Very well-balanced with a pleasant soft carbonation. A very good Dunkel. BeerViking (4796) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2011
500ml flip-top bought in Germany. Pours a deep reddish brown with a big beige head, aromas of sweet malt and caramel, and a hint of bread dough. More caramel on the palate but with a nice balancing peppery hoppy bite and a drying malty finish. A light tang of dark fruit and dry cocoa in the tail. Very nice. bhensonb (15208) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Swing-top from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is mildly sweet, darkly fruity and bready. Med body. Flavor is rather dry, tends towards dark brown bread. It has mild bitterness, but doesn’t seem very fruity after all. It’s really hard for me to describe in full detail, but there’s some bits and pieces I don’t understand. It all hangs together well tho, and it’s a really tasty drink.