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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Very few American breweries produce dunkels, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help set things right. This is the beer that made Munich famous. The challenge is getting the color right without using too much black malt, as this beer shouldn’t display that character. We use 90% Munich Malt in the grist, along with a small amount of Amber and Caramel Malt and less than 1% Carafa (a German Black Malt). The beer is dark brown/red in color, with both malt and subtle hop aromas. The beer shows strong and complex malt character, with a hint of milk chocolate. The hops take a back seat to the malt, and only keep things in balance. This beer is great with aged cheeses like cheddar and gouda, sauteed mushrooms, or braised meats and sausage. (1.014 BG, 6.00%, 24 IBU, 14 SRM)

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2.6
mcberko (17847) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a chestnut brown with an amber tinge and a small beige head. Aroma is very nutty, with some feint dried fruits. Flavour is quite nutty as well, with some subtle dark fruits, and some bready malts. Not sure why this is rated so high, as it’s fairly boring with a weak flavour palate. Drinkable, but generic.

3.8
bhensonb (15214) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours clear, dark and ruddy with a beige head. Aroma of dark malt, perhaps with a floral hop. Near full bodied. Flavor is rather dark malt that suggets a little chocolate. It’s sweet, but not excessive or sticky, and there’s enough noble hop to keep it pleasant.

2.9
Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
A reddish amber dunkel with a thin light moka head. In aroma, a nutty malt with light cinnamon notes, lightly meaty and musky. In mouth, a smooth grainy malt with fruity esters, not bad, but a bit light. Bottle at OBF Fringe Fest Belmont Station, July 30 2011.

3.7
marcus (10230) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl. Pours dark brown with a transient beige head and a caramel arpma. There is a hearty brown malt flavor with a bit of chocolate and a dry finish.

3.9
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2016 Here we go again. Exceptionally balanced, bright, earthy, toasty and fresh, leaning to the dry side. Mineral-rich and toasty with firm malt body and tight carbonation. Subtle and quiet, it doesn’t come across as Americanized as the pils (which regardless is still amazing), rather it seems it could be right out of Bavaria, in fact for my tastes it’s a level above most dunkel I’ve had in Germany. Toasted grains, just-scorched crackers, bread crust, it’s this character throughout that’s exceptionally flavorful and, more importantly, perfectly balanced. Mild fruity esters compliment rather than detract, similar in nature to the Coastal vienna.

3.8
douglas88 (9192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear dark chocolate color with a large off-white head. A sweet chocolaty nose, some cocoa and fruit. The flavor is mellow, caramel, some bitterness, toffee, smoke, big Munich malt. Very clean and tasty.

3.1
bytemesis (8423) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish amber, small beige head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is malty, nutty, citrus and bread. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, light citrus notes. Medium body, light acidity which was a detractor.

3.7
jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2017
Bottle procured directly from Heater Allen. Handsome chestnut pour with a large, creamy off-white head. Aroma of toasted grain. Some gentle caramel. Light earthy hop character. Nicely balanced and eminently drinkable. Sweet caramel and biscuit. Light cocoa. Some shag tobacco and lightpepper for balance. Smooth and easy drinking. Bright carb. Nice.

3.9
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2010
22. Pours an opaque dark ebony with a dense, creamy tan head that falls away to virtually nothing. Leaves occasionally webby strings of lace. Big roasty, chocolatey nose with some brown sugar--not impy stout big, but huge for the style, the yeast, the abv, the mash bill, and so on. Creamy medium body, nearly as big as an ale. Roasty, chocolatey, brown sugary mid-palate. Mild brown bread finish. Very tasty and satisfying.

3.5
VastActiv (7134) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle at Beer Mongers, Portland. Bottled on : 12/08/14. Colour is clear light brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, some chocolate, hints of sweetness and roasted malts. Very clean.


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