RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Leinenkugel’s winter seasonal, Bavarian Style Dunkel, is a medium bodied dark lager brewed with notes of cocoa, toasted malt and mild winter spices that blend perfectly with a hint of berries. Its rich taste and clean finish make it a great addition to a winter’s day spent cozying up by a fire.

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felsenpils' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
felsenpils (185) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 17, 2016
12 ounce bottle. The label says "Bavarian style dark lager", but then goes on to say that it is "brewed with natural fruit juices". That is quite a contradiction as no beer brewed in Bavaria may contain any ingredients other than water, hops, malt and yeast, not even beers produced strictly for export. It pours a very dark brown reminiscent of a porter with an off-white, brownish head. The aroma is of dark malt and vanilla. The flavor is also quite similar to a porter with the fruit juices being quite restrained and I will say that had I not read the label first, I would not have noticed any fruit juice taste. All in all, a pretty good beer and much better than their other seasonal offerings, but the name "Bavarian Dunkel" is very inaccurate with regard to the both the ingredients and the flavor profile.

edgallow (4689) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2017
Pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel, berries and some spice. Taste is grains, spice and caramel

pkbites (1008) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2017
MEH, Meh, and meh. Pour is super dark with a tan head. Quite lovely. After that it’s no BFD. Nowhere near as malty as expected. Alcohol is slightly higher than average but not high enough to produce the warming sensation expected of a beer of this caliber. Nose of cold coffee and astringent gel. Low hops. Very watery finish. Absolutely disappointing. Bottle. .

davedrinkinbeer (29) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Taste is Coffee, roasted malt, and has an earthy feel to it. Mouthful is refreshing, and is not a dry beer. Good dark beer taste, but overall has a light feel to it. Best beer from Leine’s by far.

bwy (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Malt forward and bland. Always feel the Leinenkugels starts with flavor that gets watered down overtime. There is something missing here. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 61

DocLock (11236) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Bottle. Thick and dark brown pour with tan head. Nose is earthy vienna malty, cacao, spice. Tastes like a slightly spicy, berry-laden nut brown ale.

wlajwl (7281) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2017
Aroma is dark malts, caramel/nutty and beery. The flavor is very nutty malts, caramel, light fruit and a mix of light bitterness and dry in the finish.

r464 (2388) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2017
Dark, malty, sweet with a good dose of caramel. A little fruit, cocoa, roasty malt. Medium full, not bad at all.

darthmoore (25) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2017
UPDATED: APR 15, 2017 Pours very dark brown, nearly black with ruby highlights. Quickly dissipating one and a half finger head. No lace. Smells of toffee and a bit of smoke with an underlying wet cardboard. Taste isn?t bad. You get the smoke and toffee and a bit of spice from the hops. A bit watery. Fizzy cream on the palate. I?d drink it again but wouldn?t go out of my way for one.

hershiser2 (3881) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2017
Kroger bottle. Pours color-colored with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, somewhat nutty. Flavor is nutty, metallic, brown leaves. Something seems artificial - perhaps its that hint of chocolate candy.

beer_rookie (727) - Arkansas, USA - APR 5, 2017
Pours a dark purple color. About two fingers khaki head. Good retention, barely any lacing.

Aroma is nearly cola like. Some nuttiness, pretty good dark roasted malts. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

Taste is dark roasted malt. Hazelnuts. Watery, thin.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied. Watery, thin. Highly drinkable. Maybe a tad creamy.

Overall, not bad. A little boring. Too watery. Nothing to write home about. I wouldn’t buy it again. I would recommend it only to prove dark beers aren’t scary.

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