Brewed by Brauerei Gradl
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Pegnitz-Leups, Germany


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2017 My Bottom Line:
This otherwordly Dunkel develops toasted chestnuts, raisins, oranges and light caramel, an expertly-developed malt profile juxtaposed to salient herbal hop bitterness. When this brew is ’on’, it’s one of the best in Franconia, no doubt.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam stays atop the shiny darkness. This is unfiltered, but it has dropped clear beautifully.
-The mouthfeel is ever-so-creamy and, more importantly, süffig.
-The finish on this one is endless. Looooong toasted maltiness... And hop bitterness. The dosage is so perfect you never get overwhelmed by it either.
-The flavor profile is mesmerizing once you’ve gotten round taming it.
-The bottled version isn’t as cushy and süffig, as can be expected (gravity barrel can’t be beat for low gravity beers), but it still delivers a really flavorful memento of the evenings spent at Gradl’s brauereigasthof.

Bottles (4.2) and many pints from a gravity cask at the brewery gasthof (4.9).

Erzengel (8744) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Für meinen Geschmack eins der besten Biere der Fränkischen Schweiz, aber natürlich nicht jedermanns Sache. Ein sehr schön malziges Bier. Erinnert an Erde und Torf, dabei doch trocken, aber auch frisch zugleich. Die schönen erdig-malzigen Aromen kommen im Nachgeschmack voll zur Geltung und bleiben noch lange auf der Zunge erhalten.
Ein richtig schönes fränkisches Dunkel!!
Test vom 14.8.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 14,15,14,15,13,15 - 14,65

Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Un liquide sombre avec une translucidité hésitante qui est protégé par un collet gargantuesque, à la Gradl. Des céréales grillées longues en bouche et des noisettes nous accompagnent pour nous faire découvrir une verdure qui perdure. Les saveurs s’entrechoquent et se réconcilient pour former un équilibre aussi sufig que riche. Un brillant breuvage.

bartlebier (3982) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2016 Gravity [email protected] XII2015, bottles bb03/2016 and 5L minikeg. - Bref: This earthy, well-hopped Franconian Kellerbier tastes like the missing link between altbayrisch Dunkel and English-style bitter. - Pours a gorgeously rich, light auburn caramel with organically indented creamy beige foamcap. Aroma of margerine/buttered breadcrust, inviting fresh proteins and roast caramels. Flavourwise, a masterpiece in below-5% balance and earthy richness with a mineral edge: starts off bready and toasted, with hints of young chestnut, before an assertive hop bitterness takes over leading into a greenhop-bitter finish: "soggy pasture", wet grass, more young/green chestnut bitters and flower stems over dry caramels, then a distinct (rusty) iron and thaw water touch, as picked up on by earlier raters. - Particularly moreish in all forms, due to the nectar-like natural carbonation linking Franconian Keller with Real Ale, and high bitterness. - Hard to find in DE, yet worth the hike to the source to have this tapped by the gruffy questionmark of a senior brewer - or to the discerning bars in Sweden and Italy who impressively carry this on cask. (Prost to 3fourths and his beautiful photoblog biertravel.com for pointing me in the right direction.) #3000 // rerate 5L minikeg servings: develops sweetish mids like baked banana, then ties those short by finishing on a woody astringency like the best Alt, making you go for the next gravity pour. I believe this masterpiece of a beer has it all...

omhper (25132) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2015
Keg at Akkurat, Stockholm. Clear nut brown, mid sized head. Bready minerally nose with some spicy, grassy hops. Bone dry with light-medium body and crisp, rounded mouthfeel. Bready and minerally, firm and distinct. Almost zoigl-ish, but more elegant. Long bitter finish. The best dunkel anywhere?

hirigalzkar (3158) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2016
Draught @ Akkurat. Good balance of a sweet doughy maltiness and a herbal bitterness. It also has notes of orange and knäckebröd. Really fun and drinkable! One of the better dunkels I’ve had.

TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Gravity barrel during numerous sessions @ Brauerei Gradl in Nov. 2015:

Clear rusty-chestnut. Lathery foam exhibits stellar retention. Captivatingly malt-rich aromas of breadcrust, hazelnut and sassafras entice the olfactory along with pistachio- and buttermilk-like yeast, fallen leaves, minerals and an orangey fruitiness. Soft, fine, weightless carbonation. Stunningly dry, yet extraordinarily rich breadcrusty malt fuses with an earthy mixture of bitter pecan skin and fallen-leaf hoppiness. Sharply herbal and woody, but well-integrated, punch of hops lends a drying effect and resonates nicely with the prominent earthy flavors. Bracing minerals clutch the tongue and amplify the licoricey hops. Oodles of marzipan, nougat and unsweetened chocolate drip from the complex malt. Some coffee, cookie and burnt toffee buried in there as well. Envelope-pushing bitterness soaks up the saliva produced by the explosive malt and rich minerals. Melanoidins flourish and satiate in the sublimely malty, yet immaculately clean, finish as chewy-bitter hops and vivid minerals provide contrast and singularity. As unabashed malt and mineral bomb that gives the fullest expression of terroir. So lean and clean, and easily the finest water quality I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing! Multiple liters of this will purify one’s soul.

harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2017 Gravity pour from a wooden cask at the brewery. Toast aroma. Brown beer lasting beige head. Cadburys milk chocolate aroma. Then very malty in the mouth. Great mouthfeel. Then some white pepper on the finish. Tastes like the best dunkel ive ever had. Amazing. Like the best British dark mild with a white pepper hop finish. Touch of walnut maybe. The mouthfeel gets a 5.. biscuit kicks in later. Chocolate biscuit.

TEJA (3056) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2011
Draught at their brewpub in Leups. One of the best beer on the 2011 Bavaria beer trip with Janko. Thick beige head. Dark amber / mahogny color. Nice dark malty taste without beeingroasted. Soft taste and no sweetness. Not muchbitterness but very easy to drink.

3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2015 From gravity barrel at Brauerei Gradl. Unfiltered but clear with a chestnut brown color and fine, lasting tan head. Malty and mineral-heavy aroma with subtle noble hoppiness (floral lemon, grass). Clean as can be with wonderfully toasty / bready / crunchy cereal malt profile, traces of cola flavoring and something that’s almost like vanilla bean. Semi sweet, mineral-forward lip smacking immensely long finish of lingering pepper-spice hop bitterness.

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