ronaldtheriot (1933) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Reutberger Export Dunkel has a thick, off-white head, and a dark, clear, copper appearance, with some streaming bubbles. The aroma is very sweet and malty, and it has almost a cane syrup aspect. Taste is medium-roasted, sweet, syrupy barley malt, a bit of turned fruit, and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Reutberger Export Dunkel finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent beer. RJT
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Poured into the glass in has a dark amber color. Caramel dominates the aroma with some roasted malts. Taste is smooth more caramel and roasted fruits. There is aslo a sweetness to it. Good finish. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Clear reddish brown hue, thick head of enduring foam. Malty aroma, toasty, mild nutty choclate. Sweet smooth palate, notes of chocolate and raisin bread, dry walnut finish. Nice flavor, very subtley done without becoming too sweet. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
(500 ml bottle: $2.49 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Batch L5040. Hey, now this is pretty good. A little different from the other German dark beers I’ve tasted, this one shows considerably more toasty and chocolaty maltiness than the others and less of the caramel flavor. In fact, the toasty chocolate is very prominently on display here and it’s tasty as hell. Sweetness is mild, as is hops or bitterness, but there’s enough bitterness toward the finish to provide suitable balance for me. Toast and chocolate dominate the nose. Body is medium and carbonation is on the gentle side, so this is smooth on the palate and easy to drink. Clear, medium brown in color and topped by a tall, tan head that shows solid retention, never settles below a quarter inch in height. Lacing consists of a few small patches of dense foam. Overall, a very tasty beer, one that goes down entirely too easy as I’ve polished off this bottle in no time. Definitely a beer I’ll be buying again.redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2006
Just a side note. The beer I rated today was purchased yesterday. I compared it with an older bottle that I had access to, Batch L4014, and that older beer seems thinner and much less chocolaty. Enough difference that I wouldn’t have thought they were the same beer. 4014 was pretty good, but 5040 was significantly better.
Rich roasty aroma. Caramel appearance. Rich roasty, caramel, brown sugar, light on the palate though. Very good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Aroma is sweet malts with very faint molasses notes that effect a molasses/brown sugar infused bread aroma. Body is a transparent mahogany amber and holds a fluffy tan head that is a full two fingers thick. Fore is crisp and slightly biting (unexpected) then sweet smooth malt flavors follow. Sweet bread, sugary syrup notes, toasty malts and mashed banana/vanilla wafers. Fairly aggressive hopping for the style leads to a mildly bitter and dry finish. cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Orange, not golden, with tall bright white head and good carbonation to bring the aromas of chocolate, dried apple and apricot and a slight burnt aspect. Wheaty body and zero astringency with sweet backbone almost make me think of a bock, but the low ABV makes a second glass much more drinkable. nickd717 (4683) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
On tap at Biergarten in San Francisco. Dark amber brown in color with a large foamy khaki colored head. Great aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, toast, and some Munich malts. Caramel and toffee malt base, medium sweetness, with some strong toasty notes and mild fruit. Complex. Medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation. Really liked this one overall. Reid (2538) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2012
1.09 pint bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.99
Clear brown/red beer with a large frothy light tan head. Nice
Caramel,milky coffee and doughy aromas..quite pleasant really.
Taste is caramel, milk chocolate,hazelnuts and cream.. lovely stuff really.
Great palate with very little carbonation leads to silkiness and high drinkability.
Enjoyed this highly recommended. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle (Batch L4145) and served in my little used Nut Brown Ale glsss:
Pours more of a dark cola hue with a nice sized creamy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of nutty and chocolate malt sweetness, dusty yeast esters, hint of floral hops, tobacco, and a touch of smoke. The taste is quite nice for a dunkel, not has caramel sweet as other I have had, more of a cleaner roasted malt flavor with some good bitter balance. A constant bittersweet chocolate and mild acidic fruit theme runs throughout adding nice depth of palate. The mouthfeel has soft carbonation and quite smooth, never cloying. A surprising good bier and glad to have tried it and may again.