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German-Style Dunkel

A German-style dunkel, sometimes referred to as a Munchner dunkel, should have chocolate-like, roast malt, bread-like or biscuit-like aromas that come from the use of Munich dark malt.This beer does not offer an overly sweet impression, but rather a mild balance between malt sweetness and hop character.

Category: Dark Lagers

Food Pairings

  • Sausages, Roasted Vegetables
  • Washed-Rind Munster
  • Candied Ginger Beer Cake

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Vase
45-50 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Light Brown to Dark Brown

Clarity

Clear to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild to Noticeable

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived. Hop bitterness is low

Malt

Malt aroma is low to medium, with chocolate-like, roasted malt, bread-like or biscuit-like notes

Esters

Not common to style

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Medium

Finish Length

Medium

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Munich, Carafa Special II

Water

Moderate carbonate water

Yeast

Lager

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