Its as Fun to Drink as It Is to Say
A Review of Frankenmuth Munich Dunkel by Frankenmuth Brewery
Posted on 6/27/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
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Dunkel. Dunkel. Just saying the word is fun. Drinking a good one is even more fun. Now, a Dunkel can really be any type of dark German beer, but in this case we are talking about a dark German lager. Rare is the occasion when you find an American based brewer that makes a good version of this style. The typical lager is one of the most mass produced styles on the planet due to its ease in creation. The dark lager, while seemingly similar, requires a mastering of that one word that we love to use here: Balance. Get it right, and you have an undeniable winner. Get it wrong, and you get it WAY wrong. That being said, the guys at Frankenmuth have placed themselves into the ''rare occasion'' category with their Munich Dunkel.

This beer is a beauty in the glass. It pours a dark mahogany color with just a little bit of head that leaves a slight bit of lacing. If you hold it to the light, you catch just a bit of red tones around the edges, and its crystal clear throughout. I could pick up on a nice smokey aroma right off the bat. There were roasted malt tones, and even some sweeter malt layers underneath everything else. You almost get the feeling that you might be smelling a loaf of freshly toasted bread. If you go back in a second time and let it linger, you can get some light bittersweet chocolate notes, along with some caramel and even a bit of hops sprinkled in. It almost makes me think ''This is what a light porter would probably smell like''. Its intriguing to say the least.

Any time you get a dark beer in front of me, not much time will pass until said dark beer is in my mouth. This beer was no different. That first sip was well worth the small amount of time it took me to get to it. You are met up front with a warm, roasted and smokey malt flavor mixed with just the slightest hop pop. You notice the carbonation about the same time you notice the hops. It really keeps this flavor train moving right along. When you get to the middle parts of this beer, you find that bittersweet chocolate you smelled earlier, along with the sweet malts that were hiding behind the roasted ones up front. There is just the slightest hop bite at the very end, but as soon as you notice it, its gone. You are left with a surprisingly dry and clean aftertaste. If anything, the sweet malts linger just long enough for you to want more.

I have to say that Frankenmuth did not disappoint with this one. Say it with me again. Balance. They got it right. While its easy to say, I'm sure it wasn't easy to accomplish. There are great flavors and aromas throughout. I don't think that anyone would be disappointed if they decided to give this one a try. The beginners can use this one as a learning tool. The aromas and flavors are easy to pick out. Nothing over powers you and its simply a good representation of the style. The more advanced can appreciate it for a job well done. Sometimes, that's all you can ask for. Well, that and another 3 or 4 of these.

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