Tuesday, 6 September 2011


European Beer Challenge #1 Austria

  • Country: Austria
  • Style: Munich Dunkel Lager
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Serving Type: 330ml Bottle
  • Price: Inexpensive
It was purely coincidental that this beer comes from a country beginning with 'A' is the first beer in this challenge. Dad brought some home and who am I to turn down free beer.

I have had the lager from this brewery before and it wasn't that good so I wasn't expecting a great deal from this beer. However that said most Munich Dunkel Lagers are good, it's quite an easy style to make well, but an incredibly difficult beer to perfect.

It pours a very dark red-brown colour, not that you can tell in the photo as the lighting isn't great (and I took this one.). Nice little tan head, less than a fingers worth but it is creamy and leaves an impressive trail down the glass considering how little remains on the surface of the beer. A nice looking beer really!

The smells are quite strong on the nose, with coffee and sweet caramel the dominant odours. It also smells a bit like a dark nutty chocolate. There is a light hops background finish but emphasis is definitely on the word light, not really enough for a Munich Dunkel.

This beer may not smell spectacular but it tastes brilliantly. It's a very smooth and creamy brew and feels fantastic in the mouth as it is not too thick our overpowered by carbonation. For those who don't like malty beers, this isn't for you, as the beer has a lovely toasty malt before making way to the caramel and coffee flavours that the aroma promised us. This is followed by a quick burst of herbal hops but this doesn't last long enough for my liking and is quickly taken over by a sweet finish. Surprisingly the aftertaste doesn't last long and the taste leaves the mouth very quickly.

Don't get me wrong this is a good beer, but by no means is it a great beer. Things like the lack a lasting hops flavour or a more lasting aftertaste, let down what could be a spectacular dark beer. This probably isn't the beer for you to try if you have never had a dark beer before, but if you are well accustomed to dark beers definitely worth a go, especially after dinner.

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

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