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    Beer Styles # 33 – Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager


    Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager

    (Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)

    An old friend of Bavaria, Munich Dunkels are smooth, rich, and complex without being overly heady or heavy. They boast brilliant ruby hues from the large amounts of Munich malts used, and these malts also create a fuller-bodied beer. In addition, the decoction brewing process lends much depth and richness of flavor. Little to no hop aroma is detectable; the nose is dominated by malty notes of bread, nuts, and perhaps a touch of chocolate. Hop varieties used tend to be German Noble varieties like Tettnanger and Hallertau. Bitterness is often moderate, with just enough to balance out any sweetness.

    -2 Subcategories:

    A.Subcategory: Munich-Style Dunkel

    Dunkels do not offer an overly sweet impression, but rather a balance between malt
    and dark malt sweetness and hop character.

    -Color – Light Brown to Brown

    -Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present

    -Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Malt character is low to medium, with chocolate, roast, bread or biscuit aromas and flavors contributed by the use of dark Munich malt.

    -Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Very low to low, derived from noble-type hops.

    -Perceived Bitterness: Medium-low to Medium

    -Body: Low to Medium-Low

    -ABV: 4.8%-5.3%

    B. Subcategory: European-Style Dark Lager

    These beers offer a fine balance of sweet maltiness and hop bitterness.

    -Color – Light Brown to Dark Brown

    -Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present

    -Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Malt character is low to medium, with chocolate, roast, and malt aromas and flavors evident.

    -Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Very low to low, derived from noble-type hops.

    -Perceived Bitterness: Medium Low to Medium-High

    -Body: Low to MediumLow

    -ABV: 4.8%-5.3%

    -Glassware: Pilsener Glass – Typically a tall, slender and tapered 12-ounce glass

    -Examples (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

    Negra Modelo | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

    Brewed by:
    Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

    Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

    Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

    Notes / Commercial Description:
    Negra Modelo, better known as “the cream of the beer”, is a Munich-type beer with 5.3º of alcohol that offers a balanced flavor and a delicate aroma of dark malt, caramel and hops.

    Today it occupies the first place in sales among dark beers in Mexico. This beer is accompanied by a bright deep amber color, which is adorned with abundant, white and compact foam.

    Negra Modelo was introduced in Mexico in 1925 as the dark beer called Modelo, to begin its great tradition. In 2014 it changed its image to a more sophisticated bottle but with the same content.

    Ingredients – Water, barley malt, non-malted cereals, hops

    1554 | New Belgium Brewing

    Brewed by:
    New Belgium Brewing
    Colorado, United States

    Style: European Dark Lager

    Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

    Notes / Commercial Description:
    A surprisingly bright taste and a dry, chocolaty finish — one evocotive of dark brews enjoyed in Belgian taverns 500 years ago. Not a porter, not a stout — it’s 1554.

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