Munich Dunkel

Recipes:
1,609
BJCP 2021:
08A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇩🇪 Germany
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Dark
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

The Munich Dunkel is a classic dark German lager that finds its origins in Bavaria. Its history is linked to the advent of darker, Munich malts which allowed for a flavorful but smooth and drinkable brew. Historically, this style was among the more common German lagers before pale varieties gained prominence.

In terms of appearance, Munich Dunkels have a deep copper to dark brown hue with reddish tints, offering excellent clarity and a large, creamy, persistent off-white head. The flavor is malt-forward featuring a rich breadiness often compared to freshly baked brown bread or toast. Chocolate notes can be apparent though they shouldn't eclipse the dominant bready character while hop bitterness is generally low but sufficient enough to balance the beer’s sweetness without becoming overtly bitter or hop-flavored. Hop flavor is typically negligible; moreover, despite its rich profile it finishes relatively dry with a clean lager character devoid of fruity esters or diacetyl that can sometimes appear in ale counterparts.

While standalone in its profile, Munich Dunkel shares certain traits with other related European dark lager styles such as Czech Dark Lagers or Schwarzbiers – these adjacent styles might present different variations on bitterness or specific malt flavors but stem from similar traditional lager brewing practices emphasizing local malt varieties and clean fermentation profiles.

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Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.5 – 5.6 %

In Database
4.1 < 5.0 < 6.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
18 – 28 IBU

In Database
15 < 23 < 32 IBU

Color

Specification
33 – 55 EBC
17 – 28 SRM

In Database
27 < 39 < 58 EBC
14 < 20 < 29 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
11.9 – 13.7 °P
1.048 – 1.056 OG

In Database
10.5 < 12.8 < 15.3 °P
1.042 < 1.052 < 1.063 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 4.1 °P
1.010 – 1.016 FG

In Database
1.8 < 3.1 < 4.6 °P
1.007 < 1.012 < 1.018 FG

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