Dunkel is the German word for ‘dark’ and is usually used to identify Bavaria’s old style of malty dark lagers. Pouring an attractive reddish-brown colour beneath a tan-coloured head, with a sweetish aroma combining caramel, mocha and a suggestion of alcoholic warmth, this example is typical of the style. The palate is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated, with sweet caramel, nutty, toasty and powdery coffeeish flavours leading into a long, dry and roasty finish.
Cassels & Sons Dunkel 5.6%:
Served at 7-10 degrees this beer’s a great match for most roasted or barbecued meats. Otherwise try it with earthy washed rind cheeses, or ginger- and nut-based tarts and pastries.
Geoff Griggs – October 2011