Göller Dunkel

Göller Dunkel, Brauerei Göller
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Bold notes of chocolate and coffee derived from the roasted Munich malts defines this dark lager. Yet it finishes out pleasantly on the palate with a malty sweetness and a lingering, almost savory bitter note. Remarkable for its full bodv robustness and its gentle finish, the Dunkel is easily our most popular beer in America. It has won numerous awards, from the Meininger's Gold Medal to the World Beer Award. Have fun pairing it with a spectrum of dishes, from grilled steaks to chocolate cake.

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
IBUs: 
34
Served at: 
46 - 48º F
Hops: 
Hallertauer Tradition
Malts: 
Munich
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Göller Dunkel by Brauerei Göller is being evaluated as one of the original beer styles, Munich Dunkel (Category 8A in the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines). 

It poured clear with a solid brown color among garnet highlights. A moderate, cream-colored head of fine bubbles is persistent and seems to continually linger at the edge of the glass. The nose was all bread, all the time that ranged from a French baguette to a British scone to nicely toasted brown bread made with molasses. Strong bread crusts, restrained walnuts and a hint of caramel round out the malt with only a fleeting amount of floral hops. No off flavors were present and the beer was cleanly fermented.

The flavor of this dunkel follows closely to the aroma with the malt flavor mirroring the aroma. Low-medium bitterness and a well-attenuated, semi-dry finish allows this malt-forward beer to be nicely balanced. No esters. The bread crusts linger well into the aftertaste and encourages the drinker to take that next sip. Moderate body accompanies an average level of carbonation. No other palate sensations are present.

Overall, Göller Dunkel hits all of the marks for what I'm looking for in a dunkel. My biggest issue with the beer is that I only received two bottles from which to judge; both went down much too fast. Seriously though, the only aspect keeping this Dunkel from perfection was a slight tinge of age/oxidation. That aspect alone wouldn't stop me from buying a case of it.