Ranging from medium to dark brown in color, with a creamy head, Munich Dunkel Lager features prominent malty aromas and flavors with only moderate hop bitterness. Classic examples of this dark lager beer use dark Munich malt and display a bready character on the nose and palate, along with mild chocolate, nut and toast notes. Malty sweetness is often perceptible, but is not cloying. Roasted malt characteristics make Munich Dunkel Lager a terrific entrée to stronger, often maltier Bock or Schwarzbier styles, which generally have a slightly roasty character.
Characteristics: Balanced, malty, chocolaty, toasty, medium-bodied
ABV range: 4.5-5.6% IBU: 17-27
Popular Munich Dunkel Lager-style brands: Warsteiner Premium Dunkel, Fürst Wallerstein Landsknecht-Bier, Hofbräu Dunkel, Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, Spaten München Dunkel, Atwater Dunkel
Serving Temperature: Cool, 46-54°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Gruyère, Munster
Food Pairing Ideas: Hearty, spicy foods including roasted meats, barbecue and sausages