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Friday
May102013

AUGUSTINER DUNKEL

Augstiner Dunkel. Splurged a bit on dunkels this winter but somehow never got around to the Augustiner version. Actually, never found it, until a week or two ago.

This is the dark lager variety from the last privately owned brewery out of Munich's Big Six brewers (the others are Hofbrau, Spaten, Lowenbrau, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr).

It's brewed using water from a well located in the middle of the brewery, rather than water from the River Isar, and it's also stored in wooden barrels, rather than alloy ones.

And it's bloody awesome. It has some of the hints you'd recognise from an Augustiner helles, with a lovely balance of bitterness, organic-tasting cereals and a touch of sweetness, but the sweetness is lower and the cereal taste is higher.

The result is a toasty beautness, so much like multi-grain bread taken straight out of the oven that you can almost hear the grains cracking.

Fantastic winter drinking.

 

9/10

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