Bavarian Dark Lager
Bavarian Dark Lagers get their name from the Bavarian villages and countryside in Germany. It is here they’re often referred to as Dunkels (doonn-kel) which means dark, on account of their color and body. Now, many other regions in Germany make their own Dunkels lending to more diverse flavors of the dark German Lager.
These beers are deep-brown, mahogany, or sepia in appearance and have almost no nose, They tend to be very malty with a slight hop accent resulting in very little hop bitterness. The beer is smooth with a rich, mild vanilla and nutty-sweet palate and a dry, full finish. Bavarian Dark Lagers are full-bodied with a viscous texture and a strong, creamy, long-lasting head. The ABV range of a typical Dunkel is between 4.8 to 5.6%.
The distinctive malty flavors come from a unique brewing technique called decoction mashing. This process requires a portion of the grains to be boiled and then returned to the mash which raises the temperature. Boiling the grains extracts more starch and gives the beer its distinctive rich, malty flavor.
The Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin won a Gold Medal for their Bavarian Dark Lager we featured and are one of the most highly awarded breweries in the area.