Welcome Back Munich Dunkel
Our summer lager series continues with the return of an old favorite, Munich Dunkel. This style is perfect for your old friends here at the Civil Life—it’s a beer that highlights rich malt character.
Dunkel lager is one of the oldest recognized beer styles in the world with a history that goes back several hundred years. For half a millennium or so, dunkel lager was the beer consumed in Bavaria (one of the world’s most celebrated regions for beer).
Dunkel means “dark” in German. The color of this classic beer ranges from dark amber to mahogany. The malt character is rich and complex, but never sharp. Dunkels are somewhat sweet, but not cloying. The Bavarian lager yeast strain ensures a clean finish and imparts no fruity or spicy notes, so the complexity of the layered malt character can be better appreciated.
The base of this beer is Munich malt, sweet and complex with notes of bread, toffee, and nuts. Descriptions of Munich malt often use the word “elegant,” which is apt. Dunkels are very lightly hopped, so the malt flavors really show.
Our take on the great dunkel lager is very traditional. The beer is a beautiful red mahogany color with a nutty, earthy nose. We use mostly Munich and Pilsner malts and add hops only early during the boil to impart just enough bitterness to counter the sweetness of the malt. On the palate you get delicious layers of toffee and nuts and a clean, dry finish.
Come down to our pub and enjoy one of the world’s oldest beer styles in one of our city’s most convivial atmospheres. Prost!
The Civil Blog has returned. It is predominantly authored by Civil Life Barman, Dr. Patrick Hurley, who can be found tending to our bar patrons on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He is also responsible for tending to our draft lines, which is recognized as one of our most important tasks. Special guest writers will appear from time to time. We hope reading this blog will give you much insight about the Civil Life and most importantly help you understand a bit more about all of us that work here and the beers we put our hearts into.