About Dark Lager

About Dark Lager
Dark lagers (also known as Dunkel or dunkel-style lagers) range in color from dark brown to black and range in alcohol from 4.5-5.5%. At their best, these beers combine the dryish chocolate or licorice notes associated with the use of dark roasted malts and the roundness and crispness of a lager. Munich dunkel style lagers are also included in this category. These beers tend to be fuller-bodied with a hint of bready sweetness to the palate, a characteristic of the typical Bavarian malts used. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Full Sail Session Black Premium Dark Lager, Hofbräu Dunkel and MOA Noir Dark.

Top Picks for Dark Lager

Tsingtao Brewing Co. 18 P Dark Lager
94 points
Walnut color. Aromas of black russian cocktail and steamed milk with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long carob, dark chocolate, espresso bean, charcoal, and charred fruit cake finish. A super roasted lager with a rich body; dry and ultra-appealing.
Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
94 points
Hazy bronze color. Artificial aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and custard and fruitcake with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish evoking notes of root beer float, mocha fudge, and grainy dark bread pudding finish. A robust and satisfying dark lager that is sure to please.
Awards: 2017 Best Dark Lager
Hofbraü Dunkel
93 points
Clear reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of carob nut bar, clay, and orange blossom honey on dark toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of roasted and wet grains, chocolate pudding, pepper, and clay finish. A snappy dark lager crusher.
Tombstone Brewing Company Munich Dunkel
93 points
Hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts and root beer and cola with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of dark toast and arugula finish. A delectable and lively dark lager that is sure to please.
Vancouver Island Brewing Dominion Dark Lager
92 points
Dark brown in color, with lively aromas of dark roasted pecan, raisin swirl bread, toasted oats, black coffee, and graham crackers. On the palate, dry flavors of buttered nuts, mocha latte, baking chocolate, and braised greens tingle into a medium-length, malty finish. This is an easy-drinking but deliciously roasty black lager; great for autumn sessions.
North Coast Brewing Co. Laguna Baja Mexican-Style Dark Lager
90 points
Bright dark copper color. Aromas of vanilla yogurt covered almonds, berry jam, bran muffin, and savory herbs with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length toasted grains and black tea finish. A dry, very food-friendly lager with a lengthy finish of dark toasty nuts and grains.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. La Yuma Dark Lager
90 points
Minutely hazy walnut color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate nut muffin, granola, and grilled romaine with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of roasted nuts and turnips, endive, and minerals finish. A crisp and quenching dark lager that will pair nicely.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. 12 P Dark Lager
90 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of steamed milk, balsamic dressed endive, and malted milk ball with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, bone-dry light body and a polished, appealing, medium-length dark chocolate covered espresso bean, cigar smoke, and leather patina finish. A very dry, chewy, table-friendly dark lager that hits all the notes; very, very drinkable.
DeHop’s Schwarzbier
89 points
Dark mahogany color. Roasted aromas of old fashioned coffee, chocolate ganache, roasted pecans, chocolate covered cherries, smoky bacon, and toasty crepes with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long black toast and espresso finish. A malty black lager with just the right amount of char-roasted flavor; just right.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Dorfbier
89 points
Red oak color. Aromas of fresh paint, bitter orange peel, cola, cinnamon, allspice, and lime peel with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium-length boiled peanuts, creamed corn, and toasted pumpernickel finish. A roasty lager for the table.