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.
Vancouver Island Brewing Dominion Dark Lager
94 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of toasted pumpernickel with nutella and apricot jam, cocoa dusted raisin, and riesen chocolate chew with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a stimulating, long dry-roasted nuts, baking chocolate, and charred root vegetables finish. A very rich and concentrated dark lager that seems closer in style to a stout; dry and appetizing.
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
Hofmühl Hofmühl Dunkel
94 points
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pretzel bread, nuts, and arugula with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish revealing impressions of chocolate fig muffin, sprouts, corn puff cereal, and clay finish. A finely balanced, very sessionable dark lager for the long haul.
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.
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.
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.
San Miguel Brewery Cerveza Negra
89 points
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate caramel candy, baklava, oat bar, and grapes with a supple, crisp, frothy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish displaying accents of chocolate caramel corn finish. A sweet chocolatey beer for bbq.
Bull Falls Brewery Midnight Star Lager
88 points
Brilliant mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed dark raisin toast and chocolate covered fruits with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with suggestions of radish, spiced nut brittle, and grass finish. A lovely, easy drinking dark lager with nice depth and length of flavor.