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

Wallenpaupack Brewing Company Black Diamond Lager
94 points
A very tasty, roasty, warm and inviting fall sipper.
Awards: 2024 World Beer Championships - Best Dark Lager
Burleigh Brewing Co. Japan Black Black Lager
89 points
Rich and toasty and full flavored but medium-to-easy drinking on the palate; a fall crusher of a beer.
Humble Sea Brewing Company So Far So Gud Double Decocted Munich Dunkel
89 points
Exactly what you want from a dark and roasty Lager.
Hofbrau Munchen Dunkel Lager
87 points
A roasty, easy-drinking lager that's a great cool-weather go-to.
Burleigh Brewing Co. OFD Dark Lager
84 points
A carefree dark lager for pub grub.