Munich DarkMarch 1, 2004 Middleton, WI
Available: WI, MN, IA, MO, IL,OH
Alcohol (wt.): 4.5
Alcohol (vol.): 5.6
Deep amber brew seems more “Vienna” than “Munich,” though Middleton or Monroe (Wisconsin) would be more appropriate. No matter, the creamy head, malty nose and clean, fresh taste are universally appealing. On the palate, the brew is balanced and satisfying, with hints of cocoa, caramel and burnt sugar. As in the Bavarian model, hops add structure, but not bitterness. Wunderbar as an aperitif, with seeded rye bread, toasted hazelnuts and artisan blue cheese like California’s Point Reyes Farmstead raw milk blue.
- Charles Finkel
Beautiful chestnut brown translucency with wispy cirrus clouds of foam swirling atop. Cocoa and caramel malt aroma is wonderfully inviting. Diving into the flavor awakens the palate. Great balance of roast malt sweetness and crispness. Brewmasters’ achievement of extraordinary balance of hop flavor and malt character. This is a classic Munich style dark beer the way it used to be made in Germany. Much better than many dark beers I’ve recently had in Bavaria. Take a sip and you can’t help agreeing with me. If you don’t, I’ll buy the next round.
- Charlie Papazian
Deep ruby red/brown color with roasted grain, figs and freshly ground coffee on the nose. Sweet malt coats the tongue with dried grapes and gentle hops. The finish is bitter-sweet but becomes finally dry with light hop notes balancing rich roasted malt, dark fruit and hints of chocolate. A fine companion for hearty Bavarian fare or pasta dishes.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.