Sunday, October 9, 2016

Leinenkugel's Maple Dunkel Review

Name: Leinenkugel's Maple Dunkel
Style: Munich Dunkel Lager
ABV: 5.8%

Now's a good of a time as any to get some more fall seasonal beers in before we have to put up with winter seasonals for the next 4-5 months and for this review I've got Maple Dunkel from Leinenkugel's, which I picked up as part of a mix-a-six the other day.

As you can tell it's a beer made with maple syrup but I'm getting conflicting reports as to what style of beer this is. Beer Advocate calls it a Munich Dunkel Lager while Untappd and Ratebeer refer to this as a Dunkelweizen. Let's see what my palate tells me....

Appearance - Fairly clear yet dark brown/red color with a high amount of visible carbonation. The head is quite fizzy and only leaves a thin brown film along the side of the and there's nothing here in terms of lacing

Aroma - Well I'm certainly getting some strong maple syrup notes in here along with some caramel maltiness and some mild toffee notes.

Taste - Maple syrup and caramel malts upfront with some lager yeasts, chocolate notes and light roastiness in back. As for the aftertaste, it's a mild roastiness paired with an even lighter maple syrup flavor.

A dunkelweizen this most certainly isn't, since those banana and clove notes are nowhere to be seen here. So the prize for getting the style correct goes to BeerAdvocate. In any case, this is a good drinkable beer that's certainly worth checking out should you happen to come across it and the maple syrup used is definitely a nice touch.

Leinenkugel's Maple Dunkel - 8/10

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