Hofbrauhaus Freising Dunkel

One thing that I crave with relative frequency is German food, but there are very few German restaurants around us. We found a really good one in Philly, but we don’t get there as often as I would like. Not only do they have exceptional food, but they have a really good beer list as well. This was a beer that I had while there.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Freising is the oldest town between Regensburg and Bolzano and located in Upper Bavaria north of Munich, near Munich International Airport, on the Isar river. There are two hills, the cathedral hill with the bishop’s castle and Freising cathedral, and Weihenstephan Hill with Weihenstephan Abbey, the oldest working brewery in the world. It was also the first recorded place of a European tornado. The city is 448 meters above sea level.”

Random: We’re supposed to go to Germany in December and I am very excited to try the beer there.

The beer poured with a thick, two finger, loose, cream-colored head. The body was a deep mahogany color with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had some sweet notes of toffee and caramel with some mineral water. The taste was also quite sweet. There was caramel, toffee and hazelnut with some mineral water as well. There was some brown bread crust too. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with brown bread. I thought this was a good beer and paired well with German food. If you see it on tap, it’s worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

DuClaw 31

Eli threw another interception. He really isn’t looking great this year. As an Eagles fan, this makes me very happy. Anyways, let’s see how this beer went.


ABV: 5.1%

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “First brewed in 2008 as a Halloween one-off release, ’31,’ took the classic Munich Dunkel and added seasonal spices to create a new fall favorite. Then, in 2011, we DOUBLED the spicing to take the taste of this amber colored, medium-bodied German-style lager to a new level of flavor. The resulting variant of ’31’ indulges your senses with its smooth, malty palate, moderate 5.2% abv, and double helping of fall spices for a refreshingly intense finish of cinnamon and nutmeg that makes Double Spiced ’31’ all treat and no tricks.”

Random: Washington is getting killed by Tampa Bay right now. Talk about embarrassing…

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. There was a crown left on top of the slightly cloudy, very dark copper body with high carbonation. The nose had the typical pumpkin pie spices. I picked up cinnamon with nutmeg and bread. The taste presented with a big brown sugar note along with bread and then the pumpkin pie spices came through. I found the spice to be less on the taste than I expected. This weird fruity sweetness came through that definitely was not pleasant. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a sticky sweet finish that was long and slightly unpleasant. This brew wasn’t that great in my opinion, and at $1.67 for a twelve ounce bottle, there are many better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Negra Modelo

Since the summer, Katie and I had a vacation to Florida planned. Her mother moved down here, so she’s been asking forever for us to come down here. It just so happened that the vacation hit in the middle of the hurricane and snow storm time period, which was nice. What wasn’t nice was getting to the airport. I have a huge fear of planes, so I was stressed to begin with. That morning, Katie managed to lose her medicine and glasses. She also dropped a glass filled with change and got glass all over. We finally got to the airport as the snow started. As we parked the car and were waiting for the shuttle, I asked Katie if she had everything, to which she said yes. As we start towards the airport, she realized that she left her purse at the bus stop with our phones, wallets, boarding passes, etc. I jumped off the bus and ran back to the stop and grabbed everything. Needless to say, it was a fun flight. This was the first beer that I had when we landed in Florida.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Trivia: According to the distributor website, “Negra Modelo was first produced in 1926. Negra Modelo is brewed and bottled in Mexico by Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s largest brewer, operating seven state-of-the-art breweries throughout Mexico.”

Random: I can’t believe I haven’t had this beer yet. It’s been on my list since I started the blog.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some notes of cola and caramel malts with a hint of sweetness. The taste was cola with some cereal grains. I also got some chocolate and toffee. I also got a hint of hops at the end. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with a touch of biscuit. This was a really flavorful and easy drinking beer. If you haven’t tried it, go grab one. I’ll definitely be having one again soon.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel

What happens when you tell your other half that she always buys you British beers? She decides to come home with a German beer. I’ve never had any of the beers from the Warsteiner family, so I’m not exactly sure what to expect. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of the style, so I’m not expecting that this will be a new favorite beer, but I’m keeping an open mind.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Warsteiner beer is brewed in the Arnsberg Forest Nature Park outside of Warstein, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Warsteiner has been a product of the Cramer family since 1753. Warsteiner is Germany’s largest privately owned brewery; its most popular beer is ‘Warsteiner Premium Verum’. Albert Cramer (* 1943) is the owner of Warsteiner, his daughter Catharina is (April 2012) managing director since 2006.”

Random: Warsteiner also sponsors competitive hot air ballooning in Germany. I’m not exactly sure what that entails.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger tan head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany color with light visible carbonation. The nose was a lot of nutty malt and not much else. Ugh. The taste was the nutty malt mixed with some metal and skunk. I didn’t really get much else. Yeah, definitely not liking this one. The body was on the thicker side with the same moderate carbonation that I saw initially. The finish was quick and unremarkable. This was not an impressive brew. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Beck’s Dark

This was the beer that I had with dinner at Memphis Pigout in Atlantic Highlands. I absolutely loved this place. The ribs were amazing. They were cooked until they fell off the bone. I tried the turnip greens as well and was pleasantly surprised by them. I would go to this place again in a second, even though the beer selection wasn’t great.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Beck’s logo, a key, is the mirror image of the coat of arms of Bremen. Since Beck’s is located on the river of a port city, it was easy to ship out its beer to the world at large and become an international beer powerhouse. Beck’s is known for its pilsner consisting of two row spring barley from the south of England, yeast, crystal water from the ‘Rotenburger Rinne’ and Hallertau hops from southern Germany.”

Random: I love barbecue. I think it’s probably my favorite style of food.

This brew poured with pretty much no head on a dark brown body with lots of carbonation. The nose was interesting. It had some roastiness and skunk, which was a very weird combination. The taste was just as interesting. It had notes of cocoa and roasted malts mixed with skunk and grain. The body was on the thinner side with lots of prickly carbonation. The finish was quick with lots of skunk. The beer wasn’t anything to write home about. If they got rid of the skunkiness, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. In general, it was pretty simplistic to me. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0