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[Solved] What Is A Munich Dunkel Lager?

Munich dunkel captures historical Bavarian brewing in a glass: Munich malt, decoction mashing, and clean, smooth lager character 😎 A fellow homebrewer, Darren Link, once asked me for tips on brewing this style 👍 I toldtoldtold him to use dark Munich malt, a decoction mash, noble hops for bittering at about 20 IBU, clean German lager yeast, and maybe a little Carafa® Special to adjust the colourr. One year later, I was judge of the best-of show round in a local homebrew contest. Found in that line-up was a spot-on Munich dunkel, which turned out to be Darren’s beer. He laughed when I asked for his recipe. [1]
Comprised of mostly Munich malt, the German dunkel’s caramelized malt experience is the product of a chemical process known as the Maillard reaction. Munich malt’s distinctive bread crust flavor is due to this reaction. The malt caramelizes as it is cooked, so barley malt does not need to be kilned. Maillard reaction is beneficial to brown protein, such as oven-baked bread and grilled pork chops. When pairing these kinds of food, keep this in mind beers since dishes that showcase flavors Both the Maillard reaction products and their derived flavors work well together. Grilled pork chops make for a delicious meal when paired with German dunkel beers. Nyema Bruno (Shanghai, China), edited this article 10 days ago. [2]
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Rich and dry sounds like it might be a contradiction in terms, but, at least in the Munich dunkel, it isn’t. The right grist is essential for achieving the most out of the malt flavor without causing sweetness. Careful fermentation can help you achieve this. But as I say above, there’s an important caveat to keep in mind: don’t go too far. In this case, I’m referring to the temptation to turn this into a roast- or chocolate-forward beer. Munich dunkel is a dark beer, but you should save the roast for the Schwarzbier. And while that might leave you thinking, “Oh, okay, I’ll just load it up with dark crystal malts instead,” you should be aware that it also needs to stop short of being excessively caramel-ish. Oh, and if you go too far with the maltiness and end up with a lot of raisin or pit-fruit flavors, then you’re really just making a bock. [3]
Flavor: Mostly dominated by rich flavorsrr from Munich malt. It can be mildly sweet but not too sweet. You may find mild caramel, chocolate or toast flavors, as well as nuttiness. The roasted malts will not produce bitter, burnt tastes. Crystal malts can have strong caramel flavours. Although hop bitterness can be perceptible but is not excessive, it’s still noticeable. The balance leans towards maltiness. Noble hop flavorsrr are low to no. Although the aftertaste stays malty and the bitterness of the hops may be greater in the medium dry finish, the taste is not unpleasant. Clear lager with no diacetyl or fruity esters. [4]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://byo.com/article/munich-dunkel-the-original-brown-lager-of-bavaria/
  2. https://www.craftbeer.com/styles/german-style-dunkel
  3. https://beerandbrewing.com/make-your-best-munich-dunkel/
  4. https://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style04.php
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