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Best Dark Lager - Top 10 Best Dark Lager/ Münchner Dunkel Ranked by the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship

This Top Ten Munchner Dunkel / Dark Lager List is from America's Best and from the results of the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
1. Sessions Black – Full Sail Ales
2. Sprecher Winter Brew – Sprecher Brewing
3. Zatec Dark - ˇateckż Pivovar
4. Dark Cloud – Mother Earth Brewing - North Carolina
5. Saranac Lake Effect Lager - Matt Brewing Company  
6. Penn Dark - Pennsylvania Brewing Company 
7. Victory Dark Lager - Victory Brewing 
8. Schell's Dark - August Schell Brewing 
9. Atwater Dunkel - Atwater Block Brewery
10. Warsteiner Dunkel - Warsteiner Brauerei 
Full Sail Session BlackSprecher Black Bavarian Zatec Dark

Münchner Dunkel/Dark Larger
Subcategory: Münchner Dunkel
These light brown to dark brown beers have a pronounced malty aroma and flavor that dominates over the clean, crisp, moderate hop bitterness. This beer does not offer an overly sweet impression, but rather a mild balance between malt sweetness, hop bitterness and light to moderate mouthfeel. A classic Münchner Dunkel should have a chocolate-like, roast malt, bread-like or biscuit-like aroma that comes from the use of Munich dark malt. Chocolate or roast malts can be used, but the percentage used should be minimal. Noble-type hop flavor and aroma should be low but perceptible. Diacetyl, ale-like fruity esters and chill haze should not be perceived.
OG: 1.052-1.056
FG: 1.014-1.018
Alcohol by Weight: 3.8-4.2%
IBU: 16-25
Color SRM: 15-20
Subcategory: Dark Lager
This beer's malt aroma and flavor are low but notable. Its color ranges from a very deep copper to a deep, dark brown. Its body is light. Non-malt adjuncts are often used, and hop rates are low. Hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma are low. Carbonation is high. Fruity esters, diacetyl, and chill haze should not be perceived.
OG: 1.040-1.050
FG: 1.008-1.012
Alcohol by Weight: 3.2-4.4%
IBU: 14-20
Color SRM: 14-25

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