Dunkel beers are typically dark lagers but with Dunkel meaning “dark,” it may be accompanied with other beer styles to refer to its dark tones. It is typically deep-brown or mahogany in color. Dunkel was the first beer to be regulated by the German Beer Purity Law (see Weissbier) making it Germany’s first “true” beer style. This beer is primarily brewed in Bavaria but is also brewed in other areas. The Warsteiner Dunkel is a beer that is distributed in the U.S.
The B3K by the Wynkoop Brewing Company (picture to the right) is a Schwarzbier which is a type of Dunkel that is usually a darker version. A Schwarzbier is mainly brewed in Thuringia and Lower Saxony. Schwarzbier translates to “black beer” which is evident through its very dark color and opaque character. The B3K is rich and creamy with hints of chocolate and coffee with a very nice finish. Common to most German dark beers, there are only hints of hops with a more defined but not overpowering malty flavor.