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Monday, January 16, 2012

1/16/12 Harpoon Munich Type Dark

So I am very disappointed I am not able to attend trivia tonight because of the inclement weather. That being said I figured it will still be a good night to drink and write a review. So tonight I decided to try the Harpoon Munich Type Dark. I decided to have it in a pint and it poured out at a nice 39.5 degrees. The head was average size at 2" with a foamy medium brown color. The head lacing was excellent and it dissipated slowly. The carbonation was lively with a dark clarity and a ruby color. It had a floral aroma and a roasted toffee taste. The flavor was moderate with an average finish length and a watery mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the front and the body lacing was excellent. Overall I would give it a B+. It was super easy to drink but I prefer a slightly lighter flavor and am not huge on anything with a toffee taste but that is my personal opinion. Thanks for reading and as always please drink responsibly.

Information from myfitnessplan.com

Harpoon - Munich Type Dark Beer

Calories175Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs17 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Information from Harpoon website

Style:Munchen Dunkel 
History:brewed since 1998
Orig. Gravity: 14.5 P
Mahogany 80 EBC
shellfish, game, chocolate desserts

The name of this Harpoon beer leaves little to the imagination: it is dark in color and its origins are in Munich. The Munchen Dunkel style, as it is known, was brewed throughout the Bavarian region of Germany with a notable presence in the cities of Kulmback and Erlanger as well. Munchen Dunkel is considered the traditional beer of Munich and can be found in taverns throughout the city and region. Although this style has been around for centuries, it enjoyed its height of popularity in the 1800’s, primarily from 1840 to 1890. Today this style can encompass a wide range of dark lagers.

Most beers brewed in this style can be described as having a toasted or chocolate flavor with low bitterness and little hop aroma. Each brewery, however, takes creative license in crafting their own beer by varying the color, malt, and hopping rate. The Harpoon Brewery is no exception.

Harpoon Munich Dark is a blend of dark malts that creates a deeper hue than some other beers brewed in this style. The grains which create a malty chocolate-like flavor also add a warm malty nose that mingles with the subtle hop aroma. This medium bodied beer is balanced quite well with a moderately bitter hop finish.

The overall character is rich malt and chocolate balanced with a crisp hop bitterness.

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