Bavarian Dunkel Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1430

Dark lager with a malty, bready aroma and flavor. Recommended: 2-stage cold fermentation and yeast starter.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Bavarian Dunkel Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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Dark without being roasty or bitter, full-bodied and malty without being syrupy ... Dunkel is another signature lager from Bavaria. The copper color and profound complexity comes from high-kilned Munich malt, with its toasty, bready aroma and full flavor. Our kit is rounded out with German hops and an authentic yeast strain to yield a smooth and satisfying dark lager. Serve alongside rye bread, cheese and mustard. Recommended: 2-stage cold fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style German/Czech/Continental
Beer Style Dark/Amber Lager
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1052
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

Final tasting-update after scorched DME Review by Chef Ransom
Ok, so I'm updating you guys now that the beer is ready. During the boil I scorched the DME addition and had black bits floating in the pot. Disaster, right? Nope.

The scorch was light and didn't affect the flavor. Just tasted the finished beer(2wk primary, 5 wk secondary, 2.5 wks bottle condition), and it's amaze-ballz! Rich, malty, just the right hit of hops, no scorch taste, and a beautiful dark red amber color. Nice and clear too! Now that I've got my mini-fridge lagerator set-up working perfectly this will be the my main lager. De-effing-licious! Don't hesitate on this beer. BREW IT:-) (Posted on 4/4/15)
I screwed up, but read on. Review by Chef Ransom
This is my first Lager brewing experience. The kit came with some other items I needed. All was packed perfectly and got here quickly.

So, here's the hitch... of my own making. I suppose most home brewers have done this at least once, but I still felt stupid for scorching my LME during the brew. Got distracted and forgot to stir it in before I turned the fire back on. 2 minutes later I finally stirred like hell and the rest of the boil went fine.

Then I started seeing pieces of scorch floating in the wort. I wasn't sure how bad it was (couldn't taste scorch in the cooled wort and only had a small patch of it burned on bottom of brew pot) and decided to finish brew day, then ask for help.

I email NB that night and Mike W. got back to me the next morning with lots of info and advice. He said it would likely be drinkable, but might have a slight scorch taste. BTW, the wort smelled amazing during the entire boil.

I know the beer is going to be good. It's an NB kit, after all. If there is a scorch taste I'll tell my buddies it's Cajun dark beer. I'm going to brew it again later so I can taste a perfect batch, but I am very pleased with NB as a company. NB customer service and products ROCK!

I'll update when the beer is done to let anyone interested know how it turned out.

(Posted on 1/19/15)
One f the best Dunkels I've ever had! Review by Philip
I'm a huge Dunkel fan. This is my 4th time I've brewed a Dunkel. The first time I have brewed using NB Dunkel kit. The results are fabulous. The best Dunkel I've ever brewed and one of the best I have ever drank. Equal to the German Dunkels I drank in Germany several months ago. I allowed 3 months conditioning in a keg before serving. Brewed in Feb served in June. Fantastic!! (Posted on 6/27/14)
True To Character Review by Robert J
Still lagering in my fermentor but the hydrometer sample tasted great and the aroma was spot on! Original gravity was right on at 1.052 and the fermentation was working in 4 hours with a 2 litre yeast starter. Looking forward to this one after a 12 week lager.
(Posted on 11/26/13)
Tasty Review by AJ
After coming home from Germany, my friend and I wanted to start brewing our own beer. We picked up this kit and used an ale yeast (wyeast 1007) as we didn't have a way to control the temperature for a lager. It has a good taste to it, but I feel like we messed it up a bit and added too much water. I want to try this one again as a lager. (Posted on 11/6/13)
Beno's Dark Review by Scot
I brewed this for a wedding, and this was the groom's beer. I was aiming for Schell's Dark, so I called it Beno's Dark, but I came out more like negro modelo. Not a bad thing, but much darker than I expected. 2 weeks primary, at 50 degrees, which was colder than the directions said. I followed the temperature on the yeast, and learned that I should follow my directions. It was my first lager, so I knew it wouldn't go perfectly. It was at 1%abv, but I racked it and kept it at 50 for 4 weeks and it got to 5%abv, so I was happy with that. 2 weeks carbonating, chilled overnight, and it was great. Dark, balanced, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, great head retention. I'm going to brew this again and be more careful to keep my temperature within the guidelines. (Posted on 1/15/13)
one of my Favorite NB kits! Review by Melody
I've made a lot NB kits and loved them all. This was my first Lager attempt. Followed the directions and the beer turned out exactly as stated. It was good as soon as it was finished sweet and malty. I keg my beers these days, and somehow the Dunkel got pushed to the back of our cold storage fridge. It rested there for for 3 more months. we pulled it out for a party last week, and the guests drank it dry. Out of 4 choices and a bunch of bottled craft beers, this Lager ran out. To me that says a lot. My friends are all craft beer drinkers and they favored this one. I will be adding this to the regular rotation. In fact, that why I here to re-order. :) Thanks for crafting such a yummy recipe. (Posted on 12/8/12)
Great Beer! Review by Terrance
I was surprised by this, I had not made a Lager before and was rather afraid of what I might have created, I luckily had just purchased a temp controller for my fridge so I set it up, fermented for 2 weeks, swapped to secondary and lagered for 2 weeks, put in a keg, hit it with 30psi first then lowered to 12 for a couple days, and bam, it tastes great! (Posted on 12/7/12)
LAGER, not an ALE; needs COLD temps during WINTER Review by Mark
Wish the actual name were listed as "Bavarian Dunkel LAGER"; I wasn't prepared to provide the necessary colder temps in August. My wort chiller could only get it down to 64F, because it was coming out of the Northern Michigan ground (city water, not well) at 62F today. Luckily I have a basement, but w/ Summer 2012 temps, even my basement isn't the desired 46-56F... that wouldn't be possible until Winter.

I suspect it will taste great - the hydrometer sample tasted good (only 1.048 vs. predicted 1.052), but maybe will end up more like an ale at these fermentation temps? Also, I didn't notice any special instructions on the NB Yeast starter FAQ about making the Wyeast lager starter at lower temps - I suspect that should also be done eh? (Posted on 8/2/12)
BREWED WITH ALE YEAST AT ALE TEMPS: Saflager US-05 Ale Yeast Works fine Review by Justin
I made this kit to try the beers that are less hoppy and more malty, and was not dissapointed. Since I didn't have the ability to use lager yeast, I tried it with Saflager US-05 yeast and it came out great. A bit sweet soon after bottling, took a while to really get good and malty and clean, but it turned out excellent. Good enough that I would make it the same way. Very good beer, relatively light body with great malt flavor. Used Irish moss at 15 left, and got an ABV of 5.8% (1.052/1.008). Fermented at 75deg for 14 days. (Posted on 8/1/12)
5 stars Review by Kate
This was our first lager and it's exactly what we were looking for: dark, malty, clear with a caramel undertone. The longer it sits in the bottle, the more blended and better the taste. (Posted on 6/13/12)
Wow! Loved it. Review by Marc
Awesome malty character with just enough hops to keep it honest. Brewed in the fall and drank it most of the winter and spring. Great tasting dark lager. This one goes in the permanent rotation. (Posted on 6/9/12)
Excellent Review by Kurt
This was my first lager. I followed the procedure to a t, excepting the use of a yeast starter. It turned out great, had a good finishing gravity (1.016), and no off flavors. No complaints. (Posted on 1/27/12)
A Proper Dunkel Review by william
I've made many trips to Bavaria in recent years and have never been able to enjoy a proper dunkel anywhere outside of that part of Germany. This kit is spot on...I Cant wait to try this all grain. As other have posted....malt is the center of this beer. Hops are only there to balance the sweetness so the drinker can enjoy those lovely bread crust melanoidens. This is a gulper folks so aim to attenuate this one well by starting with a large starter. I made a 1.5 L starter, fermented dry, decanted and added another 1.5 L wort and repeated a third time. I got mine down to 1015 and am enjoying a relatively dry bready malty guzzler in mein bayrisches glaskrug mit zindeckel. Prost! (Posted on 12/28/11)
malty and smooth Review by wizeguy
I agree with Rob's review, very malty . (Posted on 10/1/11)
Awsome Beer Review by Darren
I first drank this beer in Britain. It was my favorite by far. It's malty sweetnes and crisp finish is what made it one of the prefered beers of bavarian kings.

I filter this beer, because I find the slightest taste of yeast can damage it's delicate malty flavor. And, it makes it as clear as amber glass. (Posted on 6/12/11)
Best Dark Lager I have ever had. Review by Brian
I can't say enough about this beer . Malty and velvety smooth , restrained hop character , heaven in a glass . If you are a fan of dark lagers , do yourself a favor and buy this now!! You might as well plan on adding this to your brewing rotation , because once you've had this beer it's all over . In fact I'm ordering two of these kits right now !!! (Posted on 5/7/11)
Bavarian Goodness! Review by Nate
I have made this beer twice now. I never get tired of it, and my friends constantly ask for it. (Posted on 1/3/11)