Krombacher Dark

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Krombacher started off the same way many German breweries have with an innkeeper who just brewed a beer to make a living, completely unaware that he is starting a chain of events that results in a beer that would be admired around the world centuries later. The first mention of the Krombacher Brewery is in 1803, family run and with a reputation that began to spread through the towns and villages as far as Cologne. The next century brought an industrial revolution to Germany, bringing new technologies, new methods of distribution and, more importantly, new customers to try the delights of Krombacher.
Krombacher Dark is a bottom fermented pilsner that uses various roasted malts to create a rich and complex flavour. It is produced using its signature spring water as well as barley malt and Halletau hops, the top quality ingredients forming the basis for a beverage with depth that offers a full bodied taste experience. It is ebony in colour with a creamy head and an aroma of rich malt. The taste is that of moderate bitterness with light hops that are well balanced with the roasted malts and an intense finish to follow. It can be served around 8°C and can be paired with hearty dishes such as game, roasts or stews or makes for easy drinking simply on its own.

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No, we also have a shop based on the outskirts of King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

Travelling along the A10 between Downham Market and King’s Lynn, you will come to a small village called Setchey, turn next to J.S.W Car Sales on to Garage Lane and we are located approx. 100m down the lane on the right-hand side. Our address and opening hours can be found on the Contact Us page.

Yes, there are age restrictions in place. In the United Kingdom, the legal age to purchase alcohol is 18 years old. Beers of Europe strictly adheres to these regulations and by agreeing to our Terms and Conditions on checkout you confirm that you are over 18 years old. In store, we operate a Challenge 25 policy, which means that if you appear to be under 25 years old, you will be asked for identification to verify your age.

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For some products supply can be inconsistent, whether that is at the brewery itself or how often we or its supplier imports it. For products that are out of stock, you can sign up to be notified of its return on the product page. From there, as soon as we book the stock in we send an email to you.

Bottles and labels can and do vary. This means that the images shown on our website may not be the same as current stock items. If the bottle or label is important please check before ordering. Please be aware that even if the label looks different, that product will be the same product if it has the same barcode. Because we work from the barcode, if producers does not make us aware of a label change we often miss updates until we are contacted about it. Apologies in advance for this.

Please note that it isn’t always possible to provide a perfect looking bottle/label as this very much depends on the condition they are received in from our supplier.

We occasionally have items available in the shop that are not available to purchase online, usually because they are too fragile or large to post.

We do not have a minimum purchase amount, but delivery charges may apply.

For orders between £25.01 and £60, delivery is charged at £5.99 (3 working days) or £7.99 (next working day).  Some areas are excluded and will incur extra charges. Please see postcodes listed in our Terms and Conditions.

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We use a variety of thick and sturdy cardboard boxes and dividers to hold each bottle individually. Any remaining spaces are filled with biodegradable air bags to stop movement of the contents. Glasses are wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard to ensure they arrived in once piece.

When placing your order please add the details at checkout.  We regret that if your order has been packed and is ready to despatch that amendments cannot be made.

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Unfortunately we do not offer gift packaging.

We currently use DHL, but we do also trial other couriers alongside from time to time.

We don’t currently ship outside the UK and Ireland but it may be something we offer in the future.

Unfortunately our carriers do not offer a time specific delivery service. We can send orders to arrive on a specific date but we would remind you that whilst 98% of deliveries arrive within the stated timeframe we cannot 100% guarantee the day. Couriers do often offer delivery windows on the day, with the option to rearrange if necessary.

If you are ordering as a gift we would ask you to take this into account when arranging delivery.

Please note that we are unable to offer weekend deliveries.

Our boxes come in 6s, 12s, and 24s. By no means are you required to order in those quantities, but it is worth bearing in mind when ordering. A full box also helps to reduce the small chance of damage, as empty compartments collapsing can be a cause of this.

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Beers of Europe is just one of the amazing businesses on our Warehouse Setchey site. It is joined by The Warehouse Taproom, Bar and Restaurant, a fantastic venture which allows us to showcase our superb drinks range, with an accompaniment of great dishes. The Warehouse Antiques contains over 50 stands and over 80 cabinets that puts on a real feast for the eyes, and offers a gift opportunity at every turn. We are also home to The Steiff Shop, East Anglia’s Largest Range of premium hand made bears and Warehouse Books, with a huge selection of pre-loved books ready to satisfy your curiosity. Whatever you’re looking for, the Warehouse Setchey offers something for everyone.

  1. Stujago

    This is an enjoyable beer because it is very drinkable and smooth. I could taste maltiness and bitterness but I was expecting a more complex flavour. I would definitely drink it again.

  2. David Hanson

    A little underwhelming. Looks darker than it tastes & not a lot of that beyond caramel.

  3. Steven Allen

    I’m a big fan of there Pils, so I gave this a try. Although this is very different, I found it to be excellent. It reminds me of a whiskey barrel aged ale. A strong xmas pudding and brandy flavour, with a bitter dark chocolate finish. This is my new favourite beer. Very highly recommended!

  4. Gareth Roberts

    Classic to get into dark german beers

  5. Andy Nichols

    Very nice dark lager. Nice malty, chocolatey flavours. I’d much prefer this over a fizzy stout. Perfect winter drink.

  6. Otto The Bier Dude

    Pours a very very dark brown/black with a frothy tan-coloured head. Some lacing. Nose is lightly malty with a touch of caramel and dark fruit. Light body, zingy carbonation. Finish is more malt, chocolate, and dry cocoa. Bloody great schwarzbier, I could quaff this all day. cheers to beers

  7. RJ

    Very good. Classic, dark and malty. Recommended

  8. Kris

    Packs a good punch of malty goodness

  9. Chris H

    Very good example of a Dunkel. The malty chocolate notes are complimented well by the carbonation. Very moreish.

  10. Richard Davison

    This can only be described as a pleasant surprise as I’ve been disappointed with European attempts at dark beers in the past, there’s sweetness and a bit of sharpness to this and yet it’s very smooth and easy on the palette, will definitely be buying more in the future.


    Wow good richness here. Malty flavour smooth drinking.A great Dunkel recommend this if dark beers are your tastes.

  12. Kristin

    This is just a lovely beer, full of nice malty flavours. Certainly a dunkel to buy again

  13. Sebastian

    Great German dark beer, full of flavour have ordered again. Can certainly recommend Krombacher if you enjoy dark beers.

  14. Paul Boniface

    This is an excellent dark dunkel with malt notes with a chocolate flavour. Very smooth, very easy to drink and highly recommended if you like dark beers. I would order this one again.

  15. Chris Meechan

    Great example of a schwarzbier with a malty sweetness on the palate, followed by coffee flavours and a pleasant bitter finish.

  16. WJ

    The colour is puts you off, it pours black but the taste is excellent. Sweet malt and not bitter at all, the taste if not overpowering. There is a slight coffee flavor at the end bit not the yukky burnt variety. Very good.

  17. Gavin Harrison

    OK, let’s get this out of the way first – why do they call it “Dark” and not “Dunkel”? Maybe because it’s an export beer but still… Apart from that very minor grump, this is really good stuff. A very very dark dunkel, an almost black shade of red. Good creamy, malty head which hints at the dark chocolate and slightly bitter coffee flavours to follow. Very easy drinking but probably enough tannins there to leave you feeling a lederhosen-clad oompah band is playing in your head if you’re too easy with it!!!

  18. Tony Martin

    You can not get enough of this glorious wallop, smooth rich a real taste sensation.