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Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 11-28-2006

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Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, chestnut in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, nut, and wood

Taste: toasted malt, sweet chocolate, light nut

Mouthfeel: sweet with light bitterness, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: Very much a Sly Fox beer. Clean, good, true to style, and slightly complex. The flavors shine in this one. Could easily do a six, although I still prefer other beers from this brewery. (425 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Leffe chalice.

A: Clear medium amber brown. tan eggshell head, not long linger, not much lace. Good carbonation.

S: not much, probably typical. progresses and improves over time. Malty, beery, almost beer hall, and a little stale stink.

T: Nutty, sweet, malty, brown german bread. Some hoppiness, bitter on tongue edges. Brown german whole grain bread + caramel, + Black tea, + a little cocoa. All subtle and gets better as it warms.

M: Creamy for a low alcohol lager. Cream soda. Feels medium weight and nice finish.

O: This one definitely grows on you, a worth example of the style. (614 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

A great copper brown and crystal clear body, with good thin rising amounts of carbonation. Head is uniform and light tan with about three fingers with a little bit of retention and settling to a small soapy puck and collar.

Nice light sticky malts, a sense of crispness and light toast that seems almost white bread. Mild clove sensations. Pretty solid.

Palate has a little bit of light wet body, with not much backbone. Quite hop forward a bit with a nice pine and stinging grass finish. Caramel and malt sweetness seems to be a little present but takes a bit of a backseat on the swallow. Clean. Mild grainy and toasty aromas with a good hop like heat to it

Overall pretty easy but a little unexpected, but still pretty fun to drink. Interesting this SlyFox brewery is with their German styles... (850 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear medium brown, moderate cap of slightly off white froth, little retention on lacing. Scent leads with plenty of sweetness, but lacking in malt character, light caramel, faint faint vegital note. Taste again is sweet, but not in a pleasant malty way, mostly residual sugar-like, light caramel. Lighter side of medium bodied, some creaminess but no crispness. Uninspiring, lacking character. (409 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into straight fluted pint glass, color is transparent amber with a great tan head that is about 1/2 thick but lingers nicely, no lacing

Smell is light caramel, hint of mild roast/chocolate malts with soft hop note.

Taste is caramel malt that comes through very smooth into some chocolate, light toffee hints of breadiness and roast in there as well. Nice clean bitterness cleans it up, a few reviews mention this is a nice mix of brown ale and amber lager which I think is a good description as the bready/smoothness is very nice.

Mouthfeel is crisp front with a smooth sweeter finish with nice lingering caramel notes and light hop bitterness.

Overall, a very solid, crisp dunkel lager with a surprising smoothness. the more I have the more I think this is rivaling the pikeland pils for drinkability. (813 characters)

Photo of magine
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear, lively, bubbly carbonated caramel. Thin bubbly lace head settles to no head at all. Almost no lace remains. OK looking brew. Almost wonder if I picked up a dud.

Brew smells of light toasted malts, caramel being in the forefront. Has some lingering hops as well. Biscuit and grains as well. Decent nose.

Brew is peppery upfront, then smooth in the middle. Finishes light and slightly dry. Crisp refreshing drinking here. Some caramel malts, grainy yeast. Almost a citrus hop flavor. A tad bit thin here. Pretty good brew.

A good solid drinker, but just a bit understated. Highly sessionable though. (645 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice looking dark copper color, with a light tan head which dissipates quickly to a ring.

S- Alluring aroma of classic Dunkel characteristics: sweet, toasty, grainy malt and nuttiness.

T- Nice flavors of grainy caramel malt with just the right toast, nuts, carob, graham cracker.

M, D- Very drinkable, with perfect CO2-to-sweetness balance. (349 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of mgbickel, thanks Mike! Pours a fairly clear, light brown color with a surprisingly dense cap of beige head. Retention is decent and lacing fairly sparse.

Nose is pretty classic dunkel...light chocolate and roasty malt with a smattering of caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Hops are minimal and the yeast is clean. I think Im gonna like this...

Oh yea, nicely done Sly Fox. Creamy and has a nice sweet - roast interplay. I could drink a ton of this, I really enjoyed the O-fest from them and this one follows in the same vein. They certainly know their lagers. Only complaint I have is that I could use a bit less roasty astringency on the finish. (668 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant, dark amber-brown in color, topped with a one-fingered off-white head which dissipates at an average pace. Minimal lacing here, but about par for the style.

Nose is honey-sweet, dark malt with a bit of roast, really quite fruity and inviting. Some breadiness along with a light tang and an even lighter aspect of 'lagery' yeast, but altogether this is a clean and textbook example so far.

Sweet-ish and quite piquant on the first sip, with just the right amount of dark/roast malt character as well as a touch or breadiness coming through in the right places. Bitterness is representative of the style, really lingers nicely and acts to gently-balance the sweeter malt character. Hop character almost strikes me as 'citrusy', but I know there are no Cascades in use here. Still, this strikes me as the sort of bier that a Brown Ale lover might like if he could only bring himself to give "boring German / lager" styles a chance : )

Nice balance and a smooth character to the mouthfeel throughout the drink, and even at 5.3% this strikes me as a 'session' beer.

Judging by the scores it's received so far I run the risk of scoring this one too highly, but it is well above average with respect to what I routinely come across as far as the style is concerned -- I really wish that a canned Dunkel of this quality was regularly available to me! Instead I'll have to go for another excellent German-style lager in a can (Schell's Firebrick) which is alas, only a summer seasonal.

Big thanks to Dr. Woody Chandler for the chance to try this beer -- may his CANquest be fruitful and multiply!

Best-by date on can: 4/19/11 (1,640 characters)

Photo of kenatbeerswap
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz can to a pint glass.

A: Nice reddish brown color, head was two fingers high and slowly dropped down to a thin layer on top.

S: Nice aroma of caramel that gave it a sweet smell.

T: Good caramel taste with a hint of nuttiness, very low bitterness.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: The munich comes through in this beer and makes it a nice session beer. (386 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee amber color, very clear, with a few lazy bubbles rising to the top. The head starts out near a half-inch, and settles over a couple minutes leaving a ring and a touch of frothy coating. There's a pleasant maltiness in the nose, like fresh baked bread, with notes of caramel and fruit.

The taste has more grainy bread character, perhaps sourdough, and finishes with a solid bitterness to round it out. Clean and semi-dry. Light to medium thickness, well carbonated.

I'm very amazed at the quality of this lager. Everytime I drink one of these gems I keep wondering why I spend so much of time on IPA's and heavy stouts etc. If this beer is available where you live, don't overlook it... (696 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a clear, copper brown with a thin white head that receded to a patchy layer. Mainly caramel in the aroma, with some musk going on. Slightly toasted malts in the taste, caramel, nuts, slightly earthy, with a little hoppiness coming in afterward. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable. (315 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from the bounty sent by CANquistador woodychandler, a 12 oz'er poured to a pint glass.

"A traditional Bavarian style Dark Lager, made with Munich, Pils and German Roast malts and a variety of Bavarian hops.
OG 13° Plato, 21 IBUs, Alc. 5.3% by Vol."

A: Deep amber that glows with a reddish fire at its core, a mild haze. Fairly simple carbonation, a few loners that vary in vigor. Barely a head: it starts as fizzing cream, maybe a 1/2 finger, but diminishes to a thin ring and centered blotch in a minute or so. Dots of lace, but nothing sticks.

S: Abundant fragrance: a honeyed cracker, light toast. Flowery, too, a light orange blossom or honeysuckle, apples. Just enough bittering hops tossed in to prevent rampant sweetness.

T: At first sip, the grains are predominant with caramel and bread crust at the forefront. Given another sip or two, a gradual spicing that hints at nutmeg with some apple skins begins to catch up. Good balance, deeper and more interesting as it warms. Finishes with a little tinny/metallic dryness.

M: Bright and crisp, but rather light-bodied and ending very gassy [burp]. Some mild malt stickiness rings the mouth. I do like the growing spice that tingles on the tongue for periods (think 'pop rocks'). Overall, pretty clean and very refreshing.

O: A solid, if not overly remarkable lager that showcases positively the Germanic/Bavarian heritage of the style. Likable enough and quite easy to drink. Nice to be able to try a good, malt-forward lager like this, especially from a CAN. No arm-twisting required for me to have another. If only I had another... (1,613 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at D's for 2 bucks (with takeout discount)

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a nice inch and a half of head. Carbonation a plenty!

S - Smells of a typical dunkel with caramel and toasted malts and a bit of roast and grain.

T - Nothing really stands out. The grain is kind of harsh and with bread malts and caramel rounding it out making it kind of lackluster. Roast is very moderate if any.

M - Light to medium. Pretty easy drinker

Overall I enjoyed the beer as a single but it still hasn't made me want more (6 pack or case) If I really want a tasty dunkel I would just pick up a Spaten. (609 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a good amount of head. Looks fairly pretty. Smells very malty and dunkly. Sme nice lagery yeastiness on the nose as well. Tastes sweet and malt heavy. A hint of yeastiness and some nice light roast. Thick solid mouthfeel and very drinkable (265 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing in the center of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose and has flavors of bready and caramel malts. The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness while a hint of bitterness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is very sessionable. (620 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an interesting medium brown color with a thick tan white head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of caramel and sweet malts and some toasted bread. Tastes of sweet malts and a little caramel and a mild flavor of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a mild carbonation. Drinkability is medium and nice. (302 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can thanks to ChrisPro as part of Blind BIF Round 4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color with a single-finger white head that doesn't stick around very long and does not leave behind much other than a few spots of lacing. The nose is comprised mostly of sweet malt along with a bit of caramel. Some hops in the background. Something quite odd about it. This continues into the taste, which is a bit too sweet without much of anything other than mild hops to carry it through. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Butter starts to come through as it warms. Probably not something I'd drink again, but who doesn't love a good canned beer? (653 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Mike last night. Thanks! I'm always up for a beer in a can and / or a German lager, both? Sign me up.

Beer served in a snifter. It's brown and slightly hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, a few medium to large bubbles, low carbonation and no lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is where it all goes wrong. The aroma is so sickingly sweet that it is not possible to identify this beer as a lager let alone a dunkel lager. It's caramel and butter. GROSS! I jokingly suggest that it might be a Kvas.

Beer is thin and watery with a sweetness that goes with the aroma. It's not good....I do not enjoy this beer. The taste is slightly better than the aroma which tempted me to just pour it out but my curiosity always wins out. Sly Fox is not winning me over with this thin overly sweet disaster of the a lager. Also there is a strong diacetyl character. I won't have this again. (885 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby with a mostly white head that has lasting retention and a good bit of lacing down the glass.

S/T - Hearty, toasted whole grain bread immediately comes to mind. A little caramel sweetness to back it up, with a nice punch of earthy, grassy hops making the finish a bit more bitter than expected.

M - Solid medium body, medium carbonation, super smooth and creamy going down with a clean finish.

D - Perhaps a little on the hoppy side for the style, but it suits my taste well. I'd definitely get this again. (523 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While it may not ever be confused for a real good authentic example of this style, Sly Fox's take on the dunkel lager is pretty solid - one of their more straight-ahead, surprisingly un-sugary-smacky-hoppy beers I've tasted.

Poured this into a pils glass and it settled with a slightly hazy orange/pale black tea color and a nice, tall, compact head that laced in thick bands. Smells like dark bread - bold with its grainy, moderately dense malt, and almost nutty somewhere in there, too. The taste is, naturally, malty-malty, with the sweetness taking a light edge over the mellow bitterness - the sweetness having a vague molasses tone to it. It has an almost floral flare toward the back and a yeasty zip to the finish. Nothing harsh or bitey with the feel - in fact, I found it pleasingly somewhat chewy in a (baguette) bread crust fashion. The body be medium-full (3.5/5 on the thick stick) and medium creamy...

This is actually good! So nice, I'd do it twice (and probably will just to double-check some points) and, I feel, arguably representative of the style - just approaching having some characteristic depth... (1,124 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. can, best by April 2011.

Pours a nice and clear caramel-amber, though the head and retention leave much to be desired.

Aroma is tangy, nutty and lightly fruity.

Malty, but not heavy. Toasty and nutty malts dominate, lending an almondy flavor. Bit of grassy hops, though the finish is mainly nondescript hop bitterness. Pretty clean, with a touch of minerals; quasi-metallic. Mouthfeel is typical force-carbonation: no rough edges, just uninspiring and a tad watery. Quite the easy drinker though.

Alas, Sly Fox can't brew all the German styles perfectly. The Pils and Weizen were spot on, but this Dunkel falls a bit flat. Decent beer here. (652 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A traditional Bavarian style Dark Lager, made with Munich, Pils, and German Roast malts, and a variety of Bavarian hops. OG 13 Plato, 21 IBUs, 5.3% by Vol."

In an Einbecker Dunkel glass, because why not, that's why.

And I love the dunkels, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Clear, caramel brown body, slim beige head, gets tight, but stays strong.

Aroma: clean and malty, caramel and toffee, light hops, sweet, rich and getting richer.

Taste: very tidy, minimal hops, good blend of cocoa, caramel and toffee in the malty flavor. Even-tempered, well-balanced, medium-bodied, expertly drinkable. A little mineral, metallic feel, flinty, maybe, but overall a nice, if unimpressive dunkel.
And what's wrong with that, I'd like to know. (742 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger that leaves back a rich cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and leaves some spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and earthy smelling with hops that sit on top of notes of caramel and roast. I'm unfortunately also getting a little bit of a phenolic band-aid off-note here. Nothing overly distracting but it's there.

The taste starts with a splash of caramel and crackers up front, along with a tingle of green hop bitterness. Roast pulls up the back of the profile while hops linger in the finish with an earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a crisp creaminess to it up front. This gets a little more watery and flat feeling though as you near the swallow.

Besides the nose, this was pretty decent but I've had this on draft at the brewpubs and enjoyed it much more then. Maybe this can was a little beyond it's sell by date. (1,007 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerman207 for bringing this one back from PA for me to sample. Review is from notes taken on 7/11/10 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Takes a few tries to finish the pour on this one due to the insane head that continues to form; pour is a deep coppery/toffee color; the head (when I finally manage to finish the pour) is just over 3 fingers deep and is light tan and fluffy; the head becomes a little rocky and pockmarked as it slowly fades to a thick, frothy and uneven cap and leaves a web of lacing; body is pretty clear and shows strong and quick carbonation.

Smell: Dry, dusty and grainy; a bit of a sweet maltiness behind the grains; not too bad, but not very potent or rubust.

Taste: The dry dusty grains are right up front, and in the lingering aftertaste there is a toasted sensibility about them; there is a minimal bite of bittering hops hiding out in there along with the slight bit of sweet malts; not bad overall, but the taste is a little "thin" for lack of a better word.

Mouthfeel: Really about what I would expect -- body is fairly light in weight with strong, but not sharp, carbonation to keep it plenty lively; a moist stickiness is left all over the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad -- a good beer that is flavorful enough to keep you interested, but not overwhelming; the ABV is moderate and that helps as well; I do wish the flavors were a little more fulfilling and robust though. (1,441 characters)

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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.