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Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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82
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 11-28-2006)
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Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass very lightly hazy amber brown with a tannish low and persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was nutty and toasty with a slight bit of diacetyl (butter). The aroma was mostly Munich malt with a slightly spicy Noble hop note.

The flavor was fairly dry with a nutty and toasty character of Munich malt and notably absent diacetyl throughout the majority of the flavor. The flavor was nicely bittered which kept the malt in check.

The finish was dry with a light bit of diacetyl in the final aftertaste. The body was medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation and a light slick mouthfeel due to the low level of diacetyl. A nice Dunkel, especially if the diacetyl were absent.

12 ounce can. Thanks BeerBeing!

GCBrewingCo, Jan 02, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium brown with a huge blooming head that went over my glass before I could do anything about it,nice aromas quite floral with wispy cocoa notes and a touch of iron and roastedness.Pretty clean flavors touches of cocoa and biscuity malt with an underlying nuttiness.Subtle but nice flavors and quite food friendly and I really liked the nose,I never had this when I lived near the brew pub Iam glad to have it on hand now.

oberon, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

tigg924, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +10.8%

wattoclone, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely great to visit a new beer establishment in the Burgh and see the newest offerings from small breweries on stock along with 400 other micro, belgian, and german beers...this was the case at Bocktown beer and grille. The first German style dunkel I've ever imbibed from a can appears a dark copper amber tone with a large cream head leaves behind fine even lacing all around my glass with each sip. Definitely a different color than the king of all American brewed dunkel lagers...Penn Dark but I will accept this one. Aromatics...somewhat funky character some grassy noble hops it really smells unique for the style, also has mild chocolate and toasty caramel malt highlights but the tart mild lactic character has me scratching my head. It didn't turn me off just really caught me off guard for a dunkel. Flavors combine well, and that slight tart funky malt acidity actually works with a balancing hearty bready sweet malt tone doused with a finishing blast of noble herbal hop character with a delicate grassy character. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied evenly carbonated really is quaffable and smooth textured. Drinkability much like their other canned offerings not the most intriguing and well made versions but damn drinkable along with enough original tones to make it a go to when grabbing canned micros with the limited niche market these should sell without a problem.

WVbeergeek, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blitheringidiot for bringing out a sampling of SlyFox 's canned craft beers.
Poured a dark tea colored amber with a very small head.
Aroma is freshly toasted Munich malts and caramel.
Flavor is very, very smooth...again with the lightly toasted Munich malt, caramel, and then a finish of slightly bitter hops....Nobel?
Overall, very well blended and I love the toasty malts in it and mild caramel.
Yummy

IntriqKen, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox- Dunkel Lager

Appearance- Amber reddish/brown with a small and quickly dissipating head. No lacing.
Smell- Toasted bread. Grain and caramel malt come through.
Taste- Strong toasted grain. Sweet, and quite strong, caramel malt makes up the backbone of this beer.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and flavorful throughout. Slighty cloying.

Overall- Not too bad. A sixer might get too cloying/ sweet to drink. 2 or 3 would be the max.

NJpadreFan, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, shipped in the pre-football season bif

appearance: poured into a tyranena pint glass, copper-caramel body with a big foamy beige cap and pretty strong retention

smell: noble hops, toasted grain, sweet apple cider, caramel

taste: sweet apple cider, caramel sweetness, lightly toasted malts, german hops

mouthfeel: oddly foamy mouthfeel

Drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Devil's Alley in Philly.

Good for the style but a little lacking in complexity. There's distinct (and tasty) Munich malts with dark licorice flavors. The body is light-medium and incredibly smooth and drinkable. A great German session beer. I appreciate that I can get this fresh from a local brewer instead of having to try a green bottle that's been shipped thousands of miles.

tempest, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to GnomeKing for this one!

Pours caramel/chestnut with 4 fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Some lacing & no head retention, really the only knock on this fine beer IMO

S: Licorrice & hints of choclate. Caramel asserts as it warms

T: Caramel & toasted grains up front. Biscuitty notes & a hint of chocolate then come through. Brown sugar arrives as it warms. Finishes slightlty dry, with loads of caramel & toasty notes

MF: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation & great balance

Very drinkable & pretty nice dunkle. Putting this in the can didn't hurt at all

russpowell, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Kegatron, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev -10%

PaBeerLover, May 18, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rich, dark clear ruby red with a 1 finger creamy light beige head that quickly settled to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was very soft, almost non-detect.

S: fruity with a rich munich, caramel apple aroma, with a nice toasted malt backing and a clean noble flower hopping that was soft.

T: The initial flavor was fruity (apples), with a rich sweet toasted caramel bite. A nice fresh toasted woodiness and clean noble hopping gives this beer depth and complexity providing a flavor that is extraordinarily smooth, clean and very refined. The beer finished with a rich, sweet, munich caramel fade on the swallow.

M: medium with caramel and berries gracing the tongue in a subtle fade.

D: Very good drinkability, very clean flavor and probably one of the best by styles ive tasted. A prime example that beer in a can , can be everybit as good as from a bottle.

beerthulhu, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Spoppy
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Spoppy, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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...

smakawhat, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to DrJAY for sending me the latest in the sly fox canning line. I live getting new cans in the mail! I had this one served up cold, right out of the fridge. Poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/06/2008.

The pour was decent at best. A deep amber, almost a light brown color with some really nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. A nice tow inches of head faded quickly and left behind just a thin film across the top and a smidge of side glass lace.

The aroma was very light. Caramel malts, and a bready and biscuit like nose. Not much depth here, and actually what was there in the aroma was long gone in a few moments. The flavor followed suit. Rather one dimensional with a dark, wheat like flavor melded with a biscuit like middle that really just never could get up off the ground. Nice, light feel with decent carbonation, but again, nothing really to write home about. Light abv made it seasonable, though the lack of flavor depth really distracted from that.

Overall this was a bit disappointing for me. It just really came off very flat, light, and one sided. Not at all what I was expecting from them. Perhaps it was a bad batch? Hard to tell, but a winner this was not.

mikesgroove, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an average looking slightly hazed copper with a smallish head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nary a trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is primarily malt: Somewhat sweet (caramel), somewhat nutty, and somewhat roasted, but overall everything is rather faint and nondescript.

The flavour was more of the same, and unfortunately with the same level of bravado. The caramel sweetness, nut flavour and touch of roasted malt blend together well in a nice, simple fashion, but it's just too simple and too lacking overall. Any flavour just gets lost in translation in a sea of blandness. It's not bad, just very underwhelming. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit too watery and airy for what I was expecting.

I was disappointed with this one. I really dig some of the Sly Fox bombers...a lot. I've been less than impressed with the canned products thus far. I thought it was the simple fact of canned beer at first but I've had a few winners packaged in cans in recent months. Unfortunately, this one was by far my least favourite of the seven or eight craft brews I've sampled from a can. In the end, it's far from awful and fairly average in most aspects, but I can't recommend it.

SixpointJMH, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +10.8%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

IdrinkGas, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice 2-finger khaki head afloat a clear, dark brown beer. Slow recession of the head and nice retention.

smell: Pale, light malts and a subtle dark-bread grain. Lightly hopped. Straightforward but nice.

mouthfeel: high-medium carbonation and the body on the light side of the medium range

taste: Light German malts and the slightest touch of roasted malts. Pretty clean with a nondescript hop flavor and light bitterness. Dry. Not bad, and pretty decent, but I've had much better Munich Dunkels. I'm just looking for a little more grain here. Average as in there is nothing wrong with it, but there is nothing really good about it either.

drinkability: certainly

part of my bombing from SkinnyElvis...wish I could get these cans around here

blackie, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

metter98, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of jjd315
4/5  rDev +10.8%

jjd315, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong caramel malt with a solid husky grain aroma.

The flavor consisted of a sweet caramel malt with a doughy grain bill. Decent showing of noble hop as well.

The mouthfeel was good, but perhaps a bit on the thin side.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable dunkel. Another good canned offering from Sly Fox.

plaid75, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

zoso1967, Apr 04, 2012
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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.