Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
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 oberon
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.32/5  rDev -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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
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

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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.

Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jackie Blues in Harrisburg PA on 1/13/07.

Appearance: Served and amber red/brown color with a tan head and noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Clean. Malty caramel and hint fruit and coco maybe a light hop but very reserved lager aroma.

Taste: It does have more taste than the nose indicated. The flavors are typical dunkel dark fruity prune, cocoa, caramel malt, with some bread grain and buttery (butterscotch) attributes before it is finished. Simple though. It is a beer that you can just accept without need to contemplate making a good session beer, but It will stand up to scrutiny when contemplated.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body apropos to style.

Drinkability: Overall, I did find this an exciting beer but one thing it definitely is, drinkable. This beer is friendly, and there is no doubt it would be a *perfect* transition beer for many people entering craft beer, say off of Yuengling Lager. It will got the the next party,

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of fropones
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice dark caramel brown with a huge 3 finger khaki head with some nice lace.

S - Some nice earthy tones here with some noble hops.

T - Toasted malt character in here as well as well as a nice nutty flavor mixed in with some hop flavor as well.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, a bit of creaminess to it.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing. Surprising for a dunkel lager how nice it is. This may have restored my faith in lagers.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - brownish amber with a huge billowy white head.
S - sweet caramel malts and a touch of hop.
T - similar to the aroma but more of an emphasis on the sweet flavors.
M - light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated, smooth and sweet residuals
D - Easy and approachable if not a touch sweet

I had this with a salad. It was complimentary, nice but sweet. I am glad to have tried it but couldn't imagine this being a session beer.

Photo of GbVDave
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

BY 03/21/10

A: Pours a lovely, dark copper color with one full finger of light tan head on top. Retention was good with some specky lace left behind.

S: Hard to get a big nose out of this but what I did notice was some roasty malt, bread crust, and lemon-y perfumed hops.

T: Much like above but everything was more apparent and less transparent!

M: Dry, roasty, and prickly. Excellent peppery layer coated the tongue.

D: A great BMC gateway brew. Another CAN past its' labeled prime, but tasting very fresh.

Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz can copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.79...
A heft pour out of a can resulted in a dark purple, crimson-red colored appearance with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited moderate staying power before slowly receding and leaving a fair amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Slight, subtle aroma rendolent with dark grapes, brown sugars, and dehydrated fruits...
Rich, creamy taste bursting with strong essences of malts, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, dehyrdrated fruits, caramel, and a slight tinge of vanilla and caramel... For a light, 5.3% ABV, this certainly boasted impressive flavor and substance and went doen easily, crisp, clean, clear, and smooth without any cloying factors or interference from alcohol... good stuff from Sly Fox... Well worth the price with a good mouthfeel and easy level of drinkablity...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and Bavarian hops.

T: Nothing fancy here, it’s very straight-forward. The taste starts out with light but smoky malts with just enough sweetness to be effective. There’s a nice burst of hops to balance everything out. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easily, decent kick to it, not too filling, good representation of style. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s a little on the bland side, which would make me look for something else if at all possible.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a fizzy head that soon becomes a thin patch, then disappears.

The smell is of dark malt hining at caramel with a touch of grassiness. Has an almost sour, somewhat musty, aroma.

Sweet dark malt intermingles with an earthiness. Some floral and husky notes come through. There are a few things going on, but mild malty sweetness is the overall characteristic.

The feel is on the lower end of medium bodied. It has a refreshing dryness to it and goes down smoothly.

This is a decent dark lager. A bit too sweet with an odd aroma. Enough going on to be interesting, and smooth enough to be drinkable. One to grab when going to a place where cans are more practical than bottles.

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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.