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Schadenfreude - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-10-2010

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Photo of mwilbur
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap in their beer hall into chalice.
A: Pours a dark caramel brown with 1/4 inch off white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Sweet caramel malt with hints of clove and banana.
T: Sweet caramel malt, clove, banana, and a note of bubble gum.
M: Light-medium body. Bready sweet. Lightly dry.
D: Decent for style, but lacking some body and would be nice to have more clove/banana. (387 characters)

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes of caramel apple and oak. Great toffee aroma. Don't know how it compares to others of this style, but it is a great beer.

On tap in Surly Taproom (157 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark amber brown with lingering head

Smell: Light apple

Taste: Light dry caramel toffee with an apple cider note and some oak

Feel: Light, Effervescent

Overall: I don't know the style well enough to comment much on fidelity, but I suspect it is outside of the norm. Light and subtle flavors despite the dark color. Complex yet refreshing. (349 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin.

A- Clear, darker brown-copper reddish body, half finger head, minimal retention time. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Oak, nuttiness, yeast, a bit of chocolate and roast. Mostly grainy malt sweetness and the nuttiness. Kind of like a brown ale, but with more graininess and a yeasty, mineraly scent. [3.75]

F- Chocolate, nuttiness, roasted malts, yeast, hint of oak. Just about what the nose promises. Interesting take on a dunkel, I do appreciate the complexity that the oak adds to the lager. [3.75]

M- On the lighter side of body, good carbonation, balanced finish with the malt sweetness and the slightly earthy bitterness. Smooth and crisp. [3.75]

O- Very smooth and crisp drinking lager. I enjoy the roasted malt character in this mixed in with the mineral and mild earthy flavours from the yeast. [3.75]

Final score: 3.74 (868 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler
Served: 6 August 2014

Appearance: Pours a standard brown color, clear, with a bit of an off-white head. The head doesn't stick around much, but this could be due to the sampler size. Looks excellent for the style.

Smell: Not really much in the nose- some caramel/toffee notes, a bit of nuttiness, but overall nothing that really pops (even a generic 'beer' smell isn't all that evident here).

Taste: No real assertive flavors here- a slight overall nuttiness, like one would get from dark whole-wheat bread along with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation and body for the style.

Overall: This beer just feels a bit lacking to me. Definitely not the best example of a Munich Dunkel that I've had, and one that could benefit from slightly more assertive flavors. Still, not a bad beer, but one that drinks more like an American Amber Lager than a Munich Dunkel. (919 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the tap room.
This is probably the boldest dunkel I've had. Rich, with a crunchy crackling malt bill. Nicely balanced malt flavors and no particular hop presence.
Attractive with brown with amber highlights and clear. Nice off-white head.
Full body for style and a nice lager smoothness. (298 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft 4oz pour in snifter at churchkey on 5/8/14

A-Pours dark brown with off-white head, decent lacing.

S-Aromas of wheat and malts.

T-Tasting notes of sweet malts, wheat, caramel.

M-Mouthfeel gives a medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation

O-overall a very enjoyable beer, was glad I tried it. (320 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Outstanding reddish amber thick cap of tawny foam and sheets of lace. Smells earthy, malty slightly floral. Taste is caramel malt, biscuits, clean, crisp. Mouthfeel is smooth, well crafted with good heft of body. Obviously this is a well crafted lager with some skill and thought. I enjoyed it. (294 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors. (600 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this one other time @ Surly when we did the brewery tour and really liked it

On tap at Republic.

Served in a pint glass this lager served with a thin finger of light tan head that quickly recedes to a layer. Clear. amber with ruby highlights.

Aroma is weak. Lightly toasted cereal grains with alcohols coming out.

Taste is fairly straightforward. Very clean grainy with toasted malt with a fair amount of brown sugar notes. Finishes with typical lager slight noble hop bitterness with a carbonation zing.

Light bodied with typical lager high CO2. Easy to drink brew with some decent malty cereal flavor with a hint of toastiness. (642 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a tawny color flashing crimson highlights; not much head and what there is quickly disappears ; likely due to the pour

Smell: Toasted brown bread and nuts with a hint of coffee

Taste: Toasted brown bread and nuts, up front, with a developing lager twang taking over the middle; after the swallow, there is a hint of coffee that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with gentle carbonation

Overall: Surly has done a good job with a style that is mostly ignored on these shores. (523 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a very dark brown with some hints of amber and ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade to a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very malt forward and roasty aroma. Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuts. Good amount of brown sugar. Also some hints of oak chips and a touch of vanilla. Light hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aroma, just a little stronger. Roasty dark malts with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, and some brown sugar. Fairly yeasty with a light hint of banana. Also some hints of oak. Some earthy hops show up towards the finish. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and smooth. Sweet but not really syrupy.

Overall: A very good take on a Dunkel lager. Nice dark roasted flavors that blend well together. (1,032 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Surly party celebrating the change of law, 6/18/11.

Inky black. Malty roasted aroma. Coffee notes, very smooth maltiness, the skill in brewing such a beer is the exceedingly perfect smoothly perfect drinkability. The ultimate session beer, expert brewing. (264 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes. Had on-tap at Binny's South Loop Tasting Room.

Passed over to me with a finger of deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a very pretty ruby red with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sweet with a chocolaty aspect to it. Mouthfeel was medium with a chocolaty, smoky taste on the tongue. This from a lager!?! Wow, color me impressed. Finish had a chocolate flavor with a slight sourness, leaving it moderately dry. What a find! (468 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown with medium-sized head.

Smell: Caramel, bread and a light smokiness. Way too mild.

Taste: Somewhat sweet caramel backbone with some light roasted characteristics (chocolate, coffee). Just a hint of smoke, oak and noble hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body. Little too sweet overall for my personal tastes.

Overall: Despite the mild aroma and slightly too sweet body, this is pretty damn good for a Dunkel. While not my favorite Surly by a long shot, I have to appreciate what they have accomplished here. (600 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a Surly imperial pint glass at Cafe Twenty Eight.

A- One finger off white foamy head, nice carbonation very dark brown appearance, nice lacing.
S- Nice and tasty, malts, and caramel, coffee, brown sugar, chocolate and hopes are present as well.
T- Slight hops and malts up front, very mild, easy drinking, you get a breadiness to it as well, well balanced, hints of coffee and caramel, very similar to bender.
M- Excellent carbonation, medium mouth feel, nice and crisp on the palate.
O- Easy drinking beer, well balanced and smooth, great sessional beer, nice coffee and malt notes, with some nice hops added in. Solid beer but would not rank among my top favorites from Surly. (699 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Toasted bread, not too strong. I have trouble smelling almost all tap beers.

Taste: Bready, toast, some sweetness. A little toffee. Surly Mild's big brother?

Drinkability: Goes down easy but not too exciting.

Finally got to try the Schadenfreude at the Hanger Room. It's not as in-your-face as most Surly brews, but still is well-made and tasty for what it is. A nice compliment to Surly Hell. (439 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome.

Brought to me with little head, but decent stickiness and lacing. A deep translucent brown with ruby highlights. Much darker than I expected.

Smell is not the highlight - it's rather weak on the nose. But what's there is good. Mostly rich chocolate malts and some yeast aroma. Smells rich and full, without any bite. Very little hop presence.

Taste is rather like the smell, but fuller. Deep roasted malts, with a fair amount of cocoa and a notable lager yeast flavor. Not much fruit, and hops are there only in the gentle bitterness that comes on late. This one is mostly straight-up roasted malts, but despite that it still tastes balanced. Has a really nice richness and decent complexity. Finishes clean, smooth, and fairly quickly, with the aforementioned bitterness coming and going without fanfare.

Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Feels full in the mouth, but not sticky. Very smooth. Fades gently and gracefully away.

A very solid beer. Dominated by the malts, as it should be, but with nice rich flavors and good balance. (1,069 characters)

Photo of ucis
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the White Horse in lovely Saint Cloud.

A- Looks good and black with little to no head. It was so dark that the bartender thought he had pulled the wrong tap arm and proceeded to pour a half glass of Furious which he graciously slid my way.

S. There is a faint whiff of Smoke and maybe a lovely hint of malt. This one is not really a sniffer.

T. Very molasses, smoke and malt. It has a bit of nutty, smoke almost rye flavor. Perhaps if Surly Smoke and Surly Fest had a baby it would taste a little like this. (mmm tasty babies)

M. Very firm but not overbearing. It has the consistency of Surly Smoke. It goes down good.

O. I would try this again any chance given. It would make a great session beer if it was ever bottled. I feel as though the ABV may be a bit higher though. (shhh it's our secret) (814 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with little beige tan head. Full pour. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Dark roast, caramel, and coffee. Pretty malty. Some chocolate and earthy hops. Solid.

Taste: Coffee and a nice roast up front followed by chocolate and caramel. Very malty like the nose. Earthy, grassy hops. Reminds me of bender.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and lightly roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a very flavorful dunkel. I like the coffee roast. Pretty drinkable as well. Good beer all around. I could drink a few pints of this. (577 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrives a dark brown almost black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of toffee, bread, and a hint of cocoa. The taste is fuller than the aroma with a lot of toffee and bready malt, some cocoa powder, and a hint of wood. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again. (427 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dark Lord Day 2011.

Appearance -- Pours a molasses brown hue with a slim cap of beige head.

Smell -- Nicely toasted malt, assorted nuts, and earthy hops. Pretty nice.

Taste -- The dominant flavors are that of toasted malt, along with nuttiness and a traditionally German-tasting grassy/earthy hops combo. Malt sweetness is mild, bordering on dry, as Surly is wont to do. Very crisp. Lingering flavors of earthy hops and toasted nuts.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium carbonation. Crisp and easy-drinking.

Overall -- Not bad at all. Wouldn't put it high on my list of favorite Surly beers, but it's always a treat to try one of their beers, especially a lager. (689 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-06-11
Reviewed cold from the tap at the brewery

A – Poured a finger of foam, dark bodied brew with a tan head. Good amount of carbonation present

S - Dark roasted malts with hints of caramel and chocolate and coffee little hop aroma present

T /M – Medium bodied and smooth with no hop bitterness. Sweetness lasted throughout the brew. Caramel and chocolate blended well with some coffee and malt

D - Very drinkable brew. Medium bodied, easy going down. A for sure brew to session but too bad that it is only found on tap! Another great brew from Surly and I recommend having it when you can (613 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark brown with a ruby red tint when held to the sunlight. Single finger tan foamy head that left nice lacing.

Smell: Toasty and bready malts with just a hint of hops.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, flavors of coffee, bread and bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet and dry. This is a dream for a roasted malt lover.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied than expected, and crisp carbonation. A good consistency for a hearty malty flavored beer like this.

Drinkability: An easy one to session with and a lot of flavor, but very easy to drink and smooth. Another winner from Surly. (677 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head. Head turns into a thin layer of bubbles and some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is nice, but a bit on the weak side. Bready, caramel malts, a touch of chocolate and a bit of Earthy hops.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, a bit more coffee and smoke. Very malty with just a tad bit of bitterness.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

O- Went in on this one not having a clue what to expect. I really enjoyed drinking this pint. (489 characters)

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Schadenfreude from Surly Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.