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Schadenfreude - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 213
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 22.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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 kruse
1.41/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - tap poured a nice brown color; head was almost non-existent, just a few off-white bubbles.

S - relatively little aroma, particularly for a Surly beer. Slight hoppiness, but more malty.

T - malt, with some hop bitterness, but overshadowed by a very unpleasant metallic taste.

M - very thin

D - All but undrinkable. I usually like Surly products, but this one really misses the mark.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I has this on tap at Local option into a tulip. The beer is dark brown with lots of amber highlights, fairly clear. Not much head or retention to comment on. The aroma is light, bready with roasted malts. The taste is ok nothing special, a light smoke finish that is nice. Easy to drink but not much feel, kinda boring so probably wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of younger35
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this delight at good ol' Stub & Herbs on a beautiful Saturday morning. I think Surly needs to come up with more of these one off tap only brews. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brownish with hints of copper and a nice one finger soft off-white head. A small spotty cap remains along with a thick collar and tiny spots of lacing strewn about.
Smell- Lightly yeasty and bready with just a super light touch of chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee but overall not the most exciting nose, pretty much like every Dunkel ever made.
Taste- Somewhat lightly toasted and nutty with a nice coffee and cola aspect. A bit of bready yeast and toasted crust with no real hop influence at all. Very crisp and somewhat clean though with a smooth refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with a zippy bit of carbonation that tickles the tongue.
Drinkability- Very easy drinking, inoffensive beer. Not all that flavorful and for my $ I'd much rather have mild (same sort of profile, loosely). I just need bigger flavors and a Dunkel Lager just doesn't do it for me. Glad I got to try though!

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Photo of bsp77
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of fear025
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:The smell is rather subtle, but I get dark malts, and noble hops.

Appearance:This beer is dark brown with very little head.

Taste:Dark malts dominate this beer. The foretaste has a lot of chocolate, and also some woody notes. On the mid to aftertaste I get some subtle dark fruit flavors. The aftertaste lingers with a mild lager yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel:Medium body that's really smooth. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:I really enjoyed this beer, it's very drinkable, and goes great with food. I'm not sure it's exactly spot-on in terms of style though. I think it could have benefited from more complexity.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of deebo
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's. Amazing that people will rate the heck out of super hopped up beers and RISs but usually bypass the other ones. Why?

A: deep, deep, copper color - great head
S: mild nose
T: good, malty, decently rich with nice hop finish but not intense - well-made dunkel, a bit weak in body but just an easy drinking beer
M & D: very good

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Photo of JackieTH
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Binny's Tap Room--Chicago

Appearance: dark brown/red in color with 1/4 inch head, clear

Smell: chocolate, some nut, and roasted malt

Taste: chocolate, some nut, and roasted malt--a touch of oak is present as well.

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Drinkability: I could have several of these--and would have if I did not get in right before the keg kicked. I love the slight oaking. This beer is super smooth.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Jake Melnick's. Served in a pint glass.

A - Poured with a finger of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and ring. Hazy red-brown body with some light transparency at the fringes, and a nice fiery glow.

S - Smells a like a dunkel. Nuts, cocoa, cola, caramel dark fruits, maybe a touch of ginger? It's a little muted but otherwise quite nice.

T - Taste is a step up, with more intensity amplifying the same flavor collection and adding a bit of sarsaparilla to the cola notes. No obvious booze, but there's a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - A bit gritty and overcarbonated. Light residual stickiness, medium body, and no perceptible heat.

D - I drank a pint during an inning of the Cubs-Braves game. Other than the somewhat harsh carbonation this was pretty easy to drink. A nice dunkel lager, similar to Denison's but with a less potent nose.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color, can't really see through it, small off-white head. Little bit of yellow on the edges, looks fairly solid.

S - Smell is nice, but a little too muted. Caramel malts with a bit of cocoa and some coffee as well. Smells sweet.

T - Not what I was expecting. Nice and roasty with some chocolate, then I get a surpring amount of coffee and bitter malts on this. Very nice, although it almost seems like a coffee dunkle.

M - Quite carbonated on a medium bodied beer leads this one to be somewhat of a refreshing brew.

D - Pretty easy to get down, and could do it again. Don't think I could make it a session beer, but it was an enjoyable drink that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a warm dense brown body with a thick light beige head that last for a good bit and a gentle carbonation.
S- The aroma of brown malt with a darker chocolate malt note in the background is very clean.
T- The soft dark toasted malt flavor has some chocolate malt flavors to it and is dry and lagered. The finish has a slight tartness that might be a subtle smoke hint and no real hops are present. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is pretty dry with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice flavors and a good richness. It is drinkable but it would be nice to have a little more depth or support to the dark toasted malt bill.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Four Moon Tavern...

Served in a nonic pint, there was about a finger of foam that laced the glass in chunky, drippy patterns. It looked black, but in the light it was a deep scarlet when backlit. The attractive color was nice, and the retention was good.

Aroma was slightly sweet, toasted malt and tobacco leaf that also came through in the taste. Aftertaste had some residual earthy hops that were only mildly bitter after a good quaff. The dark malts were on showcase, there was a hint of maple sweetness also. Feel was light, it was easily worth having a couple pints of. Overall it was clean and fairly subdued, though enjoyable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brown, no head or active carbonation. Hazy from what I can tell. Looks very old-worldy.

S: There's a mild roast, no hops, in general pretty mild. Nothing much to comment on, but nothing to complain about apart from that.

T: Again, there's a mild roast and no hops. It's sort of sweet. This is a pretty straight forward, nothing hidden no complexity, but good beer.

M: There's low carbonation, so it's not light by any means, but it's not terribly smooth either. But it's still nice.

D: Very drinkable, but I think I would rather have the Surly Mild.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Schadenfreude from Surly Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.