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Schadenfreude - Surly Brewing Company

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88
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%


Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-10-2010)
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 15:53:57 | More by tigg924
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 19:24:24 | More by KarlHungus
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a few weeks ago at Durty Nellies, review is from tasting notes.

A: appears a dark translucent brown, very little head and no retention or lacing

S: nice roasty profile up front with toasted grains and lots of bready notes

T: Awesome balance between nutty and roasty flavors wit some hints of coffee and chocolate in there

MF: light body, medium carbonation, crisp

D: the drinkability couldn't be much better. Lots of flavor with a nice light body and a nearly sessionable ABV. Surly seems to do the high flavor low alcohol thing very well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 23:16:33 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cafe 28 (tasting note from mid-May)

A: Reddish mahogany brown in color. Served with a good sized tan head. Good retention.

S: Roasted malts. Bready. Some earthy tones and a bit of smoke.

T: Again roasted malts with a certain nuttiness and a noticeable bit of char, smoke and peat. Not overdone, but with this beer being on the lighter side, even the lighter notes of smoke and peat come through clearly. Very mild bitterness on the end.

M: On the lighter side of medium with active carbonation.

D: Overall another good beer from the folks at Surly. Lighter bodied with a full flavor makes this one both sessionable and great with food. And while this is not my preferred style of beer, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. Oddly, I felt this one had more smoke character than Surly's Smoke.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 02:29:20 | More by Florida9
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mcallister

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky brick colored with a frothy off white head.

Thick bready aromas, dark breads with hints of pumpernickle. Light yeasty and earthy esters, light chocolate.

Very nice, refreshing and overly drinkable. Large amounts of moderately sweet, creamy, earthy malts, chocolate and yeasty flavors. Endless drinking possibilities.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 23:32:50 | More by mcallister
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nrbw23

Ohio

4/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 02:08:50 | More by nrbw23
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adamette

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into standard pint glass.

A Light brown head over a dark, mahogany body that lets light through but it certainly a "dark" beer. A good, classic look for the style. 4.0

S Woody notes, nutty, medium roast malt. Really good and inspiring in terms of the style, an underappreciated one by most people. 4.0

T Nutty, malt goodness, oak wood taste. Really satisfyingly good. 4.5

M Moderate feel with some smoothness. 4.0

D It is very easy to drink this beer and I would certainly have had more than one if I was not in to sampling whatever I could get my hands on that night at the Bavarian Lodge. 4.5

Notes: My first Surly looks like one that is limited, on tap only. Leave it to the superb Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL to offer it, a great, great place to drink beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 03:18:13 | More by adamette
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Stub & Herbs. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color with a ever so slight head. What head there is collars around the rim of the glass a light tan color. I would have liked more head but it seems the bartender wanted to fill it to the brim! The aroma is actually quite mild with notes of light roast coffee. Medium mouthfeel. I would guess this uses maris otter barley given the appearance and aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Starts off with a very slight dark fruit flavor, a touch nuttiness, and the aforementioned light roast notes. Sweetness sticks around the whole time. Mild bitterness. Some caramel flavors as well as it warms up a touch. VERY easy drinking. Like.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 12:36:43 | More by kbutler1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 05:28:15 | More by MattyG85
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 02:18:22 | More by bsp77
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younger35

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 16:23:00 | More by younger35
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 22:58:26 | More by Mdog
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 01:12:27 | More by zeledonia
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 22:51:19 | More by yeahnatenelson
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 23:33:16 | More by JackieTH
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 23:34:59 | More by wisrarebeer
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 13:56:11 | More by mdwalsh
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kenito799

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 20:11:46 | More by kenito799
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 07:38:47 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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deebo

Minnesota

3.81/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 22:29:58 | More by deebo
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark barely tranparesnt cocoa brown color.

Aromas is of huge roasted malts with some coffee/cocoa aromas as well.

Tastes very roasty, lots of roasted malt flavors going on here. The bar was about 85 degrees where I was and this beer still tasted great. A little lighter in flavor this could be a great session beer.

Mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat velvety, medium to low carbonation, great beer.

Very drinkable, would love to try this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 20:37:34 | More by pmccallum86
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 00:05:33 | More by ChopperSmith
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fear025

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 17:15:27 | More by fear025
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 04:07:09 | More by FreshmanPour77
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optiontwo

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple times but didn't realize it was an oak aged beer. Anyway, thought I'd review it.

A: Dark, cold press coffee brown with a hint of glowing ruby where the light hits it. Off white head starts at half inch and leaves a little lacing as it recedes.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate are pretty prominent with an earthy background. Also pick up some fruitiness that I would maybe attribute to the hops.

T: Starts with a nice roastiness combined with a light chocolate sweetness then quickly turns to a perfectly fruity, bitter, slightly dry finish. Definitely begs for more sips.

M: Feels great. Somewhat silky but still light enough to be refreshing. Great carb.

D: Could definitely drink this all night long, no doubt about it.

O: I hope this ends up as a canned offering because it's delicious and drinkable. I've maybe only had one other dunkel lager so I'm not quite versed in the style but whether or not this is very traditional, it's damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 16:22:15 | More by optiontwo
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Schadenfreude from Surly Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.