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Dampfbier - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-04-2013)
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-02-2014 22:37:17 | More by csmartin6
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3.09/5  rDev -17.2%

I had this beer at the kramarczuk's Kielbasa Festival on tap. This beer was clear gold in colour with bright notes of wheat and light crystal malts and munich hops. I could taste the sweet malts, which phased into lingering bitter hops on the palate. This beer was light, sessionable, and crisp.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

01-22-2014 18:58:26 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of MattyG85


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

On tap at Surly's Surlyfest event. Served in a Surlyfest stein.

Appearance: Color is a pale golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head which slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very yeast driven aroma with hints of spices, fruit, and toasty malts. Big upfront hints of the Hefe-Weizen yeast along with hints of pepper, funk, and cloves. Bready barley malts with hints of biscuit, toast, grains, and straw. Fruit hints of bananas and citrus hints of orange peel, apricot, tangerine, and lemon. Also a slight hint of bubblegum. Hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a very yeast driven taste with notes of fruits, spices, and toasted malt. Big Hefe-Weizen yeast taste upfront along with notes of cloves, pepper, and funk. Toasted barley malts with bready notes of biscuit, straw, grains, and cracker. Fruity banana taste along with a slight note of bubblegum. Fairly hoppy with citrus notes of orange, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and lemon. Fairly drying. Quite an interesting taste. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy and pretty drying.

Overall: A pretty good yeast driven beer. Hardly seems like a California Common. Its like a mix of Hefe-Weizen and Cynic style Belgian.

09-22-2013 06:29:32 | More by MattyG85
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4.01/5  rDev +7.5%

Review from notes on the back of a receipt. Lost and rediscovered just now. On tap at Ed's Bar in Winona, MN on October 18, 2013.

Relatively clear light copper body. Solid finger of frothy off-white head with good retention and lacing.

The hefe yeast is clearly evident with aromas of banana, clove, and pepper. Bready with a clean floral hoppiness.

The flavor is also very yeasty and once again resembles a hefe. Quite a bit of spice, fruit, and bubblegum.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a very crisp finish.

Overall, this is a very interesting and unique beer. I have definitely never tried a dampfbier before and I definitely enjoyed it, even if I wasn't blown away.

04-26-2014 04:38:00 | More by Phocion
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Hats off to Surly for making a Dampfbier!

I love the idea of Steam Beers and like the German Version using Wheatbeer yeast in an all malt beer primary fermentation warm and later lagered.

Had at Surly taproom and TownHall Lanes on tap.
I evaluate the beer for its style and I love creativity but beer styles are a good starting point. I've had Dampfbier in Bavaria and steam beers and California Common ale and live the malty estery components of this beer. I salute anyone doing older beer styles!

Apperance:Orangish yellow, clear and bright

Smell:Faint wheat yeast and malt scent with a little fruit

Taste:Crisp like a barvarian lager but estery like a Wheatbeer. I get the history of this beer. Poorer people near Chezch beer that could not afford expensive hops or wheat and limited acces to refrigeration (cellars verse ice packed caves).

Thier desire to get a wheat beer and lager taste with out access to wheat or lagering caves. The result is a poor mans wheat beer or a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: lighter body beer, bright and light similar in this to a golden ale

Overall: Great lighter estery malty beer.

SURLY, can it!

10-11-2013 20:10:29 | More by xmorgan
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

I guess I'll take the first crack at reviewing this one. What an honor.

Pours a white head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavors of banana, clove, an esters. A lot of bready malt. It's a steam beer with a twist. Very fruity and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: is very dry. Lighter bodied.

Overall, this is one of the better 'steam' beers I have had. Typical surly twist to take a style and mess with it. This one tastes great. Very easy to drink. My pint didn't last long.

09-17-2013 00:39:28 | More by mothman
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Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
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