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Dampfbier - Surly Brewing Company

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13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 24.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-04-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 59
Reviews by xmorgan:
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5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden, but I can't tell if there is haze or not at the bar. Somewhat thin head, but that may be the pour. I will just give it a 4 since I don't have enough info.

Smell: Smells like a milder Hefeweizen (banana, clove) but without the wheat.

Taste: Fairly strong, bready malt backbone from the barley. Some phenolic qualities of banana, clove and metal. The finish is quite sharp, with more phenols and some spiciness, mostly pepper.

Feel: Medium body, relatively low carbonation compared to a Hefeweizen (which I read is true to style). Semi-dry finish.

Overall: I don't have much experience with the style, so hard to know how true to style it is, but overall I would rather have a Hefewezien.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold, sharp clarity, ample lacing. Lasting surface foam, decent head initially.
Aroma of fruity cereal grains, hard not to make a connection to Trix cereal.
Taste is full and somewhat complex, earthy hops and a dried fruit yeast note, tea leaves.
Body is more or less substantial, with a moreish feel that drains the glass quickly.
Overall an interesting and unique interpretation of a lesser known German beer style.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigP83
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange, smell is strong banana and clove. Taste is tangerine and with a little dry bitterness

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
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