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Dampfbier - Surly Brewing Company

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13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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: 58
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a style i would like to see a whole lot more of getting brewed out there. its such a cool beer, and this is a unique interpretation of it. its almost got a hefeweizen element to it, with a spicy banana aromatic from the yeast, but the malt base seems like less (or no) wheat, and more of a crystal sweeter honey type malt instead. light copper in color and perfectly clear, there is about a inch of just off white head resting on top. with my eyes closed i would think this was a hefe from the nose, its not quite so banana heavy, and the spice complexion is deeper than the standard clove, its almost peppery, but thats what it smells like to me. the fruitiness of the yeast is quite muted in the flavor, i wonder how they did this, perhaps a cooler fermentation temperature? the malt is fairly robust in it, sweet and although only medium bodied, its quite lasting on the palate and it drinks a little heavy, certainly heavier than a hefe. i liked this a lot, it felt like a cool fusion of styles. do they can this one? if not, they should. (1,050 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (460 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of NickSMpls
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine example of a rarely made style. Served at the brewery's tap room with the tasty lamb sausage. A slightly cloudy and pale straw color with light aroma. A wheat beer by looks but not in taste. Low carbonation. Malt taste with hops in a supporting role. Probably best on tap. A century or more ago, you'd send your boy up to the tavern with a beer bucket and a dime and he would come back with something like this, though most likely not this well-crafted. (466 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (688 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

at the beer hall, into a tulip. bright golden-orange, 1 finger head that subsides quickly and leaves decent lacing. faint but ripe orange and tangerine nose, together with a little nuttiness, and this comes out in the taste which is solid. The finish is where this is a little special and surprising...peppery and a little bitter at the same time. Mouthful is good: medium body, medium carbonation, dries out at the end quite a bit (435 characters)

Photo of ARoman
2.99/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is toasted bread, with a mild grass, and a sweet, under ripe, stone fruit. The beer is a clear, light amber shade with a light thin head that has light retention and just a very light lace. The taste is mildly, medium bitter, and a medium light sweetness. The texture is thin and somewhat oily with a light fizz and a light body with notes of underripe stone fruit and toasted grains with a finish that's crisp and clean with a white wine note on the palate and an aftertaste that's white grapes and bread. (547 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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! (1,142 characters)

Photo of MacSon1982
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really good beer. My bar in Orlando had for the longest time and they don't carry anymore. Basically a trash beer made in the Bavarian woods revived. Love this one. (164 characters)

Photo of Miketwolf21
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App:::: Translucent pale gold. Light, fluffy, lager-like head.

Ar:::: Soft notes of banana, black pepper, and cloves are competing for attention against a very delicate, but pronounced, biscuit note.

Taste::: The slight sweetness, as if a drop a drop of honey was added, highlights a clean estery background to the phenolic aromas. Very, very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel:::: Crisp, lightly bodied.

I love this beer. Like a bridge between Biere de Garde and hefeweizen that is filtered and refreshing as hell. My favorite summer seasonal I have had in years. Thanks for brewing it again. (592 characters)

Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.