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Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager) - Roslyn Brewing

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Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager)Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager)

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Roslyn Brewing visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2003

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Photo of BrewnZ
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a nice pint at the brewery's taproom. A very drinkable Munich dukles and much truer to style than many Northwest craft lagers. I like what these guys are doing and with some new stainless in the back it looks like they might be growing.

A: Light mahogany, very clear with nice tightly beaded head that lingers.

S: Medium-low malt aroma, that is rich and not roasty, but a little lacking. No hop aroma, clean lager notes.

T: Nice clean malt comes through as flavorful and slightly chocolatey not roasted (as per style). Low-no hop flavor with low-medium bitterness to balance the malt nicely. Finishes clean leaving you wanting another sip. Could be a bit bigger, but that may reduce drinkability.

M: Medium-light bodied, with good creamy texture that comes from long cold conditioning. The one improvement I would like to see is a bit more body.

D: A highly drinkable beer. The flavor is not so forceful as to be overwhelming, but not so minimal as to be boring. Yea, I could drink a lot of this! Well done.

Photo of dnichols
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was served a pint from the tap at the Brick in Roslyn, Washington on a Sunday night after attending a Seattle Seahawk victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

A: It poured a dark dark brown with orange tint body and a modest one finger head that supported a very thin lacing.

S: There was a distinct aroma of sweet roasted malts, ripe dark fruits, and floral hops.

T: The flavor of the toasted malts was muted but noticable. there was a semi-bitter back side but overall the hops provided a zip that balanced the malts and made for a nice refreshing lager.

M: It was light bodied (almost thin and watery) with a barely there sweet front and a clean and refreshing finish.

D: It was refreshing and easy to drink. The low ABV, light body and balance make it a good session brew. It would benefit from a stronger malt profile but overall it is a decent beer for a long night playing pool in a small town bar.

Photo of RJLarse
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Roslyn beer while vacationing in the area. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color and is slightly hazy. Many bubbles can be seen rising in the beer. A creamy light beige head forms, and has good retention qualities.

The smell is fairly strong, sharp and distinctive. There is a bit of dairy aroma, like ice cream.

The taste is also sharp, a sweet stinging charcoal flavor, with a bitter finish. The beer has a cola quality to it.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a bit acerbic. There is a cloying feel left behind.

Average drinkability on this one. The aroma and flavor are too imposing for this brew to be sessionable.

Photo of demcorhip
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My BMC brother in law picked this up for me on a trip to visit family in washington. We were enjoying brews around the fire and as was offered i had to drink this out of the 22oz bomber bottle.

Im just randomly guessing at the appearance.

Nice malty aroma, somewhat deep and complex toasty nuttiness as well as a richness hinting at dark fruits from the decoction process. Nice floral and citrusy Yakima valley hops, somewhat out of place, but very inviting nonetheless.

Nice and malty with pronounced toasted and nutty character. Some melanoidin produced or added gives an additional layer of malt complexity. Damn tasty hops, while somewhat out of place stylisticly, with very clean flavour of red grapefruit.

A solid, almost medium bodied lager. Nice and malty, yet assertive hops make their presence felt with a decent level of bitterness.

A very drinkable dark lager with an interesting west coast twist. I would have really appreciated another bomber or two of this instead of the king sized can of tecate that followed. Was a nice sessionable brew on a warm almost fall night. I'd gladly drink this one again.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’m not a particularly enthusiastic fan of schwartzbiers though I suppose if the right one shows up, I might come around. Roslyn Beer has a molasses aroma and a thin, red-walnut body with a slight chalkiness. The black patent taste comes across as a bit charred and coal-like – too much so for my tastes though the flavor is not overly assertive. It’s a bit like burnt cola with a particularly smoky finish akin to smoldering ash.

It’s good to see a local brewer make the effort at brewing a black lager but the taste is just too acrid for casual appreciation.

Photo of sockeye101
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I may just not be a fan of this style of beer, but I was not overly impressed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was expecting a little bit more. I found this beer at a fruit/vegetable stand off of I-90 in eastern Washington and figured I'd give it a shot. The color reminded me of a Coke, dark with hues of red/amber shining through. There was very little head and lacing was minimal. The aroma was pleasant, light and floral. Flavors of bitterness up front, small hints of nutty tones and a slight burnt flavor as well. The combinations of flavors just didn't do it for me, again it may be the style, or it may be this brew. The mouthfeel was light, crisp and dry. I would definitely drink another if given the chance, but I'd look elsewhere if I had a choice. Overall, not bad, but not great either.

Photo of bodybyadam
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried in a 6oz pilsner sampler for better or worse. The result was an alright very dark appearing like a porter with a ¼” head.
Nose- had a nice nutty aroma.
Taste- a woody taste, probably the roasted hop, that later gave a charcoal flavor.
Mouthfeel- was smooth
I would say this is drinkable but the woody, charcoal flavor needs to be complimented with the right food pairing.

Elbows Up,

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a porter-brown with very little head to speak of - As much as I try to force, the beer fights back, refusing to give up head or lacing.

The smell is rich coffee and cocoa with a very light hop twinge - way, way more like a porter than I expected, and a comforting thing to smell, even from a lager.

Flavor is raw cocoa and pungent, somewhat metallic coconut milk, with just a little coffee; Hops are low, and the flavor is interesting, not very complex, and quaffable.

Smooth mouthfeel, almost completely devoid of carbonation. It suits the flavor, so an average score is awarded.

Overall - average. An interesting beer to try, and I like to support the local little guys when I can.

Photo of tozerm
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried it on tap at the brewery. Definitely a nice, fresh keg. I love the subtle hint of chocolate in this darker lager. It's bold without being overly malty or hoppy. Rich is a very appropriate word to describe this beer. Viscous mouthfeel with a nice, medium creamy head. This is an excellent beer with a nice pot roast with the little tiny roasted onions and potatoes. Also good with dessert.

Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle purchased at the Super 1 in Ellensburg on the same day I tried it on-tap at The Brick. It was far too crowded and smoky to make an even halfway decent attempt at reviewing it from that example.

This poured what appeared to be a very dark brown, with a big, tan head. When held up to the light, it took on a deep garnet color. The head stuck around a while. Lots of lace.

The smell was mostly roasty malt, with a little bit of a grassy hop note. I don't know the style well enough to know if it was correct or not. To me it smelled alright, but was nothing fantastic.

The taste was pretty much like the smell: Moderately roasty malts,and a dry hoppiness that does nothing more than provide balance. There's also a mild sweetness that the hops keep from getting out of hand.

This is a somewhat medium bodied lager. Moderately carbonated, it's not a fizzy lager at all.

This is an okay beer, and would be a decent session beer. It's not terribly exciting, however. I wouldn't drive miles and miles out of my way for it. But if you happen to find yourself where it's sold, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of RoyalT
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Not black, but very dark with a nice, lacing head.

Smell – The deeply toasted malts are present, soaked in molasses with balancing hop bitterness. There’s some deep, ripe fruit hidden in there, but mostly the burnt malt dominates.

Taste – The balancing hops come out more in the flavor. The dark toasted malt is there as well, bitter and burnt. The tinge of sweetness at the nose is mostly absent.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and thirst-quenching. Full-bodied but without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – I thought this one was overly hopped to go down as a smooth dunkel lager. It was enjoyable though, and I’d love to taste it on tap.

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Roslyn Beer (Dark Lager) from Roslyn Brewing
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