1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dampf Loc - Local Option

Not Rated.
Dampf LocDampf Loc

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 119
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dampf Loc is an all-barley warm fermented ale brewed by the folks from Chicago’s Local Option; inspired by “Dampfbier” (literally “steam beer”) originally crafted by medieval peasant inhabitants of southeast Bavaria. During the fermentation process generous amounts of foam and surface bubbles burst in the tank, giving the illusion that the ferment is boiling or “steaming.” Tony Russomanno and Noah Hopkins took it upon themselves to brew Dampf Loc as a modern interpretation of its Teutonic predecessor, creating a “Hefe Gerste” ale that is true to its roots; unmistakable in character yet accessible to beer drinkers of all palates.

Dampf Loc has a mild hop profile, medium body with pleasant effervescence and a clear, rich, orange hue. Dampf Loc is ideal for warm months, yet enjoyable year round.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 11-24-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of magnusdave
magnusdave

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-01-2013 06:35:17 | More by magnusdave
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with excellent persistence and light lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, nuts, mildly sweet lactic; I don't know why but this is reminiscent of a mild milk stout. Flavor is similar to aroma with sweet caramel malt, nuts, mild grassy hops, finishes more attenuated with less malt with light nuttiness and faint hops. Nice medium body with some creaminess. A quite nice take on the California common style, a bit sweeter and nuttier, which is nice for a change. The initial flavors are reminiscent of a very light brown ale. Quite quaffable and interesting. If this is faithful to the Dampfbier style, I'm surprised they are no longer around. I enjoyed this one; could be my favorite of this style so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:18:07 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of elNopalero
elNopalero

Texas

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber, doesn’t seem to look the way I imagine steam beers looking—but that’s based on the local, trademarked steam beer out here.

The aroma has a bready crispness to it. Some light grassy notes compete with the fresh bread.
The flavor has a surprising bitterness. Again, something which I hadn’t expected but it is definitely welcome. This was a welcome surprise and one which has me rethinking my expectations of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 05:43:32 | More by elNopalero
Photo of SLeffler27
SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark copper with a big, long-lasting fluffy marshmallow head that leaves a coating of lace on the pint glass.

The aroma is caramel with a light hop presence and a background of spice.

Caramel malt with some wheat bread. Overall, crisp, well balanced with a long subtle finish.

Full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Residual sugar is left on the lips. Overall, dry with no presence of alcohol.

This is a good drinking beer, perhaps sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 19:45:08 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of smakawhat
smakawhat

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a mug.

A crystal clear body, golden dark copper brown and red. Some fast rising carbonation with a fain tan off white head presented.

Nose is a little bit subdued, mild toasty crisp hints of caramel with a mild sweetness.

Toasty crisp action hits on the palate, with a large chunk of fruit esters. Caramel hinting action is subdued but carries through a little bit still maintaining some good density. Toasty sense of brown spices as well comes out which compliments nicely.

Easy drinking, and very thirst quenching. Good to know there are other Dampfbiers out there worth drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 17:42:12 | More by smakawhat
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lager to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:21:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ManVersusBeer
ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bar, cool bottle, very metal.
A cloudy brown copper with some orange hues. Puffy, big two fingers of off-white head forms and stays with some lacing around the edges.
Smells of malt, tangy, mellow yeast, oats, and some honey flavored cheerios.
Ooh, surprisingly crisp with a good orange and peach hop character as it mixes with bites of almond biscotti and citrus rind.
Smooth like a lager and crisp like a weissbier, this is a good mix with the subtle finish of bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 11:48:23 | More by ManVersusBeer
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It seems the boys down at Local Option come up with some interesting beer recipes. This one, brewed at Dog Brewery in Maryland, resurrects the old German dampfbier style, similar to the American steam beer. Right on, always good to see brewing history brought to life in your own backyard.

This stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of dusty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, walnuts, light flowers, and very light oak. The taste holds notes of toffee, pine sap, grass, flowers, light greens, and light oak. If I were pressed to sum it up, I would call this a richer version of a pils...something like that... The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice, unique little brew, something that goes down easy and thoroughly satisfies. It'd be great if other breweries took this style on...

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 23:53:21 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of biscuit, cracker, toast, light caramel, pear, apple, floral, grass, pepper, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of biscuit, cracker, toast, nuttiness, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, cracker, toast, nuttiness, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. A slight metallic note noticed on the finish, but not really detrimental to the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice steam beer style. All around good balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 04:20:47 | More by superspak
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Time to start my favorite BIF with Blind Beer #1 from Tmoney2591; thanks Kyle! Poured from what appears to be a 500ml bottle into my Duvel tulp.

a - Pours a murky, medium orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like an amber ale. 4

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, toasted malts, nuts, burnt malts, and caramel malts. Given the hops up front mixing with the malts, I'm sticking with an amber ale at this point. 4

t - Tastes of nuts, fruity malts, light citrus hops, toasted malts, caramel malts, light pine. Very nice; not quite as hoppy as the nose, but a a nice mix of hops and malts. Sticking with amber ale. 3.5

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Pretty great mouthfeel. 4.5

o - Overall a pretty nice beer that is very easy to drink. A nice mix of citrus hops and caramel/fruity malts. The mouthfeel is great, and the best part of the beer; no problem finishing this bottle. No clue on the specific beer but I am going to go with an amber ale around 5-6% ABV. 4

And the reveal is…Dampf Loc by Local Option. Never heard of this beer or brewery but it has a sweet ass metal label with skulls and cross bones and what appears to be a freight train from hell on it. Looks like this a California Common/Steam so 0/1 on the style, but oh well, it's a good beer. Thanks again Kyle!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:34:03 | More by mdfb79
Photo of avalon07
avalon07

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a murky, thick consistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, caramel, and a sweet fruitiness.

T: Tasted of fair amount of malt, some caramel, and an unidentifiable fruity quality. The typical steam beer flavor isn't exactly open to complexity, but this one is solidly appealing.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: While Dampf Loc is an uneven beer in some spots, it is likeable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 17:09:26 | More by avalon07
Photo of rhoadsrage
rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense aged copper body with a gentle sea of swirling microbubbles and a creamy light tan head that pushes above the glass and holds its shape.

S- The mineral water aroma is followed by a husky brown malt note that is very soft and pretty clean. The more it opens the more it starts to smell like iced tea.

T- The pale malt and fresh brown malt flavor has some toasted malt character with a spicy note in the finish. There is a tangy dried leaves taste that turns more into an iced tea taste with some green hop notes in the aftertaste. As the beer opens up it starts to taste more like fresh brown wort.

M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has an amazing head with some great fresh malt flavor but the odd iced tea and bitter green hops finish is odd and really gets in the way of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:34:03 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-28-2013 23:35:51 | More by Sammy
Photo of PaBeerLover
PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-10-2013 16:58:38 | More by PaBeerLover
Photo of Nage37
Nage37

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-14-2013 22:35:09 | More by Nage37
Photo of Keith_R
Keith_R

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-05-2013 01:51:45 | More by Keith_R
Photo of blindpiggie
blindpiggie

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-14-2013 05:22:20 | More by blindpiggie
Photo of Dylanjf
Dylanjf

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-05-2014 00:45:29 | More by Dylanjf
Photo of wesside89
wesside89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-17-2013 23:10:57 | More by wesside89
Photo of DMarlinJ
DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-10-2014 01:25:51 | More by DMarlinJ
Photo of jackieT
jackieT

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-29-2014 18:09:56 | More by jackieT
Photo of MRsojourner
MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-12-2013 00:45:15 | More by MRsojourner
Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
Aaron_Kerkvliet

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-25-2014 20:32:09 | More by Aaron_Kerkvliet
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-18-2014 20:32:57 | More by aasher
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-05-2013 02:53:54 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Dampf Loc from Local Option
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.