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Dampf Loc - Local Option

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82
good

119 Ratings
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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)
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3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very rustic and charming beer with a quirky flavor spread and intriguing balance. Harking back to one of the truly American styles of beer that feuled the thrist for venturers of the west coast gold rush.

Pouring a bright yet light copper color and with the mildest of haze, the beer's ample carbonation builds a light, fluffy off white head that retains the session and laces significantly.

A mix of malt and grain fill the nose like only barley can. Mild caramel and bread/bread crust notes round out the scent of freshly kilned barley malt. Lightly nutty, fruity, and grassy notes emit from the hop and yeast culmination. Quite appetizing with a mild grain-tart notion.

The partly malt, partly grain balance plays out with a thin caramel taste with the crust of light breads and husk-like grain character. Hopped to balance with the early taste of herbal grasses, but developing toward a woody or 'twig-like' bitterness in finish. Even a note of mint rises as the taste of alcohol weaves into aftertaste. The strain that's put on the yeast allows for a slight fruity note under the surface along with the mild richness of butter and corn.

Medium bodied, but perhaps a bit light when compared to modern day Pale Ales. The sprite carbonation delivers a crisp and refreshing feel. Once subsided, the mid palate carries a light grain character with mild slickness into the finish of mild minty cooling/warming and slight astringency of grain husk and acidity.

The historic hybrid beer calls out all of the acceptable descriptors that the style allows and does so with surprising balance. But there's a reason why today's Pale Ales have gained traction and why California Commons have faded into novelty. I appreicate the flavors of this beer if only for the quirky charm of retrospective nostalgia.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 18:01:29 | More by BEERchitect
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight chill haze on an orange-tinged gold color. Head is small, bubbly, and bright-white. Lively carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Pale malt sweetness. A hint of wheat with a mild cracker snap in the back. Lightly bready with a small citrus hop element. Clean. Lightly floral. Super mellow and easy. A hint of apple skin. Some mild fruity esters and a clean yeast.

Taste: Light malty sweetness. Clean pale malts. Slight push of fruity esters. Lightly toasted with some undercooked bread. Hops are leafy with a small citrus and herbal push. Clean yeast. Slight smack of something like wheat on the finish. A touch of caramel sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and slightly crisp.

Overall: It could see regular rotation.

The better of the two beers I picked up from Local Option. Nice and clean and easy. Unexciting, but that's ok.

Serving type: bottle

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3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Interesting beer to see in my area. Kind of wish I brought my Local Option cervoise #properglassware to the bar with me, but oh well. Poured a darker amber color, more deep than hazy, with a small but firm cap of white head, that retained well and left spots of lacing on the glass. Malty sweet aroma, toasted grains, caramel, fruity esters. Sweet caramel malts were in charge again on the palate, toasted bread crusts, a little buttery, hops very mild and somewhat fruity/floral. I don't know...seemed a bit off-balance to me. There was a crispness to the mouthfeel that typically comes from the hops in a beer, but in this one, I just didn't get very much hoppiness in the flavor. Light-medium body. Not really bad overall, but just seemed somewhat off to me.

Serving type: on-tap

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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass

A) Murky yellowish brown color, two finger head.

S) yeast, malt, bread, no hop character what so ever

T) malty, toast, biscut, lager yeast

M) Crisp medium carbonation, no sting, light body, near smooth

O) it is a good beer for summer!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 19:02:20 | More by NewGlarusFan
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emerge077

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dampf Loc is a revival of a lesser known and virtually extinct Bavarian style, Dampfbier. "It is warm-fermented with Weissbier yeast at a temperature above 70°F (21°C)" ...more info can be found here: http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/Dampfbier.html

Into a large tapered mug the beer pours a deep saturated sunset orange color. Long lasting head of white foam that leaves sudsy lace all around the glass.

Toasted grain aroma, some caramel, and light fruitiness from the weizen yeast i'm guessing.

Earthy bitter aftertaste, very malt forward upfront with more toasted grain and husky grains in the middle. Effervescent feel, fairly light bodied and quaffable. Seemingly simple, but with enough nuance to keep things interesting. Would like to try on tap for comparison...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:55:36 | More by emerge077
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Treebs

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Stone imperial pint glass. Picked up at the local Binny's.

A: Pours a burnt caramel-like color with a semi hazy body and dark amber edges. A one finger off-white head forms on the pour and slowly recedes to a thin film and a slightly thicker collar. Clingy and soapy waves of lace are left down the glass.

S: Light citrus notes are present with a slight nutty malt body and small yeast finish.

T: The malted barley body is present right up front and is slightly oaty, as well as nutty, in nature. A hint of toasted malts come through in the front. Light weisse yeast and a mild hop presence are both noticeable as well. The is a tiny bit of citrus fruit presence that gets drawn out at the end.

M: Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and malty. Very drinkable.

O: Is this a nice representation of the Bavarian peasant ale? I don't know, but it was good. I can definitely pick out the weisse yeast used and I think it's a nice touch. Definitely drinkable. I would obviously choose much more flavorful brews given the opportunity, but it was a nicely crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 21:56:51 | More by Treebs
Dampf Loc from Local Option
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.