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Dampf Loc - Local Option

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

PhillyStyle, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

OrestesMethuon, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of friendofbeer
4.94/5  rDev +36.5%

Served into a standard pint glass at Green Street Smoked Meats in Chicago.

Pours with rich head, very light copper tones, ever so slightly hazy. Superb head retention. Rich fresh barley on the nose, hints of spice from hops, nutty, slightly grassy, toast notes. Medium bodied, playful and slight malt sweetness.

Have not tried too many Dampfbiers but this was an incredibly balanced, drinkable ale with tons of rich grain quality. Very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one.

friendofbeer, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Dylanjf
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Dylanjf, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

nmann08, Mar 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Docrock, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Canada_Dan, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

LoveStout, Mar 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

superdoopersauce, Feb 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

vfgccp, Feb 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

vinny21bal, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

kaelingirl, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

vermilcj, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

EvanWilliams, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

RMelyon, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass. The head has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with notes of bready and nutty malts.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is quite malty and tastes like an artisan bread with complementary flavors of multi-grain bread and hints of nutty and toasted malts as well as earthy and doughy yeast. No hops are perceptible, but they mask any associated sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I've never tried a "Dampfbier" before, but this seems to be an interesting and unique German style. It's quite malty but doesn't seem heavy on the palate and as a result is rather drinkable.

metter98, Nov 23, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +14.9%

we need more beer like this on the market, what a brilliant offering. copper in color, great active white head and rejuvenation ability. nose that's balanced with pale English and American malt, and west coast hops. minerally, clean, almost like a lager. the taste is fresh grains up front and balancing European style hopping on the back end. its more robust than any steam beer I have had before, more flavorful and interesting. grassy notes throughout, as well as a toasted nutty complex in the middle. still its quite light and easy drinking. medium body, very active carbonation, and crispness to the finish that maximizes refreshment. it really pepped me up this beer, impressed me. for a beer style that has been either forgotten or misinterpreted, this was really a breath of fresh air. id love to get this bottled out here in Colorado.

StonedTrippin, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Jordy777, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MRsojourner, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

brandonld23, Oct 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2013
Dampf Loc from Local Option
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.