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Dampf Loc - Local Option

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BA SCORE
82
good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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whartontallboy

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-15-2013 03:01:59 | More by enelson
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Florida9

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Publican.

Clear gold in color. Served with a sizable foamy white head that reduced fairly quickly to a thick, stable surface coating. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of toasts and nuts with a perceptible bitterness that seems out of place. Taste is heavy on the toast, toasted grains, and wood. Maybe a little bready, with some grassy hops on the tail end. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a mild mix of bitterness and astringency. Overall a good beer (and one that I've never come across) that paired well with the Publican's meaty offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 04:05:41 | More by Florida9
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-22-2013 03:08:41 | More by Gagnonsux
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Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-06-2014 22:18:00 | More by KAF
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-03-2013 21:20:30 | More by buckyp
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2014 03:50:25 | More by LoveStout
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-20-2014 20:03:51 | More by kaelingirl
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Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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crossovert

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a Dampfbier, but not a california common, 2 waaay different styles. I've had this one on tap a few times and it is great. Got a bottle of it.

500ml bottle.

It pours slightly hazy amberish brown with a large, foamy, slightly off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Not as much yeast in the bottle as it could have but it is still decently cloudy.

The smell is great. Slightly tart, slightly toasty, nice lemon and fresh bread scents. Lacks a bit of yeast complexity but that is all.

The flavor is again slightly tart and super bready. There is a light toastiness and a bit of hops but not too much.

A great beer, I have actually had German Dampfbiers and this one pays tribute to the style pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 23:50:01 | More by crossovert
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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
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Ohio

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Wisconsin

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New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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Keith_R

Georgia

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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

A somewhat unbalanced, yet mild enough beer to pull it off, Dampf Loc is substantially malty, with little hop presence. The Munich (and possibly other) malts work well as a major influence, and I never felt that there was a need for hop presence in the beer. Would I get it again? Sure, if it were in six-packs for $8. A half-liter for $5 does not make me want to revisit this beer.

Pours a 2cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat sponge-like appearance. Retention is average, the foam lasting about one minute in a quick decline to a thin ring around the glass and a small island of foam remaining atop the center of the beer's body. Lacing is nonexistent. Beer's body is a bright golden orange in color, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, low in number and moderate in activity.

Aroma is malt-forward, mostly Munich, perhaps a bit of Vienna and pale added for complexity. Result is largely of slightly toasted, full-bodied brown bread crusts. Little hop presence, the result being a sweet and bread-like aroma.

Front of palate is full of toasted bread crust sweetness, with hints of light caramel. Mid-palate experiences continued malt characters of toasted bread crusts, light caramel sweetness, and very mild, clean hop bitterness lingering in the background. Back of palate is, as expected, of toasted bread crusts, light caramel, and a modest amount of toasted nuts. Aftertaste of lingering toasted bread crusts, lightly sweet caramel, and very faint bitterness.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that is foamy, then smooth on the palate. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness remaining on palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 08:12:13 | More by falloutsnow
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

10-03-2013 14:04:06 | More by jklecko2
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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
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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
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Goblinmunkey7

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

12-09-2013 02:41:06 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-22-2014 22:12:14 | More by vinny21bal
Dampf Loc from Local Option
82 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.