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Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 11-28-2006)
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Reviews by woodske1:
Photo of woodske1
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

Pretty decent Lager, nothing really good or bad about it. If you want to tip a few back and not really think about your beer than this is one worth trying.

It actually has a nice aroma for a general lager. I thought it was a bit too bubbly for me. Overall an OKay beer.

woodske1, Mar 03, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

Split a sixer with beernut7 after a visit for their IPA Project...congrats on 11 years!
Pours a rust mahogony, semi-clear and less than 1/4 finger of off-white head with an agressive pour. Nice lace forming as I work my way through the pint.
Fantastic aroma...despite being a bit too cold for my liking. Sweet malt hits first, with some molasses, spice...very pleasant.
The taste is just as enjoyable...less sweet and comes away more bitter with a roasted finish. Mildly spiced...finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin for the style and the carbonation is high.
Easy drinking here...solid if you like the style.
Another fine canned offering...recommend.

warriorsoul, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +11.4%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of pwoods
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for this brew!

12oz. can poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rich, bronzen brown with nice clarity. Decent sized, lightly tinted head on the pour with a fat skim worth of retention. Some lacing.

S: Pleasant sweetness with caramel, toffee, and a light nuttiness up front. Not getting any hops but there seems to be a touch of butterscotch diacytel in the back and as it warms.

T/M: More of the caramel and toffee with the nuttiness kind of falling off. There's still a touch of the diacytel in the back but nearly covered up. Body is medium with smoothing carbonation and a pretty crisp, mostly clean finish.

D: Low ABV and drinkable. Some imperfections but it's reasonably tasty.

pwoods, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of ggaughan
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

The 3rd of the 4 Sly Fox cans that I have tried, this one courtesy of Schooly. The beer poured a nice amber color with a slight tan ring around the edge of the glass and a slight haze on top. The nose has some pleasing caramel malt notes in there and the taste is malty sweet with some toasted smoke qualit. There is also a good citrus quality, all making for a fairly light body that is easy to drink. My second favorite SF can for tailgating at Phillies games.

ggaughan, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -15%

On-tap at Cole's. No aroma, a nice dark brown colour with a minimal white head, however lots of lace ws left after draining. A basic dunkel, Ok drinkability, above average carbonation. Brown sugga.Fairly uninteresting, chocolate malts, a drop of bitterness.

Sammy, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Hobbit
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Hobbit, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -16.4%

dtx00, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Jettanbass9
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

A - I'm a little disappointed by how light in color this beer is... A light brown is about all it really is. I really expected a darker hue. Head retention is there and a moderate carbonation is visible.

S - Pils grain, and munich malts and a bunch of german noble hops hit you with a solid pour. It's a good comeback when you take a big whiff of this brew.

T - Malty and smooth at first with a solid burst of german hops to balance. I think a six pack tastes pretty nice right about now.

M - smooth but thin, the munich malts play a big role in this beer, but it has a huge reminder of a german pilsner.

D - A great beer to kick back to, a little over 5%, this beer is quite sessionable. I would love to try it on draft.

Jettanbass9, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhemingly of malts. Taste is good, lots of malts, a bit of sweetness, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Mudawg
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Mudawg, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of MmmIPA
4.2/5  rDev +17%

One thing I can tell ya about Sly Fox beers before I drink them is they have AWESOME looking cans.

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass from Caseys in Drexel Hill Pa.

A-Dark red body but you can almost see through the bottem of the glass.Head was nice but didnt last more then a few seconds.Some lacing on the glass.

S-Malt and there is a smell of (dirt) maybe im crazy but it smells like earth.Faint hop smell and it dont smell like bitter hops.

T-There really isnt a taste that I can compare this to, as ive had Warsteiner dunkel but that was a while ago.I can sorda taste the malt on the tip of my tongue.I dont taste any hops on this one.

M-The carbonation is pretty harsh on this one but not to the point where I dont enjoy it.Goes down real smooth and is medium bodied.

D-I like it but it may take some time to get used to.I bought a 6 pack and plan to have 3 of them today and save the rest for some other time.Ide buy this again next year,maybe I havnt had this style of beer in a while and thats why the taste doesnt seem familiar to me but none the less a very good beer from a great brewery.

MmmIPA, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of EgadBananas
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Dark mahogany in color, solid 2-3 fingers of very light tan head. Spotty, spongy lacing is left as it dissipates.

Not too much on the aroma aside from some sweet, nutty malts.

Rich and malty, nutty, bready, with a bit of hops on the finish.

Smooth, creamy, light in body, slightly crisp, nicely carbonated.

Overall good drinkability and not a bad Dunkel.

EgadBananas, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz can received in my most recent trade with Wasatch... Thanks John... Honestly, despite all the hype around RIS, BW's, and sours.. a great Munich Dunkel is probably my favorite style of beer... that said.. it is going to be poured into my shaped SA glass.

Wow.. alot of foam.. took a long time to die down.. probably 3-4 minute easy... only touches of lace above a very carbonated chestnut brown brew.

the nose is toasty and with maybe a little too much "brown sugar" for the style ... just minor smacks of chocolate.. but for the most part this one smells pretty sugary.

Flavor is fairly rich toasted malts and a pretty pronounced nuttiness.. there is no sugary flavor.. and really only a caramel "essence".. finish is a short and clean toastiness that has a metallic twinge.

Body is where I am gonna hit this one.. waaay too much carbonation.. and the mouthfeel is wiped clean by the bubbles.

This had a pretty heavy metallic overtone both in the aroma and flavor at the beginning, but almost "completely" went away as it warmed up.. overall the bells and whistles were there, but the hyperactive carbonation kept me from giving too high a review.

Anyway... another nice brew from Wasatch... We need to be careful about all of our trades.. people are gonna start talking :-) Thanks John.

JohnGalt1, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Vanilla, hints of oak, Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Phatz
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

I have had this beer on-tap before but somtimes there is nothing better than the flexibility of a can.

Appearance: poured an amber red/brown color with a tan head and noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Clean. Malty caramel and hint fruit and coco maybe a light hop but very reserved lager aroma.

Taste: It does have more taste than the nose indicated. The flavors are typical dunkel dark fruity prune, cocoa, caramel malt, with some bread grain and buttery (butterscotch) attributes before it is finished. Simple though. It is a beer that you can just accept without need to contemplate making a good session beer, but It will stand up to scrutiny when contemplated.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body apropos to style.

Drinkability: Overall, I didn't find this an exciting beer but one thing it definitely is, drinkable. This beer is friendly, and there is no doubt it would be a *perfect* transition beer for many people entering craft beer, say off of Yuengling Lager. It will got the the next party,

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Served in a standard shaker glass and allowed to warm some over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear rich brown in color. Head very thin and disappears quickly leaving small rim of tiny bubbles around the edges of the liquid.

Smell: Caramel malt aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel malt with mild bitter flavor in the moderately long finish. Sometimes the bitter flavor seemed more metallic than hoppy in nature.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: OK, but probably would not have more than two before switching to another beer. None the less this is a good, well made, drinkable lager that many should enjoy.

drtth, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

Picked up a six pack for my birthday. Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a copper color maybe a couple shades darker.Decent off white heading that turns to nothing halfway through.

Smell is earthy and a bit nutty but more malt than this. Hints of hop on the backend.

Taste is good. A nice blend of malts going on here. A subtle bitter hoppiness thay plays very well with the heavier malt linger.

Mouth is a bit flat with a medium body. Almost no carbonation to this beer very dead and uninviting.

Drink is decent. A malty beverage and a very surprising taste is coming out of this can. I am so used to seeing piss yellow beer coming out of a can. This is a treat.

TheFightfan1, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of wiseguy142
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%

A Munich Dunkel in a can?? If I were back in Germany they'd be slapping me right now... anyway.. here it goes..

Pours sort of a food coloring-y brown with a decent head that sticks and little visible carbonation. Sort of looks like maple syrup. The first thing I notice is that the mouthfeel is oily and weak. Aroma and taste are just straight up bland as hell. I really am not getting any flavors in any direction. This could be the most neutral beer ever. Hmm that's really all there is to say. It doesn't taste bad, but it also doesn't taste like anything. Wow, it comes in a can. That's about all this beer does for me. I'll save the $1.70 extra per can and buy Miller High Life. Sorry boys.

wiseguy142, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured into a pilsner: Three fingers light tan head, softly creamy consistency, over dark amber/reddish body. Transparent. Nice bright orange highlights. A few scraggly stripes of lacing.

Nice, light, biscuity smell, with a little malty syrup, mild baked apple, & that "clean" water/mineral smell I get from a lot of lagers.

Very nice taste: white grape juice, some dry bread crust, a little toastiness, & a firm wheat cracker kind of grain character. Finishes with a little sugar & a nice, long aftertaste.

Crisp mouthfeel, medium-light-bodied, ends nice & firm with a lingering afterfeel. Goes down real easy.

Very enjoyable, sessionable, tasty. Can't say it's my favorite for the style, but this will do without problem. Maybe not one I'd jump at ordering if I'm out, but could definitely see myself grabbing some for a get-together or having a few in a row.

OneDropSoup, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Pours a clear amber to dark amber in color with light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces quickly to a very thin film in the center of surface of the beer. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel malts with some light sweetness present as well.

T: Moderate flavors of bready malts with some light amounts of caramel sweetness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This beer is really enjoyable and easy to drink - definitely a sessionable beer and one I would enjoy having again.

dbrauneis, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to Kegatron for the opportunity to try this one.

Poured from the can a clear and deep amber gold with a frothy tan head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of Juicyfruit gum, cinnamon, and cloves.

The taste is also sweet with a Belgian-like yeast, ripe red fruits, banana, bubble gum, candy sugar, and cinnamon. Finish is fruity and slightly bitter.

Medium bodied, sweet and dry, with moderate carbonation.

A pretty good Dunkel from Sly Fox. Easy to drink and easier to enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of auntfloyd
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Served from a 12 oz can into a US pint glass.

Poured a clear, medium amber brown with a big tan head.

The smell is sweet, with a sort of grassy, floral background, and just a touch of fresh hops.

The taste is similar, sweet and malty, with notes of caramel and slightly bitter hops. A nice bold flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly good, if a little too carbonated for my taste. Drinkability is high.

I'm not very familiar with this style, but I'd say this is a pretty good lager. Flavorful, with plenty of character, but not too in-your-face. I'd pick it up again if I was in the mood for a lager. Also a bonus that it comes in a can; I hope other breweries besides Sly Fox, Oskar's, and Brooklyn (to name a few of my faves) pick up on this.

auntfloyd, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +11.4%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.