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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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GrindFatherBob, Jun 15, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured from the can a translucent coppery brown with light frothy head that dissipates with little lacing.

Smell is sweet roasted caramely malt with a hint of yeast.

Taste is of roasted malts, roasted on the finish. The malt and yeast linger on the sides and back of the tongue afterwards.
Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, good feel with nice finish.

A very solid drinkable lager. Perfect option if you are sick of the other lager, plus it comes in cans!

mvanaskie13, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, with good by 4/11 on the bottom, poured into DFH snifter

A - Lighter chestnut brown pour with decent clarity. Half an inch or so of light brown/tan head. Head sticks around for most of the drink and provides a spiderweb lace

S - Nice toasted malt notes in the nose with toasted bread crust and hints of caramel.

T&M - A malty brew with just enough of a clean hop flavor to provide some balance. Definitely on the sweeter side with lot's of toasted malt and a defined breadiness. Bits of caramel from the nose show though in the somewhat sweet finish, and just a touch of a nutty quality.

D - I'm not so sure that this one shines as a "Munich Dunkel Lager", but it's a darn tasty brew. I'm rating more to overall impression then style, and it goes down smooth and easy.

ZeroSignal, Mar 09, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color body. About a two finger head that disapated quickly to a film. Looks okay.

I smell some grain, a musty aroma, some malt. Not a bad smell.

I taste some bread, caramel, honey and grain. There is another flavor I can't put my finger on; maybe a hint of orange peel? This is mostly malt with barely any hint of hop bitterness. It has a better taste than the smell.

Mouth Feel is really good. It feels incredibly smooth. It has a medium body. Easy feeling going down.

I could have another one. Easy drinker.

9InchNails, Jan 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep burnt orange with a one inch head that slowly settles.

S: sweet and metallic malts with a hint of grains.

T: Sweet malts and some straw and a mild hop bitterness.

M: Nice small bubble feel almost creamy, with a crisp dry finish.

D: Very easy to drink and would have a few of these as a winter sesion.

Biscuit033, Dec 26, 2007
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - clean, clear brown to auburn in color. Looks like a lighter brown ale with a nice looking lager-esque head.

Aroma - some sharp sulfuric smells, definitely some brown sugar and warm caramel, a little cocoa and perhaps a bit of vanilla extract.

Taste - sweet on the tongue with a crisp finish. Lots of caramel flavor along with some citrusy hops in the finish. Not a ton of complexity here but that makes for a very easy drinking beer.

Overall - A very well crafted dark lager that's clean all the way through and does its job very well. This leaves my tongue a little dry which keeps me reaching for my glass.

Availability - Fall/Winter

Would I buy more of it? - sure, as far as dark lagers in can goes this is pretty much the one that I'd go for.

indiapaleale, May 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

brutalist, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a can that I picked up at the Pheonixville brewpub.

A: poured a deep caramel, almost mahogany with a big bubbly off-white head. some carbonation, but definitely not pouring from the bottom.

S: sweet, sweet maltiness. brown sugar and fresh baked bread. a little bit of metalinot getting any hoppiness here, but Im okay with that.

T: definitely rich. starts sweet with a solid hop presence starting in the middle and lasting throughout the finish. maybe a little dandelion? like what they did with the grain bill here.

M: solid medium body with a great mouthfeel making it super drinkable.

overall, a good/great dunkel. love to see great crafts coming in cans.

Jimmys, Jan 02, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sly Fox Phoenixville on 10/13/08.

A - Poured a clear deep amber/copper-colored body with one-finger creamy off-white head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left nice lacing. No noticeable carbonation. Very nice coloration and clarity of body.

S - Caramel malt and a touch of floral hops in the nose. Quite malty overall with some hints of bread and dried pasta.

T - Lots of caramel malt with a mild floral hop flavor and a touch of earthiness. Bready and biscuity in the middle, with a slight spicy aspect in the backend. Finishes with a big sweet caramel and bready malt flavor.

M - Medium body that's part watery and part syrupy, with quite a lot of initial prickle on the tongue. Mild bitterness on the palate.

D - Simple but well-done. Sly Fox makes some fine lagers and this is no exception. Tasty and sessionable.

ffejherb, Oct 14, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toasty and slighly robust character allows this Munich Dunkel to stand out among the common Lagers of Germany. Although brewed in Pennsylvania, the beer's authentic flavor earns it high marks.

The Dunkel pours with a brownish copper color and a mild haze that prevents it from bright clarity. A turbulent pour from the can delivers a creamy and airy off white head that retains well, leaving very little lace behind. A solid look, but slight restrictions on color, head character, and lace leaves me wanting more.

Aromas of toast, bread crust, light honey, apples and dates give a glimpse into the toasty malt complements to pilsner malt. The slight fruity notes seem to come from grain and sulfur rather than esters. Low in hops and phenolic spice, the beer's scent is clean and focuses on the complex darker components of malt.

Medium malt flavors of light breads, bread crust, and slight yeasty taste gives a rich taste but with low-lying sweetness of mild honey and powdered sugar. Light toasted grains contribute a nutty and crusty taste that develops an almost grape and fig taste that's more readily found in bigger beers like bocks. But the modest sweetness and rather robust taste balances well against the herbal hop additions that adequatedly bitter the beer and leads to a crisp and clean finish.

Medium bodied from the impressions of toasty malts and creamy carbonation; but as the carbonation dissipates, the beer turns slightly grainy and light headed into finish. Lightly woody and with slight grassy bite, the finish brings a mild alcohol warmth and clean bitter aftertaste.

The Pilsner qualities of the beer are clear, while the additions of dark grain add numerous complexities for extra robust taste and texture. A very good German Dunkel!

BEERchitect, Feb 17, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Lots of cream colored head. Big bubbles of carbonation. The color is amber but not a dark one.

S- Some hop but light and a slight smell of something else but by notes are smudged.

T- Smooth and easy good malts with a slight hop flavor. Really a great taste from start to finish.

M- Lots of activity, and it is thin but feels right for the beer.

D- Easy and quick nice for the style. Very enjoyable beer, if you see one around grab it and drink it down.

beckje01, Apr 27, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can into mug at 40-45 degrees.

Pours with a decent cream colored head over a very deep ruby to brown body. Great clarity. Touch of carbonation.

Aromas are fairly sweet and fruity. Light soapiness, with lavendar, sweet red grape, and light floral hops.

Flavors include bread crust - plenty of yeast, along with floral hops, apple, and some grape skins.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, yet crisp. Very easy on the palate.

A really nice Dunkel, overall.

BeerImmediately, Feb 19, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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