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Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Dunkel LagerDunkel Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 11-28-2006)
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into Town Hall chalice.

Pours a large fizzy pop like head that fades to a thin layer fast. Color is a clear burnt caramel.

Aroma: Burnt candy sugar. Toffee and roasted malt flavors. Very sweet any syrup like. Maybe some molasses. Not something I am enjoying.

Taste: A sweet candy sugar taste. Molasses and plums. Burnt malts with a smoked flavor. This beer just has so much odd flavors going on that don't mix well. Cherries near the end with a Dr. Pepper flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Dry and extremely fizzy. Light to medium bodied with a massive amount of carbonation. Ends with a bunch of sweet flavors all over the place.

Overall, this beer simply isn't good. I really couldn't pick out one good aspect of this beer. Not drinkable at all. A B average? I really can't see where that is coming from.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 01:49:41 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack of this stuff.

SFDL pours out your dark brown pond water color and comes into the glass a deep dark bark brown color with a short lived cap of cocco looking head that's frosty. No stick. Smell is kinda really bad and it just smells off, fresh can by the way. Uh, smells like roasted malt, degraded grain and shame. Taste is no better, i really feel like im drinking pond water here. I cant describe it, not my bag. Feel is watery not lively, kinda flat and weird? I drank all six and I will never do it again.

Serving type: can

12-04-2010 01:59:08 | More by BARFLYB
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wiseguy142

New York

2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

11-01-2008 01:07:21 | More by wiseguy142
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julian

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: pours dark nut brown color with about 50% clarity. visible carbonation but minimal. head is rich, creamy and almost Guinness like. No real lacing so to speak.

S: smells of brown sugar, malt, pils grains.

T: Initially it tastes a bit chemically, like if you could taste the smell of burnt plastic. it does smooth out slightly leading way to a sweeter grainier taste with a slight hop bitterness, but mostly it's just got this unusual plasticy flavor.

M: despite the unusual taste, this doesn't FEEL half bad in your mouth. It's creamy, nicely carbonated and light-medium bodied.

D: This is the first dunkel lager I've tried, but I have to hope there are better examples of the style out there. This just seems completely mediocre.

Serving type: can

07-20-2008 05:43:16 | More by julian
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brew3crew

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-transparent brown body with white head and lacing
S-very malty and dark. Just like I would expect from a dunkel
T-a lot lighter than I expected. Decent maltinessbut not much else taste. Maybe corn?
M-light bodied and smooth
D-very drinakble just like a nice german dunkel

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 02:06:55 | More by brew3crew
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel amber with very fizzy head, down to nothing as I look again. Smells of cherries and fermenting fruits. Pretty malty on the nose and tongue, I get no hops at all. Pretty average dunkel I suppose. Its very sticky and has hints of caramel but this beer is not a knockout at any level.

Serving type: can

10-04-2009 06:04:35 | More by kiddynamite920
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 12:08:07 | More by Sammy
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 17:53:35 | More by woodske1
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, best by 2/27/14 on the bottom.

appears a clear copper color, basically no head. mild malty aroma. same with the taste - clean slightly grainy sweet taste. medium body, higher carbonation.

overall a easying drinking but moderately flavored lager.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 03:38:40 | More by jmdrpi
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pwoods

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

10-16-2009 04:29:55 | More by pwoods
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DaggerEyes

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark copper with a super thick off white head that settled into a 1 finger thick craggy head. tons of lacing.

Nose is a slight bit musty with sweet caramel malts and raisans

some faint fruits on the palette sweet malts...

light body that feels fuller than it is. Clean smooth drink

Although I'm not super excited about this beer I will say it is incredibly easy to drink

Serving type: can

10-11-2007 02:23:01 | More by DaggerEyes
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can purchased at the brewery. Dull brown color. 1" head foams up in a pilsner glass but quickly falls. Just traces of carb bubbles flowing to the top, appears a little dead and undercarbonated. Smell is of bready malts and some faint hops. Taste shows the bready malts up front followed by some caramel and nut flavors and just a hint of butterscotch. Mouthfeel confirms my observation that this one is undercarbonated. A little thin and just no life at all on the tongue. All 6 I got are like this so it's not an isolated occurance. I'll give this one another try but overall it was a dissapointment compared to the others I've had from Sly Fox

Serving type: can

01-08-2007 01:47:29 | More by beermanbrian
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2010 21:40:06 | More by TheFightfan1
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Boto

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught in Phoenixville: This one poured a very dark golden color, with just a bit of a white head on it. The aroma was a bit light, and had a bit of sweetness to it, as well as a hint of floral. Slightly sweer caramel malt sweetness to the taste. There was some corn notes also. Not a bad session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2007 01:10:39 | More by Boto
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william5586

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear light brown. Huge off white/light tan head.

S- Sweet malts in front and lightly roasted caramel in back.

T- Sweet malts and caramel. Roasted malts and a hop bitterness were present in the slightly dry finish. It was very well balanced at first but as it warmed the sweet malts faded considerably and the hops and dry finish became much more apparent. I would have preferred if it stayed on the sweeter maltier side.

M- A little Light, but very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D- Very easy to drink. I may have found a new session beer.

As I mentioned before this beer is not exactly what I look for in the style, but it is still a solid offering that I will definitely be drinking again.

Serving type: can

04-20-2009 00:26:12 | More by william5586
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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2008 04:59:51 | More by Jettanbass9
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-11-2012 22:19:13 | More by dbrauneis
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 21:53:35 | More by drtth
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2011 01:26:25 | More by EgadBananas
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

11-12-2008 23:19:52 | More by Monkeyknife
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of Secret Bunny '09! Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Great lookin' brew! Three fingers of orange-brown-tinged creamy foam with solid retention and lots of spotty lacing. Transparent gold-orange-brown color, with lots of bubbles racing to the top. My only complaint is the few bubbles that stay on the side of the glass - looks a little bloaty and macro-like in that regard.

S - Taste is oddly reminiscent of the Clausthaler non-alcoholic beer I reviewed, but without the metal. Some noble hop zest, lager twang, and lots of bread and toffee malts. Pretty standard stuff here. There's a little bit of hop bitterness that makes it into the aftertaste, which is a nice touch.

T - Strangely I like the taste a little better - more smoothed out, with lots of breadiness, toffee, and some light apple with brown sugar fruitiness.

M - Creamy, surprisingly moderate carbonation considering how it looks, lots of residual mouth coating. Pretty good feel here.

D - If I had to pound Dunkel Lagers this would be an OK choice - don't like it quite as much a Denison's Dunkel, which ahd a much richer flavor profile. Still, the low ABV, medium carbonation, and nice texture make it pretty session ideal. I like the convenience of cans too.

Serving type: can

04-12-2009 20:12:48 | More by MasterSki
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass (should I have used a pilsener?). The color is a hazy red and the appearance is so inviting. The head is quite fluffy. The smell is like bread. The taste is pretty good considering I usually only drink ales. The taste is bready as well and reminds me of an Oktoberfest beer. Man I suck at reviewing beers. This one is good and I am glad to have tried it. Thanks go to nflmvp for sending this my way.

Serving type: can

03-01-2007 00:56:20 | More by ArrogantB
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Kendo

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass from the can, a moderate pour yields a big, foamy 3-finger khaki-colored head that settled slowly over a coppery-amber body. Plenty of fine bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the glass, gaining speed as they near the surface. No lacing at all.

S: Grainy malt and some caramel malt sweetness with what seemed like a touch of fruity hops as well. Fairly mild in the nose, however.

T: Mild sweetness -- caramel malt again and some roasted grains. It does finish fairly dry with a minerally or even metallic taste at the back of the tongue.

M: Light in body and surprisingly, gvien the big head and the bubbles, it feels low in carbonation. Somewhat chalky feel towards the end at first, but as I drank it more that feeling seemed to go away.

D: Good. As you'd expect from a lager, this goes down pretty easily, as it's light in body but with some solid flavors.

Notes: A good beer. I generally don't love lagers, but this one was serviceable. At one point I had the thought "this is what Yuengling could be" as I got to thinking about other lagers I drink and noted that like Yuengling, this is a Pennsylvania brew. Like I said, this was decent and I certainly wouldn't mind having a few cans of this on hand in those situations where bottled beer is not an option. . . .

Serving type: can

05-29-2007 14:20:48 | More by Kendo
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, lager scent that boasts of caramel malts and fruity yeast esters. It has a light breadiness to it. The taste is decent. It has a smooth caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bone dry with a slight metallic edge. There is a subtle roasted component as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's flavorful and easy drinking.

Serving type: can

11-23-2008 22:53:28 | More by WesWes
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

01-07-2009 10:18:22 | More by JohnGalt1
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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.