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Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Dunkel LagerDunkel Lager

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BA SCORE
82
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -15%
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 -12.8%
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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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 16:50:28 | More by ffejherb
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Boto

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 03:05:42 | More by BeerImmediately
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: can

02-17-2012 04:19:29 | More by BEERchitect
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with some ruby hi lites. A decent size head with good lacing. Carbonation is average. Aroma is rich malts some bread and fruits such as plums. Good taste malty with some cocoa touched bread and candied sugar.
Medium feeling and smooth. A clean finish.
A good well made beer with nothing really bad about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:59:06 | More by micromaniac129
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:48:53 | More by mikesgroove
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brew3crew

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.4%
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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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2011 04:21:23 | More by ZeroSignal
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

01-20-2011 02:16:09 | More by OneDropSoup
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9InchNails

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: can

01-12-2011 07:21:23 | More by 9InchNails
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

01-02-2011 22:00:42 | More by Jimmys
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

12-25-2010 16:06:15 | More by tone77
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
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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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

05-21-2010 14:28:00 | More by indiapaleale
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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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pwoods

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -15%
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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william5586

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.