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Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 171
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
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

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 11-28-2006

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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 171
Photo of Sammy
3.06/5  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.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing in the center of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose and has flavors of bready and caramel malts. The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness while a hint of bitterness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is very sessionable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poursw a medium amber color with a head filled with tiny bubbles that holds well but really doesn't provide much lacing at all

Smell: Caramel with a touch of roast and flash of noble hops; a bit of that lager twang and some diacetyl

Taste: Starts with a malty caramel flavor with a bit of diacetyl, mid-palate; after the swallow, the noble hops kick in and balance the beer nicely, although the finish is a bit jumbled as the sweet flavors re-assert themselves and clash with the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I have had better Dunkels, Penn Dark coming to mind as a comparison from the western part of the state, this is not bad

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.61/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can thanks to ChrisPro as part of Blind BIF Round 4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color with a single-finger white head that doesn't stick around very long and does not leave behind much other than a few spots of lacing. The nose is comprised mostly of sweet malt along with a bit of caramel. Some hops in the background. Something quite odd about it. This continues into the taste, which is a bit too sweet without much of anything other than mild hops to carry it through. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Butter starts to come through as it warms. Probably not something I'd drink again, but who doesn't love a good canned beer?

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium brown with a huge blooming head that went over my glass before I could do anything about it,nice aromas quite floral with wispy cocoa notes and a touch of iron and roastedness.Pretty clean flavors touches of cocoa and biscuity malt with an underlying nuttiness.Subtle but nice flavors and quite food friendly and I really liked the nose,I never had this when I lived near the brew pub Iam glad to have it on hand now.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest rust orange with Sunkist edges. Atop the crystal clear liquid sits a firm cap of foam that is equal parts eggshell, ecru and pastel orange. It looks to be sticky enough, but very little lace endures.

My impressions of the nose are general rather than specific. It's mildly toasted, earthy and musky. It's also probably style accurate, but I'm not blown away. Time and warming help somewhat.

If you go gaga over Munich dunkels lagers, then Dunkel Lager will most likely be right in your wheelhouse. The advantage that it has over most versions from Germany is that there's a much higher liklihood of it being fresh, simply due to geography.

There's an earthy nuttiness from Munich malt, but there's also enough grassy hoppiness (21 IBUs worth) to add another flavor facet, to add balance and to give this hophead's tongue a minor buzz. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the newly-canned can.

The flavor profile consists of toasted whole grain bread covered with a thin layer of fruit marmalade, sprinkled sparingly with cocoa powder, sprinkled more liberally with shredded tea leaves, and sprinkled copiously with roasted peanuts. Oops, almost forgot earthy caramel. Again, most German MDLs aren't nearly this hoppy.

The mouthfeel is exceptional and is the highlight of the whole shootin' match. I wish every brewer could wring this much medium-full (for the style) voluminous creaminess out of their relatively low-ABV lagers.

It took me a few ounces to get into the dunkel lager swing of things. Once I did, however, the quality of Sly Fox Dunkel Lager was easy to appreciate. Cheers for their recent award on this offerings's behalf. For once, it looks like a beer judging competition got it right.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger that leaves back a rich cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and leaves some spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and earthy smelling with hops that sit on top of notes of caramel and roast. I'm unfortunately also getting a little bit of a phenolic band-aid off-note here. Nothing overly distracting but it's there.

The taste starts with a splash of caramel and crackers up front, along with a tingle of green hop bitterness. Roast pulls up the back of the profile while hops linger in the finish with an earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a crisp creaminess to it up front. This gets a little more watery and flat feeling though as you near the swallow.

Besides the nose, this was pretty decent but I've had this on draft at the brewpubs and enjoyed it much more then. Maybe this can was a little beyond it's sell by date.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and Bavarian hops.

T: Nothing fancy here, it’s very straight-forward. The taste starts out with light but smoky malts with just enough sweetness to be effective. There’s a nice burst of hops to balance everything out. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easily, decent kick to it, not too filling, good representation of style. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s a little on the bland side, which would make me look for something else if at all possible.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a clear, copper brown with a thin white head that receded to a patchy layer. Mainly caramel in the aroma, with some musk going on. Slightly toasted malts in the taste, caramel, nuts, slightly earthy, with a little hoppiness coming in afterward. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to GnomeKing for this one!

Pours caramel/chestnut with 4 fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Some lacing & no head retention, really the only knock on this fine beer IMO

S: Licorrice & hints of choclate. Caramel asserts as it warms

T: Caramel & toasted grains up front. Biscuitty notes & a hint of chocolate then come through. Brown sugar arrives as it warms. Finishes slightlty dry, with loads of caramel & toasty notes

MF: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation & great balance

Very drinkable & pretty nice dunkle. Putting this in the can didn't hurt at all

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely great to visit a new beer establishment in the Burgh and see the newest offerings from small breweries on stock along with 400 other micro, belgian, and german beers...this was the case at Bocktown beer and grille. The first German style dunkel I've ever imbibed from a can appears a dark copper amber tone with a large cream head leaves behind fine even lacing all around my glass with each sip. Definitely a different color than the king of all American brewed dunkel lagers...Penn Dark but I will accept this one. Aromatics...somewhat funky character some grassy noble hops it really smells unique for the style, also has mild chocolate and toasty caramel malt highlights but the tart mild lactic character has me scratching my head. It didn't turn me off just really caught me off guard for a dunkel. Flavors combine well, and that slight tart funky malt acidity actually works with a balancing hearty bready sweet malt tone doused with a finishing blast of noble herbal hop character with a delicate grassy character. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied evenly carbonated really is quaffable and smooth textured. Drinkability much like their other canned offerings not the most intriguing and well made versions but damn drinkable along with enough original tones to make it a go to when grabbing canned micros with the limited niche market these should sell without a problem.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, light cola-ish appearance, a bit like bronze, with a huge head, highly carbonated that dwindles down with a quickness, leaving lace.

Nose is caramelly sweet, with dark fruit esters, some plum and raisin, a little twisted, though, this, slightly sour at the top. Prune juicy, with a whiff of must. Odd, but not deterring.

Clean and smooth on the palate, brisk, with that odd fruitiness popping up at the front, but fading away, rolling off the tongue. Plums and raisins, sour cherries, the flavor building further into the glass.

Medium- bodied, easy drinking, tasty dunkel. I like dunkel lagers better than most lager styles, and this one was quite good, if not great.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a fizzy head that soon becomes a thin patch, then disappears.

The smell is of dark malt hining at caramel with a touch of grassiness. Has an almost sour, somewhat musty, aroma.

Sweet dark malt intermingles with an earthiness. Some floral and husky notes come through. There are a few things going on, but mild malty sweetness is the overall characteristic.

The feel is on the lower end of medium bodied. It has a refreshing dryness to it and goes down smoothly.

This is a decent dark lager. A bit too sweet with an odd aroma. Enough going on to be interesting, and smooth enough to be drinkable. One to grab when going to a place where cans are more practical than bottles.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
1.88/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Mike last night. Thanks! I'm always up for a beer in a can and / or a German lager, both? Sign me up.

Beer served in a snifter. It's brown and slightly hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, a few medium to large bubbles, low carbonation and no lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is where it all goes wrong. The aroma is so sickingly sweet that it is not possible to identify this beer as a lager let alone a dunkel lager. It's caramel and butter. GROSS! I jokingly suggest that it might be a Kvas.

Beer is thin and watery with a sweetness that goes with the aroma. It's not good....I do not enjoy this beer. The taste is slightly better than the aroma which tempted me to just pour it out but my curiosity always wins out. Sly Fox is not winning me over with this thin overly sweet disaster of the a lager. Also there is a strong diacetyl character. I won't have this again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Suzanne, the brewery rep, slipped me some cans one time and told me to make sure that I wrote a review and kept mum as to whence they appeared. Ah, no worries, kid. Pete, Mary, John G., and Bryan would never read one of my reviews.

It got two fingers' worth of foamy deep-tan head that quickly fell away to wisps. The nose had a chocolate/caramel scent to it, not lager-like at all. The color was deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full and there was a rolling mix of malty-sweetness, roasty-chocolate, and slightly bitter hops on the tongue. The finish seemed to linger with a more caramelized sweetness than anything else. Another really good beer from the Sly Fox peeps. Hey, Suze, may I have some more, puh-leeze?

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Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

A great copper brown and crystal clear body, with good thin rising amounts of carbonation. Head is uniform and light tan with about three fingers with a little bit of retention and settling to a small soapy puck and collar.

Nice light sticky malts, a sense of crispness and light toast that seems almost white bread. Mild clove sensations. Pretty solid.

Palate has a little bit of light wet body, with not much backbone. Quite hop forward a bit with a nice pine and stinging grass finish. Caramel and malt sweetness seems to be a little present but takes a bit of a backseat on the swallow. Clean. Mild grainy and toasty aromas with a good hop like heat to it

Overall pretty easy but a little unexpected, but still pretty fun to drink. Interesting this SlyFox brewery is with their German styles...

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a short 1/2” head that quickly disappears. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: caramel is the lone aroma component.

Taste: nice malt levels, caramel, mild fruit sweetness, hint of nuts, and mild bitterness. Straightforward and simple but flavorful.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Short caramel aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: it’s nice to get a solid dark lager in a can. Worth trying. Put some in your golf bag since bottles don’t work there.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.31/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can o'beer, a dunkel no less. Let's see.
Looks like a cola. Caramel color, nice foaming from a can. Not much aroma, a bit thin in the head.
A bit of malt sweetness to start things out. Grain taste, not much else. Hard to separate this from a Michelob dark. Much better than a Macro lager, though. Cleaner for sure.

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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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