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Dunkel Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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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:
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%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

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!

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

South Carolina

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

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

12-18-2006 06:47:47 | More by feloniousmonk
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-08-2013 14:05:31 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.88/5  rDev -47.6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -36.5%

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.

12-04-2010 01:59:08 | More by BARFLYB
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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.

01-07-2009 10:18:22 | More by JohnGalt1
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

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

New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-30-2012 02:57:11 | More by whartontallboy
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

Louisiana

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-04-2014 17:51:58 | More by BeerForMuscle
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-15-2013 09:22:08 | More by GrindFatherBob
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

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. . . .

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

Missouri

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.

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

Pennsylvania

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!

09-04-2007 02:14:38 | More by Phatz
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-25-2011 13:24:20 | More by nh2032
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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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