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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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Photo of micromaniac129
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.

micromaniac129, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Mudawg, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +11.4%

brutalist, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +11.4%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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
Photo of brew3crew
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

brew3crew, Mar 12, 2011
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
Photo of EgadBananas
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.

EgadBananas, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
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
Photo of 9InchNails
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
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
Photo of tone77
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
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
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
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
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.

TheFightfan1, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of pwoods
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.

pwoods, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
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.

kiddynamite920, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of william5586
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.

william5586, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  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.

MasterSki, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of woodske1
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.

woodske1, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of drtth
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.

drtth, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of mvanaskie13
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
Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.