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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 WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

WesWes, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Monkeyknife, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

wiseguy142, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
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.

ffejherb, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of julian
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

julian, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Jettanbass9
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Jettanbass9, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep burnt orange with a one inch head that slowly settles.

S: sweet and metallic malts with a hint of grains.

T: Sweet malts and some straw and a mild hop bitterness.

M: Nice small bubble feel almost creamy, with a crisp dry finish.

D: Very easy to drink and would have a few of these as a winter sesion.

Biscuit033, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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

DaggerEyes, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Phatz, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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. . . .

Kendo, May 29, 2007
Photo of beckje01
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Lots of cream colored head. Big bubbles of carbonation. The color is amber but not a dark one.

S- Some hop but light and a slight smell of something else but by notes are smudged.

T- Smooth and easy good malts with a slight hop flavor. Really a great taste from start to finish.

M- Lots of activity, and it is thin but feels right for the beer.

D- Easy and quick nice for the style. Very enjoyable beer, if you see one around grab it and drink it down.

beckje01, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The 3rd of the 4 Sly Fox cans that I have tried, this one courtesy of Schooly. The beer poured a nice amber color with a slight tan ring around the edge of the glass and a slight haze on top. The nose has some pleasing caramel malt notes in there and the taste is malty sweet with some toasted smoke qualit. There is also a good citrus quality, all making for a fairly light body that is easy to drink. My second favorite SF can for tailgating at Phillies games.

ggaughan, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

ArrogantB, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz can into a US pint glass.

Poured a clear, medium amber brown with a big tan head.

The smell is sweet, with a sort of grassy, floral background, and just a touch of fresh hops.

The taste is similar, sweet and malty, with notes of caramel and slightly bitter hops. A nice bold flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly good, if a little too carbonated for my taste. Drinkability is high.

I'm not very familiar with this style, but I'd say this is a pretty good lager. Flavorful, with plenty of character, but not too in-your-face. I'd pick it up again if I was in the mood for a lager. Also a bonus that it comes in a can; I hope other breweries besides Sly Fox, Oskar's, and Brooklyn (to name a few of my faves) pick up on this.

auntfloyd, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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

beermanbrian, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Boto
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.

Boto, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a sixer with beernut7 after a visit for their IPA Project...congrats on 11 years!
Pours a rust mahogony, semi-clear and less than 1/4 finger of off-white head with an agressive pour. Nice lace forming as I work my way through the pint.
Fantastic aroma...despite being a bit too cold for my liking. Sweet malt hits first, with some molasses, spice...very pleasant.
The taste is just as enjoyable...less sweet and comes away more bitter with a roasted finish. Mildly spiced...finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin for the style and the carbonation is high.
Easy drinking here...solid if you like the style.
Another fine canned offering...recommend.

warriorsoul, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of MmmIPA
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing I can tell ya about Sly Fox beers before I drink them is they have AWESOME looking cans.

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass from Caseys in Drexel Hill Pa.

A-Dark red body but you can almost see through the bottem of the glass.Head was nice but didnt last more then a few seconds.Some lacing on the glass.

S-Malt and there is a smell of (dirt) maybe im crazy but it smells like earth.Faint hop smell and it dont smell like bitter hops.

T-There really isnt a taste that I can compare this to, as ive had Warsteiner dunkel but that was a while ago.I can sorda taste the malt on the tip of my tongue.I dont taste any hops on this one.

M-The carbonation is pretty harsh on this one but not to the point where I dont enjoy it.Goes down real smooth and is medium bodied.

D-I like it but it may take some time to get used to.I bought a 6 pack and plan to have 3 of them today and save the rest for some other time.Ide buy this again next year,maybe I havnt had this style of beer in a while and thats why the taste doesnt seem familiar to me but none the less a very good beer from a great brewery.

MmmIPA, Nov 30, 2006
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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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