Sweetwater Dank Tank Danktoberfest - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to littletriggers (Reddit) for this interesting beer, love the Oktoberfests, so hopefully this does well instead of the style of Ofest I don't like as much, and at that high abv I'm guessing it's gonna be the latter.
Pours a fluffy 1 finger bubbly head that fades at a med pace, with lines of lacing, over crystal clear auburn tan slight rosy hue beer.
Nose is soft and lager like, light caramel malts, light Munich reddish like malt, some crisp lager with hint of lager fruity aroma, a hint of esters I think with a waft of booze coming through with them, a little toasty, hint of grassy hops but barely.
Taste starts with some toasty malt flavors, plenty of caramel and reddish toasty malts, fairly sweet, with that sweetness comes light esters and some warming booze, some lager flavors but not a lot, soft crisp lagers with hint of fruity lager yeast. The booze brings a slight tingle and booze like flavor. Then hops, quite bitter actually, spicy chewy hops, a little grassy and earthy. Finishes with more of the hops, quite bitter on the finish but it doesn't dry that much although it attempts to, so it's not overbearing bitterness, with some lingering spicy hops, and a bit of caramel malty flavors.
Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, some warming slight tingly booze.
Overall not bad, it doesn't get overly sweet or overly caramel candy flavors that many U.S. style O-fest beers like to do. It has some hop presence, although not the best hops for the style, more bitter style, also a bit too boozy IMO as you want to be able to drink lots of o-fest in one sitting and this is not very drinkable with the booze and the big bitterness. And it seems way to big for a lager.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2012 00:19:44 | More by jlindros
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3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
"While Krones was working on SweetWater's brewhouse, which they were 3 months behind schedule on (that part is true), one of their sour kraut engineers drove a gabelstapler over Mr. Dank's toe and broke it. Limping and angepisst, Mr. Dankenschnitzel jumped a flub to Krones HQ in Deutschland to pick up his large siedlung check. Looking to quell his T pain, Danke beelined it to Oktoberfest in München and into the arms of a friendly fraulein who quickly über serviert him. Stumbling blindly, Herr Dankenschnitzel, laden in lederhosen and longingly looking for a lovely loo, humpelte into the Bitterburger Brewery to drain the main vein. Unable to hold it any longer, DankenGuender feuer abgespritzt all over the control panel, short circuiting their infamous Oktoberfest bier. The beer no longer fit the rhinobutt purity law, so Hans and Franz kicked his arch out of the mother land and told Danky doodle dandy to take that mischmasch back to SußWasser with him." Brewed in the style of an Oktoberfest, released in September 2012 as part of the Dank Tank series. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a SweetWater snifter. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggnog-white head of a frothed creamy consistency over a maple red-amber body. The body is quite opaque, plenty of haze and varied sediment is in tow, from flecks to small chunks. Retention is average, lacing is thin and spotty. 3.5
(Smell) A fairly appropriate aroma for the style, bready german malts with a moderate toasted caramel syrup sweetness, some syrupy fruits and molasses enhance the sweetness. The aroma of the body is slightly elevated above the pedestrian Oktoberfest, with some bold sweetness and creeping alcohol to be perceived, but otherwise a fairly clean and simple aroma. Potency is medium. 3.75
(Taste) The malt profile keeps lighter than expected, with a dry bready malt body, a light drizzle of grainy caramel syrup and some residual fruit sugars. Danktoberfest portrays a thinner body than predicted, with a mellow sweetness and a earthy, nutty bitterness from the grain alcohol and trace hop resins. It's certainly as drinkable as an Oktoberfest should be, but neither incredibly impressive in originality nor in sticking with tradition, the elevated alcohol content makes Danktoberfest a little sneaky when considering the "session" side of things. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, fluffy, slick with a mild graininess. Carbonation adds some light air and mild crispness to the tongue for a slightly more lively texture. Body is medium+ amongst German Oktoberfests and medium+ amongst all beers. Balance is in favor of sweetness, although the flavor does tone the sweet side of this beer down to a drinkable status, a stronger hop bitterness would have been an excellent benefit for this particular beer. Alcohol presence is light. 3.75
(Overall) Danktoberfest is likely on par with most Oktoberfests, but below expectations for the Dank Tank line. This is partially to blame for the style, as keeping Oktoberfests as close to style doesn't provide much room for originality, making Danktoberfest one of the simplest entries yet, but SweetWater honorably keeps this German style as close to style expectations as possible while generously elevates the gravity for a good ol' American buzz factor. Ultimately, don't expect anything revolutionary with Danktoberfest, as it's just another Oktoberfest. 3.5
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Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 21:56:17 | More by Jadjunk
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date
Semi-clear tawny hued brew, decent lacing. Huge malty aroma screams Doppelbock, sweet and bready with some clean alcohol. Smooth and creamy with a brawny body, malt bomb drops on the palate right away. Bready, grainy, dried hay, herbal, spicy, peppery alcohol, faint fig, nugat, faintly biscuity.
A bit drinkable for the size and grows on me with each sip. A dig this brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 01:58:47 | More by Jason
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz bomber from CurtisMcArthur (thanks!) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...
A: Chill hazed golden amber...thin off-white head laces decently.
S: Pretty big malt presence with lots of toffee and caramel...underlying fruitiness, possibly apple, pear or grape? Tough to tell. Some dark earthy notes but the hops are faint. Faint spicyness and toasted grain as well.
T: Malt...toffee and caramel dominate again with the same fruity notes as well as some earhty qualities and faint spices. There is a touch of bitterness but I can't tell if its the hop balance.
MF: Moderate body medium carbonation.
O: Its ok - not an earth-shattering take on the style.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2012 15:04:32 | More by Scotchboy
Sweetwater Dank Tank Danktoberfest from SweetWater Brewing Company
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