Dam Lager - Sunken City Brewing Company

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sunken City Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SiriusBock on 06-05-2013

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by obywan59:
Photo of obywan59
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours crystal clear with a scant head that disappears quickly to a ring. Golden to orange in color

Smells of sweet toasted malt with a little bread yeast,

Peppery. Sweet malt, but with a somewhat disharmonic bitterness. Noticable yeastiness. A bit of cloy.

Drying, almost astringent. Biting on the tongue and in the throat.

Not bad, but it seemed raw to me. A bit on the green side. The alcohol burn was pretty substantial for a 4.5. I think it would improve if aged for a couple of weeks or so to mellow out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ordybill
4.54/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a bread and malt aroma, not a huge smell.
Appearance- A nice clear yellow to amber color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a semi-sweet flavor of malt with some yeast tossed in, I really enjoyed the flavor.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A really enjoyable lager. This beer is made for hot days. I would search for this beer to have it again.

Photo of SiriusBock
4.41/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper color, little head that lingered for a while
S: Surprisingly fruity for a lager, almost had a spicy note and a mild hop finish
T: Malty, spicy, with a floral finish. Served almost too cold, but I do prefer my craft a bit on the warmer side. Pleasant finish
M: Glided on down my gullet quickly! Not too thick, not too thin, just right. Good amount of carbonation without being too much
O: Good summer beer, perfect session lager @4.5%abv, and only ten minutes from my house!

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes my way courtesy of woodychandler, who it appears has not reviewed it yet. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a few malts, not picking up a lot. Taste is crisp, clean, some malts, a bit bready. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and decent beer.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving on a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass, a thin film of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and bready malts are present in the nose along with some notes of sweetness.
T: Like the smell, the taste has slight bits of sweetness with flavors of bready and toasted malts. No hops or bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The clean nature of this beer makes it go down very easily, although there wasn't anything overly interesting in the smell or taste. This would probably better make for a better beer to pair with food as opposed to a standalone beer.

Serving type: can

Photo of jcbogantes
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper tone, with a off-white thin head, medium carbonation.

Aroma: mostly yeasty and cereals

Taste: slightly sweet bready like, some garlic notes, the hops reminds cypress, astringency at the end.

Body: light to medium

Overall: very good lager, well balanced sweetness/bitterness , easy to drink and interesting.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising rather quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted grain malts with just a hint of cracker malts along with a light to moderate aroma of floral hops and just a touch of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and toasted grain malts with a hint of cracker malts. That is followed by just a hint of honey-like sweetness and light to moderate flavors of floral + spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Overall this is a decent offering from a newer brewery available to me in the Triad area of NC - the alcohol is not as well hidden as I want it to be, there is a hint of fusel alcohol burning.

Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another Virginia CAN coming over in a recent trade in the ongoing furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! My local, in-person trader, tone77, has already reviewed his, so now it is my turn.

From the CAN: "Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia"; "Sink a Few!"; "AmeriCAN Lager"; "Our Story [-] Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia is known as the 'jewel' of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 40 mile long beautiful lake with 500 miles of pristine shoreline was originally dammed up and flooded in 1963 to generate electricity. Nearly 300 feet down lies roads, bridges, churches, and ghost-like imagery of a turbulent history between land and business owners and the authority that flooded their sacred ground. A once incorporated town now serves as a submerged relic for 22,000 residents and thousands of visitors each year who enjoy the lake's incredible beauty and recreation. Crack open a [CAN] of DAM LAGER and celebrate the spirit of the SUNKEN CITY. Dam Lager is a low hopped Ameri[CAN] lager that boasts a sweet caramel malt backbone. [undersigned] Jeremy Kirby [,] Brewmaster [;] Jerome Parnell III [,] Founder"; "Sunken City Brewing Company is independently owned and operated by THE PARNELL FAMILY".

The Crack! was loud and I was anxious, so an inverted Glug was in the offing. This produced a finger of soft, soapy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a slightly hazy amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), not at all red, but really a solid shade of amber. Nose was really sweet with its malt, very much like honey and very characteristic of an adjunct-free lager. My mouth began to water at the prospect. Mouthfeel was big with a lot of effervescence inherent. Wow, this was really honey-like in terms of its flavor! It struck me as being a bit sweet for my taste, but that is a highly subjective idea. Finish was semi-sweet, not at all over the top and quite satisfying. I found myself licking my lips after each draught. This would make a nice summertime beer, especially if you a headed to visit their lake.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel-gold coloring with a tall, dense, frothy, foamy, off-white head of a solid inch and a steady stream of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of subtle floral notes, a hint of bitter hops, and some toasted grains. Fairly clean nose. Flavors are light and crisp forward, with a buttered toast backbone, subtle caramel highlights around the edges, and a touch of pepper spice hops character. Not bad, and well balanced on a smooth, mid-body. The aftertaste is a bit hoppier, with a floral and bitter blend surfacing. Smooth, clean finish, with a slightly crisp kick at the end. Very drinkable.

Photo of delta490
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep clear amber. The head has no retention. Its barely visible while pouring. The aroma is pretty anemic, with some barely present malt sweetness. The taste is somehow much more robust, with a nice bready quality, a pleasant compliment of earthy hops, and a nice subtle sweetness on the finish. There is a nice weight to it, with a hint of carbonation on the crisp finish.

Photo of Apellonious
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz canned poured into a pint glass

A - Golden orange/amber with a one finger fluffy head. Clear.

S - Bread, grains, and malts

T - Bread, mlid hop/grass,

M - On the high side of carbonation, fairly crisp and light

O - Standard, good tasting lager, above the macros. Good summer time session beer.

Photo of beerrat
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Easy to drink red lager.Well worth the $6.00 I paid.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is orange with over an inch of dense, crafted white head. The aroma brings a potent dose of lager yeast, sourdough bread, biscuits. Mild sweetness in both the flavor and aroma. A really fine example of the style we have here. Refreshing and smooth with a delightful flavor. Certainly a cut above the average lager. I thoroughly enjoy a good lager and look forward to having this again.

Photo of marley2112
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice solid offering from a brand new brewery. Looks like a traditional golden lager but has subtle caramel and bread notes. Good balance of creaminess and carbonation, and at 4.5%/15 IBUs it's a perfect addition the "beer on the dock" lineup for summer.

Dam Lager from Sunken City Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.