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Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager - Berghoff Brewery

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Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark LagerSir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 50
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: n/a
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 07-23-2013

In the old days, most dark beers had a reputation for being heavy, even sweet. Not this one. By reinterpreting some historic German traditions, including the ancient “altbier” style of Düsseldorf and adding a decidedly 21st century American twist to it, we’ve created a dark beer with a dry, refreshing character and a ton of personality. We start with a mix or pilsner and pale ale malts for a complex, dry maltiness, then layer on specialty malts that add toasty, cookie and a little dark toffee character. All of this is balanced by a hop mix that adds to Sir Dunkle’s crisp complexity. Lagering rounds off any rough edges, leaving a satisfyingly dark-beer flavor with a clean drinkability.
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Reviews by Ozzylizard:
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2.99/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 1.69/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of sweet malt
Head large (6 cm), light tan, creamy with large rocks, rapidly diminishing to broken layer ranging from 2 mm to 12 mm.
Lacing poor – small irregular islands with small bubbles
Body deep red-brown, clear
Flavor begins with bitterness of burnt malt, quickly fades to a light sweetness with a burnt malt overtone. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slight oiliness, soft carbonation

The burnt bitterness definitely detracts from this otherwise mediocre dunkel. The appearance and aroma of this beer are the most attractive features of this beer. (661 characters)

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3.4/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

Labeling says lager, but brewery info mentions Altbier ... does it really matter, as this beer is lagered? Expected a clean brew here, interesting with some tasty elements that have potential; however, sweetness and husk-graininess muddle the palate a bit. Hoping this one is re-tooled to fulfill the potential it has.

STYLE: Altbier
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Cola brown color, thick head, great retention

SMELL: Toasted dark bread, caramel, clean, faint herbal hop, mild instant coffee, very aromatic

TASTE: Heavy toasted grain, dried grass, chicory, ample hop bitterness, caramel sweetness, husky bite, fading maltiness, mineral, nutty, dry finish (712 characters)

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Nice smooth flavor, with a mixture of fruit and wheat taste. Very easy to drink, reminds me a lot of Smithwicks. Dark brown color with a foamy head after pour from the bottle. Sweet and wheat smell welcomes a refreshing flavor that creates a nice unchallenged drink. (266 characters)

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12oz bottle into 12oz Gueuze glass, no date
A- pours beautiful, transparent dark sienna with generous, bubbly head that fades to wispy laces with medium-high carbonation
S- aromas of pine, rye/baked bread crust, raspberry, straw, earth, cocoa powder, leather and faint hops
T- bergamot, field greens, bell pepper, roasted malt, dark chocolate, hazelnut and cashew with slight, hopped bitterness
M- rich, bubbly texture with full body, a little syrupy with a dark, long, dry finish hugging the sides and back of palate
O- not an expert in the Düsseldorf/Munich altbier style but this has dry, malty characteristics shared with many Scotch, English and Irish beers of like style. Soars in appearance, aroma and syrupy mouthfeel. (728 characters)

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Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager from Berghoff Brewery
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