Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager - Berghoff Brewery

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Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark LagerSir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager

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49 Ratings

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 12.5%
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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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by Ozzylizard:
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.99/5  rDev -11%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of MinisterCurry
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of JSigsbach
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant dark lager paying respectable homage to the German Dunkel style. I liked the Sundown Dark version better because of its ever so slight chocolaty sweetness. Nevertheless, Sir Dunkel is a full bodied, smooth dark lager with a mildly bitter/hoppy finish with hints of toastiness. I prefer this beer during the fall/winter months with heavier comfort foods. The significant price hike in the Chicago area though, leaves me searching for other options.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers, Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. A bit too fruity, but not bad. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, light dark fruit, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Taste is a fair bit cleaner than the aromas with much lower fruitiness and good malt presence. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Munich dunkel style. Good robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, herbal hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of TheSSG
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, soft, off-white head that collapses and laces a bit. A very floral nose with a noticeable acidity and caramel. Deep, deep burnt umber color. Starts with a toasted malt/floral hop flavor with a touch of sweet caramel behind that. Moves into a nice, low-medium bitterness near the end, and this floral hoppiness lingers into the finish as the toasted malt comes back and it all lingers softly.

You know, this isn't too bad. I'm actually not normally a fan of Alts (they tend to be my least favorite style), but I don't mind this one. The sweet/caramel is in check, and the toasty malt and floral hops are well balanced.
For $6/6'er, you can't go wrong?
Moving from Minhas to Point was a good move.

Photo of steveh
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In my never-ending quest to find a well-made Munich Dunkel, and learning that Berghoff beer was now being made at Stevens Point (not Minhas), I found some six-packs of the "Dunkle" for a highly reasonable $7.

Now I see it's really supposed to be an Alt? Sonofa...

Well, let's see.

A -- Terrific, clear, deep chestnut color with a creamy, long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Lackluster would be kind, zero aroma would be more truthful. There is some light clay earthiness as the beer warms, but still nothing terribly appetizing.

T -- Bready, light caramel malts up front -- fleeting in character and blending into some spicy hop bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste. There's a light, roasty bitterness in the finish as the beer warms; tasty, but not a character for either Dunkel or Alt. With warmth and a second glass-full the roasty flavors give this beer a Schwarzbier character -- in a lighter rendition. Not a bad thing, and worth a little bump in points.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- This beer really reminds me of the dark American beers I used to drink in the mid-70s thru the mid-80s; beers like, well -- Berghoff Dark. There's nothing at all offensive about the beer, and it slips down very easily, but it's no comparison to its distant Bavarian cousin -- let alone its Westphalian cousin.

The search continues.

Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager from Berghoff Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.