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Hermann's Dark Lager - Vancouver Island Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 6.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A proud and passionate Bavarian, Hermann was one of our original Brewmasters. He handcrafted this traditional German recipe to satisfy his longing for a local beer that reflected the true taste of his homeland. Consistently recognized as one of the world’s best dark lagers, this refreshing beer has a toasty malt body, yet is very smooth and finishes clean. We hope you enjoy our authentic Bavarian Dark Lager. Prost!

(Beer added by: lipschitz on 08-02-2003)
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

FadetoBock, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Ericbeech_87, Jun 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -4%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery's tasting room in Victoria, just down the street from Phillips where I missed tasting their Dr. Funk dunkel by maybe 15 minutes (keg got changed out). Oh look, here's another dunkel, and this one is in fact Vancouver Island Brewery's original beer. A ruby brown brew with some beige bubbles dappled on top, with a pleasingly roasted aroma that recalls light roast coffee, somewhat smoky and floral with no component coming off too strong. Palate is dark bready malts that come across a bit like pumpernickel bread (probably in combination with spice notes from the hops), raisin, and weak cold coffee. Its obviously full of Munich malt yet remains crisp and clean, little bright fruitiness or yeast apparent (maybe a faint whiff of sulfur) and no harsh astringency from heavy duty chocolate or black malts. A guy like Gordon Strong would be ticking off the style guidelines, giving this one high marks for adherence and steering clear of common faults. Its proficient to be sure, but also somewhat refreshing, both literally and figuratively in its strict cleaving to old-school guidelines (they actually hop this with Cluster).

CalgaryFMC, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rogerdandy, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

phys1028, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Hoptoria, Feb 28, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Ruby brown color, clear, about a finger of thick, amber head
S: Rich caramel malt, hints of chocolate malts, toasted aromas, very slight hop aroma in background
T: Toasted malt flavor, some caramel and chocolate malt notes, very well balanced by a slight hop presence
M: Medium body, rich malt character, good carbonation, very nice finish, not too sweet and just a slight, slight bitterness
O: Nice malt profile, and very well balanced by a touch of hop aroma and flavour, rich malt body and a refreshing finish

ZachT, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Boozecamel, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

FinnHawk, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

CWVegas, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

1stOffender, Jun 21, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +4.5%

From Vancouver Island comes a dunkel that's been on my wish list for quite some time. I poured this from a bottle into a 20oz pint glass

Appearance - pekoe tea coloured with medium carbonation that vanishes very rapidly

Aroma - roasted coffee, malt. Subtle and clean.

Taste- Coffee entry, burnt toast, yet quite refreshing. Light for a dark beer. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Carbonation makes an appearance when traditionally taste-tested, giving off a bit of cola punch that feels as good as it tastes.

This dark is tradition, and for a Bavarian dunkel, this shines. It's a smooth homage to the brewmeister's homeland that is great cold and pretty decent warm. It's not as heavy as most Dunkels I have tried, so do drink wisely. VIB has upped the ABV to 5.5% and due to the lightness, you could get very drunk on these very quickly.

RooferOnFire, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

On tap @ Garick's Head

A - Dark brown; completely opaque with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Sweet bready malts, roast, toffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Toffee, brown sugar, roast and a slight bitterness with a hint of chocolate in the background.

M - Light to medium body. Somehwat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

pudoo, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

yancot, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

KStark, Feb 09, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Very true to the same in Munich, but thicker head from GIB. Nice finish with dark full taste that went down thick at first ,but smoothed out after a few sips. Have seen and heard alot of negatives from a few folks, but I really enjoy this southern German dark. A filling brew as you would expect. This is a very true to original beer, that I would dare anybody to complain about.

kitsgrad84, Jan 10, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

I drank three bottles from a sampler pack. One of the few Vancouver Island Brewery's beers I've had in the past. I have a positive impression of the brewery thanks to their Hermannator, though I've haven't had one of those in over a decade.

It pours with lots of brown head with lacing as it recedes. The body is opaque and brown. It has a rich toasted, malty scent. The taste is rich with honey, rye, and burnt malt. It isn't sweet or bitter but is well-balanced. Impressively smooth and clean. Overall, while I'd go for a Hermannator everything over this, it is actually good, especially for a dark lager.

maclean25, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 27/1/12

A clear reddish cola with loads of bubbles and a short lived two finger head that quickly falls to a thin film that looks like a slow boiling pot due to all the bubbles

S nutty toffee with a little chocolate and cold coffee

T mimics the smell quite well but with roasted nuts and a little smoked meat, pretty decent actually I wasn't sure what to expect

M light bodied, lots of big bubbles but not foam, nutty after taste lingers faintly

O pretty nice light beer with some full flavours, went down pretty fast so that says something

not a bad start to my mixed pack from a brewer I've never heard of. this ones worth trying if you like the lighter dark stuff

wordemupg, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

PacNWDad, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
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Hermann's Dark Lager from Vancouver Island Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.