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Hermann's Dark Lager - Vancouver Island Brewery

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88
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 6.57%
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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark very refreshing and drinkable brew. Pours an amber/dark brown with some generous white head and lacing. Smells like a lager, with some malty notes. Taste is malty, with some hints of bitter chocolate, hops and coffee (in that order) and a smooth finish. Drinkability is very high, I could see myself putting back quite a few of these. Very good for summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 22:43:53 | More by Viggo
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:20:59 | More by wordemupg
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, nearly black with a thin tan head.

Smells sweet and nutty, chocolatey malt aroma being the strongest of smells.

Taste gives away the fact that this is a lager. A grainy maltiness through the first half of the mouth reminds me of a less dark lager. From there a slight coffee flavour and a balancing hop finish. Pretty tasty.

Good amounts of body for a lager of regular strength, with a full dose of carbonation. Pretty good mouthfeel.

Easily a session brew, but with plenty of flavour. Well worth trying. My thanks to my friend Jay who brought me a bottle from Victoria.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 03:29:21 | More by elricorico
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:03:54 | More by maclean25
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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).

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2014 21:40:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:56:08 | More by ZachT
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CWVegas

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-31-2013 05:20:10 | More by CWVegas
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-09-2013 04:48:34 | More by Boozecamel
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Ericbeech_87

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-24-2014 18:20:05 | More by Ericbeech_87
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FinnHawk

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-04-2013 06:19:38 | More by FinnHawk
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beerguy101

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied Dunkel. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Nicely hopped, good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 01:53:46 | More by beerguy101
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on a trip to Victoria, BC in August. Brought back a couple bottles; poured this 341ml to a pint glass. Label lists 5.5% alc./vol. rather than the 5.0% shown above.

A: Briskly-poured, this lager presents a steadily fizzing, light tan head, cresting at around 2-fingers high. Several minutes later it's reduced to a splotchy patchwork of sparkly film, evidence of the plethora of tiny bubbles streaming to the top. Color is a deep, dark mahogany with a ruby redness trimming the clearer edges.

S: Meh, really not much going on in this nose. A lightly buttery caramel and gently toasted malts. A hint of fruit syrup, ripe cherries perhaps.

T: There we go, loads of toasted dark grains. Quite husky, with a clean roast that borders on being 'smoky'. Cocoa powder-like subtle bitter-sweetness. A smattering of caramelized sugars are offset by hop bittering.

M: Mouthfeel is fizzy like a soda, though carbonation is smaller and tighter so it's more of a zesty tickle on the taste buds. Body is medium-light, maltiness leaves a sticky residue. Darker bittering clings for a while in the middle of the tongue; cheeks draw inward a little, too.

D: A straightforward and well-done rendition of the style. This bottle was tasted on its own (for reviewing), but the one I had in Victoria paired surprisingly well with a rich meat & veg-loaded pasta dish. I liked this one today, but may have liked it even more with that dinner. Worth giving a try, either way.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 22:51:05 | More by msubulldog25
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this again July 2009 & thought it was quite nice. Good depth to the flavour, a little roasty & chocolatey, pleasant aroma, average appearance, quite drinkable.

Original review 12/24/2005:

A2.5: Ruby-black, no head or lace.

S3: Roasty caramel odour, slightly fruity.

T3: Bready caramel malt with a little chocolate, slightly fruity. It doesn't taste as "dark" as it looks, and could definitely use some more depth/complexity.

M3.5: Moderate body and carbonation.

D4: Good. Should certainly appeal to the general public.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2005 18:32:13 | More by Derek
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-17-2012 23:15:49 | More by LampertLand
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-21-2011 22:14:25 | More by fizzyted
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mountsnow1010

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep deep amber with hint of red and a tan head. Distinct lack of lacing.
S - Lighter malts, hints of toast. Interesting, but not super complex.
T - Lager with a hint of oak and bourbon (very light). Very flavorful especially for a lager. Picking up the toasty-roastiness as well. Hints (slight hints) of metal.
MF - Creamy, with a reasonably sharp carbonation.
O - Solid brew, very pleasant. Easy drinker. However, I would prefer some nuttiness as well; not really picking up much of that. Not a huge fan of the metallic flavor but it is minimal.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:24:21 | More by mountsnow1010
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Hermann's Dark Lager from Vancouver Island Brewery
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