Polar Vortex - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barnzy78 on 02-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by Fcolle2:
Photo of Fcolle2
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a dark crimson hue and a moderate amount of carbonation bubbling up from the etching. Big 2 finger fluffy white head that has great retention.

Smell has some good traditional aromas, with malt forward. Malt has bready and toasted cracker aromas to it. Clean Yeast follows and adds more bready aromas. There is also a faint almost cinnamon like aroma.

Taste follows the nose with with malt being forward. Lots of husky grainy flavors from the malt with a moderate sweetness. Yeasty somewhat metallic yeast follows that is mild and has some earthy qualities as well. Light spicy earthy hops finish.

Mouthfeel is good. High carbonation with a light to medium body and a fluffy soft feel. Mild sweetness, crisp feel and very slight dry finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The new 'dunkel lager' from Two Brothers, not a style I am too familiar with, but my expectations are decent enough.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours an excellent dark caramel amber with some nice clarity to it. Some hues of ruby when held to the light. A finger and a half of frothy khaki head. Nice scattered bubbly lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is kind of strange; not entirely what I was expecting. Musty yeast presence, dusty green apples, sweetened German malt varieties, some mild booze fumes despite the low abv, and a strange muted peachy melon-like fruitiness.

T - Taste is comprised of sweetened bready / grainy / lightly husky malt presence, corn, some caramel, & hints of chocolate maltiness. Muted peachy / melon like fruitiness again, but fairly indistinct. The bittersweet chocolatey / caramel malt tastes really increase as you sip on the beer.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Medium-light bodied, with crisp carbonation. Finishes lightly dry and bitter.

Overall, easy drinking and flavorful with a fairly modest 5.90% abv; a good representation of the style I suppose I'd say. Probably not something I would seek out again, but it was definitely worth having. Barrel age this beer, and I'm sure I would love it to death.

Two Brothers Polar Vortex ---3.5/5

Photo of haveaduff2
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refreshing yet substantial enough for a cold night. Not as roasty as a Schwarz, as it should be. Highly carbonated and quenching, I could drink this all the time. Clean, well made. A great dunkel from the folks at Two Brothers. I also appreciate the affordable price for a bomber.

Photo of ProChorus
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice ruby color w light lacing after 1/2 finger head dissipates; malty, slightly astringent, sweet but dry nose; astringent and slightly dry/acidic taste

Photo of steveh
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another from this brewery that I was only peripherally aware.

A -- Clear, dark chestnut color with a creamy, light tan head that starts strong, but finishes weak.

S -- Light malt sweetness, some odd vegetal character, and some unexpected pepperiness from alcohol.

T -- Starts off lightly sweet and blends to a hop bitterness that's a little strong. Finishes with a light roasted malt character. Aftertaste has some earthiness and peppery alcohol (beer is only 5.9 ABV, but that pepperiness is apparent). Some mild vinous character with warming.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a medium-full body. Mild astringency from the roasted malts and alcohol.

O -- This beer is very tasty and drinkable, but once again -- closer to a Schwarzbier than a Munich Dunkel. The sweet, bready, melanoidin character is just not present. I can't say how old the beer is because there's no label dating, but I doubt the roasted character would have developed with age.

Photo of Vierenner
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The first sip was good but as I write this and finish the bomber I'm no longer enjoying it. It seems rather blah ... no persistent, noteworthy qualities. I taste a rather ordinary amber/dark beer with a minor hop bite. I received this beer, along with several others, as a gift. I'm glad I was able to try them but as my recent reviews detail, none of them really rocked my world. The search continues!!

Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no apparent freshness date, but I know it was fresh on the shelves this week. This is my 56th Two Brothers rating/review - hard to believe.
L - brown body with a creamy ivory colored head that slowly fades to a foam
S - more chocolate on the nose than expected, toasted grain, yeast
T - toasty grain, chocolate, caramel, bready yeast, nutty, some grassy & spicy noble hop toward the finish
F - very creamy and smooth, medium-full body - maybe a bit full for the style but not complaining; nice clean finish
O - really solid beer with some nice characteristics, pretty refreshing; glad I grabbed one!

Polar Vortex from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.