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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.52% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002)
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Photo of workingclassbrew


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer from the start. Vey light aroma, sweet brown sugar, malt, chocolate.

This beer has the darkest burnt copper color, the best I can describe it. Tan head, the bottom of the glass has a lot of bubbles. It almost seems too much for such a sweet smelling lager.

Ahhh, very good. In the mouth this feels like a really light beer, but it is packed full of flavor. Sweet upfront, but it doesnt linger. Almost a root beer like flavor, but without the carbonation, which is contrary to all the bubbles I see. Chocolate, honey, malt. All this yet it sits lightly, and not weighty like a doppelbock might. It would be easy to tip back a few of these. Easy drinking solid dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:28:03 | More by workingclassbrew
Photo of dhannes


4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that had warmed up to about 55º into a Perfect Pint...I received this about 8 weeks ago, so that could impact the flavor.

A=Rather dark brown...darker than Madtown Nut Brown but not quite as dark as Sprecher Black Bavarian--coffee colored. Eggshell colored head of about one finger that lasted just under a minute.

S=Malt, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.

T=Moderately sweet, with moderate chocolate and moderate malt flavors. A touch of hops, perhaps, and no bitterness to be found. Reminds me of an Edmund Fitzgerald.

M=Spot on body for a lager--not too light, not too heavy. Light carbonation makes it rather drinkable--would make a great session beer.

O=I was rather impressed, as I envisioned a more bitter beer. I love Lakefront's red, and this is another winner...will definitely buy again. This would pair well with hamburgers, I think, or even do by itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:40:35 | More by dhannes
Photo of DerekQXQX


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another one I tried in the flight at lakefront. My girlfriend HATED that I did that. She is a sweet person, but she can be dark, like this beer. Perhaps she is smoother than this beer, or maybe she goes down easier. She certainly has less back end.

Bottoms up!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 02:48:59 | More by DerekQXQX
Photo of buschbeer


3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is burnt sienna in color with amber highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head.

S - The smell is toasted caramel and cocoa.

T - The taste follows the aroma. There is cocoa with sweet caramel.

M - Moderate

O - It is a tasty lager. I enjoy the cocoa and caramel flavors. It is probably the best domestic dark lager that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:38:37 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Beric


3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 6oz sampler after brewery tour
Served: 3 Jan 2014

Appearance: Dark brown-red color with a dirty white head.

Smell: Malty with roasted notes. Not as roasty smelling as a stout, but not as caramelly as an Oktoberfest or a doppelbock.

Taste: Somewhere in between a doppelbock and a porter/stout. This one feels lighter than a porter/stout but has similar roasty tastes that you can pick up. The coloring is lighter than either of those two aforementioned styles as well. Good flavor and easy drinking. Crisp edge evident due to its being a lager.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation makes this one go down easy.

Overall: A good beer and one that I could likely drink several of in one sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:19:58 | More by Beric
Photo of arc3636


3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - medium brown, similar to a lighter porter

S - coffee and smoke

T - chocolate, coffee, and sour notes, Not overly complex,

M - average

O - flavors from a darker beer in a relatively light and drinkable beer. Not as complex or flavorful as a porter, but would enjoy this as a session beer

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:38:58 | More by arc3636
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint
5.52% ABV

A - Very dark brown, Eastside Dark is a clear dunkel, barely noticed through it's weathered copper highlights, and capped by a fleeting ivory foam that leaves wispy specks of lace on the pint.

S - Chocolaty roasted malts impart cocoa dryness that works perfectly with the very subtle yeast notes while bread crust and soft nutty tones expand Eastside Dark's malt complexity.

T - Caramel sweetness underscores the roasted malt profile that brings cocoa and bitter chocolate to the forefront. Bready malt flavor is there, coating the tongue with heft but not a thick feel.

M - Eastside Dark looks foreboding but it's rich profile is smooth and rather light-bodied, finishing cleanly for a lager, only lingering with balancing bitterness.

O - Another smooth and outrageously drinkable lager from Lakefront, Eastside Dark is, as the name suggests, dark but, it's bready, chocolatey malt profile has an almost creamy feel that finishes with a nice lager cleanliness. Flavorful but not heavy.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:33:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Mixed 8 pack pickup.

Pours pale hazy cloudy yellow with high white fizzy foam. Orange peel nose, a little soapy. Coriander. Fizzy taste, sneaky orange citrus, quick finish. Chalky. Effervescent. Soda like carbonation, and a bubbly finish. Odd.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 12:55:11 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cola like with a beige head, shortlived, but modest lacing as it went down.

"The nose could use more power" (agreed). predominantly toasty malt. one of the toastiest smells, but good, coffee, smells like breakfast. Otherwise typical of style and well done. Maybe a little too mono-toned toasty?

Like the smell it's a very toasty malt flavor that is the core, slightly sweet shifting to bitter on the finish, a VERY nice finish. Cocoa, coffee, thick jam, and trends more sweet than bitter. Solid Dunkel. Easy drinking. Well roasted, clean toasty finish.

MF: A lager with a creamy finish, more weighty than it is. Well done.

Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:41:11 | More by Act25
Photo of cyclonece09


3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. :Pours very dark red with a small off white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smells of dark roasted malt with fruit notes, especially berries. Tastes of chocolate and very slight fruit. Nice combination. Beer is slightly heavily carbonated medium bodied, finishes nice. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:07:39 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of 57md


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown in color with copper edges. Much of the finger of beige head dissipated quickly leaving only a film of foam floating on top of the liquid. The nose is reminiscent of dark rye bread. Malt is prominent in the flavor profile and the finish is dry with an ever so slightly hop bitterness coming through. This offering is hearty and tasty for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 03:21:00 | More by 57md
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red color with one finger of head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Roasted malt, a little cocoa and some burnt notes.

Taste: A little flash of roasted malt up-front, then thinning out quite a bit in the middle. Another shot of roasted malt as it goes out into a chalky and astringent finish that intensifies with time.

The Rest: Not bad. It has a nice, medium mouthfeel, but is strangely watery in the middle. Beats a Bud Light.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 20:00:20 | More by curasowa
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean goblet and got the following.

A. Pours a medium cherry brown with a little bit of fizzy white head. After pouring the body is quite opaque.

S. The smell is of nut, bread, and chocolate with a clean aroma profile.

T. The taste starts with a set chocolatey flavor followed by toffee and cola? With a slight bitter and maybe some tannins.

M. Light but with a very present aftertaste.

Pretty good beer to stumble across but I would only want a couple before moving on.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:51:55 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of TheSSG


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, frothy, dense head that has really good persistence. Soft, roasted malt aroma blend with bright, floral hops; sweet, floral, and slightly reminiscent of acidic coffee. Deep, deep burnt umber color is nearly opaque. Starts with a wonderful, rich roasted malt profile. There is a acidic, coffee-like quality as the slightly bitter hops meld with this. The finish is floral hops and lingering roasted malt.

Overall, this is EXCELLENT. Lakefront Lagers are WONDERFUL, and this is no different.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:11:13 | More by TheSSG
Photo of SPThirtyThree


4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours with a khaki, slightly lumpy cap just over a finger thick, floating atop a dark, molasses-colored beer. Doesn't quite leave lacing, but rather, deposits small spots of foam on the glass.

S: Malt and ester. Grape, fig, toasted biscuit, with a slight pepper and hint of citrus. A pleasant, soft, fruity smell, accentuated by a slight grassiness.

T: Roasted malt, sweet and creamy. This is a delicious beer. It's not heavy, but it has a big, creamy, effecvescent mouthfeel, and a big body. The hops and carbonation mix for a smooth but crisp bitterness. The hops are earthy. Finishes dry, but sweet and nutty.

D: This is a very drinkable, very sessionable beer.

Overall, this is a great Munich dunkel, presenting a complex malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 20:59:50 | More by SPThirtyThree
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby brown, like a good fancy pen ink. Fine head and lacing. Decent smell - mainly straightforward malt. The malt flavor is delicious though. Even if it is just straightforward stuff, the slight sweetness and the carbonation are big pluses for me. Feels extra pleasant in the mouth, and after, no sting. If that's what you like, you'll get it here. Any beer that is perfectly pleasant to drink gets high points from me. This may not be a brew with too much fancy complexity, but it is perfectly pleasant. I'd buy a twelve pack or a case in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:15:45 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of danimalthegreat


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Minimal head, deep amber color, very clear

S - Malty barley smell. stronger than i expected, even for a dark lager

T - very roasty maltiness, pretty bitter... similar to a strong German beer

M - medium to high carbonation and thin

O - Not my favorite style, but it hit all the characteristics that you'd expect from a dark lager. I wouldn't buy again but I'd recommend to a friend who likes the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 17:10:41 | More by danimalthegreat
Photo of AgentMunky


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 20 November 2012.

A: A rich, transparent ruby-dark chestnut. Two fingers of lace form, then fade, leaving behind nice lacing. Gorgeous, though perhaps the glass as well.

S: Chocolate malt and floral, lagery yeast. Fresh cookies. Sweetish fruit.

T: Not as interesting as I'd hoped. Round, bland, and simple, but still quite pleasant. Plums, coffee, and rich malts which are both biscuity and chocolatey. The cookie comparison still holds.

M: Slightly watery, but moderately robust.

O: Not a bad lager, but also not particularly inspiring. My first of this particular style, and not a poor introduction. That said, this will probably be my only bottle.

IBU: 16.3
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Dingemans Munich, Dingemans Cara 45, Crisp Chocolate Malt, Weyermann Carafa III
Hops: Mt. Hood

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 23:31:33 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, another single from a mix-pack available here in Alberta. Nice tea candles flutter around me as my wife sets up her side of our winter evening activity (beer reviewing and yoga, you pervs!)

This beer pours a clear, very dark chestnut brown hue, with pervasive cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, foamy pale beige head, which leaves a low berm of shoreline lace around the glass as it surely fades away.

It smells of lightly roasted, nutty caramel malt, mild brown sugar, some reserved savoury spice, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is softly nutty, hollow bready malt, a decent stone fruitiness, some subtle vanilla pod earthiness, and leafy, kind of musty floral hops.

The bubbles are quite prevalent, but pleasantly loosy-goosy, so all is well on that front, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a tad creamy, lending itself well to an overall unassailable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the nutty caramel malt still holding court, as the leafy, earthy hops play nice in their continuing demure nature.

A tasty dark German-style lager, and where better stateside than Wisconsin to deliver that to us? I won't bore everyone with the obvious Canadian alternatives, so let's just say that I wouldn't mind a few more rounds of this if I were planted at some spartan pub table, eating salty, fatty snacks (back to you, America!), and thinking of breaking into songs in support of country or college football team.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 06:56:33 | More by biboergosum
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, bread, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it has a better smell than taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 03:33:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of waldoiverson


3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into nonic

a: Dusty brown color, massive pillow of light tan head, crisp looking carbonation

s: molasses, gingerbread, cocoa

t: sweet brown bread, caramel apple, a bit of citrus rind bitterness, chocolate, ends very sweet

m: luciously creamy, which becomes a bit much over the course of the bottle. i'd have preferred a bit more carbonation bite

O: it's a nice beer though I think it could have gone darker and more bitter. i would love to try this with a bit of a rye kick.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:50:48 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of Strix


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, decent head, nice lacing.

Malty, with a toasted note.

Very roasty, bit of a porter quality, coffee, bread, earthiness, clean finish.

Smooth and light mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this. Nothing overly complicated, but clean and fairly bold for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 06:19:56 | More by Strix
Photo of jimmah120


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle 'born on' 3rd week of April.

Look is a dark brown-amber, almost black. Smell is cocoa powder, red malt, and coffee beans. Starts dry and sweet, with hints of dark fruit. Malty, with a touch of earthy hops, but mostly its cocoa powder, especially in the dry finish.

Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:00:23 | More by jimmah120
Photo of woosterbill


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the first week of January - but I'm pretty sure it was January 2011. I forgot to drink this one after picking it up in a mixed-sixpack this past summer, so we'll see how it's aged.

A: A finger of frothy tan head sits atop a gorgeous, strikingly clear garnet body. Retention isn't the best, but the head reactivates nicely upon a gentle swirl and leaves a decent amount of delicate lace. Overall a nice-looking dark lager.

S: Very subdued, but not unpleasant: vanilla, almonds, bread crust, and straight maltiness. Perhaps a slight hint of herbal hops, but even if I'm not imagining them they're the weakest part of a weak aroma. Still, there's nothing off about it, which is commendable.

T: More powerful than the nose (gladly), with rich nuttiness leading to mildly sweet, vanilla-tinged fruitiness in the middle and a clean, bready, bittersweet finish. The aftertaste continues to grow more bitter, with some herbal and earthy notes helping to balance out the substantial sweetness that came earlier. Pretty nice.

M: Lively, slightly tingly, and yet suprisingly full body. Perhaps a bit too mouth-filling for the style, but I'm enjoying it all the same.

O: I've never been terribly impressed by a Lakefront beer, but I think this is their best offering: it's robust, smooth, balanced, and just plain tasty - even over a year after being bottled. If you fancy a Dunkel and see this on the shelf, don't hesitate.


Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 00:02:10 | More by woosterbill
Photo of lstokes


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with three fingers of off-white head and a lot of lace, this is a good-looking, sweet-cocoa smelling beer.

Nutty and cocoa malt, a pinch of raisin, some lactic sourness that is a bit overwhelming, then chicory bitterness and more sweet cocoa on the finish. Not all of the flavor notes are where I would want them to be, but overall it's a satisfying beer that drinks well, nicely complex and bold for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:27:51 | More by lstokes
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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.