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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
83
good

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002)
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Reviews by botham:
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4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a deep chocolate brown with a finger of light tan head. the brew itself is mildly hazy.

smells malty, with chocolate and caramel malt dominating, with a nutty base and a crisp character. great smelling dunkel.

taste is of chocolate and creamy caramel up front, followed with the same nutty base and a frothy character. a supurb lager, extremely crisp and clean. great on the palate without being overly bold.

aftertaste is more of the same, only further in the distance. light chocolate, caramel, nutty base with a touch of hops.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a very smooth and creamy texture.

drinkability is great. this is a lighter brew that contains a great balance of flavors, yet doesn't feel heavy in the mouth or stomach. cheers!

botham, Sep 04, 2007
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Good average brown appearance with beige head, clumpy. Aroma was toffee and caramel. Awesome pic of the old lighthouse from Milwaukee's East Side, I've had some good times at that place.

Taste, smooth, low IBU and hopping. Great malt character, even a little coffee creeps into the toffee and caramel dominance.

Small degrees of milky cream downward. Not a heavy beer, thin, in a good way. Light smoke peat feel as well. Light carbonation to allow you to pick up on some of these nuances. A cool beer for a cool Milwaukee evening. Or day.

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Clear mahogany color with amber highlights. Sturdy head, pale yellow and settles at under 1/2 an inch in height. Dripping ring lace. Touch of burnt rasin bread crust to the aroma, muted but good. Very roasty flavor, cozy like morning toast with some elements of faint semi-sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is light but works well with a good texture and the flavors. Finishes with a good and subtle transition to bare hay-like hopping, nothing jarring to the overall impression. This was a winner for me, very nice drinking and good for the style and expectations.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cola brown appearance much darker than the current Penn Dark being brewed at the Lion. Head is light beige, lacing is even but scant. Aroma has a tartness working it's magic amongst the darker malts, cocoa powder and coffee roasts in the forefront with mineral water yeast nuttiness that appears in most of the beers I've had from them. Herbal tea leaf notes in the finish with an air of smokiness, complex light beer...I like it. Flavor has a fruit sweetness under the light coffee and roasted milk chocolate layers, along with more of a slightly lactic mineral quality that just works in a dunkel. Hell this is better than Hofbrauhaus Pittsurgh's dunkel. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied really a dry roasty finish going with tartness lingering on the sides of my palate. Drinkability overall is pretty effin' good, one of those effortless beers that I would probably imbibe on while visiting the brewery.

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Bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge tan head. The head has to settle a few times before I can finish pouring the beer. After all that time the head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of dark malts with unsweetened cocoa powder and good amounts of indistinct fruit aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly bitter dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by unsweetened cocoa. Before a mildly bitter ending fruit flavors enter into things and linger on the palate. As with the smell, the fruit flavors intensify as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this certainly wasn't a bad beer but it's not one I'll look for again.

glid02, Jan 25, 2010
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazel brown crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a nice creamy off-white that fades to a thin film.

S- This beer has a smooth soft brown malt smell with a slight sulfur finish.

T- This beer has a nice smooth nutty brown malt flavor with some pale malt notes. The finish is a soft hop spicy bitterness with a dry faintly sulfur finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light finish with a faint fizz in the finish. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D-This is a nice dark lager. It has good complexity yet subtle and the grain really comes through. The smooth lagering really makes this drinkable. It would be nice to see a bit more hops but this is a good solid beer.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from last night...

This beer comes out looking a very thick dark brown. A soft light brown head forms at about one finger and takes a while to dissipate. Initially, it looks like it will leave some decent lacing, but what little is spotted at the beginning dries to almost, but not quite, nothing.
Ther aroma's not strong, but it is good. Toasty malts with a bit of a caramel/toffee sweetness and bit of barley make up the body of it, with a touch of dark fruits and perhaps just a hint of raw chocolate.
The taste follows suit, with a bit more of the toasted smokiness coming through. Like the aroma, it's good but somewhat too light and a bit underwhelming.
The body is on the full side of medium. Carbonation is light, which is good for this one. It doesn't have enough smoothness or complexity in the mouthfeel to take much note of.
This is easily drinkable and worth having. I suppose it would make a perfectly reasonable session beer.

Brenden, Aug 04, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -11%
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!

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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold in a pint glass. This beer pours a dark cola brown with good clarity through the edges. Almost no head formation and basically no retention.

Aroma is difficult to detect but a subtle roasty dark malt character comes through.

Flavor is sweet and malty with a roasted grain punch. Tastes a bit oxidized with some of that funky wet cardboard flavor. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with stronger than expected carbonation given the lack of head. Drinkability is limited just because it simply isn't very good.

GilGarp, Aug 30, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was bottled the third week of November '08, sat on the shelf for sometime as I opened the dust ridden bottle

A: a thin foamy head arose after a rigorous pour and kept me company for most the drink, the lacing left a good impression. The body is a combination of burnt browns and lighter shades of red. Incredible amount of fizzy bubbles swirling about

S: as I pulled the glass up to my nose the smell of stale cocoa and coffee was most prominent. This is paired with roasted barley and an oddly sweet metallic-like fume. Seems to be more on the sweet side, rather than bitter. It needs a bit more power

T: has some Dunkel dimensions but is overshadowed by a slight dry astringency. Most notable are the roasted coffee and grains that regulate in a somewhat boring way. The cocoa notes even blend in some sugary lactose notes. It is starting to seem hearty enough and the sweetness matches the dryness that I noted earlier. Some slight spiciness can be detected throughout, in very small doses, as well as a delicate yeast character

M: carbonation seems rather strong to me. While this beer is not really creamy, rather it is somewhat glass-like in it's feel. The body is a bit on the heavy side for some other Dunkel's, if my memory proves right? I don't mind that either, gives a little bottom end

D: not a bad showing from Lakefront. I am not sure what I have had in the past from this Midwest Brewery but this brew ranks in the upper tier. I would have this again

Magpie14, Jun 16, 2009
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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.