Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.52% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002

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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a lighter woody amberish color with a sparse lightly tan head that fades. Doesn't look too appetizing. Smells really nutty. Really sweet with caramel notes as well. First sip delivers a rich smooth flavor one expects but often doesn't find in a Dunkel. A touch of roasted hazelnut flavor is there. Some semisweet chocolate flavors come around underneath the nuttyness. A touch herbal and acidic fruitiness in the back. Actually has more carbonation and liveliness on the palate than appearance would suggest. Better than most Dunkels, flavorful and drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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!

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby-copper with a decent cream-colored head. Tons of lace.
Aromas of roasted malts, hard water, spicy hops and industrial metallics.
Taste follows suits. The begining is conprised of primarily the roasted malts. Java and toasted caramel, with cocoa powder lying underneath. Some tarry black malts provide sweetness. Rye bread notes towards the middle. It rides out slightly spicey with some metal flavorings, not unlike licking a flagpole.
Decently smooth and hefty dunkel body. Tiny carbonation.
Not hugely conplex, but well crafted.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lakeside's Eastend Dark pours a very deep chestnut brown robe beneath a short but creamy head of light tan. The nose is rich with brown sugar, floral hops, and a cocoaish edge. In the mouth it's smooth with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Yeasty fruitiness, brown sugar, and mild notes of chocolate combine in the flavor along with a touch of floral and spicy hops. It's backed by a firm bitterness, and it finishes short and dry with a quick note of subtle cocoa and some lingering noble hops.

Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish red color, topped by a good finger of creamy off-white head that sticks around for a little while. Aroma of sweet Munich and dark malts, a hint of caramel, and a touch of fruity hops. Palate is mildly sweet up front, before the balance of fairly assertive fruity hops sets in. The body is pleasantly creamy, yet can be a bit foamy if you're not careful. Drinkable, but the sweetness is a bit much to handle at times. A decent offering.

Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is toasted malts with faint chocolate and coffee. 

T- The taste like the aroma is toasted malt up front with some chocolate and coffee flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this was a decent beer but probably not something I would purchase again.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, amber hues on the edges with a nice amount of lacing from the cream colored head. Minimal legs, looks toasty.

Toasty indeed along some light caramel sweetness. For the most part the nose is muted, kinda monotone with the toastiness.

Chocolates, a tea like bittering flavor sweeps across the mouth, dont know what to make of it. Some toasty notes, not as much as the nose though. A dominant amount of nuttiness accompanies the chocolates. Everything is in small doses though. A little spicy in the back.

Light body (4/10), somewhat complex, and easy to drink. Easily a session beer, had 4 of these the other night & was feelin damn good. If I recall correctly, was $7.99 for a 6pack at Total Wine & More. Good deal, looking forward to more Lakefront stuff!

Photo of KingNoonan
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first had the Eastside Dark at one of my favorite pizza places in the city last summer. Now whenever I am in the city I will make it a point to pick some up. As I poured the beer into my pint glass, I could already smell very strong notes of coffee and heavy barley malts. The beer poured out into a nice deep chestnut mahogany color with a creamy off-white head. The head dissipated rather quickly, after a minute or so, leaving a wispy film on the top of the beer. The beer smelled of toasted barley, coffee, rich chocolate malts; comparable to the scent of a freshly baked loaf of wholegrain bread. The first drink had a nice balance of strong bittering hops, roasted malts, and coffee. After a few drinks, I noticed that the beer became a little acidic, but the acidity subsided further down the glass. All in all, the brew was a very smooth elixir of toasted grain, roasted malts, mixed nuts and freshly baked dark bread. The tastes reflect the nose perfectly. The beer is highly carbonated and stays that way through the whole glass. The most notable feature of this brew was the surprisingly smooth aftertaste. Usually dark lagers have a strong bitter aftertaste; this one was surprisingly sweet. This beer is fairly drinkable, but is rather filling. In all, this is a very good beer to sit back and enjoy.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogony/chest nut with a white head that drops off to fill rater quickly. Head retention below average & about average lacing

Smell: Some malt & fruitiness

Taste: Sweet maltiness witgh dryness upfront. Some toasted malt and slight bitterness that compliment the style

MF: Good Balance & carbonation

This is pretty quaffable. Would good alone or with Ribs/BBQ or dessert

Photo of bditty187
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown with obvious ruby influences. Shiny yet dull as there wasn’t much animation. The head was very skimpy, it only reached a sixteenth of an inch in height (give or take) before quickly disappearing, aside from a thin collar. There wasn’t any subsequent lacing either. On a whole the appearance is boring, the color is nice enough but everything else... yawn. The nose is pleasantly roasty with coffee beans, chocolate, and charcoal with just a trace of earthy sweetness. The nose is very inviting, the roast doesn’t remind me of a Dunkel but more of a Brown Ale. I like that. The potency is modest but the bouquet is very clean, straightforward and articulate. I like that too. The palate is just a nice as the nose. It is also dead-on as it tastes just like it smells. The only difference is the sweetness is a tickle louder than I was expecting. The roast is the show though, coffee with a kiss of milk, chocolate, and charred wood. There is a tickle of earthiness. Hops don’t do much. This is a sweet beer that is balanced by the roast. I like it. Too bad it is not a little more complex or louder. Still I’m digging it. I could drink this everyday. The roast reminds me a lot of Empyrean Third Stone Brown and, IMO, that is a good thing. I have no complaints with the palate. It is very likable, easy to drink, and I bet this would go nicely with many grilled meats & veggies, stews, chili, and cheese. My only beef with this beer is mouthfeel, the carbonation is too low (like every Lakefront beer I’ve quaffed), it is also a little thin, a little slick and a little sticky. All those “littles” add up to a problem. This aspect of the beer could me much improved. Extremely drinkable, the abv seems low too (session beer material). I’d kick back and quaff a few more any day of the week. It was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Milwaukee, WI.

Photo of Backer2004
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a monthly Beer of the Month Club selecetion. Not one of my favorite styles but still giving it a chance. Pours a very nice glass with a foamy head with lacing that sticks to the glass. Looks almost like root beer. Warmer serving temperature really extracts the floral aromas. Creamy frothiness does not really excite the mouth. Can drink one a night at most.

Photo of dgallina
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent medium red-brown with large tan head which slowly dissolves into a creamy froth and excellent lace. Smells of caramel malts and slightly burnt toast on a faintly fruity alcohol base. Flavor begins with carmel malts, slowly develops a sweet graininess, and finishes with satisfying and rounded burnt toasted malts and lingering bitterness. Creamy and moderately-chewy body with strong carbonation. A bit gassy and filling when the pint is finished.

I would have preferred a little more bread crust & toast up-front and a little less caramel. The fruity alcohol esters are a bit misplaced in this style as well. A nice and tasty Munich-style dunkel, though surpassed by other examples in my opinion.

Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mix pack froma buddy who made a trip home to Wisconsin. 12oz brown nottle with a bottled during date that says first week in September. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a depp red brown with an inch and a half of creamy tan head. the head falls quickly into just a skim of thin foam.

Smell: Sweet, malty smell, with hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Malty with decent body. Tastes of caramel and coffee. Bitterness level is pretty low, just enough to offset the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good body. Medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not sure of the ABV on this one, but with low bitterness and average carbonation, I could stand to have a few of these. Nothing over the top as far as complexity, but maybe a good session beer.

Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a nice dark mahogany color with a thin off white head, a bit of lacing.

The smell had just a bit of baking chocolate and a touch dark malt.

The flavor is average at best with some nice dark grain flavors up front with a touch of chocolate, but a bit of an off sourness mixing in with the hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin.

I just can't get past the wierd sourness, it ruins what could have been a decent beer for me.

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cola like dark brown color with an average head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of roasted malt and stale coffee. I don't pick up much of the doughy/bready characteristics of the Munich style. The brew has a nice mocha like taste, with a touch of the munich malt characteristics that I mentioned was lacking in the aroma. The feel is light and watery and perhaps too soft on the carbonation, especially for a lager. Nice drinkability and a decent brew overall, nothing spectacular going on here.

4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice roasty, semi-sweet smell with a kiss of bitterness. Medium body with a dark delicious taste. Medium bodied and smooth with pleasant effervesence.

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.