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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002)
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Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 01:51:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet leaving just a few dots of lace

Smell: Roasty, with subtle milk chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Opens with a roasty brown bread flavor, with milk chocolate tones and a touch of lactic sourness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors dominate and add a coffee element to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice dunkel; probably the best beer I have had from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 17:34:22 | More by brentk56
Photo of Magpie14


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 18:47:17 | More by Magpie14
Photo of BierFan


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tall slender mug.

Big tan head on a dark brown body. The taste is kind of like a dry stout. Roasty with some nice molasses sweetness. Seems a little watery to me, though. A bigger malt presence and more carbonation would have been nice. Roastiness and a little bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 20:23:07 | More by BierFan
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, malty and yeasty with just a touch of cinnamon. It pours a somewhat transparent amber-brown with a thick and fairly persistent tan head - quite appetizing. Flavor is malty and hast a subtle undertone of molasses. Texture is smooth, a little fizzy and just a tad thin - this beer's only weak point. Overall, a worthy brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 23:36:52 | More by Cyberkedi
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears brown like Pepsi; reddish in the light. The head starts out nice, but fades quick.

The smell is a dark lager aroma, with notes of brown sugar and cola. Toasted mild coffee in the second sniff. Also hints of cinnamon and black licorice as it warms up.

The taste is a spicy, sweet cinnamon flavor (similar to Anchor Christmas Ale), over a malted cola taste. Darkish malts -- lightly toasted, not burnt. Quite sugary, but balanced by its darkness. Some molasses.

The feel is bubbly with some retention on the roof of the mouth. Milky. It's a solid dark beverage, malty and rich. The roasted malt and cola flavors dominate.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 00:08:25 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a dark amber color with lighter tan colors along the bottom of the glass. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast cleanliness, and slight grass aroma. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then some roasted malt, yeast cleanliness, hints of pale hops, and some grass flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:03:04 | More by Tone
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma from the freshly opened bottle: malts, spices, yeast

Aroma after the pour: breads, yeast.

The Eastside Dark Munich Dunkel Lager pours into a tall pils glass with a nice thick tan head, which settles back to a one finger thick froth; on top of the dark tea brew, good lace retention.

Wow! Tasty brew for sure from the start; delicious roast and coffee malts up front ... mmm, sweet malts vs. a biting roast in the finish.

The mouthfeel is very effervescent, medium body, extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:57:00 | More by MVotter
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beer of the month selection.

A: A dark chocolate brown, looked cola like with all the carbonation. A decent off-white foam head with spotty lacing.

S: A good amount of caramel, coffee and roasted malt. Nothing overpowering, but a decent presence.

T: Lots of roasted malt flavors. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and bread. A little better than expected.

M: Seems like there was just too much carbonation, but that was its only weakness.

D: A really nice Munich Dunkel lager, nothing overly complex, easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 14:44:07 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Seanibus


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and sessionable, if not wildly memorable.

Pours a dark brown with a coppery edge and a small head, with decent lacing. The aroma is fairly thin, though it has good smoky, chocolatey notes of dark malt. The flavor is rich and roasty, but sadly thin on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin, with some carbonation that brings up the roasted malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 19:57:05 | More by Seanibus
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours to a 2" fizzy, slightly brownish head. Head became thick but dissipated to a thin lace on the bear with ok retention. Beer color was a dark brown with a hint of deep red.

Smell- Can smell mostly the malts, seem like roasted with mostly coffee and some nutty smell. Also able to detect some hops scent.

Taste- Hops and malts mix very well with each other. There is a slight hop flavor but mostly malty. Malts are sweet and nutty with some coffee as well. Towards end of beer get a lot of the coffee malts. Get most of the hop flavor in the after taste and it is not overpowering and mixes well with the malts.

Mouth- The carbonation is not overwhelming. After swallows feel most of the carbonation in the mouth, and very smooth.

Drinkability- Very drinkable beer. Goes down smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall a good beer and would have again any time.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 05:49:11 | More by KBrady487
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass

Of all the darks I have to say this is a pretty good beer. Reminds me of berghoff dark but with a better aroma and mouthfeel to it. It was a simple dark nothing that really hit you but still nice and smooth. All in all its a pretty good beer I would most likely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 18:27:34 | More by storksonm
Photo of mcowgill


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

A - pours a brown color with ruby highlights. Thick head dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing on the glass.

S - Dark malts, earthy aroma. Very slight hop aroma as well.

T - Nice coffee, malty flavor with a slight hop bitterness in the back.

M - Very well carbonated

D - Nice beer that I would drink again if it were in my area.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:50:21 | More by mcowgill
Photo of Minkybut


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this new beer (for me) into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was dark as it should be. It poured a tan bubbly head with tiny bubbles. Lacing was only fair. The taste starts sweet, chocolaty, and malty and finishes a little bitter, but not too bitter. I liked it and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 18:06:55 | More by Minkybut
Photo of climax


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the eastside dark poured a rather 1 dimensional dark brown, a bit of ruby accent, a finger of even head dissipated rather quickly leaving not lace but wetness on the glass

smelled of sweet dark caramel malt, nuts, coffee and ripe fruit, a bit of hoppiness

taste is nutty roasted coffee and barley malts, ripe fruit a bit of hops shines through, clean dryish nutty finish for this good tasting beer

quite a bit of carbonation, but i didn't think it was overdone. crisp, smooth, and somewhat dry

this is a very good beer with alot to offer. i drank it after dinner and it went down quite smooth. would drink again

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 03:02:28 | More by climax
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4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Darkish brown beer with some red tinges; one finger of soft light brown head on top that settles to a thin layer on the brew and leaves an occasional slippery lacing sheet.
S: Nutty and earthy malts, hint of sweetness (perhaps toffee?). There's a faint oily hop scent, but the malts/sugars dominate.
T: Malty at first, smooth and nutty, followed by a tingly hop nip in the middle. (Later sips seem to bring this hop flavor earlier in the taste, interestingly enough.) The finish is smooth and brings in an earthy malt taste to level the hops, letting a soft and sweet flavor linger, much like a chocolatey toffee, almost. Quite nice.
M: Creamy, malty, kinda sweet and kinda bitter, but not all at once. Overall, pleasant and satisfying.
D: Very good, tasty and satisfying and easy to drink, and no alcohol flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 04:48:10 | More by LeftyBWS
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West Virginia

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

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. A lovely dark brown with nice red tones and a great looking tan head. Tightly packed and rocky as it starts to break down, it does not so much leave lacing, it kinda leaves a solid coating on the glass everywhere. Really pretty beer!

A nutty, roasty aroma that includes caramel and some dark malts. A nice little hint of spicey hops as well. The nose tingles pleasantly while taking this one in. The taste is really very nice as well. Caramel toffee sweetness is joined by a nice little hop spice and then gives way to a semi-bitter finish, alcohol is also evident in the finish. There is a smooth creaminess to this that is almost dessert-like.

Really a medium bodied lager that has a fullness to it that satisfies. I could drink another but I feel like that would probably do it for me. Not bloated but comfortably full I'd say.

Excellent example of this style. Best beer in the sampler hands down.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 01:06:10 | More by ZimZamZoom
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Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my friends at FSRI for the 2nd installment of my Beer of the Month club. 12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Bottled during the 3rd week of January notched on the bottle. Poured cola brown with maroon highlights when backlit. One inch frothy, off-white head slowly recedes leaving generous strands of lacing in its wake. Mild nose - earthy, lactic acid, perhaps some cocoa. Taste is difficult to describe - earthy and vegetal. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Goes down easy, but kind of weird tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 00:05:18 | More by Jwale73
Photo of billybob


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a medium brown in color with a one finger light tan head that did leave a ring with each sip. aroma was weak, faint coffee was the best i could smell. taste was better, roasted malt and fresh coffee with a slight nutty slightly bitter finish. light mouthfeel and carbonation held up well. overall very drinkable and has a nice taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 01:30:15 | More by billybob
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this through a beer of the month club my wife signed my up for.

Appearance: Dark golden brown with a nice head and nice head retention good laceing

Smell: Strong roasted malt smell with a light sweet coffee smell

Taste: The strong rosted malts at first followed buy a complex variety of tastes caramell , chocolate , biscuity ... ended with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with good cabonation

Drinkability: This is a very easy to drink beer with a desent taste. could easly see myself drinking alot of theses in one sitting. I would definitely buy this beer agian if only i could find it around where i live

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 19:51:42 | More by yuenglings
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think this is a pretty competent dark lager. Smells, tastes, looks, feels very rich, but not thick. It does seem a little...hmm..."metallic"- but not distractingly so. I might have to drink 6 or 7 of these in a row to really assess the drinkability, but I'm pretty pleased with it. Seems like a good "flagship" beer (which I think they consider it)- if so, it's a great standard to hold to.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 07:17:51 | More by CheeseTurds
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New Jersey

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

I recieved this as part of a beer of the month club. I poured it from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It is dark with red hues when held up to a light. There is moderate head formation, no lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of coffee. The flavor was sweet, almost nutty, without a hint of bitterness. The finish was dry and crisp. A light bodied brew with moderate carbonation it is highly quaffable. IMO it tasted similiar to a nut brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 01:12:58 | More by bonkers
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3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, walnut brown body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of underperforming dark, nutty malts, light raisin fruitiness, and a pinch of hot chocolate mix.

Taste: Mild maltiness displays an overall nuttiness and flavor of clearance aisle cocoa powder. Lightly sweet. Minor apple and raisin fruitiness. Faintly floral hops and bitterness. Though it was always light, the vague, unsweetened chocolate flavor is what you're left with on the drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Take it or leave it. I was hoping for more toasted bread qualities, but it kept giving me nuts! It's shrug-inducingly acceptable, but when shopping for a dunkel, I prefer Ayinger's Altbairisch Dunkel. That's just me though!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 16:32:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On sale at Beers of the World, poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Dark bronzish color, with a thin head that vainshes quickly.

I've got a bit of a cold, so I'm not detecting much in the aroma. Smells a bit dry with a touch of breadiness.

Taste fairly on for the style. Ends with a nice touch of sweetness, but perhaps a bit much.

Not bad, a bit sweet for a session, but I'll give it shot tomorrow before/during the game.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 02:06:04 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours a cloudy amber brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, but decent laceing. Aroma is of fruit and sweet malts. Body is light and carbonated. Taste is sweet and fruity with a nice tart finish. Some honey notes make this a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 23:12:43 | More by riversider76
Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.