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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Good dark lager, but lacking a head.

S: Not too strong and quite average. The smell was hoppy, but so light that it barely adds to the beer.

T: Slightly better than average. Good hops taste, but low on barley. I like the taste, but I feel as though it's a bit forgettable. One of those beers you'll drink a couple of times but never remember doing it.

M: Good carbonation and very smooth.

D: Best part of the beer. Goes down easy and it's light enough to drink with a big dinner.

Overall: I like East Side Dark and would certainly recommend it to friends. However, the taste is just a bit too light. It needs to be boosted, given a shot of flavor and character. At the end of the day, people will remember that they drank a good beer but will not remember the name. Lakefront is an amazing brewery! But I think they held back on this one a bit.

PurpleCloud, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of camp0474
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours deep red purple color. Creamy off white head. Decent lacing. Definitely a dark lager.

S: Mostly picking up a toasty malt smell, light toasted coffee notes.

T: Like it smells. Toasty malt (not sweet) with a crisp flavor. Good amount of bitterness for the finish.

M: Light to Medium body and carbonation. Drinks a lot lighter than it looks. Pleasant crisp carbonation.

D: Overall well balanced with good carbonation. Very light and drinkable for a darker beer. I will have to find and try more beers like this one.

camp0474, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of BigRedN
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass the beer is nice dark brown. Can't really see through the beer; a dark lager indeed. Pour produces a light brown head, about a 1/2 inch in height. Head fades to a partial cover with no lace.

Smell: Subdued scent which slant to the malts used in the beer. Aromas of lightly roasted malt, touch spice.

Taste: Malty good. Not sweet malty, but good malt body with a balanced bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. The beer is not "heavy"; it has a decent carbonation that does not appear forced (not light and bubbly).

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer in a style that one does not see, at not least a lot around here. A good beer that I would pick up again.

BigRedN, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a dark cola brown with a 2 inch beige head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is chocolate syrup, cola, and just a bit of toast. No hop presence. Honestly the flavor is almost exactly the same. Light chocolate, uncarbonated Coca Cola, toast with just a light medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is light with a light carbonation. Wow, I think this is the shortest review I've wrote in a while but there really wasn't much to say about it. Really mediocre.

hwwty4, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of chetripley
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. From an 8 pack purchased when on the brewery tour in Milwaukee.

Poured thick, dark and lightly carbonated with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. Bubbles difficult to see in dark brown liquid, yet present nonetheless.

Smell pleasant, slightly grainy and fresh like oats in the barrel, followed by strong malt taste, coffee and chocolate, with a solid hop finish that balances out the sweet in a very pleasant manner.

Heaviness is present throughout, making it a good starter beer, but I highly recommend.

It has been difficult for me to find a bad year round beer from Lakefront, and this is no exception.

chetripley, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Body is light brown with red highlights, topped by a creamy three fingers of light beige foam.

Aroma is toast and light cocoa. Airy aand inviting.

Taste follows nose. Toast and cocoa, and a hint of brown sugar on the toast. Nice hop tingle at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

No creeping imperialism here, just a nicely done dunkel. Worth a try by all.

RonfromJersey, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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
Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle dated "Oct week4", pulled from a gift pack.

Poured this into a pint, it has a chestnut ruby glint in the light, with a lasting skim of foam. Spotty lacing here and there. Sweet grainy aroma and some vague fruity yeast, sort of soggy and blah though.

Flavor is similar, grainy and simple, slightly astringent with a mild nuttiness. Something mildy medicinal about it that doesn't sit well with me. No trace of hops whatsoever. Not as crisp as a true German Munich Dunkel. Body is light, and fairly easy drinking. Overall it's passable, but Riverwest Stein is much better.

emerge077, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of jiggahertz
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Deep dark chocolate brown with a nice two finger cappuccino brown head. Slight lacing throughout the drink.

S: Very nice roasted malts, sweet molases, brown sugar, caramel. Great nose on this.

T: Lots of malts up front, sweet caramel and a slight hops finish.

M: low carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Starts good, but the finish lacks anything memorable. Good dunkel though, the sweetness is not overpowering and a rather enjoyable brew.

jiggahertz, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, thin, caramel colored head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of roasty malt goodness with touches of citrus and floral notes.

T - It had a good burnt toast maltiness, almost like a roasted coffee. It had a caramel sweetness with a slightly bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good brew. It was tasty and easy drinking.

zeff80, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

Eastside Dark is a clear brown color fletched along the edges with translucent gold, an off-white head is about a finger tall but doesn't really leave any lacing.

Sweet malts dominate the nose here, with maybe a touch of toasted malts.

Well, Eastside Dark tastes sweet, but it also has a fairly pronounced sour twang. First I get the sour, lactic flavors, and then comes the sweet malts. The malts are pretty good, lending this beer a good flavor profile for munich Dunkel Lager, but I don't really like the sourness.

Mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable.

The drinkability is hurt by the sourness in my opinion. In fact, I could see this being a very good beer without that lactic twang because I do like the malt bill. However with it, I was looking forward to finishing this one.

Hojaminbag, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger of slightly tanned head. Nose is roasted grain, with some citrus hop zing. A little bit of a metallic twang is present in the aroma as well. Taste is a nice mixture of caramel and sweet malt in the front with some metallic notes jumbled around with the faint hop bitterness... it all gets wrapped up in a crisp finish. LIttle bit of buttery notes in the lingering aftertaste. It is medium bodied with low carb. Despite the minor metallic twang I am finding this beverage rather enjoyable and easy drinking.

stakem, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear dark brown. Some light gets through to show an almost blood red color. Two inches of light beige lace recedes to leave a nice amount of stick web like lace around the rim.

The aroma has a sharp bitterness to it. Faint chocolate with roast malt and a touch of citrus fruit or hops. I can't really tell.

The flavor is mild black coffee with a bit of chocolate and wheat cracker malt. This seems smoother and less bitter then I remember it.

Medium to light body. Light carbonation.

Overall a decent beer from Lakefront. I'm not sure anything will ever supplant Riverwest Stein as my favorite but this is a suitable stand in.

beerwolf77, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of minnunderground
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

First off, this isn't a dark brown ale like some other guy before me said. It is a dark lager, or aka munich dunkel lager. Not a brown ale.


A-Very dark brown close to black, puffy light brown/tan head slowly dissapates, with lacing

S- Roasted malts I would say

T-Smokey and roasty but not really overpowering on that level. But I would say a good amount of flavor for this style.

M- feels pretty good has good carbonation for a darker beer.

D- I would say a pretty good drinker

Overall most Lakefront beers have been...kinda boring....All solid beers don't get me wrong, but mainly classic styles with classic interpretation. The same holds true with this one

minnunderground, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smeel is mild, some notes of malts. Taste is lightly sweet and malty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty decent brew.

tone77, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%

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
Photo of Soozy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

A dark brown ale with a light head, about a finger height and with retention. Overwhelming burnt coffee smell works very well together - I like it. Tastes of vanilla, burnt grains, maybe some oak. Awesome. Not the best drinkability.

This beer didn't seem anything like the style to me, like whatsoever, besides color. I enjoyed it though, so I gave it a good review.

Soozy, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Consumed 8/1/09- from notes.

Dating code said it was bottled the third week of June.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Darker brown than I expected, almost black. light one finger head that faded pretty quick, not much lacing.

S- Roasted malt, brown bread and caramel.

T- Seemed like a very balanced malt profile. Light chocolate, coffee, and sweet with little spicy hints throughout. Finished a tad bitter.

M- Lighter than it looked, very smooth.

D- Very sessionable. Best one of this style I've had a long time.

tatoodkelt, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

eastside dark 9/10

a 3.5-4 black as night, have to hold it to the light to see a bit of cherry around the edges. the head is short but the ring left over holds pretty well. a little spotty lacing.

s 3.5 the roast character does not overpower the nose, thankfully. it's way in the background. yeasty bread and unidentified fruit timidly take the lead. pleasant, but not blowing any brain cells.

t 3.5-4 time to blow some brain cells. hmmm, well balanced dark malty goodness comes across smooth and balanced. there's a hint of roast and bittering hops in the finish. it's a mild affair, as suggested by the nose, but it isn't entirely without interest. indeed, i find the humble but longlasting afterflavors quite endeering.

m 4-4.5 the body is solid, about medium, and the carbonation is a quality contributor. the texture does an excellent job of setting the stage for the flavors, which as noted maybe aren't quite lead singer material but are perceived in their most positive light due to the mouthfeel.

d 4-4.5 well it's obvious the last specimen encountered must have suffered greatly during transit and/or storage, if it started out like this one. this is a really good, solid brew that i'm glad i gave a second chance.

eastside dark (first review, F 1.7)
2, 1.5, 1.5, 2.5, 1.5 translucent copper color, a crazy big head forms during a fairly gentle pour and causes me a bit of concern.
smells like homebrew made with an english yeast, muntons to be exact, and fermented at too high at temp and while experimenting with too much sucrose (guilty as charged). a lager that smells like a failed homebrewed ale?
through all that weird yeast flavor there is a touch of roasted barley. the finish is astringent. the body is watery. hopefully a bad bottle, but i won't assume it. since i bought the last sampler pack and they don't carry this separately, it will be some time before i can retest.

brewmudgeon, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

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

brentk56, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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
Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

BierFan, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +9%

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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev +9%

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.

williamherbert, May 30, 2009
Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.