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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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 Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

williamherbert, May 30, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Tone, May 28, 2009
Photo of MVotter
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

MVotter, May 28, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

IronCitySteve, May 12, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Seanibus, May 04, 2009
Photo of KBrady487
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

KBrady487, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of storksonm
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

storksonm, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of mcowgill
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

mcowgill, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Minkybut
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Minkybut, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of climax
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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

climax, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

LeftyBWS, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

ZimZamZoom, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of billybob
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

billybob, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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

yuenglings, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of CheeseTurds
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

CheeseTurds, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

bonkers, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

ProudBeerSnob, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

riversider76, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Dark yet still "see through" brown with a tiny head that falls fast leaving a ring around he glass
S= pineapple and malty sweetness?
T= darker malt flavor, maybe some coffee that's been diluted with a slight pineapple flavor left.
M= average all around. really doesn't get much more average.
D= Decent. pretty average beer.

jjanega08, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of an assorted eight pack. It had a great, bubbly head and was deep brown in color. Nutty scent to it and not too strong.

I would say that this was a good, chocolate, nutty lager. I'm a fan of this brewery and this beer was certainly solid.

Amalak, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a brewery holiday 8 pack sampler, November 2008 for $12.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA.

This is an odd one for me. I was thinking it would be an amber ale, but it obviously wasn't from first sniff.

Pretty presentation, nice fluffy head, beautiful brown color and texture. Aroma of dark fruits (cherries), but in a bit off-putting way. Follows through with the flavor- more Sucrets than fruit, perhaps. I don't dislike it, it's actually decent enough, but just a bit odd for me.

Dukeofearl, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer that took me by surprise .

Dark copper, it has a large, light tan head that slowly shrinks to a permanent 1" head.

The aroma is very nice, grain, dark bread, crust, hints of chocolate, caramel, and pine.

The taste is similar, mostly fresh, moist whole-wheat bread, hints of earth and pine, very light hints of caramel, herbs, and chocolate. It's zesty but very smooth, easy to drink, yet complex and full of flavour.

Offa, Dec 03, 2008
Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.