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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002)
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Photo of Blakaeris
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick and creamy, beige in color.

Aroma is dry powdery chocolate, and roasted malt.

Taste is initially smokey roasted malt and mild fruit sweetness. Hints of nut and earthy hops. Then the flavor turns musty, sour, and quite dry with powdery cocoa; providing a lingering powdery feel on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Not bad. Strong cocoa and earthy notes. Certainly worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

Blakaeris, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Light lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and a hint of chocolate is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, soft chocolate, prunes, red apples, and decent bitterness create a nice flavorful lager.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is brief as the flavors leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: superb session beer here. One of my favorites from Lakefront.

Gavage, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent with not much else to speak of. The taste is decent as well. It's dry and roasted with little complexity. It tastes like a lagered nut brown. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although this is a pretty different dunkel than I'm used to drinking.

WesWes, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a brownish amber w/a one-finger beige head. Fades quickly, but leaves thin cap. Light tracing.
S-Malt w/faint chocolate. Faint hops.
T-Light chocolate malt and nuts w/faint hops. Aftertaste is chocolate, hops, and faint mineral.
M-Light-bodied w/carbonation tending on the higher side. Decent balance.
D-Good session brew; probably my favorite thus far from this brewery.

BoitSansSoif, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, a dunkel? Dunno, but damn good.

A: Agressive pour into a tulip glass ( as always). Cola black, tan head. Very nice lace.

S: Sweet malt. Yeast. Fruit. Not much here at all.

T: Metallic like a doppelbock, not like many dunks I have had. Dark fruits, prunes, apples, sweet finish.

M/D: I'm sitting here, thinking about changing the ratings a bit. It is a very drinkable beer. It can be a session beer, no doubt. But, I am swinging back and forth about whether I just plain "like" the beer, or really "love" this stuff. This is what I think Michelob, or a top line version of Miller should be. At any rate, I am digging it.

KI9A, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a good head, fades a little fast and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is a bit weak but I can make out some roasted malt, not much else.

Taste is mostly roasted malt, more syrupy than I expected, good amount of carbonation, slight dry chocolate taste with a little chocolate bitterness.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours dark,cola brown with a good sized head and a decent lace. The aroma is of roasted malts,caramel,coffee and light hops.
The taste is mocha chocolate,caramel,nuts and tones of smoked malts.
The overall feel is light to medium body,smooth,creamy and high carbonation.

Notes: You could have this one during the summer and although not too complex it is a good beer to have. I will try this again as I like dark beers. Nice flavor,good balance. Not world class,but worthy of a purchase.

Lexluthor33, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery's sampler 8-pack. Pours dark brown with ruby-red highlights and a half inch of light tan head. Smells like chocolate, caramel, with just the slightest hint of hops. Tastes chocolatey and nutty with smoke and fruit notes on the finish. Full bodied with ample carbonation helps make this dunkel even more drinkable. Very tasty - a really solid dunkel.

MrHurmateeowish, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got the Lakefront Variety Pack at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A dark brown body that is transparent only at the bottom topped with a good sized head, no lacing and lots of carbonation.
Smell: Watery but with strong roasty notes.
Taste: Coffee notes, not watery, but not too flavorful.
Mouthfeel: Smooth yet bits of stiffness.
Drinkability: Better than average, but not much extra.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, May 21, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Gmann, May 17, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice pour, a little less dark than cola, with a substantive head on it. Retention more than adequate, good lacing.

S - For the attractive appearance, it isn't much to smell. My first thought was that it smells like a macro, ie doesn't have much aroma. Concentrated inspection reveals light-roasted malts somewhere along the lines of a lighter breakfast coffee.

T - Some bitter chocolate, nuttiness with some crisp lemony hop. Clean.

F - Round, well-integrated feel. Crisp carbonation, not watery.

D - While I did enjoy it, this is not my favorite style. Still a solid, drinkable beer worthy of a session.

Patrick999, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Meglio Pizzeria. Poured into an official Lakefront Brewery pint glass.

Pours dark chocolate to molasses with glints of ruby. Moderate carbonation with very good head retention and sticky lacing throughout.

Wonderful coffee aroma with notes of toasted malt and biscuit. Continues with a slight hint of plum.

Coffee and chocolate upfront followed by roasted malts and a dry bitterness that finishes sweet. Full-bodied and lively in the mouth.

Eastside Dark's smooth, rich and complex profile makes it very faithful to the style. I'm not a huge fan of Bavarian lagers, but this Lakefront version is more drinkable than most.

Best consumed on-tap while smack dab in the extraordinary cultural mecca known as Milwaukee's East Side.

CaptainIPA, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with reddish hues when the light hits, off-white head quickly disappears leaving a some film and nice sticky lacing.

Sweet in the front and sweet in the finish. Caramel in the aftertaste. Nutty with hints of roasted malts in the middle of the palate.

Full bodied, enough carbonation to keep things interesting. Smooth.

Definitely a tasty lager that I would look for again.

sjohansen, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam that settles quickly but leaves behind thick lace. Amber-brown body with good clarity.

S - Brown, biscuity aroma with some caramel notes. Some slight, fruity plum character and very mild herbal hops.

T - Malty, bready sweetness up front with some darker caramel flavors. Fruity, esters in the middle that transition to a nice herbal hop character with just enough bitterness to balance the malt.

M - Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Mild sweetness in the finish.

D - Easily drinkable. There are enough dark flavors here to keep you interested and the balance between the hops and malt is well maintained. The only flaw I can find is a slight over-carbonation that gives the beer some undesirable, soda like qualities in the finish.

nickfl, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 3/31/08

A - Clear dark amber body with lots of active carbonation and a short off-white head that quickly diminished into a thin film. Didn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

S - Roasted malt aroma with a bit of nuttiness. There also a sweet caramel aspect and some chocolate notes present. Just a hint of coffee way in the back, as well as a tinge of sourness. Hops are mild and earthy.

T - Malts are bready and roasted, but there's a sweetness also present, with pleasant vanilla and caramel flavors pushing through. Slight coffee aspect and an earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a mild syrupy, yet slightly creamy texture and quite a vigorous effervescence that tickles the entire inside of the mouth. This is a pretty robust dark lager with only a mild bittersweet finish.

D - Extremely drinkable dark lager with good amount of flavor. Better than I had anticipated. Quite sweet and pretty heavy on the carbonation, but also very flavorful.

ffejherb, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, dark amber-brown. Head appears then fades quickly. Aroma is somewhat lacking, some graininess, some chocolate, faint hop. Decent sweet malty taste, dark malt bite is minimal, toffee or carmel peep out. This beer company would not survive in WA state.

barleywinefiend, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a nice off-white head. The aroma is malty and a bit earthy. The taste is sweet with caramel and coffee notes. It has a big, well balanced flavor. It is full bodied. I bought this in a mixed box not thinking much about it - but I'm impressed! This is a very drinkable brew!

barefootbrewer, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark mahogany hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and decent retention.

The smell featured an upfront sour aroma with a mild caramel.

The taste was likewise bitter with a smooth sweet malt toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit astringent, but otherwise of average fullness for the style.

Overall a decent lager. Not as smooth as the typical dunkel.

plaid75, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a minimal tan head. Nose is so minimally earthy and leafy that it is almost non-existent. Flavor is earthy and leafy with a bitter tang to it. Feel has a decent bubble and the liquid is nice too, but overall this is a lackluster performance. Nothing to run to the store to grab hold of.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Deep mahogany 1 1/2 finger head faded to a sizeable wisp.

S- Very mild hops and roasted malts.

T- Nice balance on the take but the finish over powers with roasted malts.

M- Very smooth, velvety almost.

D- Depending on my mood I could throw back a few.

Not exactly tops but a rather enjoyable brew nevertheless.

Pauly2X, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Dark reddish brown with little head and no lace.

S - Malt. That's all I can pick up is a little malt.

T - Light and smooth. Taste a lot of malt. Slight sweet flavor.

M - Light bodied, smooth, good presence with little after taste. Clean.

D - Ok. Not an overly great beer but solid. If it came down to this or bmc's, there's no thought needed.

jeffmonarch, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of BioBilly
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty reddish brown color, with a small lacing on top. There is suprisingly little aroma. The taste is the best of this beer. It is very think for dark beer without much consistancy but it is drinkable. Overall worth a shot. This beer is one of LakeFronts best, it fits with there style.

BioBilly, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

ElGordo, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a tumbler. the head was thick and fluffy and left a nice ring and lace throughout. the body was brown with some red highlights.
s - i can smell the malts immediately after the pour from my coffee table. hints of chocolate, caramel and coffee.
t - caramel, roasted coffee beans with a light hop profile.
m - slick and medium on the tongue.
d - easily drinkable and enjoyable.

GPHarris, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Dark brown body with an amber hue through the light. It is transparent and has only about an 1/8 inch of light brown head. It does hold some decent lacing.

Smell - All I have to say is, "roasted malt, yummy."

Taste - A roasted malt and grain flavor with a hint of hops in the finish. It has a distinguishable flavor.

Mouthfeel - It has an unusual coarseness going down. It's also rough across the tongue.

~ This is my favorite Lakefront brew. I'm always happy to indulge in an Eastsider.

cdkrenz, Sep 09, 2007
Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.