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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of plaid75
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of BioBilly
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of botham
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a deep chocolate brown with a finger of light tan head. the brew itself is mildly hazy.

smells malty, with chocolate and caramel malt dominating, with a nutty base and a crisp character. great smelling dunkel.

taste is of chocolate and creamy caramel up front, followed with the same nutty base and a frothy character. a supurb lager, extremely crisp and clean. great on the palate without being overly bold.

aftertaste is more of the same, only further in the distance. light chocolate, caramel, nutty base with a touch of hops.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a very smooth and creamy texture.

drinkability is great. this is a lighter brew that contains a great balance of flavors, yet doesn't feel heavy in the mouth or stomach. cheers!

Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color with moderate off-white creamy head.
Smell is light with some slight traces of caramel present.
Taste is sweet, almose like a light molasses mixed with caramel. Very interesting.
The sweetnes quickly fades at the eanding leaving a nice dryness.
A pleasnt beer. nothing great, yet still enjoyable.

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent lasting head; light lace. Light brown color and clear.

Light chocolate aromas; even lighter hop.

The hop is more pronounced; good dark malt flavor but the body is relatively thin (not surprising, given the style). Relatively high carbonation.

This is like a great brown ale, although it's a lager. A nice round flavor.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oddly translucent dark brown, very white head isn't amazing, but solid. Some roasted, smoky aromas in the nose, hints at dark fruit sweetness, actually quite impressive overall. A little clove and dextrin round out the complexities.

Flavor is not what I expected; very much dominated by the smoke flavor. Not exactly a rauchbier, but along those lines. The roast takes a back seat, chocolate and herbal clove flavors also present, and gets a bit medicinal toward the back end. A hair too sweet for me.

Finish is clean, mouthfeel is good, medium just shy of full body. As with other "oddly" dried-malt brews, gets a little old. I can easily finish a bottle, no need for another.

Photo of slyke
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist trying Eastside Dark since my grandfather ran a 3.2 tavern named the East Side Inn from 1933-1982.

The beer pours a lovely brown color with a finger of tan head that fades rather quickly.

The smell is really something sweetness, roastiness, a little chocolate, a slight citrus tone, the faint scent of alcohol.

The taste is equally interesting. All of the notes present in the aroma are in the taste along with a resiny hop note.

Mouthfeel is good. Just the slightest coating of the mouth with a crisp finish.

This beer is solidly drinkable and one I would enjoy sessioning. Definitely recommended. Cheers!

Photo of Beertron
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lakefront is a great Wisconsin brewery, though I find it strange that they're not located on the lake. Regardless, they were a big hit at our 1st Swine & Swill and Eastside has always been one of my favorites in their lineup. Now, let's see how they hold up to the vigorous review process. From bottle to glass...

A - Poured 1" large fizzy head. Retention was pretty solid leaving a thin, spotty layer of head that wasn't going anywhere. Some strong carbonation within the dark body.

S - A very powerful scent of fruity and yeasty scents. The malts in this bugger provide an alluring sweetness and one can catch a small dose of plum or pluot buried within.

T - When compared to its relatively one-dimensional smell, this is fabulously complex. Of the various flavors layered upon each other, it's worth noting that all have a bit deeper, earthy flavor. There's some medium-roast coffee notes up front, along with softer characteristics of banana, pumpkin and nutmeg. Following this is a blast of heavily-yeasted dough (a la pizza crust, soft pretzels or breadsticks). In the finish, the malts shine through. They're toasty and even a bit smoky but not terribly heavy. For as much as the malts rule this brew, the overall flavor seems pretty acidic. This is a good thing.

M - This is cool-feeling and smooth. It's medium-bodied with a soft, pleasant bitter that lingers a short while.

D - Pretty damn high. The alcohol level doesn't seem out-of-whack and you don't start losing interest after the tastes have thoroughly coated the palate. I could drink (and have drank) plenty of these in a sitting without tiring of it or having it over-power the taste buds.

F - There are plenty of foods that this beer would make friends with and most of them are on the pedestrian side of things. The acidic and yeasty flavors would make this beer a shoe-in with pizza, especially pizza done properly with a nice whole-wheat, cornmeal crust. It would go quite well with some saltier breads like a mean focaccia and even some other starchier foods like celeriac or good ole cream of tato soup. Caraway seeds would make for a nice contrasting element in any of the aforementioned. Finally, some grilled or, better still, smoked chicken would really do the trick here.

O - This is a damn solid brew. While certainly not anything groundbreaking, it's flavors are complex and balanced. All the while, this remains an excessively approachable beer both to session and to mix with a wide variety of pretty common foods.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a decent lightly roasted dunkel which doesn't go overboard with its malt character. I'd weakly recommend it.

Appearance is dark with very little head. Color is brown with some reddishness. Aroma is very faint with some mild chocolate notes. Flavor is very mild roastiness. Mouthfeel is the high-point of this beer and is nice and smooth. Decently drinkable for a beer of this style.

I had this on-tap at the brewery.

Photo of shadow1961
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lakefront Brewery's Eastside Dark lager pours out a big rocky head over a deep
cloudy brown brew. Carbonation is active, the nose is dark toasty malt and yeast.
The flavor is more dark malt with a bit of hop in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit of grain,
a bit of hop. Pretty decent lacing. The mouthfeel is crisp and balanced. Again, with
this beer, as with so many others, what you get a good basic beer- nothing extreme
here, just the kind of stuff I imagine thousands of hometown breweries made before
Prohibition made American beer what it became. At least before the homebrew/micro
era. Tasty.

Photo of gmfessen
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brown color with mohogany highlights and a thin creamy off-white head. The smell seems slightly complex; chocolate, roasted malts, toasted biscuits and a slight fruity aroma. Beer is well balanced with hops, almost to the point of being slightly more than I would expect for the style. The hops are grassy and earthy, the malt is there, but not overwhelming. There is also a slight hint of alcohol. The beer is pretty light in body with creamy carbonation and a dry finish. This is a decently drinkable beer; a pretty tasty lager.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a room temperature pint glass.

It poured a dark brown color with a white one inch head that quickly shrank down to about 1/8th of an inch. No active carbination could be detected in the glass.

It has a well balanced smell of malt and hops.

Again a well balanced blend of roasted malt and slightly bitter hops, not much of an aftertaste but there is recognition of some bitter hops at the very end pushing through. It has a light to medium body that goes down easy.

It is very good and drinkable.

Photo of biergeniesser
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle of Lakefront Eastside Dark poured a ruby red to brown and produced an off white head which diminished quickly.

The aroma is dominated by the malt and (appropriately) devoid of hop aroma. Elements of sweet caramel malt, toasty Munich malt and caramelized sugar combine to form a somewhat complex bouquet of malt aromas.

This is a full flavored beer that bombards the palate with a variety of smooth, lingering sweet malty flavors. Sweet caramel and toasty notes dominate; a hint of alcohol is in the background. The hop bitterness is appropriately low and hop flavor is undetectable.

This is a full bodied lager with a pleasant mouth coat and a low to moderated degree of carbonation

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Westsidethreat
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with auburn highlights when held up to the lights. Head is minimal, only a very light beige ring surround the glass.

S: Hardly much nose on this beer. Some roasted barley, bit of fresh coffee, minor cocoa and caramel.

T: Lot of grape juice like sourness. Hint of smokiness in this beer..somewhere under the surface. Roasted barley, sweet dark dough and just a touch of crisp citrusy hops rounds this one out.

M: Thin body, bit fizzy at times but ok.

D: Not bad. Bit unbalanced with the sourness vs the maltiness.

Photo of hopsaplenty
2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, “Bottled on Aug wk3” notched on label.

Gloomy garnet. Minimal head of tan bubbles that vanishes in a blink, leaving a small pile at the edge and a vapor trail smear across the top. Nutty, grassy spice aromas are faint, and there is a bit of toasted bread as well. A touch of grassy spiced hops quickly gives way to a sweetly sour off flavor. The roastiness is barely detectable beneath the vinegar blushed sourness. Thin, watery body, there is some fine carbonation which is one plus. Unfortunately the sourness overwhelmed all aspects of this beer. According to the label, this is supposed to be “a rich, dark lager like the ones Milwaukee’s founding fathers might have enjoyed on the old Eastside.” This was on the light side of dark, and not overly rich. If the founding fathers enjoyed this – more power to them as I did not.

White elephant BIF strikes again.

Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazel that becomes dark cherry with orange peel highlights when sunlight is permitted entry. The beer is capped by two fingers of golden ecru foam that provides a wonderful color contrast and deposits an acceptable amount of lace. Eastside Dark is an attractive Munich dunkel lager.

The nose--which could use more power--is also typical for the style. It's primarily brown malty and has a 'creamy cocoa' vibe goin' on. It smells like the beer will be sweet rather than bitter; let's see how that prediction holds up.

Let's make that sweet and sour in nearly equal measure, with a mild bitter tweak on the finish. There's a tad more malt here than in most versions, as there must be if it's going to impress me. I'm tired of drinking those thin, barely malted, barely dark dunkels. I take back that first sentence; sweet outpaces sour now that the beer has had a chance to warm a little.

The flavor profile consists of milk chocolate with a lactic twang, as well as a splash of chicory coffee. Good use of malt (chocolate, black patent, Munich) and hops (Mt. Hood). The level of roast is just about where I'd draw it up, as is the citric fruity hoppiness. This really is a well-constructed version and is one of the better domestic Munich dunkels that I've had.

The body/mouthfeel seems a fraction bigger than the style average and will be granted a better than average score as a result. I'm enjoying the light creaminess and the restrained amount of carbonation. It does dissipate to some extent throughout each mouthful, but manages to avoid being considered thin, even on the finish.

Eastside Dark is one of the better beers in the Lakefront lineup. It adheres to the dunkel lager guidelines--as I understand them--and manages to pack a considerable amount of flavor and a respectable amount of depth into a relatively light style. I'd consider buying this one in sixers on those rare occasions when I crave a well-rounded, easy drinking dark beer.

Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.