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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | 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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Ratings: 462 | Reviews: 213
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.

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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of afterexile - thanks!! My first Munich Dunkel. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark mahogany with a slightly off-white one finger head of average retention. Lacing is sparse but present, erupting in little flourishes from the surface of the beer, flecked with a thin, glossy, sheen of foam.

Aroma: Dark toast ... less dark toast ... marshmallows ... and a few spicy noble hop notes. A very wholesome, bready quality that's sort of lifted up there at the end by those other two notes. Pleasant.

Taste: A little lighter than expected from the nose, but still flavorful. Lots of dark malt, but it's delicate, with hints of coffee, caramel, and a slight bit of earth. Lighter dextrin notes, and a few tart fruity esters. Only a faint, spicy balancing bitterness, only there to make an appearance. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a high level of carbonation, but not a high level of "fluff," if that makes sense. The malt astringencies amplify this carbonation slightly. For such a high level of carbonation, though, this one's surprisingly milky and creamy. Nice.

Drinkability: A nice introduction to the style for me, and spot on as far as the BA and BJCP style guidelines go. Alcohol is low and undetectable, making this one very sessionable/drinkable. Though it's not the most interesting beer in the world, it's solid, and worth a recommendation.

Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a nice dark mahogany color with a thin off white head, a bit of lacing.

The smell had just a bit of baking chocolate and a touch dark malt.

The flavor is average at best with some nice dark grain flavors up front with a touch of chocolate, but a bit of an off sourness mixing in with the hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin.

I just can't get past the wierd sourness, it ruins what could have been a decent beer for me.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of KI9A
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Patrick999
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

Photo of sjohansen
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -15.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.