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Eastside Dark - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 213
Hads: 502
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 19.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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Reviews: 213 | Hads: 502
Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is toasted malts with faint chocolate and coffee. 

T- The taste like the aroma is toasted malt up front with some chocolate and coffee flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this was a decent beer but probably not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of u2carew
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick tan head. Slowly settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Dark body - mahogany / ruby in color.
S) Toasted malt aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate.
T) Roasted malt. Subtle smoky notes. Malt all the way through, but not a big malt taste. A light hop brings a small bite and dryness to the finish.
M) Quite fizzy. The carbonation is a bit too much. Medium body. Dry in the in finish.
O) A nice dark lager. The carbonation dominates too much of what is happening in the mouth - taste and feel - and is a distraction. Other than that true to form.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a clear dark amber color. Off white head is about an inch thick when poured before starting to quickly settle to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass eventually. Decent lacing. Nice roasted caramel malt aroma with slight hints of chocolate. Has a good roasted caramel malt flavor, followed by some moderate hops bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and spice. The flavors really come out more and gel together nicely when you let this sit and warm a bit. Has a very crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. A pretty decent beer all around, but there is room for some improvement methinks.


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Photo of cwcolby74
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle consumed March 28. Purchased in January at Kahn's on Keystone Avenue. I drank it out of a New Glarus pint glass.

A - Dark brown, about 3/4 inch of foamy, thick head. Good carbonation. It looks almost like a porter, but it's a lager.

S - It semms rich and snooth like a Munich dunkel should. It doesn't have a heavy smell, but you can detect the unique malts.

T - It has a sharp, roasted note and a moderate bitterness. It's 5.5 percent ABV but it hides it well. It has an interesting richness to it that I like.

M - It's very aggressive in its mouthfeel. It has a sharp bitterness that leaves an excessively strong aftertaste.

O - It'll bet this beer is better if paired with food. I like it, although I prefer beers that are a little less bitter and a little less pungent and roasted in the background, especially beer of a style that's German/Bavarian in nature.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, nice thick creamy tan head that clings the glass very well; color is brown, somewhat translucent with amber hues.

Smell is sweet, slightly sour to me, followed by low roasted flavors and caramel sweetness.

Taste is a smooth roasted malt with caramel sweetness, light coffee/toffee flavors as well; lightly cloying in the finish.

Mouthfeel is mostly balanced, but a bit of sticky sweetness on the finish; my imperssion of other dunkels is a somewhat crisper finish.

Overall, a tasty beverage, but lightly off scents and a bit too much malt sweetness on the tongue make me relate it to a brown ale.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notched on the label as bottled in December. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep, dark brown body. An aggressive pour yields a huge four finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a little sticky lacing along the glass.

The initial aroma is coffee and roasted malt. A hint of chocolate backed up by bit of a milk stout-type aroma.

The flavors are similar to the aromas. The coffee flavor is more sweet in the taste and tends toward toffee. There is a hint of hop bitterness that balances the sweet flavors very well.

A little thin in the mouthfeel. But, overall a very solid dunkel that is very drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

First had this brew during SummerFest a couple years ago, and it seemed pretty tasty then. Had to revisit to make sure. It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a short finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose simply comprises dark wheat and very light roasted malts. A dusting of coffee lurks in the distance, but doesn't seem to pose much of a threat to the other elements. The taste rounds the nasal elements out a bit, bringing in some mild cocoa and light grass to the dark wheat/light roast party. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice li'l brew, nothing spectacular, but enjoyably drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of chumba526
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears dark brown with a small tan head.

It smells a bit smoky, chocolate like, and a bit caramel like.

It tastes initially mildly smoky and coco like. There is a mild caramel sweet flavor to the beer as well. There is a mild citrus (orange like) flavor to the beer as well.

There is a crisp mouthfeel to the beer and the beer has ample carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. The beer is flavorful yet it is light and smooth.

Overall not a great beer but a good one.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber pour with medium white head. Aroma is very very faint. I got picked up by the nice light smokey taste of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild spice, and nuttiness. Feels somewhat unbalanced but overall a good dunkel lager true to style.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Welde Pilsner glass...

Pours well for a finger thick off white head, and has a crystal clear dark copper colored body when held up to bright white light.

Not much in the aroma, which is typical with this style. There is only a slight toasted coffee bean smell.

Taste wise this is on par. A decent amount of caramel/toffee flavors blended in with a decent amount of coffee character with subtle hints of metallic hops.

Nice mellow feel with a smooth bit of oiliness, but blended in with a solid carbonated crispness... This is a good bier.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle notched Bottled on December, 3rd week. No year given though.

appears a dark brown color with red highlights. thin white head, decent head retention.

a bit of a vinegary sour odor. this isn't a flanders red, so not a good sign.

taste is slightly sour too..but still drinkable.average carbonation and body.

either this beer is slightly infected, or maybe it's actually a year (or hell, 2?) old and has gone bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are faint aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Flavors of chocolate malts dominate the overall taste; there are also some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink, especially since it's not filling. It is quite sessionable.

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Photo of JDK
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark reddish brown color without much of a head, reminded me of a glass of Coke. What was there quickly disappeared. Virtually no lacing.

Not much of a smell, very light, had trouble picking out just one or two things.

Pretty good carbonation, nice mouthfeel and ends with a nice lingering of roasted malts.

The flavor of roasted malts with just the slightest hint of hops.

Worth a try

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Photo of MakeMineAPBR
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lakefront Brewery's Eastside Dark is a deep brown, almost black Dunkel-style lager that pours without much head formation or retention. It lives up to its name, being darker than most brown ales and allowing little transparency.

The smell is of chocolate and coffee, and is slightly smokey. It isn't very prominent until tasted, then becoming more detectable.

Eastside Dark is full of richly roasted malt flavor with little to no hop presence on the tongue. The nose is all chocolate malt, slowly revealing a bit of peat smoke.

The smoothness of this beer is very refreshing. It isn't overly thick, and the minimal carbonation allows all of the flavors to surface.

Overall, this is a worthy example of a German-style dark lager; flavorful and refreshing without being too filling.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

Eastside dark is a treat! It pours a very dark brown as the scent of malts tickle your nose. Has a short lived head on it though. It has a semi-heavy nutty taste to it mixed with what tastes to be a few spices. Only complaint here is that it could use a little more carbonation to it.

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Photo of soze47
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle dated second week of August (1 1/2 month old). Sadly, the last bottle from a great Lakefront variety pack.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, but not so dark that light can creep through. Nice tan head of one finger that is very thick, but dissolves quickly.

Aroma: Clean maltiness with a heavy roasted caramel/toffee scent. Subtle chocolate tones.

Taste: Everything tastes roasty and toasty. Great balance here. This is most definitely malt forward, but the hops do a good job of keeping the rich caramel and chocolate sweetness from getting out of hand. Flavors combine to create a coffee like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but not very heavy in body. Not cloying in the least, but flavors leave a pleasant after feel on your tongue.

Drinkability: Highly Drinkable! This would be a perfect beer for cooler weather, but crisp and refreshing enough to have year-round.

Overall: A stellar way to end the variety pack. I can see enjoying this one again soon during a football game. The balance and light body are what sell me on this variation of the style. It is not as robust as it could be, but I think that is one of this beers strengths.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate color with a cream colored head and some good glass cling.

The smell was, oddly, chocolate and molases.

The tongue picked up dry notes, burnt malts, and licorice.

The mouth had a creamy feel to it and a licorice after taste. Man, not a fan of licorice. Maybe I'm picking up on a flavor that is not there, but that's how my tongue interprets it.

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Photo of eddocron
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 6-pack, Otsego Minnesota Liquors, next to target. $8.99/6.

A. Nice dark amber poor, large head that fades to a persistent rim.

S. Strong malt, and hops. some caramel or sweet smell.

T. Nice malt and hop taste, some sweetness but slightly bitter on the mouth.

M. Not a heavy dark lager, as I usually love. Much lighter in the mouth. But still good. Again, I found a slight bitterness lingering after drinking it.

D. Very good.

A nice Milwaukee dark lager in the fashion of the Dunkel. Lighter then expected considering its color. I would buy again.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very dark amber look.

S- Smell of dark malt a little brown sugar and hops,

T- Sweet taste from the wort. Mild hop flavor. Even a little smoky.

M- Dry filling pretty smooth.

D- East drinking beer. First LakeFront and like this beer. Worh another drink.


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good average brown appearance with beige head, clumpy. Aroma was toffee and caramel. Awesome pic of the old lighthouse from Milwaukee's East Side, I've had some good times at that place.

Taste, smooth, low IBU and hopping. Great malt character, even a little coffee creeps into the toffee and caramel dominance.

Small degrees of milky cream downward. Not a heavy beer, thin, in a good way. Light smoke peat feel as well. Light carbonation to allow you to pick up on some of these nuances. A cool beer for a cool Milwaukee evening. Or day.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with ruby hues on the edges. 3 finger frothy tan head. Average lacing.

S - Chocolate malt, coffee, roasted brown sugar.

T - Roasted malt, light smokey sweetness, dark grains, toasted bread. Hints of raisins come out as it warms. It has a nice toasted caramel aftertaste.

Pretty good. Drinks very easy.

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Photo of NealVsBeer
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color with 1/2" tan head

S - Malts and a bit of fruit

T - Again, toasted malts and just a hint of fruit

M - Deceivingly light-bodied considering its color but I would consider it medium-bodied.

D - Not a bad beer from Lakefront. This one can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

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Photo of bump8628
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thick, two-fingered, bone-colored head that leaves creamy lace behind.

Rich with bready malts that have a burnt toast edge as well as a dash of raw cocoa powder. Hop bitterness is rather firm and even a tad harsh (in a good way) and there's some earthy/spicy hop flavor to boot. Medium-full, almost creamy, in the mouth.

Packed with a lot more flavor than I was expecting. I was anticipating something more akin to an American Dark Lager, but am pleasantly surprised to find a beer somewhere between a Schwarzbier and a Munich Dunkel.

Quite nice drinking a fresh lager beer that was bottled less than two weeks ago - sometime during the first week of August.

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from last night...

This beer comes out looking a very thick dark brown. A soft light brown head forms at about one finger and takes a while to dissipate. Initially, it looks like it will leave some decent lacing, but what little is spotted at the beginning dries to almost, but not quite, nothing.
Ther aroma's not strong, but it is good. Toasty malts with a bit of a caramel/toffee sweetness and bit of barley make up the body of it, with a touch of dark fruits and perhaps just a hint of raw chocolate.
The taste follows suit, with a bit more of the toasted smokiness coming through. Like the aroma, it's good but somewhat too light and a bit underwhelming.
The body is on the full side of medium. Carbonation is light, which is good for this one. It doesn't have enough smoothness or complexity in the mouthfeel to take much note of.
This is easily drinkable and worth having. I suppose it would make a perfectly reasonable session beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown color that when held up to the light has a ruby glow to it. There is one finger of tan head that recedes to a thin layer of foam on the surface and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted malt and DMS initially, some coffee emerges as well.

Taste is malty with some roasted notes and a hint of chocolate and caramel. Finish is some dark fruit and a bit of roastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium and coats a bit with a bit below average carbonation.

Overall this is a fairly complex lager with some nice roasted and dark flavors that manages to still be light enough to be easy drinking. It is malt focused yet not too sweet at all.

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.