Dampfbier
Surly Brewing Company

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From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
California Common / Steam Beer
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.02%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
58
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 09, 2018
Added:
Sep 04, 2013
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  4
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.85 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.51 by JoeandRyan from Minnesota

Dec 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.38 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was pretty tame as compared to the beer of same style that Schell's put out few years ago, which I like quite a bit.
I found the aroma very tight and difficult to find the yeasty character I was searching for. A little more noted in the flavor, but tame. I like a little more boldness for the yeast flavor and the grains were subdued too. Blended nicely for a smooth drink and enough body to notice for a smaller beer. I enjoyed but not as much as I had hoped.
Aug 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.61 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Oct 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by CPAles from Illinois

Oct 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Oct 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Sep 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by TCMike from Minnesota

Aug 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by Hopzilla_MN from Minnesota

Aug 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hopstout from Minnesota

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Ssippisam from Minnesota

Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.82 by tribeerguy70_3 from New Jersey

Jan 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

Oct 22, 2015
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A fine example of a rarely made style. Served at the brewery's tap room with the tasty lamb sausage. A slightly cloudy and pale straw color with light aroma. A wheat beer by looks but not in taste. Low carbonation. Malt taste with hops in a supporting role. Probably best on tap. A century or more ago, you'd send your boy up to the tavern with a beer bucket and a dime and he would come back with something like this, though most likely not this well-crafted.
Aug 20, 2015
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Reviewed by bsp77 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Serving glass: Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden, but I can't tell if there is haze or not at the bar. Somewhat thin head, but that may be the pour. I will just give it a 4 since I don't have enough info.

Smell: Smells like a milder Hefeweizen (banana, clove) but without the wheat.

Taste: Fairly strong, bready malt backbone from the barley. Some phenolic qualities of banana, clove and metal. The finish is quite sharp, with more phenols and some spiciness, mostly pepper.

Feel: Medium body, relatively low carbonation compared to a Hefeweizen (which I read is true to style). Semi-dry finish.

Overall: I don't have much experience with the style, so hard to know how true to style it is, but overall I would rather have a Hefewezien.
Aug 20, 2015
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright gold, sharp clarity, ample lacing. Lasting surface foam, decent head initially.
Aroma of fruity cereal grains, hard not to make a connection to Trix cereal.
Taste is full and somewhat complex, earthy hops and a dried fruit yeast note, tea leaves.
Body is more or less substantial, with a moreish feel that drains the glass quickly.
Overall an interesting and unique interpretation of a lesser known German beer style.
Aug 19, 2015
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Reviewed by ARoman from Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
On tap, poured into a snifter. The aroma is toasted bread, with a mild grass, and a sweet, under ripe, stone fruit. The beer is a clear, light amber shade with a light thin head that has light retention and just a very light lace. The taste is mildly, medium bitter, and a medium light sweetness. The texture is thin and somewhat oily with a light fizz and a light body with notes of underripe stone fruit and toasted grains with a finish that's crisp and clean with a white wine note on the palate and an aftertaste that's white grapes and bread.
Aug 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Aug 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by The_Craft_Deviant_Rob from New Jersey

Jul 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
at the beer hall, into a tulip. bright golden-orange, 1 finger head that subsides quickly and leaves decent lacing. faint but ripe orange and tangerine nose, together with a little nuttiness, and this comes out in the taste which is solid. The finish is where this is a little special and surprising...peppery and a little bitter at the same time. Mouthful is good: medium body, medium carbonation, dries out at the end quite a bit
Jul 28, 2015
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Rated by maDUECEgunner from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Lots of hefe qualities yet different. Enjoyed very much at the surly taproom
Jul 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jul 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Pug from Minnesota

Jun 29, 2015
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Reviewed by MacSon1982 from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Really good beer. My bar in Orlando had for the longest time and they don't carry anymore. Basically a trash beer made in the Bavarian woods revived. Love this one.
Jun 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Jun 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.81 by jpwobbles from Minnesota

Jun 08, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
this is a style i would like to see a whole lot more of getting brewed out there. its such a cool beer, and this is a unique interpretation of it. its almost got a hefeweizen element to it, with a spicy banana aromatic from the yeast, but the malt base seems like less (or no) wheat, and more of a crystal sweeter honey type malt instead. light copper in color and perfectly clear, there is about a inch of just off white head resting on top. with my eyes closed i would think this was a hefe from the nose, its not quite so banana heavy, and the spice complexion is deeper than the standard clove, its almost peppery, but thats what it smells like to me. the fruitiness of the yeast is quite muted in the flavor, i wonder how they did this, perhaps a cooler fermentation temperature? the malt is fairly robust in it, sweet and although only medium bodied, its quite lasting on the palate and it drinks a little heavy, certainly heavier than a hefe. i liked this a lot, it felt like a cool fusion of styles. do they can this one? if not, they should.
Jun 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.24 by MisterMike from Minnesota

Jun 02, 2015
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Rated by CraigP83 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bright orange, smell is strong banana and clove. Taste is tangerine and with a little dry bitterness
May 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by ovaltine from Indiana

May 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Miketwolf21 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
App:::: Translucent pale gold. Light, fluffy, lager-like head.

Ar:::: Soft notes of banana, black pepper, and cloves are competing for attention against a very delicate, but pronounced, biscuit note.

Taste::: The slight sweetness, as if a drop a drop of honey was added, highlights a clean estery background to the phenolic aromas. Very, very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel:::: Crisp, lightly bodied.

I love this beer. Like a bridge between Biere de Garde and hefeweizen that is filtered and refreshing as hell. My favorite summer seasonal I have had in years. Thanks for brewing it again.
May 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by SwinginParty from Minnesota

Oct 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by secondtoughest from Minnesota

Sep 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Sep 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Tyecko from Minnesota

Aug 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by billhelm from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by PappyVans from Wisconsin

May 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Phocion from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review from notes on the back of a receipt. Lost and rediscovered just now. On tap at Ed's Bar in Winona, MN on October 18, 2013.

Relatively clear light copper body. Solid finger of frothy off-white head with good retention and lacing.

The hefe yeast is clearly evident with aromas of banana, clove, and pepper. Bready with a clean floral hoppiness.

The flavor is also very yeasty and once again resembles a hefe. Quite a bit of spice, fruit, and bubblegum.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a very crisp finish.

Overall, this is a very interesting and unique beer. I have definitely never tried a dampfbier before and I definitely enjoyed it, even if I wasn't blown away.
Apr 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by ToadiesForCody from Minnesota

Mar 21, 2014
Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 72 ratings