Dampfbier | Surly Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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72 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 09-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
72
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeandRyan
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
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.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CPAles
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCMike
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ssippisam
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tribeerguy70_3
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickSMpls
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.

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Photo of bsp77
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.

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Photo of emerge077
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.

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Photo of ARoman
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.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
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

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
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

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacSon1982
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.

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Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 72 ratings