Dampfbier | Surly Brewing Company

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68 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 09-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Beerlover
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CPAles
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCMike
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ssippisam
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tribeerguy70_3
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickSMpls
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -4.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -23.7%
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 -10.7%
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 +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacSon1982
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpwobbles
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of MisterMike
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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