Dampfbier | Surly Brewing Company

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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:
70
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
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3
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hats off to Surly for making a Dampfbier!

I love the idea of Steam Beers and like the German Version using Wheatbeer yeast in an all malt beer primary fermentation warm and later lagered.

Had at Surly taproom and TownHall Lanes on tap.
I evaluate the beer for its style and I love creativity but beer styles are a good starting point. I've had Dampfbier in Bavaria and steam beers and California Common ale and live the malty estery components of this beer. I salute anyone doing older beer styles!

Apperance:Orangish yellow, clear and bright

Smell:Faint wheat yeast and malt scent with a little fruit

Taste:Crisp like a barvarian lager but estery like a Wheatbeer. I get the history of this beer. Poorer people near Chezch beer that could not afford expensive hops or wheat and limited acces to refrigeration (cellars verse ice packed caves).

Thier desire to get a wheat beer and lager taste with out access to wheat or lagering caves. The result is a poor mans wheat beer or a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: lighter body beer, bright and light similar in this to a golden ale

Overall: Great lighter estery malty beer.

SURLY, can it!

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Photo of StompingClover
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Beerlover
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of CraigP83
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of Miketwolf21
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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 MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Surly's Surlyfest event. Served in a Surlyfest stein.

Appearance: Color is a pale golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head which slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A very yeast driven aroma with hints of spices, fruit, and toasty malts. Big upfront hints of the Hefe-Weizen yeast along with hints of pepper, funk, and cloves. Bready barley malts with hints of biscuit, toast, grains, and straw. Fruit hints of bananas and citrus hints of orange peel, apricot, tangerine, and lemon. Also a slight hint of bubblegum. Hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a very yeast driven taste with notes of fruits, spices, and toasted malt. Big Hefe-Weizen yeast taste upfront along with notes of cloves, pepper, and funk. Toasted barley malts with bready notes of biscuit, straw, grains, and cracker. Fruity banana taste along with a slight note of bubblegum. Fairly hoppy with citrus notes of orange, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and lemon. Fairly drying. Quite an interesting taste. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy and pretty drying.

Overall: A pretty good yeast driven beer. Hardly seems like a California Common. Its like a mix of Hefe-Weizen and Cynic style Belgian.

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Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisterMike
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TCMike
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickSMpls
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Phocion
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billhelm
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at old BC taproom-no notes. Refreshing lager with a fair amount of bitterness.

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Photo of Ssippisam
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 mothman
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess I'll take the first crack at reviewing this one. What an honor.

Pours a white head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavors of banana, clove, an esters. A lot of bready malt. It's a steam beer with a twist. Very fruity and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: is very dry. Lighter bodied.

Overall, this is one of the better 'steam' beers I have had. Typical surly twist to take a style and mess with it. This one tastes great. Very easy to drink. My pint didn't last long.

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Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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