Dampfbier | Surly Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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71 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,483
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
71
pDev:
11.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 mothman
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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 KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +5%

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 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 cbcrunch
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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 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 einman
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

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Dampfbier from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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