Dampf Loc | Local Option

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BA SCORE
56.3%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 167 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Local Option
Illinois, United States
localoptionbier.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dampf Loc is an all-barley warm fermented ale brewed by the folks from Chicago’s Local Option; inspired by “Dampfbier” (literally “steam beer”) originally crafted by medieval peasant inhabitants of southeast Bavaria. During the fermentation process generous amounts of foam and surface bubbles burst in the tank, giving the illusion that the ferment is boiling or “steaming.” Tony Russomanno and Noah Hopkins took it upon themselves to brew Dampf Loc as a modern interpretation of its Teutonic predecessor, creating a “Hefe Gerste” ale that is true to its roots; unmistakable in character yet accessible to beer drinkers of all palates.

Dampf Loc has a mild hop profile, medium body with pleasant effervescence and a clear, rich, orange hue. Dampf Loc is ideal for warm months, yet enjoyable year round.

Added by TMoney2591 on 11-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,287
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
167
Liked:
94
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
13.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma is very fruity with some caramel. The taste is light caramel with some fruit, has faint hops in the background.

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Photo of SSGCujo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dampf Loc isn't the kind of beer to light any sparks on first impression; a fairly dull tone of golden-amber, it's mired with yeast sediment and has a head that looks like soap scuzz. Frankly, I don't even get the name (which they apparently like enough to have trademarked). Is it a pun?

While said to be inspired by Middle Ages Bavaria, the results indicate a stronger influence from that relatively new brewery on Mariposa Street in San Francisco. It's true that both medieval European peasants and gold-rush era Americans drank something called 'Steam Beer' ("Dampfbier") but the two are not the same thing. One uses a lager yeast and the other an ale strain prototypical of Hefeweizens...

And the absence of even one of banana, clove, citrus, vanilla or bubblegum in this aroma definitely rules out the latter. I could be wrong, but it doesn't smell like it. No, this bouquet shares the light fruitiness, caramelly malt and subtle woodiness of Anchor Steam, the defining example of American steam beer.

In fact, I'd wager a fresh bottle of Dampf Loc would fare quite favourably up against that California classic. This has the same kind of easy, affable drinkability and a similarly malty flavour profile that's also checked with firm (but not overt) hoppiness and mild fruit esters. I'd be curious to try them side-by-side.

Aside from the usual "brewed with the finest ingredients" claim, the label lists 'time and temperature' next to barley, hops, yeast and water. Rightfully so. These elements matter much more than the actual ingredients themselves. This keen attention to detail is reflected in the final product.

I don't know that any brewer can claim their recipe "unmistakable in character" to something from half a millennia ago that ostensibly went extinct a hundred years before they ever even touched a paddle, and I furthermore maintain that what's in the glass doesn't actually resemble the style on paper. But hey, whatever it is or was meant to be, it turned out pretty well. So by all means keep selling it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale copper color with a medium sized head. The aroma of fresh baked whole grain bread hits me first, followed by some peppery spice, as well as earthy and floral tones. The doughy malt and peppery spice are the star of the flavor, giving a wonderfully dry impression. The floral notes also come through on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer, balanced and full on pleasing flavors.

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Photo of Vylo
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 11/12/15. Comes in a 500ml (1 pint, 0.9 ounce) bottle that I picked up in the discount bin for $3.00 last week over at the Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa across the river. From the Pub Dog Brewing Company in Westminster, Maryland (says on side of label). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tall .5L handled-French Jelly glass.

Brew pours a hazy burnt-orange in color with a 1-finger creamy/foamy off-white head that finally settles down to 3mm after 20 minutes. Pencil-like streaks of lacing is seen when sipped that slowly goes back down the sides of the glass. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast for the most part. Gonna say the taste is the same with maybe a little hint of spice. Pretty smooth finish with a sweet malty finish that is slightly dry. Don't recall having this style of brew before. Anyways, it is decent and drinkable. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep amber; cloudy, seething with floating bits of... Stuff. Unfiltered, and enticing. Nice 2-3 finger head that deflates quickly, but leaves a sludgy film atop the brew.

Aromas of cracker, malts, and, well something quintessentially beer.

The flavor is where it comes through. Like a cross between an American wheat, helles, and marzen. Semi sweet, with lots of malt character driving the forward profile. Biscuit, cracker, bread, and the good balance it nicely. Really, there is nothing world shaking or new here, no assault on the pallet. Just something that comes across as an accurate articulation of a medium to medium light brew.

Very smooth, creamy, buttery, and with some tooth to give it backbone.

A nice beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On-draught at Local Option. Notes below are truncated due to the review environment.

A: Head is Off-white, with about 2cm of width. Average characteristics. No lacing. 1.5 minute retention.

Body is a translucent albeit murky pale copper of below average vibrance. No yeast is visible within.

Looks oddly unfiltered for a steam beer...

Sm: Hefeweizen-esque clove and banana manifest, probably from the yeast. Light malts and general malt sweetness are all I pick up elsewise.

Aromatic intensity is average. Neither hoppy nor yeasty.

T: Grass, clove, faint banana, neutral American malts. Unbalanced but not imbalanced. Decently built. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Not intricate/complex, subtly executed, or nuanced. Quite generic.

Mf: Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing, Overcarbonated. Average thickness and heft. Medium-bodied. There's no harmony of texture and taste here.

O: Oddly German in its leanings, but not to its benefit. It's a drinkable little steam beer but never nails the style. Quite forgettable stuff from Local Option. I always like seeing more steam beers on the market, but this isn't particularly impressive.

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Photo of doc_logic
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a dimpled stein.

Look - Cloudy, slightly burnt orange in color.. Cream colored head that settles into lasting lacing.
Smell - Toffee, sweet grass, wet biscuit.
Taste - All malt. Sweet wet breat.
Feel - Lots of carbonation. Takes away any flavors that might linger on the tongue.
Overall - A steady beer made for easy drinking. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into lager glass. No bottle dating found. Some sediment remained stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Pours lightly hazy, copper-orange in color. There is a lot of visible carbonation that rises to a moderate size, off-white head with good retention. Some streaks and patches of sticky lacing cling to the glass.

Aroma: Earthy and herbal hops with grains in about equal measure but with the hops a little more prominent than the malty aspects. Hints of yeast, honey and mild spices.

Taste: More malty/bready than the aroma indicates. Hints of honey and apple juice. Mild bitterness even on the finish

Feel: Medium carbonation and body, with both leaning towards a higher level. Smooth and soft.

Overall: a good beer for sure, but not as distinctive as the description (e.g., "unmistakable in character") suggests. Enjoyment increased as I headed towards the bottom of the glass. Good with food.

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Photo of justinp444
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw orange yellow with a 2 and a half inch thick head. Smell of lager yeast, caramel, sweet malt, and floral. Taste is melon, caramel, citrus, some floral, big bread-y malt, and a little sweet and bitter. It has a big crisp mouth feel and a moderate to light body. Really is a style of it's own and not so much like a american steam beer.

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Photo of alostplot
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This FINE steam lager pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a beautiful head of white foam that dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with some stupendous lacing. A very clean nose of light caramel malts, honey suckle, light bittering hops, and moderate grain notes. Flavors surpass with a sweet honey caramel flavor that has some medium bitterness to cut through the sweetness with a light grain and sweet note on the back of the taste and a crisp finish. Begs for a plate of spicy food. Great mouth feel with moderately high carbonation finishes wet, clean, and refreshing.

Cheers

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Photo of killcore
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmgeng
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I thought this beer was a hefe by mistake but since I wasn't expecting a heavy beer this one came out alright.

A - Light amber color basically a caramel that is slightly hazy. Fluffy white head that sits high. Very good lacing.

S - Malty aroma with caramel and lager notes. Also grainy tones and some noble hops. Smells like a commercial amber lager.

T - Tastes of sweet maltiness with some grain, caramel, and lager flavor. This beer takes you average "beer" and kicks it up to the next level with layers of clean and delicious flavors. Only a light bitterness and some noble hop character to balance the sweet malt character.

M - Light mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Only slightly sweet but very drinkable.

Overall, this one rivals Boston Lager with a similar flavor and a similar drinkability. I would strongly recommend this if you haven't gotten a chance to try a steam beer. This beer has the flavor impact of a craft ale with a smoother and crisper feel that you usually find in commercial lagers. Though you get what you pay for with this one it's still pretty good.

Glass- 20oz craft beer glass

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Photo of aussiebeer
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jkrav
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 1” bone white cap with very fine bubbles. Produces light lace.
S: Overripe fruit aromas very faint banana, traces of caramel and berry.
T: Has a light caramel flavor with most of the sweetness fermented out backed by berry with a mild hop accent.
F: Very creamy with a medium body and fermentation.
O: They have fermented this at the higher end of the range to pull out more funky fruit flavors in a beer with moderate alcohol levels.

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Photo of Jordanmtate
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very forgettable beer. Not worth it.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluegrass49
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dampf Loc from Local Option
Beer rating: 56.3% out of 100 with 167 ratings
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