Dampf Loc | Local Option

Dampf LocDampf Loc
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:
#32,338
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 TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It seems the boys down at Local Option come up with some interesting beer recipes. This one, brewed at Dog Brewery in Maryland, resurrects the old German dampfbier style, similar to the American steam beer. Right on, always good to see brewing history brought to life in your own backyard.

This stuff pours a clear copper topped by a finger of dusty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, walnuts, light flowers, and very light oak. The taste holds notes of toffee, pine sap, grass, flowers, light greens, and light oak. If I were pressed to sum it up, I would call this a richer version of a pils...something like that... The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice, unique little brew, something that goes down easy and thoroughly satisfies. It'd be great if other breweries took this style on...

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of imbibehour
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a mug.

A crystal clear body, golden dark copper brown and red. Some fast rising carbonation with a fain tan off white head presented.

Nose is a little bit subdued, mild toasty crisp hints of caramel with a mild sweetness.

Toasty crisp action hits on the palate, with a large chunk of fruit esters. Caramel hinting action is subdued but carries through a little bit still maintaining some good density. Toasty sense of brown spices as well comes out which compliments nicely.

Easy drinking, and very thirst quenching. Good to know there are other Dampfbiers out there worth drinking.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with excellent persistence and light lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, nuts, mildly sweet lactic; I don't know why but this is reminiscent of a mild milk stout. Flavor is similar to aroma with sweet caramel malt, nuts, mild grassy hops, finishes more attenuated with less malt with light nuttiness and faint hops. Nice medium body with some creaminess. A quite nice take on the California common style, a bit sweeter and nuttier, which is nice for a change. The initial flavors are reminiscent of a very light brown ale. Quite quaffable and interesting. If this is faithful to the Dampfbier style, I'm surprised they are no longer around. I enjoyed this one; could be my favorite of this style so far.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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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 avalon07
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a murky, thick consistency. There was a thin, foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, caramel, and a sweet fruitiness.

T: Tasted of fair amount of malt, some caramel, and an unidentifiable fruity quality. The typical steam beer flavor isn't exactly open to complexity, but this one is solidly appealing.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: While Dampf Loc is an uneven beer in some spots, it is likeable and drinkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense aged copper body with a gentle sea of swirling microbubbles and a creamy light tan head that pushes above the glass and holds its shape.

S- The mineral water aroma is followed by a husky brown malt note that is very soft and pretty clean. The more it opens the more it starts to smell like iced tea.

T- The pale malt and fresh brown malt flavor has some toasted malt character with a spicy note in the finish. There is a tangy dried leaves taste that turns more into an iced tea taste with some green hop notes in the aftertaste. As the beer opens up it starts to taste more like fresh brown wort.

M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has an amazing head with some great fresh malt flavor but the odd iced tea and bitter green hops finish is odd and really gets in the way of the taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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