Dunkel Lager | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Dunkel LagerDunkel Lager

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerBeing on 11-28-2006

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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of MFer
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Suzanne, the brewery rep, slipped me some cans one time and told me to make sure that I wrote a review and kept mum as to whence they appeared. Ah, no worries, kid. Pete, Mary, John G., and Bryan would never read one of my reviews.

It got two fingers' worth of foamy deep-tan head that quickly fell away to wisps. The nose had a chocolate/caramel scent to it, not lager-like at all. The color was deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full and there was a rolling mix of malty-sweetness, roasty-chocolate, and slightly bitter hops on the tongue. The finish seemed to linger with a more caramelized sweetness than anything else. Another really good beer from the Sly Fox peeps. Hey, Suze, may I have some more, puh-leeze?

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rich, dark clear ruby red with a 1 finger creamy light beige head that quickly settled to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was very soft, almost non-detect.

S: fruity with a rich munich, caramel apple aroma, with a nice toasted malt backing and a clean noble flower hopping that was soft.

T: The initial flavor was fruity (apples), with a rich sweet toasted caramel bite. A nice fresh toasted woodiness and clean noble hopping gives this beer depth and complexity providing a flavor that is extraordinarily smooth, clean and very refined. The beer finished with a rich, sweet, munich caramel fade on the swallow.

M: medium with caramel and berries gracing the tongue in a subtle fade.

D: Very good drinkability, very clean flavor and probably one of the best by styles ive tasted. A prime example that beer in a can , can be everybit as good as from a bottle.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee amber color, very clear, with a few lazy bubbles rising to the top. The head starts out near a half-inch, and settles over a couple minutes leaving a ring and a touch of frothy coating. There's a pleasant maltiness in the nose, like fresh baked bread, with notes of caramel and fruit.

The taste has more grainy bread character, perhaps sourdough, and finishes with a solid bitterness to round it out. Clean and semi-dry. Light to medium thickness, well carbonated.

I'm very amazed at the quality of this lager. Everytime I drink one of these gems I keep wondering why I spend so much of time on IPA's and heavy stouts etc. If this beer is available where you live, don't overlook it...

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Photo of Litterbean
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-brown in hue with a plush one finger head that dissipates but leaves a little patchiness.

Very pungent in the nose, with a distinct biscuit aroma with touches of caramel.

In the taste, strong malty biscuity notes, layers of caramel and brown sugar. Just enough hops to balance it out with a spicy herbal finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed this dunkel. Very tasty, and an awesome lager.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to GnomeKing for this one!

Pours caramel/chestnut with 4 fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Some lacing & no head retention, really the only knock on this fine beer IMO

S: Licorrice & hints of choclate. Caramel asserts as it warms

T: Caramel & toasted grains up front. Biscuitty notes & a hint of chocolate then come through. Brown sugar arrives as it warms. Finishes slightlty dry, with loads of caramel & toasty notes

MF: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation & great balance

Very drinkable & pretty nice dunkle. Putting this in the can didn't hurt at all

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Photo of fropones
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice dark caramel brown with a huge 3 finger khaki head with some nice lace.

S - Some nice earthy tones here with some noble hops.

T - Toasted malt character in here as well as well as a nice nutty flavor mixed in with some hop flavor as well.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, a bit of creaminess to it.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing. Surprising for a dunkel lager how nice it is. This may have restored my faith in lagers.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice looking dark copper color, with a light tan head which dissipates quickly to a ring.

S- Alluring aroma of classic Dunkel characteristics: sweet, toasty, grainy malt and nuttiness.

T- Nice flavors of grainy caramel malt with just the right toast, nuts, carob, graham cracker.

M, D- Very drinkable, with perfect CO2-to-sweetness balance.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While it may not ever be confused for a real good authentic example of this style, Sly Fox's take on the dunkel lager is pretty solid - one of their more straight-ahead, surprisingly un-sugary-smacky-hoppy beers I've tasted.

Poured this into a pils glass and it settled with a slightly hazy orange/pale black tea color and a nice, tall, compact head that laced in thick bands. Smells like dark bread - bold with its grainy, moderately dense malt, and almost nutty somewhere in there, too. The taste is, naturally, malty-malty, with the sweetness taking a light edge over the mellow bitterness - the sweetness having a vague molasses tone to it. It has an almost floral flare toward the back and a yeasty zip to the finish. Nothing harsh or bitey with the feel - in fact, I found it pleasingly somewhat chewy in a (baguette) bread crust fashion. The body be medium-full (3.5/5 on the thick stick) and medium creamy...

This is actually good! So nice, I'd do it twice (and probably will just to double-check some points) and, I feel, arguably representative of the style - just approaching having some characteristic depth...

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Photo of kenatbeerswap
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz can to a pint glass.

A: Nice reddish brown color, head was two fingers high and slowly dropped down to a thin layer on top.

S: Nice aroma of caramel that gave it a sweet smell.

T: Good caramel taste with a hint of nuttiness, very low bitterness.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: The munich comes through in this beer and makes it a nice session beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured from the can a translucent coppery brown with light frothy head that dissipates with little lacing.

Smell is sweet roasted caramely malt with a hint of yeast.

Taste is of roasted malts, roasted on the finish. The malt and yeast linger on the sides and back of the tongue afterwards.
Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, good feel with nice finish.

A very solid drinkable lager. Perfect option if you are sick of the other lager, plus it comes in cans!

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've gotta say, it's really awesome to see that Sly Fox beers are now being distributed up here in Western New York. Their beers used to be merely a treat I could find when we made our way down to New Jersey. Even then, I don't remember seeing the Dunkel Lager anywhere down there. So...Poured into a footed pilsner glass, I have before me a caramel-amber colored brew with an expressive and fluffy newsprint-hued head. Spicy, almost gamey, noble hop aromas that remind me of tarragon and sage, along with some very muted dark bread dough scents. Biscuity malts appear in the taste, bringing with them some sweetish caramel notes and the aforementioned hop spice flavors. This would kill with some good grilled Kielbasa, I bet. Great, noble hop flavors/scents buzz the nostrils during the burps. Light in body, smooth and crisp mouthfeel, lager-clean as well. A damn solid beer. I think I may have found a new session lager. In a word, kick-ass.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a sixer with beernut7 after a visit for their IPA Project...congrats on 11 years!
Pours a rust mahogony, semi-clear and less than 1/4 finger of off-white head with an agressive pour. Nice lace forming as I work my way through the pint.
Fantastic aroma...despite being a bit too cold for my liking. Sweet malt hits first, with some molasses, spice...very pleasant.
The taste is just as enjoyable...less sweet and comes away more bitter with a roasted finish. Mildly spiced...finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin for the style and the carbonation is high.
Easy drinking here...solid if you like the style.
Another fine canned offering...recommend.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing I can tell ya about Sly Fox beers before I drink them is they have AWESOME looking cans.

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass from Caseys in Drexel Hill Pa.

A-Dark red body but you can almost see through the bottem of the glass.Head was nice but didnt last more then a few seconds.Some lacing on the glass.

S-Malt and there is a smell of (dirt) maybe im crazy but it smells like earth.Faint hop smell and it dont smell like bitter hops.

T-There really isnt a taste that I can compare this to, as ive had Warsteiner dunkel but that was a while ago.I can sorda taste the malt on the tip of my tongue.I dont taste any hops on this one.

M-The carbonation is pretty harsh on this one but not to the point where I dont enjoy it.Goes down real smooth and is medium bodied.

D-I like it but it may take some time to get used to.I bought a 6 pack and plan to have 3 of them today and save the rest for some other time.Ide buy this again next year,maybe I havnt had this style of beer in a while and thats why the taste doesnt seem familiar to me but none the less a very good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of garuda
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby with a mostly white head that has lasting retention and a good bit of lacing down the glass.

S/T - Hearty, toasted whole grain bread immediately comes to mind. A little caramel sweetness to back it up, with a nice punch of earthy, grassy hops making the finish a bit more bitter than expected.

M - Solid medium body, medium carbonation, super smooth and creamy going down with a clean finish.

D - Perhaps a little on the hoppy side for the style, but it suits my taste well. I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color body. About a two finger head that disapated quickly to a film. Looks okay.

I smell some grain, a musty aroma, some malt. Not a bad smell.

I taste some bread, caramel, honey and grain. There is another flavor I can't put my finger on; maybe a hint of orange peel? This is mostly malt with barely any hint of hop bitterness. It has a better taste than the smell.

Mouth Feel is really good. It feels incredibly smooth. It has a medium body. Easy feeling going down.

I could have another one. Easy drinker.

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