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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Photo of mothman
1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into Town Hall chalice.

Pours a large fizzy pop like head that fades to a thin layer fast. Color is a clear burnt caramel.

Aroma: Burnt candy sugar. Toffee and roasted malt flavors. Very sweet any syrup like. Maybe some molasses. Not something I am enjoying.

Taste: A sweet candy sugar taste. Molasses and plums. Burnt malts with a smoked flavor. This beer just has so much odd flavors going on that don't mix well. Cherries near the end with a Dr. Pepper flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Dry and extremely fizzy. Light to medium bodied with a massive amount of carbonation. Ends with a bunch of sweet flavors all over the place.

Overall, this beer simply isn't good. I really couldn't pick out one good aspect of this beer. Not drinkable at all. A B average? I really can't see where that is coming from.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.31/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack of this stuff.

SFDL pours out your dark brown pond water color and comes into the glass a deep dark bark brown color with a short lived cap of cocco looking head that's frosty. No stick. Smell is kinda really bad and it just smells off, fresh can by the way. Uh, smells like roasted malt, degraded grain and shame. Taste is no better, i really feel like im drinking pond water here. I cant describe it, not my bag. Feel is watery not lively, kinda flat and weird? I drank all six and I will never do it again.

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Photo of Donnie2112
2.34/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: translucent brown with hues of red and yellow throughout. Plenty of head that dissipates quickly. Little visible carbonation, no lacing

smell: the first whiff I got was pure medicine. as I kept smelling that seemed to dissipate a bit, after that it was an equal part combination of a bit of bready malt, the medicine/band-aid smell and some yeast

taste: decent bready malt but again with that band-aid flavor. has a nice lightly sharp hop bight at the end.

mouthfeel: more carbonation then I expected, medium-light body and a bit of astringence

drinkability: I'm going to be pouring this out and rinsing my mouth out. I would've rated it worse if I didn't know that there weren't some things here that were good and trying to get passed whatever happened to this beer. There is obviously something wrong with this particular can and I plan to re-review it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can o'beer, a dunkel no less. Let's see.
Looks like a cola. Caramel color, nice foaming from a can. Not much aroma, a bit thin in the head.
A bit of malt sweetness to start things out. Grain taste, not much else. Hard to separate this from a Michelob dark. Much better than a Macro lager, though. Cleaner for sure.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Mike last night. Thanks! I'm always up for a beer in a can and / or a German lager, both? Sign me up.

Beer served in a snifter. It's brown and slightly hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, a few medium to large bubbles, low carbonation and no lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is where it all goes wrong. The aroma is so sickingly sweet that it is not possible to identify this beer as a lager let alone a dunkel lager. It's caramel and butter. GROSS! I jokingly suggest that it might be a Kvas.

Beer is thin and watery with a sweetness that goes with the aroma. It's not good....I do not enjoy this beer. The taste is slightly better than the aroma which tempted me to just pour it out but my curiosity always wins out. Sly Fox is not winning me over with this thin overly sweet disaster of the a lager. Also there is a strong diacetyl character. I won't have this again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can thanks to ChrisPro as part of Blind BIF Round 4. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color with a single-finger white head that doesn't stick around very long and does not leave behind much other than a few spots of lacing. The nose is comprised mostly of sweet malt along with a bit of caramel. Some hops in the background. Something quite odd about it. This continues into the taste, which is a bit too sweet without much of anything other than mild hops to carry it through. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Butter starts to come through as it warms. Probably not something I'd drink again, but who doesn't love a good canned beer?

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Munich Dunkel in a can?? If I were back in Germany they'd be slapping me right now... anyway.. here it goes..

Pours sort of a food coloring-y brown with a decent head that sticks and little visible carbonation. Sort of looks like maple syrup. The first thing I notice is that the mouthfeel is oily and weak. Aroma and taste are just straight up bland as hell. I really am not getting any flavors in any direction. This could be the most neutral beer ever. Hmm that's really all there is to say. It doesn't taste bad, but it also doesn't taste like anything. Wow, it comes in a can. That's about all this beer does for me. I'll save the $1.70 extra per can and buy Miller High Life. Sorry boys.

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Photo of psinderson
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into Sam Adams special glass.

Appearance: Clear, medium brown color with a thick, airy light caramel-colored head.

Smell: Light malty aroma with a very slight hint of citrus...a bit odd.

Taste: There is a definite surness that I wasn't expecting. I don't think it's supposed to be there. I taste a slight bitter finish, but the citrus character is overpowering any other tastes along the way.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thinner than I expected from this style. Carbonation about right.

Drinkability: Sourness makes this hard to drink, especially since it's unexpected.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an average looking slightly hazed copper with a smallish head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nary a trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is primarily malt: Somewhat sweet (caramel), somewhat nutty, and somewhat roasted, but overall everything is rather faint and nondescript.

The flavour was more of the same, and unfortunately with the same level of bravado. The caramel sweetness, nut flavour and touch of roasted malt blend together well in a nice, simple fashion, but it's just too simple and too lacking overall. Any flavour just gets lost in translation in a sea of blandness. It's not bad, just very underwhelming. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit too watery and airy for what I was expecting.

I was disappointed with this one. I really dig some of the Sly Fox bombers...a lot. I've been less than impressed with the canned products thus far. I thought it was the simple fact of canned beer at first but I've had a few winners packaged in cans in recent months. Unfortunately, this one was by far my least favourite of the seven or eight craft brews I've sampled from a can. In the end, it's far from awful and fairly average in most aspects, but I can't recommend it.

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Photo of julian
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: pours dark nut brown color with about 50% clarity. visible carbonation but minimal. head is rich, creamy and almost Guinness like. No real lacing so to speak.

S: smells of brown sugar, malt, pils grains.

T: Initially it tastes a bit chemically, like if you could taste the smell of burnt plastic. it does smooth out slightly leading way to a sweeter grainier taste with a slight hop bitterness, but mostly it's just got this unusual plasticy flavor.

M: despite the unusual taste, this doesn't FEEL half bad in your mouth. It's creamy, nicely carbonated and light-medium bodied.

D: This is the first dunkel lager I've tried, but I have to hope there are better examples of the style out there. This just seems completely mediocre.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-transparent brown body with white head and lacing
S-very malty and dark. Just like I would expect from a dunkel
T-a lot lighter than I expected. Decent maltinessbut not much else taste. Maybe corn?
M-light bodied and smooth
D-very drinakble just like a nice german dunkel

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - brownish amber with a huge billowy white head.
S - sweet caramel malts and a touch of hop.
T - similar to the aroma but more of an emphasis on the sweet flavors.
M - light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated, smooth and sweet residuals
D - Easy and approachable if not a touch sweet

I had this with a salad. It was complimentary, nice but sweet. I am glad to have tried it but couldn't imagine this being a session beer.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel amber with very fizzy head, down to nothing as I look again. Smells of cherries and fermenting fruits. Pretty malty on the nose and tongue, I get no hops at all. Pretty average dunkel I suppose. Its very sticky and has hints of caramel but this beer is not a knockout at any level.

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Photo of Sammy
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cole's. No aroma, a nice dark brown colour with a minimal white head, however lots of lace ws left after draining. A basic dunkel, Ok drinkability, above average carbonation. Brown sugga.Fairly uninteresting, chocolate malts, a drop of bitterness.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sly Fox Dunkel Lager pours a dark amber with a very large tan colored head. The head eventually disappears. The beer itself is very clear and clean looking.

Somewhat buttery smell with the faintest floral scent. Largely biscuity and a bit of caramel.

More of the same in the taste. The diacetyl I seem to be smelling and tasting puts me off a bit. A little more hop flavor than found in most Germans, but that may be due to freshness.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium and this is a fairly drinkable brew. Overall this Dunkel tastes too clean and sterile for me to recommend this to someone else. A little lifeless and what is there isn't particularly favorable. Maybe its the can that has put me off, but I've enjoyed other canned Sly Fox brews.

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Photo of AltBock
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz black and silver can that had the name of the beer surrounded by gold wavy lines. Above that and off to the side a bit is their symbol of a shifty eyed fox. Besides the can have all the usual info, it also has a small paragraph telling the consumer what's it brewed with and it's specifications of og 13 Plato, 21 IBUs, and 5.3% ABV. No best before date anywhere on the can.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, the Sly Fox is a almost clear chestnut amber color that had a 1/2 inch head of white foam. It didn't take the head of foam very long to dissipate into a few islands of white bubbles, white bubbly rings along the edge, and spots of white lace. The aroma was mostly filled with sweet juicy fruits and a slight pinch of caramel here and there. That was it. When it warmed up quite a bit, the aroma stayed the same. It didn't want to change. The taste started off minor with sweet roasted malts and a small dab of sweet caramel. After the sweetness had left the tongue, in comes the crispy citrus hops with a smidge of grapefruit behind it. The mouthfeel was light with a lightly sweet and crispy aftertaste of roasted malts, caramel, and a handfull of citrus hops. The most interesting thing about this beer is the fact that it comes in a can. The beer itself is pretty much a decent Dunkel Lager.

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Photo of woodske1
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent Lager, nothing really good or bad about it. If you want to tip a few back and not really think about your beer than this is one worth trying.

It actually has a nice aroma for a general lager. I thought it was a bit too bubbly for me. Overall an OKay beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of zathrus13 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark clear reddish amber with a huge fluffy white head that takes quite a while to settle down. Lacing is good.

Aroma is light sweet malts with a slight roasted character. Not a lot else going on with the nose. The taste is a little more roasted than the aroma with mild malts and some sweetness, but still fairly one dimensional and leaves a malty aftertaste that lingers for a while.

This is fairly light bodied with strong carbonation and makes for a fairly dirnkable brew. Still, it's an average dunkel at best for me.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox Dunkel Lager is a very clear amber beer with no visible carbonation. The head is a dense white foam that leaves nice lacing and has great retention. It has a very faint aroma like pretzels or dough. It is medium bodied and smooth with a sharp finish. It has a simple flavor, with good bitterness. It is crisp and dry and makes for easy drinking.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can received from indiapaleale in the Nice Cans BIF. Thanks!

Sly Fox's Dunkel Lager pours into my Andechs weizen glass with an attractive russet-amber body. Good clarity and carbonation, while up top a well-retained cap of light custard foam slowly settles while leaving some attractive lacing. The malty sweetness in the aroma is enjoyable, but notes of creamed corn come along for the ride and push aside the toasted caramel and pilsner malt. The hops are mild, but floral with a pinch of honey and citrus.

Crackery pilsner malts lead the way, while hints of toasted caramel balance nicely with a spiciness from German hops. A slightly off-putting metallic sourness on the finish suggests copper, sulfur, and nickel. Mouthfeel is a bit too creamy for a lager, and the minerals don't do much to help the highly carbonated finish. All in all, a decent attempt, but I'd probably pass on this one in the future. Since this is the first Sly Fox brew I've been able to try, I won't be giving up on them, as something tells me they can do better.

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Photo of Stimack
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew poured to a nice chestnut brown color with a large light tan head that had good retention and left a bunch of lacing through out. The aroma is sweet, some chocolate like notes, and a slight metallic iron smell which is not bad. The brew goes down pretty well good, maybe a little too sweet but has a nice nutty flavor, some cocoa and caramel, with a slight hop break at the tail end. Overall this is a pretty good brew, to me it has a sweetness, at least that is what I am perceiving it as, that tends to make this a brew that I could enjoy only one or two at a single sitting. Another good offering from SlyFox.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox- Dunkel Lager

Appearance- Amber reddish/brown with a small and quickly dissipating head. No lacing.
Smell- Toasted bread. Grain and caramel malt come through.
Taste- Strong toasted grain. Sweet, and quite strong, caramel malt makes up the backbone of this beer.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and flavorful throughout. Slighty cloying.

Overall- Not too bad. A sixer might get too cloying/ sweet to drink. 2 or 3 would be the max.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, best by 2/27/14 on the bottom.

appears a clear copper color, basically no head. mild malty aroma. same with the taste - clean slightly grainy sweet taste. medium body, higher carbonation.

overall a easying drinking but moderately flavored lager.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt and Bavarian hops.

T: Nothing fancy here, it’s very straight-forward. The taste starts out with light but smoky malts with just enough sweetness to be effective. There’s a nice burst of hops to balance everything out. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easily, decent kick to it, not too filling, good representation of style. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s a little on the bland side, which would make me look for something else if at all possible.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a clear, copper brown with a thin white head that receded to a patchy layer. Mainly caramel in the aroma, with some musk going on. Slightly toasted malts in the taste, caramel, nuts, slightly earthy, with a little hoppiness coming in afterward. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

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