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 KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/5...on tap a the brewery. Pours a medium brown color with a visible ring of foam. Light caramel nose, faint. Malty taste, with a slight edge. Subtle chocolate taste, Pretty good.

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Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, chestnut in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, nut, and wood

Taste: toasted malt, sweet chocolate, light nut

Mouthfeel: sweet with light bitterness, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: Very much a Sly Fox beer. Clean, good, true to style, and slightly complex. The flavors shine in this one. Could easily do a six, although I still prefer other beers from this brewery.

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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 Act25
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Leffe chalice.

A: Clear medium amber brown. tan eggshell head, not long linger, not much lace. Good carbonation.

S: not much, probably typical. progresses and improves over time. Malty, beery, almost beer hall, and a little stale stink.

T: Nutty, sweet, malty, brown german bread. Some hoppiness, bitter on tongue edges. Brown german whole grain bread + caramel, + Black tea, + a little cocoa. All subtle and gets better as it warms.

M: Creamy for a low alcohol lager. Cream soda. Feels medium weight and nice finish.

O: This one definitely grows on you, a worth example of the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

A great copper brown and crystal clear body, with good thin rising amounts of carbonation. Head is uniform and light tan with about three fingers with a little bit of retention and settling to a small soapy puck and collar.

Nice light sticky malts, a sense of crispness and light toast that seems almost white bread. Mild clove sensations. Pretty solid.

Palate has a little bit of light wet body, with not much backbone. Quite hop forward a bit with a nice pine and stinging grass finish. Caramel and malt sweetness seems to be a little present but takes a bit of a backseat on the swallow. Clean. Mild grainy and toasty aromas with a good hop like heat to it

Overall pretty easy but a little unexpected, but still pretty fun to drink. Interesting this SlyFox brewery is with their German styles...

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber to dark amber in color with light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces quickly to a very thin film in the center of surface of the beer. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel malts with some light sweetness present as well.

T: Moderate flavors of bready malts with some light amounts of caramel sweetness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This beer is really enjoyable and easy to drink - definitely a sessionable beer and one I would enjoy having again.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear medium brown, moderate cap of slightly off white froth, little retention on lacing. Scent leads with plenty of sweetness, but lacking in malt character, light caramel, faint faint vegital note. Taste again is sweet, but not in a pleasant malty way, mostly residual sugar-like, light caramel. Lighter side of medium bodied, some creaminess but no crispness. Uninspiring, lacking character.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can into mug at 40-45 degrees.

Pours with a decent cream colored head over a very deep ruby to brown body. Great clarity. Touch of carbonation.

Aromas are fairly sweet and fruity. Light soapiness, with lavendar, sweet red grape, and light floral hops.

Flavors include bread crust - plenty of yeast, along with floral hops, apple, and some grape skins.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, yet crisp. Very easy on the palate.

A really nice Dunkel, overall.

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Photo of magine
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear, lively, bubbly carbonated caramel. Thin bubbly lace head settles to no head at all. Almost no lace remains. OK looking brew. Almost wonder if I picked up a dud.

Brew smells of light toasted malts, caramel being in the forefront. Has some lingering hops as well. Biscuit and grains as well. Decent nose.

Brew is peppery upfront, then smooth in the middle. Finishes light and slightly dry. Crisp refreshing drinking here. Some caramel malts, grainy yeast. Almost a citrus hop flavor. A tad bit thin here. Pretty good brew.

A good solid drinker, but just a bit understated. Highly sessionable though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toasty and slighly robust character allows this Munich Dunkel to stand out among the common Lagers of Germany. Although brewed in Pennsylvania, the beer's authentic flavor earns it high marks.

The Dunkel pours with a brownish copper color and a mild haze that prevents it from bright clarity. A turbulent pour from the can delivers a creamy and airy off white head that retains well, leaving very little lace behind. A solid look, but slight restrictions on color, head character, and lace leaves me wanting more.

Aromas of toast, bread crust, light honey, apples and dates give a glimpse into the toasty malt complements to pilsner malt. The slight fruity notes seem to come from grain and sulfur rather than esters. Low in hops and phenolic spice, the beer's scent is clean and focuses on the complex darker components of malt.

Medium malt flavors of light breads, bread crust, and slight yeasty taste gives a rich taste but with low-lying sweetness of mild honey and powdered sugar. Light toasted grains contribute a nutty and crusty taste that develops an almost grape and fig taste that's more readily found in bigger beers like bocks. But the modest sweetness and rather robust taste balances well against the herbal hop additions that adequatedly bitter the beer and leads to a crisp and clean finish.

Medium bodied from the impressions of toasty malts and creamy carbonation; but as the carbonation dissipates, the beer turns slightly grainy and light headed into finish. Lightly woody and with slight grassy bite, the finish brings a mild alcohol warmth and clean bitter aftertaste.

The Pilsner qualities of the beer are clear, while the additions of dark grain add numerous complexities for extra robust taste and texture. A very good German Dunkel!

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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 micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with some ruby hi lites. A decent size head with good lacing. Carbonation is average. Aroma is rich malts some bread and fruits such as plums. Good taste malty with some cocoa touched bread and candied sugar.
Medium feeling and smooth. A clean finish.
A good well made beer with nothing really bad about it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Vanilla, hints of oak, Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can courtesy of mgbickel, thanks Mike! Pours a fairly clear, light brown color with a surprisingly dense cap of beige head. Retention is decent and lacing fairly sparse.

Nose is pretty classic dunkel...light chocolate and roasty malt with a smattering of caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Hops are minimal and the yeast is clean. I think Im gonna like this...

Oh yea, nicely done Sly Fox. Creamy and has a nice sweet - roast interplay. I could drink a ton of this, I really enjoyed the O-fest from them and this one follows in the same vein. They certainly know their lagers. Only complaint I have is that I could use a bit less roasty astringency on the finish.

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Photo of Chaz
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant, dark amber-brown in color, topped with a one-fingered off-white head which dissipates at an average pace. Minimal lacing here, but about par for the style.

Nose is honey-sweet, dark malt with a bit of roast, really quite fruity and inviting. Some breadiness along with a light tang and an even lighter aspect of 'lagery' yeast, but altogether this is a clean and textbook example so far.

Sweet-ish and quite piquant on the first sip, with just the right amount of dark/roast malt character as well as a touch or breadiness coming through in the right places. Bitterness is representative of the style, really lingers nicely and acts to gently-balance the sweeter malt character. Hop character almost strikes me as 'citrusy', but I know there are no Cascades in use here. Still, this strikes me as the sort of bier that a Brown Ale lover might like if he could only bring himself to give "boring German / lager" styles a chance : )

Nice balance and a smooth character to the mouthfeel throughout the drink, and even at 5.3% this strikes me as a 'session' beer.

Judging by the scores it's received so far I run the risk of scoring this one too highly, but it is well above average with respect to what I routinely come across as far as the style is concerned -- I really wish that a canned Dunkel of this quality was regularly available to me! Instead I'll have to go for another excellent German-style lager in a can (Schell's Firebrick) which is alas, only a summer seasonal.

Big thanks to Dr. Woody Chandler for the chance to try this beer -- may his CANquest be fruitful and multiply!

Best-by date on can: 4/19/11

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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 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 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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Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from the bounty sent by CANquistador woodychandler, a 12 oz'er poured to a pint glass.

"A traditional Bavarian style Dark Lager, made with Munich, Pils and German Roast malts and a variety of Bavarian hops.
OG 13° Plato, 21 IBUs, Alc. 5.3% by Vol."

A: Deep amber that glows with a reddish fire at its core, a mild haze. Fairly simple carbonation, a few loners that vary in vigor. Barely a head: it starts as fizzing cream, maybe a 1/2 finger, but diminishes to a thin ring and centered blotch in a minute or so. Dots of lace, but nothing sticks.

S: Abundant fragrance: a honeyed cracker, light toast. Flowery, too, a light orange blossom or honeysuckle, apples. Just enough bittering hops tossed in to prevent rampant sweetness.

T: At first sip, the grains are predominant with caramel and bread crust at the forefront. Given another sip or two, a gradual spicing that hints at nutmeg with some apple skins begins to catch up. Good balance, deeper and more interesting as it warms. Finishes with a little tinny/metallic dryness.

M: Bright and crisp, but rather light-bodied and ending very gassy [burp]. Some mild malt stickiness rings the mouth. I do like the growing spice that tingles on the tongue for periods (think 'pop rocks'). Overall, pretty clean and very refreshing.

O: A solid, if not overly remarkable lager that showcases positively the Germanic/Bavarian heritage of the style. Likable enough and quite easy to drink. Nice to be able to try a good, malt-forward lager like this, especially from a CAN. No arm-twisting required for me to have another. If only I had another...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at D's for 2 bucks (with takeout discount)

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a nice inch and a half of head. Carbonation a plenty!

S - Smells of a typical dunkel with caramel and toasted malts and a bit of roast and grain.

T - Nothing really stands out. The grain is kind of harsh and with bread malts and caramel rounding it out making it kind of lackluster. Roast is very moderate if any.

M - Light to medium. Pretty easy drinker

Overall I enjoyed the beer as a single but it still hasn't made me want more (6 pack or case) If I really want a tasty dunkel I would just pick up a Spaten.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a good amount of head. Looks fairly pretty. Smells very malty and dunkly. Sme nice lagery yeastiness on the nose as well. Tastes sweet and malt heavy. A hint of yeastiness and some nice light roast. Thick solid mouthfeel and very drinkable

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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 ZeroSignal
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, with good by 4/11 on the bottom, poured into DFH snifter

A - Lighter chestnut brown pour with decent clarity. Half an inch or so of light brown/tan head. Head sticks around for most of the drink and provides a spiderweb lace

S - Nice toasted malt notes in the nose with toasted bread crust and hints of caramel.

T&M - A malty brew with just enough of a clean hop flavor to provide some balance. Definitely on the sweeter side with lot's of toasted malt and a defined breadiness. Bits of caramel from the nose show though in the somewhat sweet finish, and just a touch of a nutty quality.

D - I'm not so sure that this one shines as a "Munich Dunkel Lager", but it's a darn tasty brew. I'm rating more to overall impression then style, and it goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing in the center of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose and has flavors of bready and caramel malts. The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness while a hint of bitterness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is very sessionable.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an interesting medium brown color with a thick tan white head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of caramel and sweet malts and some toasted bread. Tastes of sweet malts and a little caramel and a mild flavor of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a mild carbonation. Drinkability is medium and nice.

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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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