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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poursw a medium amber color with a head filled with tiny bubbles that holds well but really doesn't provide much lacing at all

Smell: Caramel with a touch of roast and flash of noble hops; a bit of that lager twang and some diacetyl

Taste: Starts with a malty caramel flavor with a bit of diacetyl, mid-palate; after the swallow, the noble hops kick in and balance the beer nicely, although the finish is a bit jumbled as the sweet flavors re-assert themselves and clash with the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While I have had better Dunkels, Penn Dark coming to mind as a comparison from the western part of the state, this is not bad

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Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice 2-finger khaki head afloat a clear, dark brown beer. Slow recession of the head and nice retention.

smell: Pale, light malts and a subtle dark-bread grain. Lightly hopped. Straightforward but nice.

mouthfeel: high-medium carbonation and the body on the light side of the medium range

taste: Light German malts and the slightest touch of roasted malts. Pretty clean with a nondescript hop flavor and light bitterness. Dry. Not bad, and pretty decent, but I've had much better Munich Dunkels. I'm just looking for a little more grain here. Average as in there is nothing wrong with it, but there is nothing really good about it either.

drinkability: certainly

part of my bombing from SkinnyElvis...wish I could get these cans around here

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blitheringidiot for bringing out a sampling of SlyFox 's canned craft beers.
Poured a dark tea colored amber with a very small head.
Aroma is freshly toasted Munich malts and caramel.
Flavor is very, very smooth...again with the lightly toasted Munich malt, caramel, and then a finish of slightly bitter hops....Nobel?
Overall, very well blended and I love the toasty malts in it and mild caramel.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber/burnished copper/bronze body, good clarity, topped by a large and particularly loud bome-china head (you can readily hear the snap, krackel, pop of the head fizzing down the glass).

Nose is earthy and biscuity. Distinct but not overly assertive.

Semi-sweet malt start to the taste, followed by a roast coffee sensation, though far lighter than typically found in porters or stouts. Subtle noble hops at the swallow, and a rather clean finish.

Nice light-to-medium body, flows easily but not overly fleetingly.

A solid everyday all purpose cooler weather lager. Nice job for lager loving PA.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
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 ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass (should I have used a pilsener?). The color is a hazy red and the appearance is so inviting. The head is quite fluffy. The smell is like bread. The taste is pretty good considering I usually only drink ales. The taste is bready as well and reminds me of an Oktoberfest beer. Man I suck at reviewing beers. This one is good and I am glad to have tried it. Thanks go to nflmvp for sending this my way.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a fizzy head that soon becomes a thin patch, then disappears.

The smell is of dark malt hining at caramel with a touch of grassiness. Has an almost sour, somewhat musty, aroma.

Sweet dark malt intermingles with an earthiness. Some floral and husky notes come through. There are a few things going on, but mild malty sweetness is the overall characteristic.

The feel is on the lower end of medium bodied. It has a refreshing dryness to it and goes down smoothly.

This is a decent dark lager. A bit too sweet with an odd aroma. Enough going on to be interesting, and smooth enough to be drinkable. One to grab when going to a place where cans are more practical than bottles.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a short 1/2” head that quickly disappears. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: caramel is the lone aroma component.

Taste: nice malt levels, caramel, mild fruit sweetness, hint of nuts, and mild bitterness. Straightforward and simple but flavorful.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Short caramel aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: it’s nice to get a solid dark lager in a can. Worth trying. Put some in your golf bag since bottles don’t work there.

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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 oberon
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium brown with a huge blooming head that went over my glass before I could do anything about it,nice aromas quite floral with wispy cocoa notes and a touch of iron and roastedness.Pretty clean flavors touches of cocoa and biscuity malt with an underlying nuttiness.Subtle but nice flavors and quite food friendly and I really liked the nose,I never had this when I lived near the brew pub Iam glad to have it on hand now.

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

Served from a 12 oz can into a US pint glass.

Poured a clear, medium amber brown with a big tan head.

The smell is sweet, with a sort of grassy, floral background, and just a touch of fresh hops.

The taste is similar, sweet and malty, with notes of caramel and slightly bitter hops. A nice bold flavor.

The mouthfeel is fairly good, if a little too carbonated for my taste. Drinkability is high.

I'm not very familiar with this style, but I'd say this is a pretty good lager. Flavorful, with plenty of character, but not too in-your-face. I'd pick it up again if I was in the mood for a lager. Also a bonus that it comes in a can; I hope other breweries besides Sly Fox, Oskar's, and Brooklyn (to name a few of my faves) pick up on this.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my Sly Fox pint glass.
A - Looks like a glass of nice , strong iced tea with about an inch of light tan head.
S - grassy, mild caramel malt, faint hop aroma.
T - Again with the grass yet also nutty, and slightly bitter chocolate and mildly toasted malts.
M - Medium both in body and carbonation. Smooth.
D - It is really great to have this style available to me locally. I keep this on hand regularly. Even the BMC folks enjoy this one when visiting.

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

Poured from can purchased at the brewery. Dull brown color. 1" head foams up in a pilsner glass but quickly falls. Just traces of carb bubbles flowing to the top, appears a little dead and undercarbonated. Smell is of bready malts and some faint hops. Taste shows the bready malts up front followed by some caramel and nut flavors and just a hint of butterscotch. Mouthfeel confirms my observation that this one is undercarbonated. A little thin and just no life at all on the tongue. All 6 I got are like this so it's not an isolated occurance. I'll give this one another try but overall it was a dissapointment compared to the others I've had from Sly Fox

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Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong caramel malt with a solid husky grain aroma.

The flavor consisted of a sweet caramel malt with a doughy grain bill. Decent showing of noble hop as well.

The mouthfeel was good, but perhaps a bit on the thin side.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable dunkel. Another good canned offering from Sly Fox.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass very lightly hazy amber brown with a tannish low and persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was nutty and toasty with a slight bit of diacetyl (butter). The aroma was mostly Munich malt with a slightly spicy Noble hop note.

The flavor was fairly dry with a nutty and toasty character of Munich malt and notably absent diacetyl throughout the majority of the flavor. The flavor was nicely bittered which kept the malt in check.

The finish was dry with a light bit of diacetyl in the final aftertaste. The body was medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation and a light slick mouthfeel due to the low level of diacetyl. A nice Dunkel, especially if the diacetyl were absent.

12 ounce can. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of Boto
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught in Phoenixville: This one poured a very dark golden color, with just a bit of a white head on it. The aroma was a bit light, and had a bit of sweetness to it, as well as a hint of floral. Slightly sweer caramel malt sweetness to the taste. There was some corn notes also. Not a bad session beer.

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

What a fantastic beer! I really didn't know what to expect going in, but this brew is really a nice find, and the can makes it all the more convienent.

Pours a nice deep amber color. Nose is that of grass, and the fresh cut variety. It has a lusterously creamy head. extremely foamy, and laces quite well.

Tase is very, very malty at first, but cedes to a nice, crisp, hoppy finish, very dry at the end. But it all makes it very drinkable. Has hints of coco in it as well

Well rounded brew, suitable for every season (well, maybe not in the "dog days" of summer, but still pretty good)

A recomned brew if you can find it, give it out to everyone you can!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, light cola-ish appearance, a bit like bronze, with a huge head, highly carbonated that dwindles down with a quickness, leaving lace.

Nose is caramelly sweet, with dark fruit esters, some plum and raisin, a little twisted, though, this, slightly sour at the top. Prune juicy, with a whiff of must. Odd, but not deterring.

Clean and smooth on the palate, brisk, with that odd fruitiness popping up at the front, but fading away, rolling off the tongue. Plums and raisins, sour cherries, the flavor building further into the glass.

Medium- bodied, easy drinking, tasty dunkel. I like dunkel lagers better than most lager styles, and this one was quite good, if not great.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely great to visit a new beer establishment in the Burgh and see the newest offerings from small breweries on stock along with 400 other micro, belgian, and german beers...this was the case at Bocktown beer and grille. The first German style dunkel I've ever imbibed from a can appears a dark copper amber tone with a large cream head leaves behind fine even lacing all around my glass with each sip. Definitely a different color than the king of all American brewed dunkel lagers...Penn Dark but I will accept this one. Aromatics...somewhat funky character some grassy noble hops it really smells unique for the style, also has mild chocolate and toasty caramel malt highlights but the tart mild lactic character has me scratching my head. It didn't turn me off just really caught me off guard for a dunkel. Flavors combine well, and that slight tart funky malt acidity actually works with a balancing hearty bready sweet malt tone doused with a finishing blast of noble herbal hop character with a delicate grassy character. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied evenly carbonated really is quaffable and smooth textured. Drinkability much like their other canned offerings not the most intriguing and well made versions but damn drinkable along with enough original tones to make it a go to when grabbing canned micros with the limited niche market these should sell without a problem.

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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 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 artistsatwork
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now the neighbor's will think you've joined the legions of swill drinking masses when your recycling bins include these awful looking cans.

They won't know or understand how much larger you're living when you're tipping back these bad dark ones.

These tasty dark brews from the folks in Phoenixville will have you rising from the ashes of what you used to think about canned beer.


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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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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 173 ratings