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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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 173
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 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 EgadBananas
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany in color, solid 2-3 fingers of very light tan head. Spotty, spongy lacing is left as it dissipates.

Not too much on the aroma aside from some sweet, nutty malts.

Rich and malty, nutty, bready, with a bit of hops on the finish.

Smooth, creamy, light in body, slightly crisp, nicely carbonated.

Overall good drinkability and not a bad Dunkel.

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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 OneDropSoup
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner: Three fingers light tan head, softly creamy consistency, over dark amber/reddish body. Transparent. Nice bright orange highlights. A few scraggly stripes of lacing.

Nice, light, biscuity smell, with a little malty syrup, mild baked apple, & that "clean" water/mineral smell I get from a lot of lagers.

Very nice taste: white grape juice, some dry bread crust, a little toastiness, & a firm wheat cracker kind of grain character. Finishes with a little sugar & a nice, long aftertaste.

Crisp mouthfeel, medium-light-bodied, ends nice & firm with a lingering afterfeel. Goes down real easy.

Very enjoyable, sessionable, tasty. Can't say it's my favorite for the style, but this will do without problem. Maybe not one I'd jump at ordering if I'm out, but could definitely see myself grabbing some for a get-together or having a few in a row.

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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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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 Jimmys
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a can that I picked up at the Pheonixville brewpub.

A: poured a deep caramel, almost mahogany with a big bubbly off-white head. some carbonation, but definitely not pouring from the bottom.

S: sweet, sweet maltiness. brown sugar and fresh baked bread. a little bit of metalinot getting any hoppiness here, but Im okay with that.

T: definitely rich. starts sweet with a solid hop presence starting in the middle and lasting throughout the finish. maybe a little dandelion? like what they did with the grain bill here.

M: solid medium body with a great mouthfeel making it super drinkable.

overall, a good/great dunkel. love to see great crafts coming in cans.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. can, best by April 2011.

Pours a nice and clear caramel-amber, though the head and retention leave much to be desired.

Aroma is tangy, nutty and lightly fruity.

Malty, but not heavy. Toasty and nutty malts dominate, lending an almondy flavor. Bit of grassy hops, though the finish is mainly nondescript hop bitterness. Pretty clean, with a touch of minerals; quasi-metallic. Mouthfeel is typical force-carbonation: no rough edges, just uninspiring and a tad watery. Quite the easy drinker though.

Alas, Sly Fox can't brew all the German styles perfectly. The Pils and Weizen were spot on, but this Dunkel falls a bit flat. Decent beer here.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhemingly of malts. Taste is good, lots of malts, a bit of sweetness, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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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 Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger that leaves back a rich cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the glass and leaves some spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and earthy smelling with hops that sit on top of notes of caramel and roast. I'm unfortunately also getting a little bit of a phenolic band-aid off-note here. Nothing overly distracting but it's there.

The taste starts with a splash of caramel and crackers up front, along with a tingle of green hop bitterness. Roast pulls up the back of the profile while hops linger in the finish with an earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a crisp creaminess to it up front. This gets a little more watery and flat feeling though as you near the swallow.

Besides the nose, this was pretty decent but I've had this on draft at the brewpubs and enjoyed it much more then. Maybe this can was a little beyond it's sell by date.

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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 bamadog
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerman207 for bringing this one back from PA for me to sample. Review is from notes taken on 7/11/10 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Takes a few tries to finish the pour on this one due to the insane head that continues to form; pour is a deep coppery/toffee color; the head (when I finally manage to finish the pour) is just over 3 fingers deep and is light tan and fluffy; the head becomes a little rocky and pockmarked as it slowly fades to a thick, frothy and uneven cap and leaves a web of lacing; body is pretty clear and shows strong and quick carbonation.

Smell: Dry, dusty and grainy; a bit of a sweet maltiness behind the grains; not too bad, but not very potent or rubust.

Taste: The dry dusty grains are right up front, and in the lingering aftertaste there is a toasted sensibility about them; there is a minimal bite of bittering hops hiding out in there along with the slight bit of sweet malts; not bad overall, but the taste is a little "thin" for lack of a better word.

Mouthfeel: Really about what I would expect -- body is fairly light in weight with strong, but not sharp, carbonation to keep it plenty lively; a moist stickiness is left all over the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad -- a good beer that is flavorful enough to keep you interested, but not overwhelming; the ABV is moderate and that helps as well; I do wish the flavors were a little more fulfilling and robust though.

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

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

BY 03/21/10

A: Pours a lovely, dark copper color with one full finger of light tan head on top. Retention was good with some specky lace left behind.

S: Hard to get a big nose out of this but what I did notice was some roasty malt, bread crust, and lemon-y perfumed hops.

T: Much like above but everything was more apparent and less transparent!

M: Dry, roasty, and prickly. Excellent peppery layer coated the tongue.

D: A great BMC gateway brew. Another CAN past its' labeled prime, but tasting very fresh.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - clean, clear brown to auburn in color. Looks like a lighter brown ale with a nice looking lager-esque head.

Aroma - some sharp sulfuric smells, definitely some brown sugar and warm caramel, a little cocoa and perhaps a bit of vanilla extract.

Taste - sweet on the tongue with a crisp finish. Lots of caramel flavor along with some citrusy hops in the finish. Not a ton of complexity here but that makes for a very easy drinking beer.

Overall - A very well crafted dark lager that's clean all the way through and does its job very well. This leaves my tongue a little dry which keeps me reaching for my glass.

Availability - Fall/Winter

Would I buy more of it? - sure, as far as dark lagers in can goes this is pretty much the one that I'd go for.

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

A- Medium amber liquid topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Malt and caramel sweetness, faint notes of grassy hops.

T- Malty and sweet at first. Some candied fruit in the middle and a mild note of hops at the end. Finish is clean and dry, very refreshing.

M- Medium in body and decent carbonation, somewhat fizzy in the mouth.

D- Easy drinker and at 5.3% ABV it could be a decent candidate for a session beer, it's a little too sweet for it to be one of mine though.

One of the first beer I've had of this style, going to have to check out a few more.

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Photo of mwa423
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CAN from the woody man!

A - Nice dark brown clear beer with red hues and a solid finger of head.

S - Not a heavy aroma but certainly a dark one which is quite good.

T - Flavor is good for the style, nothing particularly interesting but a good example of the style.

M/D - Mouthfeel is smooth and reasonable. Quite drinkable for a dunkel, good example of the style.

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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 TheFightfan1
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for my birthday. Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a copper color maybe a couple shades darker.Decent off white heading that turns to nothing halfway through.

Smell is earthy and a bit nutty but more malt than this. Hints of hop on the backend.

Taste is good. A nice blend of malts going on here. A subtle bitter hoppiness thay plays very well with the heavier malt linger.

Mouth is a bit flat with a medium body. Almost no carbonation to this beer very dead and uninviting.

Drink is decent. A malty beverage and a very surprising taste is coming out of this can. I am so used to seeing piss yellow beer coming out of a can. This is a treat.

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Photo of pwoods
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for this brew!

12oz. can poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rich, bronzen brown with nice clarity. Decent sized, lightly tinted head on the pour with a fat skim worth of retention. Some lacing.

S: Pleasant sweetness with caramel, toffee, and a light nuttiness up front. Not getting any hops but there seems to be a touch of butterscotch diacytel in the back and as it warms.

T/M: More of the caramel and toffee with the nuttiness kind of falling off. There's still a touch of the diacytel in the back but nearly covered up. Body is medium with smoothing carbonation and a pretty crisp, mostly clean finish.

D: Low ABV and drinkable. Some imperfections but it's reasonably tasty.

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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 Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a standard pint glass.

A: A brownish color with hints of orange and yellow. A one finger off white head with minimal (if any) glass lacing.

S: Bready malts and grains with sweetness and a slight hop smell.

T: Bready, grainy sweet malts with some dark fruits, brown sugar and german noble hops. Hops really only poke through in the end, but overall the beer is nicely done to the style. Nohting outstanding, but nice.

M: Medium with a creamy feel, slight bitterness and no alcohol feel.

D: Good, these go down nicely and you can put away a few in one sitting.

Overall a solid beer but not a head turner in my opinion. Still I would drink it anytime as I did enjoy it.

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Dunkel Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 173 ratings.
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