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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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 173
Photo of william5586
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear light brown. Huge off white/light tan head.

S- Sweet malts in front and lightly roasted caramel in back.

T- Sweet malts and caramel. Roasted malts and a hop bitterness were present in the slightly dry finish. It was very well balanced at first but as it warmed the sweet malts faded considerably and the hops and dry finish became much more apparent. I would have preferred if it stayed on the sweeter maltier side.

M- A little Light, but very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D- Very easy to drink. I may have found a new session beer.

As I mentioned before this beer is not exactly what I look for in the style, but it is still a solid offering that I will definitely be drinking again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of Secret Bunny '09! Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Great lookin' brew! Three fingers of orange-brown-tinged creamy foam with solid retention and lots of spotty lacing. Transparent gold-orange-brown color, with lots of bubbles racing to the top. My only complaint is the few bubbles that stay on the side of the glass - looks a little bloaty and macro-like in that regard.

S - Taste is oddly reminiscent of the Clausthaler non-alcoholic beer I reviewed, but without the metal. Some noble hop zest, lager twang, and lots of bread and toffee malts. Pretty standard stuff here. There's a little bit of hop bitterness that makes it into the aftertaste, which is a nice touch.

T - Strangely I like the taste a little better - more smoothed out, with lots of breadiness, toffee, and some light apple with brown sugar fruitiness.

M - Creamy, surprisingly moderate carbonation considering how it looks, lots of residual mouth coating. Pretty good feel here.

D - If I had to pound Dunkel Lagers this would be an OK choice - don't like it quite as much a Denison's Dunkel, which ahd a much richer flavor profile. Still, the low ABV, medium carbonation, and nice texture make it pretty session ideal. I like the convenience of cans too.

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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 thain709
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A copper body...one finger white head...leaves nice lacing

S - A good dose of malts...not overpowering

T - A little lacking in the taste department...but the taste wasn't completely gone...faint malt flavor

M - Thin...but crisp

D - Although the taste wasn't there...the refreshing and drinkability factor was...this could easily be a session beer

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Photo of drtth
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker glass and allowed to warm some over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear rich brown in color. Head very thin and disappears quickly leaving small rim of tiny bubbles around the edges of the liquid.

Smell: Caramel malt aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel malt with mild bitter flavor in the moderately long finish. Sometimes the bitter flavor seemed more metallic than hoppy in nature.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: OK, but probably would not have more than two before switching to another beer. None the less this is a good, well made, drinkable lager that many should enjoy.

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Photo of animal69
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear med. copper-brown color w/ a thick off white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing in my pilsn glass ; not a strong smell at all, some steely grain w/ hints of dark fruit and diacetyl ; a nice balance of hop bitterness to malts, flavor is mostly cereal grains and nuts with a tart, faint diacetyl note, more dark fruits here, finishes crisp & slightly bitter ; a dry, creamy, light bodied brew w/ plenty of co2 ; a very drinkable one, an excellent dunkel for sure...

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

12oz can, shipped in the pre-football season bif

appearance: poured into a tyranena pint glass, copper-caramel body with a big foamy beige cap and pretty strong retention

smell: noble hops, toasted grain, sweet apple cider, caramel

taste: sweet apple cider, caramel sweetness, lightly toasted malts, german hops

mouthfeel: oddly foamy mouthfeel

Drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can received in my most recent trade with Wasatch... Thanks John... Honestly, despite all the hype around RIS, BW's, and sours.. a great Munich Dunkel is probably my favorite style of beer... that said.. it is going to be poured into my shaped SA glass.

Wow.. alot of foam.. took a long time to die down.. probably 3-4 minute easy... only touches of lace above a very carbonated chestnut brown brew.

the nose is toasty and with maybe a little too much "brown sugar" for the style ... just minor smacks of chocolate.. but for the most part this one smells pretty sugary.

Flavor is fairly rich toasted malts and a pretty pronounced nuttiness.. there is no sugary flavor.. and really only a caramel "essence".. finish is a short and clean toastiness that has a metallic twinge.

Body is where I am gonna hit this one.. waaay too much carbonation.. and the mouthfeel is wiped clean by the bubbles.

This had a pretty heavy metallic overtone both in the aroma and flavor at the beginning, but almost "completely" went away as it warmed up.. overall the bells and whistles were there, but the hyperactive carbonation kept me from giving too high a review.

Anyway... another nice brew from Wasatch... We need to be careful about all of our trades.. people are gonna start talking :-) Thanks John.

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

Got this one at Finger Lakes Beverage in Ithaca.

12 oz. can poure into a pilsner gass, I love it. Best By 2/09/09 stamped on the bottom.

Pours a clear chesnut hue with a very light tan colored head that falls to thin layer of foam. Really not much lacing to be seen, but there are a few spots here and there. Smell is light and sweet with carmelized almonds and and bread. Very faint noble hops with honey and grass in the nose as well. Taste begins with a touch of lemon and solid nutty backbone. Midway the sweetl malts emerge with notes of caramel and cocoa powder. Aftertaste is bready with some roasted malts, pretty good. Light and creamy body with a steady carbonation. A nice mouthfeel which almost feels like a session beer. Some of this and Pikeland Plis would be perfect for 18 holes. A style I'm not too familiar with but I would love to revisit this one for sure.

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

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, lager scent that boasts of caramel malts and fruity yeast esters. It has a light breadiness to it. The taste is decent. It has a smooth caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bone dry with a slight metallic edge. There is a subtle roasted component as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's flavorful and easy drinking.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber with a 2 finger foamy off-white head that stuck around for a few minutes. Aroma is mostly malty and fruity with a slight hint of that typical euro stench.
The taste is fruity, sweet and complex. This is the first I have had from thsi style so im not quite sure what im tasting besides that is has a slight macro euro lager flavor to it. Smooth medium feel.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for the opportunity to try this one.

Poured from the can a clear and deep amber gold with a frothy tan head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of Juicyfruit gum, cinnamon, and cloves.

The taste is also sweet with a Belgian-like yeast, ripe red fruits, banana, bubble gum, candy sugar, and cinnamon. Finish is fruity and slightly bitter.

Medium bodied, sweet and dry, with moderate carbonation.

A pretty good Dunkel from Sly Fox. Easy to drink and easier to enjoy.

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Photo of marcpal
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber with consistent streams of carbonation. The head faded but at the beginning it had some of the biggest bubbles Ive seen in a soft pour.

S: Malty, sweet and a spread of honey and butter. Toasted cashews with the aroma of a streussel topping that would be on a fresh baked pie.

T: Salted buttered popcorn at first, not a good start. The malts give some structure as I sip through it and lends to caramel, not all of it great. I do enjoy the malty flavors that develop and reminiscent of a good nut bread.

M: Very light in the mouthfeel and punchy carbonation, more than the look would lead you to beliveve.

D: I started to like it by the end, easily drinkable to boot. Dont know the first thing about the specific style, but it is a lager I wouuldnt mind once in a while. Pretty well formed with the citrus undertones to this lager. I would call this in line with a decent oktoberfest beer.

There is just 'something' missing, not sure what but it needed the missing piece. Worth a try but nowhere near the glorious goop that comes out of the Pikeland Pils can.

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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 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 ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sly Fox Phoenixville on 10/13/08.

A - Poured a clear deep amber/copper-colored body with one-finger creamy off-white head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left nice lacing. No noticeable carbonation. Very nice coloration and clarity of body.

S - Caramel malt and a touch of floral hops in the nose. Quite malty overall with some hints of bread and dried pasta.

T - Lots of caramel malt with a mild floral hop flavor and a touch of earthiness. Bready and biscuity in the middle, with a slight spicy aspect in the backend. Finishes with a big sweet caramel and bready malt flavor.

M - Medium body that's part watery and part syrupy, with quite a lot of initial prickle on the tongue. Mild bitterness on the palate.

D - Simple but well-done. Sly Fox makes some fine lagers and this is no exception. Tasty and sessionable.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not really that much of a brew, glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz can copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.79...
A heft pour out of a can resulted in a dark purple, crimson-red colored appearance with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that exhibited moderate staying power before slowly receding and leaving a fair amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Slight, subtle aroma rendolent with dark grapes, brown sugars, and dehydrated fruits...
Rich, creamy taste bursting with strong essences of malts, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, dehyrdrated fruits, caramel, and a slight tinge of vanilla and caramel... For a light, 5.3% ABV, this certainly boasted impressive flavor and substance and went doen easily, crisp, clean, clear, and smooth without any cloying factors or interference from alcohol... good stuff from Sly Fox... Well worth the price with a good mouthfeel and easy level of drinkablity...

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest rust orange with Sunkist edges. Atop the crystal clear liquid sits a firm cap of foam that is equal parts eggshell, ecru and pastel orange. It looks to be sticky enough, but very little lace endures.

My impressions of the nose are general rather than specific. It's mildly toasted, earthy and musky. It's also probably style accurate, but I'm not blown away. Time and warming help somewhat.

If you go gaga over Munich dunkels lagers, then Dunkel Lager will most likely be right in your wheelhouse. The advantage that it has over most versions from Germany is that there's a much higher liklihood of it being fresh, simply due to geography.

There's an earthy nuttiness from Munich malt, but there's also enough grassy hoppiness (21 IBUs worth) to add another flavor facet, to add balance and to give this hophead's tongue a minor buzz. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the newly-canned can.

The flavor profile consists of toasted whole grain bread covered with a thin layer of fruit marmalade, sprinkled sparingly with cocoa powder, sprinkled more liberally with shredded tea leaves, and sprinkled copiously with roasted peanuts. Oops, almost forgot earthy caramel. Again, most German MDLs aren't nearly this hoppy.

The mouthfeel is exceptional and is the highlight of the whole shootin' match. I wish every brewer could wring this much medium-full (for the style) voluminous creaminess out of their relatively low-ABV lagers.

It took me a few ounces to get into the dunkel lager swing of things. Once I did, however, the quality of Sly Fox Dunkel Lager was easy to appreciate. Cheers for their recent award on this offerings's behalf. For once, it looks like a beer judging competition got it right.

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