DankeChain | West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by barczar on 10-07-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 43
Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the can a semi-cloudy amber, with heavy head of off-white suds. Nice loopy lace.

Aroma: Crisp malts — toffee, toasty caramel apple, bonfire leaves. Pretty damned swell.

Taste: First, the body here is quite light, but the taste itself is quite palatable. I get toasty grains and a hint of honey sweetness, followed by a pleasant nip of fruitiness at the finish. All told, the flavor vanishes quickly, though. So, although this is a solid and enjoyable Oktoberfest, it’s definitely not up there with the real German thing, though.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, canned 08/06/15. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, but there isn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like bready malt, caramel, and some apple fruitiness. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some nuttiness and a bit of herbal hops noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It's not bad and I think it's worth trying once, but at the same time I'm glad I just bought a single of this and not a six pack.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this during my fantasy football draft. Slight orangish color, a little light as one might expect given the alcohol content. The taste was a fairly watered down marzen. Little caramel flavor, none of the sugary aftertaste you might like here. It went down fairly smooth, but I just wasnt a fan. Have come to really like these guys, but this one isnt their best effort.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass (Thanks Randy!) This nice oktoberfest pours a brilliant orange copper color with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thin layer and modest ring with fantastic lacing. Nose of rich caramel and sweet fresh bread notes with a moderate amount of bittering hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet chewy caramel and moderate bread notes on all sides followed by a moderately strong leafy hop flavor. Great mouth feel, smooth and clean, with a slightly bitter hop profile that increases with warmth. Good for a session brew, but somewhat outside of the box for the style with the hops kick that does keep it lively, but not what I expected compared to the German counterparts.


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Photo of Greasy
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first Oktoberfest of the season so it's nearly impossible to compare it to others I've had. As a stand alone beer, it was very tasty, nice caramel malt flavors and was very crisp and refreshing. Good local brew.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To me this beer tastes about 95% the same as any American mass produced lager. Maybe if I did a side by side taste test with Budweiser or Miller or what have you, I'd prefer it over the competition, but it is not a substantially different drinking experience. If you were at a baseball game and your buddy went to get a couple of beers, and he came back with this in plastic stadium cup, you'd just think it was some AAL on tap at the ballpark. Now, I like a cold Bud or Bud Lite but I was hoping for something more flavorful and complex.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap pint at brewery. Little head and absolutely no lacing leaves me doubting the carbonation levels and quality control. Solid tasting sessionable beer, but as a fan of the style I expect more. Not bad, but not up to par with the bigger cookie cutter American names like Sam Adams Octoberfest and etc.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Inspired by painstaking German brewing technique, the West Sixth Brewery brings a taste of this to the bluegrass with hints toward deeply rooted American influences as well.

DankeChain opens with a bright, yet slightly hazed film. Light penetrates the orange-peach-copper hue and gives the beer an appealing glow. Lightly spritzy carbonation rushes to build a head part of foam and part of fizz. With moderate retenion and light lacing, the beer struggles to retain the quentessential look of more authentic versions.

Fresh aromas of caramel and bread give a glimpse into the inviting and appetizing lager. Floral at first, the beer reins in more citrusy hop notes that edge dangerously close to pale ale status. Lightly fruity and heavy on malt sweetness- the ale flirts heavily with pale and amber ales of north America.

The dialogue of caramel and hops continue in taste. Its early palate resonates with malt sweetness while the finish is citrusy bitter. Stern acidity balances the malt while hop bitterness does more than simply keep the beer from cloying. Each make a stronger mark on taste than what I'm used to in the style.

Very zesty, the carbonation lifts the malts from the tongue and ushers in a clean acidic finish that's much more terse than you'd expect. With its increased body and ample residual sweetness, the beer further distances itself from the traditional taste of German Oktoberfestbiers.

Where I don't mind a German-inspired ale to infultrate an American recipe, I wish that I got a more elegant maltiness from Munich or Vienna malts instead of heavier caramel notes. The soft seduction of noble German hops is dwarfed by citrus and acid notes. This is a fine and tasty beer, but lacks many of the halmarks of German-brewed Oktoberfests or Marzens.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep apricot color with a half inch ivory head that dissipates into a thin film.

Aroma is grainy and malty, sweet, with nutty notes. There's a very subtle citrus character, and a floral hop finish. Somewhat lacking in melanoidins.

Flavor is far more complex. More citrusy than most oktoberfest brews. Perfumey hops lead the profile, followed by a quick burst of citrus that fades into the lightly toasted, nutty malt backbone. Floral hops again make an appearance in the finish, which is nutty, slightly dry, and slightly bitter.

Body is on the heavy side, with slightly high carbonation. It's a fairly filling brew.

Overall, an interesting take on the style. It lacks the typical malt complexity associated with the style, but there's also more hop character than in most, which keeps it interesting. Very drinkable fall beer.

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DankeChain from West Sixth Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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