Slingshot Dunkel | Backpocket Brewing

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Slingshot DunkelSlingshot Dunkel

Brewed by:
Backpocket Brewing
Iowa, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Don't let the Slingshot's color fool you, it has a light body and smooth complexities that will remind you to never judge a book by its cover. Or, more likely, it'll just remind you that beer is a pretty darn good thing.

Added by drpimento on 02-16-2010

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Photo of drdiesel9483
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look - clear syrupy with no real head or skimming
Smell - hard to give a 1 but I can't smell anything, odd
Taste - toasty Malts, caramel
Feel - fairly light body and medium carbonation
Overall - taste like a shiner Bock

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Photo of TheSSG
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, frothy, tan head. Soft aroma of biscuit and toasted malt. Starts with a nice, toasted malt and biscuit and a touch of floral hops. Finish is soft biscuit with a touch of toasted malt.

A pretty solid dunkel. Nothing mind blowing, a touch hoppier than I prefer, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours brown, with minimal head. There is little nose to the beer. The taste has an interesting sweetness to it. It is hard to describe. It's not a traditional Dunkel, but still tasty.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful brown color, bready flavor, and very very drinkable. A very solid well rounded beer, I enjoy this one a lot. The finish is both nutty, with a slight hops influence, very nice

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of Euro yeast, hint of hop, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of syrup. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of roasted malt, hint of syrup, and a hint of Euro yeast. Overall, good aroma, appearance, and blend, but lacking in complexity and body.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the source. Light copper / amber body with a small khaki head. Mild aroma. The flavor brings raisins, sweet, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate. Medium sweetness and pretty light in body. Pretty good.

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Photo of daledeee
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium brown with a decent head. SWeet caramel smell. The first taste was weird but the air seemed to mellow this out into a malty, sweet, caramel smooth beer. Not quite carbonated enough but a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, deep, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted bread, a slight hint of smoke, black pepper, caramel and brown sugar. Like a true German Dunkel should!!

Taste: Great! Tons of toasted malt up front, bready and earthy, flowed by a slightest hint of smoke, as well as some brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper and a touch of floral hops at the finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth and creamy, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol what-so-ever on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn tasty beer! It’s an excellent version of a Bavarian Dunkel.

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Photo of Beric
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap at Short's in Iowa City
Served: 2 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with slight amber notes around the edges. Dark, but not black. Covered with a small half-finger head that leaves slight lacing.

Smell: Crisp clean smell of wheat bread and brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: Slight notes of deep gooey caramel and bread crust. Lacking many of the more nuanced flavors of slight roastiness or pumpernickel common to other beers in the style.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than anticipated.

Overall: A serviceable brew, and one that I could session a few of, but one on the lower end of the taste scale.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Sampling right now on 8/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .30l 'Dinkel Acker' glass boot.

Pours a pretty darker amber in color with a good almost 2-fingers beige head that settles down to about 2mm on top. Nice lacing is seen when sipped, some in rings even. Lots of streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass but perfect carbonation and isn't overdone. The aroma is of malts with a hint of toffee and caramel. Even more going on with the taste than the aroma suggests with a hint of nut and cocoa even. Very smooth and very easy to drink. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Truly a really good brew!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV

A - Slingshot pours a deep copper in color with excellent clarity below the well-formed ivory head. Sticky clumps of lace clutch the glass with fortitude for one inviting-looking beer!

S - Munich malty sweetness gives Slingshot a wonderful aroma of fresh-from-the-oven nut bread thickly sliced and drizzled with a dribble of toffee.

T - Nuttier than the nose suggests, the thick, dense bread flavor carries over with more malt heft and sweetness dusted with just a hint of cocoa before finishing quite cleanly.

M - Crisp and lighter in bodied than expected for it's color, Slingshot is smooth and easily drinkable with just the slightest lingering sweetness on the tongue.

O - Munich Dunkel might not be the most popular style in the craft beer world but this German-style brewer has nailed the classic dark German lager with Slingshot. Nutty, bread-like maltiness never becomes too sweet or aggressive, just finishing cleanly for a really tasty, easy drinking beer!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in a Weizen glass.

Copper - amber body and solid finger of white foam. Decent retention after initial sips.

Caramel malt and rye bread on the nose. Some honey. Toasty and sweet.

Initial earthy bitterness on the tongue. At mid-palate more earthiness rides with that rye malt and slightly resin-y hop flavor. The finish is pretty clean with mineral water, cracker malt and some more earthiness.

Medium body, some creaminess, a little watery. So close to being a great feel.

This is a solid beer. If the palate transferred the sweet complexities of the nose, this beer would be in my fridge indefinitely.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A cloudy chestnut amber body, kind of motionless a bit with some fast rising carbonation that's hard to see, and a bit of yeast chunk at the bottom. Head forms large on the pour but in control with a foamy three finger tan top and soapy retention.

Nice solid, nose if a bit grainy. Clove like spices and some sticky smelling yeast. Hints of peanut strangely which seems a bit off putting.

Palate is a bit surprising, with a little bit of a light body. Interesting fruity estery tones on this similar to grape and cherry. Hinted crispness that falls a little flat with a mineral water action. Hop herbality seems very unoticeable in this, but drinks well and quite easy. Much more caramel like warmth comes out as the beer warms.

Overall not too bad for a dunkel

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Photo of bismarksays
2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A- light, much too light for a dunkle. Barely too dark for a helles. Almost no head.
S/m almost no scent. Straining to find one....I guess I would say malt extract. Flavor is rather bland. No big Munich malt notes at all. None. It is smooth though.
M watery, but smooth. No crispness, just a fading away
O No glaring flaws, but no discernible character either. Honestly, it reminds me of an extract homebrew. If my buddy had home brewed this, I would drink it. I would however not pay for it.

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Photo of Herky21
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden hued, yet nut brown. Light white head that fades fast.

Smell - Sweet nut and a light, earthy hop scent.

Taste - Light toasted nut, earthy, savory hops flavor.

Mouthfeel - heavy carb, good body, flowery and light.

Overall - very well made beer. Worth a look if you like German beers. Could compete with some true German-made beers.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Fairly light for the style. Crisp amber with a small to medium sized head. Smooth, tight, creamy, white head. Average retention with little to no lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt with some sweet, dark bread. Caramel, toffee and hints of dark fruit. Toasted malt and touches of orchard fruit.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of sweet dark bread, moderate amount of caramel and toffee. Fair amount of apple, pear, hints of dark cherry. A good amount of fruity esters in this beer that come in and out from that sweet, dark bread. Touches of herbal, floral, and grassy hops but they are definitely secondary.

M - Great medium body with average carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and full feeling which fits the style wonderfully.

D - Easy to drink Dunkel. Wonderful smooth body that goes down very easy. Nice flavors and it is sweet but not cloying.

Notes: Quite a nice example for the style. Wonderful body, and a nice flavor (not outstanding though). Great malt body and although it is sweet, it isn't cloying or sticky or too sweet. Nice hints of hops. Esters are also nice and not overpowering (thankfully).

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean Mahagony color with a mild head.

The smell was dominated toasted caramel malts and a hint of bready munich.

The flavor was pretty nice, a big toasted bready malt flavors balanced out quite well with a touch of spicy hops. I love the flavor of munich malt and this seems to have plenty.

The mouthfeel has a medium thickness with a light dry finish.

Easily the best offering from old man river. A nice tasty sessionable malty lager, something of a rarity these days.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at Shorts Burgers and Shine in Iowa City--a great place to get some local beer. They also serve naturally-raised grass-fed beef burgers and the meat comes from only 25 miles away.

A - Appears a translucent brown color with slight burgundy-red highlights. A nice frothy white head is present that fades slowly and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S - Smells just like a traditional hefewiezen with some caramely, toasty aromas mixed in.

T - A well-balanced mix of the fruity, bread flavor of the wheat along with some mild chocolate and caramel from the kilned barley. I don't know about their ingredients list for this beer, but I also may detect some coriander and other spices.

M - This is a nice, drinkable beer. Goes great with an avocado black-bean burger (yes, I know, kind of an untraditional pairing). The mouthfeel isn't as clean and refreshing as the lighter wheat beer counterparts, but it's not overpoweringly sticky like some stouts or porters may be. Good carbonation.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Hideaway in Chaseburg WI. Review from notes.

Tap handle said Einfach Dunkel, which was traced to Old Man thanks to Google and Mike @ Toppling Goliath. Einfach = "unpretentious simplicity" gotta love that.

Nutty amber brown, collar of lacing, wispy skim, slow moving visible carbonation.

Sweet estery aroma, apples and nutty toasted malts.
Flavor is similarly sweet, nutty (almond or walnut), with a mild dry bitter aftertaste. Mild and easygoing, light bodied. A pint or three would be easy to session. This was good stuff, it's not everyday you get to try a Dunkel from Iowa.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard about this cool brewpub in Iowa that brews all traditional German beers, one hefe and the rest sessionable, full decoction mashed lagers. In the craft beer world of aggressive, hopped up ales, this seems like just about the most punk-rock thing a brewery can do. The dunkel is their strongest beer! They don't even have a freaking bock! So I had to stop in a give it a try as I drove through the town.
Got a growler of the Dunkel, their second best seller behind the helles I'm told. A bit lighter than normal for the style, more dark amber than brown. Very small head.
In the smell and taste (especially the smell) you can tell this dunkel was made correctly: with lots of biscuty munich malt, none of the syrupy sweetness of caramel malt, and lots of melinoidans from a decoction mash.
A yummy session lager. For those who like the style, or lagers in general, this place is a nice stop. Craft drinkers demanding all big beers all the time should probably head elsewhere.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa. This is a study in average. At best. Poured with a fine foamy off white head and no lace. Color is a medium to dark amber. Aroma is very mild with malt and a bare hint of roastiness. Flavor is super mild too. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is ok and forgetable.

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Slingshot Dunkel from Backpocket Brewing
3.71 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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