Genuine Dark Beer | Adams Street Brewery

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Genuine Dark BeerGenuine Dark Beer

Brewed by:
Adams Street Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Photo of 1844original
4.3/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a mug of this beer at a local tavern with a burger.

Nice looking head on the mug. Dark beer with a great chocolate, roasted malt smell. It also tastes of roasted malt and chocolate. Not much hops. Very smooth and very drinkable.

I would order this again. Great beer!

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Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with moderate off-white creamy head. Great retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell shows a modest amount of caramel.

Taste is truly enjoyable. Strong caramel flavors blend perfectly with a smooth sweet malt finish. Distinct lack of a hop presence, but still very tasty.

Good taste retentiom with a pleasant sweet finish.

This is really a tasy beer. Would be good to session.

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Photo of EddieTheTrooper
3.91/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a dark beer, drinks like a light beer, tastes like a wheat beer; its the amazing berghoff dark lager! It has a very smooth feel to it and a sweet but subtle taste-- this beer has what shock top does not: moderation. Its just a good, well-balanced beer with great flavor and terrific drinkability. I could probably put down a sixer of this no problem. I do have to say that the beer has next to no aroma, which disappointed me, but hell, it don't smell good and it don't smell bad, it plain don't smell... I like this beer.

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Photo of lakeviewmike
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a fairly light, dark brown. Kind of a root beer color. Not a particularly huge head or long lasting.

It has a sweet, malty odor.

The taste is pretty balanced. Nice coffee flavors followed by a decent hoppy bitterness. The coffee flavors are not overwhelming. It has a nice clean finish without any foul aftertastes.

Feels full, sharp and rich.

Berghoff beers are inexpensive premium beers. I think that this one is one of their best (along with their Hefe-weisen and Pale Ale). It is not as malty/sweet or full of coffee/chocolate flavors as some would like in a dark beer but that is what I like about it.

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Photo of drpimento
3.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad; pleasant surprise from this older bottle that's been sitting on the shelf for a couple, three years. Poured with a fine bubble, tan head that quickly subsides and no lace. Color is a clear brown with amber highlights. Aroma is malt, a bit roasty, hint of molasses and dark ripe fruit. Flavor is like aroma. Body is ok and carbonation is a tad fizzy. Very easy drinking beer. Be great to cook with too.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The clear, deep brown body of Berghoff Genuine Dark Beer displays only brown hues. There are no crimson, ruby, orange or golden highlights found within, only chestnut and deepest amber. The creamy off-white head rests lazily, slowly dwindling to a thin lid; and leaves some nice, wide rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is clean, and with the exception of a bit of the house yeast character, offers nothing more than a thin thread of sweetish, caramelish malt. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled standard carbonation. The flavor, however, offers more. The same maltiness found in the nose also dominates the flavor, but it's much fuller. It's a touch fruity, mildly candyish-sweet, and lightly caramelish with notes of almost burnt sugar. Some spicy and herbal hops reside in the background, but like the bitterness, mainly keep to themselves. Still, it's not sweet - and certainly not cloying - and actually well-balanced. And unlike many "dark" beers that offer color but not flavor, this one has a pretty authentic dunkel character. Well done.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.82/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into imperial pint. pours clear dark brown. redish tinge. thin white head.

roasty malt nose. small floral boquet. no off odors.

caramel malty sweetness with a nice hoppy crispness. toasty aftertaste. balanced.

light body. low carbonation. good beer. would be a good warm weather beer for me. would drink again.

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Photo of steveh
3.76/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 pack of the newly-labeled beers that Minhoff is brewing (the dark is now the Sundown Dark).

I have to say that I think Minhoff has done some good tweaking with the yeast and/or hops, if not the recipe, and this beer is tasting pretty good. Is it the first Dunkel I'd want to reach for? No, but it ain't half bad.

A -- Very nice, clear walnut color with an off-white head.

S -- Pretty mundane, not much there.

T -- Very good malty character with some good sweetness to dry toasted breadiness. Some hop bitterness in the finish.

M -- Light-medium body with a soft to syrupy mouth-feel.

D -- Great, not overpoweringly sweet or heavy, goes down as well as any good Munich Dunkel.

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Photo of KimbarkBrewCrew
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of shbobdb
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh. I remember that it was always a battle between the (H)über bier and Leinie's Original. For my friends and I, Leinie's Original won by a small margin so when I went to explore American craft beers, I started with their products and ended up neglecting the Berghoff line.

But that doesn't mean that Berhoff doesn't make some damn fine beers!

And this is a classic example. A great dark lager, nice sweet malt presence, backed by a slight chocolate bite and a little bit of butter to help smooth out the mouthfeel and get the beer down your gullet nice and easy.

A delightfully easy beer to drink, and sixpacks priced so cheaply that it is really easy to kick 'em back and not worry about it at all. I'm drinking a world class beer for around a buck a bottle right now, are you?

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Similar to good German Schwarzbiers. A moderate and solid sweetness that shows in the nose and flavor, though the sweetness is vague and undecernable...almost confectionate sugar or cotton candy. Very light roasty character that finishes greatly clean. Lightly bready, yeasty, and husk-ey. Not many characters or complex, yet solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of chilidog
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Berghoff dark poured a dark ruby or brown with a week slight tan head. Carbonation is up without the cascade show of a stout, but rather ate away at the head that did sit atop the light bodied brew. More like a watery bock, the body works against this brew.

The aroma was mild toasted malts. The taste carried over that malt with a slight sweet caramel and toffee hint. Chocolate and coffee is
noted as well.

Mouthfeel is non-offensive but alittle weeker than I expected. A hop dry toast is left.

Drinkability is easy and smooth, nothing to offend.

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Photo of kguyty
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely... a dark brown... so dark that my fiance thought I was drinking soda. The head is nice and sticks around through the first half of the beer and disappears into thin lacing. The color is dark, but not so dark that light shines through. The smell is average, some grains, sweetness, a little malt. The taste is surpising, a decent sweetness, almost like a brown ale minus nuttiness. The mouthfeel is okay, a little over-carbonated, but a good beer to drink that won't make you feel like you just drank an entire case.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-tinted brown, with gold highlights and a sparkling clarity. Off-white Cream colored head two fingers thick shows excellent retention and big gobs of lacing. Crystal and chocolate malt, with faint ester and a strange champagne yeast scent in the background. Caramel, toasted nuts, and slight buscuity flavors upfront and a mild fruitiness slowly emerges. Semi-dri aftertaste, with a hushed noble hop spice and floral notes. Hints at diacetyl mid-way through. Medium-light bodied with light-fine carbonation that keeps the mouthfeel adequately crisp despite the slight diacetyl. Finishes mildy residual- caramel and cocoa with balanced hop flavor and bittereness-some tolerable diacetyl and a suggestion of fruity ester. More character than a lot of other Euro Dark lagers, and also easier to drink.

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Photo of Greggy
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a soapy 1 finger head that recedes rather quickly leaving no lace. The body is brown with no sediment.

S- Nice toasty chocolate malts with a big caramel and roastiness. Not bad.

T- Starts out with a rather floral sweetness then moves into a creamy toastiness with dark chocolate dry finish. Not complex and not even great, but ok.

M- Medium carbonation can be a touch cloying but it's ok. Finish is pretty decent as well.

D- It's decently easy to drink, but overall, this was an ok beer, and nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at the source. Poured a brown color with ruby hints at the edges. One finger of head stuck around rather well on this brew. The nose was full of honey and caramel tones. The flavor was imparted with some coffee and a nice sweetness that I didn't describe well due to lack of space on my paper. The feel was thick and creamy and drinkability was good. Overall, the best beer I had while at the Huber Brewing Co.

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, one of two taps availlable, the "Haus Dark" and "Haus Lager".
I was told these are both Berghoff beers, most likely not contract-brewed for Billy Goat.

Draft arrives in a 12oz mug. Light tan head is present, creamy foam. Head remains for the duration of the glass. Body is a dark brown.

Smell is average, slight toasted grain and yeast esters.

Some apple tartness comes out due to the yeast, which is nice. There is a puffed wheat/rice taste in the finish, preceded by a brief light nuttiness.

Smooth and easy drinking. Probably the best available if you find yourself at the Billy Goat. Also, please note that this establishment is not a "beer bar" by any means. Worth a visit solely for a dusty whiff of Old Chicago nostalgia.

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Photo of Highstplz
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of jimdkc
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, reddish medium brown. The foamy head was off-white and dissipated quickly. Malty smell, with maybe a little fruityness to the aroma. Taste was sweet malt with fruity overtones, slight sourness to the finish. Not much hop flavor. Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. This beer surprised me a little... it was better than I expected. Quite tasty!

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Photo of brdc
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Dark brown with amber highlights, it produces a light tan head that is very small, shows little to no retention and leaves no lacing on its quick way down.
Aroma is somewhat pleasant, but rather faint. Sweet malts, mostly caramel predominate, with some fruits, and that's all.
Easy to drink, but lacks enough flavor, complexity and depth to make it really interesting.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown with minimal head. Smells like a brown beer, roasted malts and winey notes. It's very appetizing. Creamy over all, with hop burn and a nice malted aftertaste. Well, as a dark lager, this is decent. Burnt malts makes a huge impression with slight hop bitter and there was a wine note in there, but not too much.

This is a good dark, but nothing special. Maybe I'm not such a fan of dark lagers, because it seems like they all taste standard and unexciting to me. I'd rather have a porter. *shrug* Still, not bad at all.

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Photo of Todd
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy rich golden brown with a healthy looking thick creamy foam off-white head. Sticks a bit and stays well.

Smell: Grain and lightly toasted caramel/chocolate aromas with a background floral hop bouquet.

Taste: Hoppy up-front with a refreshingly raw and fresh rind-like/citrus bitterness and bite. Carbonation creates a creaminess on the palate. Malt follows with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Sweetness is even with toasted caramel and chocolate flavours, with mild roasted astringency and earth (black malt). Near fruity qualities tend to pull thru as the beer warms. Beer ends with light grain flavours and a bit of grain tannin dryness.

Notes: The roasted quality of this brew is paired nicely with the hop bitterness to kick your palate awake without being overwhelming. A rather tasty dark lager. Rather tasty indeed. 5.4%abv.

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