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 KarlHungus
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is toffee and caramel, but is quite faint. The taste is like the aroma. It isn't bad, but it is to weak to easily enjoy. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than light bodied, with a watery texture. Overall, this beer isn't all that bad, but it's not all that good either.

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Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amberish brown with a small off-white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving no lacing. The smell is fairly subtle with a toasted, slightly malt backbone with a hint of yeast. The taste is a little more complex than the aroma with the toasted malts still forming the backbone but with a little bit of caramel and dark fruits. The finish is slightly toasted. The mouthfeel is extremely crisp and clean with strong carbonation. This is a pretty tasty lager and quite drinkable.

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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 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 botham
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a mug at The Berghoff Cafe in downtown Chicago. pours a brownish amber color with a half finger of off white head, reduced to a soapy rim within seconds.

aroma is of faint caramel malts and a nutty base. not much else.

taste is of caramel, with a bit of chocolate malt and a touch of roasted malt. the nutty base is still present, but lacking in character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture. smooth and somewhat clean finish with residual caramel.

drinkability is alright. this brew is lacking in character, both in the nose and on the palate. however, what flavors are present produce a nice composition.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Berghoff genuine Dark Beer has a big stiff head of
beige foam over a coffee-colored brew. Carbonation
is steady, and the nose is barley grain. The flavor is a
bit of toasty malt with a hint of herbal hop. After trying
some of their more disappointing brews, this comes as
a pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. It seems
they're going for something like a Vienna Lager. They
don't really make it, but this is pleasant and sessionable.

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Photo of bort11
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tall Hobgoblin shaker pint. Good sized off white head that recedes slowly. Nice lacing on the glass. Color is a clear dark brown, sort of like a cola. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is very thin. Mostly a toasty malt. No hops noted. Taste is a mild caramel and a hint of chocolate malts. Still no real hops. Actually, it does kind of remind me of a soda.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. This is drinkable, I guess. Just not very memorable

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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 SMark
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass at 45° from a 12 ounce bottle with no date information or code on the bottle or label. Over two fingers of surprisingly white frothy head were produced from the pour with light lacing as the head disappeared. The beer was clear medium brown with a tinge of red which led to my surprise with the coloring of the head.

There was a hint of bitter chocolate and spice on the bouquet. I thought there was a hint of sulphur at one time but it disappeared.

The taste was clean and dry with traces of cocoa and citrus fruit.

The chocolate taste lasted the longest and gave this beer some needed body.

This is yet another beer you could drink a few of and still enjoy. It is not full bodied enough to beat you to death if you have more than one and tastes good enough that you would probably drink a couple.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a hybrid pils/chalice glass.

Appearance is a thin soapy head with no retention. Head settles to nothing leaving a tiny amount of soapy lace. Color is amber with an iced tea hue.

Smell is unimpressive, I get hardly any nose. I shouldn't have to pull this deeply for a whiff of roasted malt. It's barely there.

Taste is average. Nothing offensive, but nothing great either. Dark roasted malt, though light is there. Corn husk is heavy, like real tamales. I get hominy smells, almost soap like.

Mouthfeel is average, nothing spectacular, in fact dissapointing given the color of the brew.

Plenty drinkable, but the corn flavors get me.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: It looks pretty damn good looking, a healthy dark brown almost clear black if that makes any sense, but you know what I mean, clear and dark. There is an initially creamy two inch tiny bubbled light sandy head that fades into a thin cap in five minutes or so. Lacing is very thick and defined all the way around the glass. Looks good.

S: Sweet and sugary malt aroma but some off aromas are in there as well corn for one which would explain some of the sweeter aspects of the nose.

T/MF: Clean and light mouthfeel, medium bodied with a mild but well balanced amount of hop and malt bitterness. Sort of a licorice taste tied with the caramel aspect of the malts, the finish is not very heavy but leaves a distinct aftertaste in the mouth, the corny sweetness is noticeable again here.

D: Not as bad as people make it out to be but certainly not that great either. Middle of the road good deal for the price euro dark lager.

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Photo of sweetkness
2.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Scores great in this catergory. Nice brown color, you could argue this is more of an amber than a "dark" beer. Very clear. Nice creamy off-white head with some lacing on the glass.

S-Sweet caramel malt aroma. Has that lager character to it. Lacking much complexity in the aroma.

T-Dark/sweet caramel malt flavor noticed mainly. Clean flavor, but the aftertaste is an unpleasant, slightly metallic taste. Again, leaves more to be desired.

M-Carbonation and body might be slightly lacking, but still within style.

D-Drinkable, but not something I would have 2 or 3 of. But that may just be because of personal taste.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.02/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I picked up a sixer of this for five and a half bucks. That's the same price as Michelob at the grocery store. I hope it doesn't taste as cheap as it is.

A - This formed a really nice fluffy head that is light brown and shows a lot of pitting as it slowly recedes to a nice thick cap. The head is very rocky, and leaves abundant lace on the glass. The brew is clear, and mahogany brown with some wood varnish highlights.

S - Husky and grainy up front. Smells like cooked cereal grains and corn. Some tootsie roll chocolate notes are there too, but not in full force. Smells kind of like a macro lager in that it has some corny funk.

T- This is an odd one. It tastes like a combination of an average brown ale mixed with malt liquor. This is seriously husky and grainy, with a little bit of mild chocolate and a dusty metallic flavor.

M - Light in body with extremely aggressive carbonation and a slightly dry finish that feels a bit like dust. Swishing produces a very thick and fluffy texture that is a result of the carbonation....this can make the beer seem fuller on the finish, but it's actually quite watery.

D - Not terrible, but close. I bought a six pack of this, and I'm not really looking forward to drinking the other five. Maybe I'll keep them around to serve to non-BA guests.

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Photo of CU570M
2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a nice head that seem to last a minute or two. The color of this brew was like rootbeer. The smell was a little weird to me because it smelled like fingernail polish. The theme seemed to continue with a fingernail polish kind of taste. Mouthfeel was that of semi-carbonation, but smooth. I think the drinkability is alright. Nothing special, but alright.

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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 WJVII
2.2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My final attempt at the Berghoff sampler. This brew poured a deep amber color with a 1in head that faded quickly. This beer had a malty aroma with hints of roasted nuts. There was almost an earthiness to the first taste. There are subtle hints of caramel in the aftertaste. This beer was lighter bodied than I expected and had too much carbonation. The balance of this beer is off and it doesn't sit well in my mouth. Despite my attempt to save the most likely candidate for a good review (I enjoy dark brews) I was not satisfied.

After trying the 5 beers in the Berghoff sampler I have to say that I am not impressed by any of them and I will not be purchasing any of them in the near future.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.19/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured two finger head, very deep amber color when held to the light.

S- Subtle roasted malts and earthy hops.

T- Robust yet simple malt profile balanced nicely by subtle earthy hops.

M- Okay but a little lighter than expected

D- I could roll this for a session.

A good choice for an intro to a dark beer.

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Photo of Derek
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Chicago airport (section C).

A: Deep amber-brown, off-white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Sweet caramel, bread, bit of spice, dark fruit.

T: Dark caramel, dark fruit, slight spice, mild bitterness.

M: Moderate body (residual sugar is readily apparant), moderate carbonation.

D: Approachable, but not very engaging.

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Photo of youngleo
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Appearance was good. It had a inch and a half head. The head wasnt real creamy. Like some dark beers. But it still had a nice taste. The beer poured a darkish color with a tint of red. The lacing was good, and rings formed on the sides as you drank.

S- Smell wasnt real strong as I expected.

T- At first I thought It had a bitter taste, but that disappeared after you drank a couple. The stronger alcohol content was evident after a couple, but not noticeable in the taste.

M- Mouth feel was good. Carbonation was just about right.

D- I would enjoy drinking these for the whole evening. With the little bit stronger alcohol content, I think I would have to be carefull

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Genuine Dark Beer from Adams Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 93 ratings