Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager | Berghoff Brewery

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Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark LagerSir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager
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Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark LagerSir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager

Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the old days, most dark beers had a reputation for being heavy, even sweet. Not this one. By reinterpreting some historic German traditions, including the ancient “altbier” style of Düsseldorf and adding a decidedly 21st century American twist to it, we’ve created a dark beer with a dry, refreshing character and a ton of personality. We start with a mix or pilsner and pale ale malts for a complex, dry maltiness, then layer on specialty malts that add toasty, cookie and a little dark toffee character. All of this is balanced by a hop mix that adds to Sir Dunkle’s crisp complexity. Lagering rounds off any rough edges, leaving a satisfyingly dark-beer flavor with a clean drinkability.

Added by NilocRellim on 02-06-2013

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3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant dark lager paying respectable homage to the German Dunkel style. I liked the Sundown Dark version better because of its ever so slight chocolaty sweetness. Nevertheless, Sir Dunkel is a full bodied, smooth dark lager with a mildly bitter/hoppy finish with hints of toastiness. I prefer this beer during the fall/winter months with heavier comfort foods. The significant price hike in the Chicago area though, leaves me searching for other options.

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

Labeling says lager, but brewery info mentions Altbier ... does it really matter, as this beer is lagered? Expected a clean brew here, interesting with some tasty elements that have potential; however, sweetness and husk-graininess muddle the palate a bit. Hoping this one is re-tooled to fulfill the potential it has.

STYLE: Altbier
ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Cola brown color, thick head, great retention

SMELL: Toasted dark bread, caramel, clean, faint herbal hop, mild instant coffee, very aromatic

TASTE: Heavy toasted grain, dried grass, chicory, ample hop bitterness, caramel sweetness, husky bite, fading maltiness, mineral, nutty, dry finish

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was poured out from the bottle and into a pint glass. It appeared hazy brown in colour, but still had clarity to it. Smelled of sweet malty caramel with slight roasty notes to it. Tasted very much like a wheat beer with a slightly malted aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.7/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle, from the Pizza Brew, well, pub, in NE Calgary, back in August, when it wasn't clear here who was brewing for the 'Berghoff' label now.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy dark cola hue, with one finger of puffy, loosely bubbly beige head, which leaves some broad swaths of landform lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of benign caramel malt, stale oily nuts, a soft apple mustiness, and very weak earthy hops, with a slightly skanky booziness. The taste is more nutty caramel malt, semi-fermented apples, earthy, weedy hops, and a touch of menthol like alcohol.

The carbonation is a bit active, but generally unobtrusive, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes rather sweet, the nutty caramel and musty apple facing damned near nil in counterpoint.

Probably the 'best' offering of this particular line from Minhas - the house skank is kept to a minimum, though a whole lot more balance is required before this should mentioned in the same breath as the German greats. And what the hell is with the 'crispy' designator - are they going to come out with a 'Wet Berliner Weiss' next?

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown, reddish tones, touches of white foam. Light malty nose. Faint banana. Nutty taste, light caramel. Bananas in the background yet again. A touch sweet. Decent blend. Better than other Berghoff blends.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -55%

Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice smooth flavor, with a mixture of fruit and wheat taste. Very easy to drink, reminds me a lot of Smithwicks. Dark brown color with a foamy head after pour from the bottle. Sweet and wheat smell welcomes a refreshing flavor that creates a nice unchallenged drink.

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3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to find a dark lager at Berghoff resteraunt, Chicago.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nowhere_native
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Muellerbier
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Would like more flavor but tastes good.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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Sir Dunkle Crispy Dark Lager from Berghoff Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 66 ratings