Hermann's Dark Lager | VI Brewing

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Hermann's Dark LagerHermann's Dark Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
VI Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
vibrewing.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A proud and passionate Bavarian, Hermann was one of our original Brewmasters. He handcrafted this traditional German recipe to satisfy his longing for a local beer that reflected the true taste of his homeland. Consistently recognized as one of the world’s best dark lagers, this refreshing beer has a toasty malt body, yet is very smooth and finishes clean. We hope you enjoy our authentic Bavarian Dark Lager. Prost!

Added by lipschitz on 08-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
6.91%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Photo of bumchilly25
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What I love about Hermann's is that it has remained consistent and true to its roots for a long time - I'm pretty sure it was the first Van Island Brewing beer I tried in the mid 1990s. This is a rich, tasty and toasty beer. If you enjoy a good Dunkel, dive in because it is completely true to the style. Prost!

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Photo of MilkLeg
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brew-HaHa
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of constantine_272
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alew_os
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kuckles1
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery's tasting room in Victoria, just down the street from Phillips where I missed tasting their Dr. Funk dunkel by maybe 15 minutes (keg got changed out). Oh look, here's another dunkel, and this one is in fact Vancouver Island Brewery's original beer. A ruby brown brew with some beige bubbles dappled on top, with a pleasingly roasted aroma that recalls light roast coffee, somewhat smoky and floral with no component coming off too strong. Palate is dark bready malts that come across a bit like pumpernickel bread (probably in combination with spice notes from the hops), raisin, and weak cold coffee. Its obviously full of Munich malt yet remains crisp and clean, little bright fruitiness or yeast apparent (maybe a faint whiff of sulfur) and no harsh astringency from heavy duty chocolate or black malts. A guy like Gordon Strong would be ticking off the style guidelines, giving this one high marks for adherence and steering clear of common faults. Its proficient to be sure, but also somewhat refreshing, both literally and figuratively in its strict cleaving to old-school guidelines (they actually hop this with Cluster).

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of phys1028
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ZachT
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Ruby brown color, clear, about a finger of thick, amber head
S: Rich caramel malt, hints of chocolate malts, toasted aromas, very slight hop aroma in background
T: Toasted malt flavor, some caramel and chocolate malt notes, very well balanced by a slight hop presence
M: Medium body, rich malt character, good carbonation, very nice finish, not too sweet and just a slight, slight bitterness
O: Nice malt profile, and very well balanced by a touch of hop aroma and flavour, rich malt body and a refreshing finish

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of FinnHawk
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of RooferOnFire
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Vancouver Island comes a dunkel that's been on my wish list for quite some time. I poured this from a bottle into a 20oz pint glass

Appearance - pekoe tea coloured with medium carbonation that vanishes very rapidly

Aroma - roasted coffee, malt. Subtle and clean.

Taste- Coffee entry, burnt toast, yet quite refreshing. Light for a dark beer. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Carbonation makes an appearance when traditionally taste-tested, giving off a bit of cola punch that feels as good as it tastes.

This dark is tradition, and for a Bavarian dunkel, this shines. It's a smooth homage to the brewmeister's homeland that is great cold and pretty decent warm. It's not as heavy as most Dunkels I have tried, so do drink wisely. VIB has upped the ABV to 5.5% and due to the lightness, you could get very drunk on these very quickly.

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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ Garick's Head

A - Dark brown; completely opaque with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Sweet bready malts, roast, toffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Toffee, brown sugar, roast and a slight bitterness with a hint of chocolate in the background.

M - Light to medium body. Somehwat creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of pudoo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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