Hermann's Dark Lager | VI Brewing

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Hermann's Dark LagerHermann's Dark Lager
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3.94/5
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53 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#10,266
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
53
pDev:
6.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kitsgrad84
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Very true to the same in Munich, but thicker head from GIB. Nice finish with dark full taste that went down thick at first ,but smoothed out after a few sips. Have seen and heard alot of negatives from a few folks, but I really enjoy this southern German dark. A filling brew as you would expect. This is a very true to original beer, that I would dare anybody to complain about.

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Photo of maclean25
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank three bottles from a sampler pack. One of the few Vancouver Island Brewery's beers I've had in the past. I have a positive impression of the brewery thanks to their Hermannator, though I've haven't had one of those in over a decade.

It pours with lots of brown head with lacing as it recedes. The body is opaque and brown. It has a rich toasted, malty scent. The taste is rich with honey, rye, and burnt malt. It isn't sweet or bitter but is well-balanced. Impressively smooth and clean. Overall, while I'd go for a Hermannator everything over this, it is actually good, especially for a dark lager.

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Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 27/1/12

A clear reddish cola with loads of bubbles and a short lived two finger head that quickly falls to a thin film that looks like a slow boiling pot due to all the bubbles

S nutty toffee with a little chocolate and cold coffee

T mimics the smell quite well but with roasted nuts and a little smoked meat, pretty decent actually I wasn't sure what to expect

M light bodied, lots of big bubbles but not foam, nutty after taste lingers faintly

O pretty nice light beer with some full flavours, went down pretty fast so that says something

not a bad start to my mixed pack from a brewer I've never heard of. this ones worth trying if you like the lighter dark stuff

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Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of McBastard
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola black with ruby highlights. A nice tan head with some lacing. Smells sweet, with coffee and bread. Tastes of toasted malts and grains, with some coffee and cocoa. Has a pleasantly bitter, nutty finish. Has a smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Altogether a delicious, very drinkable beer. The best beer offered by VIB - in my opinion - and the best Canadian version of the style.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a 1/2 finger tan head. Really nice lacing down the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint, but I picked up some coffee, some light yeast and a bit of banana.

T: This is probably my favorite lager. Roasted malts, coffee and some bready malts with some chocolate on the finish. Nice depth and great drinkability.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very, very dark. Small tan head, moderate lacing. Beautiful.

S: Sweet, nutty, malty, maybe a little bread.

T: Very tasty. Malty at first, gives way to more citrus/flower notes, coffee and bitter finish. Wonderful.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

I loved this beer. Of all the beers I had while visiting Victoria (and there were many) this is probably the most memorable for me. I would seek this out again.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep deep amber with hint of red and a tan head. Distinct lack of lacing.
S - Lighter malts, hints of toast. Interesting, but not super complex.
T - Lager with a hint of oak and bourbon (very light). Very flavorful especially for a lager. Picking up the toasty-roastiness as well. Hints (slight hints) of metal.
MF - Creamy, with a reasonably sharp carbonation.
O - Solid brew, very pleasant. Easy drinker. However, I would prefer some nuttiness as well; not really picking up much of that. Not a huge fan of the metallic flavor but it is minimal.

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Photo of Grunewald
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours clear ruddy black. The head is tan and leaves a consistent dusting of lacing that slowly falls back into the brew.

S - roasted malt, light fruit/flower, leather and some charcoal

T - rye bread, roasted malt, not sweet but lightly tannic, leathery hops and a light charcoal/burnt finish

M - medium-high carbonation, medium-thin body, and wet finish

D - very easy drinking. I like that its not sweet in taste despite what the smell imparts.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at a local restaurant, Sauce. Arrives, in a nonic pint, a jet black, light fuzz on top. This used to be a regular in my early craft beer days, nice to have a chance to revisit.

Smell is light light, roasted malts.

This beer is all about drinkability. Lightish roasted malts flavors mix with a slight bittering hops in the finish to provide a nicely rounded, light beer. Nice carbonation. This is a food beer - pair it with anything. Not over the top in any area, light enough to appeal to the average beer drinker, and yet enough going on to please the discerning beer drinker.

Great local brew that is often the best choice when out on the town in most local stops.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a dark, almost opaque blackish brown with just the slightest ruby hints. Gives a 2 finger, off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Smell is of minerals and chocolate with a touch of caramel and grassy hops. Taste is chocolaty up front with some decent coffee notes and a nice, crisp, mineral presence. This beer is medium bodied, creamy and well-carbonated with a smooth, slightly oily finish. Drinkability-wise, this beer is very easy drinking with a good crispness to it that helps lighten the load from the malts. This is a great go-to beer for those looking to try dark lagers. I will certainly be buying this beer again.

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Photo of elricorico
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, nearly black with a thin tan head.

Smells sweet and nutty, chocolatey malt aroma being the strongest of smells.

Taste gives away the fact that this is a lager. A grainy maltiness through the first half of the mouth reminds me of a less dark lager. From there a slight coffee flavour and a balancing hop finish. Pretty tasty.

Good amounts of body for a lager of regular strength, with a full dose of carbonation. Pretty good mouthfeel.

Easily a session brew, but with plenty of flavour. Well worth trying. My thanks to my friend Jay who brought me a bottle from Victoria.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on a trip to Victoria, BC in August. Brought back a couple bottles; poured this 341ml to a pint glass. Label lists 5.5% alc./vol. rather than the 5.0% shown above.

A: Briskly-poured, this lager presents a steadily fizzing, light tan head, cresting at around 2-fingers high. Several minutes later it's reduced to a splotchy patchwork of sparkly film, evidence of the plethora of tiny bubbles streaming to the top. Color is a deep, dark mahogany with a ruby redness trimming the clearer edges.

S: Meh, really not much going on in this nose. A lightly buttery caramel and gently toasted malts. A hint of fruit syrup, ripe cherries perhaps.

T: There we go, loads of toasted dark grains. Quite husky, with a clean roast that borders on being 'smoky'. Cocoa powder-like subtle bitter-sweetness. A smattering of caramelized sugars are offset by hop bittering.

M: Mouthfeel is fizzy like a soda, though carbonation is smaller and tighter so it's more of a zesty tickle on the taste buds. Body is medium-light, maltiness leaves a sticky residue. Darker bittering clings for a while in the middle of the tongue; cheeks draw inward a little, too.

D: A straightforward and well-done rendition of the style. This bottle was tasted on its own (for reviewing), but the one I had in Victoria paired surprisingly well with a rich meat & veg-loaded pasta dish. I liked this one today, but may have liked it even more with that dinner. Worth giving a try, either way.

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Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this again July 2009 & thought it was quite nice. Good depth to the flavour, a little roasty & chocolatey, pleasant aroma, average appearance, quite drinkable.

Original review 12/24/2005:

A2.5: Ruby-black, no head or lace.

S3: Roasty caramel odour, slightly fruity.

T3: Bready caramel malt with a little chocolate, slightly fruity. It doesn't taste as "dark" as it looks, and could definitely use some more depth/complexity.

M3.5: Moderate body and carbonation.

D4: Good. Should certainly appeal to the general public.

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Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark very refreshing and drinkable brew. Pours an amber/dark brown with some generous white head and lacing. Smells like a lager, with some malty notes. Taste is malty, with some hints of bitter chocolate, hops and coffee (in that order) and a smooth finish. Drinkability is very high, I could see myself putting back quite a few of these. Very good for summer drinking.

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Hermann's Dark Lager from VI Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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