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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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 22
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 TheSevenDuffs
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 Derek
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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 wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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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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 schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks nice and dark with a bit of a healthy shine to the body. The nose is malty and slightly burnt but the taste is clean and refreshing. This is a really drinkable dark lager with none of the overt sweetness some versions have but there is still lots of body and finish. Well deserving of the gold medal bestowed on it recently.

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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 msubulldog25
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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 yancot
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beerguy101
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied Dunkel. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Nicely hopped, good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 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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Photo of kelvarnsen
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

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 ritzkiss
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of elricorico
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hermann's Dark Lager from VI Brewing
3.91 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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