Hermann's Dark Lager | VI Brewing

Hermann's Dark LagerHermann's Dark Lager
BA SCORE
84.9%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 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:
#10,103
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
53
Liked:
45
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
6.85%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of constantine_272
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 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 pudoo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Photo of alew_os
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of phys1028
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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 lipschitz
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 341 ml Bottle

Pours as dark as cola, with attractive garnet tones as the light penetrates. Head is minimal, but there is some nice lacing and stick. Smell is rich & malty, with overtones of seared plums. Taste is heavily on the caramel side with generous portions of dates & raisins. There are also some suggestions of nuts and gentle licorice, as well. Hop presence is fairly hidden – just enough to keep the sweetness in check. Mouthfeel is slick, yet amply carbonated.
Notes:
This is another excellent offering from this brewery. A fantastic warm weather dark lager – a pleasure to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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Hermann's Dark Lager from VI Brewing
Beer rating: 84.9% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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