Dampf Punk
Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #3
Ranked #14,325
3.95 | pDev: 9.62%
Jul 08, 2022
May 26, 2016
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz stubbie with a birth date of 6/01/2022. Pours amber yellow with two fingers of head; good retention. Tastes of sturdy & slightly hoppy and good malt backbone. A solid beer that tastes great. Sturdy. Highly recommend for anyone having looking to chill and have a great beer.
Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 09, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the stubby bottle, it pours a lightly hazy amber with a nice white head that lasts and leaves lacing. Spicy scent of hops in the nose. In the mouth, it is lightly hoppy and a bit malty. Nice!
May 14, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Bitburger from Vermont

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by gueuzeonhigh from Maine

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Compare to Anchor Brewing's "Steam". I think it's a draw.
This beer has a cordial flavor that's tart but I other than that I can't find anything unique or really memorable. The flavor stance is not overly strong with a nice clean lasting finish. Hopefully this beer will be available during the summer months-- should be a delightful summertime thirst quencher.
Dec 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Sep 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a hazy, darker golden color. Wisp of a white head and some lacing. The nose is good. Somewhat earthy, malty, herbal and spicy. The taste is good. Malty, a hint of sourness, earthy, faint spices and herbs. A good steam beer!
Jul 24, 2018
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Rated by Rlhj from New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Says it's a "hoppy California-style Common beer." It was what I call a fiver, 1-10 it's a five. Not good, not bad. It's simply another beer.
Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 4.57 by Kindfolk24 from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by Mack from Canada (QC)

Jul 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Brad007 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a mild orange hue with a thin head. Sweet, malty in the nose. Crisp with a nice doughy taste in middle and just a touch of hops at the end. Easygoing, enjoyable example of a common ale. Worth a try!
Jul 08, 2018
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Stubby 12 oz. Bottle bottled on 5/24/18 opened on 6/23/18

A cloudy look in the otherwise bright golden color. Light amber highlights and a tower of white foam, 3" high is pretty dense and stable. Switchback brews always have a very lively and active appearance, mostly due to the practice of adding or pitching live yeast into the bottle. Big, fat chunks of lace.

A very light smokey tinge to the mostly wheat and herb scented malty aroma. Earthy, green and spicy yeast and herbaceous scented hop combo pops out nicely. Peppery, herbal and grassy green hops add good depth to the nose.

A light to medium bodied feel, both zippy and smooth. The still levely yeast keeps in hopping. A crisp edge, medium texture with some slightly dry effects at the end.

Obviously going to compare the flavor to the flagship and grandaddy of all steam beers, Anchor! The slightly smokey and dense herbal tones reminds me very much of the Fritz version. A good representation of the style with some deeper, earthy, herbal and peppery notes from the otherwise slightly citric hops and lively yeast.

This is a nice change from my binge drinking of NEipa's and DIpa's. Simple, but tasty, unique to it's style with a classic Switchback signature.
Jun 24, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Jun 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Stubby bottle to lager glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark burnt orange to copper color/light brown with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a fair pace. Light lace ran here and there.
The aroma had a big earthy to oily hoppiness rolling over some caramel and bready malts.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a substantial amount of earthy to slightly bitter yet dry cracker-like quality. Oily earthy hoppy to cracker aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Semi-smooth yet capturing a modest earthy grip on my tongue.
Overall, odd California Common to me. I figure it's Switchback's way of re-inventing a style not as many people are interested in these days. I did like this for me, but it's no where close to an Anchor Steam, just saying.
Jun 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by Velivolus from Vermont

May 05, 2018
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From the stubby 12 oz. bottle dated 4/11/18. Sampled on May 2, 2018.

Slightly hazy looking golden yellow under a modest, fading white head. Lacing develops.

The aroma has a fine grainy barley malt presence, white bread, grass, and herbal quality. Maybe a yeasty character too.

Medium and smooth body.

The taste Is delightfully sweet, bready, with sage or rosemary rounding it off to a clean, lingering finish.
May 02, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by Lucoli from New York

Jul 19, 2016
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Switchback Brewing Co. "Dampf Punk"
on tap at the brewery on 6 June 2016
$2.75 for a 1/2 glass

I didn't know what to make of the name, and still don't, but it's decent "California Common" or "Steam beer" that's well brewed and nicely balanced with a raspy edge from the hops. I'd like a little more character from the yeast but at the same time I can see how this slick, clean version would sell better. Not unlike their flagship ale, this is really both accessible and drinkable. I now regret not having picked up a few bottles to take home.
Jun 06, 2016
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Reviewed by MadScientist from New York

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
S: A piney hops aroma dominates at a medium level with minty and woody notes. Low yeast esters and a touch of malt sweetness.

L: An amber ale with good clarity. Pours with a finger of persistent head is rocky in texture and off-white that settles into a thin layer of bubbles.

T: Woody and minty hop flavors dominate but are well balanced against a light malt sweetness. There is a medium amount of hops bitterness making for a moderately bitter beer. The finish is off-dry with a light fruity aftertaste along with some hops bitterness.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium strong level of carbonation.

O: A refreshing and tasty California Common that has a good amount of hops without overwhelming the style.
May 31, 2016
Dampf Punk from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 21 ratings