Eastside Dark
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #98
Ranked #39,485
3.68 | pDev: 12.5%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown can see they it a bit.
Nice off white head
Smell is roast and bread. Maybe a touch of pumpernickel.
Flavors follow with maybe a hit of Carmel. Mouthfeel isn’t too heavy so it’s easy to drink s couple of these. Real solid effort for this style that is under made.

Jan 01, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Around medium carbonation with just above average body.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some dark fruit.some grain and earthy hops
Taste is very similar to aroma, just a bit sweet with more of a sour bitterness than aroma hinted at

Jul 29, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a surprise for me as I'm not a big fan of the style but this one was good. The taste has some chocolate and a touch of coffee in it along with some nice hop flavor at the end. It was pretty smooth with a good mouthfeel.

Jul 25, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz. bottle pours a pretty dark brown with a slight mahogany shade when held up to the light. A very nice creamy one finger tan head that lasts several minutes before giving way to about an eighth inch that lasts the duration. The beer is dark, but when held up to the light I can see lots of carbonation
The smell is of light, sweet malts.
The taste is a little coffee, some sweet chocolate, with a slightly dry finish, very nice!
The feel is a light creamy feel with a slightly dry finish.
I think this is a good Dunkel with a very nice appearance, good flavor, easy to drink, not a super high ABV, so I can sample a few at a time.

May 31, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Dark, dark brown body with a thin cap of foam, nice lacing. Smells of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and of course bread, simple. Taste is blander though, with toasted malt, slight chocolate, and faint caramel. Nothing bad just boring. Feel is lighter and frothier for style. Meh

May 09, 2019
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L - Fairly dark - cola colored. Appears clear. Thin, off-white head.

S - Sweet chocolate and coffee, toast.

T - Bready with dark malt flavors - toffee with a little chocolate. Mild dose of spicy hops.

F - Light.

O - A little sweet for my taste.

Mar 16, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a Jan. 2019 BB date stamped on the label; from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $1.89).
Pours clear but very dark reddish brown with a short but semi-durable beige head. Good lacing.
At least medium strength aroma for style with toast and dark roasted grains, especially chocolate malts.
Flavor: Lightly sweet up front. Roasted grains dominate with faint hints of spicy hops.
Smooth, near full body with medium carbonation.

Feb 07, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear brown color with a large white head. The aroma is roasted malt. The taste is similar to the nose but has an odd finish.

Aug 14, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy, off-white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of bready malt and noble hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste of bready malt, toffee and grassy hops, some sourness. Finish is long and almost dry. OK brew.

Jul 25, 2018
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Roast notes and crystal sweetness are present, and while these characteristics could ruin a Munich Dunkel, and possibly put this one outside of historical style boundaries, I find this to be deftly balanced. An argument could be made that this is no better than a great brown ale, to which I say, so?
This could be a beer I drink all night

May 07, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 15 MAY 18
Dark brown body with some reddish hues when held to light; creamy khaki head slowly fades. Aroma is fresh roast barley, grain, chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. Nice balanced flavors with plenty of roast which I appreciate; notes of chocolate, coffee, toasty grain, caramel, and earthy hops with a hint of pine. Medium body, moderate carbonation, finishing well balanced with roasty grain and some modest hops lingering. Really solid, easy drinking dark lager. I'd get this again.

Mar 08, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this from a mixed 12pck that I bought in Brookfield outside of Milwaukee whilst there for a hockey tournament. It poured a deep rich clear mahogany with thin off white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of dark chocolate and roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with slight Arabic coffee presence with sweet toffee push. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Jan 05, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: It drops brilliant chestnut filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" cream cap with fair retention.

S: smells like bread crusts with traces of light chocolate, coffee, nuts and caramel

T: Mild toasted bread crust, mild caramel and nuttiness, and a light chocolate note.

F: The texture is creamy, the body is medium plus and the carbonation is medium.

O: A flavorful, well balanced, easy to drink Munich Dunkel

Dec 14, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up as part of a variety pack put out by Lakefront in the Chicagoland area. My FIL and MIL are in town and my FIL is a big craft beer fan so this should go over well.

This beer pours a dark brown hue that has a little bit of red to it as well. The head is khaki colored and is thick and creamy, dissipating very slowly. Carbonation is moderate and is easily visible. The visibility of the beer is moderately clear due to the dark nature of it, but it is clear enough to see through roughly 50% of the glass. 3.75/5 The aroma is malty and dark with a bit of leather and char to it. There is a light sweetness as well that cuts into the earthy nature of the char. Hops are perceivable as a bit spicy, earthy, and grassy. The hops cut into the darkness as well. 3.75/5 The flavor is big on the malt with a good dose of spicy and grassy hops coming through on the very back end. The hops provide a light bitterness that does not linger on the palate. Sweetness is light, just enough to cut into the dark toast and leathery nature of the malt. 4/5 This is a light bodied beer that has just enough carbonation to be somewhat fizzy. This is more of a wetting and thirst quenching beer than it is a drying beer with just a hint of dryness on the end. This one disappears from the palate entirely after swallowing. 4/5 This is a well rounded dark lager that does not skimp on the flavor while being light enough to be sessionable. The flavor is nicely balanced between the malt and the hops with each playing a strong role. 3.75/5

Oct 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener glass. There was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had a roasty nutty to chocolate coating over top of a light banana aroma. The taste was mainly sweet through the fruity and malty chocolate - ness. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it was noticeable but not overbearing. I have to admit there’s a really nice smooth creamy banana finish. Overall, what a really nice beer that seemed to show that this could be a great dessert beer.

Jul 15, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Foamy, medium, tan head that fades fast to a ring.

Smells Caramel malt, toasted and earthy.

Tastes toasted malts,, bready and light earthy. Finish is dry with a light earthy bitterness. Medium body and fizzy lighter carbonation.

Jul 05, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - dark burnt caramel brown.

S - roasty coffee beans and brown wheat. Dark chocolate.

T - smoky caramel and traditional dunkel flavors but with an American twist. Clean and direct in flavor.

F - light in body with a silky feel. Chewy.

O - solid "dark beer". Got a bit of meat to it.

Mar 30, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice solid sturdy brown appearance, good beige head about 3/4" high. Or deep. Aroma hit the English toffee and lesser caramel unsweetened notes. I love this historical marker on Milwaukee's East side as well. Good artwork and inspiration for this one. Good times to be had.

Smooth ride, not overly hopped, mild, some almost coffee notes from some of the roasting. Almost like a dark cream ale. Enjoyable stuff.

Jun 20, 2016
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: clear, deep mahogany, big creamy tan head
Smell: caramel, roasted malt, hint of spicy hops
Taste: Sweet toasted bread, hops, chocolate, and some off-putting funkiness
Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Lots of good flavors there, but something about the taste just didn't seem right. I'd like to try it again and see if I have the same experience.

Jun 20, 2016
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Kkasprzak from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Flavorful and aromatic at a serving temp of 50-55 deg F. Smooth without bitterness. Not hoppy but you can taste a hint of hops. A malty flavor throughout. I can enjoy one over 30 minutes or drag it over an hour. Best of all, I can drink these all day/evening.

Mar 28, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured dark brown.

smells bready, with sugar, or something sweet. really, dark bread wins over anything else.

taste is sweet and mild. nothing bitter. almost a hint of smoke to it.

nothing remarkable here, but an easy quaffer.

Oct 28, 2015
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by July 6 2015

pours dark brown with reddish amber tint when held up to light.

Smells of farmhouse, yeast, and earthy.

Taste is a hint of caramel sweetness with grassy undertones. Some yeast. Noble hops for sure. A bit of dark fruit.

Feel is light to medium body, medium carb.

Not bad. Not my kind of style beer but a pretty good lager. It gee on me and went for a 2nd one.

Mar 07, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is pretty good, with a nice texture all around. Some lacing sticks to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Brown sugar is the predominant note, followed by some chocolate and toasted bread. A little bit of noble hops also appear, along with some smoke (!) It smells like it will be well balanced between the sweetness and bitterness, and that's what I want from a dark lager. (3.5)

Taste: It seems slightly smoky for the style - luckily, it's a pleasant smoke. There's also some initial brown sugar sweetness to pair with the smoke notes. A mild hoppiness finishes it off. Pretty solid. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry, yet with a slight lingering sweetness post-swallow. Carbonation is assertive. Only thing I don't like is that the general feel bulks up as more is consumed - otherwise, it drinks well. (3.25)

Overall: I mean, it's a straightforward dark lager. It's nothing exciting; but it's easy to drink, and will be fantastic with Mexican food. It's not a stout, it's not trying to be, and I don't care. I like it, and I'd drink it again. (3.5)

3.36/5: Now, if only I had some tacos to drink this with...

Mar 06, 2015
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown from the bottle with a hint of red. A little bit of a mocha head that leaves after a bit. The aroma is fairly straightforward: bready malts, some toffee and molasses. It tastes exactly like it smells - brown bread, molasses with just a hint of sweetness. Medium mouth. This tastes exactly like a dunkel should taste. It's well-made and very enjoyable.

Mar 05, 2015
PTRAINOR from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice roasty, semi-sweet smell with a kiss of bitterness. Medium body with a dark delicious taste. Medium bodied and smooth with pleasant effervesence.

Feb 26, 2015
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