Eastside Dark | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.52%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
525
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
20.05%
 
 
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70
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Reviews by Beertron:
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4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lakefront is a great Wisconsin brewery, though I find it strange that they're not located on the lake. Regardless, they were a big hit at our 1st Swine & Swill and Eastside has always been one of my favorites in their lineup. Now, let's see how they hold up to the vigorous review process. From bottle to glass...

A - Poured 1" large fizzy head. Retention was pretty solid leaving a thin, spotty layer of head that wasn't going anywhere. Some strong carbonation within the dark body.

S - A very powerful scent of fruity and yeasty scents. The malts in this bugger provide an alluring sweetness and one can catch a small dose of plum or pluot buried within.

T - When compared to its relatively one-dimensional smell, this is fabulously complex. Of the various flavors layered upon each other, it's worth noting that all have a bit deeper, earthy flavor. There's some medium-roast coffee notes up front, along with softer characteristics of banana, pumpkin and nutmeg. Following this is a blast of heavily-yeasted dough (a la pizza crust, soft pretzels or breadsticks). In the finish, the malts shine through. They're toasty and even a bit smoky but not terribly heavy. For as much as the malts rule this brew, the overall flavor seems pretty acidic. This is a good thing.

M - This is cool-feeling and smooth. It's medium-bodied with a soft, pleasant bitter that lingers a short while.

D - Pretty damn high. The alcohol level doesn't seem out-of-whack and you don't start losing interest after the tastes have thoroughly coated the palate. I could drink (and have drank) plenty of these in a sitting without tiring of it or having it over-power the taste buds.

F - There are plenty of foods that this beer would make friends with and most of them are on the pedestrian side of things. The acidic and yeasty flavors would make this beer a shoe-in with pizza, especially pizza done properly with a nice whole-wheat, cornmeal crust. It would go quite well with some saltier breads like a mean focaccia and even some other starchier foods like celeriac or good ole cream of tato soup. Caraway seeds would make for a nice contrasting element in any of the aforementioned. Finally, some grilled or, better still, smoked chicken would really do the trick here.

O - This is a damn solid brew. While certainly not anything groundbreaking, it's flavors are complex and balanced. All the while, this remains an excessively approachable beer both to session and to mix with a wide variety of pretty common foods.

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3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good average brown appearance with beige head, clumpy. Aroma was toffee and caramel. Awesome pic of the old lighthouse from Milwaukee's East Side, I've had some good times at that place.

Taste, smooth, low IBU and hopping. Great malt character, even a little coffee creeps into the toffee and caramel dominance.

Small degrees of milky cream downward. Not a heavy beer, thin, in a good way. Light smoke peat feel as well. Light carbonation to allow you to pick up on some of these nuances. A cool beer for a cool Milwaukee evening. Or day.

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Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany color with amber highlights. Sturdy head, pale yellow and settles at under 1/2 an inch in height. Dripping ring lace. Touch of burnt rasin bread crust to the aroma, muted but good. Very roasty flavor, cozy like morning toast with some elements of faint semi-sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is light but works well with a good texture and the flavors. Finishes with a good and subtle transition to bare hay-like hopping, nothing jarring to the overall impression. This was a winner for me, very nice drinking and good for the style and expectations.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cola brown appearance much darker than the current Penn Dark being brewed at the Lion. Head is light beige, lacing is even but scant. Aroma has a tartness working it's magic amongst the darker malts, cocoa powder and coffee roasts in the forefront with mineral water yeast nuttiness that appears in most of the beers I've had from them. Herbal tea leaf notes in the finish with an air of smokiness, complex light beer...I like it. Flavor has a fruit sweetness under the light coffee and roasted milk chocolate layers, along with more of a slightly lactic mineral quality that just works in a dunkel. Hell this is better than Hofbrauhaus Pittsurgh's dunkel. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied really a dry roasty finish going with tartness lingering on the sides of my palate. Drinkability overall is pretty effin' good, one of those effortless beers that I would probably imbibe on while visiting the brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge tan head. The head has to settle a few times before I can finish pouring the beer. After all that time the head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of dark malts with unsweetened cocoa powder and good amounts of indistinct fruit aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly bitter dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by unsweetened cocoa. Before a mildly bitter ending fruit flavors enter into things and linger on the palate. As with the smell, the fruit flavors intensify as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this certainly wasn't a bad beer but it's not one I'll look for again.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazel brown crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a nice creamy off-white that fades to a thin film.

S- This beer has a smooth soft brown malt smell with a slight sulfur finish.

T- This beer has a nice smooth nutty brown malt flavor with some pale malt notes. The finish is a soft hop spicy bitterness with a dry faintly sulfur finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light finish with a faint fizz in the finish. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D-This is a nice dark lager. It has good complexity yet subtle and the grain really comes through. The smooth lagering really makes this drinkable. It would be nice to see a bit more hops but this is a good solid beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from last night...

This beer comes out looking a very thick dark brown. A soft light brown head forms at about one finger and takes a while to dissipate. Initially, it looks like it will leave some decent lacing, but what little is spotted at the beginning dries to almost, but not quite, nothing.
Ther aroma's not strong, but it is good. Toasty malts with a bit of a caramel/toffee sweetness and bit of barley make up the body of it, with a touch of dark fruits and perhaps just a hint of raw chocolate.
The taste follows suit, with a bit more of the toasted smokiness coming through. Like the aroma, it's good but somewhat too light and a bit underwhelming.
The body is on the full side of medium. Carbonation is light, which is good for this one. It doesn't have enough smoothness or complexity in the mouthfeel to take much note of.
This is easily drinkable and worth having. I suppose it would make a perfectly reasonable session beer.

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another one I tried in the flight at lakefront. My girlfriend HATED that I did that. She is a sweet person, but she can be dark, like this beer. Perhaps she is smoother than this beer, or maybe she goes down easier. She certainly has less back end.

Bottoms up!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.64 out of 5 based on 525 ratings.
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