Eastside Dark | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Eastside DarkEastside Dark

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.52%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 538
Photo of agreenman19
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.02/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Kkasprzak
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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...

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Imperial Pint glass.

A Dark red/brown with a big 3 finger sand colored head on an aggressive pour. Retention is terrific and the lacing is superb coating the glass.

S - Roasted malts, dark bread, molasses and a light sweet scent with just a hint of bitterness.

T - Light and roasty with a big dark bread and malty flavor. A light sweet molasses with a touch of earthy hops.

M - Medium body with great carbonation and a smooth feel.

O - A nice local Dark Dunkel that is well made and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 03/18/14. Sampled on December 3, 2014 so this bottle is a little old.

The color is dark amber with little to no head.

The aroma has a dark malt character, yeast, and molasses character maybe.

The body is around medium.

The taste brings out a more sweeter dark malt character than the noses suggests. Very thin bitterness. Maybe the age of this bottle tainted my review,

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Photo of wac9
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

love this beer the chocolate rolls down your tongue down your thoart taste wonderful very enjoy beer a very good dark larger smooth sexy wow sit on the porch and enjoy yum a no nonsense beer that you will enjoy looks good in a glass on sip two sip last sip still taste the chocolate its good what more can i say

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium to dark brown color with good clarity. Slight off white head forms and has good retention. Nutty aroma with hints of bread and cocoa. Just a whiff of herbal hops. The taste has more nutty and cocoa flavor with a slight bitterness. Sweet and doughy, a bit of caramel. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is an average American Dunkel Lager.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I haven't tried this hometown brew in a while, so thought I'd give it an unbiased review.

A- In a dim light it's more clear than I would have imagined being a dark beer. It doesn't appear to be think, or very filling...it appears 'natural' for a dark beer.

S- Strong roasted smell, it's savoring, a bit sweet, very smooth roasted aroma, blends in with the beer. Expecting, and confident, a very proud smell.

T- Good roasted barley taste. Nothing overwhelming, but smooth.

M- Very light tasting dark beer, fills the mouth well, nothing overwhelming, but a taste that can sit well for a long period of time.

Overall- It doesn't try to hard. Doesn't want to impress in that sense, it does impress. It doesn't try to hard for something it's not. I wouldn't say it's a simple man's beer, but it's a dark beer for people that usually don't enjoy dark beers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Cafe Hollander in Tosa Village, WI.

The beer has a cola body with hints of ruby. A quarter inch of beige head quickly fades. The aroma offers bittersweet chocolates, light coffee, brown bread, malt. Ok flavor. Mild sweetness with moderate carbonation. Middle of the road.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Murky cola color. Maybe a bit darker. The head sizzled for a bit, then promptly deflated. Looks nearly flat after a minute and a half.

Dark bavarian malts, cave air, vapory whiff of campfire, and a gritty earthiness. Aroma is dialed down, probably due to the lack of head formation.

Burning carbonation and bitterness combination goes alongside dark malt roastiness and herbal hops. Pretty dry in the finish with bitter greens and kiln. Roasted chestnuts, brown bread, and thin alcohol round it out.

A tad spicy with lurking carbonation, but not enough to give the feel any bite. Body is squared up.

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Photo of workingclassbrew
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer from the start. Vey light aroma, sweet brown sugar, malt, chocolate.

This beer has the darkest burnt copper color, the best I can describe it. Tan head, the bottom of the glass has a lot of bubbles. It almost seems too much for such a sweet smelling lager.

Ahhh, very good. In the mouth this feels like a really light beer, but it is packed full of flavor. Sweet upfront, but it doesnt linger. Almost a root beer like flavor, but without the carbonation, which is contrary to all the bubbles I see. Chocolate, honey, malt. All this yet it sits lightly, and not weighty like a doppelbock might. It would be easy to tip back a few of these. Easy drinking solid dark lager.

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Photo of dhannes
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that had warmed up to about 55º into a Perfect Pint...I received this about 8 weeks ago, so that could impact the flavor.

A=Rather dark brown...darker than Madtown Nut Brown but not quite as dark as Sprecher Black Bavarian--coffee colored. Eggshell colored head of about one finger that lasted just under a minute.

S=Malt, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.

T=Moderately sweet, with moderate chocolate and moderate malt flavors. A touch of hops, perhaps, and no bitterness to be found. Reminds me of an Edmund Fitzgerald.

M=Spot on body for a lager--not too light, not too heavy. Light carbonation makes it rather drinkable--would make a great session beer.

O=I was rather impressed, as I envisioned a more bitter beer. I love Lakefront's red, and this is another winner...will definitely buy again. This would pair well with hamburgers, I think, or even do by itself.

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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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Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is burnt sienna in color with amber highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head.

S - The smell is toasted caramel and cocoa.

T - The taste follows the aroma. There is cocoa with sweet caramel.

M - Moderate

O - It is a tasty lager. I enjoy the cocoa and caramel flavors. It is probably the best domestic dark lager that I have tried.

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Photo of Beric
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 6oz sampler after brewery tour
Served: 3 Jan 2014

Appearance: Dark brown-red color with a dirty white head.

Smell: Malty with roasted notes. Not as roasty smelling as a stout, but not as caramelly as an Oktoberfest or a doppelbock.

Taste: Somewhere in between a doppelbock and a porter/stout. This one feels lighter than a porter/stout but has similar roasty tastes that you can pick up. The coloring is lighter than either of those two aforementioned styles as well. Good flavor and easy drinking. Crisp edge evident due to its being a lager.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation makes this one go down easy.

Overall: A good beer and one that I could likely drink several of in one sitting.

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Photo of arc3636
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - medium brown, similar to a lighter porter

S - coffee and smoke

T - chocolate, coffee, and sour notes, Not overly complex,

M - average

O - flavors from a darker beer in a relatively light and drinkable beer. Not as complex or flavorful as a porter, but would enjoy this as a session beer

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint
5.52% ABV

A - Very dark brown, Eastside Dark is a clear dunkel, barely noticed through it's weathered copper highlights, and capped by a fleeting ivory foam that leaves wispy specks of lace on the pint.

S - Chocolaty roasted malts impart cocoa dryness that works perfectly with the very subtle yeast notes while bread crust and soft nutty tones expand Eastside Dark's malt complexity.

T - Caramel sweetness underscores the roasted malt profile that brings cocoa and bitter chocolate to the forefront. Bready malt flavor is there, coating the tongue with heft but not a thick feel.

M - Eastside Dark looks foreboding but it's rich profile is smooth and rather light-bodied, finishing cleanly for a lager, only lingering with balancing bitterness.

O - Another smooth and outrageously drinkable lager from Lakefront, Eastside Dark is, as the name suggests, dark but, it's bready, chocolatey malt profile has an almost creamy feel that finishes with a nice lager cleanliness. Flavorful but not heavy.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Mixed 8 pack pickup.

Pours pale hazy cloudy yellow with high white fizzy foam. Orange peel nose, a little soapy. Coriander. Fizzy taste, sneaky orange citrus, quick finish. Chalky. Effervescent. Soda like carbonation, and a bubbly finish. Odd.

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Photo of Act25
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cola like with a beige head, shortlived, but modest lacing as it went down.

"The nose could use more power" (agreed). predominantly toasty malt. one of the toastiest smells, but good, coffee, smells like breakfast. Otherwise typical of style and well done. Maybe a little too mono-toned toasty?

Like the smell it's a very toasty malt flavor that is the core, slightly sweet shifting to bitter on the finish, a VERY nice finish. Cocoa, coffee, thick jam, and trends more sweet than bitter. Solid Dunkel. Easy drinking. Well roasted, clean toasty finish.

MF: A lager with a creamy finish, more weighty than it is. Well done.

Nicely done.

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.64 out of 5 based on 538 ratings.
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