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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-12-2002

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Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 538
Photo of jmdrpi
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle notched Bottled on December, 3rd week. No year given though.

appears a dark brown color with red highlights. thin white head, decent head retention.

a bit of a vinegary sour odor. this isn't a flanders red, so not a good sign.

taste is slightly sour too..but still drinkable.average carbonation and body.

either this beer is slightly infected, or maybe it's actually a year (or hell, 2?) old and has gone bad.

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Photo of Drew966
2.13/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a reddish brown with decent head from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Smells a bit malty. The first sip was a nice roasted malt flavor. Unfortunately, things went down hill from here. The second and subsequent sips had an unpleasant sour taste that predominated. I shared this beer with a friend, who had to pour his out (he supplied the beer, and told me before we drank it that he didn't like it, but didn't say why, but he wanted my opinion). I was able to finish the half bottle I had, but it was not good. Apparently, the problem was not just with this bottle per my friend. I'm not sure if this was a bad batch or if it wasn't handled well after brewing, or if this is just how it is supposed to taste. Based on what I had, I can't recommend this.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.18/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, “Bottled on Aug wk3” notched on label.

Gloomy garnet. Minimal head of tan bubbles that vanishes in a blink, leaving a small pile at the edge and a vapor trail smear across the top. Nutty, grassy spice aromas are faint, and there is a bit of toasted bread as well. A touch of grassy spiced hops quickly gives way to a sweetly sour off flavor. The roastiness is barely detectable beneath the vinegar blushed sourness. Thin, watery body, there is some fine carbonation which is one plus. Unfortunately the sourness overwhelmed all aspects of this beer. According to the label, this is supposed to be “a rich, dark lager like the ones Milwaukee’s founding fathers might have enjoyed on the old Eastside.” This was on the light side of dark, and not overly rich. If the founding fathers enjoyed this – more power to them as I did not.

White elephant BIF strikes again.

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Photo of thelagerheads
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You know the fake Mona Lisa with the mustache painted on? This beer is that but with a stinky little Budweiser foamscud caterpillar 'stache. It tries to have body and be a dark being but if you rinse the mud off it has a corporate label taste across its chest and through the neck and away it goes to blasé land. Poor little penny ante brew.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. brown bottle served in a Sam Smith tulip.

Appearance: Lots of carbonation stuck to the side of the glass, cola brown bottle. Head is large but fades fairly quick.

Smell: Carmel, malt, all very slight.

Taste: Sweet and fairly tart. Not the greatest. Citrus flavors, seems like they are out of place.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, light prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Not too good. I would skip this one.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold in a pint glass. This beer pours a dark cola brown with good clarity through the edges. Almost no head formation and basically no retention.

Aroma is difficult to detect but a subtle roasty dark malt character comes through.

Flavor is sweet and malty with a roasted grain punch. Tastes a bit oxidized with some of that funky wet cardboard flavor. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with stronger than expected carbonation given the lack of head. Drinkability is limited just because it simply isn't very good.

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Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a nice dark mahogany color with a thin off white head, a bit of lacing.

The smell had just a bit of baking chocolate and a touch dark malt.

The flavor is average at best with some nice dark grain flavors up front with a touch of chocolate, but a bit of an off sourness mixing in with the hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin.

I just can't get past the wierd sourness, it ruins what could have been a decent beer for me.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz bottle.

A - Medium dark, with a thin light tan head. Virtually no retention or lacing on the glass. Almost no carbonation.
S - Smoke, nutty aromas, and slight floral hop background.
T - Hop bitterness up front, with caramel and nut maltiness taking over. A "fruity" bitter finsh.
M - Medium-bodied with a slight watered-down feeling on the tongue. Stronger taste on the first sip that slowly dissipates as you finish the tasting.
D - A decent dark lager, thought I am, admittedly, not a big fan of this style. A little thin and not particularly visually pleasing. A drinkable lager, but not high on my list to revisit.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my friends at FSRI for the 2nd installment of my Beer of the Month club. 12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Bottled during the 3rd week of January notched on the bottle. Poured cola brown with maroon highlights when backlit. One inch frothy, off-white head slowly recedes leaving generous strands of lacing in its wake. Mild nose - earthy, lactic acid, perhaps some cocoa. Taste is difficult to describe - earthy and vegetal. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Goes down easy, but kind of weird tasting.

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Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is toasted malts with faint chocolate and coffee. 

T- The taste like the aroma is toasted malt up front with some chocolate and coffee flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this was a decent beer but probably not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of hwwty4
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a dark cola brown with a 2 inch beige head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is chocolate syrup, cola, and just a bit of toast. No hop presence. Honestly the flavor is almost exactly the same. Light chocolate, uncarbonated Coca Cola, toast with just a light medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is light with a light carbonation. Wow, I think this is the shortest review I've wrote in a while but there really wasn't much to say about it. Really mediocre.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, dark amber-brown. Head appears then fades quickly. Aroma is somewhat lacking, some graininess, some chocolate, faint hop. Decent sweet malty taste, dark malt bite is minimal, toffee or carmel peep out. This beer company would not survive in WA state.

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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 Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Bottled During: Apr 2009, Wk 1

Pours a nice dark brown color, too much carbonation, HUGE foamy off-white head, with TONS of sticky lacing. The nose is malty, bready, with lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, bready, with lots of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I was expecting alot more from this brew, disappointted.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this bottle!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a ruby-tinted dark brown with a large beige head on top. Great thick retention; left little lace. Scents of roasted malts, grapes, and wet clothes. That's an interesting scent. This isn't the most pleasing aroma I've come across.

The body is thinner than I would like as well. Some mild carbonation on the tongue, but it's just lacking in depth. Sweet brown sugar right away in flavor. Some toasted breads in the middle, and a slightly sour syrup-y back end. This was alright, but I've had much better of the style, and much better from the brewery. Probably my least favorite of theirs so far.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Dark yet still "see through" brown with a tiny head that falls fast leaving a ring around he glass
S= pineapple and malty sweetness?
T= darker malt flavor, maybe some coffee that's been diluted with a slight pineapple flavor left.
M= average all around. really doesn't get much more average.
D= Decent. pretty average beer.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean goblet and got the following.

A. Pours a medium cherry brown with a little bit of fizzy white head. After pouring the body is quite opaque.

S. The smell is of nut, bread, and chocolate with a clean aroma profile.

T. The taste starts with a set chocolatey flavor followed by toffee and cola? With a slight bitter and maybe some tannins.

M. Light but with a very present aftertaste.

Pretty good beer to stumble across but I would only want a couple before moving on.

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Photo of plaid75
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark mahogany hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and decent retention.

The smell featured an upfront sour aroma with a mild caramel.

The taste was likewise bitter with a smooth sweet malt toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit astringent, but otherwise of average fullness for the style.

Overall a decent lager. Not as smooth as the typical dunkel.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Dark reddish brown with little head and no lace.

S - Malt. That's all I can pick up is a little malt.

T - Light and smooth. Taste a lot of malt. Slight sweet flavor.

M - Light bodied, smooth, good presence with little after taste. Clean.

D - Ok. Not an overly great beer but solid. If it came down to this or bmc's, there's no thought needed.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured brown in color with no head and very little carbonation. The aroma is of burnt malts, and the hops are just slightly noticeable. The came across as a little grapefruity. The flavor came across as very watered down, but there was a little bit of chocolate and some grean Christmasy seasonal tones. The mouthfeel was flat and very dissapointing. Not something I would choose again because it is overall quite lifeless on the tongue.

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Photo of dtivp
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with amber hues, very small light tan head that fades quickly into a partial cap, moderate lacing.

Aroma of light roasted malt with a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste starts a slight toffee sweetness, balanced by a roasted malt with a slight after taste.

Mouthfeel was light to medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth but a little thin.

Overall an average beer, lacks a little crispness, not sure if I would run to the store to buy.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eastside Dark is a clear brown color fletched along the edges with translucent gold, an off-white head is about a finger tall but doesn't really leave any lacing.

Sweet malts dominate the nose here, with maybe a touch of toasted malts.

Well, Eastside Dark tastes sweet, but it also has a fairly pronounced sour twang. First I get the sour, lactic flavors, and then comes the sweet malts. The malts are pretty good, lending this beer a good flavor profile for munich Dunkel Lager, but I don't really like the sourness.

Mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable.

The drinkability is hurt by the sourness in my opinion. In fact, I could see this being a very good beer without that lactic twang because I do like the malt bill. However with it, I was looking forward to finishing this one.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a brownish amber w/a one-finger beige head. Fades quickly, but leaves thin cap. Light tracing.
S-Malt w/faint chocolate. Faint hops.
T-Light chocolate malt and nuts w/faint hops. Aftertaste is chocolate, hops, and faint mineral.
M-Light-bodied w/carbonation tending on the higher side. Decent balance.
D-Good session brew; probably my favorite thus far from this brewery.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Deep mahogany 1 1/2 finger head faded to a sizeable wisp.

S- Very mild hops and roasted malts.

T- Nice balance on the take but the finish over powers with roasted malts.

M- Very smooth, velvety almost.

D- Depending on my mood I could throw back a few.

Not exactly tops but a rather enjoyable brew nevertheless.

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Photo of curasowa
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red color with one finger of head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Roasted malt, a little cocoa and some burnt notes.

Taste: A little flash of roasted malt up-front, then thinning out quite a bit in the middle. Another shot of roasted malt as it goes out into a chalky and astringent finish that intensifies with time.

The Rest: Not bad. It has a nice, medium mouthfeel, but is strangely watery in the middle. Beats a Bud Light.

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