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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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
2/5  rDev -45.5%
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 -42%
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 -40.6%
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 -37.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of TastyTaste
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of GilGarp
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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 -22.9%
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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2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerphilosopher
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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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2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 559 ratings