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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, bread, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it has a better smell than taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are faint aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Flavors of chocolate malts dominate the overall taste; there are also some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink, especially since it's not filling. It is quite sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good Dark Lager with heavy toast elements. Sure it could have a softer malt flavor and texture, but the dry toast character helps with drinkability and balance.

Eastside Dark begins with a medium-dark brown color, good clarity, and carry a dainty off-white head that persists for nearly all the session. No real lacing, but froathy nevertheless.

Toast character shows in the aroma and with a true malt base. Light fruitiness (from dark grains) gives a bit of intrigue to the toast, light caramel, and soft cocoa notes.

Flavors are dominant by toast, even leading to a light smoke taste. The light caramel, malted milk flavor, soft cocoa and nutty tastes give a bit of complexty to the beer, but omit the fruity aspects that were detected in the nose.

The body is medium but the grain character from the toast gives a grainy texture that hurts the light malty smoothness. Minerally character also impeeds the soft texture where the pilsner malt feel should prevail.

Still, the beer fares quite well. Just gotta like the toast character here. It's probably what Michelob's Amber Bock wants to be when it grows up.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, another single from a mix-pack available here in Alberta. Nice tea candles flutter around me as my wife sets up her side of our winter evening activity (beer reviewing and yoga, you pervs!)

This beer pours a clear, very dark chestnut brown hue, with pervasive cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, foamy pale beige head, which leaves a low berm of shoreline lace around the glass as it surely fades away.

It smells of lightly roasted, nutty caramel malt, mild brown sugar, some reserved savoury spice, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is softly nutty, hollow bready malt, a decent stone fruitiness, some subtle vanilla pod earthiness, and leafy, kind of musty floral hops.

The bubbles are quite prevalent, but pleasantly loosy-goosy, so all is well on that front, the body a sturdy medium weight, and a tad creamy, lending itself well to an overall unassailable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the nutty caramel malt still holding court, as the leafy, earthy hops play nice in their continuing demure nature.

A tasty dark German-style lager, and where better stateside than Wisconsin to deliver that to us? I won't bore everyone with the obvious Canadian alternatives, so let's just say that I wouldn't mind a few more rounds of this if I were planted at some spartan pub table, eating salty, fatty snacks (back to you, America!), and thinking of breaking into songs in support of country or college football team.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet leaving just a few dots of lace

Smell: Roasty, with subtle milk chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Opens with a roasty brown bread flavor, with milk chocolate tones and a touch of lactic sourness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors dominate and add a coffee element to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice dunkel; probably the best beer I have had from this brewery

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Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated "Oct week4", pulled from a gift pack.

Poured this into a pint, it has a chestnut ruby glint in the light, with a lasting skim of foam. Spotty lacing here and there. Sweet grainy aroma and some vague fruity yeast, sort of soggy and blah though.

Flavor is similar, grainy and simple, slightly astringent with a mild nuttiness. Something mildy medicinal about it that doesn't sit well with me. No trace of hops whatsoever. Not as crisp as a true German Munich Dunkel. Body is light, and fairly easy drinking. Overall it's passable, but Riverwest Stein is much better.

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Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, thin, caramel colored head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of roasty malt goodness with touches of citrus and floral notes.

T - It had a good burnt toast maltiness, almost like a roasted coffee. It had a caramel sweetness with a slightly bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good brew. It was tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam that settles quickly but leaves behind thick lace. Amber-brown body with good clarity.

S - Brown, biscuity aroma with some caramel notes. Some slight, fruity plum character and very mild herbal hops.

T - Malty, bready sweetness up front with some darker caramel flavors. Fruity, esters in the middle that transition to a nice herbal hop character with just enough bitterness to balance the malt.

M - Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Mild sweetness in the finish.

D - Easily drinkable. There are enough dark flavors here to keep you interested and the balance between the hops and malt is well maintained. The only flaw I can find is a slight over-carbonation that gives the beer some undesirable, soda like qualities in the finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lakeside's Eastend Dark pours a very deep chestnut brown robe beneath a short but creamy head of light tan. The nose is rich with brown sugar, floral hops, and a cocoaish edge. In the mouth it's smooth with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Yeasty fruitiness, brown sugar, and mild notes of chocolate combine in the flavor along with a touch of floral and spicy hops. It's backed by a firm bitterness, and it finishes short and dry with a quick note of subtle cocoa and some lingering noble hops.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, walnut brown body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of underperforming dark, nutty malts, light raisin fruitiness, and a pinch of hot chocolate mix.

Taste: Mild maltiness displays an overall nuttiness and flavor of clearance aisle cocoa powder. Lightly sweet. Minor apple and raisin fruitiness. Faintly floral hops and bitterness. Though it was always light, the vague, unsweetened chocolate flavor is what you're left with on the drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium, fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Take it or leave it. I was hoping for more toasted bread qualities, but it kept giving me nuts! It's shrug-inducingly acceptable, but when shopping for a dunkel, I prefer Ayinger's Altbairisch Dunkel. That's just me though!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark hazel that becomes dark cherry with orange peel highlights when sunlight is permitted entry. The beer is capped by two fingers of golden ecru foam that provides a wonderful color contrast and deposits an acceptable amount of lace. Eastside Dark is an attractive Munich dunkel lager.

The nose--which could use more power--is also typical for the style. It's primarily brown malty and has a 'creamy cocoa' vibe goin' on. It smells like the beer will be sweet rather than bitter; let's see how that prediction holds up.

Let's make that sweet and sour in nearly equal measure, with a mild bitter tweak on the finish. There's a tad more malt here than in most versions, as there must be if it's going to impress me. I'm tired of drinking those thin, barely malted, barely dark dunkels. I take back that first sentence; sweet outpaces sour now that the beer has had a chance to warm a little.

The flavor profile consists of milk chocolate with a lactic twang, as well as a splash of chicory coffee. Good use of malt (chocolate, black patent, Munich) and hops (Mt. Hood). The level of roast is just about where I'd draw it up, as is the citric fruity hoppiness. This really is a well-constructed version and is one of the better domestic Munich dunkels that I've had.

The body/mouthfeel seems a fraction bigger than the style average and will be granted a better than average score as a result. I'm enjoying the light creaminess and the restrained amount of carbonation. It does dissipate to some extent throughout each mouthful, but manages to avoid being considered thin, even on the finish.

Eastside Dark is one of the better beers in the Lakefront lineup. It adheres to the dunkel lager guidelines--as I understand them--and manages to pack a considerable amount of flavor and a respectable amount of depth into a relatively light style. I'd consider buying this one in sixers on those rare occasions when I crave a well-rounded, easy drinking dark beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogony/chest nut with a white head that drops off to fill rater quickly. Head retention below average & about average lacing

Smell: Some malt & fruitiness

Taste: Sweet maltiness witgh dryness upfront. Some toasted malt and slight bitterness that compliment the style

MF: Good Balance & carbonation

This is pretty quaffable. Would good alone or with Ribs/BBQ or dessert

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent lasting head; light lace. Light brown color and clear.

Light chocolate aromas; even lighter hop.

The hop is more pronounced; good dark malt flavor but the body is relatively thin (not surprising, given the style). Relatively high carbonation.

This is like a great brown ale, although it's a lager. A nice round flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

First had this brew during SummerFest a couple years ago, and it seemed pretty tasty then. Had to revisit to make sure. It pours a clear sunset garnet topped by a short finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose simply comprises dark wheat and very light roasted malts. A dusting of coffee lurks in the distance, but doesn't seem to pose much of a threat to the other elements. The taste rounds the nasal elements out a bit, bringing in some mild cocoa and light grass to the dark wheat/light roast party. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice li'l brew, nothing spectacular, but enjoyably drinkable nonetheless.

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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 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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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger of slightly tanned head. Nose is roasted grain, with some citrus hop zing. A little bit of a metallic twang is present in the aroma as well. Taste is a nice mixture of caramel and sweet malt in the front with some metallic notes jumbled around with the faint hop bitterness... it all gets wrapped up in a crisp finish. LIttle bit of buttery notes in the lingering aftertaste. It is medium bodied with low carb. Despite the minor metallic twang I am finding this beverage rather enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a minimal tan head. Nose is so minimally earthy and leafy that it is almost non-existent. Flavor is earthy and leafy with a bitter tang to it. Feel has a decent bubble and the liquid is nice too, but overall this is a lackluster performance. Nothing to run to the store to grab hold of.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled during week 3 of Feb. notched on label:

Pours dark brown with a tan head that shows initial promise but soon collapses to a thin, slowly vanishing patch. Dotted lacing slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is mild - some dark bread, a touch of roast, toffe-towards chocolate and a mild, but nice, general hop spicing.

The taste is of toffee/chocolate (though not too sweet), pumpernickel/toasted dark bread, a sour touch and a mild hop bitterness.

It has a creamy, medium body. Smooth.

An enjoyable, well-balanced dark lager. A touch of roast, hops and a mild sour touch keep it from being too sweet while keeping it malt-forward. Easy-to-drink. Nice!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brownish hue, nearly opaque, with a fine, if short, creamy head. Aroma: soft, with flavors of cocoa and nuts, very malty.
On the palate, so smooth, and terrifically tasty. Body feels light, on the tongue, but the texture is quite good, and the flavor is unstoppable. Some minerally notes pop up in the middle, carrying through the finish, though they did not detract from any enjoyment of this delicious dunkel.
A thorough taste treat, that I'd happily consume again!

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with lighter tan colors along the bottom of the glass. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast cleanliness, and slight grass aroma. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then some roasted malt, yeast cleanliness, hints of pale hops, and some grass flavors.

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Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Light lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and a hint of chocolate is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, soft chocolate, prunes, red apples, and decent bitterness create a nice flavorful lager.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is brief as the flavors leave the tongue quickly.

Drinkability: superb session beer here. One of my favorites from Lakefront.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smeel is mild, some notes of malts. Taste is lightly sweet and malty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty decent brew.

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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 WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt scent with not much else to speak of. The taste is decent as well. It's dry and roasted with little complexity. It tastes like a lagered nut brown. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although this is a pretty different dunkel than I'm used to drinking.

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