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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Ratings: 563 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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 oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3.45/5  rDev -6%
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 emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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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3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this from a mixed 12pck that I bought in Brookfield outside of Milwaukee whilst there for a hockey tournament. It poured a deep rich clear mahogany with thin off white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of dark chocolate and roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with slight Arabic coffee presence with sweet toffee push. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener glass. There was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had a roasty nutty to chocolate coating over top of a light banana aroma. The taste was mainly sweet through the fruity and malty chocolate - ness. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it was noticeable but not overbearing. I have to admit there’s a really nice smooth creamy banana finish. Overall, what a really nice beer that seemed to show that this could be a great dessert beer.

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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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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