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: 216 | Ratings: 527
Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown in color with copper edges. Much of the finger of beige head dissipated quickly leaving only a film of foam floating on top of the liquid. The nose is reminiscent of dark rye bread. Malt is prominent in the flavor profile and the finish is dry with an ever so slightly hop bitterness coming through. This offering is hearty and tasty for sure.

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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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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 TheSSG
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, frothy, dense head that has really good persistence. Soft, roasted malt aroma blend with bright, floral hops; sweet, floral, and slightly reminiscent of acidic coffee. Deep, deep burnt umber color is nearly opaque. Starts with a wonderful, rich roasted malt profile. There is a acidic, coffee-like quality as the slightly bitter hops meld with this. The finish is floral hops and lingering roasted malt.

Overall, this is EXCELLENT. Lakefront Lagers are WONDERFUL, and this is no different.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours with a khaki, slightly lumpy cap just over a finger thick, floating atop a dark, molasses-colored beer. Doesn't quite leave lacing, but rather, deposits small spots of foam on the glass.

S: Malt and ester. Grape, fig, toasted biscuit, with a slight pepper and hint of citrus. A pleasant, soft, fruity smell, accentuated by a slight grassiness.

T: Roasted malt, sweet and creamy. This is a delicious beer. It's not heavy, but it has a big, creamy, effecvescent mouthfeel, and a big body. The hops and carbonation mix for a smooth but crisp bitterness. The hops are earthy. Finishes dry, but sweet and nutty.

D: This is a very drinkable, very sessionable beer.

Overall, this is a great Munich dunkel, presenting a complex malt flavor.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby brown, like a good fancy pen ink. Fine head and lacing. Decent smell - mainly straightforward malt. The malt flavor is delicious though. Even if it is just straightforward stuff, the slight sweetness and the carbonation are big pluses for me. Feels extra pleasant in the mouth, and after, no sting. If that's what you like, you'll get it here. Any beer that is perfectly pleasant to drink gets high points from me. This may not be a brew with too much fancy complexity, but it is perfectly pleasant. I'd buy a twelve pack or a case in a heartbeat.

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Photo of danimalthegreat
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Minimal head, deep amber color, very clear

S - Malty barley smell. stronger than i expected, even for a dark lager

T - very roasty maltiness, pretty bitter... similar to a strong German beer

M - medium to high carbonation and thin

O - Not my favorite style, but it hit all the characteristics that you'd expect from a dark lager. I wouldn't buy again but I'd recommend to a friend who likes the style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 20 November 2012.

A: A rich, transparent ruby-dark chestnut. Two fingers of lace form, then fade, leaving behind nice lacing. Gorgeous, though perhaps the glass as well.

S: Chocolate malt and floral, lagery yeast. Fresh cookies. Sweetish fruit.

T: Not as interesting as I'd hoped. Round, bland, and simple, but still quite pleasant. Plums, coffee, and rich malts which are both biscuity and chocolatey. The cookie comparison still holds.

M: Slightly watery, but moderately robust.

O: Not a bad lager, but also not particularly inspiring. My first of this particular style, and not a poor introduction. That said, this will probably be my only bottle.

IBU: 16.3
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Dingemans Munich, Dingemans Cara 45, Crisp Chocolate Malt, Weyermann Carafa III
Hops: Mt. Hood

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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 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 waldoiverson
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into nonic

a: Dusty brown color, massive pillow of light tan head, crisp looking carbonation

s: molasses, gingerbread, cocoa

t: sweet brown bread, caramel apple, a bit of citrus rind bitterness, chocolate, ends very sweet

m: luciously creamy, which becomes a bit much over the course of the bottle. i'd have preferred a bit more carbonation bite

O: it's a nice beer though I think it could have gone darker and more bitter. i would love to try this with a bit of a rye kick.

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Photo of Strix
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, decent head, nice lacing.

Malty, with a toasted note.

Very roasty, bit of a porter quality, coffee, bread, earthiness, clean finish.

Smooth and light mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this. Nothing overly complicated, but clean and fairly bold for the style.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle 'born on' 3rd week of April.

Look is a dark brown-amber, almost black. Smell is cocoa powder, red malt, and coffee beans. Starts dry and sweet, with hints of dark fruit. Malty, with a touch of earthy hops, but mostly its cocoa powder, especially in the dry finish.

Tasty stuff.

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

12oz bottle from the first week of January - but I'm pretty sure it was January 2011. I forgot to drink this one after picking it up in a mixed-sixpack this past summer, so we'll see how it's aged.

A: A finger of frothy tan head sits atop a gorgeous, strikingly clear garnet body. Retention isn't the best, but the head reactivates nicely upon a gentle swirl and leaves a decent amount of delicate lace. Overall a nice-looking dark lager.

S: Very subdued, but not unpleasant: vanilla, almonds, bread crust, and straight maltiness. Perhaps a slight hint of herbal hops, but even if I'm not imagining them they're the weakest part of a weak aroma. Still, there's nothing off about it, which is commendable.

T: More powerful than the nose (gladly), with rich nuttiness leading to mildly sweet, vanilla-tinged fruitiness in the middle and a clean, bready, bittersweet finish. The aftertaste continues to grow more bitter, with some herbal and earthy notes helping to balance out the substantial sweetness that came earlier. Pretty nice.

M: Lively, slightly tingly, and yet suprisingly full body. Perhaps a bit too mouth-filling for the style, but I'm enjoying it all the same.

O: I've never been terribly impressed by a Lakefront beer, but I think this is their best offering: it's robust, smooth, balanced, and just plain tasty - even over a year after being bottled. If you fancy a Dunkel and see this on the shelf, don't hesitate.


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

Dark brown with three fingers of off-white head and a lot of lace, this is a good-looking, sweet-cocoa smelling beer.

Nutty and cocoa malt, a pinch of raisin, some lactic sourness that is a bit overwhelming, then chicory bitterness and more sweet cocoa on the finish. Not all of the flavor notes are where I would want them to be, but overall it's a satisfying beer that drinks well, nicely complex and bold for the style.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled week 1 of October 2011 and poured into a Samual Adams perfect pint.

A - Deep chocolate brown, with an off-white head that pours small and recedes to a thin circle of foam at the edge of the glass. Clear "bright" with no lacing but the color is rather delightful.

S - Rich munich malts, slightly toasty, slight sweetness. Turns quite nutty as temperature increases.

T - Coffee roastiness with a complex array of light to dark sweet malts. Touch of bitterness at the finish for balancing but still a touch sweet.

M - Medium-full bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

O - Great color to this beer. I thought that malt character was wonderfully complex with a clean/refreshing finish that forms an overall satisfying brew.

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Photo of steveh
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another in my quest to find a good, US brewed Munich Dunkel. Also an old friend as I used to frequent the Lakefront Brewery quite often in the 90s and the Eastside was a favorite.

A -- Clear, deep dark chestnut color with ruby highlights and firm, creamy, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Dark bread crust nose with light chocolate and coffee hints. Lightest of roasted malts back, but not distracting.

T -- Mild roastiness up front that folds into a bready sweetness, but finishes with that tell-tale roasted malt bitterness that out-does the good breadiness.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a somewhat dry finish and a good medium body.

O -- Overall this is a great drinking beer, well worth trying by anyone who likes dark beers, but I still can't call it a good Dunkel with the roasted malts being so prominent.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a New Glarus flute

A: a very dark brown. Nice thick head.

S: Hmmmm something smells a little funny. Not much aroma but something is a little weird.

T: Sooo good! There is a toasty chocolate character that I wasn't expecting. Very nice.

M: Extremely smooth. No hop character whatsoever but their shouldn't be for this style. I can drink six of this in succession.

Overall this is a really good drinking dark German brew but I can't help but wonder what I am smelling. What hops are used for this? I would buy it again however.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into the tulip

A: Appears black but reveals a perfectly clear deep mahagony brown with ruby tonality. Off white dense head. Great lace. Very nice.

S: Malty with a little smokiness. Makes me want to drink up.

T: The roastiness of the malt is king and it is great. Toasted spice, nuttiness, crisp fresh hop finish. Excellent.

M: Viscous at first, ends dry. Tight carbonation.

D: Excellent.

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Photo of coldriver
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep brown with quickly dissapating head. Roasty malt nose with some earth tones and chocolate. Taste has some toffee, dark fruit, and a fair amount of spicy hops. Nice snappy dry finish, well carbonated. This one actually exceeded expectations, probably wouldn't buy it again but certainly wouldn't turn it down if somewhat offered it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I served this in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The beige head is nothing grand. Just a slight film of bursting bubbles. The body is much nicer to look at: a very dark mocha brown with some chestnut highlights.

Smell- The nose is full of bready malt and then some more bready malt. A slight grassy note suggests that hops are going to be present on the palate.

Taste- This is pretty much an Oktoberfest that has a good amount of a bread malt mixed in. The crystal malt is buried, but noticeable near the end of the drink, just have to wait for the bread malt to have its moment.

Not much else is happening with this beer. A little bitterness comes out in the finish with some grassy hop presence.

Mouth feel- Very watery. A darker beer usually feels better when there is some coating and it is creamy. This one comes off under carbonated and too slick.

Overall- This is an okay Dunkel. The dark malt does its part, but I am not sure it carries far enough in the drink to keep it interesting. And the crystal malt is simply too bland.

Not a bad little beer, but I probably will not seek it out again.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 6/11/11

A darker then cola with just enough clarity to see a shitload of carbonation feeding a short lived mocha head that leaves a few random patches of lace

S some smoked meat and milk chocolate with prunes

T molasses with a little nutty chocolate to go with the dark dried fruit

M fairly light for the color but it is a lager after all, quite well carbonated and a fairly clean finish just a little chocolate lingers

O decent but basic, nothing to set this one apart and no reason not to finish it

yet another underwhelming beer out of my mixed 8 pack. I can't see myself buying it again, not that their bad beers but I've yet to be truly impressed for the cost

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liking this one as it combines a strong burnt malt , smoky flavour with a very drinkable finish. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style and the beer has a complexity to the taste that often dark lagers lack. Would like to try this again but sadly it only comes in the 8 pack in BC

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, amber hues on the edges with a nice amount of lacing from the cream colored head. Minimal legs, looks toasty.

Toasty indeed along some light caramel sweetness. For the most part the nose is muted, kinda monotone with the toastiness.

Chocolates, a tea like bittering flavor sweeps across the mouth, dont know what to make of it. Some toasty notes, not as much as the nose though. A dominant amount of nuttiness accompanies the chocolates. Everything is in small doses though. A little spicy in the back.

Light body (4/10), somewhat complex, and easy to drink. Easily a session beer, had 4 of these the other night & was feelin damn good. If I recall correctly, was $7.99 for a 6pack at Total Wine & More. Good deal, looking forward to more Lakefront stuff!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark lager is nice once in a while. This one is good for the style. It is clean, refreshing, and ,alty, as it should be. Mine isn't very cold, but perhaps it should be warmer yet.

It is a nice balance of hoppy and malty, with the emphasis on malty. Overall it is a nice experience, but I won't be seeking it out for repeat tasting.

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.64 out of 5 based on 527 ratings.
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