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: 546 |  Reviews: 219
Photo of rattletrap968
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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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 BeerLover99
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown body, trace head, patchy lacing

S: roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate

T: sweet ripe fruit front, malt middle, light bitter roasted/choc.

M: med/light body, solid carbonation

O: This is a good gateway dunkel, not great
but not awful. Could easily be a session brew.


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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cola brown-black that is reddish where the light breaks through the edges. A 3/4 inch khaki head falls to a decent lace that has some cling. There are strong toasted malt notes in the nose, with a clear suggestion of coffee and a bit of dark chocolate, as well. Smokey and rich, there's a very pleasing bouquet on this one. Lots of toasted malt in the front of the taste, smokey and inviting. The flavor moves smoothly on the palate, revealing more clear alcohol toward the middle and finishing with the malts balanced nicely by some hop bitterness. There's a mocha coffee flavor acting as an undercurrent, as well. The feel is medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, and clean-finishing. Not as dense as I expected, and lacking significant effervescence.

This is one of the last of the Lakefront regular lineup for me to try, and I was pleasantly surprised by it. There's some really outstanding toasted malt flavor in this one--great smokiness and touches of coffee and chocolate throughout. I think I was hoping for a heavier mouthfeel, but it works just fine the way it is. Due to the richness of the flavors, I would probably drink this one more like a dessert beer, but it could certainly be more versatile than that. I'll definitely be revisiting this one.

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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 u2carew
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick tan head. Slowly settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Dark body - mahogany / ruby in color.
S) Toasted malt aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate.
T) Roasted malt. Subtle smoky notes. Malt all the way through, but not a big malt taste. A light hop brings a small bite and dryness to the finish.
M) Quite fizzy. The carbonation is a bit too much. Medium body. Dry in the in finish.
O) A nice dark lager. The carbonation dominates too much of what is happening in the mouth - taste and feel - and is a distraction. Other than that true to form.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a clear dark amber color. Off white head is about an inch thick when poured before starting to quickly settle to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass eventually. Decent lacing. Nice roasted caramel malt aroma with slight hints of chocolate. Has a good roasted caramel malt flavor, followed by some moderate hops bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and spice. The flavors really come out more and gel together nicely when you let this sit and warm a bit. Has a very crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. A pretty decent beer all around, but there is room for some improvement methinks.


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Photo of cwcolby74
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle consumed March 28. Purchased in January at Kahn's on Keystone Avenue. I drank it out of a New Glarus pint glass.

A - Dark brown, about 3/4 inch of foamy, thick head. Good carbonation. It looks almost like a porter, but it's a lager.

S - It semms rich and snooth like a Munich dunkel should. It doesn't have a heavy smell, but you can detect the unique malts.

T - It has a sharp, roasted note and a moderate bitterness. It's 5.5 percent ABV but it hides it well. It has an interesting richness to it that I like.

M - It's very aggressive in its mouthfeel. It has a sharp bitterness that leaves an excessively strong aftertaste.

O - It'll bet this beer is better if paired with food. I like it, although I prefer beers that are a little less bitter and a little less pungent and roasted in the background, especially beer of a style that's German/Bavarian in nature.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, nice thick creamy tan head that clings the glass very well; color is brown, somewhat translucent with amber hues.

Smell is sweet, slightly sour to me, followed by low roasted flavors and caramel sweetness.

Taste is a smooth roasted malt with caramel sweetness, light coffee/toffee flavors as well; lightly cloying in the finish.

Mouthfeel is mostly balanced, but a bit of sticky sweetness on the finish; my imperssion of other dunkels is a somewhat crisper finish.

Overall, a tasty beverage, but lightly off scents and a bit too much malt sweetness on the tongue make me relate it to a brown ale.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notched on the label as bottled in December. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep, dark brown body. An aggressive pour yields a huge four finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a little sticky lacing along the glass.

The initial aroma is coffee and roasted malt. A hint of chocolate backed up by bit of a milk stout-type aroma.

The flavors are similar to the aromas. The coffee flavor is more sweet in the taste and tends toward toffee. There is a hint of hop bitterness that balances the sweet flavors very well.

A little thin in the mouthfeel. But, overall a very solid dunkel that is very drinkable.

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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 chumba526
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears dark brown with a small tan head.

It smells a bit smoky, chocolate like, and a bit caramel like.

It tastes initially mildly smoky and coco like. There is a mild caramel sweet flavor to the beer as well. There is a mild citrus (orange like) flavor to the beer as well.

There is a crisp mouthfeel to the beer and the beer has ample carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. The beer is flavorful yet it is light and smooth.

Overall not a great beer but a good one.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber pour with medium white head. Aroma is very very faint. I got picked up by the nice light smokey taste of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild spice, and nuttiness. Feels somewhat unbalanced but overall a good dunkel lager true to style.

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

Poured this one into a Welde Pilsner glass...

Pours well for a finger thick off white head, and has a crystal clear dark copper colored body when held up to bright white light.

Not much in the aroma, which is typical with this style. There is only a slight toasted coffee bean smell.

Taste wise this is on par. A decent amount of caramel/toffee flavors blended in with a decent amount of coffee character with subtle hints of metallic hops.

Nice mellow feel with a smooth bit of oiliness, but blended in with a solid carbonated crispness... This is a good bier.

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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 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 JDK
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark reddish brown color without much of a head, reminded me of a glass of Coke. What was there quickly disappeared. Virtually no lacing.

Not much of a smell, very light, had trouble picking out just one or two things.

Pretty good carbonation, nice mouthfeel and ends with a nice lingering of roasted malts.

The flavor of roasted malts with just the slightest hint of hops.

Worth a try

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

Lakefront Brewery's Eastside Dark is a deep brown, almost black Dunkel-style lager that pours without much head formation or retention. It lives up to its name, being darker than most brown ales and allowing little transparency.

The smell is of chocolate and coffee, and is slightly smokey. It isn't very prominent until tasted, then becoming more detectable.

Eastside Dark is full of richly roasted malt flavor with little to no hop presence on the tongue. The nose is all chocolate malt, slowly revealing a bit of peat smoke.

The smoothness of this beer is very refreshing. It isn't overly thick, and the minimal carbonation allows all of the flavors to surface.

Overall, this is a worthy example of a German-style dark lager; flavorful and refreshing without being too filling.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

Eastside dark is a treat! It pours a very dark brown as the scent of malts tickle your nose. Has a short lived head on it though. It has a semi-heavy nutty taste to it mixed with what tastes to be a few spices. Only complaint here is that it could use a little more carbonation to it.

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Photo of soze47
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle dated second week of August (1 1/2 month old). Sadly, the last bottle from a great Lakefront variety pack.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, but not so dark that light can creep through. Nice tan head of one finger that is very thick, but dissolves quickly.

Aroma: Clean maltiness with a heavy roasted caramel/toffee scent. Subtle chocolate tones.

Taste: Everything tastes roasty and toasty. Great balance here. This is most definitely malt forward, but the hops do a good job of keeping the rich caramel and chocolate sweetness from getting out of hand. Flavors combine to create a coffee like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but not very heavy in body. Not cloying in the least, but flavors leave a pleasant after feel on your tongue.

Drinkability: Highly Drinkable! This would be a perfect beer for cooler weather, but crisp and refreshing enough to have year-round.

Overall: A stellar way to end the variety pack. I can see enjoying this one again soon during a football game. The balance and light body are what sell me on this variation of the style. It is not as robust as it could be, but I think that is one of this beers strengths.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate color with a cream colored head and some good glass cling.

The smell was, oddly, chocolate and molases.

The tongue picked up dry notes, burnt malts, and licorice.

The mouth had a creamy feel to it and a licorice after taste. Man, not a fan of licorice. Maybe I'm picking up on a flavor that is not there, but that's how my tongue interprets it.

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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.64 out of 5 based on 546 ratings.
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