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: 559 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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 RblWthACoz
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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 tone77
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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 jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Duff27
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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 sendbeer
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice solid sturdy brown appearance, good beige head about 3/4" high. Or deep. Aroma hit the English toffee and lesser caramel unsweetened notes. I love this historical marker on Milwaukee's East side as well. Good artwork and inspiration for this one. Good times to be had.

Smooth ride, not overly hopped, mild, some almost coffee notes from some of the roasting. Almost like a dark cream ale. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of plaid75
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark mahogany hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and decent retention.

The smell featured an upfront sour aroma with a mild caramel.

The taste was likewise bitter with a smooth sweet malt toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit astringent, but otherwise of average fullness for the style.

Overall a decent lager. Not as smooth as the typical dunkel.

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Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Bottled 03/18/14. Sampled on December 3, 2014 so this bottle is a little old.

The color is dark amber with little to no head.

The aroma has a dark malt character, yeast, and molasses character maybe.

The body is around medium.

The taste brings out a more sweeter dark malt character than the noses suggests. Very thin bitterness. Maybe the age of this bottle tainted my review,

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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