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 Syngates333
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Beertron
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lakefront is a great Wisconsin brewery, though I find it strange that they're not located on the lake. Regardless, they were a big hit at our 1st Swine & Swill and Eastside has always been one of my favorites in their lineup. Now, let's see how they hold up to the vigorous review process. From bottle to glass...

A - Poured 1" large fizzy head. Retention was pretty solid leaving a thin, spotty layer of head that wasn't going anywhere. Some strong carbonation within the dark body.

S - A very powerful scent of fruity and yeasty scents. The malts in this bugger provide an alluring sweetness and one can catch a small dose of plum or pluot buried within.

T - When compared to its relatively one-dimensional smell, this is fabulously complex. Of the various flavors layered upon each other, it's worth noting that all have a bit deeper, earthy flavor. There's some medium-roast coffee notes up front, along with softer characteristics of banana, pumpkin and nutmeg. Following this is a blast of heavily-yeasted dough (a la pizza crust, soft pretzels or breadsticks). In the finish, the malts shine through. They're toasty and even a bit smoky but not terribly heavy. For as much as the malts rule this brew, the overall flavor seems pretty acidic. This is a good thing.

M - This is cool-feeling and smooth. It's medium-bodied with a soft, pleasant bitter that lingers a short while.

D - Pretty damn high. The alcohol level doesn't seem out-of-whack and you don't start losing interest after the tastes have thoroughly coated the palate. I could drink (and have drank) plenty of these in a sitting without tiring of it or having it over-power the taste buds.

F - There are plenty of foods that this beer would make friends with and most of them are on the pedestrian side of things. The acidic and yeasty flavors would make this beer a shoe-in with pizza, especially pizza done properly with a nice whole-wheat, cornmeal crust. It would go quite well with some saltier breads like a mean focaccia and even some other starchier foods like celeriac or good ole cream of tato soup. Caraway seeds would make for a nice contrasting element in any of the aforementioned. Finally, some grilled or, better still, smoked chicken would really do the trick here.

O - This is a damn solid brew. While certainly not anything groundbreaking, it's flavors are complex and balanced. All the while, this remains an excessively approachable beer both to session and to mix with a wide variety of pretty common foods.

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Photo of eddocron
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 6-pack, Otsego Minnesota Liquors, next to target. $8.99/6.

A. Nice dark amber poor, large head that fades to a persistent rim.

S. Strong malt, and hops. some caramel or sweet smell.

T. Nice malt and hop taste, some sweetness but slightly bitter on the mouth.

M. Not a heavy dark lager, as I usually love. Much lighter in the mouth. But still good. Again, I found a slight bitterness lingering after drinking it.

D. Very good.

A nice Milwaukee dark lager in the fashion of the Dunkel. Lighter then expected considering its color. I would buy again.

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Photo of zldjn97
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CheeseTurds
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think this is a pretty competent dark lager. Smells, tastes, looks, feels very rich, but not thick. It does seem a little...hmm..."metallic"- but not distractingly so. I might have to drink 6 or 7 of these in a row to really assess the drinkability, but I'm pretty pleased with it. Seems like a good "flagship" beer (which I think they consider it)- if so, it's a great standard to hold to.

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of cwcolby74
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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 GregHicks
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of The_Original_Drinker
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SnarkyFinn
5/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of Caleb_Varebrook
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of dark beers but enjoyed this one. Smooth and not too overboard on flavor.

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Photo of jkaczinski
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeMineAPBR
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 M-Franz
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of J-Peezy13
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alex725
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BioBilly
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty reddish brown color, with a small lacing on top. There is suprisingly little aroma. The taste is the best of this beer. It is very think for dark beer without much consistancy but it is drinkable. Overall worth a shot. This beer is one of LakeFronts best, it fits with there style.

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Photo of Bruin75
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Chap-12
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Kkasprzak
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Flavorful and aromatic at a serving temp of 50-55 deg F. Smooth without bitterness. Not hoppy but you can taste a hint of hops. A malty flavor throughout. I can enjoy one over 30 minutes or drag it over an hour. Best of all, I can drink these all day/evening.

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Photo of KingNoonan
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first had the Eastside Dark at one of my favorite pizza places in the city last summer. Now whenever I am in the city I will make it a point to pick some up. As I poured the beer into my pint glass, I could already smell very strong notes of coffee and heavy barley malts. The beer poured out into a nice deep chestnut mahogany color with a creamy off-white head. The head dissipated rather quickly, after a minute or so, leaving a wispy film on the top of the beer. The beer smelled of toasted barley, coffee, rich chocolate malts; comparable to the scent of a freshly baked loaf of wholegrain bread. The first drink had a nice balance of strong bittering hops, roasted malts, and coffee. After a few drinks, I noticed that the beer became a little acidic, but the acidity subsided further down the glass. All in all, the brew was a very smooth elixir of toasted grain, roasted malts, mixed nuts and freshly baked dark bread. The tastes reflect the nose perfectly. The beer is highly carbonated and stays that way through the whole glass. The most notable feature of this brew was the surprisingly smooth aftertaste. Usually dark lagers have a strong bitter aftertaste; this one was surprisingly sweet. This beer is fairly drinkable, but is rather filling. In all, this is a very good beer to sit back and enjoy.

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4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 556 ratings