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Eastside Dark | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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: 551 |  Reviews: 221
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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Photo of ScottageCheese
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

Photo of dbalwanz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SnarkyFinn
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of great113
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

Photo of Mspread
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Atticus09
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of KBrady487
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours to a 2" fizzy, slightly brownish head. Head became thick but dissipated to a thin lace on the bear with ok retention. Beer color was a dark brown with a hint of deep red.

Smell- Can smell mostly the malts, seem like roasted with mostly coffee and some nutty smell. Also able to detect some hops scent.

Taste- Hops and malts mix very well with each other. There is a slight hop flavor but mostly malty. Malts are sweet and nutty with some coffee as well. Towards end of beer get a lot of the coffee malts. Get most of the hop flavor in the after taste and it is not overpowering and mixes well with the malts.

Mouth- The carbonation is not overwhelming. After swallows feel most of the carbonation in the mouth, and very smooth.

Drinkability- Very drinkable beer. Goes down smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall a good beer and would have again any time.

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Photo of danimalthegreat
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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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Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 551 ratings
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