Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lakefront Brewery's Eastside Dark Lager

Crack it Jack!

Eastside, southside? Same G.D. difference.

So this is another beer from Lakefront Brewery. You might remember us drooling over their Fixed Gear here; so if you need any information on the brewery click on that crap! And unlike that review, I will not bring up the 1987 Detroit Tigers.

So the first thing to note is that this is a dark LAGER; so it isn't going to be as malty as a carton of Whoppers or anything. In fact you might see some similarities to this or this. Oh that last "this" didn't have a hyperlink? That because it was supposed to direct you to Sessions Dark Lager, which we've drank and recently discovered, we never reviewed. But it would be in that category.

So let's get down to business; shall we?  This guy here, well, as mentioned before, it isn't malty like a stout or porter, but surprisingly crisp in traditional lager taste. So if you are going for a thick, malty beverage this is not the booze for you. For a dark lager this is a fine beer though; however, I find that audience somewhat limited.

It's got a solid dark, rich flavor as as you slosh it in your gullet, you'll find a malty, foamy, chocolately, bittersweet goodness. One the whole, however, in typical lager fashion, this beer is relatively flat and loses its off-white head in a matter of minutes, again, representative of lagers.

Is got a bittersweet chocolate aroma which is deceiving to the crisp, clear taste it provides. You could slam a bunch of these real fast, but soon find out it leaves a bitter, dry taste in your mouth. I'm not suggesting to chug the ever-living crap out of these..but at 5.6% ABV it couldn't hurt.

As far as dark lagers this brute is right in line with anyone in the market; which only strengthens my opinion of Lakefront. It is a good after dinner beverage. It doesn't fill you up and it leaves a pleasant taste in your mouth that only ten handful of Fritos can eliminate.

I wouldn't necessarily order this again only because dark lager aren't my steeze. But it is quite pleasant. I;d drink this before a stout or porter after a large bbq'ed dinner for a rich, malty treat. But typically, I might run to another variety of beer in that occasion. If I was in the situation of getting a dark lager, it would be on the top of my list given that it wast about $11 a 6er.

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 7/10
Value: 5/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 6.25/10