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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This deep mahogany Euro-style lager has a nice balance of malts and hops, which lend to the full-flavored body and mild aroma. It has a pleasantly malt-fruity palate, with touches of chocolate, and some hoppy bitterness coming through at the end. The dark beer was rated as "One of the Top 100 Beers in the World" by Wine Enthusiast magazine, won the Silver Medal in the 1993 Great American Beer Festival and the Silver Medal in the 2002 World Beer Championships.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Draft, Berghoff Cafe at O’Hare Airport. I may be overly generous in rating this, but after schlepping heavy carry-ons though Terminal 1, this is tasting pretty good. Thin head does not stay around long. Beer is a nice deep browm, red in the light. Has a good, deep malty taste with a light German hop balance. A bit gassy going down, but then again, I’m a little stressed, waiting to board three different planes to fly to freakin’ Russia. But the cafe is an excellent stopover in the distant Concourse C.
Sampled at the Billy Goat on Michigan Ave., Chicago, Dec. 20, 04. The Billy Goat has replaced Schlitz as the "Billy Goat Draft: on tap. Here it tastes pretty nice and goes well with the decor. Slightlly peaty here and darker than I remember. Nice hop finish compounded by the usual odd Berghoff yeast bite. Still a fine session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (442) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Pours clear iced tea color with a thn white head. Aroma is barley and malt. Not much there. The taste is bland, but in a good way. This beer goes down way too easy. Very mild carbonation in the mouth. Taste is a tad malt and barley. It’s not great, but when you’re thirsty it hits the spot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5085) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Location: Draft at the Berghoff, 6/2/14

Aroma: The nose is malty and kind of dull (kind of a theme here), chocolate and caramel notes
Appearance: This one pours a dark brownish color with a reddish hue
Flavor: The flavor is much the same, malty, a little thin, with a decent amount of sweetness
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has an okay mouthfeel, and a thin finish
Overall Impression: Just a very okay beer. Really no issues with it per se, just not all that interesting at all. Fine. Drinkable. Forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (3702) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Not a bad dark lager. Rich with caramel and bread, a touch of molasses and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Bottled (backlog, as Sundown Dark Beer), had@Monks Café, Stockholm. Brown colour with a mediumsized beige famy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is chocolaty, nutty, toasted and also has some slight perfumed notes to it. Flavour is toasted malts, some metallic notes along with some slight chocolate and toffee.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illiniphil (141) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
12 oz. bottle. German-style lager. Pours toasty brown. Flavors are chocolate, coffee, molasses and malt. I really enjoyed this but I have to admit that I really want the Berghoff label to succeed from a historical perspective. However this beer is solid no matter what's on the label. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VatMasterson (64) - Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Chicago O’Hare bottle not tap, this one was much better than the Lager or the Amber. Rich roasted toasted malt, good Aroma. Solid and enjoyable. Worth drinking again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lemke10 (914) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with creamy light brown head. Taste is heavier but drinks more like a dark ale than a stout. Went great with the bratwurst at Berghoff cafe in Chicago O’hare airport.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (5227) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Mahogany with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, slightly chocolatey. Taste is malty, nutty-chocolate, caramel. A little flat-feeling, but not a bad flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hair6a11 (1436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle; Pour is brown with mahogany highlighting in this glass. A modest khaki head is present here, with poor retention and light lacing as well. The nose is fairly nice, actually; chestnuts, caramel, dark fruit here. The flavor profile reveals the same, with a hint of ash, light chocolate, mild bitterness ; this lacks depth, but is much better than expected, though expectations were quite low.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Tap at Chicago O’Hare. Remarkable how little difference there really is between the lager, the amber, and this one. This one is a dark brown, with a slight head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is caramel, hint of milk chocolate. Flavor matches. No hop character, just enough bitterness to even things out. The best brew of the three they had, but still not that great. I caught myself looking with envy at the people on each side of me at the bar - one had a bottle of Two Hearted, and the other a bottle of Sierra Nevada Porter. But, still nice to try some new brews.

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