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Style: Dampfbier

Local Option Dampf Loc is an all-barley warm fermented ale brewed by the folks from Chicago’s Local Option; inspired by “Dampfbier” originally crafted by medieval peasant inhabitants of the Bavarian Forest. During the fermentation process generous amounts of foam and surface bubbles burst in the tank, giving the illusion that the ferment is boiling or “steaming.” Tony Russomanno and Noah Hopkins took it upon themselves to brew Dampf Loc as a modern interpretation of its Teutonic predecessor, creating a “Hefe Gerste” ale that is true to its roots; unmistakable in character yet accessible to beer drinkers of all palates.

Dampf Loc has a mild hop profile, medium body with pleasant effervescence and a clear, rich, orange hue. Dampf Loc is ideal for warm months, yet enjoyable year round.
Web: http://www.localoptionbier.com
Bottle Size: 1 Pint 0.9oz (500ml)
Suggested Serving Size In: Weissbier Vase
Serving Temperature: 45°F, 7.2°C

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
My bottle of this was a bit of a gusher. It wasn’t to bad but open yours over the sink. As expected of a gushing beer, it poured w/ a huge head and took quite a while to get in the glass. This is an interesting beer. The malt presence is almost exaggerated. It’s only a little sweet but very nutty w/ some sherry-like oxidation to it. The carbonation is vigorous but not biting. As it warms a bit of a non-specific fruity character builds in the nose. There is no date on the bottle so I have no idea if this was old or something but one way or the other what I got tasted pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2014
500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of biscuit, cracker, toast, light caramel, pear, apple, floral, grass, pepper, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of biscuit, cracker, toast, nuttiness, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, cracker, toast, nuttiness, light caramel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. A slight metallic note noticed on the finish, but not really detrimental to the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice steam beer style. All around good balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
16.9oz bottle 4/18/14 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Mug-Pours a murky light amber with a loose off white head. Aroma of wheat, caramel, and chocolate. Taste of malt, banana, wheat, and caramel. This medium bodied brew is a bit different but still rather tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bubblehouse (308) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2014
Descent beer. Really enjoyable on a nice day but lingers a little to long. Still worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (1871) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle at keg 229 NYC. Pours a reddish brick brown Boole. Taste is slightly medecine y with a decent backbite. Pfetty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3257) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting at De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Hazy orange pour. Aroma of spicy malts, herbs and some caramel. Flavor is sweet, malty, spicy and some herbs. Not really characteristic but well drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (3681) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is wheat, caramel, light chocolate. Flavour is banana, wheat, liquorice, some hop bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5018) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Sample at the molen monthly tasting. thin white head. Hazy golden blond pour. Nice enough beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (768) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 8, 2014
Botella de 50 cl de el lupulo, en el momento 08-04-2014. Color ambar oscuro tirando a marron con toques anaranjados, espuma blanca poco persistente, quedando al final un pequño anillo. Aromas a cereales con algo de caramelo tostado. Sabores bastante marcados de cereales con algo de caramelo tostado y ahumado. Cuerpo ligero tornando a medio segun coge temperatura. No esta mal, refrescante en general.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (1775) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2014
@ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Clear medium amber color with a bubbly 1" head that stays awhile, a sheet of lace extending 2" above the drink. Taste seems more a sour ale than an Ale. There is malt to begins things, followed by toast and cut hay. It gives way to sour bittering in the finish. There are hops, no doubt, but the sour is present, too. Decent brew.

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