mjmoen (534) - - APR 15, 2017
B+. Pours a clear copper color with white head. Light but has good amount of flavor EMunk (99) - USA - FEB 5, 2012
I really enjoy a good Dunkel and I think this one hit the spot. A slight malty flavor with a very smooth finish. Delicious. brewcrew2002 (89) - USA - MAR 24, 2013
Wonderful beer that is brewed locally! Pours a dark amber color with a medium head. Caramel notes gives this beer a smooth drinkability. Skyview (6021) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
On draught at the brewpub in McGregor, Iowa. Pours a clear copper amber brew with an average creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma is malty with scents of caramel malt, some toffee, a hint of chocolate and some honey. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonated with flavors of mostly caramel, toffee, some dark bread crust and a hint of chocolate. Finish is smooth, creamy with a short aftertaste of caramel malt. Bikeman53 (27) - - MAR 23, 2013
Pours almost dark root beery but doesn’t hardly have any hint of "dark beer" very light flavor good beer. It’s a dark beer that non dark fans can enjoy
jmohno (1618) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2013
Clear dark copper/bronze.Not much head with even a heavy pour from a bottle.
Smells nice some sweet malt,light fruit,spice.toast,raison toffee.Almost oatmeal raison cookie like.Butter/bready.
Taste is same with cinnomy spice crispness.mild fruit/a bit more carmelly.chocolate and light smooth roast. Some cherry notes in sweet caramel flavor. Some nuttiness also that I didnt really notice from before.Thought I liked this better on tap,but now seeing why I remember why I liked it on tap from before. I almost want to say its like a good nutbrown ale yet a smooth dunkel lager. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2013
on tap-white-amber. A-raost-med malt, fruit. T-roast-med malt, nutty, some fruit. hops. vyvvy (6460) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Sampled at Repeal of Prohibition fest 2013 at Schlafly Bottleworks - Pours clear nutty brown with a beige head. The aroma has nutty malt, smooth lager yeastiness, spicy hops and a nice raw graininess. It has a medium smooth body with a good amount of carbonation. The flavor starts rough for a lager (in a good way) with earthy / spicy hops, nuts and toasty malt. The finish has more spice and earth. Comes across more like an ale than a lager on the taste. Quite enjoyable. fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Original rating, tap, 09.21.2010: 5/3/4/2/8 2.2 Pours medium to dark brown with a smallish beige head that has poor retention. Aroma is toast, chocolate, a touch of roast and cereal grain. Flavor is roast, chocolate, toasted bread and bitter, planty hops. Palate is light bodied, thin and somewhat astringent. Pretty plain and thin dunkel. Updated rating, bottle, 04.04.2013: Aroma is a little nuttier and a has a touch of toffee. Flavor seems much more rounded than my original rating indicates, nice nutty and toffee flavors up front, a hint of chocolate white bread crust, a little toast and cereal and some spicy and playfully fruity floral hops to the finish. Light body with a creamy to slick entry, moderate, somewhat sharp and blanketing carbonation and off dry finish. Pretty solid stuff. Much different than what I remember sampling nearly 3 years ago. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2011
The beer pours a fairly deep orange color with a good head.
The aroma is full of rich maltiness and plenty of earthy character. The beer has a light roasty aroma here too.
The flavor is again rich and malty. I’m getting a very enjoyable subtle hint of anise throughout. The beer is mildly sweet and has some spicy hoppiness. It really tastes to me more like an Oktoberfest, but I can see where it rides the line between Oktoberfest and Dunkel.
I guess I’ve not experienced the sort of qc issues that others have with this brewery, and I’m glad I’ve not. Most of the lagers I’ve had from them have been clean and nice. I hope they keep this up when they’re in Coralville at the big brewery.