This week's (belated) Sunday Night Suds looks at Lakefront Brewery's Eastside Dark Lager.
The Lakefront Eastside Dark Lager is yet another entry into the (somewhat) newly former category of dark lager which seems to grow on a monthly basis. However, unlike some of the more recent dark lagers, Lakefront is already closing in on its 5th year of brewing Eastside Dark Lager.
The experts at BA classify the Eastside Dark Lager as a Munich Dunkel Lager, which they define as:
An old friend of Bavaria, Munich Dunkels are smooth, rich and complex, but without being heady or heavy. They boast brilliant ruby hues from the large amounts of Munich malts used, and these malts also lend a fuller-bodied beer. The decoction brewing process also lends much depth and richness. Bitterness is often moderate, with just enough to balance out any sweetness. Hop varieties used tend to be of the German noble varieties, like: Tetnang and Hallertau.
The Eastside Dark Lager is certainly smooth and not much like many of the beers which are calling themselves "dark lagers." The beer has a richness to it which is almost approaching stout, with a creamy chocolate backbone. I would prefer a little more carbonation (especially since the beer calls itself a lager) but on the whole, it is a pretty complete beer.
I would recommend the Eastside Dark Lager with charred meat dishes or stews as the flavor will hold its own, but not drown out the food. Since the Eastside Dark Lager is one of the more readily available Lakefront products, you can experiment and see which flavor combos work for you.
Lakefront Brewery's Eastside Dark Lager is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K (there is even a Star-K on the label). For the experts' take on the Eastside Dark Lager, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/741/2220.
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