The Crafted Can – Sly Fox Dunkel Lager

Posted on March 29th, 2011

About the beer: This week’s Beer of the Week/Crafted Can comes out of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Though I’ve never spotted this in the Boston area, Sly Fox seemed to have a good place with the New Jersey market where I found this pack. This lager is an attempt at a popular style in the German/Bavarian market. Dunkel, which is German for “dark,” is a style that’s known for it’s smooth, malty flavor, along with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and/or toasted malts. This lager specifically uses Munich, Pils, and German Roast malts along with several types of Bavarian hops.

In a nutshell: Sly Fox’s Dunkel Lager is a good way to tease yourself about what a dunkel could be.

Review: In my memory, this is the first dunkel-style beer I’ve ever encountered. The dark reddish brown color made me worry that this was going to be a heavy beer, but that wasn’t the case at all. It’s not too carbonated, so you really get to experience how smooth this beer goes down. Though not substantial, I was able to notice some earthier flavors, but nothing blatantly obvious or overpowering. It seems like Sly Fox stuck a toe just past the line of beer complexity, so though there are these slight flavorful notes, it’s nothing that exciting. I can only keep thinking about what this beer could be, which makes me want to blow past this one and start sampling other beers in the style.

Rating: 3 out of 5