Somewhere along the line I acquired a bottle Eastside Dark, a lager from Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin. I’m not exactly sure where it came from, as I found it near the back of the pantry in a six-pack container with some of my homebrew… No matter, found beer is found beer, so here’s my review.
Appearance: Brown, and murky. Nice (though short) tan, creamy, foamy head.
Smell: Malty, bready. Very understated, and clean. Darkish—tough to quantify, I know; perhaps a little roasted grain and chocolate.
Taste: Dark malt, a bit astringent but light. I think the astringency comes from roasted malts (like coffee). No real hops. Maltiness is there but it has that astringent off-bite… not bad, but not a preferred profile for me.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but a little prickly, or puckery.
Overall, it didn’t impress me terribly, but it wasn’t the worst beer I’ve had, either. And I can’t speak for the quality of this particular bottle, since it may have been lost in my pantry for awhile…