Polar Vortex Dunkel Lager

Image courtesy of Two Brothers Brewing Co.

Image courtesy of Two Brothers Brewing Co.

Dark like a Pepsi, fairly translucent with average carbonation, Polar Vortex is a pleasant surprise in a harsh midwest winter.  I saw this tucked away in the regional section at my local bottle store (Binny’s, Bolingbrook), and the label, simple as it is, caught my eye.  Having just survived a polar vortex (never heard of one before this year) and the will-crushing cold it brought with it, I thought I’d celebrate my survival with a 5.9% ABV, 23.4 IBU, 22 oz. beverage from local treasure, Two Brothers Brewing Company of Warrenville, IL.  Polar Vortex has a fluffy head that collapses into a splotchy, lacey, random mess, and some roasty notes that you’d hope for.  Nutty, yeasty and earthy too.  Theres a good malty sweetness to Polar Vortex, rich, smooth-bodied and just a touch dry.  The dryness does not linger though, as the malt remains sticky on the tongue for a while.  A nice dark lager that would be perfect with German cuisine.

85/100 Dark Lager


Spaten Dunkel

I’ve lived a long time without ever having tried Spaten Munchen Dunkel, so I figured what the hell.  My credo:  Any product from one of the greatest breweries in the world should be sampled, savored and enjoyed.  Therefore, I will tell you this about Spaten Dunkel:


Stick with the Oktoberfest of Lager for your best Spaten value.

“Medium brown, not much carbonation, not much of a head.  Good bouquet, a hint of roasted barley, typical German dark lager vibe is present.  Smooth texture, not at all heavy, less sharp than a Beck’s Dark or Warsteiner Dunkel.  I think it’s a bit plain and disappointing.  It’s too flat.  The only place it affects positively is at the back of the tongue.  Eh.

That’s the description from my live-taste notes.  I will stick by what I said.