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Altstadthof Schwarzbier
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Brewed by Hausbrauerei Altstadthof
Style: Schwarzbier
Nürnberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2007
Draught as "Schwarze" @brewpub
Dark ruby color, small brownish head. Light coffeish, toasted nose. Coffee beans, cappuchino in the flavor with light caramelly notes. Some hops in the aftertaste. Light, but balanced dunkel/schwarzbier.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10467) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
On tap at Altstadhof Brewpub, Nurnberg. Black with cream head. Quite a tarry, coffee impact right from the start then a heavy sweetness. Fruity sweetness, blackcurrant, right through with a dark roasted malt flavour. A reasonable beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marko (3965) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 4, 2012
Draught at the brewpub. Poured a very dark red body, blackish, with a tan head. Soft raisiny malty nose, nice, some coffee in there too. light taste, light chicory that goes into the aftertaste. some ho-hum hoppy bitterness, but it doesn’t detract much. The maltiness is fine enough, soft, but it all ends dry. Far better than the helles at least.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13844) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
On tap at the brewery in Nuremberg. Black beer lasting beige head. Roasty chocolate and malty flavour. It’s fine. Not overly intense but a decent schwarz. Some light roast Full in the mouth.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Draft @ brewpub. Great, true black color with thick beige head. Cola aroma has some coffee grounds too. Slick palate has a little diacetyl. The coffee flavors are pronounced and has a porter quality to it as well as coffee creamer but not in a bad way. Drinkable.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6259) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Draught at Altstadthof. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (coffee, chocolate, roasted grain, husks), with a note of diacetyl. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Such a shame when a once-great beer is no longer so. Not as bad as the Helles, but very dull and disappointing.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Draught at Hausbrauerei Altstadthof: Penetrable black. Fizzling off-white head mostly dissipates. Dull and uninviting nose of medicine, plum and cola. Lighter shades of minerals, dark chocolate truffles and earthy cocoa. Watery and flimsy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Overbearingly acidic roast clashes with potent chocolate. Extremely flabby with a faint overripe plum and medicine edge. Ensuing notes of paint and plastic exacerbate the fusel sharpness. Some malty lushness is vaguely perceptible, with much of it being obscured by the rotting plums. Finishes with a cola-like sweetness and malt-deadening fruity twang. Very muddled, limp and colalike, poor malt definition, etc. Quite lackluster. And apparently this was once a reputable schwarzbier worth traveling for. Bummer that no longer seems to be the case.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Draft at the brewpub. Diacetylic butterscotch aroma, with some caramel and sweetness. Dark brown to black body with a small tan head. Acidic flavor with some sweetness and a light hoppyness in the end.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 13/V/13 - 1L swing top bottle @ Dieter’s place - BB: ??/XII, no year indicated, so not a clue as to it was this year’s December, or last year’s. (2013-464) Thanks to Dieter for sharing the bottle!

Clear red brown beer, big aery beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, bit earthy, overripe banana, bit lemony. MF: lots of carbon, light body. Taste: very unpleasant sourness, vinegar, bit of dried fruits. Aftertaste: very sour, lemony, vinegar. Clearly infected. Too bad.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
TEJA (1306) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2010
A friend brought a bottle from Germany for a tasting. The tasting was one week after best before date and unfortunantly the beer was more like a Rodenbach than a Schwarzbier.


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