Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Schwarzbier
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Zeitgeist is an ideosyncratic alternative black lager It seeks to recreate the spirit, attitude and autonomy of an age gone by. Its inspiration is found more than 200 years ago. Zeitgeist takes an age old classic, a forgotten masterpiece and gives it relevance and an avant-garde edge. Zeitgeist encapsulates our view of contemporary society, yet simultaneously endeavours to improve it. There is too much conformity. Not enough thought, not enough individualism, not enough alternatives. Our military line ups represent conformity to a higher authority, be it political, brand, celebrity, religion or trend. The subjects in our dystopian landscape further seek to repress their identity through uniforms and masks. Yet underneath their body shapes reveal cracks of personality and individualism. Zeitgeist is about identity, non-conformity and idiosyncrasy. It is a collective, an idea, a movement. It is about giving up ownership of itself to those who care enough to listen.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JUN 29, 2011
330 ml bottle from Passion Birra. Served in a snifter. Pours a black as night, with some rich blood red highlights., with two finger espresso-brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffe beans, smoke, maybe a hint of dark chocolate too. Same flavours in the mouth longside some hops bitterness that leaves a pleasent aftertaste. The carbonation is there, spot-on and help the drinking abilty. Lightly watery texture in a tipical Schwarzbier fashion. I could drink this stuff everytime, what a great session beer! Awesome label design too!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlberRueda (58) - - OCT 15, 2012
Espuma: Cremosa, densa, y persistente de color tostado. Color: Marrón muy oscuro con brillos rojizos. Intensidad aromática: Media-alta. Aroma: Malta, torrefactos (regaliz, café), caramelo,vainilla, cacao, nota afrutada. Entrada en boca/amargor: Seca pero no tiene amargor, el leve amargor que hay es por el retrogusto del café. La acidez es equilibrada totalmente no tiene mucho cuerpo y es suave y cremosa. Sabor: Torrefactos (café, regaliz negro,etc), chocolate, frutos secos.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanCrusher (848) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle 0,33L. Very dark, almost black beer with light brown small head, or I should say crown instead of head. Aroma of black coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dried fruits. Taste is bitter with even more bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Czik (22) - Siedlce, POLAND - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 One of the best I’ve ever had. Bottled, from Zly Casy, Prague. Dark, with a modest head. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts in taste and aroma, incredibly smooth (the smoother-feeling beer I’ve had was the Left Hand Milk Stout). A great beer, not shocking or innovative in any way, but incredibly pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheOgg (2) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2013 does not count
A very comfortable beer. Best after a tasty roast beef of lamb, or such, to even things out. Altogether soft and easy, still with a full body. This time I had it right after BrewDogs Hardcore IPA, and the difference could not be greater. Denne ölen er perfekt til ĺ drikke imens man venter pĺ deserten. Go fyllnad og fin balance. Rekommenderes sterkt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thatgumyoulike (32) - Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Drank on tap at Brew Dog Nottingham. Recommended by the very friendly and knowledgeable bar man. The beer looks and smells like an old school stout but has the hoppy palate and drinkability of a high quality lager. Another unique beer from Brew Dog who rarely fail to impress me. So so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Tap at Blue Palms. This really encroached on porter for me, and I mean that as a compliment. Nose was melty chocolate and really roasted caramel. Color was a nice flat black with no head. Flavor was that same chocolate and malt - light nuttiness? - with a thick creaminess - great texture. Probably the thickest Schwartzbier I’ve encountered, and I’m including Shorts Sustenance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Pure black, with a large bubble head, settles down to small clumps of big bubbles and great lacing. Aroma of cocoa and roasted coffee with milk. Flavor begins with dark milk chocolate and progresses to a roasted malt finish. Nice full body. Decent brew, very desirable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 24, 2011
Brauerei Hostetten, St. Martin, Austria Na ez tényleg fekete, teljesen átláthatatlan mint egy üveg tinta. Bézs színű habja hirtelen kiteljesedik, krémesen bugyborog majd mintha megijedt volna a külvilágtól, gyorsan visszavonul, egy vékony csipke nyomot hagyva maga után. Illata olyan, mint egy jobb fajta imperial stoutnak, likőrös, gyümölcsös, parfümös, édeskés, fekete csokoládés és kávés. Biztató! Az íze is hozza a jegyeket, sok gyantás komlóval, kesernyés gyógyfüvekkel, fekete ribizlivel, pörkölt mandulával, kávéval. Közepesen testes és alig szénsavas. Utóíze édeskésen, bogyós gyümölcsösen kezdődik, ami gyorsan átmegy egy gyógyfűlikőr kesernyésségébe, medvecukros jegyekkel. Nagyon érdekes és finom főzet, amit nem tudok igazából sehova se besorolni. Igazi "fekete bárány", kilóg a mindenhonnan. Mi pedig szeretjük ezt...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (6975) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
33 cl. bottle purchased online from Biernavigatie.nl & consumed @ home. Price-wise this was the lowest I had ever seen this beer before & not bad at all in general and not only compared to other Brewdog offerings. I must admit that with Brewdog cost price is a graver factor than with quite a few breweries since they frequently price their beers significantly higher even than higher quality comparable offerings. Despite how Brewdog likes to profile themselves their products are frequently less impressive than comparable offerings from other craft breweries. I am not criticizing them for being money oriented, financially they have done phenomenal things over the last years but as a customer I must note that quite a few other breweries offer higher quality offerings for equal or lesser amounts of money. The label features a less visually appealing colour pallet to my eyes than most of their offerings & their usual marketing text. Whilst I am certainly not a linguist, I do not feel like they are using the Zeitgeist term entirely correctly. This beer is apparently in the style of a Schwarzbier – a style with which I have only limited experience & Brewdog is probably not bound to offer the most traditional example of the style. Served refrigerator temperature in a Teku glass. This is dark alright, very dark furniture brown / black with some mocha bubbles for head. Aroma is very light picking up little, light burned malts, coffee grounds, caramel plus some chocolate but little in the way of smell honestly. Taste is that of light burned malts, easy coffee grounds, wild non-eatable berries sourness, chocolate, dark bread, light sugary sweetness, lightly watery finishing in some Brewdog hops, some UK hop touches, watery floral, grass & light white grapes. Bitter sourish finish, coffee grounds, floral & watery finish. Light minerals as well. Quite an interesting lager – a good one from the boys. Body feels a bit watery at first with touch to much carb. but as the glass progresses it settles & starts feeling more correctly.

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