Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Schwarzbier
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.

angryrobot's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
angryrobot (32) - - OCT 28, 2010
I love a good schwarzbier, and this is one of them. Aroma is typical for style, choc & coffee plus some v slight phenol. Full malty flavour raisins toffee, some toasty bite. Sweet slightly alcholic finish. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1345) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Black color with a medium thin foamy beige head. Aroma of hops, hops, licorice and hops. Bitter and sweet taste. Dry finish. Medium body.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
Sehr dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig, leicht schokoladig, Kaffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weark (222) - SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2014
Black color with small beige head, good lasting - aroma is roasted malt, coffee, earthy hops with hints of chocolate - flavor of roasted malt and earthy hops - light body, medium bitterness, crisp, light carbonation - bitter roasted finish - decent black lager

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benfi (490) - DENMARK - MAR 31, 2014
Black with a nice tanned head. Lots of aroma and taste. Hops, malt, roasted and a little sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beergaard (9) - - MAR 31, 2014 does not count
Not as alternative as BrewDog likes to describe it. Decent black lager, or scwarzbier if you like, but nothing special. Beautiful dark color, very sparsely carbonized, mild aroma with hints of flowers and metal and a sweetish taste with some bitterness and notes of coffee, caramel and dark chocolate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Wischylini (108) - Grimstad, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2014
Pours a clear black, with no head. The aromas are mostly roast malts, cocoa and liquorice, and a slightly sour metallic aroma. The taste is sweet, and low on the bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, and there’s almost no carbonation. This beer is a lot more boring than Brew Dog’s "radical image" makes it appear, and if you’re in the mood for a generic dark beer with a roasted aroma and not much else, you might as well go for a Guinness, which costs less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (1736) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 20, 2014
330ml bottle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo.From old notes.2012
In short: nice dark beer.
Some roasty and liquorice nose. Taste is more or less similar, maybe a bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bergstaden (1020) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2014
Black with light brown head - Good malt aroma with some hints of hops - Good malt body with hints or roasted malts , nice bitternes as well - Finish is lingering malts with some bitterness - This was nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Leini (606) - SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
330ml bottle. Dark brown with a medium head. Malty, with distinct roasted aroma and flavor. Quite thin palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Moolesen (108) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Black with a beige head (very short). Malty nose with caramel. A bit flat, not impressive taste. Miss body and richness. Suttle bitter finish, which not lasts very long. A bit disappointing beer from this brewery.

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