daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at The Yardhouse. Brown pour wtih a small head. Aroma is very light and mostly malt driven. Some light nuts also are noticeable. Flavor is pretty damn boring. Light nuttiness and malts with nothing to stand out and get excited about.
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 Bottle. Barley - sweet corn syrup aroma. Dark brown with small head. Simple sugar and barley flavor. Not sure what trendiness has to do with the difference between dunkel and schwarzbier. This sample tasted on the old side as it was much sweeter than the typical dunkel - probably much better in Germany. Re-rate in Germany - actually a much light aroma and taste - much drier and hoppier. Very different but really can’t say I’d rate it much different - still not very impressive.
hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Crystal clear, mahogony lager with a large frothy, off-white head. Good lacing
Both the flavor and aroma seem to be lightstruck. Skunky. Better flavors and aromas to note: chocolate, maple syrup and yeast. Well-hopped.
Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, bitter finish.
Just can't get past that skunkiness!
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Dark red/brown body with a two finger tan brown head. Brown malted lager aroma. Dark brown lager flavor that’s light to medium bodied. Pretty smooth beer with a dark malted but fairly light finish.
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It’s dark brown with a huge, creamy head. The aroma has notes of cabbage, malt and caramel. The flavor is slightly sweet and it has notes of malt, caramel and slightly dry citrus. Overall a bit on the thin side.
pivnizub (10186) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear, dark amber coloured; mid-sized fluffy off-white head; sweetish malty aroma, traces of roasted malts and molasses; dry malty, a bit chocolatey-bitter taste, ending dry with a distinct hoppy bitterness; quite light bodied, almost a bit watery, but otherwise rather decent.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, I thought this was a scwarzbier. Pours clear dark brown/ruby with a creamy, white head. Aroma of malt, hops, fruit, corn flakes. Tastes of roasty malt, cabernet, slight nuts. Finishes malty, with some chocoff and nuts. Medium palate. Not an elite beer, but a very drinkable one. I’d buy this again, and for a buck a bottle at Half Time, I’ll definitely be seeing this one again.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a schwarzbier as it was described at Paradiso. Pours a clear deep red with a thin, off-white head that leaves no lace. Aroma is maraschino cherries. Taste is black cherry soda. Very easy to drink. Light-bodied. Very doppelbock like- too weak for a schwarzbier and no roast character. Not sure why that would be a "trendier" label if it’s just plain incorrect.
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Cola-colored pour with a smaller soapy white head. Aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit. Palate is pretty thin. Taste is also dark fruit/fig and malt. Pretty good. Based on some of the recent ratings, I wonder if there’s some quality control issues with this one - the bottle I had was really pretty decent, and I didn’t get any of the metallic/skunk elements others spoke of.
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, scant creamy head. Mostly sweet caramel in the flavour, with a faint burnt quality, dry finish.