Kristall-König (2372) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Geruch malzig, brotig, herb. Start dunkel, malzig, brotig. Mitte malzig, würzig, leicht aromatisch. Würziger Ausklang. Recht gut.
Erzengel (4730) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
* Sehr schönes karamellig-schokoladis Dunkel. Röstmalz, mild und weich. Schokoladiger-intensiver als das "Schwarzkittel", rund mit angenehm herber Note im Nachgeschmack. Lecker.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2014
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014 From bottle best by December 2014.
Medium-dark amber, hazy with a short, quickly-dying off-white head. Foul nose of dirty fruit (apple, pear, generic tropical flavoring), acetic apple cider vinegar... starchy rough mouth feel, acidic and yeasty (mud, paint, sweettarts), dry, pasty finish. Best strategy here is to re-bottle as a "Zoigl Sour Ale" and sell to the geeks for $15.
McTapps (4994) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - APR 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours out of the bottle in a deep dark brown colour with low steady head and medium body. Aroma of wheat and bread. Taste of malt, dark whole grain bread, barley, nuts, straw and caramel. Earthy finish. Easy drinkable and quite nice and solid.
MichaelAwesome (4982) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ein erstaunliches Dunkel, das nur so vor Fruechten trieft. In der Mitte malzig, zum Ende hin sueffig und durchgehend ausgewogen. Ein sehr feines Bierchen mit den richtigen Nuancen.
Beerhunter111 (9278) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Karamell, leicht schokoladig, Geschmack röstmalzig, erdig, leicht schokoladig.
kappldav123 (5307) - GERMANY - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle looks interesting. Beer in the glass brownish, nice head. Starts mild, quite malty, mild-roasty, not too dry. Some earthy hints. Finish with some fruity notes of plum. All in all well balanced and quite drinkable. Not bad!
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Oberphalz. Pours greyish amber with a large white head. Mild tartness, bread, sugar and grain. Thin and weak.
boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought Friedenfelser Zoigle Schwarzer Ritter (Black Knight) on Biershop-Bayern. On the bottle it mentions Hop extracts as an ingredient, which tells me at least they’re honest. They also list pale (or it could be Pilsner) malt, water, hops and yeast... too bad most German breweries are not specific on which ones.
On the website, their only marketing market says Ein Bier, so eigenständig wie sein Name. (A beer as distinct [ or, that stands out] as its name.) There’s not another word on this beer on their entire site.
4.8% and a huge mountain of foam that just won’t end, even 4 minutes after pouring the beer in the glass. Bubbles are bursting from nucleation points inside the side and streaming to the top as if this were a Kristalweizen. Color is dark amber, almost fully copper, a very pretty color - roasted orangish brown, dark but but still transparent. The aroma isn’t very overly strong: sweet, toasty malts with hints of bittering hops.
The first sips through the foam gives a huge roasted malt taste, very little of the sweet, toastedness I was expecting from the aroma, but there is some light honey flavor, or is a darker caramel from a Caramunich malt? It tastes kind of like a German bauernbrot, a sourdough bread that’s brown and earthy.
Finally, there’s quite an amount of bitterness near the end of the taste, mostly grassy, noble bittering hops, quite bitter as I drink more of the glass, though.
Overall, quite a nice, interesting beer. Very malty, almost like soaked German bread, and bitterness combined. Is that what an amber Zoigl should taste like? This is quite drinkable, quite unusual and... one more thing, I now taste slight sour notes under the bitterness, which again reminds of a bauernbrot. I’m not sure this is good or bad, but it makes this beer far more complex than I expected. It’s a unique beer, worth trying for sure and drinking more of it, as it’s got a lot going on.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It’s fairly hazy, orange-brown with a creamy, lasting head. The aroma has notes of vegetables, sourness and caramel. The flavor has slightly sour notes (not the good way sour) of burnt sugar, caramel, malt and light fruit. It’s slightly off.