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Friedenfelser Zoigl Schwarzer Ritter Dunkel

Brewed by Schlossbrauerei Friedenfels
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Friedenfels, Germany


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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A beer, as independently as its name. Heart healthy smooth - the dark speciality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5300) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Karamell, leicht schokoladig, Geschmack röstmalzig, erdig, leicht schokoladig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kappldav123 (4577) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2013
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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle @ Oberphalz. Pours greyish amber with a large white head. Mild tartness, bread, sugar and grain. Thin and weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boddhitree (56) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevnic2008 (7084) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2012
Dark beer with a minimal beige head. Licorice and dark dried fruits and some malt both in aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
OllieBBommel (939) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2012
Plastic bottle@tasting, 50cl. Cream colored head, shrinking. Hazy dark brown color. Aroma grass silage. Taste ???. Palate thin, CO2. Overall down the drain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (2959) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 26, 2012
caramel, barnyard, spruce, butterscotch, cooked vegetables, vanilla, smoke, brown, minimal head, rocky head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, astringent, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2033) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2011
The beer in glass is dark bronze-colored with a good foaming. The smell is very subtle and restrained malty sweet and roasty. Starts sour malty, with good roasted caramel and light bonds. The aftertaste shows yeasty and sour, long-lasting. The further course gets eben more sourish, and the full bodied malt aroma gets a slight bready. Unusual, but delicious Dunkles!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2010
No best buy date on the bottle that I can find. Smell is of soured molasses and caramel, a bit woody. Taste is sweet and sour, with earthy elements. Relatively thin. I kind of like the raisiny taste elements, and I love the ABV, not even remotely noticeable, but this is just not a hearty beer and most people will not like the sourness. Slightly weird dunkel. Bottle-conditioned!

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