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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier
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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Although literally meaning "black beer" in German, Schwarzbier has a light body with a dry, roasted finish, Gold Medal winner at the 2006 World Beer Cup and the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.
OG: 11.2 P


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilnatp (563) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Tap (Honolulu), Pour is clear brown. Palate is light but nice roastiness on the flavor. Great if wanting fuller flavor without much weight in the body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
[Miami]–on tap-pours a Schwarzbier tight foamy tan head and copper color. Aroma is roasty medium malt-some toffee. Taste is roasty medium malt-some toffee, some spice hops.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Tap at the DC location - pours a dark brown with 2 fingers of white foam. Not getting much aroma, coffee and caramel, I’m getting hints of charcoal, which means its on the fine line of burnt. Taste is a little sweet a little bitter, and then it disappears. Its ok.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Pours lehigh brown from tap at DC location which is really, really odd since this is supposed to be a schwarzbier. Not a lot of aroma from this one. Som faint hints if roasted malt on the tongue. Finishes clean. Meh!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap
Another predictable true to the style beer this one is nearly the same as the previous. The flavor profile might be different but at the end of the day you have forgotten all about it five minutes later. Given the choices here this falls in the category of "safe but boring".

Aroma / Appearance - Inky black at the center it transitions to a hazy maroon around the fringes. The foamy top looks less like a cohesive head than the remnant of soap left after cleaning a drain. The subtle smokiness is far too subtle and the maltiness too strong. The imbalance here creates an experience that is meh.

Flavor / Palate - Blackened iced tea, old hops, and dregs of cocoa slip across the tongue. An ashen finish does not add much depth at all. If this were the only choice I might order a full pint just so I don’t have to drink water. However given the options locally this would be far down the list.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at the DC location. Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a slight tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose is darkly-roasted malts with some light chocolate as well as a moderate amount of earthy hops. The taste is a bit more subdued. There is some nice roast, but the chocolate and earthy notes from the nose are quite a bit more muted. The feel is nice and pretty roasty. Fairly dry in general with a nice finish. Drinkability is decent enough, but there’s not enough there to keep me hanging on. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-13-2010

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2011
On tap at the Annapolis restaurant. Transparent dark pour with moderate head. Sweet roasted malt flavor, but very mild. Goes down very easily for a darker beer. Nice session beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Draft. Listed as ’Smoked Schwarz’. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. light smoke aroma. Smoke and light bacon flavor with malt. Medium bodied Smoke and light bacon lingers with malt. I don’t know if this is a different beer or not.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6033) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Draft in D.C. Pours brown with an off white head. Roasted malty aroma with a hint of coffee and light nutty notes. The flavor has dry roasted malts, some nutty sweetness, and a hint of coffee. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Reddish brown with a fizzy tan head. Big smokey aroma and taste with caramel grain and charcoal notes.


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