Brewed by Hallertau Brewbar & Restaurant
Style: Schwarzbier
Auckland, New Zealand


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Historically from Germany, this Schwarzbier (or Black Beer) is a real act of balance. On the one hand the chocolate aromas are sweet, yet they’re also a bit bitter with a sniff of roasted coffee and a sneaky spicy noble hop. The colour is dark yet ruby red under the light. The roasted malts surprise with their smoothness in your mouth and the bittersweet chocolate is right there until it dries out slowly at the end. In the equilibrium, this dark beer is deceptively light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2011
Lovely rich deep red pour, though head falters too early. Earthy coffee and licorice on the nose, very lively hoppiness in the mouth, but feels a tad too light for a dark beer. Lovely long bitter chocolate on the after taste. A very nice drop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2011
330ml bottle thanks to Cam & Marita. Small creamy light beige good lacing mostly lasting head, thick dark brown/black hue with a wonderful ruby tiny. Full of a complex array of pleasant aromas - strong coco, roasted slightly burnt malt, Irish cream, vanilla, licorice, kelp, soy sauce, whisky, blackberry - yum, there are also other nice aromas there that I can’t describe. Quite bitter but enough sweet to avoid the bitterness dominating, faint salinity. Medium body creamy oily texture soft carbonation sticky then eventually slightly peppery finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, probably the nicest Schwarzbier I have had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joKing (11) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2009
One of my all time favourites from this bar. Allways on form. Great recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2009
Had on tap. Pours nice black colour with a creamy tan head which persists. Big black coffee and chocolate notes on the aroma with subtle hop aroma. Taste is silky smooth, with a coffee bitterness, a bit thicker than what I thought a Schwarzbier was, but that doesnt take anything away from this beer. Nice amount of roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HugoPotomus (8) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 2, 2008 does not count
On Tap. Smooth smoky toasted malt well balanced by some hops that linger. Can be a bit sharp when newly brewed, mellows nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
(On tap) Clear, dark brown with a reddish hue and a beige head. Lightly fruity aroma with roasted malt accents. Medium in body with a soft mouthfeel - almost a little vinous. Dry finish with a discreet bitterness. Very balanced and well made. 080208

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2007
Draught at the brew pub, black with a foamy tan head. A lightly burnt malt aroma, but a good smokiness wins through. Smoked wood and charcoal are the dominant flavours for me, but I found the malty palate a little raw. Some good qualities, but little raw and dry for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2006
Coffee mocca aroma. Dark black in colour. Nice mouthfeel of choclate mild hop bitterness.

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