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


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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 theyíre 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2012
Good full bodied black beer. Typically I find black beers lacking in length, whereas this beer has a good hit of roasted malt and cocoa that lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (634) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2013
Unlike the others 1,2 and 3 there is no earthy aroma in this B=but there is chocolate there. and that carries somewhat into the taste. but it isnít strong, but it is dominant. This is an altogether better beer than 1,2 or 3. Much more enjoyable. However and but.... itís thin and without length I do prefer this to those, and itís what Iíd pick from the bar

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 20, 2015
interesting views on this beer & agree it is much as described above bottle pours ruby black & frothy both aroma & taste are quite subtle light but tasty coffee bitter sweet chocolate flavours hint of fruit all come through well

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (586) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
Nice one. One of the better Iíve had from Hallertau. This has really piqued my interest in the dark side. In my limited experience, it is rare for the thaste to be like the description, but in this case, it was pretty much right on. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (216) - 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 canít 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2012
Not really that exciting on the nose. Typical dark beer aromaís, some chocolate and coffee. Much more interesting in the mouth though. Deliciously smooth and creamy with predominantly milk chocolate flavors. Has a slight bitterness running in the background. Itís certainly much lighter than a normal dark beer but I think thatís the style they were going for. Very enjoyable.

   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 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 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.

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