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 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (225) - 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 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 aroma’s, 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. It’s certainly much lighter than a normal dark beer but I think that’s the style they were going for. Very enjoyable.

   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 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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (590) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
Nice one. One of the better I’ve 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer-yum (1361) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 13, 2015
Restrained aroma in a coke coloured pour. Smooth roasted coffee chocolate taste is interesting rather than exceptional (and is definitely better than the double strength fresh hopped version).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2012
I’ve tried a number of schwarzbiers in my time. For me the benchmark ist Kostrizer. Billed as the East German Guinness is was a black lager that was dry, long and perfectly sessionable. It’s a style I quite enjoy and while I would say it is prone to abuse but to be fair I have a fairly open mind as there’s been few examples I haven’t enjoyed. This one looks the part with a cream coloured head that vanished as soon as it was able, clinging to the sides of the glass leaving lace of a sort. Aromas of burnt caramel and roastiness and coffee grounds. It is typical of the style in this respect. The flavour is like other s.beers but a level above. The coffee is silky and more pronounced, easy drinking and just screams that you need to order a second while this is going on. It isn’t the most complex of beers, but it does have charm, character and a certain attractiveness. In essence Thandie Newton in a glass. The finish is just long enough to let you know you’ve enjoyed something lovely, but short enough to demand another. I really, really, really look forward to having another.

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