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

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reviled (13) - Auckland, - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
[8211-20160509] Tap. Roasted grains and woody leaves aroma. Clear, reddy cola black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted grainy malt and light woody leaf flavour. Medium body. Good, and from this day forward, I shall pronounce "schwarzbier" as the Kiwis do: using a delightfully amusing lilt. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ Hallertau brewpub, Riverhead, NZ)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2016
2016-05-09. Black body with a modest beige head.3+ Aroma is slightly tangy, dusty toasty malt and cocoa, mild dark malt. 6++ Flavour is similar, lightly dusty cocoa and dark malt, a mild underlying tang detracts for me. 6++ Smooth average to light bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ Decent but not to my taste. 6/3-4/6/3/12-13 On tap at Hallertau Brewbar, Auckland, NZ.

3.4
   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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer-yum (1298) - 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).

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21199) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, beige edge head. Aroma of unsweetened cocoa, coffee, dark fruit. Taste is coffee and subtle fruit. Light body. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (583) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
A Schwarzbier for Saint Patís, well that is how I role anyways!
This one settles with a limp and lax beige pad atop a deepest ruby brown body. Pickd up quite a lot of charred red wood on the nose giving it a richness atop hints of burnt peanuts, brine, cola beer, fresh strapped leather and peppery spice. Bitter and sharp burnt malt gives it a tongue-spasming astringency that is initially hard to shake off. Otherwise it is light, delicate even and expresses a gentle milk chocolate, cola-like malt profile and late hit of dusty, herbal hops. Dry, powdery, smoky length otherwise short for flavour. It slowly grew on me, as I took in the bitter charred-ness of it. Quite clean cut and easy to drink. Not too shabby!! 33cL, BBE 04/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (622) - 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

2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cantabrian (989) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2012
Deception? Iíd say more of a shock. The aroma struck me with nausea. A number of unpleasant suggestions occurred to me, but I finally identified what it was: quite unbelievably, that leathery coffeish scent smells like caffeine after being digested and excreted. Yes, it smells like number 1 and number 2 after a good cup of coffee (and Iím NOT referring to Hallertau beer names). Nice try, but even then it didnít turn me off completely from drinking it. And it wasnít that bad. Smooth, medium bodied, chalky, and full of chocolates, roasted coffee, roasted malts. Quite Spartan, as the style preaches. Not a touch of fruitiness (well, I guess except for the coffee, which are technically not beans, but berries). Perhaps this is indeed what Schwarzbiere are all about. Just the charred scars, and not a touch of flair or flamboyance. I will pursue some true German Schwarzbiere before I completely give upon this style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2012
Iíve 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. Itís 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 thereís been few examples I havenít 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 isnít 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 youíve enjoyed something lovely, but short enough to demand another. I really, really, really look forward to having another.


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