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Pennichuck Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier (Firefighter Black Lager)

Pennichuck Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier (Firefighter Black Lager)
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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Schwarzbier (shvahrts-beer) is German for "black-beer". Brewed to be a light bodied dark beer with a clean, crisp, refreshing finish. Its well balanced malt character is complimented with a touch of roastiness. Brewed using imported black patent malt and noble hops. Pairs with chunky dark breads, marinated meats such as brisket or German Sauerbraten. Not recommended for cellaring. Serve in a flute or pilsner glass at 45-50deg

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2008
(22oz bottle) Small beige head atop clear cola body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cola, caramel, some roast, cherry, light coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some coffee/roast, chocolate, light cola, cherry. Smooth medium body with low carbonation, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
on tap-pours a foamy tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/roasty, some hops bite, yeast. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at JoeMcphee’s. Pours a black body with ruby hues and a tan head. A/F sweet malt, chocolate, liquorish, and toffee. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at Joe’s tasting, drank right after the Black Cat Schwarz. This is not as good. Very vegetal, salty aroma. Mostly dark pour with a small head. Sucrose and veggie flavor, metallic, a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2008
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2008 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de chocolat avec une pointe de café. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1835)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2008
May the schwarz be with you, and no, I am not referring to the quintessential Mel Brooks classic. Instead, I am referring to an oft unrepresented beer style and that is the schwarzbier, aka, a black lager.
My Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier pours a dark brown black into my glass. As light peeks in along her crevices, a decent head peaks then fades into a minute ring around the glass. Her nose is full with nuts and maple syrup. True to the schwarzbier style, her body is light and subtle, making it a simple pleasure to take in all of her. A palate of peaches, apple, and some lemony grass esters lingering in the background as roasty malty cocoa notes stand up-front. A tinge of citrus, grapefruit maybe, in the finish with a bit of bittering nuts. My schwarzbier from Pennichuck Brewing remains easy to drink from start to finish. a bit more into my quaffing session, the nuts and maple I detected in the nose start to shine, bridging the gap between the two dueling sides of my schwarzbier, the malts and the fruits.
Overall, an interesting interpretation of a traditional Schwarzbier. Feuerwehrmann is a good solid schwarzbier. Close to great but not quite. I would have trouble reaching for a glass whenever she is around to offer herself up to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12958) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
Aged in Bourbon Cask with Vanilla Beans. A dark brown murky lager with a thin light moka head. A pleasant woody bourbon cask aroma with light caramel and butterscotch. In mouth, powdery chocolate with notes of Brett, vanilla and cherries. Light and refreshing. On tap at Vermont Brewers Fest 2008, July 19, 2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Black of course. Roasted malt and lager yeast, in the flavor and the aroma. Lots of yeast really. A little oak as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle, liquor store, Boston. Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits and some coffee. Flavour has roasted malts, nuts and yeast. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Aroma of malts, toasted malt, nuts, and some smoke. The appearance is a red brown, tan head, very attractive. The flavor is malty, nutty, brown sugar, toffee. Te finish is sweet, with some mild hop bittering. Decent beer.

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