Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Schwarzbier
Lima, Peru


on tap


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Formerly Malta Polar.
Brewed at the Ate plant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mzaar (1839) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle 650 ml. Pours dark brown, almost black, with an off white head. Aromas of roasted malt, dried fruit, coffee and raisins. Flavours of milk chocolate, raisins, vanilla and malt. Almost too sweet, but on the right side in the end. Average carbonation, medium body, sticky texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scanovajr (659) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - OCT 22, 2011
A dark brown beer with a creamy beige head. aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Taste is malty and sweet, notes of coffee and chocolate. Nice texture. Solid beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1131) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle from Lima, Peru and it pours a dark brown with very light carbonation and a brown-egg colored head. Sweet dark malt and typical schwartz aroma and flavor - caramel, molasses, brown sugar, with minimal hops simply for counteracting the malt. Best at night when Peru cools down after the sun has left...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2011
650mL in "Pilsen Polar" guise. New label and new name. This poured a clear cola brown with a large, healthy, dark tan head. Rocky retention and suddy lace. Sweet coffee nose with milk chocolate. Taste is salty, small metallic, mild raisin and plum. Not bad at all. As it warms, taste gains too much blood iron. Not my favorite, but a big step up from most Peruvians beers and by far the best dark beer in Peru. Granted, the only other one I found was Cusquena Malta (Negra), which is quite poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 17, 2009
VEyr nice indeed, but no that good as to have an overall over 3. It’s too sweet and enjoyable but not too quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bkurtz (920) - PERU - FEB 8, 2009
Poured dark brown with a nice off-white head. Dark rosted malts with the flavor of chocolate and coffee. A sweet dark beer, the kind I like mixing with a lager. Cheap, sweet, dark beer, but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2007
Sampled at a gathering of TN Ratebeerians a couple months ago; thanks to Beer Hawk for bringing this back from Peru and sharing with us. Clear ruby black in the glass. Rocky-ish bubbly head is big and effervescent. Smells like the lager it is, mostly like harvested corn, but with a thin line of strawberry as well. Dark malty fruits in the middle accented by dark grains; sweet. I wrote that it was "schwartzbier-ish" with the malt character, and I guess that was right considering the style. The fruit flavors linger into the finish, where they become akin to jellied fruit candies or fruitcake. Not as creamy as a schwartzbier like Black Bavarian, the palate’s overwhelming characteristic is fizziness, although I didn’t find it distracting given the firm presence of the malt flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5334) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Thanks to Beer_Hawk for sharing this one at the Nashville gathering. An aroma loaded with malt for me. Nothing bad in the nose but nothing overwhelming. A deep mahogany pour with an excellent gooy lacing. A sweetish malt flavor not much bitter but is very smooth and has a lite pleasant bitter. Just a tad fizzy for me but the palate is strong in that it covers the entire mouth evenly. Overall a very good beer. thanks steve

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3211) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Thanks to Beer_Hawk for bringing this one back form Peru to share at the Nashville tasting. Pours a dark garnet that throws up a fleeting tan head. Roasty dry aroma. Malt and hops are evident. The palate is smooth and medium bodied and delivers a malty, well balanced flavor profile. Quite decent, even if I thought it wasn’t absolutely to style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Thanks to Beer_Hawk for hauling this back from Peru, and saving one for the Nashville Tasting. A beer from Peru? This ought to suck. Pours mahogany with a tan head. So far, this looks like a good beer. Not much of an aroma, just very faint lager notes. Medium light texture. Initial flavor or maple and caramelized sugar, accented but some mild nuttiness and tobacco. Mildy sweet. This sort of tastes like a swarzbier, with a little less European hops and more spritzy on the palate. You know what, this does not suck at all.

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