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


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Formerly Malta Polar.
Brewed at the Ate plant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
caribou43 (655) - Chavannes-près-Renens, SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2016
It is not my kind of beer. It is definitely too sweet. You could smell a side of sugar, few coffee abd malty but it could have be better to put more hop and it is missing one side torrefied. The color is nice, black and brown foam. I drank this beer in Collique-Lima.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
josanguapo (1158) - SPAIN - OCT 30, 2015
From Festival de las Naciones, Sevilla. In Ikea’s pilsen glass. Watching "Circuito Cerrado". A bit better than the typical spanish industrial pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MohaBeer (202) - Lima, PERU - AUG 19, 2015
Marrón rojizo de baja espuma y poco persistente. Aroma a malta caramelo y tostado moderado, lúpulo terroso bajo y ésteres a chocolate y café marcados, ligero diacetilo y ligero DMS. En boca predomina la malta caramelo, lúpulo terroso bajo, con final dulce-tostado sin astringencia. Buena carbonatación, cuerpo moderado a alto. Un poco más dulce de lo que debería ser una Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mzaar (2842) - 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 (674) - 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 (1153) - 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
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 (4111) - 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 (1061) - MOROCCO - 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 (642) - 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.

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