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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.81%
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A German-style Schwarz Bier (Schwarz meaning ’Black’), this Lager is dark and has a smooth, malty body. Starting with a combination of several dark-roasted malts, and then lightly hopped, this lager is rich and creamy. Its color is deceiving, its flavor is pleasing; so, don’t be afraid of the dark.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Level-headed roasted malts point the way to a succulent crème brûlée…Frothy carbonation elegantly portrays this ode to roastiness and even manages to fish out some dark chocolate flakes…Bready connotations and toffee infusions round off this fabulous example of a schwarzbier…

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Appearance: a fully black color, and a large, lush cocoa-colored head. Aroma: creamy, and nutty, and...well, that’s it, but it’s quite good on it’s own. Nice, though brief, drop of hops on the palate, but malt is cheif in this schwarzbier. Very smooth, and eminently drinkable. Quite tasty, too. Good texture, full body, taste becomes fuller as we go, rich and chocolatey and delicious. Ah, I find myself enjoying the schwarzbier more and more, and they might be my favorite lager style!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2002
Deep brown in color. Roasty and chocolately in the nose. Sweet roasty start. Middle of the road body (not enough IMHO). Dry slight bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Re-Rate 11/10/02: The pour is pitch-black in color; head immoderate in size, light chocolate in color, and the lace thick clinging sheets that last till the bottom of the glass. Nose is malt, light roasted grains, fresh and clean. Front is malt sweet, the top has a middling mouth feel, finish is potently acidic, hops are portly, the aftertaste malt dry. One of their better efforts as I see it, and well worth a sample, don’t be afraid of the “Dark Side”, you might just like it. Ranks #519 on my current 1000 beer master list.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Extremely dark, with an excellent roasted, bitter chocolate flavor. Kind of a porter flavor until you swallow and realize that it’s a lager. Usual but pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Black w/ a roasty flavor & medium body. I agree w/ beerguy101 that it's porterish, but w/ a lighter body. Lots of flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2002
A bit thin but otherwise a nice roasty, chocolaty flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2003
nit a bad beer i love my local brews and this oine is a s good as it gets..a real dark headyt beer that packs a subtle punch and is frgrant to boot..im on my way to the sail inn gotta love tempe

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Not bad at all. Unfortunately for this beer, I tasted it on the same day with some stouts that totally have it outclassed, but I’ll try and be objective. Pours a dark brown color, nice brown head. Lacing present. Aroma is pleasant, smoky malt and coffee. Thin and less robust than I had hoped, but a good beer nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Courtesy of Bockyhorsey. <P> Burnt and roasty aroma that approaches a stout more than a schwarz. BEAUTIFUL looking beer. Deep black with a two finger thick head that is so dark mocha it is almost black. Slightly sour in the fore then roasty with coffee and chocolate notes fromt he middle to finish. Not really to style the malt profile is lost in there.


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