Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Schwarzbier
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Zeitgeist is an ideosyncratic alternative black lager It seeks to recreate the spirit, attitude and autonomy of an age gone by. Its inspiration is found more than 200 years ago. Zeitgeist takes an age old classic, a forgotten masterpiece and gives it relevance and an avant-garde edge. Zeitgeist encapsulates our view of contemporary society, yet simultaneously endeavours to improve it. There is too much conformity. Not enough thought, not enough individualism, not enough alternatives. Our military line ups represent conformity to a higher authority, be it political, brand, celebrity, religion or trend. The subjects in our dystopian landscape further seek to repress their identity through uniforms and masks. Yet underneath their body shapes reveal cracks of personality and individualism. Zeitgeist is about identity, non-conformity and idiosyncrasy. It is a collective, an idea, a movement. It is about giving up ownership of itself to those who care enough to listen.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nomhab (16) - - JUL 8, 2012
Flaska. Mrk, nstan svart. Doft av kaffe och ost. Ganska syrlig, bitter smak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rob19a (279) - - APR 21, 2017
15/20 nice chewy taste, loads of taste, very easy to drink, surprisingly low alcohol, creamy taste with a bitter finish, so well balanced ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
thejackpacker (334) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2017
Bottle. Was very unpleasantly surprised by this. Was expecting a smooth black lager but instead it came out as a weak stout. Very much filled with coffee and even smoke. Maybe its just an unfamiliar style but give me a tmavy of this any day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobblackcoffee (40) - - APR 16, 2017
A smoky and burnt caramel flavoured beer. Solid bitter finish. This is an enjoyable black lager. Not sure its quite the schizophrenic Schwartzbier original that Brewdog are making out it is: I sometimes think the marketing crew are seeing how far their ridiculous sloganeering can go before the drinkers cry foul. 7/10. Tasty. Drink the beer, dont read the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (1600) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2017
Bottle at home from Aldi in Ayr a black colour beer with tan head aroma is coffee and chocolate flavour is coffee with roasted malt and charcoal notes some crisp citrus and hoppy bitterness sharp crisp finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Graham77 (514) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2017
330ml can. Aroma of lager, toasted malt and citrusy hops. The taste is light sweet, light bitter, dry and toasted. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (1260) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2017
Dark chocolate colour with small beige head. Taste crisp lager with a touch of caramel decent and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DraftDodger (1355) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2017
Middelfart 31/3 2017. 33 cl can from Kvickly. Usual cool design from Brewdog in Blue and silver. Pours opaque dark brown with light brown head. Settles as 1,5 cm thick layer of foam. Lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is intense. Sweet dark malts, a little smoke, brown sugar and leather. Soft carbonation and medium thick palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by medium bitterness. A little thin. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and smoky. I do not know if a strange slightly smoky brew is "The Spirit of the time". But its certainly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriZZZly (153) - - MAR 27, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2017 Berlin, BrewdogPub, kran. Ar: bardzo lekka wedzonosc, dominuje slodowosc, beczka, drewno, odrobina kawy, lekka czekolada, lekka palonosc, najbardziej wzorowy schwarz jaki wachalem. Wyg: czarne, nieprzejrzyste, jasna lekko kremowa piana, swietnie brudzi szko. Sm: swietny szwrac, doskonala palonosc, swietna czekolada fajna kawa, swietnie te trzy cechy wspolgraja, gladkie, lekko oleiste, wysycenie wyzsze niz myslalem, lekko wodniste, minimalny karmel. Pos: slodowosc, palonosc, troche czekolady.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
allanmb (248) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2017
Pours slightly transparent black with good beige head. Aroma crisp malt and a hint of roasted malt and a metallic note. Fairly highly carbonated but small bubbles with thin mouth feel. Taste is crisp lager hops with a nice light malt balance, slight touch of chocolate and some smoke. Finish is dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hauxe (626) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2017
Pours dark brown from the bottle and leaves a tan head. Some lacing.The aroma is smoke, chocolate, a touch of nail polish. Taste is burnt toast, bitter, mineral undertones, with a light sourness. Kind of dull, but then again Im not a huge fan of the Schwarzbier style. The body stays to the light side of medium. Okay.

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