RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Although literally meaning "black beer" in German, Schwarzbier has a light body with a dry, roasted finish, Gold Medal winner at the 2006 World Beer Cup and the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Has this on tap at the Virginia Beach location. Black with hints of red when held up to the light with a tan head to it. Aroma is a light roasted flavor with some nutty notes as well as a touch of charcoal. Upon first sip all is much the same but in addition to the roasted flavor there is a slight sweetness that the nose cannot pick up. Pretty good... like a porter on training wheels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Dark Brown Color with Red Hue, with Sandy Head. Sweet Dark Malt Aroma. Smoke Notes...Subtle Clean Tasting Malt, with Drying Finish..Overall, a Light Bodied , Light Smoked Malt Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Roasty coffee smells from a dark brown/black pour, with some malty drying tastes. Light bodied, like all schwarzbiers despite the roasty character and isnt very full bodied I thought. This is more a knock against the style than the particular beer though, and It is decent for a schwarzbier. not my favorite but drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2007
(Tap) Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste includes some toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. Mouthfeel was just a bit thin, but not too bad. Lacing was average. Seemed to be well balanced, and easy to drink. I agree that this is a pretty good session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2007
On tap at the San Jose location. This beer is a handsome black with a pillowy light tan head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is dark, dusty, roasty and perhaps sweaty. It is medium light in the mouth; very smooth with a crisp finish. The roastiness is on the subtle side, but provides the main flavor here. This is the best beer Ive had from Gordon Biersch and the best beer Ive had in San Jose. What a great session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Tap: This has a deep dark brown body with a creamy ecru head. The aroma carries some lightly roasted malts, dark caramel, and lightly smoked nuts. A bit watery, but still delivering a moderately sweet, lightly roasted & toasted malt flavor with a mildly bitter finish. Quaffable.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Pours dark brownish black w/ good lacing. Hangs in there forever. Aroma is slightly roasted. Medium nectar w/ mellow, cotton textured effers. Malty w/ a mild roasted chracter. Not much else to speak of. The finish is bittered mildly w/ a lingering roast component.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7710) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2007
Tap at Virginia Beach location. Absolutely my most favorite from my visit. Dark brown color. Aroma is that of caramel, and roasted nuts. Flavor is full of caramel, and has hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Sampled at one of their brewhouses in San Jose. Has a pour like an stout and dark. Had a smooth drink and a decent flavor. Had very little aftertaste and very little flavor. Overall one of the best from GB but not great."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
The aroma has caramel, and some nuttiness. The appearance is medium brown like a brown ale. The flavor is sweet and quite tasty with plenty of caramel. The palate is thin but smooth. A good tasting beer but not a typical Schwarzbier.

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