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.
OG: 11.2 P

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Caramel aroma; bready, biscuity, with some hops permeating the finish with interesting dimensions. Standard brewpub palate, cold and moderately aggressive carbonation. This might be the best of the bunch I had here but that doesnt mean it would stand up to outside competition. (on tap at downtown Washington, D.C. location)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Whoa, heavy as heck on this one here (need to watch my language in family-oriented Colorado). Slight smoky and wafty flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Good deel black to brown color contrasted well by a white fairly foamy head that then disapates. A little chocolate roasted coffe malt on the nose, a bit thin mouthfeel, satifying taste that does finish somewhat dry and crisp. Pretty good selection. Great building in DC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Draught (Tempe). Light Brown head sits on top of a dark body with reddish highlights. Aroma cold mild coffee, slight sourness, light graininess, low hop, and some metallic. Flavor is not sweet, but not overly dry at the same time, watery chocolate milk. Light/medium palate, fizzy, somewhat dry, and not much alcohol presence. #1 Ale House Derby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Draught @ DC: Dark brown that shows up as a clear amber when held to the light. It has a medium creamy white head. The aroma has some coffee, chocolate, light roasted malts, and a bit of toasted malt. The first taste shows a bit of toasted malt and chocolate, then the following sips show more roasted coffee and pale malts. Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
murawski (160) - USA - AUG 5, 2005
On tap at Gordon Biersch in Washington, DC. Very nice dark brown ale (as long as you dont expect a stout). Poured very dark with creamy head with a light aroma of coffee & chocolate. Flavor mimics aroma, but not heavy at all -- smooth palate. An excellent dark beer for the summer (although I prefer true stouts in the winter). Overall, above average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Draft. Mission Valley. Very dark brown upon pouring. Roasted malts seem to dominate the aroma. There is also a slight hint of chocolate. Flavor is malty and has a strong roasted coffee bean bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
On tap @ Mission Valley. Was served to me with a perfect fluffy pillow of head gently resting on top a dark brown beer. It could have fooled me as being black if only it was in a much wider glass. The nose was average and had a pleasant aroma of toasted malt. The drink had similiar flavors to chocolate and roasted dark malt with a tiny buttery profile. Indeed a solid black lager from GB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2005
(Draft: Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA) Having just taken my postal test, I now have a rare afternoon off from the Post Office, and so commences an afternoon of hitting the local breweries. First up is this Schwarzbier. Its very dark brown in color, nearly black, and in fact, it is black unless I hold it up to the bright blue San Diego sky. Tan head is large and very bubbly when served, but fades to a thin film. Lightly sweet and roasty notes in the nose, but the aroma is mostly that standard Gordon Biersch lager aroma. Surprisingly, the flavor is quite dry and roasty, mildly bitter, but not sweet and not all that malty. I swear I taste a bit of soap in here. Very carbonated mouthfeel, medium in body. Not bad, but a bit too dry to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 on tap at the brewery in San Diego, California / may the schwarz bie with you! not bad at all. a light dark beer, as it should be. roasty, dry, but not sour--although it reminded me of guinness. smooth, good.

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