Brewed by Hallertau Brewbar & Restaurant
Style: Schwarzbier
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Historically from Germany, this Schwarzbier (or Black Beer) is a real act of balance. On the one hand the chocolate aromas are sweet, yet they’re also a bit bitter with a sniff of roasted coffee and a sneaky spicy noble hop. The colour is dark yet ruby red under the light. The roasted malts surprise with their smoothness in your mouth and the bittersweet chocolate is right there until it dries out slowly at the end. In the equilibrium, this dark beer is deceptively light.

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Pdubyah (833) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2013
Unlike the others 1,2 and 3 there is no earthy aroma in this B=but there is chocolate there. and that carries somewhat into the taste. but it isn’t strong, but it is dominant. This is an altogether better beer than 1,2 or 3. Much more enjoyable. However and but.... it’s thin and without length I do prefer this to those, and it’s what I’d pick from the bar

Cantabrian (1169) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
Deception? I’d say more of a shock. The aroma struck me with nausea. A number of unpleasant suggestions occurred to me, but I finally identified what it was: quite unbelievably, that leathery coffeish scent smells like caffeine after being digested and excreted. Yes, it smells like number 1 and number 2 after a good cup of coffee (and I’m NOT referring to Hallertau beer names). Nice try, but even then it didn’t turn me off completely from drinking it. And it wasn’t that bad. Smooth, medium bodied, chalky, and full of chocolates, roasted coffee, roasted malts. Quite Spartan, as the style preaches. Not a touch of fruitiness (well, I guess except for the coffee, which are technically not beans, but berries). Perhaps this is indeed what Schwarzbiere are all about. Just the charred scars, and not a touch of flair or flamboyance. I will pursue some true German Schwarzbiere before I completely give upon this style.

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2012
I’ve tried a number of schwarzbiers in my time. For me the benchmark ist Kostrizer. Billed as the East German Guinness is was a black lager that was dry, long and perfectly sessionable. It’s a style I quite enjoy and while I would say it is prone to abuse but to be fair I have a fairly open mind as there’s been few examples I haven’t enjoyed. This one looks the part with a cream coloured head that vanished as soon as it was able, clinging to the sides of the glass leaving lace of a sort. Aromas of burnt caramel and roastiness and coffee grounds. It is typical of the style in this respect. The flavour is like other s.beers but a level above. The coffee is silky and more pronounced, easy drinking and just screams that you need to order a second while this is going on. It isn’t the most complex of beers, but it does have charm, character and a certain attractiveness. In essence Thandie Newton in a glass. The finish is just long enough to let you know you’ve enjoyed something lovely, but short enough to demand another. I really, really, really look forward to having another.

omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2012
Good full bodied black beer. Typically I find black beers lacking in length, whereas this beer has a good hit of roasted malt and cocoa that lingers.

inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2012
Not really that exciting on the nose. Typical dark beer aroma’s, some chocolate and coffee. Much more interesting in the mouth though. Deliciously smooth and creamy with predominantly milk chocolate flavors. Has a slight bitterness running in the background. It’s certainly much lighter than a normal dark beer but I think that’s the style they were going for. Very enjoyable.

buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2011
Lovely rich deep red pour, though head falters too early. Earthy coffee and licorice on the nose, very lively hoppiness in the mouth, but feels a tad too light for a dark beer. Lovely long bitter chocolate on the after taste. A very nice drop.

beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2011
330ml bottle thanks to Cam & Marita. Small creamy light beige good lacing mostly lasting head, thick dark brown/black hue with a wonderful ruby tiny. Full of a complex array of pleasant aromas - strong coco, roasted slightly burnt malt, Irish cream, vanilla, licorice, kelp, soy sauce, whisky, blackberry - yum, there are also other nice aromas there that I can’t describe. Quite bitter but enough sweet to avoid the bitterness dominating, faint salinity. Medium body creamy oily texture soft carbonation sticky then eventually slightly peppery finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, probably the nicest Schwarzbier I have had so far.

joKing (11) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2009
One of my all time favourites from this bar. Allways on form. Great recipe.

reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2009
Had on tap. Pours nice black colour with a creamy tan head which persists. Big black coffee and chocolate notes on the aroma with subtle hop aroma. Taste is silky smooth, with a coffee bitterness, a bit thicker than what I thought a Schwarzbier was, but that doesnt take anything away from this beer. Nice amount of roasted malts.

HugoPotomus (8) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 2, 2008 does not count
On Tap. Smooth smoky toasted malt well balanced by some hops that linger. Can be a bit sharp when newly brewed, mellows nicely.

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