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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, - 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.


3.6
explosivedog (1281) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 23, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours very dark with little head. Dark chocolate, coffee, lots of roastiness, little dates, little creamy. Quite smooth, but a little thin. Crisp dry finish. Very good.

3.4
Skarecrow (775) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2016
330ml bottle Black color with thin tan head. Subdued roasted malt aroma. Medium bitterness with roasted malt character. OK.

3.6
Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2016
Tastes is earthy mocha chocolate. Has an extremely thick and chewable palate. Light and pleasant finish.

3.4
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
[8211-20160509] Tap. Roasted grains and woody leaves aroma. Clear, reddy cola black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted grainy malt and light woody leaf flavour. Medium body. Good, and from this day forward, I shall pronounce "schwarzbier" as the Kiwis do: using a delightfully amusing lilt. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ Hallertau brewpub, Riverhead, NZ)

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jercraigs (10556) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2016
2016-05-09. Black body with a modest beige head.3+ Aroma is slightly tangy, dusty toasty malt and cocoa, mild dark malt. 6++ Flavour is similar, lightly dusty cocoa and dark malt, a mild underlying tang detracts for me. 6++ Smooth average to light bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ Decent but not to my taste. 6/3-4/6/3/12-13 On tap at Hallertau Brewbar, Auckland, NZ.

3.4
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 20, 2015
interesting views on this beer & agree it is much as described above bottle pours ruby black & frothy both aroma & taste are quite subtle light but tasty coffee bitter sweet chocolate flavours hint of fruit all come through well

3.5
beer-yum (1760) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 13, 2015
Restrained aroma in a coke coloured pour. Smooth roasted coffee chocolate taste is interesting rather than exceptional (and is definitely better than the double strength fresh hopped version).

3.3
Travlr (25188) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, beige edge head. Aroma of unsweetened cocoa, coffee, dark fruit. Taste is coffee and subtle fruit. Light body. Tasty.

3.5
DylansDad (644) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
Nice one. One of the better I’ve had from Hallertau. This has really piqued my interest in the dark side. In my limited experience, it is rare for the thaste to be like the description, but in this case, it was pretty much right on. Easy drinking.

3.3
ALLOVATE (3029) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
A Schwarzbier for Saint Pat’s, well that is how I role anyways!
This one settles with a limp and lax beige pad atop a deepest ruby brown body. Pickd up quite a lot of charred red wood on the nose giving it a richness atop hints of burnt peanuts, brine, cola beer, fresh strapped leather and peppery spice. Bitter and sharp burnt malt gives it a tongue-spasming astringency that is initially hard to shake off. Otherwise it is light, delicate even and expresses a gentle milk chocolate, cola-like malt profile and late hit of dusty, herbal hops. Dry, powdery, smoky length otherwise short for flavour. It slowly grew on me, as I took in the bitter charred-ness of it. Quite clean cut and easy to drink. Not too shabby!! 33cL, BBE 04/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)


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