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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A dark lager with an opaque, black color, and a full chocolaty flavor. Rich blends of caramel and chocolate malts create a malty, sweet flavor with moderate hop character.

Note: This beer was released originally as Kunzel Schwarzbier, named for Cincinnati Pops Maestro Erich Kunzel.

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3.6
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2017
Half liter on site; revived briefly in the absence of the Maibock. Aroma: Moderate coffee, lesser caramel, very light herbal notes. Appearance: Off-black with healthy carbonation holding up an ivory head. Flavor: More coffee oriented at first; caramel comes in more thereafter; herbal hops show up towards the finish, which has a good dose of drying bitterness. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: A very competent and chuggable Schwarzbier.

3.7
phaleslu (10239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Draft at the brewpub, served in a half-liter dimpled mug. Pours a deep hazy brown, nearly opaque, with amber highlights around the edges and a finger of tan head that forms a lasting cap atop the liquid while lacing the glass. Roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, tobacco, cream, burnt sugar, and earth. Light-medium bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a toasty, roasty, earthy, slightly sweet mouthfeel. Good schwarzbier. I’d give it the slight edge over the doppelbock.

3.5
Chudwick (3198) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Draft at brewery - April 1st used to start the new year or so I’m told. This is January and the April beer is already available. Coincidence or convenience or both or neither. Slight roast nose. Caramel and dark malts. Light to medium body. Short finish. Sessionable.

3.4
b3shine (8864) - Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
Draft to taster at HB. Looks good; a semi-transparent dark brown with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt. Tastes of dark malt too, only better, and with some caramel and chocolate. Average on the palate. Solid beer.

3.5
Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2012
Liter at Newport Hofbrauhaus. Almost jet black with big tan head. Aroma of hard chocolate candy. Taste is the same with coffee and a touch of hops on the backend. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

3.6
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
On tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, in a liter-mug. Black color. Thin khaki head. Some lace. Lighter, crisp carbonation, good dry texture. I think the bartender said that this batch was hoppier than usual... It is indeed hoppy. Nice, dark roasty malts, some chocolate. Good flavor. Good, robust rich light bitter taste. Great schwarzbier.

3.8
JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
Liter at Hofbrauhaus Newport. Clear darkest brown pour with a big tan head. Aroma of malt, bread, roast and lager yeast. Malty and roasty flavor with some noble hops before a bready finish. Solid schwarzbier.

3.3
Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2010
Draft. Poured dark brown color with medium off-white fizzy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium roasted dark malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky and soft carbonation. Medium flavor of roasted malt with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting solid brew.

3.7
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
Draught at the Newport Hofbrauhaus. Pours a deep dark brown with very little head by the time it made it to my table. The aroma was full of roasted malts, chocolate. The flavor was spot on for a Schwarzbier. Roasted malts, coffee. Very balanced, and light on the palate.

3.8
3fourths (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Draught at the brewery. Dark brown color with a dark brown ale colored body. Clear. Head is dark burgundy and tan colored. Good rich chocolate notes in the nose. Biscuits and chocolate flavors dominate. Dry, oaky wood flavors as well. Well-made.


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