lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Aroma: smokey, roasted malts, yeast, minerals, mossiness/earthiness, soil
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
Flavor: smokey, roasted malts, yeast, minerals, earthiness
Palate: full-bodied, nice earthy/yeasty aftertaste
My Bottom Line : TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Hazelnut-laced toasted malts converse with spicy, wooden hops in this slender and refined Dunkel.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam decorates the deep copper.
-The tiny but active bubbles and lean sugars craft a sturdy mouthfeel.
-The hoppy finish is quite bitter, more intense than the average Franconian brew.
-This and their Ungespundet Lagerbier are both brews I would drink pints of all the time if I could visit Schammelsdorf regularly.
On tap at the brewery gasthof
Multiple liters vom fass at Brauerei Knoblach, Nov. 2013: Clear rusty garnet. Eggshell head fizzles away into a snug collar. Remarkably clean nose of treacle, molasses, fresh baked dark bread, roasted nuts. Woody and herbal hoppiness. Vague whiff of minerals, melanoidins and cocoa. Firm and snug carbonation. Richly toasty, starchy, and laden with chocolate-drizzled toffee notes. Ongoing toasty grip yields an edgy dryness. No esters to compete with the immaculately clean and lean malt frame. Earthy malt intricacies continually unfold, delighting with a roasted nut sharpness and fallen-leaf drying effect atop delectable hay dust textures which allow the minerals to latch onto the tongue. Breadcrusty notes abound as bouncy melanoidins sneak in and dance in unison. Hints of cookie exude as well. Muted coffee and toffee elegantly gel with the resounding earthiness. Forceful surge of nectar-laced bitterness gains more depth and sophistication as candyish notes arise alongside a biting hop-derived woodiness. Chocolate teases the tongue as it gives was to minerals, dry toast and a nearly wince-inducing punch of finishing hop bitterness. A very clean, intensely bitter, yet gloriously dry and malty landbier that’s on par with their equally wonderful (and also quite bitter) lagerbier. The brewer Michael obviously has a deep adoration of hops, though unlike most American brewers, he uses them with precision (a beer CAN be insanely bitter without being one-dimensional). I am happy to have learned that Michael’s teenage son is attending brewing school and always seems to be around the brewery lending a hand. Thanks to Ernest for driving us back and forth to this place, because I just couldn’t get my fill of this and the lagerbier on one visit alone! Dedollewaitor (16393) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Gravity @ Knoblach , Schammelsdorf. Pours amber brown with a small white head. Grains, caramel, toffee and bready malts. Soft and really chewy. Smooth with a bitter fiinish. Bravo! Ernest (7822) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Draft at Knoblach.
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/nuts, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Kinda watery, but otherwise quite delightful...rich malt nose and surprising hop bitterness. Very clean and solid.
SinH4 (6265) - Garching b. Mï¿½nchen, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark copper color with large eggshell head, the texture of which is the only thing that keeps me from giving a 5 in appearance. Aroma is nutty, earthy, bready. Taste is nutty, earthy, dark bread, super-soft mouthfeel with natural carbonation. Excellent and flavorful rustic Dunkles, and not sweet at all! jonas (8037) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2017
Bottle. Golden chestnut, offwhite lace. Nutty and earthy roast aroma, light hay. Chewy fullbodied, mellow sparkles. Light rusty roast, walnut ice cream, a hint smoke, grassy and herbal finish, light rural rough and real. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
Draft at brewpub. Dark amber with thick white head. Nice worty aroma. The palate is juicy and the flavors are nothing more than a totally tasty liquid bread and bread crust experience. Very nice. downender (8891) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
At the brewpub, 12 August 2014. Dark brown with a slight, off-white, head. Some toasted malts, a trace of plain chocolate and tart fruits, with a full-bodied, bitter finish. Sweetness avoided throughout and excellent for it.