Pennichuck Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier (Firefighter Black Lager)

RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Schwarzbier (shvahrts-beer) is German for "black-beer". Brewed to be a light bodied dark beer with a clean, crisp, refreshing finish. Its well balanced malt character is complimented with a touch of roastiness. Brewed using imported black patent malt and noble hops. Pairs with chunky dark breads, marinated meats such as brisket or German Sauerbraten. Not recommended for cellaring. Serve in a flute or pilsner glass at 45-50deg

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otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2008
May the schwarz be with you, and no, I am not referring to the quintessential Mel Brooks classic. Instead, I am referring to an oft unrepresented beer style and that is the schwarzbier, aka, a black lager.
My Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier pours a dark brown black into my glass. As light peeks in along her crevices, a decent head peaks then fades into a minute ring around the glass. Her nose is full with nuts and maple syrup. True to the schwarzbier style, her body is light and subtle, making it a simple pleasure to take in all of her. A palate of peaches, apple, and some lemony grass esters lingering in the background as roasty malty cocoa notes stand up-front. A tinge of citrus, grapefruit maybe, in the finish with a bit of bittering nuts. My schwarzbier from Pennichuck Brewing remains easy to drink from start to finish. a bit more into my quaffing session, the nuts and maple I detected in the nose start to shine, bridging the gap between the two dueling sides of my schwarzbier, the malts and the fruits.
Overall, an interesting interpretation of a traditional Schwarzbier. Feuerwehrmann is a good solid schwarzbier. Close to great but not quite. I would have trouble reaching for a glass whenever she is around to offer herself up to me.

jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
From a bottle poured brown/black with a good amount of head. Nice dark malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
In short: A very hoppy Schwarzbier. Very good.
How: Tap at Vermont Brewers Festival 2008
The look: Black body topped by a small tan ring
In long: Malt and yeast profile is smooth and round reminded me a lot of Czech Republic Tmavys. Roastiness kept to a minimum, light burnt toast flavour, hints of chocolate, raisins, light molasses. But where this one stood out is in the hopping department. Dry grassy noble hops and fruity American style hops. Some lemony touches too. Long bitter finish with a light tartness. Not a very tasty beer but man could I drink pint after pint of this thing. This is an above average Schwarzbier adapted for the hop-loving American. The day of hoppy double cheeseburger is coming.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
Objectively speaking: 660mL from Half Time. Confident, aromatic and charming, friendly dark lager.
I like: Focused on the dark malt character, neglecting the fruits, but doing so well at chocolate, roasted grains and soft toffee whispers that you just want to take it as it is and drink a lot of it. Remarkably drinkable for a lager of this bulk. Strinking a fine balance between sweet and dry. Just a touch of soft balancing hops.
I dislike: Nothing of note here.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Roasted and toasted cereals conjure up a creamy mouthfeel for this honest and very friendly Schwarzbier.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-A discreet roasted malt and hop duo produce amenable bitterness.
-Some caramel sweetness is perceived in the flavor profile.
-The body is crisp and nourishing, a very drinkable vehicle.
-Overall, this might not be very complex, but it’s simplicity exemplifies the virtues of pure goodness.


hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2008
22 oiz bottle. Almost black in color with some ruby highlights. Aroma is moderately roasty, some dry chocolate, a touch of noble hops. Taste is roasty for the style, with some chocolate, and a moderate malty sweetness. Light bodied, with a light to moderate hop bitterness in the finish. nice, clean profile. This one may be a touch roastier than other shwarzbier’s I’ve had but it was enjoyable.

mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
bottle from mcox90: pours dark dark brown almost black small off white head. aroma is a big roast and some chocolate, the malt is ther but the roast dominates slight cocoa too. flavour is nice great roast with some bitter chocolate and mice maltiness good beer

Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 At Vero. thanks Backus for setting this aside. Dark black-brown, semi-clear. Husky aroma. Mellows into a sweeter and finely structured malt body. Excellent level of sweetness. Smooth, with a gorgeous body.

re-rate...totally black with thick tan head. Good-looking brew. Some spice in the aromas. Ginger? Some cola. Very authentic aromas. clean, good. Delicious, Perfect mouthfeel, creamy but light at the same time. The flavors are spot on for the style, not too much roast, not too much chocolate, but has both. Subtle and very good!

smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mcbackus. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Smokey roasted aroma. Flavors of caramel, roasted malts, some chocolate. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice schwarzbier that is easy to drink.

mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy mcbackus. Pours a dark brown, with an off white head. Smells of big caramel, graham crackers, and smooth vanilla. The flavor was a little mellow, dark fruits and malts encompass its identity. A little roasty with sometoasted malt in there too. Nice drinking little schwarzbier, nothing too complex or exciting, but certainly drinkable.

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