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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: August 29, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and smokey aroma, dark rasted malts, nice smokey character
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor, touch of chocolate, nice earthy smokeyness

Date: November 10, 2009
Mode: bottle
Words: hop city
less smokey character allows more of the chocolate come through

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2009
Bomber. Pours deep blackish brown with off-tan head. Nose is dark malt, cacao, Wheaties, pumpernickle bread. Tastes malty, with cacao, rye, slight oak and hops. Medium palate. Solid, and a style I see far too little of these days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black to brown with a large creamy tan head. Sweet light cocoa, dark old fruit, plums, faintest hint of grain. Im surprised at how good this smells since a number of their other beers really broke down over time, and this smells tasty. Medium bodied, a bit of plastic and old cardboard finally do show up, but only after a soft bit of vanilla and toffee. Finishes with a bit more old cardboard and a soft grainy bitterness. Better than expected given the age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9905) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2009
pours dark brown, off-white head. aroma of dark fruits, light roast/coffee and caramel malts. flavor, malty, fresh apple and dark fruits; currants, hints of smoke, roasted malts, as it warmed up, gained a little chocolate. Light and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9729) - 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 its simplicity exemplifies the virtues of pure goodness.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Deep brown beer with a thin white/tan head. Aroma is very chocolatey and quite rich-smelling. A bit earthy and fairly chewy. Soft and chocolatey. Bitter cocoa and a soft well-lagered cleanness on the back. Its got a more assertive hoppiness than most, but its quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8879) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Light roasty aroma, with some cocoa and a hint of hops. The flavor is on the light side, but well balanced. Nutty roasted malts, with cocoa and some lingering hops. A hint of smoke reveals itself as the beer warms. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (8357) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2008
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 18 Dec 2008) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of dark bread and hints of dried fruit and raisins. Malty, roasted taste with dark bread, chocolate and a dry cocoa bitterness in the finish. Lacking a little bite, but still a nice and well balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7762) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse (Habersham Blvd) - 22 oz bottle. Tar-black pour with a thin but long lasting khaki colored head. Earthy aroma with some faint traces of chocolate. rich flavor with some nice chocolate undertones, a bit of coffee and a nice underlying subtle sourness. Traces of licorice as well. Mouthfeel is crisp - about right for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7571) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2008
<i>My bottle (650ml) shared with GregClow, HogTownHarry & garthicus.</i> Pours a very deep ruby-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of smoked meat, roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Nice creamy, malty and smoky flavour with a light roasty bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Quite good, I really liked it.

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