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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JK (6294) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Black of course. Roasted malt and lager yeast, in the flavor and the aroma. Lots of yeast really. A little oak as well.

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.

Cybercat (6146) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Aroma is rich, smoky and yeasty with a nutty hint, quite appealing. It pours a deep, barely translucent sable that shows reddish brown at the bottom and has a frothy light tan head that hangs around for a bit. Flavor is spicy, malty, a little smoky with woody and caramel hints. Texture is smooth and lively, bubbly and tingly.

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.

Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Sampled from 22-oz bomber during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN and shared by beastiefan2k, pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of some dark caramel malt, a hint of chocolate and roasted nuts. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of roasted dark malt, light chocolate, bread crust and some roasted nuts. Finish is mildly light compared to most other schwarzbiers but still a solid dark lager overall.

thornecb (6062) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with good retention leaves slight sheets. Roasted chocolate and toast aromas. Crisp chocolate upfront with a lasting, slightly sour smoke finish.

notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Pours a dark ruby, with a frothy head that shrinks to a foamy, thick lace - aroma of roasted, nearly smoked malts, a little bit of doughy character, hazelnut, chocolate - medium-bodied - smooth, with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel - quite dry, roasty, and kind of smoky up front, coupled with moderate bitterness - cocoa arrives afterwards, and the beer slowly develops a creamy sweetness - this is short-lived, as noble hop bitterness becomes stronger at the finish, and a fruity, berry-like character rounds things out - this is a very nice schwarz - we need more commercial examples of this style.

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at JoeMcphee’s. Pours a black body with ruby hues and a tan head. A/F sweet malt, chocolate, liquorish, and toffee. Good.

nearbeer (5604) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2009
650 ml. Dark with a small lasting ring of foam. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, light smoke and caramel. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, smoke and light herbs. Smooth body is near-medium and very drinkable.

badgerben (5327) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Courtesy of Beastiefan2k. Black color with a thin head. No real aroma to be found. Light roasted and chocolate malt flavor. Drinkable.

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