Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Schwarzbier
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Note: this beer is no longer brewed or sold in Japan. Made in the US and Canada only.

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ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2017
DOC: 3/16/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Medium malt presence, especially dark malt with slight confectionery overtones. Roasted malt is present akin to a black iced coffee aroma (nothing acrid or burnt). Faint herbal/spicy hops presence. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Very dark [mahogany] brown with magenta/garnet blush. Large tan foam retains and laces well. Clear body. 3/3

FLAVOR: Light-moderate malt flavor with mild sweetness up front. There is a toasted bready presence in the background. Low earthy/spicy bitterness offers balance throughout the palette. As it finishes there’s a fairly assertive taste of coffee with cream and a roasted malt flavor on the aftertaste without astringency. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Texture is smooth and just the faintest bit watery. This could be served on nitro just as well. Plenty of flavor and easy to quaff at only 5% ABV. Versatile palette would pair well with a savory dinner or dessert. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely to-spec in all aspects. This beer could hold it own with authentic German examples. 9/10


Scipio (1276) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Pours a deep brown with a medium, light tan head. There isn’t much of an aroma in here. There are faint roasted malt and maybe smoke, but that is about all. The taste is on the dry side and is a bit sweet. More is going on here than there was in the nose. Toasted malts, nuts, light licorice and smoke, and just a bit of chocolate. The smoky currents come through most in the aftertaste, although that isn’t all that potent. Light in body thinner in texture, and average in carbonation. The Sapporo Japanese release of this style was better than this.

pkbites (1006) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Dark brown with brown head. Light roasted grain aroma. Toasty notes of low alcohol. A brew this dark should have some warmth. It doesn’t. Not bad, but rather mediocre. I expected a lot from this. It didn’t impress. Can.

Kleg (448) - The Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2017
22 oz can. Black pour with ruby highlights and a beige head with decent retention. No lacing. Low carbonation. Light body. Muted roast lager flavor. Smooth and easy drinking. The flavor is simple and short-lived. Decent.

wlajwl (7213) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2017
Aroma and flavor is mild/medium roasted/dark malts, grainy in the middle, a hint of fruit and a mix of relatively light acidity and beery in the finish.

Pershing (598) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2017
22 oz can into a 16 oz. paneled mug. Black - NOT dark brown with a short lasting beige head. Aroma of Roasted Barley - NOT toasted malt. Slightly bitter taste from the dark malt i.e. black patent that was used with more roasted barley. Thin body with a slightly dry finish. Goes well with Chinese cuisine.

rougeau13 (3282) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Can at Akashi in Katy. Almost black pour with a sizable beige head. Aroma of cocoa and toasted malt. Tastes lightly bitter and roasty. Light-medium bodied and pretty smooth.

mjg74 (3205) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Canned from Bottle Bin. Haven’t seen this beer in almost twenty years. Wanted to try it again for quite a while. Probably not as good as it seemed back then. Roasty up front with a little hint of sweetness. Fairly thin on the palate. Some good roasted coffee notes and a little bit of black licorice. Some burnt grains as well. Fairly decent roasty finish. Not too bad, but gets a little cloying. Roast is good though.

DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Sample can for review: The pour itself is more of a porter brown than black. In the glass, it looks dark brown to black, but with brown highlights. The smell has a bit of light coffee roast to it, and a sweetness like toffee; hey, that rhymes. The taste starts with pinprickly carbonation. The roast has coffee notes and is a bit grainy, but is rather light to make up for it. I’ve always considered Sapporo’s main lager to be dry, bu this has a residual sweetness that leaves a light coating on the lips, with a suggestion of a dark bock beer. Hop bill seems titlted toward German and milder bittering hops, resulting in a notable bitterness that works with the sweet malt.

Obfuscate (607) - Minneapolis, - JAN 16, 2017
A very nice session able black lager. Glad they are making this one again..

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