RATINGS: 806   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it an all-time brewery favorite.

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ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Fairly generic lager scent; no dark malt or sweetness. Slightly musty, otherwise neutral. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Deep ruby red to black proper. Medium dark tan foam. 2/3

FLAVOR: Light/moderate dark malt with slight bready quality. Some roasted malt comes through on the second half with a nice (but quick) chocolate flavor. Some dry bitterness is noticeable with mild spicy hop flavor. Bottle may have suffered some heat damage; palette is mild and a tad dirty. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate CO2; not crisp but not viscous like a stout. Smooth texture. Some lingering astringency. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Average example of the style at best. Seems off. 5/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of roasted malts, bits of chocolate and coffee. Flavor has a nice bitter roast taste and a touch of hops on the finish.

tmoreau (4369) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2016
On tap at the Harvest Lounge in the Sheraton Madison Hotel. (WI.) Possessed a clear but deep black/brown hue, with a presentably creamy, tan, and tight bubbled layer of head foam, and sheet-like cling to the lacing. The nose was sweet & malty, with notes of caramel, light coffee, toffee, and slight dark fruit. Medium bodied, with decent liveliness to the carbonation, a nicely creamy texture added to the mouthfeel. The taste included a roasted & earthy bitterness, with dryness, and slight woodiness to the finish. A respectable Dark Lager.

drdisque (840) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Aroma is faint roasted malt. Flavor is roasted water. Thin and lacking depth. Don’t get why people think this is good. Not a drainpour but not much more.

floydslip (401) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Deep dark reddish brown beer with a medium foamy tan head. Rich nose of cafe au lait, milk chocolate, and brown sugar. Flavor is even richer with the coffee flavors more on the bitter side and some black strap molasses coming through as well. With a high carbonation, this is more easy drinking than others with flavors as bold. Excellent beer.

RedSox2004 (1895) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Black with ruby highlights, solid one-finger head and moderate lace. Roasted coffee aroma with a touch of smoke and chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate powder, dark fruit, and smoke on the palate. Medium body, generous carbonation, very dry finish.

Lutz2jm (277) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Roasted malt taste mild chocolate and coffee followed by a lingering almost smoke taste. Got better the warmer it got. A little bit to much co2. Good

Jrwhitney6 (496) - - FEB 25, 2016
Beer of month club. Pours a dark brown with slight reddish tint. Not much of a nose. Taste is some cocoa, roasted malts - nice flavor, but much, much lighter than a stout. Really good schwarzbier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

commonmac (1246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle from Saturday Shirt. Served in a pint glass. Dark brown to black in color. Tannish head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Some espresso and chocolate notes as well. Taste has some bittersweet chocolate elements and roasty, nutty characteristics. It has a pleasant, fuller mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer overall. Probably a shining example of the style.

Beastwhite315 (31) - - DEC 22, 2015
I found this beer to be a little smokey for my liking. Well balance of chocolate and roasted flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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