Brewed by Wanaka Beerworks
Style: Schwarzbier
Wanaka, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
A rich malty black beer with hints of caramel and chocolate. Slightly hoppy with a dry roasted finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
m2swim (15) - Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle purchased from the brewery. Pours a deep reddish color with a nice, long lasting head. Initial aroma hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Nice mouth feel - slightly chewy. Above average finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joe19612 (2850) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby colour with a hint of red, aroma is malt and chocolate, taste is roasted malt with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5720) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. Aroma has caramel, roast, some hops. Clear, dark coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is toasty, mild, has a little coffee and chocolate, some grassy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4822) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2014
330ml bottle with 5.0% ABV -- BB March 2014 Pours clear, dark reddish brown with a good head. Feel: a bit too thin but nicely smooth, with soft, medium carbonation. Aroma: caramel and dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor: good balance; slightly sweet; nice roasted finish. O: easy drinking, lighter Black ale that smells great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (1108) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2012
Pours dark ruby, not black, with a thin dark beije head that disappears in a minute. Very weak aroma of bitter chocolates and roast malts, with some fruity tone hidden in there. Although the beer is water-thin, which is perhaps its worst sin, the flavours are nice, with chocolate, roast malts, some sour note that reminds me os a watery Murphys. The finish is pleasant, with a rather meaningful citrusy presence. Not sure why it is stylised as a Schwarzbier, as the label clearly states "Dark Ale". But then, the manufacturers website now refers to it as a "Bohemian-style Black Beer", of which I cannot think that it could be possibly referring to a region - because it does not taste as such black beers from Bohemia - but perhaps its more of a Bohemian as a lifestyle. For me, this is an obvious, nice, thin Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with little head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Taste is slightly acidic, not much flavour but has a nice dark chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
330ml, (229mm tall) bottle. Dark brown hue with a rich deep ruby tint, small beige foamy head quickly diminishes to a thin coffee crema ring. Delicious coffee, cocoa powder, milk chocolate nose with a hint of shea butter and nuttiness. Roasted, toasted almost burnt malt aromas come along with the flavour. Taste is an appealing medium sweet with a moderate to long duration, with subtle but noticeable sourness. Medium body, soft carbonation, lightly oily velvety texture, and a dry slightly astringent finish. Yom yom. Possibly the beer that got me into the world of craft beer 10 years ago when I had it at the brewery. Thanks to Sue for supplying the Wanaka Beerworks trifecta for a pleasant reminiscent walk down memory lane.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle thanks to dlau. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of roasted grain and a little light bitter chocolate. Some alcohol as well. Flavour is dominated by the roasted grain. A little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (36878) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and nuts, as well as a lighter note of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, combined with medium notes of sweet malt, and lighter notes of roasted malt, and metal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkel07 (5742) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2010
330ml bottle. Looks good when poured but it didnt really produce the goods overall when it came to enjoyability. Deep and bold black with a crisp crackling tan head and a smoky burnt wood aroma. Good mouthfeel with a well balanced flavour and a burnt smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3848) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2010
Bottle, 11C. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has light roasted malt, lager sourness, chocolate, a little grass. Tastes of Coke-like caramel, chocolate and mild roasted malt. Mild roasted dry finish. A Schwarzbier from central casting but not very exciting for me. Good to see the Kiwi basketball team gets a beer, though.

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