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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pwoods on 04-03-2008)
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Reviews by Groomsy:
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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, review taken from notes. Consumed on Jan. 12 2011. Thanks to my buddy Thomas for saving a bottle of this for me from a six pack.

Appearance: Pours a rich mahogany color with hints of ruby red and burnt orange, very close to a dark brown color. A thin one-finger creamy head dissipates to film very quickly leaving little lacing down the glass.

Smell: Very sweet and malty, almost candy-like. Hints of caramel and toffee with ample roasted malt and a slightly earthy hop character and subtle nutty notes. I'm also picking up some hints of vanilla and bread for some reason... I wish there were some more hops to balance out the almost cloying sweetness. It smells rich, but almost too sweet for its own good.

Taste: A little bland, but still good. Lots of toffee and caramel along with some fairly standard roasted malts hit the tongue. A little bit of a hoppy bite in the finish as well as a nutty flavor close to some brown ales, but not bitter or challenging. No aftertaste at all. A fairly easy-drinking dark lager, but watered down in comparison to others I've had. Could be much more than it is, and the sweetness is almost too much for its own good. The hints of vanilla and bread also come through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: For a dark lager I was expecting a lot more, but the feel was decent: Light to medium in body, well carbonated but not fizzy. A little too watery for this kind of beer, though. The lack of flavor in the finish probably contributes to this. Crisp, but not drying. About right for the flavors in the beer.

Drinkability: Average, nothing more or less. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't seek it out either. A decent dark lager. Flavorful, but nothing to get too excited about either.

01-13-2011 04:38:00 | More by Groomsy
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Photo of orm56


4.5/5  rDev +21%

12-23-2011 10:19:38 | More by orm56
Photo of LyonsHead


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

A: dark brown with orange hues. off white head with decent lacing

S: Deep toasted notes, all kinds of dark wheat breads. also some dark fruits. heavy whiff of dark munich malt. This is all malt but real complex and nice

T: Big, Rich munich malt, very complex. Lots of melanoidans, dark toasted breads, with big biscuity backbone. Very malt forward, as any dunkel should be, hop bitterness is low. there is a caramel sweetness that comes with the maltiness, but the entire beer finishes dry

M: Medium-light body, dry finish

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Probably my favorite offered by my hometown Brewery thus far. Cheers to moerlein for this Dunkel

03-29-2010 14:49:58 | More by LyonsHead
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-02-2011 23:16:05 | More by 1Adam12
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-11-2013 14:46:05 | More by juicebox
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

09-06-2012 19:27:22 | More by KevBearcat529
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-03-2014 00:55:50 | More by jminch
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South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz undated bottle purchased in Ohio and served in a Belgian snifter.

A: clear, dark reddish-brown with a small but moderately durable head. Some lacing.

Aroma: very sweet light and medium roasted malts.

Taste; still sweet, but thankfully not as sweet as the aroma. Still, a little sweeter than optimal. Rather simple and very malt dominant.

Feel: smooth; medium-light body seems a bit thin; medium-light carbonation.

O: a decent Tmavy.

08-18-2013 23:40:46 | More by chinchill
Photo of pwoods


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

Grabbed a 6er at PartyTown in Florence, KY. Didn't know this had come out yet. Poured into a pint, as fresh as can be.

A: Deep amber ruby tinted brew with great clarity. A short head forms and falls rather fast. Not a whole bunch of lacing.

S: Malts are lightly bready with a mixture of nuts throughout. Maybe a bit of light spicy rye. Hops are light and floral.

T/M: Light and crisp. A light yeast character in the back is noticeable up front. Malts, again, are lightly bready and grainy with salty, oily raw nuts. Hops are light and crisp and bring a faint but pleasant bitterness. Body is light and crisp. Healthy carbonation keeps things alive.

D: Tasty and incredibly sessionable. Another good brew from CM... keep the onslaught coming, guys.

04-03-2008 02:03:46 | More by pwoods
Photo of Brenden


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

This one pours a dark reddish brown. A small white head site firmly on top and leaves light patches of lacing behind.
Lots of breads aroma and dark fruits are most evident in the nose. There's also a firm hops presence, and toffee sweetness. It's good and balanced, but there's a medicinal, astringent note to it.
The taste follows suit, with a light caramel and toffee sweetness taking the middle of a flavor book-ended by malts up front and hops in the back. There's also a light nuttiness in the flavor that wasn't so much in the aroma. An underlying tone of roasted, earthy and mildly bitter notes round out a nice balance. Unfortunately, the medicine / astringency issues follow through in flavor. It doesn't make it bad, but it detracts. It could be a bad bottle.
This one starts off with a crispness that fades as it goes.It's fairly smooth. I wonder if it's a bad bottle because it seems a tad flat. Body is light to medium.
This wasn't bad, and it's drinkable, but I think it may have been old. I've heard it's good. I'll review again in the future with a fresh bottle.

02-03-2010 20:58:05 | More by Brenden
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

05-08-2012 16:56:51 | More by OtsegoHive
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Christian Moerlein- Barbarossa

A- Deep reddish copper, clear, with a thcik filmy head.
S- Sweet bready malt with brown sugar.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses malt. Toasted bread crust and a slight caramel/ toffee touch.
M- very sweet and malty. Thicker malt body and finish. Slight hoppy bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not too shabby. Good drinkablilty makes this a sessionable beer.

01-20-2009 21:07:48 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of alamode


3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-22-2012 15:06:30 | More by alamode
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-20-2013 22:20:14 | More by norinco
Photo of McNealc31


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

pours a deep brown with ruby edges. Sweet caramel and roasted malt dominate the aroma. Smooth and creamy, with caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Perhaps a touch of smoke, too, but definitely not enough to make this a Schwarzbier.

Tasty and balanced, and with just 5% ABV, you can enjoy Barabarossa all day

12-17-2012 02:05:19 | More by McNealc31
Photo of hooliganlife


3.83/5  rDev +3%

thanks to bamadog

pours a dark slightly translucent brown. hints of cola. inch high creamy head, decent retention. light lacing.

very light roasted malt. hints of sweetness.

dominant malt profile. hints of a light roasted malt. lots of brown ale, biscuit, light nuttiness. reminds me of a brown ale, but lagered if that makes sense.

medium body, light carbonation, goes down nice and easy.

lots of flavors but light and low ABV. this is quite good. well balanced and well done.

05-17-2010 01:23:13 | More by hooliganlife
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-04-2014 01:31:16 | More by misterkew
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-28-2014 14:28:04 | More by bwood06
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-15-2014 12:28:46 | More by Jasoncolliver
Photo of bluejacket74


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a chestnut brown/red color with a half-inch off-white head that went away quickly. Lacing is average. The aroma is bready malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some raisins. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some toasted malt and light hoppiness noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I could have this as an occasional session beer. Overall it's a decent enough beer, it's certainly worth trying if you haven't had it before.

02-08-2009 01:33:14 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Beejay


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

A: A deeper brown, like coke. Low amount of head the is now gone..

S: A slight sour note.. essence of fruit and a little yeast.. Some spices in back..

T: Malty, dark and delicious. It starts a little tart, but the finish is roasty goodness.

M: Nothing much to say here.. good or bad

D: My favorite so far of the Moerlein brand. It is very available where I live, so is it quick easy and tastes good. If you are going to try one Moerlein beer, skip the Over the Rhine, and get Barbarossa... Plus added points for having a cool name.

02-06-2009 23:49:24 | More by Beejay
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-08-2012 16:17:23 | More by LJWalker
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance-pours dark red-brown with minimal head, no lacing to be found. 3

Aroma-sweet smelling with a slight hint of roasted malts. Some small plum smells but mostly just a typical lager aroma. 3.5

Taste-sweet malts right up front, some mild dark fruits, a little vanillia, brown sugar, not bad at all for a dark lager. 4

Feel-light bodied, drinkable as hell, a little watery, coats well but doesn't linger. 3.75

Overall-this is a great session beer and it doesn't taste half bad to boot. This would be a good beer to give to someone who doesn't drink much craft. The flavors could be stronger but for a lager they are better than most. 3.75

03-11-2013 01:52:49 | More by screamking
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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%

Got in the Beer of the Month Club. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The neck had a laser code but no way to decipher the date and no info on website either. It was a reddish brown color. A few carb bubbles and no lacing. It had a small head that quickly evaporated into a collar.

The aroma was bread with some roasted malt in the back. A tinge of wet dog or wet blanket as well. Decent aroma that is just North of the BMC's. Same for the taste. Nothing spectacular but better than the BMC's. I've moved past this types of beers so it's pretty bland for me. However, this would be a good beer to convert some of my friends. Would make a good session beer as well if your buddy only had this or BMC in his fridge. Mouthfeel was alright but a tad watery.

Overall, a decent beer. Session. BMC converter. For me, one and done since not much flavor at this stage in my beer drinking.

01-18-2009 02:03:38 | More by TexIndy
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-07-2013 03:37:35 | More by Rod_J
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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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