Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by matjack85:
4.6/5 rDev +23.7%
Found this 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.79. There was no freshness date or born on date anywhere to be found.
The beer pours a reddish brown color that takes on a clear reddish amber hue when held to the light. It produced a 1½ finger creamy tan head that disappeared in less than a minute and left no lacing at all.
The smell was very inviting. Roasted malt aroma blended with sweet caramel, chocolate, and baked bread smells, along with a faint whiff of alcohol.
The taste was rich in roasted malt flavor, perhaps even a little bit burnt. Caramel sweetness, bready grain, and the flavor of crushed nuts all add to the enjoyment. There is not much hop bitterness in here but there is a bit of a tart tanginess to help balance it out.
I would have expected more of a creamy, thicker mouthfeel in a beer as sweet as this, but surprisingly it sticks to style and remains on the lighter side with a hefty dose of carbonation.
This stuff is really easy to drink with low and almost undetectable alcohol. Wish I had gotten a 6 pack instead of a single bottle.
06-24-2010 07:05:50 | More by matjack85
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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