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Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier - Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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Feuerwehrmann SchwarzbierFeuerwehrmann Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 05-03-2008)
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Photo of gfreed
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not merely black, this was walnut: very dark but brown around the edges; shining a light behind it revealed some lovely ruby and burgundy colors. Pleasant to simply look at it. Off to a good start, but it faded a bit after the visual effects. Raw-wool colored head that bubbled and popped; started thick and thinned quickly. Bland aroma although I detected some roastiness as well as lemon and general citrus. Thin carbonation and thin body; the lack of any dominant roasted flavor, any malt or hop favoritism meant very little flavor in general. Still, I drank the whole bomber. I've had better black lagers, so I wouldn't chase this one down. Buzzard's Bay makes a decent alternative if you're trying to stay New England.

gfreed, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet vanilla, roasted malt. Flavor is a little sweet for a schwarzbier with some bready malts. Pretty basic, plenty drinkable. I really liked the special cask version of this beer, but the regular bottled version, not so much.

LilBeerDoctor, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy head with chunky lace on the glass. So dark, light does not shine through.

Mild creamy dark malt aroma. some caramel and a little chalk.

Semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of berry in the background. Short lasting aftertaste--very low hop level.

Appealing but innocent.

smcolw, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at The Gingerman NYC from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Deep and dark mapel brown with little head

Smell: Dark coffee like grains.

Taste: Opens with a smoky type of malt/coffee and dark grain as a tanginess takes over the middle to finish. I could definitely taste the dark grains in this leaving a slightly alcoholic and dark grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with minimal carbonation and rather coarse.

Drinkability: I wouldnt have this again because it just isnt my type of brew but I recommend this to someone seeking a roasted/smoky opens withe a slightly hoppy dark grainy finish.

capra12, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass
A - Super dark brown/black with light tan head which falls to a ring. Some lacing.
S - Dark roasted malt.
T - Dark malt with a sweet aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.
M/F - Light/medium body and smooth.
D - Very smooth beer and tasty

ThirstyBird, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, with a finger of foamy tan head. Retains with mostly a fizzy look but does have a good enough flareup, producing a good bit of spotty lace. The aroma is dark and roasty smelling with a good bit of chocolate malts coming out, along with some lighter notes of caramel and some green feeling floral character.

The taste is dark with chocolatey roast, along with a firm tingle of spicy hop character. Finishes very dry and roasty in mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel to the carbonation but still creamy enough to remain decently drinkable.

This was OK. I was hoping for maybe a little more hop character to add some extra crispness to this, as all of those dark flavors had this coming off feeling more like a Porter at times.

Kegatron, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Radek's bottle. I rally like the style. Not much roast,it is there, dark with a cape of a light brown head. Average mouthfeel. A good lager, you can drink a litre of his and if not share it with others.Only a hint of chocolate, this is pure shwartzbier.

Sammy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of njmoons
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle on the sale rack at the Beer Store. I enjoyed the beer, but had a lot of roasted malt for a Shwarzbier.

Poured very dark brown, almost black. Very little foam, but what did come up stayed for a while.

The aroma was malty and sweet.

Taste was light like a would have expected but there is a lot of roasted malt flavor which was too much for my tastes in a Schwarbier. The roasted malt also interfeared with the finish, which was not a crisp and clean as I like in a Lager beer.

Almost seemed a light stout.

Mouthfeel was light as expected, and I had no trouble drinking the beer.

I might also suggest a new label. I really had to look at the beer bottle to see what it was. The label was dark and without a close look I could only see a very long German Word (fireman) that I could not pronounce. I only invested the effort since it was on the sale rack.

njmoons, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three-fingered light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate and balanced. $7.99 for a 22 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Kelp
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice black pour with decent tan head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Coffee malts and caramel

This starts off with a malty taste that moves towards a slight coffee taste. A small caramelness at the end and a touch of smoke.

Nice smooth taste across the tongue and a medium body to the beer.

It was a decent beer but nothing great. I will miss the brewery, but this is not my favorite beer from them.

Kelp, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Talisker
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from The Foodery in Philadelphia.

Pours a "medium" black with dark brown highlights. Medium head, dissipates more quickly than I would have expected.

Smells and tastes just a little less "roasted" than some other schwarzbiers. Still a nice malt profile with a reassuringly complex taste - no way you're mistaking these for anything but a black lager.

Generally smooth texture, augmented with just a touch of carbonation. Medium body that invites a follow-on sip.

This is a good beer and nice example of the style. Hard to write about, since schwarzbier isn't extreme, it just is. Absolutely worth a try if you're interested in the style.

Talisker, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown. Medium sized head that fades to a small layer. Lacing on the glass.

S- It smells 'stale'. Some smoke and earthy tones. Not impressive.

T - Burnt malt and smokey tones. Earthy bitter hops. Slightly sweet and has a tart finish.

M- Thin bodied, dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D- meh.. it's drinkable but not delicious. Weak aroma and bland taste. I prefer other beers in this category.

Yesac, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nearly black translucent red with a small tan head that recedes to nice patchy lace. the aroma brings a bit of the roasted chocolate malt that you'd expect from the color as well as a bit of a sweet lagery scent. very sweet and malty up front with the hop bite paring nicely with the bit of astringency from the dark malt. the light body and the aggressive carbonation make this an easy drink, but not one that I'd go out of my way to find.

almychristopher, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of SilentSabre
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours up black with red highlights about the edges when held to a lamp. Khaki coloured, moderately thick, foamy head went from close to three fingers to just one finger in about 60 seconds or so. Looks fairly inviting.
Smell seems to be a bit doughy/bready, plenty of sweet, roasted malts, and a faint smell of wet, freshly split hardwood logs.
Taste is pleasantly malty throughout with moderate bitterness toward the end. There doesn't seem to be much of an after taste.
Mouthfeel is about average for the style and considering it's a lager. Carbonation isn't very assertive, and this drinks pretty easily.
Not my favourite style, but considering the abv and the craftsmanship present in this beer, I'd give it just a touch over average. A well crafted American version of a very German style.

SilentSabre, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/22/08- Purchased at Glen Beverage Co. in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off black, kinda brown in color, maybe a dark deep chestnut. About a 1/2 inch of head upon pour. Settles at a rim. Leaves light lace markings.

Smell- Deep roasted sweet carmelized malts, not really much else. Maybe a touch nutty.

Taste- Quite flavorful for the abv. Considerably sweet and very rich and malty. Not really any hops in the profile, but, I don't think there is supposed to be.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, fuller mouthfeel and lightly creamy with a frothy feeling.

Drinkability- Would buy this regularly if I lived in this neck of the woods. Nice job at a style I need to try more of.

GClarkage, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out malty but not overly sweet with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. There's a touch of smokiness and a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good sessionable dark beer to drink for a whole evening if you're in the mood for that kind of beer.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black, with a hint of light around the edges. Not much head, but revives nicely with a swirl. A mocha color on what is there.

Aroma is slightly smoky and sweet with some nice toffee notes.

Taste is rich and roasty, nutty, burnt caramel, chickory, herbal hops. Bitterness is low to moderate, both from the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a solid presence front to back. Dry, roasty finish holds the malty tastes well, with a bit more bitterness building over the session.

Very nicely done. Great structure and drinkability, and plenty of flavor without bombarding with malt and hops.

firkinhophead, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into pilsner glasses. Dark brown color, with a leather colored head. Looks like a cappuccino. First smell I noticed was chocolate. But on the first sip, this beer is not really sweet. Maybe a hint of bittersweet cocoa, but its main flavor profile for me was smoked malt. Rich dark flavor, and a thick body, but I found the beer easier to drink that I expected. It's a lager beer, so it's very light on the palate, and the low abv helps it goes down quite smoothly. Went well with marinated lamb shanks, but could be paired with a variety of foods or desserts. For $5.99 a bomber, I think I found a steal.

morebeergood, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as extra from xumbi. Thanks man! Into my Stone pint glass.

A: Black with a thin brown head. Decent retention. Leaves massive amounts of foam along the side of the glass

S: Nice roasted aroma with a moderate sweetness. Some coffee, some maltose-like sweetness

T: Starts off with a solid heavily roasted malt flavor with a strong coffee bitterness. Mild malt sweetness comes through before cleaning up on the finish, leaving a pleasant, mild bitterness

M: Fairly light in body, nice carbonation, nice drying finish. Good stuff

D: Completely enjoyable, one i'll look for again

DefenCorps, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite style of beere!

Pours a dark blackish brown with a finger of light tan head. Head retention is weak, and lacing is minimal.

Smells of roasted sweet malts and a light wood smoke.

Taste is nutty with notes of dark chocolate and cinnamon. Hop bitterness is mild in the finish. Mild smoke presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very sticky and coating. Well balanced.

Drinkability is good. This is something new to my stop and I'd drink it again. Easy to drink the 1 pint bomber, anymore might be cloying.

LumpyGuitar, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a nearly opaque black body with ruby-red highlights and nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Roasty dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some nut and caramel notes in the aroma. Tastes roasty and nutty with a good portion of caramel and slight grassy herbal hop toward the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable, despite being slightly astringent. A pleasant roasty dark beer. Not too bad, though not the best example of the style I've had.

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near black body with some ruby-hued hints at the edges and capped with a medium-sized, ivory-hued head.

Smell: The nose is comprised of light roasted notes smelling of thinned out molasses, Breakfast Blend coffee, nuts, half a Tootsie Roll, and fruit.

Taste: Assortment of roasted malts tastes - mild coffee, sweetish Tootsie Rolls, more nuts, and charred grains. Subtle hint of dark fruitiness. Spicy Noble hops blend with the roastiness from the blackened malts. Larger toasty caramel tones on the latter half. Drying finishes with lingering hints from the hops and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A solid, satisfactory Schwarzbier that goes down easy.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich, smoky and yeasty with a nutty hint, quite appealing. It pours a deep, barely translucent sable that shows reddish brown at the bottom and has a frothy light tan head that hangs around for a bit. Flavor is spicy, malty, a little smoky with woody and caramel hints. Texture is smooth and lively, bubbly and tingly.

Cyberkedi, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy, rich tan head that thins to an espresso-like head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet molasses, chocolate, coffee, licorice with a noble hop backing.

The taste is of sweet chocolate/molasses with lightly roasted coffee. Fairly assertive noble hop spicing and gentle roast give balance to the sweet dark maltiness. It has a clean, smooth lager character.

Noble hop character, light roast and dark maltiness smoothness come together well... I love when this style is done right!

jwc215, Feb 01, 2010
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Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.