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Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier - Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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89
very good

51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
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:
Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 05-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 54
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very nice head, and inch or two, that fades to a thin tan cap. The aromas are nice- very lightly roasty, a touch of nuttiness, chocolate, light graininess, and the tang of lager yeast. Similar on the palate, but the chocolate has deepened its note and has a bitter graininess to it that plays nicely off of the slight roastiness and fresh grain notes. Very nice. The graininess of the chocolate notes carry through to the mouthfeel. Although this is still fairly light, It seems a bit more substantial than many other schwatzbiers. Delicious and very nicely done. (582 characters)

Photo of BeerTrader
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Needed a bottle of something good to bring to a monthly homebrew club meeting. Thought I'd bring a bottle from Pennichuck, the closest brewery to where I live as a 'support your local brewery' gesture. Found one bottle left on the shelf at Jaspers in Nashua and figured that it must be good.

Enjoyed my first sample of this excellent Schwarzbier and I'm sure there will be many more in my future. This is a real treat! (420 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours vry dark brown with a very large creme head. Nose is malty. Flavor is much better on-tap than when I had it on the bottle. Nice thicker profile with chocolate and minor molasses and a hint of coffee. Not really style appropriate characteristics, but its still tasty. Smooth liquid feel. Smooth carbonation. Very tasty. Like I said, not really a schwarzbier by execution, but it's a nice beer. (398 characters)

Photo of JayNH
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown/black with a small foamy head.

S- Sweet, maybe a touch spicy. Scent is full of raisins. A hint of diacetyl and warming alcohol.

T- Mildly sweet and pleasant. A nice balanced of a bunt malt/coffee and an earthy hoppiness.

M- Incredibly smooth on the palate, almost a little creamy. Carbonation is just right. Body is on the lighter end of the spectrum.

D- Excellent! This brew goes down easy, I could make a nice long session of these. (460 characters)

Photo of sraimondi
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber.

Dark brown pour with a nice medium dark tan head which persists. Some dark ruby highlights when held up to a light. Some good sheet lacing. SRM is at about 34, which is a bit higher than the BJCP guidelines, but no big deal.

Smell is all about the malt. Some faint chocolate, with even fainter roast quality.

The taste excels with this one. Sweet malt at start with a nice roastiness in the middle with some lingering hops in the finish, which is drying. Almost Exceptional in this category.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body. Very smooth beer.

This is another winner from Pennichuck. Very drinkable. A real session beer. Wish they put this in sixers. Will need to pick up some more. (726 characters)

Photo of meday
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Sam Adams Lager glass (christmas present!!)

Very dark body with thin, weak tan head. This beer definitely could have used more in this department.

Very faint smell of roasted malt, slightly sweet.

Sweet and roasted flavor, very well balanced, a bit of sweet chocolate and raisins. Good pleasant flavor.

Wow. Exactly as they say on the bottle: Clean crisp and refreshing. The perfect amount of carbonation to have some movement in the mouth, but no bite. I wish mouthfeel and drinkability was worth more than 10% for a beer like this, since that is the great attributes of this one. (615 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 (284 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'll have another lager tonight.

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep ruby brown with a two finger light brown colored head that slowly falls. Some spotty webbing clings to the sides of the glass with no intentions of letting go. Smell consists of sweet caramel malts, roasted malts, and toasted grains. A touch of chocolate and coffee in the nose as well. Taste begins with espresso and smokey malts. A good does of earthiness and toasted grains midway with some brown sugar as well. Finishes slightly sweet and smokey, a nice combination. Creamy, light bodied feel with bit of a sting from the carbonation. Very soft and flowing in the mouth, good stuff. A solid flavor profile for such a low abv beer. Definitely a beer that I could sit down for a while and have a few of. A great beer from the great state of New Hampsha! (854 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a thin head into my pint glass. The color is right for the style and reminds me of a porter or stout.

Aroma has the sweetness of a lager with the roastiness of a porter, which is the point here.

Taste is sweet and grainy with only a passing hint of the roasted malt in the middle. Finishes a bit creamy.

Mouthfeel is grainy and sweet with only a hint of roasted malt. The lager part of it shows through the most and it seems well-balanced.

Very drinkable to me. I enjoy schwarzbiers by default and it's nice to try one like this. It's also a good style to introduce a lager drinker to, especially if they don't even like darker beers. Pennichuck makes a decent example here. (710 characters)

Photo of Talisker
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of Patrick
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice black color with a tan head. Not a lot of lacing left behind, but she is still pretty.

S: I smelled a bunch of chocolate on my first whif of this one. Some nutty notes are noticeable as well. I can pick up some buttered brown bread too.

T: Nice. Roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, dark caramel at the end. A nice dark chocolate flavor lingers. Great flavor.

M: Smooth, light, refreshing, well carbonated.

D: More people need to make schwarzbiers. They make such great session beers. (501 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a very dark black with a foamy off white head. Retention wise this is lacking as it dissipates rather quickly but does manage to leave some spotty lacing.

S_Thick dark coffee and sweet slightly caramelized malt combine to form a rather pleasant smelling package.

T_A healthy dose of coffee and charred malt greets the palate. This is follwe by a generic slightly earthy hop bitterness. The aftertaste brings it back around to a nice bitter burnt malt flavour.

M_Slightly thicker than more common versions of the style with a medium level of carbonation.

D_Quite tasty to say the least. Drinks almost like a combination Porter/Swartzbier. This is the first I have had from the brewery and I am impressed. (716 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into my Pemaquid Point Light Weiss glass.

Pours opaque black with two fingers of creamy tan head. Patches of lace adorn the glass here and there.

Scent is floral and spicy hops, earthy.

Taste is soft roasty chocolate malt with citric and spicy hop notes and a mild bitterness and astringency which refreshes the palate and encourages the next sip. Yeasty biscuit notes. A touch of caramel.

Body is light and crisp yet substantial enough to be satisfying.

Drinkability is outstanding. Very refreshing and easy to drink and at 5% a session beer.

This is my favorite Schwarzbier. Nice work guys. (610 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1" tan colored head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts and hints of chocolates come through.

Taste: roasted malts, soft bitter chocolate tones, prunes, and a bit of earthiness are nicely balanced with some mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: superb session beer. Great flavor and representation of the style. (480 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of currysage1
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Spirit Haus - $5.35 22 oz.

Pours a one finger khaki head topping a deep garnet red, light just about can't make it. Settles out quickly, leaves spotty lacing and a ring that goes all the way down.

Smell is of light coffee, and a light lager yeast brightness, Dark fruits are there very briefly.

Taste is of light roast coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted oats, hop presence is nice, balances the malt, more American than German with the hop selection, but I suppose it could be Hallertau. Slight dark fruit flavor toward the end.

Feel is great, honestly what I would expect from a Schwarz, enough body to make it satisfying but thin enough to make me think German lager.

Drinkability is very high, good balance, very tasty, and affordable. (757 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick and creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a bitter, earthy black malt scent along with some light chocolate hints. It's dry with an almost stout-like aroma. The taste is good. It has a highly drinkable roasted, black, and chocolate malt flavor that's dry with just a hint of sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes thin. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is probably the most complex black lager I've ever had. It's like drinking an oatmeal stout, but it's been lagered. (605 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (599 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to nfr5069 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some minimal sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is malty, slightly roasted, with some toffee. The taste is malty/roasted, with some toffee. Medium body, a nice clean/crisp brew. Very drinkable, a good example of the style. (360 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: Topped with a tan colored head. Very dark brown - nearly black.

S: This is a great smelling lager. A just roasted malt aroma with nice touches of caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Very good.

T: Taste is similar to nose. Sweet just roasted malt has caramel and vanilla taste characteristics. Could probably be a little more roasted. Nice subtle and lingering bitter finish.

MF: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation. Dry.

D, notes: This is a damn fine beer. Very drinkable. Light yet substantial. (567 characters)

Photo of SMADMS
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from my notes at the VBF

Poured at the Pennichuck Booth

A-- Beautiful dark brown/black slight head with lace on glass
S--Coffee and hints of chocolate and caramel Roasted malts and toffee
T--slight hops, roasted light coffee taste nice chocolate tones Dry
M-- very earthy and light clean finish very light carbonation sight bitterness of cocoa
D-- An exceptional black lager

Wonderfully balanced flavors and a great lager... (431 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear barely translucent dark reddish brown brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with little to no lacing. Aroma is bitter, dark grains. Taste is sweet dark maltiness upfront, balanced in the middle, tends toward slight acrid bitterness on the close, some chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Exactly what I expect from a Schwarzbier. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit prickly with carbonation, and drinkability is very good. Great stuff. (586 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my new Warsteiner pilsener. Poured the color of cola with deep ruby red highlights exposed at the bottom of the glass; brew allowed absolutely no light penetration through the body. Dense khaki-colored head gradually lost cohesion and settled into a thin consistent surface skim. Some spotty lacing, but no legs on this one. Scent of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste similar to nose; however, roasted flavors more enhanced and chocolate character was more subdued; just the slightest suggestion of hops presented as a light, balanced bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin-bodied with a kiss of effervescence to add some additional character. Sinfully drinkable concoction. Finished the entire bomber in under five minutes. (742 characters)

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Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.