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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

ZeitgeistZeitgeist

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BA SCORE
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%


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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stumac on 03-31-2009)
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dcmchew

Romania

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

During the pour it seemed like more of a stout, but this definetely tastes like a lager; it's lighter and clearer than expected;
Plus the mouthfeel makes that even clearer; not a big fruitiness, maybe some low dark fruit/berries; the malts are nicely roasted, giving off aromas of (very) dark bread, then going to coffee notes, lower strong cocoa powder also; decent nuttiness, also some dark chocolate sweetness, with faint candi sugar/licorice;
The bitterness isn't provided only by the roast, but also by some somewhat herbal hops, really nice and dry in the finish;
I'm conflicted, there are a lot of stout (going to porter) elements, with a lager body, but it fits nicely, it makes a "fresher", more sessionable dark beer

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 16:41:55 | More by dcmchew
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with light bitter notes. Taste is an easily drinkable mix of dry roasted malt with light dry bitter notes. Finish is lightly sweet. Body is light with good carbonation. Not bad though a bit more simplistic then I had anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 23:51:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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JesperHagberg

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark, black with a low tan head.

S - Rosted, bready with some coffee notes.

T - Much like the smell it tastes of rosted malts, bread, coffee. But the taste adds a slight smoky flavour to it.

MF - Medium to full body with a dry aftertaste.

O - Good beer, price wise it wasn't too bad compared to some other beers here in Sweden. Wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 16:46:12 | More by JesperHagberg
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, at 4.7%abv.; BB 12/04/2014, served mildly chilled in a tall tumbler.

A: pours a pitch black colour topped with a 1cm-thick khaki frothy head, while the carbonation level is unknown.
S: on the nose, the richly roast-malty and lightly aromatic/vanilla-ish chocolatey notes are reminiscent of a fuller English Stout; given a very good swirl, the black dates, burned walnuts, mild raisins, smokiness, and other deep aroma usually related to a stout emerge in full force. Seriously, it doesn’t smell like any Schwarzbier or even Czech black lager that I’ve tasted and smelled, as it’s simply fulsome without lager’s key, doughy or mildly acidic edge to it, while a note of German rye bread definitely makes itself felt. Interestingly, as the beer warms up a bit, the doughy edge does surface to the noticeable level.
T: on the palate, it’s immediately clear that it tastes far more like a lager bier than it smells on the nose, due to a palate far cleaner than any dark or black ale. It’s almost crisp and light, coming with chewy roasty malts and rye-breadiness without much aroma around it, laced with a mild but still detectable lager-y acidic edge. The aftertaste shows considerable herbal hop bitterness and also bitterness from roasted malts different to one’s normal schwarzbier, while flavours of chewy bittern nuts, faint saltiness and bitter-sweet liquorice roots combine to deliver a satisfyingly lingering finish.
M&O: refreshing on the palate while being only moderately carbonated, medium-bodied against a truly decent flavour profile, this “idiosyncratic black lager” comes across as a fairly successful product by Brewdog, which is not that renowned for its lager bier making. Very likable and very… mixed. Definitely not fitting in with the classic “schwarzbier”, though, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 22:13:51 | More by wl0307
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FLima

Brazil

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color. Poured just one finger head with short retention.
Sweet malty smell with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.
Flavor is similar to aroma, but revealing more complexity. A sweet taste with smoky and toasted malts with hints of dark chocolate along with a spicy hoppy kick.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter leaving coffee notes.
Medium to full body with light carbonation with small bubbles.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 17:47:42 | More by FLima
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heatherishoppin

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers. I first tried it two years ago when I was beginning to become a beer connoisseur. Just absolute magic. The flavor is complex and the color is beautiful. Zeitgeist translates to "The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time." This beer is my defining spirit!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 23:26:21 | More by heatherishoppin
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle tried 18 Oct 2010. Courtesy of L&D, thanks! Served in, damn, garbled pic in notes. One of the dimpled German mugs. 0.4 L most likely.

Large bubbly light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Very dark brown, almost opaque. Roasty fruity sour aroma with a touch of smoke. Lots of roasty dark chocolate to start. Mocha, espresso. Medium body, mild ethanol. Roasty bitter finish. Aftertaste is some lingering cocoa.

As has been mentioned before, decent but pricey on this side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:08:30 | More by htomsirveaux
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kojevergas

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle served into a Westvleteren goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely soft cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Fresh. Bittering hops, cream, and crystal malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Creamy open and finish, but with an undertone throughout. Lovely mixed fruit esters: strawberry and raspberry. Foundation features touches of caramelized malt. Some nice light barley notes accompany. Well balanced and built.

Mf: Wonderfully creamy, smooth, and wet, and of just the right thickness. Not overbearing by any means. Supports the flavour of the body. Masterfully delicate.

Dr: Average ABV, wonderful quality, an extraordinary mouthfeel, and an obscenely high price (per Brewdog tradition). Worth trying once, but not as special as Brewdog's gimmicky marketing would like to have you believe.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 09:30:41 | More by kojevergas
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. I love the label for this beer (see my avatar); it stands out from the other Brewdog offerings.

Poured into a Duvel chalice. A dark brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Yields a large head of light-brown foam that remains for a few minutes before collapsing. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee with burnt notes and hints of dry, earthy hops.

Tastes of dark, roasted malt with a dry bitter finish. Strong coffee notes along with burnt grain, yeast, stewed hops and subtle hints of cocoa and dried fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly but rather thin. Astringent - leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of roasted malt.

Nice - I like this one. Easy drinking, but possesses more bitterness and roasted malt than most dark lagers. Well balanced. The only downside is the watery mouthfeel; it could be more substantial. A solid brew - worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:40:11 | More by jazzyjeff13
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up without even realizing it was a BrewDog beer. I'm interested in how it is, though I don't know the whole story behind its conception. I'm reviewing it pretty much as any other dark lager.

This is a very dark beer, though it has a slight ruby tinge when held up to direct light. There is almost no head to speak of.

The aroma is rich and chocolaty! I'm quite surprised by its intensity. There is a hint of aromatic hops in the background too.

The flavours are very nice! Quite sweet off the bat, but some light chocolate and roasted malt flavours make themselves known. It finished off with a hint of bitterness. The whole while, carbonation remains low and drinkability remains high.

Overall, this is a really nice beer! I'll have to see if I can get some more!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:42:11 | More by evlu1441
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark, rich looking dark brown with a small one inch head of off white that capped the top of the glass very, very nicely before it settled down leaving with it some nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass that seemed to really thicken up and push through as the time went on. Aroma is smoked malts right off the top. Dark, evil, with hints of campfire, peat, dark roasted chocolate and a good bit of almost a licorice touch to it. As I take the first sip a rich and creamy feel overloads the senses. Wonderful and rich, dark and foreboding, it seems that it is just meant to be evil and dark. Loads of roasted and smoked malts just rolling across the tongue. Lightly dry finish leaves just enough room for a small amount of smoky flavor to pop its head in

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:29:36 | More by mikesgroove
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle. Poured a deep, dark brown color. Opaque. Small off-white head that mostly receded. No lacing to speak of. Had an aroma of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and brown sugar. Tasted of roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar and perhaps a touch of molasses and coffee. Could have just gotten those flavors off the malts. Very roasty and sweet.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. I thought it was a little syrupy, but not overly so. Goes down smooth. Pretty sweet for the style. I would have it again, but it's not the best schwarzbier that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 16:53:48 | More by MsRif
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 4,9% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Brewdog Teku Glass.
Batch 318 BB 30/07/12

This will be my first schwarzbier - fitting I guess for a day in which I derived an interesting alternative proof for the Schwarz inequality!

Appearance: Awesome label design, one of my all time favorites!
Moving to the contents of the bottle - dark body that reveals deep ruby highlights when backlight topped by a massive light tan head that displays good retention and leaves some good lace. I hope Zeitgeist isn't way over carbonated; it always worries me when a gentle pour yields a massive head.

Smell: Of Brewdog's core range I loved Punk IPA (fresh) but thought 77 and Trashy Blonde were very bland. My fist whiff of Zeitgeist tells me that thankfully it leans towards the Punk side. Milk chocolate and roasted malt dominate with coffee, creamy oats, sweet licorice, a fair amount of smoke, touches of tobacco, sweet caramel and dark berries and some floral hops also being noted.
The nose is surprisingly complex for such a light beer.

Taste: Lightly sweet milk chocolate to start followed by coffee, roasted malt, some smoke, a light nuttiness, licorice and a grainy note (sadly). Great lasting bitter coffee finish.
Overall pretty damn tasty beer, but it just seems to lack a little of the power and complexity of the nose.

Mouthfeel: Light (or just over) body with a high level of smooth carbonation. A little too much CO2 for me.

Overall: Surprisingly good! Complex and flavourful for the abv.
If it was available locally I would certainly buy a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 21:21:02 | More by Thehuntmaster
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle, well in date: poured into a chalice badged by Hoegaarden 'Forbitten Fruit'.

Really dark body, deep ruby red when held to a strong light source, otherwise black to the naked eye. On top a rich, thick cushion of foaming small bubbles. The head gave some good lacing on the chalice.

Mild liquorice in the aroma, some malty molasses too, but not the sweet type.

Liquorice is also to the fore in the taste, dry and fizzy: closer to the German Schwarzbier style than I thought it would be. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee under the surface too.

One of the better beers I've had within this style, not as watery as most and with a deeper depth of body.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:55:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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Paincane

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost black with hint of red. One finger tan head dissipated quickly but left a ring of lace around Brew Dog pint glass into which it had been poured.
S: Malt, toffee, chocolate and dark fruit aromas emanated from pour.
T: Initially, surprisingly light on palate with roast malt and chocolate hitting about midway. Mild hoppy bitter finish with a bit of a sticky malt aftertaste.
M: Medium-bodied but starts off lighter than you would expect from its color. Mild carbonation.
O: Interesting black lager with good flavor and mouthfeel. Would definitely drink again. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 00:48:48 | More by Paincane
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, solid black colour with a slight reddish tinge, settles toh a thin brownish white head that lasts for the duration of the drinks life.

Made up of roasted malts, some light toffee notes and very sweet fruity smell that is reminesant of dark summer fruits and there is a nice general hopiness.

Lots of sweet malts, hops and roasted barely that is quite similiar tasting to a stout but not quite as strong on the taste buds. There is a good fruity finish that closely matches the nose & contains faint hints of both toffee and coffee but not much.

Medium bodied & with good carbonation levels, this is a smooth beer to begin with but finishes slightly on the sticky side.

Not at all what I was expecting from this one. Quite sweet and fruity tasting & this is matched by the nose but overall a very drinkable beer that I hope to drink again soon.

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Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 19:01:58 | More by flyingpig
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I had on tap at the Bethlehem Speakeasy back in late 2009. The beer was poured out as deep dark looking brew with a big fluffy tan colored head. The smell of the beer was of Chocolate and roasted malts. It smells pretty typical of a Stout or Porter more so than a Schwarzbier. The taste of the beer had most of the same things going on that were on the nose. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a light carbonation to it. Overall I found this to be a really good brew that was sure to be a good memory for years to come.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 15:36:32 | More by Knapp85
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NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
A dark brown, almost black body with a reddish tinge, thick foamy head initially but receds to a thin off-white ring around the glass.

Smell
Reminiscent of a porter. There are aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste
Light to begin with, slight fruit notes before the roast malts appear in the middle and build up to a peak before the finish where a crisp hop bitterness is left at the back of the mouth. Some Certainly more flavoursome than the 'lager' in the name suggests.

Mouthfeel
Medium carbonation, medium body. The level of carbonation is appropriate for the style.

Overall
A solid Black Lager. It is strong in all the main areas and provides a very flavoursome yet crisp taste. Would be great as a session beer or savoured on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 16:25:07 | More by NATOuk
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Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011, BBE Sep 2011.

A - Brown / near black body with reddish highlights, no head and virtually no lacing.

S - Rich, dark roasted malts with some coffee.

T - Light taste to open before the roasted malts come along and add a lot of depth. Good amount of bitterness but the aftertaste doesn't linger.

M - Smooth light body with light punchy carbonation.

D - Quite a nice one, balances between a light body and deep taste that would work well as a session or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 01:38:23 | More by Wattsox
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kindacold

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with nearly no head. Holding up to the light, can see some dark red tones, but with absence of bright light, just looks black.

Smells pleasant, but not very strongly. Some malt tones, but overall not a lot of odor.

Tastes pretty good...I'd say between a 3 and 3.5, but closer to 3 so I rounded down.

Very light on the tongue, and feels like water going down. No real aftertaste, and only a mild stickiness from the hops.

It's an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 06:23:40 | More by kindacold
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dgfair

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Sam adams perfect pint.

Beer pours a deep dark brown, very close to black, with a soapy tan head that leaves nice lacing around the glass. Smell is biscuity malt with a slight tinge of roastiness present, but i would prefer to get a little more in the smell...fairly one dimensional and thin in the nose. Taste is a decent roasted malt with a little bit of bittering hop presence. Again, the taste is a little thinner than i would like. I would prefer a little more toasted flavor here. Beer is veer drinkable and goes down smooth. I could put a few of these down but likely wont revisit at the price point when i can find more readily available US versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 20:26:31 | More by dgfair
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toasted malt with some toffee and grass notes. The flavor is toffee, coffee and roasted malt. Overall, the beer smells and tastes about like I think a schwarzbier should taste like. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better BrewDog beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 05:38:34 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle, special ordered from Scotland

A: Opaque, dark brown, slight white head.

S: Very roasty with some dark sugar sweetness.

T: Chocolaty malts, toasted caramel or molasses sweetness.

M: Medium body, some carbonation, a little more sweetness than is preferred, but generally smooth.

D: Smooth and drinkable once you get past the initial hit of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 16:08:25 | More by Rifugium
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stcules

Italy

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, mahogany reflexes. One finger of an average beige head.
Intense smell, cocoa, roast, dustiness, carrob. Pleasant.
Light in body, but with an intanse dusty note in the mouth, and again strong flavours of cocoa, carrob, and roast malts.
Very pleasant in the aftertaste tto, with a quite long toasted note.
Maybe not a classical schwarz, but easily drinkable and definitely pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 14:27:35 | More by stcules
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice deep black-brown, with good clarity. Heady is loose-bubbled and made of mocha-coloured foam. Lacing is good. Looks like there's a decent amount of carbonation, and a surprisingly thick body for a lager of this strength. Looks good.

Dark roasty cereal notes on the nose, a bit of sweetness and a lot of toasted bread character. A bit of something green and fresh as well; cut grass or lucerne. Not bad.

Taste is clear on the front, before a welling of roasted character on the back gives a bitter finish with a pleasant leavened nuttiness. Quite a dry finish, but it has a lingering dark ashy character that lengthens the palate. Feel is clear.

Very nice beer, clear and clean, but with a robust dark character to add a deal of interest. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 04:42:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Zeitgeist from BrewDog
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.