Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stumac on 03-31-2009

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Reviews by ggaughan:
Photo of ggaughan
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dense brown, nearly black body with a slight off white ring on the top, not thick or lasting. Aroma showed a slight citrus character and roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, slight chocolate tones as well. Balanced with some coffee notes on the tongue

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with mahogany hues and a very small off-white head that settles fast and leaves small lacings.

S: Dark malts, smoke, wood, smoked ham, toffee, hints of chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. The smell is decent, some aromas are quite nice, especially the gentle smoky touch, but the sweetish components of sugar and caramel are a bit too much.

T: Taste is not as pleasant. It's rather sweet with malty flavors of caramel and toffee to the fore. Mild semi-smoky aromas and notes of wood. Slightly burnt character. The same disturbing character of brown sugar appears here as well though. The finish is mildly bitter with a quick flare of hops and roasted malts.

M: Medium body with a rather smooth texture. Semi-dry finish.

D: Decent. It get quite pointless after a while. The best thing about this beer is the artwork on the label.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Hamilton's. Poured black, could be very dark brown, with a short, creamy off-white head. Good retention with small amount of lacing. Smoky, burnt coffee aroma with caramel, cereal grain, and tobacco. Flattish mouthfeel that varied between slick and lifeless. Very nice smoke and roast malt flavors. Earthy cocoa, like carab, and cream. Nice bitter hops from time to time. Admittedly, I have not had as many schwarzbiers as others, but I did enjoy this beer.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is pretty weird - why can't I help but be reminded of the Robot Elders on Futurama? Silence!

This beer pours an opaque black, with slight reddish edges, and a wisp of beige head, that readily disappears, leaving some thin solid lace around the glass. It smells of roasted caramel malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and some herbal hops. The taste is dry roasted chocolate malt, a bit of mocha, and earthy, herbal hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body light for the flavour, but pretty solid and creamy for the style. It finishes dry, with the roasted chocolate lingering.

This tastes pretty much like a few of BrewDog's heftier RIS offerings, only dialed back in intensity, and definitely in weight. I've come to expect schwarzbiers to be thin, mild dark lagers, but this far exceeds my expectations (admittedly borne of limited experience with the style).

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in Sam Adams glass. Black with fast disapearing light brown head. Leaves lace spidering. Slightly roasty, slightly lagerish aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Understated carbonation, which is good. A little mollasses, only slightly sourish. A little drying. Decent interpretation of style.

Photo of sammytag
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- Beautiful, black. Sparse, frothy head comes up after a very aggressive pour.

s- mysteriously faint. A bit of hop, a bit of dark malt. subdued.

t- Bold! This is a dark roast beer. Bizarre and intriguing. Milky, yet sharp on the attack. Black licorice flourishes in the mid, and espresso tannins linger long into the aftertaste.

m- medium bodied. The crisp carbonation on this one gives it a really nice balance and mystery, offsetting expectations.

d- very drinkable. dark and accessible, yet not mild in flavor by any stretch of the imagination. It is at once tactfully stylish and tactlessly brazen. Try it.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a very small head.
Aroma is very rich with sweet roasted malt showing dark chocolate, toast, and espresso.
Flavours are similarly rich, but not as sweet, and include more espresso and burnt toast, followed by a lingering roasty finish with a prominent, but not sharp, bitterness.
Light body and carbonation work well with the clean lager flavours.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, best before 6/21/2011 (USA). Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about a half inch cola-like tan head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but stronger, with a good roasty flavor and a bit of smoke. However, there's also a chalky flavor that I don't exactly care for. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin, and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and not hard to drink. Overall I think it's a decent brew.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Photo of Dijeriduster
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kinda bummed after being floored - literally - by Brewdog Rip Tide.

A - Black with somewhat weak head. Quick swirl brings it back but it doesn't last long. No lacing, but it was served pretty cold, producing condensation...

S - Some presence of roasted grains but well hidden. Not a lot of hops either...

T - Underwhelming. Starts off with roasty flavors that quickly fade as the lager yeast takes over. Interesting combo, but lackluster. Roasted grains like this deserve more body in my mind - a lager yeast leaves the flavor profile lacking.

M - kinda thin, as expected with a black lager. Not terrible, but certainly a far cry from other "black" beers.

D - Eh, interesting to try but not much here really. I was expecting more from Brewdog - I just hope the Punk IPA and others are better

Photo of evlu1441
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of an odd creepy marketing to this beer, given the name and then the robed goat-headed Illuminati-like figures on the label. Are they going for revolution or a moonie brainwashing schtick?

Pours out a black opaque appearance, although faint cola hues when held to direct light. Tall frothy tan head that eventually recedes to a thin creamy cap.

Quite robust aroma for a lower abv% beer, roasted and toasted malt, some wood and smoke, molasses and licorice, even some dark bitter cocoa and hints of cafe au lait.

The flavour however seems pretty neutral, in fact there's not much to it at all. Very mild and faint roasted malt and some twiggy wood, dry finish and aftertaste. Dry bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is equally as tame and unremarkable, on the thin side, smooth texture with a noticable lack of carbonation.

Um, pretty bland when all is said and done, especially for the price tag, not on par with the calibre of this brewery. Otherwise an unintimidating dark beer for those looking for a stepping stone into the style.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of istarilord
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with thin head. Malty sweet odor.

The beer has a light smell but a fairly complex taste. Very light malt up front, with light smoky/chocolaty notes. Lingering toastiness and chocolate on the palette.

Easy to drink, the bubbles feel small. The flavor could be a little more full-bodied, but I did buy this beer on sale due to a passed expiration date...

Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a small head and little visible carbonation.

Smell is malty with slightly roasted notes and a sulfuric lager yeasty smell. Some hoppy notes.

Taste is roasty with nice maltbitterness. This is like a dark pilsner, with the dark malts adding a strong dark taste. The light body of the beer seems to be a little out of balance by the roast. Drinkability is a little inhibited by this.

Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 4.9%. Black colour, dark brown in the highlights. Moderate beige head. Very nice roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee, hints of liquorice. Fresh mouthfeel with hints of fruity acidity. The flavour is roasty with notes of coffee, fairly dry. A pronounced roasty and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Photo of kindacold
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, black with some brown hints, the head is beige and leaves good lacing.

The smell is full of dark roasted notes, the malt itself, but also coffee and burnt bread crust. Some faint sweetness like a fig liqueur.

The taste has a milk chocolate sweetness and a dark chocolate bitterness, but a bit flatter than the smell.

Medium high carbonation, a rather heavy body but yet a watery feeling that balance it.

Not bad at all, rather much flavor and good balance.

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings..

Poured a very deep dark mahogany brown. Mocha tan head poured thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to good thick, pock marked coating... very light wispy lacing...

Aroma - Toasted bread, lightly roasted milk chocolate maltiness, light smokiness, caramel, leathery notes, coffee notes, treacle sweetness, burnt nuttiness, buttery, some dark fruit notes (dates, prunes)..

Taste - Nice strong roasted caramel malts, peppery hop bitterness, espresso coffee, creamy chocolate, some rich sticky fig and date fruitiness, some light metallic traces, toasted malty bread, molasses sweetness, light spiciness...

Feel - Pretty rich and smooth with just a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied.. extremely quaffable - i could happily drink this all evening..

Overall - An excellent example of a Schwarzbier... definitely recommended...

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pokal at ChurchKey.

I know when I think of the term "zeitgeist", I think of goth sheep. At least I think that's what's depicted on the bottle... If only I'd had the bottle to look at while sampling this brew... It pours a very dark, though still clear, garnet brown topped by a finger of tan foam. Schwarzbier all the way so far. The decline of this dark (and apparently self-aware) civilization begins in the nose: floral hops, dry dark coffee, dark wheat, and an obvious note of chalk. It is this chalkiness that will serve as the dagger that eventually brings this brew down. The other elements of the nose reprise their roles for their debut on the tongue, though the coffee is heavily watered-down. Some dark chocolate powder makes a cameo appearance, but it makes the most of its few lines, inciting a riotous laughter that elicits praise from the critics in attendance. Unfortunately, it couldn't make up for the absolutely hammy performance of the chalk, whose scenery-chewing and over-the-top "emoting" (think some of the stinkier performances from MST3K films) drag the whole production into the crapper. Had Bialystock (...that's how his name was spelled, right?...) and Bloom had produced this script, their scheme would have gone off hitchless. Thankfully the body is light, as is the carbonation; otherwise the whole thing would be abysmal. Instead, it's just kinda bad. Big letdown from the boys from Scotland.

Photo of Paincane
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.