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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
83
good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bmanning
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had 12oz on draft at Churchkey in DC last night.
This was probably my first beer that I've had at Churchkey that I just flat out did not like (out of about 50 at this point).
The aromas are barely noticeable - nothing like traditional German Schwarzbiers.
The taste was very watered down, with an odd medicinal fruitiness. Mouthfeel was very thin. This is by far the worst Schwarzbier I've ever had.
I couldn't even finish the 12 oz in my glass.
This is the worst beer I've had from Brewdog and I will avoid this beer at all costs in the future.

bmanning, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

pin, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of HopFace
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

HopFace, May 01, 2012
Photo of Dijeriduster
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
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

Dijeriduster, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of marquis
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes in a tiny 330 ml bottle.
Pitch black with a reasonable head, initial aroma was promising.A big dose of roast but with nothing much there to back it up though there was a hint of caramel.Somehow the beer wasn't "all of a piece" , almost as if the components were bolted on.
I'm not a lager drinker so didn't know what to expect (I've had Budvar Dark and found it disappointingly thin) but 4.9% should buy some more body and backbone.I feel that this could be a decent brew if better balanced.

marquis, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of 2bet
3/5  rDev -18%

2bet, May 20, 2013
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -18%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Coren
3/5  rDev -18%

Coren, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of HomerS
3/5  rDev -18%

HomerS, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -18%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -18%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Goofster
3/5  rDev -18%

Goofster, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of kindacold
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

kindacold, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

IronDjinn, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Blissmo
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Blissmo, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of jondavidsson
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

jondavidsson, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Doomfag
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Doomfag, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of ricke
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

ricke, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at Novare Res 4/30

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown. A one finger of light brown head sits on top. Head recedes rapidly leaving minor spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of grain, caramel malts, and toffee.

T: Taste start with toffee up front, some caramel sweetness then comes through. Some milk chocolate comes through the middle, hints of roasted malt. Finish has a surprising hop bite to it.

M: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not a bad beer but I've had better of the style that I would opt for in the future.

Jayli, May 10, 2010
Photo of dgfair
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

dgfair, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint at Beachwood BBQ for $6.50 tonight, surprised to see this beer in California under this serving style, great job once again Gabe on getting awesome beers in here, color is a very dark brown nearly black, 3/4 inch creamy slightly off white head that does not last long, some nice lacing though, aroma consists of coffee, smokiness, caramel, roasted malts, raisins, tobacco, toffee, leather, and very dark chocolate, flavor starts off with some roastiness but is a pretty light flavor, some burned malts in the middle, leathery finish with some dryness from strong coffee, does not change much as it warms, pretty light overall for the style, would expect a bigger roasty presence, dry, chewy, and slightly roasted mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium level of carbonation, taste did not linger long and it was thin at times, could drink another glass or two, light and cannot taste any alcohol, not a real flavorful beer though which is unusual for the style, drinkability is there but overall feel and taste is lacking a bit, not a bad beer, probably would not pay nine dollars a bottle like I have seen it at a few places, still a decent brew from the UK, might drink again, worth trying

Floydster, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown that verges on black. A very vigorous pour produces only a minimal film of head. Disappointing.

Aroma is weak, in part due to the poor head formation. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roast. Slightly fruity.

Much better flavour than aroma. I get good roast and chocolate. Nice earthy hops and fruity character. Maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

Light body with mild carbonation is pleasant enough.

This is a nice enough beer which packs plenty of flavour for its average ABV.

dgilks, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not really a Schwarzbier more of a strong beer along the lines of Eisbock barleywine or Doppelbock ONLY that it has none of the alcohol, fruitiness or carmel notes of these beers so overall not too bad but a bit of a letdown in many ways - not what it claims to be but also not what it aims to be

DerBayer, Aug 04, 2009
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Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.