Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of bmanning
2.34/5  rDev -36.6%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
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 (796 characters)

Photo of marquis
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (1,438 characters)

Photo of kindacold
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of dgfair
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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 (1,189 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark dark ruby red with a magenta tint. Thin thin layer of head, which quickly dissipates.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and toffee. The malts are prominent on this one. Was half expecting some hops based on the description of Schwarzbier, but nothing really came through.

T - Rather surprised with this one. Much lighter on the flavours than the scent and appearance implied. I was expecting a super strong malts, but it was quite a light flavour. Chocolate malts, and a lingering roasted coffee flavour on the tongue. There's a bit of hops on the finish, but not overpowering.

M - Quite light on the palette and goes down smooth, but finishes very dry.

D - Overall, pleasantly surprised by this offering, but my expectations were rather low. I wasn't a fan of their Hardcore IPA, so was half expecting a disappointment. Quite light and drinkable, the flavours were noticeable, yet not overpowering. Recommended to anyone who's seeking a dark lager with a lighter twist. (998 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan28 2010

A dark cola with a very fast falling cola like head that almost has the fizz of a pop.

S nothing special just some faint milk chocolate and some unexpected hops

T as it smells but with a little coffee

M a little watery for how dark it is and I found it a little flat

D not far above average for the style, wouldn't be my first choice in this price range

I must admit I did like the label a little more then the beer inside the bottle. I'm not saying this is a bad beer but it's not my favorite from this brewer, and it's a little pricey for what it is (606 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (304 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark brown; almost like weak coffee. The two finger head is pale brown and compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is bitter with roasted notes of nuts and roast beef. A hint of yeast in the background.

The taste is dry with roasted notes of coffee, nuts, and dark chocolate plus some fried vegetables. Some sweet notes of milk chocolate, dark rye bread and caramelized sugar in the aftertaste. The hops are clearly in the background, but there are some creamy-bitter flavours in the finish.

The carbonation is mild to medium. The fresh bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is light yet smooth.

Milder and sweeter than most Schwarzbiers. Still a highly drinkable and enjoyable lager. (703 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool label as per usual from these guys.

Dark, dark walnut brown. So so head & retention, but some nice webs of lacing.

Sweet malk chocolate, hint of molassess.

Sort of bland and tasteless other than a bit of bitterness/chalkiness. More interesting in the middle and finish with some nice dark roast malt, hint of chocolate and some milky smoothness. Finish is dry and somewhat chalky.

A bit thin, but quite smooth and drinkable.

Price is a deterrent, otherwise a decnt Swartz. (483 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours dark brown, almost black with an off-white small creamy head that dissipates fast leaving faint lacings.

S: The smell is dominated by the sweetness from the roasted malt, but there is also some bitter hops, some smoke and some chocolate. Faint nuts.

T: The taste is not to far from the smell. There is lots of sweetness from the roasted malt, but there is also a very present dryness from the bitterhops. Then there is smoke and notes of chocolate (bitter dark) and black strong coffee.

M: The aftertaste is rather long, with sweetness, but here the dryness together with the bitterness kicks in. The body is surprisingly light and the carbonation is moderate.

D: If you're comparing this with a lager it's very drinkable. If you compare it with other schwarzbiers then this one is milder, lighter and sweeter than other ones - this may be right up your alley (if you think Schwarzbier is to complex). (925 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Mjoepp
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black liquid, medium head.

S: Roasted malt, sweet malt, figs or similar fruit. Little smoke and coffee.

T: Same as above but the sweetness around the bitterness is overwhelming. Aftertaste is roasted bitterness.

O: Nice to drink, but not a personal favorite of style. (273 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice cola colour with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head that dissaptes quickly with sporadic lacing,it has a nice sweet roasty malt aroma to it with some bitter hops present aswell,it has an average mouthfeel with tastes of roasty malts and some bitter hops towards the end but not as complex as i expected but netherless a very easy drinking sessionable beer. (394 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (267 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (405 characters)

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Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.