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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -6%

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

01-29-2010 03:39:52 | More by wordemupg
Photo of bluejacket74


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

08-28-2010 00:21:57 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of stcules


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

10-24-2010 14:27:35 | More by stcules
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

06-19-2013 23:51:19 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of dcmchew


3.49/5  rDev -4.9%

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

10-24-2013 16:41:55 | More by dcmchew
Photo of Graeme24


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-06-2013 15:11:40 | More by Graeme24
Photo of wewantbeer


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-28-2014 20:16:36 | More by wewantbeer
Photo of jaidenjb


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-25-2012 02:32:55 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of bark


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

10-16-2009 20:28:26 | More by bark
Photo of Noyt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-05-2013 01:08:15 | More by Noyt
Photo of Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-29-2013 13:46:35 | More by Schmoog
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

06-10-2010 02:41:32 | More by Shadman
Photo of torerik


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-18-2013 16:36:28 | More by torerik
Photo of IWannaEatFood


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-02-2013 16:21:38 | More by IWannaEatFood
Photo of Polasiuss


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-23-2011 17:47:59 | More by Polasiuss
Photo of Rifugium


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

12-14-2010 16:08:25 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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).

10-23-2009 16:55:06 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of Mjoepp


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

08-29-2010 09:10:44 | More by Mjoepp
Photo of ADZA


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

12-01-2009 13:54:22 | More by ADZA
Photo of ggaughan


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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

10-10-2009 08:19:52 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Absumaster


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

05-23-2009 18:58:04 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Alex-Alkis


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

06-16-2014 20:54:45 | More by Alex-Alkis
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

12-09-2009 03:12:09 | More by Sammy
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

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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08-21-2011 19:01:58 | More by flyingpig
Photo of velkyal


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

This pours dark ruby and the fluffy tan head disappears rather quickly.

The nose was quite floral, but the burnt toffee I smelled last time was a bit toned down this time I thought, almost like tablet rather than toffee.

Drinking the beer I felt there was more coffee than chocolate this time, which made the beer quite dry and bitter, which is never a bad thing in my world, although there was an undertone of sweet caramel, and even some smokiness - although apparently there wasn't any smoked malt used.

A nice rounded body makes it a satisfying drink, which is nicely balanced and easy to imbibe.

05-07-2009 13:02:35 | More by velkyal
Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.