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 jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (762 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of chocolate milk coloured head over a ebony brown body that appears deep red when held to the light.

Smell - 4.0
Rich and malty, smells of baking chocolate brownies, vanilla and a little roasted malt.

Taste - 4.0
Leaner than the aroma might suggest. This well balanced dark lager has flavours of bittersweet dark chocolate, a little burnt, roasted malt and just a little hop character. Subtle and pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderately carbonated, fine bead, light to medium body.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not a session beer for me, but something I would be happy to drink any time of the year.

OVERALL - 3.9
A very good Schwarzbier, had I not known it was a BrewDog beer, I would have guessed that it came from a top German brewery. (763 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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). (875 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose this beer has an intriguing aroma profile of sweet malt, peat and licorise. I really like the way this beer smells. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with some nice underlying bitterness to cut the moderate sweetness and peat. Mouthfeel is medum bodied and the beer finishes well. I would have guessed a somewhat higher abv. then 4.9%, but it's not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

This is not bad at all and is considerably better then some of the brewdog beers I've had of late. (621 characters)

Photo of NATOuk
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (782 characters)

Photo of MsRif
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Head full of big and little bubbles, but it thinned out quickly and left little lacing. Black with a dark red hue when held up to the light.

S - Chocolate and coffee, roasted malt are all expected. A bit of fresh baked bread and hay are in the mix as well. Got a small whiff of hops at the end also.

T - The usual suspects, Very straight forward rich chocolate and coffee flavors, roasted malts and fresh bread. Very well done and what I was looking for. Very clean aftertaste.

M&D - Rich and creamy, heavy on the palate which is nice for this style. Great medium carbonation that I could drink all day. Went well with dinner (a heavy pork stew - Dinuguan). (664 characters)

Photo of sammytag
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours the darkest brown, with a soft off-white head, solid retention.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt malt.

T: The flavor isn't robustly dark, offering creamy hot chocolate, some light molasses, Tootsie roll pop, and dark bread. Very rich in flavour for such a low ABV beer.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, light aftertaste.

D: A nice black beer that has great flavour and is real easy to sit back and relax with. Perhaps the first BrewDog I have really liked aside from the Scotch-barrel aged stuff. Just wish it was less expensive. (595 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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... (889 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure black, with a large bubble head, settles down to small clumps of big bubbles and great lacing.
S: Aroma of cocoa and roasted coffee with milk.
T: Flavor begins with dark milk chocolate and progresses to a roasted malt finish.
M: nice full body.
D: decent brew, very desirable. (284 characters)

Photo of heatherishoppin
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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! (363 characters)

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