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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
83
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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
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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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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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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

10-31-2011 01:29:36 | More by mikesgroove
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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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

07-22-2011 15:36:32 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

06-13-2010 05:53:00 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2011 22:21:28 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

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).

07-17-2009 23:42:20 | More by biboergosum
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Beer served in a becher glass on tap. Beer is reddish brown and dark. Beer is mostly clear with a brown head of small bubbles. Lacing is low as well as carbonation.

Aroma is surprisingly smokey. The overall aroma is a bit light but pretty interesting.

Beer is medium body and the smoke that was the star of the aroma is kind of subdued on the palate. Its quite a good schwarzbier. Its mildly smokey, dark, medium bodied, clean finish without an aftertaste. Nice balanced malt presence. Very nice.

06-10-2010 19:43:39 | More by drabmuh
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

12-30-2010 05:38:34 | More by Mora2000
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +15%

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.

08-14-2009 23:05:22 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

09-24-2011 22:55:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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kojevergas

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

12-04-2011 09:30:41 | More by kojevergas
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a really nice deep black-brown, with good clarity. Heady is loose-bubbled and made of mocha-coloured foam. Lacing is good. Looks like there's a decent amount of carbonation, and a surprisingly thick body for a lager of this strength. Looks good.

Dark roasty cereal notes on the nose, a bit of sweetness and a lot of toasted bread character. A bit of something green and fresh as well; cut grass or lucerne. Not bad.

Taste is clear on the front, before a welling of roasted character on the back gives a bitter finish with a pleasant leavened nuttiness. Quite a dry finish, but it has a lingering dark ashy character that lengthens the palate. Feel is clear.

Very nice beer, clear and clean, but with a robust dark character to add a deal of interest. I like it.

10-02-2010 04:42:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, at 4.7%abv.; BB 12/04/2014, served mildly chilled in a tall tumbler.

A: pours a pitch black colour topped with a 1cm-thick khaki frothy head, while the carbonation level is unknown.
S: on the nose, the richly roast-malty and lightly aromatic/vanilla-ish chocolatey notes are reminiscent of a fuller English Stout; given a very good swirl, the black dates, burned walnuts, mild raisins, smokiness, and other deep aroma usually related to a stout emerge in full force. Seriously, it doesn’t smell like any Schwarzbier or even Czech black lager that I’ve tasted and smelled, as it’s simply fulsome without lager’s key, doughy or mildly acidic edge to it, while a note of German rye bread definitely makes itself felt. Interestingly, as the beer warms up a bit, the doughy edge does surface to the noticeable level.
T: on the palate, it’s immediately clear that it tastes far more like a lager bier than it smells on the nose, due to a palate far cleaner than any dark or black ale. It’s almost crisp and light, coming with chewy roasty malts and rye-breadiness without much aroma around it, laced with a mild but still detectable lager-y acidic edge. The aftertaste shows considerable herbal hop bitterness and also bitterness from roasted malts different to one’s normal schwarzbier, while flavours of chewy bittern nuts, faint saltiness and bitter-sweet liquorice roots combine to deliver a satisfyingly lingering finish.
M&O: refreshing on the palate while being only moderately carbonated, medium-bodied against a truly decent flavour profile, this “idiosyncratic black lager” comes across as a fairly successful product by Brewdog, which is not that renowned for its lager bier making. Very likable and very… mixed. Definitely not fitting in with the classic “schwarzbier”, though, IMO.

05-31-2013 22:13:51 | More by wl0307
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

11-11-2009 00:44:05 | More by John_M
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

06-19-2014 02:15:35 | More by wrightst
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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
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bark

Sweden

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
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

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
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stcules

Italy

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
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dgilks

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

07-17-2009 10:30:25 | More by dgilks
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

12-04-2009 10:22:26 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

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
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Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.