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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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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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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 33mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, dark mahogany. Light head.

S: Caramel malts and maybe a little roast or toffee.

T: Carbonated, bitter, and clean. There is quite a bit of the sweet maltiness mentioned in the smell, but even more strong roasted bitterness -- coffee, with a smokey note. The flavour is light, but substantial. Except for the faintest metallic tinge, this is a very nice schwarzbier.

M: No complaints here; the beer tickles just a bit before mellowing into a subtle dryness that doesn't hit until well after I swallow.

D: A very good beer. I like the bottle, I like the marketing, I like the beer. Interesting, appealing, and very consumable. I wouldn't mind knocking back a few of these. As schwarzbiers go, this is the top of the class.

09-27-2010 18:02:27 | More by AgentMunky
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Exiled

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-24-2011 18:59:12 | More by Exiled
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dcmchew

Romania

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
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StJamesGate

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours black with purple-ruby highlights and a frothy tan head than doesn't hang around. Big roasty nose. Coffee and blackberry malts with mild kola and bark hops. Brown sugar finish that gets lean. Light, fizzy, tight.

Not the most subtle, but then it is Brewdog. The aggressive end of schwarz, good for pounding porter flavors if that's your thing.

07-30-2010 17:56:42 | More by StJamesGate
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

07-18-2010 02:02:59 | More by andrenaline
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Floydster

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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

08-10-2009 01:36:49 | More by Floydster
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

07-14-2009 08:25:27 | More by IronDjinn
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-20-2013 20:50:29 | More by Ciocanelu
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rarbring

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev +3%

Very dark, black with some brown hints, the head is beige and leaves good lacing.

The smell is full of dark roasted notes, the malt itself, but also coffee and burnt bread crust. Some faint sweetness like a fig liqueur.

The taste has a milk chocolate sweetness and a dark chocolate bitterness, but a bit flatter than the smell.

Medium high carbonation, a rather heavy body but yet a watery feeling that balance it.

Not bad at all, rather much flavor and good balance.

07-13-2010 16:32:08 | More by rarbring
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-05-2012 14:12:42 | More by aztraz
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

11-13-2011 01:40:11 | More by jazzyjeff13
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FLima

Brazil

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

12-07-2012 17:47:42 | More by FLima
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

05-10-2010 13:44:34 | More by Jayli
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

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...

05-11-2009 08:34:26 | More by mdagnew
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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
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magictrokini

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Tap @ Hamilton's. Poured black, could be very dark brown, with a short, creamy off-white head. Good retention with small amount of lacing. Smoky, burnt coffee aroma with caramel, cereal grain, and tobacco. Flattish mouthfeel that varied between slick and lifeless. Very nice smoke and roast malt flavors. Earthy cocoa, like carab, and cream. Nice bitter hops from time to time. Admittedly, I have not had as many schwarzbiers as others, but I did enjoy this beer.

09-01-2009 20:01:28 | More by magictrokini
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-22-2013 07:09:35 | More by Kirk
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-14-2012 21:19:02 | More by samEBC
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

330 mL bottle tried 18 Oct 2010. Courtesy of L&D, thanks! Served in, damn, garbled pic in notes. One of the dimpled German mugs. 0.4 L most likely.

Large bubbly light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Very dark brown, almost opaque. Roasty fruity sour aroma with a touch of smoke. Lots of roasty dark chocolate to start. Mocha, espresso. Medium body, mild ethanol. Roasty bitter finish. Aftertaste is some lingering cocoa.

As has been mentioned before, decent but pricey on this side of the Atlantic.

01-20-2012 02:08:30 | More by htomsirveaux
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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
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-25-2012 02:32:55 | More by jaidenjb
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brendan13

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Very dark brown with ruby red highlights when held up to light. About 1 centimetre of mocha coloured head which falls away fairly quickly leaving a touch of lace.
S - Chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt notes. A bit of a dark fruit hint.
T - Chocolate and coffee also in the taste along with some herbal and earthy character.
M -Fairly light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.
D - Nothing mindblowing but decent beer that I'd drink again and could have a few of in a winter session.

07-20-2009 09:34:52 | More by brendan13
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

11-23-2012 02:07:40 | More by pin
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Sigmund

Norway

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

330 ml bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 4.9%. Black colour, dark brown in the highlights. Moderate beige head. Very nice roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee, hints of liquorice. Fresh mouthfeel with hints of fruity acidity. The flavour is roasty with notes of coffee, fairly dry. A pronounced roasty and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

07-01-2010 21:27:52 | More by Sigmund
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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
Zeitgeist from BrewDog
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