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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rarbring
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (471 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 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 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)

Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (463 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (502 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (502 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (362 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks good out the bottle pitch black with an off white head.

The smell is subtle malts, a little bit of smoke and some earthy hops.

The taste is malty, grainy, light and easy drinking.

The mouth feel is light with a crisp finish.

Not my favorite style but I really enjoyed this. A good abv for having a few. (312 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 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 Thehuntmaster
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 4,9% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Brewdog Teku Glass.
Batch 318 BB 30/07/12

This will be my first schwarzbier - fitting I guess for a day in which I derived an interesting alternative proof for the Schwarz inequality!

Appearance: Awesome label design, one of my all time favorites!
Moving to the contents of the bottle - dark body that reveals deep ruby highlights when backlight topped by a massive light tan head that displays good retention and leaves some good lace. I hope Zeitgeist isn't way over carbonated; it always worries me when a gentle pour yields a massive head.

Smell: Of Brewdog's core range I loved Punk IPA (fresh) but thought 77 and Trashy Blonde were very bland. My fist whiff of Zeitgeist tells me that thankfully it leans towards the Punk side. Milk chocolate and roasted malt dominate with coffee, creamy oats, sweet licorice, a fair amount of smoke, touches of tobacco, sweet caramel and dark berries and some floral hops also being noted.
The nose is surprisingly complex for such a light beer.

Taste: Lightly sweet milk chocolate to start followed by coffee, roasted malt, some smoke, a light nuttiness, licorice and a grainy note (sadly). Great lasting bitter coffee finish.
Overall pretty damn tasty beer, but it just seems to lack a little of the power and complexity of the nose.

Mouthfeel: Light (or just over) body with a high level of smooth carbonation. A little too much CO2 for me.

Overall: Surprisingly good! Complex and flavourful for the abv.
If it was available locally I would certainly buy a few. (1,572 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 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 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 Paincane
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost black with hint of red. One finger tan head dissipated quickly but left a ring of lace around Brew Dog pint glass into which it had been poured.
S: Malt, toffee, chocolate and dark fruit aromas emanated from pour.
T: Initially, surprisingly light on palate with roast malt and chocolate hitting about midway. Mild hoppy bitter finish with a bit of a sticky malt aftertaste.
M: Medium-bodied but starts off lighter than you would expect from its color. Mild carbonation.
O: Interesting black lager with good flavor and mouthfeel. Would definitely drink again. Enjoyed it. (584 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 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)

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