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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
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 stcules
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of istarilord
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with thin head. Malty sweet odor.

The beer has a light smell but a fairly complex taste. Very light malt up front, with light smoky/chocolaty notes. Lingering toastiness and chocolate on the palette.

Easy to drink, the bubbles feel small. The flavor could be a little more full-bodied, but I did buy this beer on sale due to a passed expiration date...

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Photo of marquis
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes in a tiny 330 ml bottle.
Pitch black with a reasonable head, initial aroma was promising.A big dose of roast but with nothing much there to back it up though there was a hint of caramel.Somehow the beer wasn't "all of a piece" , almost as if the components were bolted on.
I'm not a lager drinker so didn't know what to expect (I've had Budvar Dark and found it disappointingly thin) but 4.9% should buy some more body and backbone.I feel that this could be a decent brew if better balanced.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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.

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Photo of bmanning
2.34/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had 12oz on draft at Churchkey in DC last night.
This was probably my first beer that I've had at Churchkey that I just flat out did not like (out of about 50 at this point).
The aromas are barely noticeable - nothing like traditional German Schwarzbiers.
The taste was very watered down, with an odd medicinal fruitiness. Mouthfeel was very thin. This is by far the worst Schwarzbier I've ever had.
I couldn't even finish the 12 oz in my glass.
This is the worst beer I've had from Brewdog and I will avoid this beer at all costs in the future.

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Photo of Travlr
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kinda bummed after being floored - literally - by Brewdog Rip Tide.

A - Black with somewhat weak head. Quick swirl brings it back but it doesn't last long. No lacing, but it was served pretty cold, producing condensation...

S - Some presence of roasted grains but well hidden. Not a lot of hops either...

T - Underwhelming. Starts off with roasty flavors that quickly fade as the lager yeast takes over. Interesting combo, but lackluster. Roasted grains like this deserve more body in my mind - a lager yeast leaves the flavor profile lacking.

M - kinda thin, as expected with a black lager. Not terrible, but certainly a far cry from other "black" beers.

D - Eh, interesting to try but not much here really. I was expecting more from Brewdog - I just hope the Punk IPA and others are better

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Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

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